Links 8/2/2022 | naked capitalism

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The Earth is spinning faster than usual, resulting in the shortest day ever recorded in the history of popular mechanics

Giant turtle on track stops trains in England AFP

Dollar store dinners and shampoo bowls help families beat inflation WSJ

It buys the pandemic impulse we have to hate Vox (Re Silc).


The Mediterranean as we know it is fading foreign policy

Why the famine in Madagascar is a wake-up call for the planet FT

Google: We had to shut down a data center for safekeeping during the London heat wave The Register

Integrating Climate Risks into International Reserve Management Frameworks (PDF) Bank for International Settlements:

A major methodological challenge is the difficulty of modeling climatic factors and their relationship to portfolio risk and return characteristics. The lack of comprehensive, accurate, and appropriate data on climate risks is another major challenge for reserve managers. In addition, integrating ESG considerations into international reserve management frameworks should be aligned with the pillars of safety, liquidity and profitability and also be consistent with central bank statutory mandates. Despite these challenges, some reserve managers are gradually adding climate-related risk metrics to their risk management frameworks and working to improve disclosure.


Temporal dynamics of the SARS-CoV-2 genome and detection of variants of concern in influencing wastewater from two urban areas in Arkansas Science of the Total Environment. From the summary: “A significant association was observed between viral titers in wastewater and the record number of COVID-19 cases in the regions studied, except when assays failed to detect targets due to the presence of certain variables. These results support the use of wastewater monitoring as a reliable complementary tool for monitoring SARS-CoV-2 and its genetic variants at the community level”. Note that in a university, a “community” can be as small as a dorm. It all depends on where the counter is located.


California and Illinois declare monkeypox emergencies NBC

Wastewater reveals spread of monkeypox virus E&E news

How the US is letting 20 million doses of monkeypox vaccine expire in New York. Haven’t we seen this movie before?

The campaign to rename STAT monkeypox gets complicated


Nancy Pelosi meets with the President of Taiwan Wednesday Financial Times. Three sources. I say it will happen because this is the dumbest timeline. while:

President Joe Biden dispatched top officials, including National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, to explain the risks to Pelosi, but people familiar with the situation said she has decided to proceed with the historic trip.

Lambert here: Pelosi will win with her district’s donors* — some of their generosity will be redistributed to other Democrats, strengthening Pelosi’s leadership position — and her husband no doubt shorts the appropriate stones. For Pelosi, that’s what’s going on, that’s all that’s going on. Biden certainly knows this, and so he is either complicit or weak. “That’s great work. What do you call it?” “The Democrats!” Note* CA-12, 31.9% “Asian,” median household income $120,290, Ka-ching.

Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan despite warnings from China and the Wall Street Journal. Single source to “person”. while:

Why Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is completely reckless Thomas Friedman, The New York Times. I shook my head in agreement with the understanding mustache. It’s a funny old world. (Also worth reading the Ukraine material; the administration seemed to share his concerns.)

Xi Jinping misses his opportunity to dismiss Nancy Pelosi’s trip as too weak

China suspends imports of several Taiwanese food brands Focus Taiwan. very light?

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China’s surprise in the 7nm chip reveals more than Beijing might like. The Register. “The 7nm process is a clone of TSMC’s N7 node that went into mass production four years ago. China has access to any number of ex-TSMC engineers and spends endless money to play catch-up, so having a Fab clone is still two cycles behind winning” Well done, I think ‘per se’.

US and Japan reach breakthrough in 2nm chip Asia Times


Funding the Spring Revolution in Myanmar Diplomatic

Myanmar’s military is still trying to boost international tourism. Pattaya Mail (Furzy Mouse). Hotel workers are learning Russian and Chinese.

Why doesn’t Vietnam put pressure on its super-rich tycoons Asia Times

Inside the Sade Casino Archipelago in Southeast Asia’s Diplomatic


Forecast of International Bandwidth Used in India (Report) Telegeography


Ayman al-Zawahiri: America kills the prominent al-Qaeda leader in a drone strike in Afghanistan

How the CIA identified and killed al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri Reuters


Spain lacks applicants for $12 billion in semiconductor support Bloomberg

Liz Truss to “ignore” Nicola Sturgeon in referendum demanding Holyrood

British Airways stops selling short-haul tickets to Heathrow for seven days Financial Times

A new not cold war

Russia builds “ghost bridges” with radar reflectors in Ukraine

Explosion hits ammunition depot of Bulgarian arms dealer involved in Ukrainian arms trade Wall Street Journal

Ukraine grain ships in the end. It will take much more to slow global hunger. Now they tell us!

Three Britons on trial as ‘mercenaries’ in Russia-backed Independent court

“America First” hawks admit that US weapons in Ukraine are falling into the “black hole” Michael Tracy. to appear somewhere. but where?

Beware of war predictions: Ukraine’s score has not yet been written “The Hill”. The view from KaganWelt.

In Kosovo as in Ukraine, the same Western “invisible hand” provokes 360-degree international conflict


Ocean spot prices fall on major trade routes as consumer demand slows in peak shipping season Hellenic Shipping News

The stunning first photo of the James Webb Space Telescope is now a dress on Too slow for fast fashion. What is deactivation?


The SEC has indicted 11 people in the alleged $300 million NBC cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme. “Crypto Ponzi Scheme” is redundant, isn’t it?

Crypto Crash leaves NWSL players blank and is delivered with a cash payout to Sportico. NWSL = National Women’s Soccer League.

Basically, web 3 developers gave the user “root” (“password”) admin privileges. Then the fun:

One might wonder if the developer/insiders got a (untraceable) bonus, and whether this is the normal practice….

Total remittances for 6 months increased by 16% compared to last year Mexico News Daily

For migrant workers in Asia, extreme heat is a ‘matter of life or death’ CNN

class struggle

Social Capital II: Determinants of Economic Interdependence Nature and Commentary, The Strength of Friendships Between Poor Children and Rich Children Axios. Why not invite Maria’s kids while she cleans the granite countertops?

How toxic is virility? New Yorker

Aging Student Debt in America’s New Yorker

The Elusive Origin of Zero Scientific American

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