Links 9/30/22

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Despite ‘desert tsunami,’ one of the world’s rarest fish are thriving in Death Valley Fort Worth Star-Telegram.. And the cotton are high.

Trouble at the OECD Inside Story

BlackRock threatened to halt trading at height of UK market tumult FT

The Blackstone rebellion: how one country took on the world’s biggest commercial landlord Guardian


6 largest US banks to join Fed’s first-ever climate scenario exercise Banking Dive

World banks financially support the Amazon’s deforestation: Report Al Mayadeen

New EWG analysis: Of $7.4B spent on two of USDA’s biggest conservation programs in recent years, very little went to ‘climate-smart’ agriculture Environmental Working Group

Hurricane Ian again a Category 1 storm over the Atlantic as Central Florida still reels in its wake Orlando Sentinel

Florida Landlord Reminds Tenants Fleeing Flood That Lease Doesn’t Include Rooftop Access The Onion


Lake Erie’s Failed Algae Strategy Hurts Poor Communities the Most Circle of Blue

Beneath This Sea, A Sculpture Garden Is Saving an Ecosystem Reasons to be Cheerful


Can we clean Covid from the air around us? Chemistry World. Yes.

Intranasal & Co: A Very Big Month for Mucosal Covid Vaccines Hilda Bastian, PLOS, “What about WHO authorization and mucosal vaccines? As of the end of September, none appear to be under evaluation there yet.” What a shock!

America is skeptical of the ‘dark horse’ COVID vaccine others abroad can’t get enough of Fortune. They’ve just gotta keep the brand out of the headline, don’t they? But the URL begins: america-skeptical-novavax….


The U.S. and EU brace for Xi Jinping’s third-term challenge Politico

China’s common prosperity drive for shared wealth to get fresh push as ‘strategic goal’ during party congress South China Morning Post

Countering China, the U.S. Signs a Broad Deal to Aid Pacific Nations NYT


Myanmar junta restricts access to corporate registry database Myanmar Now

Vietnam Becomes Asia’s Economic Leader as China’s Growth Decelerates The Diplomat


Iran’s Crisis of Legitimacy Foreign Affairs

How a video taken out of context made Hadis Najafi a symbol of repression in Iran The Observers, France 24

Exclusive: Tracking the flow of stolen Syrian oil into Iraq The Cradle

Dear Old Blighty

For Liz Truss, the only way is up (or out) Politico. Commentary:

Record number of nurses quitting the NHS BBC. I’m sure when Sir Keir Rodney Starmer KCB KC becomes Prime Minister he will put the kibosh on the efforts to wreck the NHS and sell it off for parts to American consulting firms.

How Britain’s Labour Party Became a Criminal Conspiracy Against Its Members Mint Press

European Disunion

Eurozone inflation hits record 10% as energy prices continue to soar FT

New Not-So-Cold War

The Blob has form:

Whodunnit? I guess we’ll never know:

Satellites Capture First Images of Nord Stream’s Methane Leaks Bloomberg. Pipeline metallurgy:

China takes a view:

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In Washington, Everyone Wins if Ukraine Wins Foreign Policy. Exactly.

How the War in Ukraine Might End The New Yorker. There seems to be no place for propaganda in “war termination theory.”

Russia’s military isn’t ready for an escalation. Ukraine and its partners can exploit that. Atlantic Council

The U.S. and Europe are running out of weapons to send to Ukraine CNBC

Putin Can Afford at Least Two More Years of War The Wilson Center

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Leave Crimea Alone The American Conservative

The New York Times on Ukraine: Vietnam Déjà Vu Ray McGovern,

Why Bolsonaro’s Auto-Coup Will Fail: An Interview With Manuel Gerson BrasilWire

Biden Administration

Biden appoints 1st diplomat dedicated to biodiversity The Week. Ron Klain’s wife.

Justices shield spouses’ work from potential conflict of interest disclosures Politico. Huh.

Six States Sue to Block Biden Student Debt Cancellation Plan WSJ

Space Force anthem ensures aliens will never contact Earth Duffel Blog

Intelligence Community

Statement on the fatal flaws found in a defunct CIA covert communications system CitizenLab and America’s Throwaway Spies Reuters. To be a friend is fatal….

The CIA Just Invested in Woolly Mammoth Resurrection Technology The Intercept

Our Famously Free Press

YouTube Apologizes, Reverses Demonetization Decision Matt Taibbi, TK News. But check out YouTube’s moderation policy on elections, supplied by Taibbi:

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Under this policy, any discussion (say, by Hillary Clinton) of Florida 2000, where Jebbie purged the voter rolls in an MR SUBLIMINAL Bud from Legal insists I say “apparent,” here effort to hand the state to his brother who was running for President at the time would be demonetized. Cray cray.

Hill TV Censors Segment On Rashida Tlaib’s Description of Israel as “Apartheid Government,” Bars Reporter The Intercept. Reporter is Katie Halper. More cray cray.


FAA says Boeing has not completed work needed for 737 MAX 7 approval Reuters

With 2 MAX models at risk, Congress moves to give Boeing a break Seattle Times

Guillotine Watch

The Forbes 400 2022 Forbes

Class Warfare

‘We Need $5 an Hour’: Amazon Workers ‘Insulted’ by Wage Bump Sourcing Journal

Is Your Supply Chain Susceptible to Forced Labor? Industry Week

A mad, mad world Times Literary Supplement

Antidote du jour (via):

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Bonus Antidote:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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