Why Chanos Failed Russell Clark. The deck: “Is Short Selling A Dead Industry?”
The good and bad news on climate change Martin Wolf, FT
California & Florida Rank In Top 5 States Impacted By Climate-Related Natural Disasters The Brockovich Report
Where are our leaders? John Snow Project
Denmark reports Mycoplasma pneumonia epidemic Center for Infectious Research and Policy
China’s Nov factory activity likely contracted for second month Hellenic Shipping News
Xi Jinping calls legal backing on foreign affairs an ‘urgent task’ for China South China Morning Post
Moderna begins work on China mRNA manufacturing site Channel News Asia
Time to start planning postwar future of Myanmar’s military Nikkei Asia. Why this dude thinks “the international community” has any standing in this matter is beyond me. “Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help?” –Dr. Samuel Johnson
India forms committee to look into security concerns raised by US Channel News Asia
The East India Company and the Politics of Knowledge Asian Review of Books
Humanitarian pause extended in Gaza Strip for Thursday Anadolu Agency
Intel: Unclear how big a threat next Turkey flotilla is Jerusalem Post. Not a lot of coverage of the “1000 boats.” That’s a lot. I would have expected photos and TikToks to be all over the Twitter. They’re not.
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The Hamas Attack and Israel’s War in Gaza Council for Global Cooperation
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New Footage Shows Latest Hamas Kill Against Israeli Armour Military Watch
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New Not-So-Cold War
Will the Ukraine war end in a peace treaty? Gilbert Doctorow, Armageddon Newsletter. The final paragraph:
Russia has no need of a peace treaty if it succeeds in taking back Kharkov and Kherson, and, in a somewhat more distant time frame, captures Odessa and the Black Sea littoral all the way to Transnistria. This scenario is entirely possible. By pushing back Ukraine in this way, Russia will look after its own security needs sufficiently. Rump Ukraine will be a failed state that can be allowed to join the European Union, where it will be seeking vast financial support for decades. Rump Ukraine can even be allowed to join NATO, which from the Russian perspective, could provide some discipline and forestall attempts to implement insane revanchist provocations that Kiev, left to its own devices, might plan.
Haas and Kupchan divided the process of convincing Kyiv into stages (Google translation) Nezavisimaya Gazeta
A Containment Strategy for Ukraine Foreign Affairs. Mere cope.
Biden’s role in Ukraine peace is clear now Responsible Statecraft
Free Agents? Branko Marcetic, New Left Review
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at the Primakov Readings International Forum, Moscow, November 27 2023 Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
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Protest at Polish-Ukrainian border escalates as farmers join in BNE Intellinews
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The Nord Stream Lies Just Keep Coming Consortium News
CTIL Files #1: US And UK Military Contractors Created Sweeping Plan For Global Censorship In 2018, New Documents Show Public. Grab a cup of coffee, because the origin story of the Censorship Industrial complex is important. One of life’s little ironies (and please read the article and don’t just focus on this quote; I have to get this on the record because nobody else will):
But one person involved, Bonnie Smalley, replied over LinkedIn, saying, “all i can comment on is that i joined cti league [CTIL] which is unaffiliated with any govt orgs because i wanted to combat the inject bleach nonsense online during covid…. i can assure you that we had nothing to do with the govt though.”
NOTE  Trump did not, in fact, advocate injecting bleach or anything like it, as I show from the transcript here. So spook Smalley either fell for disformation propagated by a Democrat dogpile, or she’s lying. Or both!
Extracting Training Data from ChatGPT Milad Nasr, Nicholas Carlini, et al. Github:
We have just released a paper that allows us to extract several megabytes of ChatGPT’s training data for about two hundred dollars. (Language models, like ChatGPT, are trained on data taken from the public internet. Our attack shows that, by querying the model, we can actually extract some of the exact data it was trained on.) We estimate that it would be possible to extract ~a gigabyte of ChatGPT’s training dataset from the model by spending more money querying the model.
“Undigested chunks” comes to mind. Also, “outright theft.”
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AI Turned These Memes Into Videos and It’s the Worst Thing I’ve Ever Seen Gizmodo. The deck: “As usual, AI takes the brilliant cultural output of human beings and turns it into abominable slop.”
Critical tipping point: AI- and human-generated online contents are considered similarly credible (press release) Mainz University of Applied Sciences and Johannes Gutenberg University. Bullshit works because it is credible.
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The Ideologies of Silicon Valley (PDF) Crooked Timber
In Continued Defense Of Effective Altruism Slate Star Codex (DC).
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It’s All Bullshit The Baffler
The Case for Ambulance Chasing Lawyers Matt Stoller, BIG
Anthony Bourdain on what he would do to Henry Kissinger, and why he despised him so much pic.twitter.com/y7xibVII1r
— ☀️👀 (@zei_squirrel) November 30, 2023
“Posterity will ne’er survey / a Nobler grave than this”:
Wikipedia editor "Asticky" edited Henry Kissinger's article at 8:46 ET and then changed her userpage to this (with the edit summary "lmao") pic.twitter.com/4QjoX7KARW
— depths of wikipedia (@depthsofwiki) November 30, 2023
The eulogies pour in:
Henry Kissinger was a towering intellect, diplomat and practitioner who – not without controversy – helped shape American foreign policy with a lasting impact worldwide. A refugee from Nazi Germany, and the first Jewish Secretary of State, he was unapologetic about his heritage…
— ADL (@ADL) November 30, 2023
The resurgence of union power is bigger than money Indiana Capital Chronicle
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.