Jesse Darling Wins 2023 Turner Prize New York Times (furzy)
From a Detour to Global Dominance Eric Topol (furzy)
On goalpost moving: in fall 2021, (after the vax) Dr. Fauci said we could expect society to be basically “back to normal” if we can get daily COVID cases under 10k a day.
As of today we have over 850,000 new COVID cases per day. And rising. https://t.co/VmQ8PxDHF9
— Julia Marie (@julia_doubleday) December 5, 2023
Revealed: Sellafield nuclear site has leak that could pose risk to public Guardian (David L). Uh oh.
Can we make Vermont’s forests more like old forests, faster? Vermont Public (David L)
US grants $110 million to improve wildlife road crossings The Hill. A friend of furzy points out that these crossings are costly and not effective. Better are cheap devices on cars that emit a whistle at decent speeds. These are pretty common in rural snowy areas and do a great job in scaring away deer.
Good news 👏 👏👏👏👏👏👏
The EU has approved a ban on the destruction of unsold clothing. New rules will also ensure products are more enviromentally friendly and that goods are also more easily repaired and recycled.
Negotiators from the European Parliament and EU member… pic.twitter.com/rhUa049rmR
— Almuth Siegl🌍Environment and Animal Advocate (@AlmuthSiegl) December 6, 2023
Western Firms Should Leave China Now Project Syndicate (David L)
Chinese warships visit controversial Cambodian naval base for joint exercise South China Morning Post
ASM Announces $300 Million Expansion Of U.S. Operations In Scottsdale Arizona Commerce Authority. Alex C; “A Dutch semiconductor company announced it’s opening a factory in Scottsdale. Prime Minister Mark Rutte was there to celebrate EU industry’s flight to the US.”
Migration crackdown which would stop Brits earning less than £38,000 from bringing foreign husbands and wives to UK ‘could be blocked by human rights laws’ as experts warn it could lead to a wave of cancelled weddings Daily Mail
UK interior minister signs new Rwanda treaty to resurrect asylum plan Reuters (Kevin W)
Israel’s ‘Mass Assassination Factory’ Daniel Larison
Look what the Israeli occupation army are doing to us while the world is watching in silence. Watch to the end pic.twitter.com/NgYHVPj4lj
— MoTaz (@azaizamotaz9) December 5, 2023
Predicting Pestilence in Gaza Antiwar.com (Kevin W). Ahem, this was an obvious call (we made it). This seems oddly late in coming.
Israel Weighs Plan to Flood Gaza Tunnels With Seawater Wall Street Journal. A day old but important not to miss. Note subhead: Move could drive out Hamas fighters but threatens to foul Gaza’s freshwater supply and damage infrastructure
Looks like a plan moving forward: Israel installs pumps in Gaza to flood tunnels ‘no one has been in before’ Middle East Monitor. BC: “Flooding the tunnels with sea water makes me wonder if this is some Roman style “salting the earth” destruction tactic used in Carthage in 146 BCE.”
Message I just received from an Israeli friend in Israel: "We need your urgent help. If there is no international intervention, we're gone. The entire Palestinian people are under a genocidal attack, and democratic Jews in Israel are under violent fascist persecution that…
— Yanis Varoufakis (@yanisvaroufakis) December 6, 2023
IS ISRAEL LOSING? THE TRUTH ABOUT GAZA’S TRUCE W/ ALASTAIR CROOKE! Danny Haiphong, Youtube (furnacewriter). From a few days ago, but this is a more complete explanation of the backstory Crooke has been presenting on the shift in Israeli politics when the Mizrahi got a majority of seats in the Knesset. This is a big part of picture that Varoufakis mentions above, about persecution of “democratic” Jews in Israel.
In the name of all Jews Yasha Levine. Nuanced, and badly needed when many are going full Manichean.
Bernie Sanders opposes $10 billion Israel aid RT. Sanders gets some guts back very late in the game.
More Israel losing the propaganda war:
The only thing you need to watch today 🔻 pic.twitter.com/4rYr99iCxd
— Naila (@BrownNaila) December 5, 2023
New Not-So-Cold War
Rus Advances Bakhmut, Liman, Avdeyevka; UK: Marinka Falling: Zaluzhny: Ukr Needs 17M Shells, $400B Alexander Mercouris, YouTube. Important discussion of latest Zaluzhny eyepopping $ and equipment demands in meeting with Lloyd Austin, signs diehard Lindsay Graham is cooling on Project Ukraine.
