The Evolution of Modern Dogs The Garden of Forking Paths (furzy)
A New Way to Trigger a Tsunami Nautilus (Micael T)
Massive new wave of coronavirus infections in Germany WSWS (Micael)
Are COVID Nasal Vaccines on the Way? Health Central (ma)
Iceland No Longer Offers Covid Vaccines To General Population After Spike In Sudden Deaths People’s Voice (Chuck L). Not a great source, but if this is an accurate translation, the officials are in denial that Covid can have very large impacts and therefore attribute all outa of band health issues to the vaccines, and not Covid + vaccines. Update: Turns out not, the article which is paywalled, apparently said that Covid vaccines were (temporarily) not available, which is not at all the same as being made not available.
As Dubai hosts climate talks, its air pollution soars Agence France-Presse (furzy)
Attenborough ship encounters mammoth iceberg BBC (David L)
Why a new climate group is heckling powerful Democrats Yale Climate Connections
China’s bamboo could replace high-emitting plastics, but tech bottlenecks are stunting growth South China Morning Post (furzy)
US Technology Policy Amid Rivalry With China Valdai Club (Micael T)
The polls show that the support for the DPP in Taiwan is crumbling by the day now as we approach the Elections in early 2024.
The people of Taiwan say that the DPP is guilty of:
1) Heavy corruption between the U.S. and the DPP
2) The DPP committed massive… pic.twitter.com/j3WbZF4voF
— JERRY GOODE (@MrJerryGoode) December 4, 2023
From Politico’s morning European newsletter:
Recap: The killer was a bombshell Constitutional Court ruling last month that said Germany’s use of special funds to finance energy and green subsidies violated the constitutional “debt brake,” which limits the federal deficit to 0.35 percent of GDP….
Bad news for Europe: Unless it finds another way to fill the budget gap — most likely by declaring another emergency that would allow it to disregard the “debt brake” — the EU’s biggest economy risks falling behind on the green and digital transitions and missing EU-wide emission reduction targets, with repercussions for the entire Union.
As for the EU budget: German officials have also warned that the Constitutional Court ruling means Berlin will have no leeway to finance budget increases for the EU….
IT GETS WORSE: On Monday evening, the coalition received another blow as another institution — the country’s federal audit court — slammed Berlin’s plan to attempt to save this year’s national budget.
Maduro’s Vote to Annex Territory From Guyana Is Seen as a Diversion New York Times (furzy)
The main telecom. company in #Gaza, Paltel, announced that all its services, including fixed phones, mobile phones, & internet networks have completely stopped in Gaza City & in the northern Gaza Strip as the ongoing Israeli attacks inflicted severe damages to its infrastructure
— Maha Hussaini (@MahaGaza) December 4, 2023
NEW: Satellite imagery reviewed by HRW shows that orchards, greenhouses and farmland in northern Gaza have been razed since the beginning of Israel’s ground invasion, compounding concerns of dire food insecurity and loss of livelihood. 1/14 🧵⤵️ pic.twitter.com/Qrvbklro5d
— Human Rights Watch (@hrw) December 4, 2023
A convoy of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), doctors from around the world who travelled to help Gaza’s injured, in clearly marked vehicles were blown to bits by Israel. Several casualties reported. MSF blames Israel and calls for international investigation pic.twitter.com/hELVh1u11r
— ashok kumar 🇵🇸 (@broseph_stalin) December 2, 2023
NEW: Josh Paul, State Department official, who resigned over weapons to Israel, says a charity told US govt that a 13-year old Palestinian boy was raped in an Israeli prison.
State Dept led an inquiry and brought the matter to Israel’s attention. Israeli officials closed the… pic.twitter.com/vIW2dmeiHR
— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) December 4, 2023
Alastair Crooke: Will Israel Face Consequences? Judge Napolitano, YouTube. Important details, like overwhelming opposition of Israelis to a cease fire, and a peace process and intensified support for clearing Israel of Palestinians. Also details on widening war.
