Links 9/21/2022 | naked capitalism

Dear Readers:

Eve pivots on real estate issues, along with the publication of Putin’s partial mobilization letter, and asks me to tell you that this year’s fundraising campaign is now over – though, Intense Procrastinators, the tip box is still on your right – and you think about the contributions that alone bare capitalism makes possible. Eve will express her thanks more gracefully and completely in a less difficult time. Lambert

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The study found that the number of ants on Earth, 20 quadrillion, exceeds the number of humans by 2.5 million times

Bees may feel pain

How do fireflies flash in sync? Studies suggest a new Quanta answer. interesting! This picture is so beautiful I have to run it:

(credit: Jason Gambon Photography)

Private equity may become a ‘pyramid scheme’, Danish pension fund warns Financial Times

climate

Shell’s internal emails show how ridiculous the oil companies’ promises of emissions are to the new republic

How Oil Companies Infinitely Avoid Cleanup Costs – High Country News

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Decontamination helps remove the haze of aging – and may reduce the risk of dementia KHN

The United States is measuring extreme temperatures incorrectly

How Quebec’s Lithium Mine Can Help Make Electric Vehicles Affordable

Vultures prevent tens of millions of metric tons of carbon emissions each year

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Meanwhile, at the World Bank:

Water

Jackson, Mississippi, residents sue officials over ABC water crisis

#covid19

Three myths about COVID-19 – and the biggest challenge that awaits ABC. “As an immunologist with four decades of antibody research under my belt, I always felt like I was dealing well with COVID-19. But when I contracted the virus in May, my arrogance quickly turned into humility.” Worth reading.

China?

Severe weather in China is challenging scientists trying to study nature

China and the United Arab Emirates agree on lunar spacecraft mission South China Morning Post

SCO meeting in Samarkand: first conclusions Gilbert Doctorow

SCO’s clumsy pressure to disrupt world order Walter Russell Mead, The Wall Street Journal

Myanmar

Witnesses: Air attack on Myanmar kills 13, including 7 children Associated Press

The end of the rule of thieves in Malaysia? Center for International and Strategic Studies

India

How the pandemic has exacerbated identity discrimination in India’s labor market

sirakistan

How the Israeli media reported a “mass murder” that never happened +972

Israeli forces deliberately killed a Palestinian-American journalist, The Intercept reports

Old Blighty

And now our queue is over:


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Lester shows that Hindu nationalism is no longer confined to the new state-state India

European Secession

Putin’s energy war is crushing Europe’s foreign policy. Makes you wonder “Why now?” on partial packing.

In Germany, the energy price shock sparked Reuters fears of a wave of bankruptcy

Chiarto: Brussels’ position on the Ukraine war is not shared by most Budapest countries

The new cold war is not

Ukraine live updates: Putin calls in more troops as his war effort falters The New York Times. I do not see the level of panic and hysteria that I would have expected from the announcement of the Russian mobilization, even in part. Perhaps the press and the intelligence community – sorry for the repetition – were wrong in some way?

Putin calls 300,000 reserve soldiers, makes nuclear threat Politico. The title is deceptive. “All the resources at our disposal” include hypersonic weapons, which are not nuclear weapons.

Vladimir Putin is mobilizing more troops for Ukraine, says the West wants to destroy Russia. Wire and Putin Escalate Ukraine War; Partial mobilization before the pro-Russian referendums declares the world of the republic. This story is automatically generated from a shared feed; only the image and title have been paraphrased by www.republicworld.com. Hmmm.

About Putin’s speech and announcements coming Moon Alabama. Pre-speak, but some interesting speculation.

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AMLO defends its peace proposal after Ukrainian criticism Mexico News Daily

Brazilian President Bolsonaro calls for negotiations to end Ukraine war

Biden administration

Biden declared that the epidemic was “over.” His Covid team says it’s more complicated. Politico. “When the White House reviewed a copy of [Biden’s] Comments after the interview, which was taped earlier in the week, did not alert the Covid team — leaving management without a coordinated response to the direct repercussions.” West Wing Brain Fog?

Direct notation of Kahn Stoller’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee:

Judge signs UnitedHealth-Change deal, dismissing DOJ’s challenge to Becker’s Hospital Review (Otis B Driftwood). Suspension:

intelligence services

American Open wound Ed Snowden, follow-up ed. Worth reading.

Secret documents reveal Julian Assange’s Jacobin’s obsession with the CIA

Big brother is watching you

MTA to install 2 surveillance cameras on every Gothamist subway car

Tracker: How Colleges Use Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Student Protests The Dallas Morning News

Suppliers

Shipping: Linings are swimming in money but supply chains are plunging Greek shipping news

Video: Two massive fires at a refinery complex in Venezuela’s Executive Marine. individual.

ladybug

The Latest Abuse of Human Trafficking: Forcing Victims to Film Online

Watch Imperial Collapse

Towards the phenomenon of the American alliance system: boon or disaster for the American national interest? Institute of Peace and Diplomacy

The United States has become a “developing country” in a global ranking that measures democracy and inequality The Conversation

The Nation’s Field Grades Begin Annual Fiscal Year Migration Away Food Duffel Blog

class struggle

A rail strike avoidance deal has the potential to unravel The HIll. Since there is no contract, there is nothing to vote on, so there is no “deal”. Clearly, Democrats, national union officials, and railroads considered that a secret deal was made between elite players, completely erasing the role of workers, but that is not the case, even today.

New UK rail strikes hit FT . Conservative Party conference

The Railroad Rider: The Unfiltered Genius and Controversy of Four-Time CEO Hunter Harrison (Review) Rational Meditations. The geography of the inventor of the precision scheduled railroad. Note the role of private equity in Central Illinois.

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GEICO tells workers they have a “right to call the police” if union organizers visit their home. Asking someone to hit up, just like any 911 call.

The 32nd Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony Improbable Research

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