Links 12/8/2023

She spent a month trying to help stray dog whose head was stuck in a jug WaPo

Coyote vs Dog (It’s Not Always as Obvious as You May Think) Field and Stream

New calf brings new hope, and new concerns, for embattled Sumatran rhinos Monga Bay

Goods Deflation Is Back. It Could Speed Inflation’s Return to 2%. WSJ

US retail lobbyists retract key claim on ‘organized’ retail crime Reuters


Climate change terror Arctic News

COP28 creates fund for vulnerable countries for loss and damage from climate change—but will it reach vulnerable people? Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Frontier Carbon Removal Fund Makes $57 Million Bet on Crushed Rocks Bloomberg

Relying on Carbon Capture and Storage Could Unleash ‘Carbon Bomb’ Common Dreams

We followed an old-growth detective into the forest to fact-check B.C.’s suspicious claims about the age of trees The Narwhale

The Climate Canvasses of the Little Ice Age JSTOR Daily


A ‘thirsty’ generative AI boom poses a growing problem for Big Tech CNBC

Bitcoin Mining Used More Water Than New York City Last Year WSJ


Health workers at highest COVID risk least likely to always follow infection-control protocols, study finds Center for Disease Research and Policy

Opinion: This is a pandemic of attrition Calgary Herald

Childhood pneumonia outbreak in Ohio unrelated to China, Europe WaPo


Sorry America, China has a bigger economy than you FT

What Will It Take for China’s GDP to Grow at 4–5 Percent Over the Next Decade? Michael Pettis, China Financial Markets

People in China Are Starting to Worry About COVID Testing and Controls Coming Back Time. And just like us, China has done nothing to clean their air….


If you say so:

But see NC here at “Amalek”, and here on “resettlement.”

Israel’s use of disproportionate force is a long-established tactic – with a clear aim Guardian

Will Netanyahu risk a tunnel conflict to ‘eradicate Hamas’, stay in power? Al Jazeera. The tunnels are a distraction….

US focuses on reducing Houthi threat in the Red Sea Splash 247

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Journalists killed and injured in Lebanon: AFP’s investigation points to Israeli army Agence France Presse

Israel’s Assassinations Road to Perdition Spy Talk

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Inside the Pro-Israel Information War Lee Fang

Censorship of Gaza on social media Anadolu Agency

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Hundreds of Jewish organization staffers call for White House to back Gaza cease-fire NBC. The deck: “More than 500 employees of dozens of synagogues and Jewish groups signed a letter calling for a cease-fire. Most signed anonymously for fear of their jobs.”

Senate Dems propose amendment adding conditions to Israel aid The Hill

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The Gaza War Has Convinced Russia It Was Right All Along Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Press review: Putin’s Arab ‘blitz’ signals global shift and UK seen as conflict instigator TASS

European Disunion

Germany hit by last-minute train strike: Deutsche Bahn trains to be “massively affected” EuroNews

Dear Old Blighty

Labour says no longer ‘sneering at business’ and unveils 10 City advisers FT. Why do we need two Tory parties?

New Not-So-Cold War

Establishment Alarmism in Overdrive as Raytheon Lloyd Threatens Congress with War Simplicius the Thinker. Lloyd Austin.

Russia is gearing up for a long war. Will the West follow suit? Defense News

Russia Sees Shrunken, Neutral Ukraine as Basis for Peace Kyiv Post

West sabotaged Ukraine peace deal with Russia, admit Zelensky official and Germany’s ex leader Geopolitical Economy

The Senate blocked aid for Ukraine. Now what? The Economist

Ukraine Is Forming Five New Mechanized Brigades. Now They Need Vehicles. Forbes. So, for some definition of “forming.”

South of the Border

Venezuela: Gov’t Rejects US Southern Command Presence in Essequibo Amidst Border Dispute Venezuelanalysis

The nightmare economic in-tray awaiting Argentina’s Javier Milei FT

Digital Watch

OpenAI employees really, really did not want to go work for Microsoft Business Insider. From the deck: “Abandoning OpenAI would have meant losing out on lucrative pay, equity, and a rich tender offer.”

Google’s best Gemini demo was faked Tech Crunch

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Social media as an incubator of personality and behavioral psychopathology: Symptom and disorder authenticity or psychosomatic social contagion? Comprehensive Psychiatry

I Learned To Love Online. Now Every Romance Leaves An Internet Trail. Byline


Hunter Biden indicted on nine tax charges, adding to gun charges in special counsel probe AP. Here is the indictment. Commentary:

However, it’s not Hunter’s florid consumerism that’s the issue; it’s the sources of his income, and its distribution within the Biden clan.

Secret Service Finds Biden Attempting To Dig Own Grave On White House Lawn The Onion

Spook Country

Disinformation researcher accuses Meta of meddling in Harvard’s research The Verge


Julian Assange Could Face Extradition to the U.S. by Early 2024 Ryan Grim, The Intercept

The Final Frontier

Cow dung fuels Japan’s space ambitions Channel News Asia

ISS astronauts find tomato that was lost in space for 8 months (video)

Bad Wiring Almost Ruined NASA’s Asteroid Sample Mission


Drug shortages hit record highs DC News

Targeting costly meds, Biden admin asserts authority to seize certain drug patents Politico

Sports Desk

Holy moley:

Class Warfare

Central bankers are worried about you getting a raise FT

Funhouse Mirror London Review of Books. Capitalism and slavery.

The Standard of Civlization Perry Anderson, New Left Review. International law.

Light Can Travel Backward in Time (Sort Of) Scientific American

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered. To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.


  1. Stephen V

    Alarmism indeed in the Land of the Free & the Home of the Brave (le plus ca change…)
    BREAKING REPORT: Sec. of Defense Lloyd Austin threatens members of classified briefing that if they don’t appropriate more money for Zelensky and Ukraine, “WE’LL SEND YOUR UNCLES, COUSINS AND SONS TO FIGHT RUSSIA.”

    Essentially saying pay them, or we’ll kill your kids…

      1. flora

        If B officially sends US troops to Ukr then B will without question lose next year’s election. I guaar-un-tee it. (Who put Austin in charge of deciding when troops go or not?) / ;)

        1. steppenwolf fetchit

          Perhaps Austin was simply relaying a message from Higher-Up people, perhaps from Big Guy himself.