Ukraine war is undergoing mutation Indian Punchline (Kevin W). Note this presumed the Zelensky Congresscritter classified chat was on, which turned out not to be so. BBC claims Zelensky cancelled it, which seems not credible. At best there was a monster argument (in light of insane demand Mercouris describes in detail above) and both sides were in a complete snit. Bhadrakumar took the briefing to mean the Biden Administration was not giving up on Project Ukraine. So has that actually changed?
“In France, Russian propaganda attacks on several fronts at once,” says Elie Guckert All News Press (more extensive article in French: Link to more extensive article in French:
https://www.20minutes.fr/societe/4065011-20231204-guerre-ukraine-france-propagande-russe-attaque-plusieurs-fronts-fois-lance-elie-guckert). Jos O:
Dutchman in France here. Just to show you how the propaganda war is being fought in Europe.
He accuses everybody and their uncle of being in cahoots with the evil Putin, or at least of being completely brainwashed by the ever-present “Russian propaganda”.
By the way, he “forgets” to mention that Russian Internet media have been blocked in Europe since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, and that virtually all comment sections on news sites systematically cancel everybody who posts anything that can be considered a pro-Russian argument.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
23andMe Hack Is a Wake-Up Call for Your Password Habits NPR (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Do venture capitalists want forever war? Responsible Statecraft
Western education systems degrading – Putin RT (Anthony L)
Trump-Era Controversies Had a Measurable Effect on Church Attendance Christianity Today
Will the Real Hunter Biden Now Step Forward? Jonathan Turley (Chuck L)
Democrats en déshabillé
Gold bars found in Sen. Bob Menendez’s home linked to 2013 armed robbery: report New York Post (Kevin W)
Andrew Cuomo would ‘trounce’ Eric Adams in Dem primary for mayor, polls show New York Post. When Cuomo looks better than the alternative, you know it’s bad…
GOP Clown Car
Police State Watch
Pentagon Scientists Discuss Cybernetic ‘Super Soldiers’ That Feel Nothing While Killing In Dystopian Presentation Motherboard (Kevin W). If you think these forces/capabilities won’t be used against civilians at home, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.
Is the world’s most important asset market broken? Economist (David L)
Economists see Fed keeping rates at 22-year high until at least July Financial Times. Mr. Market seems more hopeful.
Low wages are growing, but the decline in disposable income over 2021-23 due to the phase-out of Covid policies completely swamps that — not crazy to believe this is behind a lot of people's discontent with the economy pic.twitter.com/TKjPL2YQMT
— Gabriel Zucman (@gabriel_zucman) December 4, 2023
Let’s not be fooled by Kristalina Giorgeva and the IMF CADTM (Micael T)
Amazon employees are quitting over RTO, especially AWS staff Business Insider (Kevin W). BTW it was and likely still true that AWS is where Amazon makes nearly all of its profit.
Capitalism, with friends like these, you don’t need enemies Steve Keen (Micael T)
Antidote du jour. VERY late to publish this submission from Christopher W:
My partner had to acquiesce for work reasons and she will not take another shot after being sick after the second pfizer dose and our experiences with family and friends. Anyway, don’t get me started, but certainly not travelling or indoors with crowds. We have moved from Cairns about 20 miles south to Gordonvale. This way, I have a new project to renovate and we have less debt and more disposable income. And we find ourselves in a rare species ‘corridor’ with numerous permanent and temporary creeks. I have seen more tree frogs here in 4 months than I ever saw in Cairns.
Now, I have briefly seen our smaller bats in the night sky. Flying fast and feasting on mosquitos and other insects. Last night, I reentered my office when something chittered and I saw what I thought was a frog on the floor. It didn’t like me picking it up. I took it outside and put it on a plant. Didn’t like that either, high pitched chittering again. I finally picked it up gently and it latched its legs and wings, they felt like sharp hooks, onto my index finger.
So I returned to my office to see if it could recover, although I suspected it had broken a wing I stronked it and took this photo, which sadly is not the best. After about 10 minutes, the chittering recomenced and it spread its wings. Before I could stop it, the bat took off and crashed. I couldn’t find it. 15 minutes later, it landed on my desk. I picked it up and took it outside, where it took off into the night. To my and my partner’s delight.
What a great feeling…
And a bonus (guurst). Love the eyelashes!
— たま🦉🦉 (@ringo_en2015) December 2, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.