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:

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:

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):

“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

Biden Administration Caves To Pressure On Student Debt Bankruptcy The Lever

Democrats en Déshabillé

Five takeaways as the Pelosi era ends The Hill

The Bezzle

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:


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

Sports Desk

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

Zeitgeist Watch

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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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.