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A calm and contented Thanksgiving to our readers! –lambert Georgia politician stands by giant topiary chicken that got him ousted as mayor CBC The Pigeon Puzzle: How Do They Figure Out Their Impossibly Long Routes Home? The Walrus The bright new age of venture capital The Economist. Includes potted history. Handy chart, albeit long: What does machine learning say about the drivers of inflation? Bank of International Settlements The McDonald’s Ice Cream Machine Hacking Saga Has a New Twist Wired The Human-Machine Game The Shape of Reality Thanksgiving Thanksgiving food rankings 2021: I ranked them all best to worst so you can tell me how wrong I am Mass Live. Yes, the rankings are all wrong. Pecan Pie below Dinner Rolls? Really? How to celebrate Thanksgiving while debunking the myth World

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Yves Smith writes Headstrong Girls and Dependent Boys: Gender Differences in the Labour Market Returns to Child Behaviour

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Nick Corbishley writes Opposition Rises to NHS Vaccine Mandate, As Justifications for Mandate Run Out of Logic

Yves Smith writes UN Report: The World’s Farms Stretched to ‘A Breaking Point’

A calm and contented Thanksgiving to our readers! –lambert

Georgia politician stands by giant topiary chicken that got him ousted as mayor CBC

The Pigeon Puzzle: How Do They Figure Out Their Impossibly Long Routes Home? The Walrus

The bright new age of venture capital The Economist. Includes potted history. Handy chart, albeit long:

Links 11/25/2021

What does machine learning say about the drivers of inflation? Bank of International Settlements

The McDonald’s Ice Cream Machine Hacking Saga Has a New Twist Wired

The Human-Machine Game The Shape of Reality

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving food rankings 2021: I ranked them all best to worst so you can tell me how wrong I am Mass Live. Yes, the rankings are all wrong. Pecan Pie below Dinner Rolls? Really?

How to celebrate Thanksgiving while debunking the myth World Economic Forum

Turkey or Tofurkey? Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis

Protect Yourself From Salmonella This Thanksgiving Pro Publica

Meat Is Hard for Hungry Families to Come By. Enter These Deer Hunters. DNUYZ (Re Silc).

Climate

Earth Alienation As A Service The Convivial Society

Fun, Games, and Extractivism The Baffler

In dispute over groundwater, court tells Mississippi it’s equitable apportionment or nothing SCOTUSblog

#COViD19

Two-meter COVID-19 rule is ‘arbitrary measurement’ of safety Phys.org. “The researchers say that while the two-meter rule is an effective and easy-to-remember message for the public, it isn’t a mark of safety, given the large number of variables associated with an airborne virus. Vaccination, ventilation and masks—while not 100% effective—are vital for containing the virus.” I have helpfully crossed out the non-pharmaceutical interventions that the Biden administration opposes (ventilation) or does not actively support (masks).

Why A Universal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Is Ethical Today Health Affairs

Pfizer says former employee stole trade secrets on megablockbuster COVID-19 vaccine Fierce Pharma

The Pandemic Is Ending With a Whimper The Atlantic. Former Obama DHS Assistant Secretary offers out-of-box thinking on our increasing case count.

‘Our Hospitals Are Full’: Boston Doctors Warn of COVID Surge Amid Bed Shortage NBC Boston

China?

China blocks access to shipping location data FT

Chengdu Becomes First China City to Ease Rules for Builders Bloomberg

How Price Hikes Help Chanel Maintain Its Allure Jing Daily

China bars celebrities from showing off wealth and ‘extravagant pleasure’ on social media, saying pop stars must comply with ‘core socialist values’ Business Insider (Re Silc).

Myanmar

Myanmar opposition raises $6.3 million on launch of ‘revolution’ bonds Reuters. Even that amount goes a long way in Myanmar.

Syraqistan

One in six VLCCs has carried Iranian or Venezuelan oil over the past two years Splash 247

Ethiopia: The West’s Diplomats Meet in Secret to Decide How to Help the TPLF Jeff Pearce. Zoom video, oopsie.

UK/EU

Second lab owned by scandal-hit testing company facing allegations of misconduct Independent. The company: Immensa. Not Mothra? Godzilla? Immortan Joe? Who would be crazy enough to give money to a firm with a name like that?

Deutsche Bahn whistleblowers alleged fraud at Germany’s biggest infrastructure project FT

The Hooded Cloak John Ganz, Unpopular Front. France in the 30s.

New Cold War

Feeding the Bear: A Closer Look at Russian Army Logistics and the Fait Accompli War on the Rocks

What war with Russia over Ukraine would really look like Responsible Statecraft. More pointedly on the Twitter:

British High Court Judge Rules Against Catherine Belton, Harpercollins in Double-Barreled Blast John Helmer, Dances with Bears

Biden Administration

Biden Will Spend Thanksgiving Week At Private Equity Billionaire’s Nantucket Home Forbes. Checking in with the boss….

Biden Aims to Quash Nord Stream 2 Sanctions in Defense Bill Foreign Policy

America must prepare for war with China over Taiwan David Sauer, The Hill. Intelligence community goon, said to be “retired” (as if they ever can or do).

I’m Feeling Optimistic About the Fed Claudia Sahm, NYT

Biden criticized for hasty and sloppy withdrawal from War on Christmas Duffel Blog

Supply Chain

California ship pileup still piling up — but out of sight, over horizon Hellenic Shipping News

Boeing

Structural Issues Still Slowing 787 Production Rate American Machinist. “Premature aging of the airframe.” Oh.

L’Affaire Jpffrey Epstein

Jeffrey Epstein denied having any suicidal thoughts and prison staffers made litany of errors prior to his death, prison documents reveal CNN. Then again….

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Georgia Defendants Convicted in the Ahmaud Arbery Case Jonathan Turley

Ex-prosecutor charged in Ahmaud Arbery case booked at jail AP

Charlottesville rally organizers found liable by jury The Hill

Zeitgeist Watch

my employee refuses to lie to customers — but that’s our policy Ask a Manager

Imperial Collapse Watch

Peace without Empire Perry Anderson, London Review of Books

Class Warfare

This Year I’m Thankful for the Revolt Against Two-Tier Labor Notes

Get back on the job, essential workers!

How Music Created Silicon Valley The Honest Broker. The deck: “The tech titans couldn’t have built their empires without songs—and now they are destroying the cultural ecosystem that made them rich”

Antidote du jour (via):

Links 11/25/2021

And a bonus (Dr. Kevin). Yves said her father said wild turkeys are smart; it’s the domesticated ones that are dumb as dirt.

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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