Vast illegal trade in turtle species is happening, despite global protections Canary
Repeated out-of-Africa expansions of Helicobacter pylori driven by replacement of deleterious mutations Nature
Fading Supply-Chain Problems Signal Season of Plenty for Holiday Shoppers WSJ
Black Friday surprise: Jeff Bezos tells people not to buy cars, refrigerators and other big-ticket items. Critics call him out. MarketWatch. Things Amazon doesn’t sell?
Masayoshi Son owes $4.7bn to SoftBank following tech rout FT. There seem to be rather a lot of owed billions floating around these days.
Policies for Adapting to the ‘New Normal’ of the Anthropocene Behavioral Scientist
Recommended Reading: Mass Response Nina Illingworth
5 ways to tackle greenwashing, according to UN experts World Economic Forum
Wishin’ Accomplished in NDM Chris Jones, University of Iowa. NDM = “Not Des Moines.”
Loads of Covid-19 Boosters Are Going Unused This Fall and Here’s Why WSJ
Foreigners join speculative China stocks frenzy FT. Commentary:
Instead inflows will simply reinforce rising equity, bond and currency markets, and outflows will reinforce the reverse. As in other developing countries with weak governance, an open capital account will mostly benefit bankers at the cost of higher domestic volatility.
— Michael Pettis (@michaelxpettis) November 18, 2022
China debt: local government ‘land grabs’ raise concerns amid tumbling fiscal revenues South China Morning Post
‘We’re not ready’: threat of Covid exit wave stymies China’s reopening FT. Unless China accepts that #CovidIsAirborne, and acts on it, they will never be ready. As I showed in Links yesterday, they have not. (I would love to be wrong on this; readers?) Presser:
Yesterday I wrote a thread expressing my pessimism abt CN’s covid situation & where it’s heading.
But the NHC press conference held yesterday afternoon gave me some optimism – if “less bad” is a legitmate reason for optimism.
— CM – #ResistingMassInfectionPolicy (@xuchuanmei) November 17, 2022
No mention of airborne transmission.
Terrible threading, but an interesting argument (and a sad post; the author loved their time in China, and still misses it):
Beijing and they will act on Taiwan. Let me break it to you: they are going to act at a time, method, and place of their choosing. It’s coming. It’s going to happen. I do not know when or how specifically, but it will come and probably sooner than most expect. Your arguing 8/n
— Cris Touchdown Balding 大老板 (@BaldingsWorld) November 17, 2022
“You would be hard pressed to find an issue where outside opinion had any material impact on China beyond short term.” Step One: “We admitted we were powerless over China, that our empire had become unmanageable.” Meanwhile:
Cambodia quietly trying to distance itself from China Asia Times. Swaying like bamboo (which hopefully the US is subtle enough to let them do).
Myanmar junta frees Australian economist, former UK envoy in mass amnesty Reuters
Iran must cooperate with uranium probe, says IAEA board resolution Reuters
US moves to shield Saudi crown prince in journalist killing AP. Oh.
Dear Old Blighty
The Big Society, Reheated Tribune
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine Won’t Ignite a Nuclear Scramble Foreign Affairs
Deep breaths: Article 5 will never be a flip switch for war Responsible Statecraft
A Missile Falls on NATO Territory. What Next? Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Interesting contortions.
John Mearsheimer on Putin’s Ambitions After Nine Months of War Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker
How Ukraine Blew Up a Key Russian Bridge NYT. Some remaining unknowns: How the truck bomb was triggered, and whether the driver was a suicide bomber or a mark for the Ukrainian intelligence services. Big gaps for a story with a headline that begins “How”….
‘We hit them with slingshots’: Ukraine’s ‘iron general’ shows his mettle FT. Zaluzhnyi hagiography. Beat sweetening? Zalensky about used up?
3 convicted in 2014 downing of Malaysian jet over Ukraine AP. Making no judgment on the verdict, but the entire story has been spook-adjacent from the beginning.
Biden Administration Caves To Pressure On Student Debt Bankruptcy The Lever
Democrats en Déshabillé
Five takeaways as the Pelosi era ends The Hill
The Psychopharmacology Of The FTX Crash Astral Codex Ten (Craig F).
Why Didn’t the Government Stop the Crypto Scam? Matt Stoller, BIG
Crypto dominoes fall in the wake of FTX’s collapse Axios
Hundreds of employees say no to being part of Elon Musk’s ‘extremely hardcore’ Twitter The Verge. But:
A lot of people are asking me, is it really #RIPTwitter? No, I don’t think so. First of all, we don’t know if 75% are actually leaving. I expect it to be less dramatic, but I do believe most are done with the Elon show and are happy to take the exit.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 of twitter HQ), but 99.9% of the noise is mimetic panic, attention-grabbing, and meme-making with zero relation to reality.
— Luke Burgis (@lukeburgis) November 18, 2022
I view this dogpile as two PMC moral panics potentiating each other, both with the objective of taking Twitter down: Blue Checks, because the sudden inability to drive a platform’s censorship of their political opponents offends their sensibilities (not to mention their allies in the intelligence community and the Democrat Party), and Twitter employees themselves, who implement the censorship, and, to be fair, are labor aristocrats who probably think they can get catered lunches and massages elsewhere in Silicon Valley (but maybe not), and also wish to prove themselves essential. (If they had a union, they’d strike, but they don’t, so we have the moral panics.) At a higher level, what we’re seeing is an exercise in PMC class power. Lost in the yammering and gloating is the “public square” function Twitter still performs, like hurricane warnings, as well as the accumulation of social capital by those who do not have Blue Checks, and are not Silicon Valley engineers. All that said, moral panics are bullsh*t, and you can’t reverse engineer the truth out of bullsh*t. So let’s wait. See the next link–
Twitter’s Slow and Painful End The Atlantic. “All three individuals I spoke with said the World Cup is a major stress test for the platform in the best of circumstances, requiring careful coordination from the site-reliability-engineering team to ensure that crucial services stay up.” So we have an inflection point coming up.
User reports indicate problems at Twitter Down Detector. For future reference.
Ticketmaster cancels public sale for Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour due to overwhelming demand CNN
Radicalize the Swifties Slate
Here’s Why Automaker Subscription Features Are Here To Stay, Even Though You Hate Them The Drive
Trends in inequalities in the prevalence of dementia in the United States 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 65+ population, a statistically significant decline of 3.7 percentage points or 30.1%.”
Several children hospitalized in growing measles outbreak affecting 7 Ohio daycares CBS
To beat Ebola in Uganda, fund what worked in Liberia Nature
Police State Watch
Handcuffs in Hallways: Hundreds of elementary students arrested at U.S. schools CBS
Portugal Is Still All About Ronaldo, Even When It Shouldn’t Be Defector
Inside one media company’s strategy to monetize the FIFA World Cup Digiday
‘Our dreams never came true.’ These men helped build Qatar’s World Cup, now they are struggling to survive. CNN
Race for the bottom Overmatter
Imperial Collapse Watch
Russia, India, China, Iran: the Quad that really matters Pepe Escobar, The Burning Platform
Beyond Blame Boston Review (NL).
How loneliness is killing men BBC Science Focus
Associations between cognitive function and marital status in the U.S., South Africa, Mexico, and China Population Health
The Amazing Music Murals of North Carolina The Honest Broker
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.