Berlin Hotel’s Huge Aquarium Bursts, With 1,500 Fish Inside New York Instances (see additionally Giant aquarium bursts in Germany, killing 1,500 tropical fish and spilling 1 million litres of water ABC Australia, hat tip Kevin W). BC: “Some engineering feats are extra sophisticated than initially assumed.”
Airport security 100ml liquid rule to be scrapped BBC (furzy). Weirdly, the Birmingham airport has these higher scanners however not LGA.
What Would Plato Say About ChatGPT? New York Instances (David L)
The Illustrated Transformer Jay Alammar (David L)
Almost 8,000 US shootings attributed to unseasonable heat – study Guardian (Dr. Kevin)
The rise and fall of peer review: Why the greatest scientific experiment in history failed, and why that’s a great thing Adam Mastroianni (Chuck L). Immediately’s should learn.
Beijing Crematorium’s Death Surge Points to Rising Covid Toll in China Wall Avenue Journal (Dr. Kevin)
COVID has once more surged by means of aged care properties, with weekly deaths in residential amenities eight instances larger than on the finish of the earlier wave.#COVID19Aus #agedcare @AnikaWells @Mark_Butler_MP @AlboMP
— Denis – The COVID information man – (@BigBadDenis) December 12, 2022
Virginia schools can require masking for peers and teachers of 12 students with disabilities, settlement states CNN. ma: “Glad I don’t must administer this!”
The fentanyl wars: China, Mexico and the US Asia Instances (Kevin W)
Chinese fighter jets’ South American hopes grounded as Argentina pulls purchase plan South China Morning Publish
The US ambassador in Peru, Lisa Kenna, labored for the CIA for 9 years, and the Pentagon
2 days earlier than the coup towards elected left-wing President Pedro Castillo, Kenna met with Peru’s protection minister
He then ordered the army to oppose Castillohttps://t.co/zoZccmZ8KZ
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) December 15, 2022
>UK climate: Extra warnings of extreme chilly, ice and snow earlier than blizzards sweep in Sky
They’re laughing and treating the tax payer as their very own private ATM.
Your monetary system, your cash wasted on treacherous scoundrels desperately attempting however failing to prop up Brexit
David Frost handed £26,000 after quitting as UK’s Brexit negotiator https://t.co/CqhocFIUZ5
— EuropeanPowell (@EuropeanPowell) December 17, 2022
Polish police chief, Jaroslaw Szymczyk injured after gift explosion New York Publish. “Polish authorities have requested Ukrainian officers to “present related explanations” as to why the reward exploded.”
“Once I was rearranging the used grenade launchers, which have been items from Ukrainians, an explosion occurred,” Szymczyk mentioned.
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZgeopolitics) December 17, 2022
New Not-So-Chilly Battle
Russia pounds Ukrainian infrastructure in ‘biggest attacks’ since invasion Monetary Instances. This was the day after the largest assaults on Donetsk metropolis. The Russians have been making massive strikes on at the least an every-other-week foundation. If this one was meant to be partly retaliatory, the Western press is pointedly not taking discover. BTW Rybar disagrees:
Though the missile assault can’t be referred to as probably the most huge in latest months, the variety of missiles fired and the geography of targets are nonetheless spectacular.
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How to avoid another world war Henry Kissinger, Spectator. Kevin W: “Henry has gone senile going by his assumptions on this article.”
Diplomacy Watch: Is the Overton window of the Ukraine war’s end game shifting? Accountable Statecraft. Much less deluded remains to be deluded.
America’s New Sanctions Strategy International Affairs
Meloni fully supporting NATO’s war in Ukraine Defend Democracy
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Volodymyr Zelensky and his generals explain why the war hangs in the balance Economist. Regardless of my allergy for this type of factor, that is necessary, regardless of the rah rah set-up and the same old blather from Zelensky. The interviews with Generals Zaluzhny and Syrsky comprise many admissions towards curiosity. Distinction this with the statements from the British MoD: Western Hysteria Ramps Up Larry Johnson
How Putin’s technocrats saved the economy to fight a war they opposed Monetary Instances. Late to this, partly as a result of it was apparent the place it was going. Alexander Mercouris is correct, the article is overtly offended over the truth that Putin’s seen-as-liberal economics group didn’t activate him. But it surely doesn’t set up whether or not they opposed the popularity of the breakaway republics merely on financial grounds (the clear perception that the West would crush Russia with sanctions) or additionally as a result of they opposed a battle in Ukraine on political/ethical grounds. The article presumes they’re (or ought to have been) however depends on disapproving statements from outsiders or the few officers who did depart.
Additionally discover the picture of Putin assembly along with his advisers. Boy, did he NOT need to get Covid! Recall he skipped the 2021 G20 over professed Covid issues. There are more moderen pictures and staged occasions with him sitting fairly near particular person officers. Extra confidence in Sputnik? Tremendous ventilated places of work? Extra danger tolerance?
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What are they now talking about on Russian talk shows? Gilbert Doctorow
Moscow welcomes Turkey’s call for trilateral Syria diplomacy Center East On-line. Turkey lastly mad sufficient about NATO provocations by way of Greece to affix forces with Assad v. Individuals.
Imperial Collapse Watch
We spent $1.7 trillion on this pic.twitter.com/1AG6RkdQ0n
— Secular Speak🎙 (@KyleKulinski) December 15, 2022
Five F-35 issues have been downgraded, but they remain unsolved Protection Information
Shocking Video Shows Man Overboard Incident on Hospital Ship USNS Comfort QCaptain (guurst). For a degree-of-difficulty comparability, cruise ships do that maneuver on a regular basis with that measurement or larger tenders in ports the place the ship is just too massive to cokc.
Our No Longer Free Press
From the Twitter Files: Twitter, The FBI Subsidiary Matt Taibbi (Chuck L)
Right here’s the FBI only a month in the past asking Twitter for *location* info on a bunch of Twitter customers, together with the conservative information website @RSBNetwork. The FBI asks Twitter to “voluntarily present” information and helpfully suggests these customers violated Phrases of Service. https://t.co/dMSTO5TrWh
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) December 16, 2022
Twitter’s suspension of journalists sets ‘dangerous precedent’, UN warns Guardian. Kevin W: “Exclusion of unbiased journalists remains to be OK nevertheless.”
Most individuals defending @elonmusk’s new coverage towards stay Tweeting flight knowledge would have agreed with him if he had mentioned the alternative and that stay flight knowledge is free speech.
Simping is a hell of a drug.
— Peter McCormack🏴☠️ (@PeterMcCormack) December 16, 2022
Linette Lopez is an efficient author who largely targeted on Tesla and monetary scams. Assume what you’ll of this ban. https://t.co/VTkIaffXhB
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) December 16, 2022
US ‘peak’ inflation talk misses the China point Asia Instances (Kevin W)
Biden administration set to start refilling oil reserve Politico (Kevin W)
Democrats Plan To Return Over $1 Million From FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried The Verge. A small fraction of what it’s identified even now that they acquired.
Can Child Care Be a Big Business? Private Equity Thinks So. New York Instances. fk: “Little one care tollbooths?”
Goldman Sachs prepares to lay off almost 4,000 employees Monetary Instances
Antidote du jour (CV):
And a bonus:
Rudolph working late for Christmas.. 😂 pic.twitter.com/haDlM6OZcl
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) December 17, 2022
See yesterday’s Hyperlinks and Antidote du Jour here.