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Officials Use Contraceptives to Control Pablo Escobar’s ‘Cocaine’ Hippos Smithsonian Disturbing Answers to the Mystery of Tuskless Female Elephants Scientific American Notes on a statistical scandal FT. On the World Bank’s “Doing Business” debacle. The Confusing State of Inflation Inputs Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture. Krugman’s quote at the end seems to be the source of Psaki’s gaffe. West Wing brain…. Silencing the Competition: Inside the Fight Against the Hearing Aid Cartel Matt Stoller, BIG COP26: Document leak reveals nations lobbying to change key climate report BBC A Lenape Tribe Finally Wrests Its Sacred Site Back From Developers New York Magazine #COVID19 Why Vaccine Lotteries Didn’t Move the Needle on Inoculations Bloomberg. So bribes didn’t work? That speaks well of America’s

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Officials Use Contraceptives to Control Pablo Escobar’s ‘Cocaine’ Hippos Smithsonian

Disturbing Answers to the Mystery of Tuskless Female Elephants Scientific American

Notes on a statistical scandal FT. On the World Bank’s “Doing Business” debacle.

The Confusing State of Inflation Inputs Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture. Krugman’s quote at the end seems to be the source of Psaki’s gaffe. West Wing brain….

Silencing the Competition: Inside the Fight Against the Hearing Aid Cartel Matt Stoller, BIG

COP26: Document leak reveals nations lobbying to change key climate report BBC

A Lenape Tribe Finally Wrests Its Sacred Site Back From Developers New York Magazine

#COVID19

Why Vaccine Lotteries Didn’t Move the Needle on Inoculations Bloomberg. So bribes didn’t work? That speaks well of America’s citizens, not so well of elite decision makers who (naturally) projected their own motivations onto everyone.

COVID vaccine: CDC expands booster rollout, OKs mixing shots AP

Half doses, third doses, kids’ doses: Covid vaccine delivery goes next-level difficult STAT

Changes in Sewage Sludge Chemical Signatures During a COVID-19 Community Lockdown, Part 1: Traffic, Drugs, Mental Health, and Disinfectants Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. This is fascinating. The technology also offers a way to get good data at low cost without infringing on civil liberties; it scales in a good way.

China?

Joe Biden suggests US would defend Taiwan against China, forcing fresh White House clarification Guardian

The skies over the South China Sea Reuters. Handy charts.

Beijing’s insistence on zero-Covid strategy challenges long-held assumptions about China South China Morning Post

China-linked disinformation campaign blames Covid on Maine lobsters NBC. Come on, man.

China’s Guangdong Scraps Fixed Electricity Prices for Industrial Users Caoxin

Myanmar

Live tweets from a panel on Myanmar at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand:

Lots of useful information here, but not properly threaded, so you have to read the account’s timeline. (PDF = People’s Defense Force, as opposed to EAO, Ethnic Armed Organisations. The two are disjunct, although it is said linkages between them are growing.)

Myanmar Regime Orders Ground Forces to Wipe Out Armed Civilian Fighters The Irrawaddy. The dry season is coming.

Myanmar inaugurates coastguard service with initial fleet of four vessels Janes. Not against human trafficking or drugs, lol. Against arms smuggling.

Memo to NUG: “Don’t go into the haunted house!”

The Koreas

Half a Million South Korean Workers Walk Off Jobs in General Strike Truthout (PR).

‘A joke if it wasn’t so serious’: Australia lags developed countries on climate action Sydney Morning Herald. Commentary:

“There’s a new character in it at the moment called Scott.”

Syraqistan

Russia Urges Major Foreign Aid for Taliban-Ruled Afghanistan Bloomberg

Revealed: Biden rejected way forward in Iran deal talks Responsible Statecraft

UK/EU

Government Awards £12.4 MILLION FUNDING to Firm Owned by Tory Donor to Develop Flying Taxis Byline Times

Italy’s Berlusconi acquitted in corruption trial linked to ‘bunga bunga’ parties EuroNews

New Cold War

There is no Russia-China axis The Spectator

The Myth of Russian Decline Foreign Affairs

Bolivian Government Says Haitian President’s Assassins Were Part of a Plot to Kill Its Own Leftist Leader The Intercept

Brazilian senators recommend Bolsonaro be charged with crimes against humanity over pandemic CNN

Latin America’s Climate Change Role is Misunderstood Latin American Investor

Biden Administration

Biden Could Use National Guard to Help With Supply Chain Bottlenecks WSJ. The ones who aren’t helping out in nursing homes, anyhow.

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Biden says paid leave proposal reduced from 12 to 4 weeks The Hill. As Democrats cut their way to victory….

Why Biden’s Plan for Free Community College Likely Will Be Cut From Budget Package (not pay-walled) WSJ. Four-year colleges, among others, lobbied against it. A lot of back-row kids would have benefited from this. So naturally it was cut.

An $800 voucher for dental…

Hey, if I could get that other six hundred bucks Joe Biden owes me, I could actually get some work done!

‘Bulls—‘: How a Manchin-Bernie blowup helped unstick Dems’ agenda Politico. “But the Manchin-Sanders fence-mending, the increased specificity from Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and progressives’ willingness to accept a social spending bill far short of the original $3.5 trillion target price all point toward a Democratic Party on the verge of a victory.” “One more such victory and we are undone.” –Pyrrhus of Epirus

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Senate Republicans block Joe Manchin’s voting rights bill The Week. President Manchin fails to deliver. Again.

Capitol Seizure

House votes to hold Trump ally Steve Bannon in contempt AP

Our Famously Free Press

Media Secret Keepers Boondoggle

Police State Watch

42 Seconds After This Photo Was Taken, Police Shot Peyton Ham Dead Defector. Appalling. Worth clearing your cookies for.

Photos inside Rikers Island expose hellish, deadly conditions NY Post

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Public health or private wealth? How digital vaccine passports pave way for unprecedented surveillance capitalism The Gray Zone. Caitlin Johnstone comments: “No normal people want digital identity laws passed. Normal people aren’t sitting around going ‘Man it sure sucks we can’t prove our identity online with a digital ID that contains all our information.’ Only the powerful want this, and for good reason.”

The Next Facebook Will Be a Tartarus, an Endless Prison for Humanity. I Can’t Wait. New York Magazine

Imperial Collapse Watch

US Officials Can Guard Against Havana Syndrome With This Innovative Home Solution Caitlin Johnstone. Wait for it….

Links 10/22/2021

Class Warfare

A useful thread on trucking and being a trucker:

“It’s like being an indentured servant.” Not a headline I would have expected to see in the business press, at least until recently.

As Special Metals strike drags on, community steps up to help workers WHCS (FOX).

School Food Policy Affects Everyone: Retail Responses to the National School Lunch Program NBER. From the Abstract: “We find that local adoption of the CEP* causes households with children to reduce their grocery purchases, leading to a 10% decline in grocery sales at large retail chains. Retailers respond with chain-level price adjustments: chains with the most exposure lower prices by 2.5% across all outlets in the years following adoption, so that the program’s welfare benefits propagate spatially.” NOTE * CEP = “Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), an expansion of the lunch program under the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”

Steel-making coal upturn brings new mine, old problems to WV community Southerly

How Donald Trump, Elon Musk, and Gwyneth Paltrow Short-Circuit Your Ability to Think Rationally Bloomberg. Also, watch out for synecdoche!

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