Extensive illegal trade in turtle species occurs, despite the global protection of the canary bird
Recurrent expansions out of Africa of Helicobacter pylori driven by replacement of deleterious mutations Nature
Fading supply chain woes signal a bountiful season for WSJ holiday shoppers
Black Friday surprise: Jeff Bezos tells people not to buy cars, refrigerators, and other expensive items. Critics call him out. market surveillance. Things Amazon doesn’t sell?
Masayoshi Son owes $4.7 billion to SoftBank after FT’s technical defeat. There seems to be a lot of billions owed circulating these days.
The politics of adaptation to the ‘new normal’ of the behavioral world of the Anthropocene
Recommended reading: Nina Illingworth Collective Response
5 ways to tackle greenwashing, according to United Nations World Economic Forum experts
Wishin’ done at NDM Chris Jones, University of Iowa. NDM = “Not Des Moines.”
Not many Covid-19 boosters will be used this fall and here’s why WSJ
Foreigners Join the Chinese Speculative Markets Frenzy FT. Suspension:
Instead, inflows will simply boost stock, bond and currency markets higher, and outflows will simply boost the opposite direction. As in other poorly managed developing countries, an open equity account will mostly benefit bankers at the cost of increasing domestic volatility.
– Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) November 18, 2022
China’s debt: ‘Land grabbing’ by local governments raises concerns amid slumping fiscal revenue in South China Morning Post
‘We’re not ready’: The threat of a Covid exit wave hinders the FT’s reopening in China. Unless China accepts and acts on the idea of #CovidIsAirborne, it will never be ready. As I explained in the links yesterday, they don’t. (I love being wrong on this one; readers?) Presser:
Yesterday I wrote a thread expressing my pessimism about the state of Covid CN and where it is heading.
But yesterday afternoon’s NHC press conference gave me some optimism – if “less bad” is a legitimate reason for optimism.
– CM – #ResistingMassInfectionPolicy (@xuchuanmei) November 17, 2022
Air transport is not mentioned.
Awful thread, but interesting argument (and sad post; the author loved his time in China, and still misses it):
Beijing will take action on Taiwan. Let me break it down for you: They will act when, how, and where they choose. he is coming. it will happen. I don’t know exactly when or how, but it will come and probably sooner than most people expect. Your argument 8 / n
– Cris Touchdown Balding Big Boss (BaldingsWorld) November 17, 2022
“You’d be hard-pressed to find a problem in which outside opinion has any material impact on China beyond the short term.” The first step: “We have admitted that we are powerless to deal with China, that our empire has become unmanageable.” while:
The #Shenzhou– 14 crew members aboard the Chinese Tiangong, which is circling the world #outer space The station completed its third spacewalk, a 5.5-hour walk, at 4:50 p.m. (Beijing time) Thursday, according to the China Manned Space Agency. pic.twitter.com/Zc9Y2EZxRo
– the flag of China (@ChinaScience) November 17, 2022
Cambodia is quietly trying to distance itself from the China Asia Times. Swinging like bamboo (which hopefully the US is subtle enough to let them do).
Myanmar military junta releases Australian economist and former British envoy in mass amnesty, Reuters
The IAEA board resolution told Reuters that Iran should cooperate with the uranium investigation
American moves to protect the Saudi crown prince in the killing of an Associated Press journalist. Oh.
Dear Old Blighty
Great Society, Reheat Tribune
A new cold war
Ukraine will not ignite the nuclear stampede foreign affairs
Deep breaths: Article 5 will never be a switch for statecraft responsible for war
A missile fell on NATO territory. What’s Next? Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Interesting distortions.
John Mearsheimer on Putin’s Ambitions Nine Months After the War Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker
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How Ukraine blew up a major Russian NYT bridge. Some remaining unknowns: how the truck bomb was detonated, and whether the driver was a suicide bomber or a marker for the Ukrainian intelligence services. Big gaps for a story titled “How” begins….