    1. .Tom

      The panicked blob plea for $$ from congress via the public media is part of the same, I suppose. But more $ for UA doesn’t give it many more fight-capable citizens. So they have to expand the war beyond UA anyway. For the US to send soldiers to die fighting RF in Europe, Europe will have to send more into the same fight.

      I assume that American military specialists have estimates of the scale of RF capabilities projected out for the next few years so I wonder what kind of a NATO fight with RF they have in mind and how these countries will prepare for the war. Or is this going to be a massive rearmament, perhaps with conscription over a tense but mostly peaceful border?

      1. The Rev Kev

        Belgium might be an example of NATO capabilities here. Former army commander Marc Thys has said that-

        ‘If war breaks out here today, the Belgian army will have to start throwing stones after just a few hours, because we will have run out of ammunition.’

        And I think that Germany has enough ammo for two days and the UK enough for a few days more. The cupboard is bare.

        1. .Tom

          I know but that’s just the now. Biden is aiming to win a 2nd term and this media onslaught bringing focus back to UA from IL saying we have to stop Putin’s advance west by militarily means is, I assume, supposed to be persuasive. Let’s say it works: they conjure enough fear of a Russian advance through Europe in public and congressional minds, $$ keep flowing and Biden wins this time next year. So that gives five years from now to do it.

          The social, economic, and political rearrangements needed to confront RF’s current buildup would be significant. Even if the money and equipment stuff can be done, they need lots more soldiers.

    2. timbers

      If we don’t stop Putin now with American troops drafted from Lindsey Graham’s and Republicans and their offspring and relatives, Putin will invade Europe so he can steal all her babies to be strung to a conveyor belt by their feet as he sucks their blood dry as they each pass before him and when he is finished feeding on Europe’s babies he will invade North America. Sure hope Rachel Maddow gives this very important fact the attention it deserves for the sake of the American public and humanity.

    3. zagonostra

      Whose “uncles, cousins and sons?” As the song goes, “I’m no Senator’s son,” so I guess they mean the bloke on the streets. I imagine, the people attending the “classified briefing” weren’t that particularly threatened with fear of their loved ones going anywhere to fight.

      Now if you substitute “God” in below quote from St. Thomas Aquinas’ “De Regno” with “Legitimate” those attending the “classified briefing” might fear that the people whose “uncles, cousins and sons” are being sent to die will wake up and realize that any government that sends it’s citizens to die in a foreign country for dubious ends has lost its legitimate authority.

      For power (authority) comes from God, as the Apostle implies in the same place. Hence,
      Christians are bound to obey the authorities inasmuch as they are from God; and they are not
      bound to obey inasmuch as the authority is not from God.

    4. marym

      “Essentially” that’s probably what he meant (although “kids of your less privileged constituents” may be more accurate) but the all caps statement in quotation marks may not be what he said. Though the linked post references “private sources” Tucker – at least in his tweet – doesn’t reference any, and his reply to Musk just says “confirmed.”

      1. .Tom

        “Essential” was redefined as a social class in recent years and the vast majority of its members are not PMC elite.

        1. Oh

          Don’t underestimate the stupidity of the American Public. They will buy this propaganda hook, line and sinker.

          1. CarlH

            I don’t know. I think the contradictions are becoming so obvious that Americans are starting to wake up. I’m also not fond of denigrating people who have been lied to their whole lives by the most sophisticated propaganda machine ever devised, on top of being made to work two and three jobs so they are so tired, beat down, and time constrained that they do not have the skills, the time, or the energy to be as “smart” and “enlightened” as some. Throw in deteriorating education and a horrifying health care system and we get exactly the population we have.

    5. Darthbobber

      Can almost guarantee that the bolded words in quotes aren’t actually Austin’s, and the language doesn’t even sound like him.

      McCaul’s take on the briefing had Austin and other Biden officials saying that if Putin won in Ukraine, he’d (apparently inevitably) take Georgia, Moldava, and possibly the Baltic Republics, and then we’d at some point have to commit troops to halt the further westward march of the asian hordes.

      Makes no sense, of course, but it’s nothing but the standard domino farce we’ve been hearing since the days when the fall of South Vietnam was going to be followed by sampans full of black pajamas sailing under the Golden gate bridge.

      1. Yves Smith

        John Kirby used a very similar formula, in public:

        1. nippersdad

          There used to be this GIF with all of these stick figures running around with their hair on fire, and he always reminds me of those. If they weren’t so seriously detrimental it would be hard to take them seriously.

      2. Lefty Godot

        I’m sure that’s their thinking, but someone should point out to them that the Baltics and Georgia are not in a westward direction. Every warlike activity that Russia and China have been involved in since the late 1970s has been with a hostile force right on their borders. If only we could limit ourselves to that.

    6. Feral Finster

      Of course one has to ask why exactly they are so over the top this time. Why are they so desperate for Ukraine not to lose, to the point where they are more or less openly blackmailing Senators?

      For that matter, Biden is requesting many times more for Ukraine than he is requesting for Israel. Did Biden himself not say that a budget shows a man’s real priorities, regardless of anything he says?

      1. .Tom

        That’s what I was wondering above.

        Might be just a bunch of rhetoric to get Congress to give the next 60b to keep Kiev afloat for another 6 months or so. Let’s hope so.

        They must know that 60b doesn’t do much to help UA fight unless it’s to spend on foreign mercenaries.

      2. Christopher Fay

        The present gift to Israel is just a taste. The real appropriations for mass slaughter and to make Israel insiders whole starts in 2024.

    7. Es s Ce tera

      “Defend Europe” is the pretext, and the threat of European conquest isn’t from Russia, it’s from America.

      1. Feral Finster

        America already has conquered europe, and europeans gleefully compete for the right to lick their American Master’s boots.

        I’ve seen whipped dogs with more self-respect than a political class european.

  2. CanCyn

    Love the cats on the iPad especially the black and white that won’t play and eventually loses interest – I think he’s the smart one.

    PS – The X embed for the Orange Cat activities video is linked to the iPad cats. Sorry, I am not on X so can’t supply the correct link.

    PSS – The bowls guy’s shot is amazing!!!

  3. Colonel Smithers

    Thank you, Lambert.

