Yves here. Apologies for the lack of an original post on the war and related matters. But the news coverage has an eye of the storm feel to it. After the big flurry of cheerleading over the Kerch bridge bombing, and then the initial heavy coverage in the morning yesterday of the Russian missile attacks on Ukraine, weirdly there’s not anywhere near as much as you’d expect, story-wise, over the fold given the importance of the Russian show of force. There are big meetings today about Doing Something, and perhaps it’s better to wait for other shoes to drop.
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Black Holes May Hide a Mind-Bending Secret About Our Universe New York (David L)
Interview: Why Mastering Language Is So Difficult for AI Undark (David L)
Nasal version of Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine fails in trial Financial Times :-(. But there are others…
Massive new UK NHS study shows huge increases in blood clots that cause heart attacks, strokes, and other severe clotting events after Covid lasting up to at least 49 weeks… pic.twitter.com/qOVytPssck
— Chris Turnbull (@EnemyInAState) October 10, 2022
A UV Lamp That’s Bad for COVID but Not for You The Atlantic (David L)
UN body reaches long-term aviation climate goal of net zero by 2050 Guardian. Resilc: “Tomorrow never comezzzzzzz.”
Plans to ′deepen′ Germany′s Rhine river to combat low water levels hit resistance DW. Resilc: “Germany is kaput.”
How California’s Bullet Train Went Off the Rails New York Times Kevin W: “The French company gave up on California as it was so dysfunctional. So they went to Morocco instead.”
Fumio Kishida backs Bank of Japan’s ultra-loose policy despite yen plunge Financial Times. Lead story as of this hour.
From Politico’s morning European newsletter:
As if the news out of Ukraine wasn’t bad enough: The International Monetary Fund, dubbed the world’s lender of last resort, is today set to cut forecasts for growth amid increasing concerns that the world economy will plunge into recession. IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva last week warned of the gloomy outlook in a curtain-raiser speech for the annual meetings, which run through the week. One-third of countries will feel at least two quarters’ worth of economic contraction this year or next, the Bulgarian economist said. You can read the full economic outlook when it emerges at 3 p.m. CET — if you can stomach it!
Bank of England Offers More Support for Pension Funds Amid Crisis Wall Street Journal
La belle France
France condemned US attempts to establish economic dominance at the expense of Europe RT (Russian) via Teller Report. Note similar story in paywalled Politico Pro.
New Not-So-Cold War
Meeting with permanent members of the Security Council Kremlin. Only Putin’s introductory remarks. Calls out terrorism by Ukraine, and includes Nord Stream pipeline attacks (house former merc skippy says he’s planted mines at this depth, was very insistent that this could have been set up with fewer resources than many surmised). Note also that Putin maintains Russia hit military and dual-use targets.
Krivorozhskaya TPP (Krivoy Rog) – one of the largest and key power plants in Ukraine – was seriously damaged as a result of a missile attack. There are serious water and electricity shortages.
— Dr.Snekotron (@snekotron) October 10, 2022
EXPOSED: Before Ukraine blew up Kerch Bridge, British spies plotted it The Grayzone (Kevin W)
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‘Partial mobilization’ and democracy Gilbert Doctorow. Wow, has Doctorow turned hawkish. Does show that the reflexive MoD refusal to ‘splain itself had a cost in terms of public overreaction to strategic withdrawals. But again may have served the leadership group despite the fractiousness by solidifying support for a more aggressive, resource-intense war effort (and frankly I doubt Putin could have changed footing much sooner even if he wanted to given the need to stabilize the economy and bring along Russia’s main allies). Also seems unaware that the most expensive military in the world also has private charities raising money for soldiers’ clothing, see for instance: https://www.troopsdirect.org/
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Russia-Ukraine conflict spirals up due to US’ fanning flames Global Times. Published after the missile strikes today.
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Police in France are now checking your fuel tank before they allow you access to petrol stations… if you have too much in your tank, you are turned away.
Shortages in France are forcing people to wait in lines for hours to get only a partial refill of fuel.
— Wall Street Silver (@WallStreetSilv) October 10, 2022
Christopher Alkhoury, a former adviser to the US anti-ISIS coalition, notes that as Syria deals with a cholera outbreak, “U.S. sanctions on Syria are continuing to weaken the broader national economy.” https://t.co/IJwGoKvBjD pic.twitter.com/WeEvLeBDOY
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) October 11, 2022
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The Spontaneous Expression of Joyous Defiance Craig Murray (J-LS)
Imperial Collapse Watch
US army loots new batch of Syrian oil as fuel crisis deepens The Cradle (resilc)
OPEC’s body blow to Biden presidency Indian Punchline (J-LS)
1/3 Kremlin spokesman Peskov: “It is a good thing that such balanced, thoughtful and planned out work by countries that take a responsible position within OPEC resists US actions, since this at least balances out the chaos being caused by the Americans.
— M. K. Bhadrakumar (@BhadraPunchline) October 9, 2022
Oil prices drop as Opec+ cuts compete with recessionary outlook Middle East Eye
Trump Blames U.S. for ‘Almost Forcing’ Putin to Invade Ukraine Newsweek (resilc)
NY AG accuses Donald Trump and his son Eric of ‘gamesmanship’ for allegedly dodging service of her massive fraud lawsuit Business Insider. Haha, if he was still on Twitter, she could have served him by Twitte.
Liberalism vs democracy Steve Waldman
Our No Longer Free Press
Journalists who challenge NATO narratives are now ‘information terrorists’ Vanessa Beeley (Chuck L)
How’s Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse Doing These Days? Mind Matters (furzy)
19 Hour Michigan-Chicago Train Trip To Hell WCRZ (resilc)
Here’s How Weird Things Are Getting in the Housing Market Bloomberg (Kevin W)
Fed-led dash for higher rates risks ‘world recession’, warns top EU diplomat Financial Times (BC)
Framing, Context, Asking (not answering) Questions Big Picture (resilc). On the low level of doctors in the US.
Antidote du jour: Bob H sending a shot (pun intended) of his Tippy and Betsy in their bow hunting season coats appears to have inspired Alex C to send along this beautiful photo” “Gray and Pearl wearing their orange coats during hunting season.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.