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Latin America Calls for U.S. to Reduce its Plastic Waste Exports to the Region

22 days ago

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
We’re number one!
The U.S. remains the world’s largest plastic waste exporter – even though waste exports have declined significantly since China decided in 2018 not to continue to be the world’s dumping ground for plastic waste. Other countries – Vietnam, Thailand – have taken up some of the slack.
In fact, the U.S. continues to generate more plastic waste exports than all other EU countries combined.
The Guardian reported Friday that Latin America environmental organizations have called for the U.S. to curb its plastic waste exports to the region, after a report conducted by the Last Beach Cleanup, a California-based environmental advocacy group,

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Links 12/26/2021

22 days ago

Jerri-Lynn here. Yves asked me to place this message at the top of today’s Links:
Yesterday when I wrote that my mother had gone to the hospital, in an early version I had added, “And I don’t think she’s coming home.”
That proved to be correct. She died on Christmas Day at 1:20 PM.
Even though she had early dementia, it showed up only in often poor short term memory. She still had a sophisticated vocabulary, made cynical observations, and could argue energetically when it suited her….up until she wrenched her knee two weeks ago. She was bedridden after that. Even though she could have rehabbed, she’s always resisted exercising and doing physical therapy. She seemed to have given up after having set boundary conditions that meant she’d be in a hospital bed, whether at home or in a facility,

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James Webb Space Telescope: An Astronomer on the Team Explains How to Send a Giant Telescope to Space – and Why

22 days ago

By Marcia Rieke, Regents Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona. Originally published at The Conversation
The James Webb Space Telescope was launched into space on Dec. 25, 2021, and with it, astronomers hope to find the first galaxies to form in the universe, will search for Earthlike atmospheres around other planets and accomplish many other scientific goals.
I am an astronomer and the principal investigator for the Near Infrared Camera – or NIRCam for short – aboard the Webb telescope. I have participated in the development and testing for both my camera and the telescope as a whole.
To see deep into the universe, the telescope has a very large mirror and must be kept extremely cold. But getting a fragile piece of equipment like this to space is no simple task. There have been

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Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court Throws Ball Back to Biden

December 8, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
The Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States, created by President Joe Biden by executive order in April 2021, unanimously adopted its final report, which it published yesterday.
And as it was designed to do, the panel took no position on the vexing issue of endorsing any specific reform – via “court packing”, term limits, rotation, or any other mechanism. The report instead laid out arguments for and against various reform proposals. According to the Wall Street Journal in Commission Approves Report on Supreme Court Amid Partisan Differences.
“The report is so measured in tone that it would make an excellent basis for

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Links 12/8/2021

December 8, 2021

The Globetrotting Dragonfly That Follows the Monsoon The Wire
A Utopia of Useful Things Lapham’s Quarterly
Indonesia volcano eruption death toll rises Deutsche Welle
What Was So Special About Greta Garbo? New Yorker
Isaac Asimov Asks, “How Do People Get New Ideas?”  MIT Technology Review. A 1959 essay, first published in 2014.
Leaked screenshots show Amazon blaming the big AWS outage on sudden, surging traffic from an ‘unknown source’ that overwhelmed parts of its cloud network Business Insider
Where the Light Is Better The Point
#COVID-19
Terrible, flippant, wrong’: Doctors and researchers tear into Psaki for mocking idea of mailing free at-home COVID tests to all Americans Daily Mail
Where Are the Damn PCR Tests Already? It’s Been 21 Months! Truthout
Growing use of home Covid-19 tests

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Plastics Use in Farming Threatens Food Safety and Human Health, FAO Warns

December 8, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Association (FAO) published a report this week addressing how the current use of plastics in agriculture threatens food safety and  human health.
In recent years the impact of plastics – particularly microplastics – on the health of oceans has stimulated increased concern. The FAO report,  Assessment of agricultural plastics and their sustainability: A call for action, argues that the use of plastics in agriculture poses an even greater threat to food security, people’s health, and the environment.
The use of plastics has become ubiquitous in agriculture since their introduction in the 1950s. Per the FAO’s

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How Congress Loots the Treasury for the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex

December 8, 2021

By Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK for Peace, and author of several books, including Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Nicolas J. S. Davies, an independent journalist, researcher with CODEPINK, and the author of Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq.
Despite a disagreement over some amendments in the Senate, the United States Congress is poised to pass a $778 billion military budget bill for 2022. As they have been doing year after year, our elected officials are preparing to hand the lion’s share – over 65% – of federal discretionary spending to the U.S. war machine, even as they wring their hands over spending a mere quarter of that amount on the Build Back Better Act.
The U.S. military’s incredible record

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Climate Change: Adapt for the Future, Not the Past

