Lyft driver takes off with cat, global search ensues The Register
Tan Yamanouchi’s New House Speaks to His Cats’ Desire Spoon & Tamago
Investors Must Accept Lower Returns to Unclog Private-Equity Deal Flow WSJ. Take one for the team!
The Climate Sleuth Uncovering Methane Leaks for the United Nations Bloomberg. The deck: “Itziar Irakulis Loitxate is a 27-year-old Ph.D. student who is the closest thing the world has to climate police.” Just like variant tracking: Another enormous inverted pyramid balanced on an apex of grad students (and volunteers).
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How to pay for saving the world: Modern Monetary Theory for a degrowth transition Ecological Economics
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Portland’s COVID-19 booster rollout hampered due to supply issues KOIN. Funny how Trump’s single payer rollouts worked, and Biden’s privatized rollouts are fraught with problems. Rule #2.
Nirmatrelvir-Ritonavir and COVID-19 Mortality and Hospitalization Among Patients With Vulnerability to COVID-19 Complications JAMA. From the Abstract: “In this cohort study of 6866 individuals in British Columbia, nirmatrelvir and ritonavir treatment was associated with reduced risk of COVID-19 hospitalization or death in CEV individuals, with the greatest benefit observed in severely immunocompromised individuals. No reduction in the primary outcome was observed in lower-risk individuals, including those aged 70 years or older without serious comorbidities.” Nirmatrelvir-Ritonavir = Paxlovid.
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China Isn’t Shifting Away from the Dollar or Dollar Bonds Council on Foreign Relations. Commentary:
As Democrats used to say: “They’ve got no place to go.”
Opinion: How to Fix China’s Local Government Debt Crisis Caixin Global
Who Killed the Chinese Economy? (symposium) Foreign Affairs
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Addressing the China Challenge: Realisms Right and Wrong Los Angeles Review of Books
Mineral-hungry clean tech sees countries seeking to escape China’s shadow Agence France Presse. Handy chart:
Blackouts Lengthen in Yangon as Power Crisis Worsens in Myanmar The Irrawaddy. Meanwhile:
The junta-appointed Union Election Commission demonstrated for military personnel its new electronic voting machines at the military’s Naypyitaw Command on Monday. The Naypyitaw commander, soldiers and their families were present. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/sCeyHlqHD4
— The Irrawaddy (Eng) (@IrrawaddyNews) October 3, 2023
Well, we know what that means….
Dear Old Blighty
The Tories have so much to learn from geese Funding the Future
New Not-So-Cold War
Army War College Report Predicts Mass Casualties in Near-Peer Fight Against [Russia] – Analysis Simplicius the Thinker(s). Today’s must-read.
Mass still matters: What the US military should learn from Ukraine The Atlantic Council
Putin’s “bluff”: a cautionary note about underestimating the possibility of nuclear escalation in Ukraine Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Ukraine SitRep: Bad Demographics – End of Support Moon of Alabama
Britain has ‘run out of arms to send to Ukraine’ The Telegraph
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All three key Ukrainian Black Sea ports reopen to ships Ukrainska Pravda
Fighting against the USSR didn’t necessarily make you a Nazi Politico. Commentary:
— Ivan Katchanovski (@I_Katchanovski) October 2, 2023
(This is perhaps a better link on the Ukrainian Waffen SS oath than that given in by the Twitter community note. Sse also Esprit de Corps at “oath”, and the curious absence of the relevant oath from the Ukrainian Canadian Research & Documentation Centre, so-called. From the Lviv Center (about):
Proponents of honouring the Waffen-SS Division “Galicia” emphasize that the soldiers of the Ukrainian military formation swore allegiance to Ukraine, which is true. Proponents of the collaborative narrative always quote the text of the division’s German oath, where the soldiers promise to be loyal to Adolf Hitler, and this is also true.
The next step would be primary sources; the Lviv Center gives no links. (On the class basis of the Waffen SS, “Debunking the Myth of the Volunteers: Transnational Volunteering in the Nazi Waffen-SS Officer Corps during the Second World War” (PDF) is interesting, although it does not cover Ukraine specifically).
White House vows Ukraine aid will continue despite funding uncertainty in Congress ABC. Let me know how that works out.
McHenry named as acting speaker and McHenry ordered Pelosi to leave her Capitol hideaway office by Wednesday Politico. Hilarity ensues:
Breaking: Sean Hannity just announced that Trump is saying he is “open” to being Speaker of the House and House Republicans starting an effort to draft him.
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) October 4, 2023
Maritime Coverage Case About To Make Waves at Supreme Court New York Law Journal
The Regulatory State
Regulation as Respect (accepted manuscript) Law and Contemporary Problems. From the Abstract:
The modern regulatory state does not have effective mechanisms for absorbing public perspectives in all their variety and nuance. Notice and comment rulemaking is a bust for ordinary people who want to be heard; structural reforms to inject more public voice into regulatory agencies have gone nowhere; and broadly deliberative, civic republican reform recommendations are not – have never been – a solution. Yet the problem goes deeper than just the need for some new communication tool. In recent decades, regulators’ responsibilities for exercising subject matter expertise have come to be lodged within a broader managerialist model, which evaluates success not by outcomes for ordinary people, but rather by reference to a separate layer of compliance metrics, private sector-derived methods, and a correspondingly hollowed-out normative mandate
A Digital Coup Harper’s
Our Famously Free Press
Heads They ‘Cha-Ching!’; Tails They Take Away Your Malpractice Insurance Maureen Tkacik, The American Prospect
Metaphors for human fertilization are evolving, study shows (press release) Yale University. N = 47.
Imperial Collapse Watch
Antidote du jour (via):
Bonus antidote (AM):
AM writes: “The graylag goose family in Roger Williams Park. Two parents, 3 grown siblings from a couple years ago- can’t tell them apart- and 6 new members of the family. According to ebird, they are exotic escapees.” As who among us is not?
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.