Links 9/28/22

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China’s Mars rover finds hints of catastrophic floods Nature

NASA crashes DART spacecraft into asteroid in world’s 1st planetary defense test (videos)

‘Exceptional’ fossil suggests early birds were brainy Science

The Unease You Feel Is the Fed Pushing Into a Recession Bloomberg. This Powell dude is one busy guy:

Well, naturally!


This Climate Tech Boom Is Recession-Proof Bloomberg

Electric cars could break the grid if future drivers stick to today’s routines Nature

Maine Voices: Kennebec River dam debate hijacked by red herring Press Herald


The COVID-19 Booster’s Public Relations Problem ProPublica. To me, the “public relations”/”messaging” frame makes assumptions about public health decision makers I am not sure that I share. Worth a read, however.

Association of SARS-CoV-2 Infection With New-Onset Type 1 Diabetes Among Pediatric Patients From 2020 to 2021 JAMA. Enormous cohort study from EHRs: 1 ,091,494 pediatric patients: 314,917 with COVID-19 and 776 ,577 with non–COVID-19 respiratory infections. From the Discussion: “In this study, new T1D diagnoses were more likely to occur among pediatric patients with prior COVID-19 than among those with other respiratory infections (or with other encounters with health systems). Respiratory infections have previously been associated with onset of T1D,6 but this risk was even higher among those with COVID-19 in our study, raising concern for long-term, post–COVID-19 autoimmune complications among youths.” “Children don’t get Covid.” Remember that one? Commentary:

How companies can ensure a Covid-free workplace FT

Is the next pandemic brewing on the Netherlands’ poultry farms? Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (KS).


China growth to fall behind rest of Asia for first time since 1990 FT

China Reins In Its Belt and Road Program, $1 Trillion Later WSJ

‘Completely underinvested’ China woos foreign investors but still withholds what they want most South China Morning Post

Tokyo Olympics bribery arrests widens to third Japan sponsor AP

The Koreas

A palate cleanser (SD):

Neal Stephenson holds that the transmission of Hebrew scripture is the paradigm for “informational hygiene” in Snow Crash, but at “zero data loss” woodblock carvers beat scribes.

The Bezzle

Cruise’s Self-Driving Cars Keep Blocking Traffic in San Francisco The Drive

How Kenya Became the World’s Geothermal Powerhouse Reasons to be Cheerful


3 ways these latest Iran demonstrations are different to past protests The Conversation

In wealthy Dubai, poor get free bread from machines France24 (Re Silc).

Dear Old Blighty

Kwarteng’s policies won’t get inactive Britain working again FT

IMF urges Truss to reverse top rate tax cut in rare intervention Telegraph (BC).

PM chief of staff Mark Fullbrook no longer paid via firm, says No 10 BBC. Oh.

European Disunion

How a party of neo-fascist roots won big in Italy AP. Commentary:

New Not-So-Cold Cold War

Ukraine ‘referendums’: Full results for annexation polls as Kremlin-backed authorities claim victory EuroNews

Ukraine’s president: No talks with Putin if its land annexed AP

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Germany Suspects Sabotage Hit Russia’s Nord Stream Pipelines Bloomberg. No duh.

CIA warned German government against attack on Baltic Sea pipelines Der Spiegel

Baltic Pipe: Norway-Poland gas pipeline opens in key move to cut dependency on Russia EuroNews. It opened the same day Nordstream 1 and 2 were blown up. Odd!

[ulp] But do check the source:

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The usual suspects:

TUCKER CARLSON: What really happened to the Nord Stream pipeline? FOX. Suspect: USA.

The Nord Stream Whodunit National Review. Suspect: Russia. Thread on the seabed and Russian submarines:

Another suspect. France. Thread:

See also Helmer’s post today. Suspect: Poland.

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Explosive-Laden Drone Found Near Nord Stream Pipeline Pipeline Technology Journal. From 2015, possibly still germane.

BALTOPS 22: A Perfect Opportunity for Research and Resting New Technology Seapower. From June, possibly germane.

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Draft evasion in today’s Russia Gilbert Doctorow

Ukraine war: 100,000 Russians flee to Kazakhstan amid military draft South China Morning Post

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Should America Go All In on Ukraine? The American Conservative

Preparing for the Long War Project Syndicate

New poll signals Americans are growing tired of support for Ukraine without diplomacy as the war against Russia drags on Insider

Poll: Americans support quick diplomatic end to war in Ukraine Responsible Statecraft

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EXCLUSIVE: British father, 30, SPLITS from Ukrainian refugee accusing her of ‘irrational behaviour, not handling her drink and stabbing a wall’ – just four months after he dumped his partner of 10 years and mother of his two children to be with her Daily Mail. Was she a comedian?

Inside the Ukrainian Counterstrike That Turned the Tide of the War Time. And the cover:

Ukraine’s next President?

Normalizing fascism:

An “emotional moment.” Oh.

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Europe’s future, from friend of the blog Philip Pilkington:

Rudy, you’re out of your element:

Supply Chain

Gas crisis lands LNG cargo market in hands of energy giants Hellenic Shipping News

Checking Back In On Southern California’s Containership Backup gCaptain

Our Famously Free Press

The Washington Post Dabbles in Orwell (excerpt) Matt Taibbi, TK News. Amazing, even for the intelligence community assets at WaPo (who are not the entire institution, fortunately, as the drastic rewrite of the embarassing first version shows). Commentary:

This tweet summarizes the debacle, but as usual, Taibbi documents his stomping in excruciating detail. I do quarrel with the headline: “dabbles,” as opposed to “bathes regularly”? “Soaking in it”?


University of Idaho releases memo warning employees that promoting abortion is against state law Idaho Capital Sun

Realignment and Legitimacy

‘Take your a** home!’ Heavily-armed black rights groups march through Austin chanting anti-illegal migrant slogans, demands Biden ‘close the border’ and calls for ‘reparations to be paid NOW’ Daily Mail (Re Silc). I notice that the only wide-angle shot shows low numbers.

Class Warfare

Worker protests at airports spread nationwide over staffing and pay WaPo

Seattle Dispute Disrupts US West Coast Port Labor Talks Maritime Logistics Professional

GM delays return-to-office mandate after employee backlash MSN

Saul Kripke obituary Guardian (AL). On “naming and necessity.”

How Big Is Infinity? Quanta (DL). Fun!

Antidote du jour (via):

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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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