Links 11/23/2022

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British man catches absolutely massive goldfish Boing Boing (resilc)

Warmest Tent on Earth – Pitching in the Siberian Arctic Winter – Ненецкая палатка чум YouTube (resilc)

Nomadic lifestyle of the northern mountains of Iran in Winter YouTube (resilc). ZOMG, the father is tough! Heavy boots and a hat, yes, but no gloves and wearing what looks like a suit (presumably with a sweater and leggings underneath, but still….)

Meta AI Bot Contributed to Fake Research and Nonsense Before Being Pulled Offline Gizmodo (Kevin W) versus Meta’s board game-playing AI can pass as a human in diplomacy game negotiations New Scientist (Dr. Kevin). Um, some humans are really bad negotiators…

Does Consuming Cannabis Boost Creativity? Nautlius (Micael T)

A 48,500-year-old virus has been revived from Siberian permafrost New Scientist (Dr. Kevin)


Enough time to make one by Christmas:


Beijing shuts parks, Shanghai tightens entry as China COVID cases rise Reuters

Coronavirus in China: ‘critical moment’ for Beijing with cases at record high South China Morning Post


Carbon Negative Energy Storage from Abandoned Oil Wells Might be a Win, Win, Win Climate Crock of the Week (Chuck L)

Esa mulls Solaris plan to beam solar energy from space BBC. Resilc: “Too many Star Warzzzz movies and the EU can’t keep the lights on this month.”

Tiny Aerosols Pose a Big Predicament in a Warming World Wired (resilc)


China Announces New Social Credit Law MIT Technology Review

Huge Foxconn iPhone plant in China rocked by fresh worker unrest Reuters

Old Blighty

NHS bosses in Scotland discuss having wealthy pay for treatment BBC (resilc)

The charge sheet against Brexit’s guilty men just keeps growing Chris Grey (guurst)

Bolsonaro contests Brazil election loss, wants votes voided Associated Press (David L)

New Not-So-Cold War

Ukraine to hike transit fees for Russian oil to EU RT. Kevin W: Also problems with the Ukraine swiping gas from Moldova’s deliveries – ‘Gazprom threatens cut-off over Ukrainian theft

Ukrainian Consequences: Energy in Europe YouTube (resilc)

Gazprom threatens cut-off over Ukrainian theft RT

Putin’s nuclear grip on Europe could spark another energy crisis, expert warns Express

Poor French households ‘having to choose between eating and heating’ this winter France 24

OFAC Guidance on Implementation of the Price Cap Policy for Crude Oil of Russian Federation Origin U.S. Treasury. The “who is liable” part is the same as we flagged earlier: Tier 1 are parties who have direct access to price info like brokers and traders. Other parties can rely on their attestation so long as there is no reason to suspect funny business. Mixing oil supposedly does not make it non-Russia except for residues. Ban supposedly extends to everyone involved, like ship owners, insurers, customs brokers, and national ship registries. Nothing on enforcement or punishments.

Ukraine War Day #272: Why Shell A Nuclear Power Plant? Mystery Explained Awful Avalanche (guurst)

Ukraine to protest over Orban scarf showing Hungary including part of Ukraine Reuters (resilc)

It’s Costing Peanuts for the US to Defeat Russia CEPA. Stephen:

This delusional advertorial might be worth linking to. Underlines your earlier comments that there is limited / no appetite for the US to make peace, and plenty of money being poured into the war party.

Obviously, Ukrainian lives do not count in the cost benefit analysis either, according to authors like this.

The major UK war industry company BAe Systems is one of the sponsors of CEPA that hosts this drivel, along with Lockheed et al. So (amazingly) is Mercedes. The money go round of war as a business seems very real.

EU plans subsidy war chest as industry faces ‘existential’ threat from US Politico

Europe’s Wind Industry Is Stumbling When It’s Needed Most New York Times (resilc)


House Members Push for U.N. Oversight of Yemen Atrocities Intercept

World Cup 2022: Yemen’s Houthis congratulate Saudi Arabia for win over Argentina Middle East Eye (resilc)

Saudi Arabia executes 12 people with swords even after Crown Prince’s promise to cut back Mirror

Israel: Netanyahu asked the world to forget the occupation. Ben-Gvir wants it front and centre Middle East Eye (resilc)

Imperial Collapse Watch

US primacy is relegated to the sidelines at World Cup Responsible Statecraft

‘Not the progress I would have hoped for’: Pentagon fails latest financial audit Breaking Defense. From last week, still germane.

McCarthy calls on DHS Secretary Mayorkas to resign, threatens impeachment inquiry The Hill

Blood Telegram – Bangladesh 1971 Adam Tooze (resilc)


Some Advice for Jack Smith, the New Special Counsel in the Trump Investigations New York Times (David L)

Supreme Court Clears House Panel to Get Trump’s Tax Returns Bloomberg

Ron DeSantis would have to overcome Donald Trump in the 2024 GOP primary Vox. Resilc: “Trump eats him for brunch.”


Biden extends student loan repayments freeze amid lawsuits BBC

Supreme Court agrees to hear Jack Daniel’s trademark case against dog toy company CNBC. Kevin W: “Priorities!”

Parkland parent named Broward chair, replaces DeSantis appointee Miami Herald (furzy)

The Bezzle

Christie’s Pulled a $25 Million T-Rex Skeleton From Auction After Experts Pointed Out That Most of Its Bones Are Replicas ArtNews (Jules)

Crypto: Everyone Was Just That Stupid Heisenberger Report (resilc)

Senators press Fidelity to reconsider allowing bitcoin access in 401(k) plans MarketWatch (resilc)

With tens of thousands of cars in stock, Tesla will cut prices Huxiu (resilc, original here)

Zoom Shares Plunge 90% From Peak As Pandemic Boom Fades Reuters

What Would Breaking Up Ticketmaster and Live Nation Actually Do? New York Magazine (resilc)

‘Manager started capping people’: Cops say SEVEN people are killed including the shooter during bloody Walmart rampage as worker reveals ‘manager’ opened fire on staff in break room Daily Mail

Instead of Black Friday, try Buy Nothing Day! Boing Boing

Class Warfare

Severely ill refusing sicknotes as they cannot afford time off, says GPs’ head Guardian

Joe Biden Is Finally Moving Toward Allowing Bankruptcy to Eliminate Student Debt Jacobin (resilc)

Canada: Why the country wants to bring in 1.5m immigrants by 2025 BBC

Judge orders Amazon to stop retaliating against union organizers MarketWatch (resilc)

Antidote du jour (furzy):

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And a bonus. guurst recommends sound on:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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