To protect wild bumblebees, people have to find them first High Country News
What Do Sharks Eat? Field and Stream
How to Outperform How to Outperform
The Climate March: Magnificent and Misdirected Counter Currents
Theories about the natural world may need to change to reflect human impact (press release) Bangor University
Degrowth and ecosocialism – a reply Climate and Capitalism
Why so many sport chiefs in China have come under corruption clouds South China Morning Post
New Not-So-Cold War
Rus Prepares Offensive, Kiev’s Choice: Capitulate or Ukr Ends; Rus Capture Orekhovo; Canada Disaster (video) Alexander Mercouris, YouTube. As for Canada, I don’t know if anything that gives me such schadenfreude can be properly labeled a disaster; “debacle” perhaps?
Analysis of Ukraine’s Escalating Crimean Strike Campaign Simplicius the Thinker(s)
UPDATE ON UKRAINE 09/26/2023 Weapons and Strategy. A round-up.
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Ukraine’s Defence Minister on Russian Black Sea Fleet commander: “If he’s dead, it’s good news” Ukrainska Pravda vs. Russian drone strikes on Odesa region hit port area and cut ferry service to Romania AP. One of these demonstrates strategic thinking. The other does not.
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Russia’s War in Ukraine Is Not the Iraq War Noah Rotham, The National Review. Dude’s so huffy about Iraq you’d think he was a liberal Democrat. Correct, Iraq was not a proxy war with a nuclear power. Is that the salient distinction?
Blinken’s ‘Variable Geometry’ for a New Cold War Al Mayadeen
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House Republicans Are Hurtling Toward the Most Pointless Shutdown Ever Ryan Grim, The Intercept
President Biden joins the UAW picket line in Detroit in solidarity with striking autoworkers:
“”You deserve the significant raise you need and other benefits.”” pic.twitter.com/LPKBTpSWtw
— The Recount (@therecount) September 26, 2023
Forget Collusion. Was “Interference” Also Fake News? and Timeline: DARPA and the DNC Hack Matt Taibbi, Racket News
What motivated Apple? Big Tech on Trial. “The overarching theme of Cue’s afternoon testimony was that Apple sets Google as the default search engine, because it provides the best experience for users.” Hilarity ensues. If Apple really cared about “the best experience for users,” there would be a Human Interface Guidelines for iOS, as there is for MacOS. There isn’t.
American Exceptionalism Resides in AI, Not Pink Houses John Auther, Bloomberg. Oh.
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Artificial intelligence: ChatGPT creator Sam Altman expresses concern about ‘under-regulation’ Sky. Dig your own moat, champ.
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iPhone 15 Teardown Reveals Software Lockdown iFixIt. “To effectively repair these models, you have to procure parts within Apple’s sphere and validate the repairs. Without calibration, the parts either don’t work at all, or have compromised functionality and incessant warnings.”
As state targets Syracuse shops for illegal cannabis sales, city shuts 5 businesses down Syracuse.com (bob). “The state has been slow to roll out its own legal and licensed shops, called dispensaries, allowing a gray market to thrive.” I wonder what could be causing the slow roll-out….
Addressing the saga of nitrosamine contamination in drugs Chemistry World
Reforms needed to alleviate persistent drug shortages AMA. From August, still germane.
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How Ozempic and Wegovy Could Break the Healthcare System Barron’s. High Fructose Corn Syrup -> Obesity -> Big Pharma…. All things work together for good!
The fading of the mpox outbreak among men who have sex with men: a mathematical modelling study Journal of Infectious Diseases. From the Abstract: “The limited duration of the mpox outbreak in the Netherlands can be ascribed primarily to infection-induced immunity among MSM with high sexual activity levels. The decline was accelerated by behavioural adaptations. Immunity among those most sexually active is essential to impede mpox resurgence.”
JPMorgan will pay $75 million on claims that it enabled Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking operations AP. To the Virgin Islands.
The Final Frontier
Akin Adds Top Space Industry Leader, Building Out its Space Regulatory and Policy Practice (press release) Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Sex Education, Heartstopper Intimacy Coordinator Talks Hickies, Sex Scenes and How He Choreographs Your Favorite Shows Teen Vogue. “Intimacy Coordinator.” Musical interlude.
How To Get The Best Sleep Of Your Life: Six Secrets From Research Barking Up The Wrong Tree. See NC on sleep here.
Imperial Collapse Watch
HII Partners To Advance 3D Printing On A Virginia-Class Submarine Naval News. One part….
Why America Has a Long-Term Labor Crisis, in Six Charts WSJ. ‘Twas a mystery! “Work experts have warned for years that the combination of baby boomer retirements, low birthrates, shifting immigration policies and changing worker preferences is leaving U.S. employers with too few workers to fill job openings.” And then we slaughtered a bunch of ’em, gave brain damage to a bunch of others, and put a bunch of others on permanent disability. Hence, robots, AI, etc. There is no market but the labor market (i.e., all other markets are epiphenoma).
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Why the Public Is Siding With the UAW Over the Automakers Morning Consult
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Capcom President Says ‘Game Prices Are Too Low’ Kotaku. First food and gas, then insurance, now this.
Antidote du jour (via):
Bonus Antidote (DG):
DG writes: “I do have this wonderful Pileated Woodpecker (attached) which is one of a pair that has pretty much cleared the yard of stumps. I am always disappointed when I see people dig up stumps of old trees. Those are candy to pileateds and much more eco-friendly than nearly any other way to accomplish the same thing. Yes. It takes more than one season, but it’s worth it to have these guys in the yard.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here