Jellyfish surprise scientists by learning without a brain Big Think (David L)
Does Science Really Show Free Will Doesn’t Exist? Here’s What You Need to Know. ScienceAlert (Chuck L)
What Netflix got WRONG – Malaysian Flight 370 Green Dot Aviation, YouTube. Terry F:
Green Dot is one of my top two favourite YouTube aviation channels. I do not have the expertise to judge this new take on flight 370 but it is very interesting and I’m sure NC commentariat have interesting takes on it.
Is Xcel Energy holding back substation capacity from solar developers? It’s complicated. Energy News Network. Chuck L: “The writer needs a crash course on the meanings and relationships among electrical units – volts, amps, etc.”
China will build nuclear powered container ships☢️
It's powered by a Thorium Molten Salt Reactor (MSR), the significance of which is beyond shipping.
The immediate [other] application would be nuclear powered aircraft carrier.
— Zhao DaShuai 无条件爱国🇨🇳 (@zhao_dashuai) December 7, 2023
China’s consumer prices mark steepest fall in 3 years as post-Covid rebound falters South China Morning Post
China’s deflation worsens as economic pressures mount Financial Times
Spain expels two US spies for infiltrating secret service EL PAÍS English (Chuck L)
U.S. announces military drills with Guyana amid dispute over oil-rich region with Venezuela CBS. Paul R: “Oh boy a new US war! We need another in case Ukraine or Gaza dries up! Donate now!!”
The Devastation of Gaza Daniel Larison
If this is true, there is a phone record to match it. Khashoggi-level war crime if this can be proven. US could demand an investigation. https://t.co/UPmviojMfp
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) December 8, 2023
Gaza’s oldest mosque destroyed by Israeli bombing Aljazeera (Stacey B)
Gaza is a weapons lab for the arms industry w/Antony Loewenstein Chris Hedges Report (Stacey B). Perhaps, but this lab is for war against insurgents, as in no where peer or near peer power. How useful is this “lab” for conflict with Russia or China?
I used to think the term ’Judeo-Nazis’ was excessive. I don’t any longer. Mondoweiss (Userfriendly)
Will Israel open fire on Lebanon as it did on Gaza? Elijah J. Magnier (Chuck L)
New Not-So-Cold War
Biden Administration Fearmongers Over Article 5 Event Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)
Establishment Alarmism in Overdrive as Raytheon Lloyd Threatens Congress with War Simplicius the Thinker (Chuck L). Note the Lloyd Austin remarks reported by Tucker were confirmed by Vivek, and perhaps more telling, no one has denied them.
Dissecting the Washington Post’s “analysis” of Ukraine’s Failed Counter Offensive — Part 1 Larry Johnson (Chuck L)
Lying Was the Only Plan Biden, U.S. Ever Had in Ukraine Matt Taibbi. Recall how those of us who questioned Ukraine/US/UK propaganda were excoriated…..
Incredible: Arestovych (former Zelensky adviser now gearing up for Ukrainian presidency) says Ukraine's "greatest tragedy" is that they "bet on the wrong side" in "the conflict between globalists and realists".
Major 2nd thoughts to have bet on the US…pic.twitter.com/ER4hGl6CHW
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) December 6, 2023
EU wants China to help sanction Russia RT. Kevin W: “Sometimes the comedy writes itself. Xi must be hoping that the EU can do for the Chinese economy what they did for the Russian economy.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Governments spying on Apple, Google users through push notifications – US senator Reuters (Paul R). Picked up: Spying through Push Notifications Bruce Schneier (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The collapse of Israel and the United States Thierry Meyssan (Chuck L)
Big if true:
Four Su-35S fighters escorted Vladimir Putin's plane and disabled the USS Dwight Eisenhower's ability to launch planes in the Persian Gulf by jamming their radars electromagnetically, causing a 24-hour paralysis.
With an ICC warrant on his head Putin gave the US the finger as he… pic.twitter.com/BxhJxf0FbF
— Richard (@ricwe123) December 8, 2023
ZOMG everyone looks genuinely happy:
The fact that Saudi Arabia posted a six minute video on Putin’s visit is a stark message to the U.S. that its hegemony is FINISHED.pic.twitter.com/R3kr2Zzm5L
— Danny Haiphong (@SpiritofHo) December 7, 2023
Trump takes center stage at Biden fundraisers The Hill. Look at all the space Trump rents for free in people’s brains!
Texas judge grants pregnant woman permission to get an abortion despite the state’s ban Politico. Unfortunately a very narrow precedent.
Our No Longer Free Press
Iowa AG Brenna Bird calls for news outlets to cut ties with alleged Hamas-affiliated freelancers Iowa Capital Dispatch. Robin K: “State AGs strike out at publications associated with “Hamas-affiliated journalists.” Nothing about cracking down on Israeli-affiliated journos.”
There are, by all appearances, millions of people who now believe that there's an epidemic of students marching around chanting "gas the Jews" and "kill all Jews."
I've asked around 100 people in the last week for examples. Nobody can give one, let alone show an epidemic.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 8, 2023
Darryl George: Black Texas school student suspended again for natural hairstyle NPR. My God, I thought we got over that by the early 1970s. This hairdo is way more groomed than a ‘fro.
AI scores in the top percentile of creative thinking PsyPost (Chuck L). Right. Because they hallucinate.
Google admits AI viral video was edited to look better BBC (Kevin W)
AI’s Copyright Problem Is Fixable Project Syndicate (David L)
AI and Trust Bruce Schneier (David L)
White House Threatens Patents of High-Priced Drugs Associated Press
Antidote du jour. Tracie H:
Peacocks lounging around the neighborhood is a common sight in Palos Verdes, California. This was the first time I’d actually seen one on a vehicle, but I imagine that’s common too, when the vehicle is a nice size like this one. (Ouch! For that nice paint-job!)
And a bonus (Chuck L):
Incredibly happy for new wheels
— Science girl (@gunsnrosesgirl3) December 6, 2023
And a second bonus (guurst):
The stoat (Mustela erminea), also known as the Eurasian ermine, has a very dense and silky white winter fur. It moults twice a year, slowly changing during spring to a sandy-brown summer fur
[📹 Chris Cooper]pic.twitter.com/ExZMJFOZU3
— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) December 9, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.