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How Facebook and Google fund global misinformation MIT Technology Review. “An MIT Technology Review investigation, based on expert interviews, data analyses, and documents that were not included in the Facebook Papers, has found that Facebook and Google are paying millions of ad dollars to bankroll clickbait actors, fueling the deterioration of information ecosystems around the world.” One hand washes the other.
How Delaware Became the World’s Biggest Offshore Haven Foreign Policy
Modi praised for climate reforms then upset Glasgow Pact Asia Sentinel
Coal cold shoulder intensifies Hellenic Shipping News
Short-term and Long-term Rates of Postacute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection JAMA. From October, still germane. Findings: “In this systematic review of 57 studies comprising more than 250 000 survivors of COVID-19, most sequelae included mental health, pulmonary, and neurologic disorders, which were prevalent longer than 6 months after SARS-CoV-2 exposure.” Mike the Mad Biologist comments: “[E]ven if we assume that four or five percent of people who have had COVID and didn’t need to go to the hospital still have cognitive impairment over half a year later, that’s a lot of American Carnage. We possibly could be looking at a couple of million disabled adults, maybe more.”
Dr. Fauci says he expects babies and toddlers will have a COVID-19 vaccine by spring 2022 (interview) Business Insider
South China Sea: will Aukus affect Asean’s code of conduct talks with Beijing? South China Morning Post
Growing Chinese investments in Myanmar post-coup Observer Research Foundation. Australia. Meanwhile:
I missed this particular figure when the NUG’s MOD first released it, but according to these statistics, in the month from Oct 7 – Nov 6 there were 258 assassinations of suspected Junta informants and facilitators across Myanmar. That’s an average of 8.6 per day.
— Nathan Ruser (@Nrg8000) November 20, 2021
As with all digital “open source” researchers, proceed with caution. That said, the chart sourced to the NUG is interesting. The Tatmadaw has a well-worn playbook for brutalizing ethnic verticals (e.g., the Rohingya). It is not obvious that they have a playbook or experience for dealing with a national insurgency.
Farmers win on many fronts, media fails on all People’s Archive of Rural India
A pause to reflect Brexit & Beyond
The Three-Act Tragicomedy of the Venezuelan Opposition Venezuelanalysis
McKinsey affiliate agrees to pay $18 mln to U.S. regulator over compliance failures Reuters. Meanwhile, the FTC shows signs of life:
1. At a time when major firms can treat civil fines as a cost of business, enforcers must ensure that criminal conduct is followed by criminal punishment. FTC today voted to expand its criminal referral program as part of our work to deter corporate crime. https://t.co/AvswZvvAlr
— Lina Khan (@linakhanFTC) November 18, 2021
Ethics Guidance to Protect the Public Trust and Detect Revolving Door Misconduct Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Biden’s OCC pick faces bipartisan grilling in contentious Senate banking hearing Banking Dive. Saule Omarova.
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How the Democratic Child-Care Proposal Hurts Families Matt Bruenig, The Atlantic. Designed by Neera Tanden’s CAP with the ObamaCare exchanges as a precedent, and so including complex eligibility requirements, including workfare.
Democrats en Deshabille
Pharma Dems Saved The Drug Industry Half A Trillion Dollars The Daily Poster
Two Democrats kill chances of reforming outdated hardrock mining law High Country News (Re Silc).
Boeing Built an Unsafe Plane, and Blamed the Pilots When It Crashed Bloomberg. Even worse than it looked at the time.
Revisiting the Messy Language of the Second Amendment JSTOR Daily. From 2018, still germane.
Feral Hog Watch
Kyle Rittenhouse’s Defense Was Strong Eric Levitz, New York Magazine. Key paragraphs:
Rittenhouse’s self-defense claims boast legal plausibility. But they also illustrate the difficulty of reconciling mass gun ownership and expansive rights to self-defense with the rule of law.
Rittenhouse’s killing of Rosenbaum may have been lawful. But that was scarcely self-evident to the bystanders who heard gunshots and then saw a killer holding an AR-15. .
Put differently: Once Rittenhouse fired his first shots, he and his attackers plausibly entered a context in which neither could be held legally liable for killing the other. Whether one emerged from this confrontation legally innocent or lawfully executed hinged on little more than one’s relative capacity for rapidly deploying lethal violence. , in full health, while Huber lies in a grave and Grosskreutz gets by without the bulk of his right bicep.
Which is absurd. But here we are!
Kenosha, I Do Mind Dying Ill Will
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Imperial Collapse Watch
What Was the Iran-Contra Affair? A Political Scandal That Engulfed the Reagan White House Teen Vogue. Iran-Contra.
Grenada, the Evacuation of Afghanistan, and the Future of War War on the Rocks
Where Did All the Public Bathrooms Go? Bloomberg
When Do You Shower? Plough
Turns out, Harvard students aren’t that smart after all Guardian. “43% of the white student body was admitted on criteria other than merit. Those 43% are ALDCs: athletes, legacies, dean’s interest list (children of major donors) or children (of Harvard faculty). Three quarters of ALDCs do not have the grades to be admitted to Harvard on their own merit.” A wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Fiscal Muscle Stephanie Kelton, The Lens. The deck: “How was it ever in doubt?” A fully justified happy dance on the bloated yet still-opining corpse of Larry Summers.
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.