Links 12/5/2023 | naked capitalism


The Evolution of Modern Dogs The Garden of Forking Paths (furzy)

Cicadas Are So Loud, Fiber Optic Cables Can ‘Hear’ Them Wired

A New Way to Trigger a Tsunami Nautilus (Micael T)

EU state reports ‘highly pathogenic’ bird flu outbreak RT (Kevin W)

Taylor Swift, Vladimir Putin, Sam Altman and Barbie are all shortlisted for Time Person of the Year Daily Mail

#COVID-19

Massive new wave of coronavirus infections in Germany WSWS (Micael)

Thailand’s weekly Covid-19 cases surge over 500 with three fatalities Thaiger (furzy)

Are COVID Nasal Vaccines on the Way? Health Central (ma)

Iceland No Longer Offers Covid Vaccines To General Population After Spike In Sudden Deaths People’s Voice (Chuck L). Not a great source, but if this is an accurate translation, the officials are in denial that Covid can have very large impacts and therefore attribute all outo of band health issues to the vaccines, and not Covid + vaccines.

Climate/Environment

As Dubai hosts climate talks, its air pollution soars Agence France-Presse (furzy)

Attenborough ship encounters mammoth iceberg BBC (David L)

China’s bamboo could replace high-emitting plastics, but tech bottlenecks are stunting growth South China Morning Post (furzy)

China?

US Technology Policy Amid Rivalry With China Valdai Club (Micael T)

Moody’s cut China’s credit outlook to negative on rising debt risks CNBC

US Issues Warning To Nvidia, Urging To Stop Redesigning Chips For China Fortune

European Disunion

From Politico’s morning European newsletter:

Recap: The killer was a bombshell Constitutional Court ruling last month that said Germany’s use of special funds to finance energy and green subsidies violated the constitutional “debt brake,” which limits the federal deficit to 0.35 percent of GDP….

Bad news for Europe: Unless it finds another way to fill the budget gap — most likely by declaring another emergency that would allow it to disregard the “debt brake” — the EU’s biggest economy risks falling behind on the green and digital transitions and missing EU-wide emission reduction targets, with repercussions for the entire Union.

As for the EU budget: German officials have also warned that the Constitutional Court ruling means Berlin will have no leeway to finance budget increases for the EU….

IT GETS WORSE: On Monday evening, the coalition received another blow as another institution — the country’s federal audit court — slammed Berlin’s plan to attempt to save this year’s national budget.

Maduro’s Vote to Annex Territory From Guyana Is Seen as a Diversion New York Times (furzy)

Gaza

‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 59: Palestinian civilians have nowhere to run as Israel expands ground operations south Mondoweiss (guurst)

UN says Gaza to get ‘even more hellish’ as Israel expands operation BBC

Alastair Crooke: Will Israel Face Consequences? Judge Napolitano, YouTube. Important details, like overwhelming opposition of Israelis to a cease fire, and a peace process and intensified support for clearing Israel of Palestinians. Also details on widening war.

“He who can destroy a thing controls a thing”:

Houthi attacks on vessels in Red Sea sound alarm for global trade Financial Times. Only at the very very end does the piece acknowledge there is not much that can be done. The West underinvested in air defense and cheap drones (which can get a defender to deplete his air defense missiles even faster)O have furthers tipped the balance in favor in favor of missiled and drones.

Watch: Debunking Israel’s “mass rape” propaganda Electronic Initifada

Congress Reviews Plan to Facilitate Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians From Gaza Antiwar.com (Kevin W). More short-sightedness. Will just further reduce US influence in the region.

Netanyahu corruption trial resumes Times of Israel (BC)

‘The butcher of Gaza should be tried like Milosevic:’ Erdogan The Cradle

Right Before Hamas Attacked Someone Shorted Israeli Stocks And Funds Moon of Alabama. I hate to point out but the short was placed October 2. The precipitating event was the attempt to desecrate the Al Aqsa mosque, which took place Oct. 4. Now admittedly Hamas was like a coiled spring ready to go, and there were signs of increased preparation in preceding months, but the precise timing of the raid was actually significantly influenced by the Israel side. Remember that Alastair Crooke reported shortly after the Al Asqua attack that the Israeli cabinet had met in the tunnels under the mosque in recent months and declare this this land was theirs and they would take it. If the mosque raid had been more successful, it would not be hard to expect some sort of violent reaction, since there had been one earlier that year. From Wikipedia:

A series of violent confrontations occurred between Palestinians and Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem in April 2023. After the evening Ramadan prayer, Palestinians barricaded themselves inside the mosque, prompted by reports that Jews planned to sacrifice a goat at the site (which is forbidden by Israeli law). In response, Israeli police raided the mosque in riot gear, injuring 50 people and arresting at least 400.

In the aftermath of the clashes, Palestinian militant groups[4] fired rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip and Lebanon – acts broadly construed as a response to the events at Al-Aqsa

And recall that troops had been temporarily redeployed out of the base next to Gaza, which could also have played into the Hamas decision as to when to act. Hamas also practicing extreme secrecy, and placing a big trade would seem to contradict that. So while the tidy explanation may be correct, it’s not dispositive.

New Not-So-Cold War

War in Ukraine “This miserable purgatory brings no results” Tagesschau (guurst, original here)

In Ukraine, a war of incremental gains as counteroffensive stalls Washington Post. Aside from the cope in the headline, article details a lot of finger-pointing.

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Documents Show The DEA Has Problems Constraining Itself To Losing The War On Drugs TechDirt (Chuck L)

Automakers’ Data Privacy Practices ‘Are Unacceptable,’ Says US Senator ars technica

23andMe admits hackers accessed 6.9 million users’ DNA Relatives data The Verge (Kevin W)

Imperial Collapse Watch

The Prophecies of Oswald Spengler or, He Wasn’t Wrong … Just Early Black Box Site (Walt D)

Late Republic Politics Joe Costello (Randy K)

Henry Kissinger, preserving empire and power The Duran (Kevin W).

We linked to this video earlier but Chuck L sent this tweet which highlights some key points:

Trump

Trump defense points to bankers as proof business dealings had ‘no victim’ The Hill

GOP Clown Car

Burnham, Machiavelli, and Republican Freedom digressionaimpressions (Userfriendly)

Supremes

US Supreme Court torn over Purdue Pharma bankruptcy settlement Reuters

Grand jury indicts former Ohio public utilities chairman for federal bribery, embezzlement crimes Justice.gov (Carla R)

Our No Longer Free Press

Disinformation researcher says Meta helped push her from Harvard NPR (David L)

3 university presidents to face grilling on campus antisemitism at House hearing The Hill

Antitrust

Cigna said to be going after Humana to buy its way into Medicare Advantage Wendell Potter

AI

For true AI governance, we need to avoid a single point of failure Financial Times

The Twilight Zone of Economics Project Syndicate (David L)

The Bezzle

Tesla whistleblower casts doubt on car safety BBC

California commission says Cruise withheld data about parking atop of a pedestrian The Register (Kevin W)

Class Warfare

Free trade and debt : the two sides of neocolonialism CADTM (Micael T)

UAW Calls for Ceasefire in Gaza – Washington Post to Strike – 2,000 Nurses Strike in Kansas and Texas Mike Elk

Antidote du jour (Tracie H):

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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