December 8, 2021

By Anis Chowdhury, Adjunct Professor at Western Sydney University and University of New South Wales (Australia), who held senior United Nations positions in New York and Bangkok and Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, who was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. Originally published at Jomo Kwame Sundaram’s website
SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR: Funding for developing countries to address global warming is grossly inadequate. Very little finance is for adaptation to climate change, the urgent need of countries most adversely affected. Also, adaptation needs to be forward-looking rather than only addressing accumulated problems.
Suicide Pact?
Climate change poses

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Just Say No: IKEA to Phase Out Plastic Packaging By 2028

December 6, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Swedish retailer IKEA has announced it will phase out most plastic packaging by 2028 for existing products, and 2025, for new ones.
If that seems to be  a lackluster commitment, with a slow deadline, it’s not. Currently, only 10% of existing IKEA packaging is made of plastic. So, the company has already implemented several steps to reduce the volume of plastics waste it generates, according to Treehugger, IKEA Assembles a Future Without Plastic Packaging:
“Phasing out plastic in consumer packaging is the next big step on our journey to make packaging solutions more sustainable and support the overall commitment to reduce plastic pollution and

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WSJ Report: Companies Step Up Efforts to Get You to Cough Up Your Data, in the Face of Policy Changes by Apple and Google

December 3, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
The Wall Street Journal reported on new efforts companies are making to hoover up your personal data, in the wake of privacy laws enacted in California and Europe, combined with Apple’s new policy on how its users can be tracked, plus a similar pending change by Google (see WSJ, Big Tech Privacy Moves Spur Companies to Amass Customer Data).
Data gathering has long been a priority, as companies believe it allows them to target ads more effectively. These government and big Tech changes are prodding companies to step up their efforts to get you to hand over your data “voluntarily”. Per the WSJ:
So brands are deploying an array of tactics to persuade

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Fifty Coral Reefs Selected as ‘Arks’ to Survive Climate Crisis

November 29, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Coral reef ecosystems are especially vulnerable to climate change. During the past fifty years their condition has steadily deteriorated, with global coverage of living coral declining by half (see Global Coral Coverage Down by Half Since the 1950s). As the oceans continue to warm up, scientists say it may be possible to preserve some reefs, but urgent action is needed now for that to happen (see World’s Coral Scientists Warn Action is Needed Now to Save Even a Few Reefs from Climate Change).
Lambert has written at length about initiatives to restore coral reefs and I refer interested readers to his two extensive posts on the topic (See, e.g. New

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Links 11/29/2021

November 29, 2021

Dancer, singer … spy: France’s Panthéon to honour Josephine Baker Guardian
An odd card trick Chalkdust
Guatemalan stowaway, 26, is found in landing gear of American Airlines flight at Miami airport – surviving two-and-a-half hour journey at 33,000ft and temperatures as low as -54F Daily Mail
Pilgrimages, conflicts and naked women: A Russian merchant’s impressions of 15th-century India Scroll
Sherlock Holmes And The Mystery Of Abiding Fame American Conservative
The Best History Books: The 2021 Wolfson Prize Shortlist Five Books
Hampstead’s heaven: 150 years of the Heath FT
Country diary: The underground secret by Hadrian’s Wall Guardian
The masterpieces stolen by the Nazis BBC
Surveillance, Companionship, and Entertainment: The Ancient History of Intelligent Machines MIT Press Reader
Hope

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How Poorer Citizens Pay the Price of Economic Change in the UK

November 29, 2021

By Stewart Lansley,Visiting Fellow, School of Policy Studies, University of Bristol., University of Bristol. Originally published at The Conversation
Despite the early claims of British prime minister Boris Johnson’s much vaunted plan to cap personal adult social care costs, his government’s new plan – designed to save the Treasury £900 million year – will see only those people with more expensive homes gain. The poorer pensioner still risks losing their home.
In response to this plan, Welsh economist Andrew Dilnot, who first came up with the idea of a cap on social care costs, has expressed dissapointment at the changes. Unlike those with higher asset levels, he explained, “the less well-off will not gain any benefit from the cap”. Critics have also pointed out that it clashes with the

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Ohio Jury Finds Three Pharmacy Chains Liable in Opioids Trial; Judge to Decide on Damages Award in Spring

November 28, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Last week, in the first opioids jury verdict, to be handed down an Ohio jury found CVS, Walgreen’s, and Walmart liable for contributing to the opioids epidemic.
The lawsuit is part of the opioids Multidistrict Litigation  (MDL) presided over by federal district court Judge Dan Polster, which consolidates cases filed by more than 3000 communities against drug distributors, manufacturers, and pharmacy chains. MDLs are created by placing complex cases involving common issues of fact under the supervision of one judge (see Opioid Lawsuits: DoJ Seeks to Participate in Settlement Talks for more detail on the MDL procedure).
Attorneys for two Ohio