    Further to the link about Labour and its City advisers, for the past couple of years or so, Barclays and HSBC and, to a lesser extent, Citi, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan have been advising the Labour leadership. Blair and his team, which includes former PMs Jacinda Ardern (a former adviser to Blair at No 10) and Sanna Marin, are advising and helping run the party and, in tandem with the banks, write the party manifesto for the next election.

    My former colleagues at the bankers’ trade body declined the invitation to formally engage, but do advise informally. It was felt better to keep some distance.

    My former colleagues attended the major party conferences and have held regular workshops with Labour. At one recent workshop, attended by Starmer and Bob Wigley, UK Finance chairman, Starmer said “the City is a force for good” and “Labour has the City’s back”.

    Aurelien / David has written about the inner and outer parties. The members and trade union funders of the Labour Party are definitely outer party. The Labour leadership is happy to take their money and, out of their earshot and in the presence of my former colleagues, sneer at the members, such as at the parliamentary reception last Tuesday evening.

    The rest of this decade is going to be amazing as Labour imposes austerity, privatises what is left of the family silver that was behind the cupboards and tries to outdo the Tories. Hopefully, WW3 and / or climate change euthanises us.

    1. The Rev Kev

      Thank you Colonel. Tony Blair, Jacinda Ardern and Sanna Marin all working together. Ughh! Haven’t seen anything so ugly since I saw a brief video of Boris Johnson and Scotty from Marketing smiling in Kiev together.

      Your comment did make me wonder about something. Sooner or later the Ukraine will collapse and the war will be over. And at that point, all bills will be due. I cannot help but wonder if firms in the City bet big on the Ukraine winning and Russia collapsing just before the start of this war. The temptation would have been enormous and the possible payouts would have been sky-high. If so, I wonder what happens then.

      1. Colonel Smithers

        Thank you, Rev.

        I reckon more thoughtful and knowledgeable City types did the opposite. There’s support for a more constructive approach. Since the war began, we have kept our heads down.

      2. Feral Finster

        Something like that is what drove the United States to enter WWI.

        The House of Morgan had lent huge sums to H.M. Exchequer, and feared that an Entente defeat meant that they would not get their money back. Needless to say, J.P. Morgan lobbied hard for American intervention.

        As it were, the British came within days of hard default on at least two occasions, even after the US entered The Great War.

    2. Feral Finster

      Labour Tweedledee or Tory Tweedledum. Either way, the banks win and the public loses. The only discernable difference boils down to idpol.

      Go on, tell us some more about how first past the post winner takes all electoral democracy represents the will of the public.

      1. digi_owl

        Not much better in places that have supposedly more representative election systems.

        You either get rainbow coalitions that are dominated by one of the two major parties, or lame duck minorities that get nothing done for the whole period.

        1. Kouros

          You are cornering me to have to choose the abolition of political parties and the adoption of sortition as a democratic tool for election. How interesting…

    3. Lefty Godot

      Why do we need two Tory parties?

      We’re asking ourselves the same question over here. But, once again, it all depends on which “we” is being talked about.

        1. Feral Finster

          Largely a matter of taste and style. Do you prefer “Cool Britannia” or are you more comfortable with “Little England”?

  4. ambrit

    So, it seems that Hunter spent all the money on “hookers and Joe.”
    These are the people running America?
    I’m voting Dread Lord Cthulhu in November.

    1. Terry Flynn

      “hookers and Joe.”

      My mind-autocorrected the last word until I re-read. So did everyone’s, admit it.

      Plus did anyone else mentally read that in the voice of Bender from Futurama?

    2. Wukchumni

      So, it seems that Hunter spent all the money on “hookers and Joe.”

      Sure, that fine Colombian doesn’t come cheap, I heard by 2019 the high wasn’t sufficient so he switched to Kopi luwak, but eventually paid a hooker to simulate a civet using cheap Arabica beans, how the mighty have fallen.

    3. Wukchumni

      Hunter isn’t the first, First Scoundrel. but it would take some doing to find an equally awful first offspring.

    4. JP

      Hunter isn’t running America. Don’t think the president is running America. It is all theater so you don’t see corporate lobbies are running America. Ruining America.

      How much did corporate lobbies spend on blookers and hoe?

  5. Terry Flynn

    Tuxedo cat: “It’s a trick by those stupid hoomans. I really couldn’t give a family-blog and I’m not wasting energy moving a single paw!”

  6. The Rev Kev

    ‘Jacob N. Kornbluh
    WH’s John Kirby:
    “It is not the Israeli Defense Forces’ strategy to kill innocent people.
    “It’s not like the Israelis are sitting around every morning and saying, ‘Hey, how many more civilians can we kill today?’ “They are not doing that. They are trying to go after Hamas.”’

    I wonder if they are doing John Kirby memes yet as Kirby says a lot of stupid stuff. Just yesterday he said-

    ‘Name me one more nation – any other nation – that’s doing as much as the United States to alleviate the pain and suffering of the people of Gaza. You can’t.’

    What he forgot to mention is that the US has also sent ‘15,000 bombs and 57,000 artillery shells to Israel since October, including 5,000 MK82 unguided bombs, 5,400 MK84 2,000-pound bombs, around 1,000 GBU-39 small diameter bombs, as well as approximately 3,000 laser-guided JDAM missiles.’

    John Kirby – the Backpfeifengesicht.

    1. Polar Socialist

      One might say that for over 22,000 Gazans the US (arming Israel) has indeed alleviated the pain and suffering. For them there’s neither anymore. Ever.

    2. DavidZ

      When you are dead – no pain or suffering.

      He is correct and you sir/madam owe John Kirby an apology!


    3. NN Cassandra

      I think the correct answer to his question is Israel. Israel is the one nation that is currently doing more for Gaza than the US. At least according to these guys logic.

  7. Roger Blakely

    Opinion: This is a pandemic of attrition Calgary Herald

    This is one of the hardest-hitting essays yet published. You couldn’t ask for more. It was written by a physician, an English professor, and a COVID-19 activist.

    “It’s time for our society to admit that we’ve made a mistake and change course. The COVID-is-mild experiment, despite the wishing and the hoping, has been a tragic failure.”

