Links 05/26/2023 | naked capitalism
Archaeologist uncovers secrets of Mexico’s crocodile craze Mexico Daily News
Investors get back some of their bargaining power. But not as much as you think. institutional investor. Limited Liability Partners in PE.
The sharp “risk reduction” choice facing the economy Mohamed El-Erian, FT
Another blow to the return to the offices: everyone is allergic WSJ. allergies
Oil Fund of Norway sided with climate activists against ExxonMobil and Chevron FT
climate war between the states heat map
Science and legal rights of nature (abstract) Science. “Right to Development”. Hm. “Let ‘er rip” epitomizes that, right?
Brownstone Institute email leak reveals support for child labor and underage smoking Walker Bragman, Important Context. Because freedom, no doubt.
Evolutionary characteristics of host-adapted SARS-CoV-2 Omicron subvariants Nature. “[E]increased infectivity of Omicron sublines” in China (popularization).
End Zero-Covid by returning home to roost for China Ian Welsh (MT).
Xinhua Commentary: Risk reduction is just disengagement in disguise Xinhua
Chinese port power foreign affairs
China’s C919: First commercial flight Sunday to fly busiest domestic route South China Morning Post
With reliable allies such as Japan and Australia, the US can afford to divert its attention from the Indo-Pacific when it needs to. South China Morning Post
Myanmar junta turns to Iran for missiles and drones Irrawaddy
Myanmar and China hold cross-border trade fair at Nai Pyi Tau Xinhua
Indian Prime Minister Modi ends Australia visit with new migration and green hydrogen agreements Asia Channel News
Dear old Blighty
The Tories Have a Dirty Secret: They Don’t Want to Cut Immigration Telegraph. We have 400 year old lawns to roll!
To silence the doubters of British cuisine:
oh hell yes pic.twitter.com/Kn9Lky8ucM
— spoiled food (@fuckedupfoods) May 24, 2023
New not-so-cold war
36 hours in Bakhmut: a desperate battle of one unit to hold back the Russians WSJ
US hopes to wrest victory from defeat in Ukraine Indian highlight. Quoting McGregor: [The United States is] not a land power anywhere but our own hemisphere. We are first and foremost an aerospace and maritime power, just like the UK. And what does it mean? When things go wrong for us, we sail away, fly away, return home … This is how we always do it. In the end, we just leave. And I think it’s on the agenda now.”
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From the monthly meeting of the Contact Group for the Defense of Ukraine:
Ukraine is able to liberate all territories, but not in the near future – General Milli Ukrainian truth
US general warns F-16s will not be ‘magic weapons’ to win war with Ukraine New York Post. Millie again.
As Ukraine looks to get another weapon off its wish list, Democrats push for more Defense One
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Ukraine’s upcoming counter-offensive has a good chance of success Atlantic Council
Preparing a counter-offensive of Ukraine? Lower your target CEPA
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The Rise of the Chief of Military Intelligence Kirill Budanov – profile NV The new voice of Ukraine. We must ask this guy, where is Zaluzhny; he probably knows!
Ukraine is already looking to the post-war digital future Gillian Tett, FT. The Nazis only had IBM punched cards. So progress!
NATO’s Dirty War in Ukraine: Are Ukrainian Neo-Nazi Units Deploying NATO-Supplied Chemical Weapons? Canadian Patriot (MT). Gateway drugs?
Interpretation of Three Nuclear-Related News from Thursday Newsletter Andrey Korybko
Unearthly Spectacle: The Untold Story of the World’s Largest Nuclear Bomb Bulletin of atomic scientists. As of 2021, still German.
Why are these Biden officials leaving their top posts? Moon of Alabama (Chuck L.).
“Move to a deal” on the debt ceiling political “It’s time to take the president off the bench.” Or a wheelchair.
US says it will restrict visas to those deemed to ‘undermine’ Bangladeshi elections The wire. Hm. How soon will this policy be applied to internal elections?
The Supreme Court overturned the Clean Water Act SCOTUSblog
Samuel Alito’s attack on the wetlands is so unjustified that he lost Brett Kavanaugh Slate
“The position of the court is this: no one can tell them what to do” FAIR
DeSantis sets fire to Trump due to COVID lockdowns: ‘He handed over the country to Fauci’ FOX
Minnesota Gov. Approves Broad Vehicle Repair Right Bill Register
Why enterprise IT risk management starts with complexity reduction Actuaries Digital
Credit Suisse ordered to pay ex-Prime Minister of Georgia $926 million FT
L’affaire Joffrey Epstein
JPMorgan Chase Says Jeffrey Epstein Paid Tuition for U.S. Virgin Islands Governor’s Children CNBC Pass the popcorn.
JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon to face interrogation in Jeffrey Epstein case FT
Column: This company has made billions in unexpected billing for helpless ER patients. Then came justice Los Angeles Times
Part D (25.05.23) (podcast) Panel of death. “[W]Private Medicare Part D plans can deny needed care to people with rare diseases, and what that says about the welfare state in the US.” A comment:
That is why we, the public, have the right to oppose the policy set by @CMSGov. Specifically for covid you can do it here and ask cms to enable covid as part of their hack mitigation program. https://t.co/LMliajf73v pic.twitter.com/2HwiixbyaC
— Andrew Wang, Ph.D., MSc, PhD (@AWangMPH) May 26, 2023
Subtle moments that separate Nikola Jokic Bell ringer
Imperial crumbling clock
Startups bring Silicon Valley spirit to clunky military-industrial complex New York Times. “ethos” like what? Fraud? Rent mining as a way of life?
Man who spends $2 million a year to look 18 swaps blood with father and son Bloomberg
Eating Disorders Hotline Fires Employees, Switches to Chatbot After Merger Vice. No doubt the sponsors approved. I assume the left is so subdued that NGOs no longer need to co-opt them?
Billionaire Funds Abolish Police Activists and Invests in Private Security Startup Lee Fang. Pritzker family portfolio maybe interesting.
Influence Economy Model NBER “Assortative fit between salespeople and influencers remains within endogenous influence formation, with the principle of maximum differentiation restored to the free style acquisition limit.” In English please.
On the reign of Cleopatra A collection of outright pedantry
Antidote for the dayway):
By any rational standard, environmental engineers are more important than Supreme Court judges.
See yesterday’s links and Antidote du Jour Here.