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Links 11/28/2021

November 28, 2021

Kongthong: The Indian village where your name is a song BBC
It’s Been 30 Years Since Freddie Mercury Died. His Music Is Still the Soundtrack of Our Lives The Wire
From the Harem to the Bath House Literary Review
Albrecht Dürer was a 16th-century Andy Warhol Spectator
Being in a building Aeon
A Brief Scientific History of Glass Smithsonian
Bee gold: Why honey is an insect superfood BBC
#COVID-19
It is high time we start preparing for future pandemics Al Jazeera. Gordon Brown. No argument here. Except maybe we should deal with this one first?
Countries shouldn’t invoke the Nagoya Protocol to avoid sharing pathogens and genetic sequences Stat
How the $4 Trillion Flood of Covid Relief Is Funding the Future NYT
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South Africa’s response to travel restrictions imposed by several countries

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African Marine Rules Favour Big Industry, Leaving Small-Scale Fishers in the Lurch

November 28, 2021

By Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood,Lecturer, University of St Andrews and Edward H. AllisonDirector of Science and Research, WorldFish, CGIAR System Organization and Edward H. Allison, Director of Science and Research, WorldFish, CGIAR System Organization. Originally published at The Conversation
The African marine fisheries sector is huge. It’s valued at more than US$24 billion per year.
The sector is comprised of two main players. One is the continent’s artisanal or small-scale fishers, a form of fishing conducted on small fishing boats by coastal communities. The other is industrial fisheries, including trawlers and distant water fishing fleets. These vessels are sometimes owned by African nationals but mostly overseen by international fishing companies or as part of a joint venture. Fishing

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Apple Reverses Course on Right to Repair iPhones: More Concessions to Follow?

November 18, 2021

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By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Yesterday, Apple, perhaps the most prominent corporate opponent of a right to repair – announced a reversal in its repair policy.
Beginning next year, under the company’s new Self Service Repair program, consumers will be

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Naked Capitalism: Nurturing Our Community of Critical Thinkers During the Pandemic Years…And Some Good News Stories

November 17, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
It’s that time of year again: the annual Naked Capitalism fundraiser.
Which I always look forward to, as I get to write one of my favorite posts of the year and thank you, the Naked Capitalism community, for reading my posts, and for your astute and thoughtful comments. The Naked Capitalism commentariat is the best commentariat and it’s a privilege to write for you.
Keeping this community alive and flourishing has become especially important in these dire COVID times. Trust in public institutions has eroded badly since the great financial crisis through the age of Trump. This collapse has accelerated during the pandemic, as the specter of climate

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Public Nuisance or Not? Opioids Litigation Roundup

November 16, 2021

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By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Over the last decades, more than 500,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses. Litigation continues to wend its away through both federal and state courts, with plaintiffs seeking to hold culpable parties liable for their

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Waste Watch: Fast Fashion Discards Pile Up in the Global South

November 15, 2021

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By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
It’s been many months since I’ve last written about the global costs imposed by the popularity of ‘fast fashion’ – cheaply made clothes worn only a couple of times before being disposed of, to make way for new items in the

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Links 11/11/2021

November 11, 2021

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Woolly soldier memorial unveiled as Armistice Day tribute by ‘Knitting Banksy’ Largs & Millport
Here’s why on Remembrance Day politicians should be kept away from the commemorations Guardian
The Way Out of the Fly-Bottle: Wittgenstein’s “Tractatus” at 100 Los Angeles Review of Books
The Artist Behind the Bowler Hat Literary Review
Whither the Plain Female

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Right to Repair Round-Up: One Step Back, One Leap Forward

November 5, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
In one small respect, 2021 hasn’t been such a bad year. We’ve seen some progress on the right to repair front.
If these reforms hold – and expand – it’ll be both good for consumers, who will be able to  repair stuff they already own when items break, rather than having to pony up for higher-cost replacements.  A widened right to repair would benefit the planet as well, as it’ll not be necessary touse resources to make replacement items, nor to dispose of  the waste that discarded items generates.
Up ’til now, the the most significant right to repair initiatives have occurred at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The agency was blazing a right to

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New Report Highlights Corporate Funding of Police Foundations, Which Encourage Police Militarization and Thwart Reform

October 18, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
One thing I learned from studying with Tom Ferguson: follow the money. That’s the Golden Rule for understanding American politics and other money-driven political systems.
Alas, political scientists and other students of politics often don’t do this, for a variety of reasons, not least that they don’t want to admit – let alone document – how our entire political system is awash with money, let alone completely dominated by it.
I was therefore pleased when this report crossed my desk earlier this month, Police Foundations: A Corporate-Sponsored Threat to Democracy and Black Lives, produced by Color Of Change and Public Accountability Initiative/