    1. Sutter Cane

      Agreed, but as someone who still follows covid news and is still trying to avoid infection, the public not only doesn’t care, but is increasingly hostile to anyone who so much as mentions it.

    2. The Rev Kev

      There was a phrase that was popular with leaders in different countries earlier in the Pandemic. It was ‘learning to live with the virus’ and we were all told that this was the way that it had to be. There was no alternative. Well now we are seeing how well that works out in practice and this article is one example. Maybe that is why you never hear that phrase anymore. But I tell you what. When they go to write a definitive history of this Pandemic, that phrase would be a great name for a chapter of that book.

      1. t

        When that phrase was first foisted on the public, some activist with Diabetes and HIV and other things people have to “live with” tried to explain how much you don’t want to “live with.” Which should have been an easy sell to people who don’t want to live with waiting three seconds for a steakburger, but no.

        (Also, Android autocorrect is off the rails. Corrections don’t show as you type and often make no sense.)

        1. Grateful Dude

          My iPhone is a horror that way. I had to disable autocorrect to stop it from spraying nonsense into my texts, and it’s really hard to correct it myself with fat fingers. I can touch down precisely on the character I want to correct but it won’t let me do that. Those 2 blue bars are really a waste of software.

          Classical – pre bot-AI, used character keyboard distance to suggest corrections, as in mistyped words. BotAI predicts based just on preceding words and all the text it’s been trained on. Don’t even try to get creative.

      2. ChrisFromGA

        My favorite pandemic-era memory was Pelosi saying that “we’re gonna crush the virus!” with a slightly slurred, lounge lizardy “it’s 5-oclock somewhere” type of voice.

    3. Socal Rhino

      And the Texas lawsuit against Pfizer will reinforce widely held views that the pandemic was a fraud.

        1. Socal Rhino

          In my experience, limited though it is, people have difficulty separating the handling of the pandemic from the proposition that the pandemic itself is real.

          In fact, I know people who thought the former president was a hero for the rapid rollout of vaccines while he was in office, who also believe that it was all a hoax conducted by the current occupant.

          So I think there is no doubt that alleged bad acts by Pfizer will cause people to lean into the hoax idea.

      1. Bsn

        And a counter attack they will use it that Texas is a red state, ergo “right wing nut jobs” are challenging our health choices.

  8. GramSci

    Re: Crushed Rock and CO2

    [Mary Yap is CEO of start-up Lithos Carbon, which just received $57 million from Meta, Alphabet, et al.’s Frontier ‘benefits corporation’.]

    «Yap hopes that Frontier’s purchase will make it possible to collect enough data to eventually replace some of that testing with computer models.»

    With the right two points, the computer model can plot a straight line to $ucce$$! MBA 101.

    1. Wukchumni

      All I could think about reading the article was…

      ‘Yap Stone’

      The stones were highly valued by the Yapese and used for important ceremonial gifts. The ownership of a large stone, which would be too difficult to move, was established by its history as recorded in oral tradition rather than by its location. Appending a transfer to the oral history of the stone thus effected a change of ownership.

      Modern economists have viewed Rai stones as a form of money, and the stones are often used as a demonstration of the fact that the value of some forms of money can be assigned purely through a shared belief in said value.

      1. JBird4049

        I was told about it in a couple of cultural anthropology courses and remember thinking that a carved boulder at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean being used as money is as good as idea as seashells, paper, and gold. You can’t even suggest that never having it in sight or in physical possession means it’s not real considering that most “money” are electrons and lines on a screen. At least the paper bills in my wallet and coins in the cup like that boulder are physically solid creations.

  9. The Rev Kev

    “Secret Service Finds Biden Attempting To Dig Own Grave On White House Lawn”

    ‘a confused Biden was insisting that he had been merely taking an evening stroll around the grounds.’

    Poor Joe. With all those anonymous bags of cash containing his 10% cut from so many deals coming to him, he had to find someplace to hide them. Agreed the SS caught him before he could finish hiding it all so maybe he can find another place. I heard that he tried to hide it in the Presidential limousine – aka “The Beast” – but it broke the rear axle because of the weight.

    1. Wukchumni

      I saw an image online of Joe on his knees on the WH lawn sans shovel, attempting to dig a rectangular hole using only his aviator glasses as an ad hoc spade, but it turned out to be photoshopped.

  10. ChrisFromGA

    Re: thirsty AI

    Big tech’s promises to pay attention to sustainability in their everlasting quest to please shareholders have a post-verdict OJ-like sincerity to them.

    And this whole AI thing is looking more and more scammy the deeper I look into it. We were promised a giant Skynet computer, maybe power hungry but not sucking up all the resources of the planet to feed the beast.

    Instead, we get server farms all over the world. Brute force solutioneering.

    Anyone else think this whole thing is just a racket?

    1. Watt4Bob

      I see what you see.

      Meta is building a $700M data center in Minnesota.

      I would guess this beast is going to support AI’s thirst for our data.

      It’s probably going to have a negative impact on our water resources, resources that being the Land of 10,000 lakes, seem infinite, but are really more and more polluted and lusted after by these scammers without consciences.

      1. JBird4049

        It looks like Our Beloved Overlords plan on using all the fresh water we can’t spare and all the electricity we don’t have to create the new, improved Siliconic Overlords that will replace them and us, eugenics like, which I for one, will rejoice in welcoming.

        If the previous likely accurate sentence doesn’t encapsulates the batsh— insanity of our current deranged age, what does?

    2. Mikel

      The terminology for the algorithms had already been around for years and in development. It didn’t escape my notice that the hype went into overdrive when rising interest rates came along and started affecting tech stock prices.
      And then start-up sugar daddy banks ran into trouble (like SVB).

      1. ChrisFromGA

        It seems that your observation is right, there is always another racket that comes along right in the nick of time, when it appears that the last one has run its course.

        Tech wreck ->housing bubble
        Housing bubble->cloud bubble
        Cloud bubble-> ? (printer go brrrr, kick off Housing bubble 2.0)
        Housing bubble 2.0 -> AI bubble

        1. cfraenkel

          You missed a few: biotech bubble, social media bubble (still suffering through this one…. ) and the big one.. crypto.

          The next one? Seems like they’re going to cut out the middleman (us) and mainline a defense industry bubble?

