Views on the economy have shifted dramatically over the past year Sam Ro, TKer. Many charts.
How Pfizer Blew Up Downtown Josh Brown
Check Fraud: It’s Time to Jettison Price v. Neal Credit Slips
Governing the Climate Phenomenal World
Our Megathreatened Age Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate
Book Review – Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping The Future Of Our Planet The Inquisitive Biologist
Rapidly melting ice made this year especially dangerous on Mount Everest. A close-up look at the mountain shows how quickly it’s changing—and the risks climbers face. https://t.co/PvIWjanpke pic.twitter.com/1aOLOHkdXc
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) December 17, 2023
Over the transom from alert reader Bob. Seems to go well with the previous:
Reminds me of some of the set pieces in Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series.
Effectiveness of cough etiquette maneuvers in disrupting the chain of transmission of infectious respiratory diseases BMJ. From 2013, still germane. N = 31. From the Abstract: “. This aerosol can penetrate profound levels of the respiratory system. Practicing these assessed primary respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette maneuvers would still permit direct, indirect, and/or airborne transmission and spread of [infectious respiratory diseases (IRD)], such as influenza and Tuberculosis. All the assessed cough etiquette maneuvers, as recommended, do not fully interrupt the chain of transmission of IRD. This knowledge urges us all to critically review recommended CE and to search for new evidence-based procedures that effectively disrupt the transmission of respiratory pathogens.” Funny how nobody ever asks for an RCT on whether coughing into your elbow is effective.
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“China hype” (from a thread by Arnaud Bertrand):
Allison is the inventor of “the Thucydides trap,” for good or ill.
‘China is a fatal distraction’: Former defence chief on the biggest threat facing Australia Sydney Morning Herald. “Climate change will get us before China.”
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What does Palestine have to do with Africa? Africa Is a Country
Why the UK and Germany back a sustainable ceasefire David Cameron & Annalena Baerbock, Times of London
Former Israeli Advisor on Netanyahu, Qatar and Irreversible Damage In Gaza | Ash Meets Daniel Levy (video) Novara Media, YouTube (Alice X).
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Israel finds large tunnel adjacent to Gaza, raising new questions about prewar intelligence Politico. “The entryway to the tunnel is just a few hundred yards from the heavily fortified Erez crossing and a nearby Israeli military base.” Handy!
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Netanyahu’s tactics are weakening Israel Ben Wallace, The Telegraph
From the Holy Family Church in Gaza:
This is beyond crazy, and hopefully can alert people to the indiscriminate nature of the killings that are occurring in Gaza.
In case you don’t know, since the time of Jesus the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem guards two of the holiest sites in the world for Christians: the site… https://t.co/E2pn8a4Wks
— Arnaud Bertrand (@RnaudBertrand) December 17, 2023
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New Not-So-Cold War
The Russo-Ukrainian War and the Durability of Deterrence International Institute for Strategic Studies. The deck: “Putin has defined his nuclear red line consistently and – compared to other Russian figures – restrictively. So long as NATO continues to respect it, there is no reason to believe he would authorise nuclear use.”
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Ukrainian Infiltration Force in Bakhmut Destroyed By Russian Drone Units – New Footage Military Watch. A stunt.
Ukrainian special ops commandos are freelancing top-secret sabotage missions, poisonings, and assassinations in Russia, says military source Business Insider. “Technology and our entrepreneurial mindset will defeat Russian meat and steel.” Cope.
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Ukraine shouldn’t have to pay the price of the GOP’s wedge politics E.J. Dionne, WaPo. Politics ain’t beanbag.
South of the Border
Chilean voters reject conservative constitution, after defeating leftist charter last year AP. Timotheus comments: “The right wing constitution was voted down today 54-45%. That’s the second failure to rewrite the Pinochet document of 1981. You could note the remarkable and enviable efficiency of the paper ballots counted by hand. No one has raised the slightest doubt about the accuracy of the results.”
Congress stares down brutal January The Hill
Police State Watch
How To Authenticate Large Datasets The Intercept. Media critique for the 21st century….
Xmas Pre-Game Festivities
Hospitals are dropping Medicare Advantage plans left and right Becker’s Hospital Review. Time to move on to a new grift, I suppose.
“Access” to care:
One of my patients (who labels himself a #PriorAuthSurvivor) diagrammed the unnecessary complexity of trying to get his medication approved on time 👇
Rinse & repeat and this is a cyclic nightmare that has nothing to do with chemo but rather the bureaucracy of US healthcare pic.twitter.com/3fDt3lF7O3
— Mark Lewis (@marklewismd) December 15, 2023
Why suspending shipping operations in the Red Sea matters for global trade Hellenic Shipping News. Incident map and thread:
Here’s a full list of incidents reported so far in the Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb and Gulf of Aden since the Galaxy Leader hijacking on November 19. 1/many
— Mike Schuler (@MikeSchuler) December 15, 2023
Red Sea Convoys & An Increase in Naval Presence around the Bab el-Mandeb – Op Prosperity Guardian (video) What is Going on With Shipping, YouTube (MV).
Imperial Collapse Watch
Mastermind ‘Fat Leonard’ Gets the Last Laugh in Disastrous Navy Corruption Trial WSJ. The deck: “Businessman Leonard Francis, who bilked the U.S. out of millions, offered to help prosecutors snare crooked Navy officials—then he disappeared” [to Venezuela]. Important given both the role of the Seventh Fleet in the Pacific and DOJ over-reach.
During a live video stream of the ballot result, a representative of TrueBallot shared their screen, which displayed an internet URL in the address bar of their web browser. A flight attendant watching the stream copied the URL into their own computer and discovered that the link took them to an unsecured database of the vote.
The flight attendant was able to view the name of everyone who had voted and what ballot they had cast, alongside their email address. The database could even be edited, and ballots could be added and deleted.
“TrueBallot.” Never eat at a place called “Mom’s”….
A Woman Construction Worker on the Slab Briarpatch. This post is great (even if from 2015). In the most PMC scenario imaginable, I ran across it while searching on the keyword “slab,” hoping to discover text on the Wittgenstein’s “Builder’s Game” for my post on nouns (“But when I call “Slab!”, then what I want is, that he should bring me a slab“).
One Significant Adult Culture Study
Natural Selection Orion
Antidote du jour (via):
Smart horse shaking this tree for fruit
— Science girl (@gunsnrosesgirl3) December 17, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.