Christmas with the Tudors History Today (J-LS)
Finding the First Americans aeon (Anthony L)
China Faces Deluge of Covid Deaths Over Lunar New Year Holidays Bloomberg (furzy)
US considers airplane wastewater testing as Covid cases surge in China FirstPost (LawnDirt, J-LS). Only now, because
Discarded oyster shells used to build new reefs in coastal Louisiana Yale Climate Connections. Moar oysters!
Amid tough US chip chat, S Koreans turn anti-China Asia Times (Kevin W)
‘India wants good neighbourly ties but…’: Jaishankar’s message to Pak, China Hindustan Times (J-LS)
The Top Five Geostrategic Developments In Africa Last Year Andrew Korybko (Micael T)
3 ways Germany’s migration crisis is different this time around Politico (Kevin W)
New Not-So-Cold War
Again, new air alerts. And apparently not due to possible Kinzhal-carrying Mig takeoff. Fresh strike in Kramatorsk, and a report of an Iskander strike in Chernihiv, and air alerts first over Odessa and Nickolaev, then eastern oblasts, then per below:
🚨🇷🇺🚀✈️🇺🇦Air alerts 13:07 local time pic.twitter.com/yjDdoX8wml
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZgeopolitics) December 31, 2022
Ukraine. Military Summary And Analysis 30.12.2022 YouTube. Reviews considerable Russia progress around Bakhmut but discusses presumed great difficulty of cracking a central area with up to 9 story buildings. This is a comparatively small area. Russia has been focusing on taking out Ukraine air defenses and howitzer/HIMARS platforms, so perhaps Mr. Kinzhal or some aircraft-delivered thermobaric bombs will finish the job. Dima instead thinks Russia will advance in the north and eventually be able to cut the supply line to this area. However, these are both territory-focused views, as opposed to “force them to throw more weapons and men into the meat grinder” approach. Also note at the very end the discussion of Zaporizhzhia. Yours truly had mentioned to Lambert that Zaporizhzhia could become the next Russian focus after they had gotten their operations in Donbass largely done. Russia may be starting a move now not just as part of their plan to secure all four Russian oblasts but also to further stretch Ukraine forces.
U.S. Reassures Russia: Patriot Missiles to Ukraine Won’t Have American Troop ‘Shields’: A Green Light to Strike? MilitaryWatch. IMHO confirms that 1 Patriot system is a joke sent for political STFU reason….unless as Russia worried, it was intended to be a trap.
NATO is not in the business of winning wars Gilbert Doctorow
Note Alex Christaforu took note of Hammill’s drone fundraising quite a way back as one of Christaforu’s “clown world” features:
He never struck me as a particularly smart guy. https://t.co/Y9OoJ9DwDW
— Thomas Fazi (@battleforeurope) December 30, 2022
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Lack Of Good Analyses Contributes To The Decline Of The ‘West’ Moon of Alabama (Chuck L)
Hollande backs up Merkel revelation on Donbass peace RT (Kevin W)
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Europe’s energy sacrifices: the winter test of resolve Financial Times
Turkiye agrees to fully withdraw troops from Syria: Syrian media Islamic Republic News Agency
Iran holds joint military drills near Strait of Hormuz waterway Middle East Online
2022 in review: Palestine’s moment of truth Mondoweiss
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Police in China Can Track Protests By Enabling ‘Alarms’ on Hikvision Software Guardian. Have the Chinese not heard of Faraday bags?
Biometric privacy 2022 year-in-review Biometric Update
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Ghosts of George Kennan: Lessons From the Start of the Cold War Foreign Affairs (J-LS)
Military Grounds Some F-35s Following Crash in Texas Military.com
Russia-China talks President of Russia. Only the introductory remarks; perhaps more soon in readouts.
Trump tax returns show China bank account as six years of records released Guardian. This is the best they have?
Trump’s Taxes Show Wide Use of Real-Estate Losses Wall Street Journal
L’affaire George Santos
re Harbor City Capital Management Brian Krebs. BC: “BTW, anyone casually glancing at Harbor City Capital Management’s employee profile pages on LinkedIn (if anyone can actually view them), would immediately go WTF????”
Arrest of suspect in US university killings ‘a relief’ to Idaho campus ABC Australia (Anthony L)
Long a fan favorite, Southwest’s model now faces questions Washington Post
Southwest Airlines passengers get stuck in the Nashville airport on Christmas — then threatened with arrest for ‘trespassing’ Business Insider. Same kind of airport cop that beat up the United passenger when forcibly removing from a plane (BTW in violation of United’s contract of carriage).
Good Morning Everyone! The Bahamas government is still holding onto $3.5 billion in crypto seized from FTX.
Which begs the question: If a government can seize your crypto from an exchange, is it really your crypto?
— Genevieve Roch-Decter, CFA (@GRDecter) December 30, 2022
Twitter closes Seattle office, facing eviction, reports say Seattle Times (furzy)
Who decides cause of death? It may be a business owner – or an 18-year-old Kaiser Health News
Wall Street ends 2022 with biggest annual drop since 2008’s global financial crisis ABC Australia (Kevin W)
Judge puts hold on California law that could have raised fast-food worker wages Yahoo! News (Kevin W)
Antidote du jour (furzy):
And a bonus (guurst):
🔥 The Red-Shanked Douc Langur pic.twitter.com/SAR272SWMg
— Nature Is Lit (@NatureIs_Lit) December 27, 2022
A second bonus:
And in anticipation of the new year:
Doggo Fascinated by Fireworks 🎆🎇 pic.twitter.com/VW5yQRFsAa
— Spindel (@MrSpindel) December 30, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.