  11. Wukchumni

    The Climate Canvasses of the Little Ice Age JSTOR Daily
    It didn’t take much temperature deviance to create a frozen landscape not only in Europe, but also here in the Sierra Nevada where all the glaciers that were existent since first glimpsed by Americans in the 1850’s (right around the end of the LIA) were formed by just a few degrees difference from the norm.

    They’ve all retreated mightily since then, losing 70% of surface area. Have a look at the historical photos.

    This is my favorite of the Sierra glaciers…

    Palisade Glacier is one of the few glaciers in California that terminates in a proglacial lake dammed by its former moraine, turquoise-colored from the glacial powder suspended in the water. The Big Pine Lakes below the glacier are also the same color. (Wiki)

    So, what will become of us in the Great bake-off to come?

    I can already see forests retreating and seeing as they can’t leave their posts, have surrendered to an angry 1/8th inch nemesis en masse with forays up to 9k now, and seeing as treeline is around 10k where foxtail pines hail, there isn’t much left to conquer.

    1. JP

      We got a warning shot in the foot hills a few years ago when the drought persisted for a third year. The oaks started dying and we realized that another year or two of no rain would turn the area into a desert.

      Then we got 40 inches of rain. That’s California.

      It won’t be the heat that kills the forest. It will be lack of rain. In reality the forest will retreat into the climate battery of 12,000 foot peaks and wait for wetter, cooler times. The pines will be replaced by oaks and bay.

    1. dave -- just dave

      I have never had a personal dog as an adult – my two beloved cats are now at eternal rest in the back yard. That dogs are better at reducing dementia risk than cats seems plausible, and I can think of two reasons:

      1/Walking the dog provides exercise and possible human-to-human interaction

      2/Possible infection with toxoplasmosis

      1. MT_Wild

        The authors pointed to #1 as a way to get both exercise and social contact.

        I’m sure if they had a subset of cat owners who had trained their cats to walk on a leash they would get similar if not potentially greater effects. Assuming anyone walking a cat on a leash is gonna get more social contact just due to novelty.

      2. Don

        We walk the (tough, brave, dog-loving Bengal) cat, on a leash in a dog-loving, dog walking ‘hood. If you are looking for exercise and social contact, give it a shot.

  12. ilsm

    There are far too many Vietnam era veterans alive for the Biden syndicate to run out the ‘domino theory’!

    Russia establishing security does not mean they will go after Paris.

    Kirby!!! Malarkey!

    1. nippersdad

      One would think, but the number of congressmen and other people in government that were raised by WWII vets who will happily side with actual Nazis came as a real shock to me.

      1. Es s Ce tera

        This didn’t shock me. I tend to think that if the Japanese hadn’t attacked Pearl Harbour the US would have sided with Hitler, and not because a large percentage of the population was German.

        America being the land of the KKK and slave patrols (now known simply as police), racism is hardcoded in its DNA. Plus, Nazi policies having their inspiration and blueprint in US racist laws and policies. And the American Bund having been very successful to the point where massive Nazi rallies were held in Madison Square Gardens. And of course, recall the Jews blocked from entry into the US at the time, for the exact same reasons Hitler gave for wanting to deport them

        If it walks like a duck….

        And for the same reasons, the US now supports Israel in its genocide of Palestinians.

        1. Feral Finster

          I dunno, for the natives, British colonialism was not much of an improvement over the Jim Crow South. Churchill is to this day regarded as a monster by many in India.

          And I am not seeking to excuse Hitler.

          1. Es s Ce tera

            Yes, this is a good point. Churchill for example was quite unabashedly racist. I don’t even understand why he opposed Hitler given he also classified people as human or non based on race. Maybe he only opposed Hitler’s expansionism but otherwise agreed with him on the race supremacism.

          2. Watt4Bob

            My Irish grandfather, who had been in the IRA, and did time in a British prison, came home to find a biography of Churchill that my aunt had brought home from school, laying on the kitchen table.

            He asked “What’s this?” my aunt said “A book for school, he’s an important man.”

            My grandfather threw the book out the open window into the neighbors yard.

            Churchill had a hand in setting up the mess in the ME;

            While Churchill was in Jerusalem, in March 1921, he spoke sternly to the Palestinian Arab leaders telling them: “It is manifestly right that the Jews, who are scattered all over the world, should have a national centre and a National Home where some of them may be reunited. And where else could that be but in this land of Palestine, with which for more than 3,000 years they have been intimately and profoundly associated?”

      2. digi_owl

        If not for the imperial rivalry between Churchill and Hitler, and the whole Poland deal triggering the defense pact with UK and France, i suspect the war in Europe would have largely been about nazis vs communists.

    2. Polar Socialist

      …does not mean they will go after Paris.

      At least the last time they did go after Paris, the The West got service à la russe, bistro and metallic counter tops out of it.

  13. The Rev Kev

    “Ukraine Is Forming Five New Mechanized Brigades. Now They Need Vehicles.”

    And soldiers. And officers. And NCOs. Facilities to train them at where they cannot attack. Soldiers trained as mechanics so that they can maintain and service those vehicles. At least a year or two for those new soldiers just to learn the basics. Air cover so that they won’t be chewed up like all the other mechanized brigades have been. Then after that I am sure that they will be good to go. So real soon now.

    This is like the military version of vaporware.

    1. Feral Finster

      Of course these poor schlubs will get whacked in short order. That’s not the point.

      The point is to provide an excuse to keep feeding money into the Ukrainian maw. “This fourth army will really do the trick this time, we got Putin right where we want him we can’t leave Ukraine now those soldiers will just get killed Ukraine has agency ZOMG!

      1. Feral Finster

        Expect the narrative to be like this “See, we gotta help Ukraine win ZOMG they’re so devoted to the freedom that they’re even press-ganging pregnant women and children ZOMG!

        So did the Japanese in 1945, but not many people hold up pre-1945 Japan as a shining beacon of Muh Democracy.

  14. Skip Intro

    Kirby: Dumb or Disingenuous?
    Of course Israel’s strategy is not mass murder of Palestinian civilians, that is a tactic. The strategy is ethnic cleansing.