‘We slingshot’ them: Ukraine’s ‘iron general’ shows his might in the Financial Times. Holiness Zaluzhnyi. Beat sweetener? Zalensky about exhausted?
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3 were convicted in 2014 of shooting down a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. Not to pass judgment on the verdict, but the whole story was spot on from the start.
The Biden administration is pressing the leveraged student debt bankruptcy
Democrats in negligence
Five takeaways as the Pelosi era ends
Psychopharmacology from FTX Crash Astral Codex Ten (Craig F).
Why didn’t the government stop the cryptocurrency scam? Matt Stoller, Paige
Crypto dominoes have fallen in the wake of the collapse of FTX company Axios
Hundreds of employees say no to being part of Elon Musk’s “too hardline” Twitter The Verge. But:
Many people ask me, is it really so #RIPTwitter? No, I don’t think so. First of all, we don’t know if 75% will actually leave. I’d expect it to be less dramatic, but I think most of it is over on Elon’s show and I’m glad to be out. https://t.co/SWezwSM0Ko
– Kylie Robison (@kyliebytes) November 18, 2022
There is some news that I can confirm is factual (via direct text messages from someone inside Twitter HQ), but 99.9% of the hype is copycat panic, attention grabbing, and meme making with nothing to do with reality.
– Luke Burgess (@lukeburgis) November 18, 2022
I view this dog as a mutually inducing moral panic of PMCs, both aimed at removing Twitter: Blue Checks, because the sudden inability to censor a platform on their political opponents offends their sensibilities (not to mention their allies in the intelligence community and the Democratic Party), and Twitter employees The censors themselves, to be fair, are labor aristocrats who probably think they can get lunches and massages elsewhere in Silicon Valley (but maybe not), and also want to prove themselves basic. (If they had a union, they would strike, but they don’t, so we have a moral panic.) At a higher level, what we’re seeing is an exercise in the authority of the private military company class. It lost the “public arena” function that Twitter still performs, such as hurricane warnings, as well as the accumulation of social capital by those without blue checks, who are not Silicon Valley engineers. All that said, moral panic is bullshit, and you can’t reverse-engineer truth with bullshit. So let’s wait. See the following link-
A slow and painful end to Twitter in the Atlantic. “The three individuals I spoke with said that the World Cup is a major stress test for the platform under the best of circumstances, and requires careful coordination from the site reliability engineering team to ensure continuity of critical services.” So we have an inflection point coming.
User reports that there are issues with Twitter Down Detector. for future reference.
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Ticketmaster cancels public sale of Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour due to overwhelming CNN demand
Radicalize Swifties Slate
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Here’s why Automaker’s subscription features are here to stay, even though you hate them to drive
Trends in inequality in the prevalence of dementia in the US PNAS. The age-adjusted prevalence of dementia decreased from 12.2% in 2000 (95% CI, 11.7 to 12.7%) to 8.5% in 2016 (7.9 to 9.1%) in the population over 65 years of age, a statistically significant decrease of 3.7 percentage point, or 30.1%. “
Many children have been hospitalized due to a growing measles outbreak affecting 7 day care centers in Ohio
To beat Ebola in Uganda, fund what worked in Liberia Nature
Police condition monitoring
Handcuffs in the corridors: Hundreds of elementary school students arrested in American schools CBS
Portugal is still all about Ronaldo, even when it’s not on the run
Inside One Media Company’s Digiday FIFA World Cup Monetization Strategy
Our dreams never came true. These guys helped build the World Cup in Qatar, and now they’re struggling to survive. CNN
Race on the bottom above the surface of the water
Watch the imperial collapse
Russia, India, China, Iran: The Quartet That Really Matters Pepe Escobar, The Burning Platform
Beyond Blame Review Boston (NL).
How loneliness kills men. BBC Science Focus
Associations between cognitive function and marital status in the United States, South Africa, and Mexico, and population health in China
Stunning music murals in north carolina the honest medium
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