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Links 10/18/2021

October 18, 2021

Britain is now facing a pie crisis amid ‘perfect storm’ of foil tins running low due to rising global aluminium prices, labour shortages and inflation Daily Mail. Oh no! Running out of pie.
Dormice favoured by Italian mafia seized in drugs raid BBC. Reminds me that Francois Mitterrand ate ortolan for his last meal in 1996. See this NPR account, Francois Mitterrand’s Last Meal.
Jet Fuel Made From This Crop Could Cut Emissions by Up to 68%, New Analysis Proves Science Alert (chuck l)
Less ‘Prestigious’ Journals Can Contain More Diverse Research The Wire
9/11 Cinema: The Antiwar Film Audiences Were Never Supposed To See The Dissenter
Revealed: more than 120,000 US sites feared to handle harmful PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals Guardian
Mistress of the macabre Times Literary Supplement
What Is Econyl?

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Insurance Focused on Virtual Visits? The Pros and Cons of a New Twist in Health Plans

October 18, 2021

Jerri-Lynn here. During the pandemic, I’ve done some telemedicine sessions, but only with doctors I’ve seen in person before. So I don’t know exactly how I view this trend, especially as so many medical ‘innovations’ are more focused on making profits, at the expense of patient care. So what may seem to be a good thing in theory, on reflection turns out to be just another vehicle for profit extraction. Because that’s what our neo-liberal health care system is designed to do.
Readers? What’s  your experience with telemedicine?  What do you think?
By Julie Appleby, Senior Correspondent, reports on the health law’s implementation, health care treatments and costs, trends in health insurance, and policy affecting hospitals and other medical providers. Her stories have appeared in USA TODAY,

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Swimming With Sharks in the Maldives

October 17, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
I’m currently holed up in our place in Brooklyn and missing my former pre-Covid peripatetic life very much. Yet I’m far from unique in this regard.
A piece in Friday’s Guardian made me feel very wistful, These Maldives islanders once saw sharks as the threat. Now they fear the plasti. I learned to dive in the Maldives, earning my PADI certificates: open water, advanced open water, and then master scuba diver.
I’d been snorkelling one day with a young couple off of Flores, an Indonesian island east of Bali. And I found myself apologising as I’d done for most of my life, for behaving as a clumsy lummox in the water. Why? I’was never very good at

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Wolf Richter: The Amazing Explosion of New Businesses Continues as Americans Strike Out on their Own

October 17, 2021

By Wolf Richter, editor of Wolf Street. Originally published at Wolf Street.
New business formations, based on applications for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) with the IRS, exploded in June and July last year, then zigzagged up and down, and then this year exploded again and remained far above the historical range.
In September, 431,381 EIN applications were filed with the IRS, 49% above September 2019, and at the same red-hot level as September last year, according to data released by the Census Bureau today. For the first nine months of the year, EIN applications were up by 58% from the same period in 2019:

The historic high level of new business formations every month is part of the bizarre puzzle that this economy has become: The strange phenomenon of labor shortages, the

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Links 10/14/2020

October 14, 2021

9:40 AM addition by Yves.
It looks like Jerri completely punked out. She was on duty today but delivered no posts and only partial Links. I assume because reasons but yours truly is Not Happy. I hope nothing is wrong with her but she reported a WiFi fail yesterday which led to a partial posting.
I have to run to doctors ASAP so I am afraid I cannot do much.
Apologies.
Robert Reich: The Real Reason The Economy Might Collapse – OpEd Eurasia Review (David L). Robert Reich.
Hearth site in Utah desert reveals human tobacco use 12,300 years ago KSL (The Rev Kev)
Primate Memory (Antony L) Inference
California’s Justice Department is now investigating the cause of the oil spill NPR (David L)
#COVID-19
New AstraZeneca drug ‘prevents and treats COVID’ Yahoo News (furzy)
China
Failure by Taipei to

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Supply Chain Crisis; A Brooklyn View

October 13, 2021

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans.
Lots of recent sturm und drang regarding the global supply chain crisis..
These problems have yet to hit us, although I suppose it might be prudent to stock up on toilet papa=
I continue to plow my small furrow, on the essential issues – food, basically.
Which means what  buy from the NYC greenmarket, supplemented local store.s As topped up by occasional visits to

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In 2021, US on Pace for Most Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters Since Records Began

October 13, 2021

By Kenny Stancil, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday in its latest monthly report that the United States endured 18 “billion-dollar weather and climate disasters” through the first nine months of 2021, putting this year on pace to be among the worst for such catastrophes.
For decades, scientists have sounded the alarm that extreme weather would become more frequent and intense amid the fossil fuel-driven climate emergency. With 18 calamities costing at least $1 billion already on the books and three months to go, 2021 is second only to 2020, when there were 22 such events.
Before it was surpassed last year, the previous annual record for billion-dollar disasters was 16—reached in 2011

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