  15. Chris Cosmos

    Over the decades I’ve talked to several Israelis and Israel-centric American Jews (who regularly visit Israel). The general of view was that Palestinians are dirty, definitely non-human who only understand the language of violence. This hatred of Palestinians is not new and, I believe, is deeply embedded in Israeli society. Israelis support the genocide in Gaza. The right-wing government in Israel really reflects the general views of the public in Israel. These attitudes are not shared by most Jews in the USA but are shared by a significant minority in the Jewish community.

    I think we have to face the fact we are in different phase of history where ethnic identity has become magnified do to the abject failure of liberalism. We now live at a post-rational, post-liberal world where, as Putin has articulated people are “returning” to old associations, old loyalties. With our obsession with “identity politics” we are moving into a possible neo-fascist reality. As I peruse the establishment press both on the center-left and center-right I see no hunger for the truth only propaganda for some particular world-view. While I’m an old-fashioned liberal in most areas–I recognize the importance of meaning and solidarity as the sine qua non of a decent life.

    1. britzklieg

      To your point, here’s a good conversation:

      “In the capitalist world, the ideological hegemony of the bourgeoisie is maintained by the breathtaking control that it exercises over the cultural apparatus, meaning the entire system of cultural production, distribution, and consumption. “Five gigantic corporations,” Alan MacLeod writes, “control over 90 per cent of what America reads, watches or listens to.”63 These megacorporations work closely with the U.S. government, as we briefly discussed above. Their overall goal was clearly stated by CIA Director William Casey at his first staff meeting in 1981: “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.””

      1. nippersdad

        And then there was the Lee Fang report above that went over the efforts of Silicon Valley to restrict public discourse on Israel/Gaza to approved Zionist lines. That was really scary to read.

      2. Chris Cosmos

        It’s all part of one interlocking system. In some ways this makes it much easier for us to oppose because there is no hope of reform.

      3. hemeantwell

        Some of that article is on point but, holey moley, coarsely tossing the Frankfurt School into the mix requires this guy putting his critical Vitamix on the ultrahigh setting. It would behoove him to consider the fact that the trajectory of FS thinking was rather profoundly shaped by the fact that in the post WW2 period it appeared that capitalism had concocted a stabilizing program, grounded in Keynesianism, that included the incorporation of US labor, after its mind had been put right in the anticommunist/antisocialist purges of the late 40s and 50s. On the left, Stalinists were riding high. So the FS, feeling those roads were blocked, started looking to new revolutionary agencies, e.g. the “Third World,” oppressed domestic minorities, students, and this was supplemented by theoretical innovations, particularly drawing on psychoanalysis. In this respect the writer is replaying an old grievance from segments of the left that tried to maintain their hope that the Soviet Union could be revived. And it’s particularly odd that his screed doesn’t take note of the fact that both Paul Sweezy and Paul Baran, the founders of Monthly Review, where this article is published, themselves went through a period of despair over the possibility of a world divided between Keynes and Stalin.

        The Marcuse and the OSS stuff is particularly annoying, and echoes cranky Larouchian scandal-mongering. Can’t we recall that Marcuse became not just a principal theoretician of the New Left, but an inspiring one that brought many people to read and appreciate Marx (I was eventually one of them)? Has he bothered to read One-Dimensional Man or Reason and Revolution, the latter being an excellent intro to Marx’s intellectual precursors? Likely not. One doesn’t have to, it’s all in Marx and Trotsky.

        To the author’s credit his nailing of Foucault, Derrida and Lyotard is on track. If anyone would like to get further than his gloss, which banks so heavily on guilt by association and encourages theoretical ignorance via leftish cancel culture, I can’t recommend Peter Dews’ Logics of Disintegration highly enough. He does a marvelous job taking them apart. And, he’s quite friendly with the FS.

        1. commmunistmole

          Interest in psychoanalysis was already present in the interwar period, not least as a reaction to the lack of revolution in Western countries and the rise of fascism (many people forget that Erich Fromm was a central figure of the so-called Frankfurt School at that time).

          In general, I would say that people overestimate the homogeneity in the theories of the first generation of the ‘Frankfurter Schule’ (Marcuse, for example, came from Heidegger, the early Horkheimer was a relatively traditional Marxist who, unlike Adorno, for example, wanted nothing to do with Sohn-Rethel, and how one should assess Walter Benjamin …).

          1. JBird4049

            I am not very knowledgeable about the Frankfort School, but on the idea of homogeneity, I think that too many people compress the whole of the Left (and really the Right as well) into a simple one-dimensional straw man. It makes it much easier easier to attack “those people”
            without having to engage with their ideas.

    2. Feral Finster

      I have met several people who traveled to the Levant as supporters of Israel and returned as supporters of Palestine, so shocked they were by Israeli arrogance and @ssholism.

      Give anyone rights but no responsibilities, rules for thee but not for me, and you can make any group of people into a group of people who act like swollen @ssholes.

  16. The Rev Kev

    “Senate Dems propose amendment adding conditions to Israel aid”

    Biden would never agree to it. At this stage I am betting that Biden has made a deal with Netanyahu. The US will give full total support of the Gaza massacres and in return Netanyahu will use AIPAC and his American contacts – especially in Congress – to support old Joe’s Presidential run. After all, it’s only electoral interference if the Russians and the Chinese do it.

    1. nippersdad

      He may not have a choice. It sounds like he is giving them a month’s get out of jail free card before anything can happen on that front. Plenty of time to change the facts on the ground before he has to go into “I feel your pain” mode to assuage the Arab population and young vote in swing states.

    2. Feral Finster

      I dunno, what makes you think that Trump would not also give Netanyahu everything he wants and more?

      1. nippersdad

        Just speculation, but maybe this time he will not need to rely on Jared Kushner and Mike Pompeo to do his foreign policy thinking for him. The Heritage Foundation’s Project 2025* sounds like it will be explicitly working against the foreign interventionist policy prescriptions we have seen for the past (at least) thirty years, and the debacle that will be the ME by the time he would be inaugurated would be the perfect populist excuse to advocate against it.


        1. Feral Finster

          Can the leopard change his spots? Does he even want to?

          From what I can tell, Trump and Biden are competing as to who can be more over the top obsequious.

          Still, if Trump were in office, Team D might pretend to have a conscience and the MSM might question policy and not just push kooky conspiracy theories.