“He who can destroy a thing controls a thing” (grr, Twitter often fails to “take” on its overly cumbersome “embed post” procedure. so a duplicate tweet was originally in the spot below instead of the intended one here now):
More than 24 hours have passed since the Yemeni Houthis attacked 4 ships and still no one dares to touch them
2 Israeli commercial ships, 1 US warship and 1 UK ship were attacked yesterday by the Yemeni Houthis. Knowing the nature of NATO and Israel that they can massacre… pic.twitter.com/yCF50WRyoi
— Megatron (@Megatron_ron) December 4, 2023
Houthi attacks on vessels in Red Sea sound alarm for global trade Financial Times. Only at the very very end does the piece acknowledge there is not much that can be done. The West underinvested in air defense and cheap drones (which can get a defender to deplete his air defense missiles even faster)O have furthers tipped the balance in favor in favor of missiled and drones.
Watch: Debunking Israel’s “mass rape” propaganda Electronic Initifada
Congress Reviews Plan to Facilitate Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians From Gaza Antiwar.com (Kevin W). More short-sightedness. Will just further reduce US influence in the region.
Netanyahu corruption trial resumes Times of Israel (BC)
Right Before Hamas Attacked Someone Shorted Israeli Stocks And Funds Moon of Alabama. I hate to point out but the short was placed October 2. The precipitating event was the attempt to desecrate the Al Aqsa mosque, which took place Oct. 4. Now admittedly Hamas was like a coiled spring ready to go, and there were signs of increased preparation in preceding months, but the precise timing of the raid was actually significantly influenced by the Israel side. Remember that Alastair Crooke reported shortly after the Al Asqua attack that the Israeli cabinet had met in the tunnels under the mosque in recent months and declare this this land was theirs and they would take it. If the mosque raid had been more successful, it would not be hard to expect some sort of violent reaction, since there had been one earlier that year. From Wikipedia:
A series of violent confrontations occurred between Palestinians and Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem in April 2023. After the evening Ramadan prayer, Palestinians barricaded themselves inside the mosque, prompted by reports that Jews planned to sacrifice a goat at the site (which is forbidden by Israeli law). In response, Israeli police raided the mosque in riot gear, injuring 50 people and arresting at least 400.
In the aftermath of the clashes, Palestinian militant groups fired rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip and Lebanon – acts broadly construed as a response to the events at Al-Aqsa
And recall that troops had been temporarily redeployed out of the base next to Gaza, which could also have played into the Hamas decision as to when to act. Hamas also practicing extreme secrecy, and placing a big trade would seem to contradict that. So while the tidy explanation may be correct, it’s not dispositive.
New Not-So-Cold War
War in Ukraine “This miserable purgatory brings no results” Tagesschau (guurst, original here)
In Ukraine, a war of incremental gains as counteroffensive stalls Washington Post. Aside from the cope in the headline, article details a lot of finger-pointing.
The Russian MoD announced Friday that the authorized strength of the Russian military had increased by another 170,000 soldiers. This will allow the Russians to deploy an army on their unengaged right flank of approximately equal size to that currently fighting in Ukraine.⬇️… pic.twitter.com/TofKthcUuA
— Armchair Warlord (@ArmchairW) December 4, 2023
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
23andMe admits hackers accessed 6.9 million users’ DNA Relatives data The Verge (Kevin W)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Prophecies of Oswald Spengler or, He Wasn’t Wrong … Just Early Black Box Site (Walt D)
Late Republic Politics Joe Costello (Randy K)
Henry Kissinger, preserving empire and power The Duran (Kevin W).
We linked to this video earlier but Chuck L sent this tweet which highlights some key points:
This is an absolutely exceptional historical testimony on the Bush administration’s conduct towards China which, I think, is disclosed for the very first time.
The man interviewed is is Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell when he was Chairman of the… pic.twitter.com/e6VynbecMK
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) December 4, 2023
GOP Clown Car
Burnham, Machiavelli, and Republican Freedom digressionaimpressions (Userfriendly)
Grand jury indicts former Ohio public utilities chairman for federal bribery, embezzlement crimes Justice.gov (Carla R)
Our No Longer Free Press
A new House resolution, which may be voted on as early as tonight, “clearly and firmly states that anti-Zionism is antisemitism.” This comes after a previous resolution hinted at that claim, but did not fully state it. So now Congress wants to leave no question.
But there’s an… pic.twitter.com/0N39JvQ0Fg
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) December 4, 2023
The Twilight Zone of Economics Project Syndicate (David L)
California commission says Cruise withheld data about parking atop of a pedestrian The Register (Kevin W)
Free trade and debt : the two sides of neocolonialism CADTM (Micael T)
More US holiday shoppers turn to ‘buy now, pay later’ loans Financial Times. Another sign of lack of real wage growth.
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.