E. coli bacteria engineered to eat carbon dioxide Nature. Proof-of-concept. Nevertheless! Could this desert beetle help humans harvest water from thin air? Science EU Parliament declares ‘climate emergency’ Deutsche Welle Is It Imperialist to “Green” the Military? The New Republic (re Silc). US distressed debt flashes warning sign for investors FT Broken Promises and Debt Pile Up as Loan Forgiveness Goes Astray NYT. A second HAMP. Help Stop the Sale of Public Interest Registry to a Private Equity Firm EFF. The *.org domain. Brexit Corbyn reveals secret documents that ‘confirm Tory plot to sell off NHS in US trade talks with Trump’ Independent. Selling off the NHS for parts is “on the table,” even if the Americans put it there. Boris Johnson replaced by ice sculpture after dodging election
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Yves Smith writes Coal Is Dead, But China Is Reviving It
E. coli bacteria engineered to eat carbon dioxide Nature. Proof-of-concept. Nevertheless!
EU Parliament declares ‘climate emergency’ Deutsche Welle
Is It Imperialist to “Green” the Military? The New Republic (re Silc).
Broken Promises and Debt Pile Up as Loan Forgiveness Goes Astray NYT. A second HAMP.
Help Stop the Sale of Public Interest Registry to a Private Equity Firm EFF. The *.org domain.
Corbyn reveals secret documents that ‘confirm Tory plot to sell off NHS in US trade talks with Trump’ Independent. Selling off the NHS for parts is “on the table,” even if the Americans put it there.
The Contract on Corbyn Haaretz
Thucydides Goes to Washington: an interview with Michael Doran about US Grand Strategy in the Middle East Fathom. Conservative realpolitik. The headline is deceptive; Doran does not use Kagans so-called ‘Thucydides Trap’ as an analytical tool.”
How women in India demanded—and are getting—safer streets National Geographic
Mekong nations plan five-year strategy to fight drought The Star. Those dams upstream aren’t helping.
— Joanne Wong (@JOceanW) November 29, 2019
No happy ending for Hong Kong struggle, says Ezra Vogel Nikkei Asian Review
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There are multiple signs of strain in China’s financial system right now.
– Runs on rural banks
– An unprecedented SOE debt restructuring
– Rising consumer leverage
— Tracy Alloway (@tracyalloway) November 29, 2019
Lambert here: Yves has been saying the real systemic risk is in China and Eurobanks but since everything is still too tightly coupled, big enough trouble would blow back to the US.
Taiwan’s breakaway from China was during Neolithic Age: tech minister Taiwan News. Cheeky!
China’s Growing High-End Military Drone Force The Diplomat. Interesting, but does remind me of the breathless milpr0n-like coverage of the USSR’s weapons systems. Big black-and-white photos in Life magazine, back when there was a Life magazine. And black-and-white film. And a USSR. Plus ça change…
The New Geography of Global Diplomacy Foreign Affairs
New Cold War
China and Russia not Nato’s enemies, Emmanuel Macron says, as he defends ‘brain death’ remarks South China Morning Post
Witness testimony and records raise questions about account of Trump’s ‘no quid pro quo’ call WaPo. “No other witness testimony or documents have emerged that corroborate Sondland’s description of a call that day.” Dear Lord, after all the breathless coverage. Can’t anyone here play this game?!
The Real Bombshell of the Impeachment Hearings Ron Paul, Op-Ed News. “According to his testimony, Vindman’s was concerned over ‘influencers promoting a false narrative of Ukraine inconsistent with the consensus views of the interagency.'” You’d almost think that whoever’s running “the interagency” is running the country’s foreign policy, such as it is.
2016 Post Mortem
There is widespread concern that Russia and other countries have launched social-media campaigns designed to increase political divisions in the United States. Though a growing number of studies analyze the strategy of such campaigns, it is not yet known how these efforts shaped the political attitudes and behaviors of Americans. We study this question using longitudinal data that describe the attitudes and online behaviors of 1,239 Republican and Democratic Twitter users from late 2017 merged with nonpublic data about the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA) from Twitter. Using Bayesian regression tree models, we find no evidence that interaction with IRA accounts substantially impacted 6 distinctive measures of political attitudes and behaviors over a 1-mo period. We also find that interaction with IRA accounts were most common among respondents with strong ideological homophily within their Twitter network, high interest in politics, and high frequency of Twitter usage. Together, these findings suggest that Russian trolls might have failed to sow discord because they mostly interacted with those who were already highly polarized.
Maybe, liberal Democrats are unable to show that Russian trolls actually shifted votes in 2016 because — hear me out on this — they didn’t.
That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It Rolling Stone. See above. So what?
‘It Was Unmistakably A Directed Attack’: 4 Ebola Workers Killed In Congo NPR (Furzy Mouse).
Boeing 737 MAX
Looking beyond MAX Leeham News and Analysis. The comments are interesting.
Rich People’s Problems: For the love of cash FT. So the cashless society is only for little people?
The New Deal Wasn’t Intrinsically Racist Adolph Reed, The New Republic. Brings receipts.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Kim Kelly, The Baffler. Important.
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