Secret behind spectacular blooms in world’s driest desert is invisible to human eyes Frontiers Science News

Artemis 1’s Orion capsule sends Earth 1st image of home on the way to the moon Space.com

Early Humans May Have Cooked Fish 780,000 Years Ago Smithsonian

Nouriel Roubini Says More… Project Syndicate

Climate

Biden and Xi unshackle Cop27 climate teams to formalise talks Climate Home News. Big if true.

COP27: Lula promises to protect the Amazon Le Monde

How the hydrogen revolution can help save the planet — and how it can’t Nature

The Petro-bourgeoisie Couchfish

How the Meat Industry Undermines Effective Climate Policy The New Republic

Floods can be a disaster for humans – but for nature, it’s boom time The Conversation

NASA war-games an asteroid impact disaster and it goes badly The Hill

#COVID19

Will We Get Omicron’d Again? The Atlantic

As global COVID cases rise, multiple viruses stress health systems Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

‘Where the Gallatin nursing home failed, and failed multiple times’: What may have led to big COVID outbreak NewsChannel5. Nashville, TN.

China?

Graphics: China’s 20 new measures for optimizing COVID-19 response CGTN. Nothing on airborne mitigations that I can find. That’s not good news. Commentary:

A lot of information! The transcript of the press conference on optimizing and adjusting epidemic prevention and control measures is here What China Reads. Ditto, ditto.

TikTok is China’s ‘digital fentanyl,’ FCC commissioner says FOX

The violent phobias that bind Hindutva and Zionism 972

Syraqistan

US blames Iran for Tuesday’s drone attack on Eastern Pacific product tanker Splash247

Dear Old Blighty

As U.K. Braces for Painful Budget Cuts, the Mood Is Gloomy NYT. Commentary:

Doctors are warned that learning disability or Down’s syndrome is no reason not to resuscitate a patient The Times. Oopsie.

‘They Know Who I Am, They Know What I’m Doing’ Arrested Journalists Speak Out over New Policing Act Byline Times

European Disunion

Financial centres: Paris powers past liquid, disliked London FT

Blowback: Italian police bust Azov-tied Nazi cell planning terror attacks The Grayzone. Commentary, via: The Atlantic in a few years:

New Not-So-Cold War

How a lightly-sourced AP story almost set off World War III Responsible Statecraft (Rev Kev).

Ukraine war: Poland says missile deaths an unfortunate incident BBC. “Dude, how many times do I gotta tell ya? Clear the false flags through the Embassy!” Ha ha, only serious.

Cold, dark confusion grips Ukraine after Putin’s missile barrage Politico

Relative Dominance: Russian Naval Power in the Black Sea War on the Rocks

For Western Weapons, the Ukraine War Is a Beta Test NYT. So we’re using Ukraine just like the Nazis used Spain in the Spanish Civil War. Good to know! Meanwhile, stating the obvious:

Ukrainian soldiers announce massacre of civilians in Kherson (Google Translation) Anti-Spiegel (Micael T). Original.

“Potentially sensitive content”:

Talking With Russia Is Tempting—and Wrong Foreign Policy

Putin said that banks “drink the blood of pensioners to the grave” (Google Translation) Aftershock. Original (tip: Google translates this as expected when I set my VPN to RU). No wonder the West hates him.

Structural Adjustments, Then and Now: A Conversation with Miguel Ángel Contreras Venezuelanalysis

Guyana Is the Most Exciting Story in the World Oil Market (podcast) Odd Lots

Biden Administration

Biden Taps Federal Management Guru to Lead IRS Government Executive

The Bezzle

Sam Bankman-Fried tries to explain himself (interview) Vox (Re Silc). SBF, PMC failson. From the messaging transcript:

Both SBF’s parents are professors at Stanford law school, so it’s amazing he doesn’t see how desperately he needs a lawyer to tell him to STFU; and that they haven’t found him one. Also, what on earth? Adderall?

Harry Potter-loving ex-girlfriend of disgraced FTX founder bragged of ‘regular amphetamine use’ on Twitter – which she said made her ‘appreciate how dumb a lot of normal, non-medicated human experience is’ Daily Mail

Sam Bankman-Fried oversaw FTX’s meltdown, and the fallout is reaching DC The Verge, The deck: “He had friends in high places — and they are probably embarrassed right now.”

Is Effective Altruism to Blame for Sam Bankman-Fried? Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, Larry David sued by crypto investors after FTX collapse NY Post (Re Silc).

Our Famously Free Press

U.S. adults under 30 now trust information from social media almost as much as from national news outlets Pew Research Center

Journalistic Responsibility Vanishes When Reporting On US-Targeted Nations Caitlin Johnstone

Supply Chain

Global pool of shipping containers to decline for the first time in 14 years Hellenic Shipping News

Imperial Collapse Watch

USA’s Military Empire: A Visual Database World Beyond War (RK).

Class Warfare

Silence from the top: 48 hours of chaos inside Amazon’s massive layoffs Vox

Farm Bureau Survey Shows Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Up 20% Farm Bureau

Social Democracy Will Not Save Us Black Agenda Report

Ten Marxist ideas that most people agree with Carl Beijer

DRAFT: Talk on “Grand Narratives” & “Slouching Towards Utopia” Brad DeLong, Grasping Reality

Antidote du jour: From alert reader TAS: “Kadee Belle, a wire hair dachshund. 15 pounds of personality!”

Bonus antidote: From alert reader AL, “a recent summer picture of the goats on the roof of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay (Door County), Wisconsin”:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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About Lambert Strether

Readers, I have had a correspondent characterize my views as realistic cynical. Let me briefly explain them. I believe in universal programs that provide concrete material benefits, especially to the working class. Medicare for All is the prime example, but tuition-free college and a Post Office Bank also fall under this heading. So do a Jobs Guarantee and a Debt Jubilee. Clearly, neither liberal Democrats nor conservative Republicans can deliver on such programs, because the two are different flavors of neoliberalism (“Because markets”). I don’t much care about the “ism” that delivers the benefits, although whichever one does have to put common humanity first, as opposed to markets. Could be a second FDR saving capitalism, democratic socialism leashing and collaring it, or communism razing it. I don’t much care, as long as the benefits are delivered. To me, the key issue — and this is why Medicare for All is always first with me — is the tens of thousands of excess “deaths from despair,” as described by the Case-Deaton study, and other recent studies. That enormous body count makes Medicare for All, at the very least, a moral and strategic imperative. And that level of suffering and organic damage makes the concerns of identity politics — even the worthy fight to help the refugees Bush, Obama, and Clinton’s wars created — bright shiny objects by comparison. Hence my frustration with the news flow — currently in my view the swirling intersection of two, separate Shock Doctrine campaigns, one by the Administration, and the other by out-of-power liberals and their allies in the State and in the press — a news flow that constantly forces me to focus on matters that I regard as of secondary importance to the excess deaths. What kind of political economy is it that halts or even reverses the increases in life expectancy that civilized societies have achieved? I am also very hopeful that the continuing destruction of both party establishments will open the space for voices supporting programs similar to those I have listed; let’s call such voices “the left.” Volatility creates opportunity, especially if the Democrat establishment, which puts markets first and opposes all such programs, isn’t allowed to get back into the saddle. Eyes on the prize! I love the tactical level, and secretly love even the horse race, since I’ve been blogging about it daily for fourteen years, but everything I write has this perspective at the back of it.