Thanksgiving Links 11/24/2022 | Naked capitalism

Readers, I wish you all an excellent Thanksgiving. Just in the interest of due diligence, I remind you to encourage kindness and help wherever you are. Alambert

Welcome to the small town where half of your neighbors are polar bears and the Wall Street Journal

Why Wild Wild Turks Hate The Atlantic

The global economy is slowing, but it seems to be doing better than the Wall Street Journal


In Sharm el-Sheikh, London Review of Books

COP27 failed. Here are 5 ways we can still help save the planet. Donzinger on justice

Alan Koehler: It’s national suicide with politics, it’s death by degrees The New Daily. Australia.

The billion dollar tree problem is spreading in America


The WHO’s departing chief scientist regrets errors in arguing whether SARS-CoV-2 spread through air science. But then again, too few to mention. This tweet is still up, and it still does the damage:


The world is still failing the pandemic preparedness and response project

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Study shows protection against infection again for the COVID-19 Vaccine Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

Vaccinated people now make up the majority of deaths from COVID stars and stripes

Visualization of SARS-CoV-2 transmission routes and BMJ mitigation processes


Foxconn is offering $1,400 in damages for suppressing protests at the Chinese iPhone factory FT. It wasn’t clear to me if it was the wages and working conditions or the closure or both. Suspension:

China ordered the lockdown of six million people in the city of AFP

China’s GDP: Avoiding ‘middle-income trap’ key in 2023, 5 percent economic growth possible, says Beijing consultant: South China Morning Post

Sustainable management of transboundary peatlands and mists in Southeast Asia (podcast). New Books Network. See NC on peat here, here and here.


The electricity boycott falters in Yangon but persists in the dry region bordering Myanmar

Anwar Ibrahim is the tenth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Channel News Asia

European secession

The first nationwide map of Italy’s fascist ruins has been published online on Channel News Asia

EU funds in Hungary are at risk after the European Commission concluded that political reforms had failed

The Swedish Parliament votes through the controversial The Local Espionage Act. “Under the current Swedish espionage law, confidential information obtained, disclosed or transferred to another country must directly harm Sweden’s security. Under the new law, it is sufficient that it harms relations with another country.”

Cutting-edge technology has made this small country a major food exporter for WaPo

Yandex seeks Putin’s approval of FT’s restructuring plan

A new cold war

Ukraine – Lights out, no water and soon no Alabama moon heat. Meanwhile, if you think the high Ukrainian versus low Russian casualties are in any way implausible, Moon digressed in this video (NSFW):

The front place on the map doesn’t matter at all that Too much, right? The meat grinder does its job regardless.

Ukraine works to restore power after devastating strikes. Associated Press

The Russian Winter Offensive. Gordon Hahn, Russian and Eurasian Politics

It’s war, Josep, but not as we know it trying to make sense of the world

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Weapons Shortage Raises Tough Choices for Ukraine’s Allies, Defense News

The ill-equipped German army awaits financial reinforcements from Berlin FT

A Defense Primer: The Industrial Base for Conventional Ammunition Production (PDF) Congressional Research Service. The subtitle, “Mitigating Possible Ammunition Shortages,” is as far as CRS goes on capacity issues. From the last paragraph: “2022 Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report Finds Complex Organizational Relationships and Outdated Policy Documents” Can Hinder Effective Coordination [and] lead to poor or delayed decision-making “among the multiple Army organizations responsible for the ammunition production base”. Oh.

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The proposed cap on oil prices for the Group of Seven would have little immediate impact on Russian revenues, according to Reuters

Transporting Russian Oil to Asia on Old Ships Increases Shipping Risks: Trafigura CEO Hellenic Shipping News And How Greek Companies and Ghost Ships Help Russia’s Foreign Policy

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Olena Semenyaka, “First Lady” of the Ukrainian National Non-Liberal Studies Program, George Washington University. Get to know your Azov!

Biden administration

The Biden administration extends the moratorium on student loan debt CNBC


JC Alert Reader sends the following field report from Texas:

I went to HEB yesterday. Very crowded before Thanksgiving. Nobody, but I wear a mask.

I walked next to the pharmacy. Medicines for a cold and flu (or any other respiratory symptom) were a post-apocalyptic smash and grab. Everything else was in stock. I didn’t need anything myself.

Note to self: consenus does not equal wisdom.

“I’ve got this cold, and I can’t shake it.” shelves:

Readers, what happens wherever you are?


Crypto: Everyone was just a stupid Heisenberg report. “The cryptocurrency craze has taught us that if enough people believe, a myth can become powerful enough to supersede common sense, and the resulting mania can perpetuate delirium so that skeptics begin to question themselves, on their way to becoming converts.”

How Sam Bankman-Fried Sold The Bahamas A Blank Crypto Dream Forbes. Amazing details.

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried plans to speak during FOX’s New York Times DealBook Summit. If SBF is not charged by the time of the summit! Suspension:


Elon Musk hires a PlayStation 3 Hacker to fix Twitter Kotaku. as a trainee?!

Mercedes locks faster acceleration behind a $1,200 annual drive wall The Verge

Academy Groves

The amazing shrinking future of Vox College

Health Care

Medicare 2.0—A Vision for the Future of America’s Health Insurance Plan JAMA Network. “Medicare is one of the great successes of American social policy.” But we must make it universal!

world Cup?

Are you looking for the “Group of Death” in the World Cup? no longer exists. Here’s why… the athlete

Our famous free press

Misinformation on issues important to half of midterm voters. In addition to determining which issues they will be misinformed about, and which issues they will completely suppress (Covid, Ukraine).


The End of American Thanksgiving: A Cause for Global Rejoicing at the Black Agenda Report. In my opinion, most of the history has been thrown away. America is good at that. What remains is plenty of good food and conviviality, at a table with family (native or adoptive). America needs more of that.

guillotine clock

The “West Wing” urges struggling Americans to seek AP help

class struggle

A former employee is suing United Furniture Industries over the Freight Waves mass shooting

Building Fast and Slow: The Empire State Building and the World Trade Center (Part 1) The Physics of Construction

antidote today (Across):

Additional antidote (AM):

AM writes: “Some dogs like hunting jackets and some cats like handkerchiefs!! Emmett lay down on one, then my son and husband put the other under his head and across his body. Surprised he put up with it.”

See Yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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