          1. nippersdad

            Schumer is so far over the Rubicon now that I doubt he can even see it. It would be nice to think that the Democratic party would suddenly find out that everything they have done was wrong when Trump starts doing it, but they have far too much invested now to ever find a conscience on the matter.

            If there is one thing you can bet on with Trump, though, it is that he will be able to change his spots at will. That he is so unpredictable is one of the reasons that the Washington Consensus is so afraid of him.

            1. Feral Finster

              2016-2020 he was pretty consistently in Netanyahu’s back pocket.

              Good point regarding Schumer, although he always was an “Israel Firster”.

        2. marym

          Project 2025 p. 185: “…ensuring Israel has both the military means and the political support and flexibility to take what it deems to be appropriate measures to defend itself against the Iranian regime and its regional proxies Hamas, Hezbollah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.”

          Recent Heritage Foundation posts:

    3. Keith Howard

      For what it’s worth, here is the list cosponsors of Markey’s amendment to the military funding measure (from Markey’s senatorial site):
      Washington (December 7, 2023) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) joined Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), as well as Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) in announcing they are working on an amendment to require that the weapons received by any country under the proposed national security supplemental are used in accordance with U.S. law, international humanitarian law and the law of armed conflict.

  17. jonboinAR

    re: The article about dogs vs coyotes: I live out in the country a bit. On occasion, driving, I see one of the wild predators, coyote, fox or bobcat. It’s become easy to tell if the animal I see crossing is one of those or if it’s a domestic dog. The dog is mosying around, sniffing, on one side of the road. He kind of ambles across and resumes his more-or-less careless sniffing on the other side. The wild creature, by contrast, emerges from the bushes on one side, crosses speedily at a lope to the other side, and disappears into the bushes again. It doesn’t mess around but comes out of cover, crosses the open space and gets back under cover. I say that it moves with purpose, unlike the domesticated, well-fed, rarely-in-danger, dog.

  18. Alice X

    Annie Karni at the NYT

    Questioning University Presidents on Antisemitism, Stefanik Goes Viral

    The No. 4 Republican, a Harvard alumna with a fraught relationship with her alma mater, had a confrontation over campus responses to antisemitism that resonated across the political spectrum.

    Greenwald was on this last night but, unless I missed it, didn’t mention that Elise Stefanik, Republican of New York, is, according to the NYT, a MAGA exponent. Greenwald is soft in that area.

    He played some clips and they were dreadful. The three presidents of Harvard, MIT and U of Pennsylvania held firm under the badgering that they wouldn’t condemn speech that didn’t entail actual action. The next day, however, the Penn president released a vid walking back her previous statements, apparently after severe pressure from trustees.

    The whole thing was ghastly.

      1. Es s Ce tera

        From the link:

        Details: The gift from Stevens, a Penn undergrad alum, was given in December 2017 to help establish a center for innovation in finance.

        It was in the form of limited partnership units in Stone Ridge, with the current value estimated at around $100 million.

        And also:

        Backstory: This isn’t the first time that Stevens has used his pocketbook to express disagreement with Penn policies. Earlier, he redirected a different $100 million gift from Penn’s business school to the University of Chicago.

        According to the New York Times, Stevens “changed his mind because he thought the school was prioritizing D.E.I. over enhancing the business school’s academic excellence.”

        Against discrimination but also against initiatives for diversity, equity and inclusion….seems like a confused guy. Or perhaps he’s against some kinds of discrimination and not others.

    1. pjay

      Yes. That display was as bad as any McCarthyist demagoguery in the 1950s, with the despicable Stephanik in the lead. Of course what made it worse was that the Ivy League Presidents could not respond honestly by noting that the vast majority of “antisemitic” incidents were actually protests *against* genocide. So they just had to sit there and take it, helpless to defend themselves or, more importantly, their students. Imagine how the black President of Harvard felt being accused of antisemitic genocide-enablement! The irony would be hilarious if the whole situation was not so scary.

      If any of us (myself included) had grown just a little bit soft toward the Republicans after all the Democrat’s demagoguery of recent years, I’m guessing this spectacle cured that affliction right up. A curse on *all* their houses!

  19. Alice X

    Annie Karni at the NYT, have your bias scanners on:

    Questioning University Presidents on Antisemitism, Stefanik Goes Viral

    The No. 4 Republican, a Harvard alumna with a fraught relationship with her alma mater, had a confrontation over campus responses to antisemitism that resonated across the political spectrum.

    Greenwald was on this last night but, unless I missed it, didn’t mention that Elise Stefanik, Republican of New York, is, according to the NYT, a MAGA exponent. Greenwald is soft in that area.

    He played some clips and they were dreadful. The three presidents of Harvard, MIT and U of Pennsylvania held firm under the badgering that they wouldn’t condemn speech that didn’t entail actual action. The next day, however, the Penn president released a vid walking back her previous statements, apparently after severe pressure from trustees.

    The whole thing was ghastly.

    Another piece is:

    Universities Face Congressional Inquiry and Angry Donors Over Handling of Antisemitism

  20. dave -- just dave

    The linked article to the controversy about on “abatement” of fossil fuel combustion by carbon capture and storage reminds me of a recent interview with Stephen Chu, physics Nobelist and former Secretary of Energy.

    Climate Change: A Revised Prediction – Steven Chu | Endgame #162 (Luminaries)

    In it, he expresses confidence that even if carbon dioxide levels rise to the extent that global warming goes to 2 degrees C. – which he considers pretty much a done deal – or even 3 degrees, CCS will – in the later years of this century – be able to reduce levels and warming will be reversed.

    I do not share his confidence about the practicality of the global scale of CCS which will be required – nor his implicit assumption that we will not be crossing “tipping points” before the carbon dioxide reductions he foresees take effect.

    I do think it is true, as he points out, that “business as usual” will require carbon combustion to continue at approximately current levels for quite a while.

    I don’t doubt his intelligence, or his concern for the common good. I think he may be overconfident about technological solutions to the situation.

    1. Old Jake

      The realist in me says that by the time – late in this century – that Chu’s BAU-with-CCS would be doing the job for us, it will be too late. Population and thus civilization collapse will have set in by the mid-to-late 2050s and the work force, knowledge base and industrial capability will be gone. Despite my best intentions, so will I. Lord have mercy on my grandchildren.

    2. c_heale

      Where does the energy come from to power CCS? I bet that CCS will create more greenhouse gases than it absorbs.

      Don’t worry, humans will only have to survive a couple of centuries after our current ‘civilisation’ collapses before atmospheric carbon levels return to somewhere near normal.

      That is if we are lucky and some kind of feedback loop doesn’t occur.

  21. Not Again

    Hunter Biden:
    265 bank business days X 4 years = 1060 business days.
    Hunter took a million, five out of the ATMs.

    Can someone explain to me how withdrawing $1500 a day out of an ATM every day for 4 years didn’t attract anyone’s attention?

    1. R.S.

      These withdrawals just reek of some scheme. Once upon a time, there were special guys we used to call “drops” or “mules”… just sayin’.

  22. LawnDart

    Re; Killing Journalists

    Israels effort to hide the Gaza Genocide continues, not simply by trying to bury the story, but by deliberately targeting and killing those who would tell the story.

    This is a highly-detailed report released by Reuters yesterday:

    Israeli tank fire killed Reuters journalist Issam Abdallah in Lebanon

    An Israeli tank crew killed a Reuters journalist and wounded six reporters in Lebanon on Oct. 13 by firing two shells in quick succession from Israel while the journalists were filming cross-border shelling, a Reuters investigation has found.

    The two strikes killed Reuters visuals journalist Issam Abdallah, 37, and severely wounded Agence France-Presse (AFP) photographer Christina Assi, 28, just over a kilometre from the Israeli border near the Lebanese village of Alma al-Chaab.

  23. Feral Finster

    “However, it’s not Hunter’s florid consumerism that’s the issue; it’s the sources of his income, and its distribution within the Biden clan.”

    Everyone knows that the Hunter Biden indictments are carefully chosen so as Not To Go There.

    A close analogy was the 2008 Epstein sweetheart plea deal. The prosecutors did NOT want Epstein to sing because then they would no longer be able to feign ignorance.

    For that matter, Biden and Austin’s hysterical alarmism regarding Ukraine begs the question of why are they so frantic?

    1. Dr. John Carpenter

      Just imagine if Hunter wasn’t as careless as he is. I doubt we’d get even this much were it not that the evidence was getting too hard to ignore and the stories too lurid. I definitely agree, there are many who do not want to go There and I feel there’s going to be a big push to close the book on all this now.

      1. Feral Finster

        I am sure that the corruption in Ukraine is bipartisan, and if Young Hunter most go down for what he did there, the Administration or its Ukrainian toadies have much interesting information concerning the financial hijinks of Team R.

    1. marku52

      See my related comment ( a little more in depth than the New Atlas article) over at the Texas Pfizer article. This is potentially pretty big news as related to severe adverse events post vax.

  24. Georg

    Re: West sabotaged Ukraine peace deal with Russia, admit Zelensky official and Germany’s ex leader

    Hi, I’ve read this blog for many consecutive years. As of recently though I noticed that information, particularly links on the subject of Ukraine Russia war, cross-reference biased content.
    Citing an article from a website which has no legal notices at all and whose content is to a great extent based on former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder who has strong ties to Russia I would not consider a very credible source.

    I’d be highly interested why this particular article was selected for being published here.
    BR Georg

  25. Isaac Espinoza Family

    On the Standards of Civilization. Kamala Harris started this leniency when D.A.

    100 page rap sheet, from Mississippi to Texas to lenient San Francisco.

    “charged with nine felonies: one count of sexual battery, three counts of assault with intent to commit mayhem, rape, sodomy, or oral copulation, and five counts of indecent exposure…..Over the next month, and notwithstanding their previous accurate assessment of Allen’s offenses and level of dangerousness, the posture of the District Attorney’s office – then under the leadership of George Gascon – changed.

    On June 17 2019 Allen was allowed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure. The rest of the charges were dismissed.”

  26. digi_owl

    “Julian Assange Could Face Extradition to the U.S. by Early 2024 Ryan Grim, The Intercept”

    toss him onto a truck and drive him to one of the many US bases while everyone is hungover on eggnog?

  27. Oh

    Cow dung fuels Japan’s space ambitions

    Meanwhile back in the USA, NASA scientists are working on a rocket that is fueled by something that’s abundantly availabe in Washington, DC – bull$hit.

  28. Adam Eran

    “No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you never should trust experts. If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require to have their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.”

    letter to Lord Lytton, 15 June 1877; in Lady Gwendolen Cecil Life of Robert, Marquis of Salisbury (1921–32) vol. 2

    1. Kevin Walsh

      Given that Lytton was presiding over a terrible famine at the time, it might have been a good idea if he had listened to one or two experts about how much food people needed to eat in order to avoid starvation.

  29. matsb

    “Devlet Bahçeli, the leader of a far-right party in Turkey, has said his party is not inclined to vote to approve Sweden’s bid to join NATO and will only do so if the members of the Atlantic alliance take steps for the recognition of an independent Palestine and trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to his actions in Gaza.”

    More obstacles in the way of my country’s full membership. What a shame!

  30. Trogg

    Not “organized retail crime,” but if these companies keep forcing me to use the self checkout machine, I’m going to keep putting an item in my bag without scanning. That’s my wage for having to be my own cashier. I’d be surprised if that isn’t a good chunk of the shrink they are experiencing. But I also suspect they just tack the loss onto the price of the bananas. 🍌

    1. JBird4049

      If you have spent any real time in retail, you know that it is the employees including security (loss prevention) are committing the most theft (shrinkage), not the customers, and a well staffed store is the single most effective way to reduce the loss.

      First, people do not like to steal when they are easily seen doing so. Second, people are more likely to be angry enough to steal when either underserved or overworked because being treated as garbage causes this. Third, staffing issues are also a good indicator of the Masters of Business Administration Dronelords are making their decisions strictly on short term profitability instead of long term viability of the business, which includes the care, not the exploitation, of both the customers and the employees; deciding on the good and fair treatment of both almost always means a good, usually profitable, long term response by both. Such thinking bleeds into all the actions of the management, not just of the treatment of the people.

      But long term thinking and fairness is yesterday’s thing. Today, is all about immediate gratification no matter the consequences for tomorrow.

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