Today is Epiphany, for those Christians who aren’t celebrating Christmas today, and thus the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Time to take your decorations down if you haven’t already. We have Christmas all the time here, leaving the festooned tree up all year but having lights on only from sometime in December till January 7. My mother decided to be done with the bother of putting the tree up and taking it down.
#ReceptioGate and the (absolute) state of academia The Critic (Anthony L)
What’s dangerous about the idea of ‘beauty’ in architecture? openDemocracy. I am sorry, I don’t get upset by Second Empire architecture even if it is often de trop.
This quote [from the Financial Times version of the story] does not engender confidence:
“This treatment option is the latest therapy to target and affect the underlying disease process of Alzheimer’s, instead of only treating the symptoms of the disease,” Billy Dunn, director of the FDA’s Office of Neuroscience, said in a statement.”
Whether amyloid plaques (what about tau tangles?) are cause, consequence, or correlation is still an unanswered question. A monoclonal antibody that “dissolves” amyloid plaques in one of the mouse models does that and nothing else. That paper is perhaps 20 years old.
Intermittent fasting can boost your health, but how and when to restrict food consumption is crucial Salon. Hhhm. But probably assumes you go to bed by 11 PM.
“subclinical LV dysfunction may also be a typical characteristic of COVID-19 infection in children”
We know kids get cardiac fibrosis. Now we have anatomic and functional evidence of cardiac probs.
Get ready for an epidemic of heart failure in their 40shttps://t.co/zAGK718G4a
— Dr David Berger, aBsuRdiSTe cROnickLeR (@YouAreLobbyLud) January 5, 2023
Excess mortality remains elevated because we have a new major cause of death.
I do hope the penny has started to drop for policymakers and the public that COVID-19 isn’t going to fade into the background, but instead will likely increase annual mortality by 5-10% indefinitely. https://t.co/HWeUjF6VFi
— Dr Zoë Hyde (@DrZoeHyde) January 7, 2023
‘Severe colds’: Celebrity deaths in China raise questions about real COVID toll Sydney Morning Herald (GM)
Global Supply Chain Pressure Index: The China Factor Liberty Street Economics
India’s got the BRICS blues Indian Punchline (Kevin W)
New Not-So-Cold War
Biden administration announces nearly $4B in new military aid for Ukraine The Hill. Actually $3 billion. Package is $3.75 billion with:
…another part of the nearly $4 billion drawdown includes $682 million in Foreign Military Financing to European partner countries and allies “to help incentivize and backfill donations of military equipment to Ukraine.”
Russia’s Active Su-57 Stealth Fighter Fleet Just Grew By 66 Percent: 22 Aircraft Expected in Next 24 Months Military Watch. I though the Russians weren’t so keen on stealth, that doctrinally they liked super fast planes better. Readers?
❄️🇺🇦🚫💡⚡️📉PM of Ukraine Shmyhal urged to prepare for the resumption of emergency blackouts against the background of the approaching cold snap, which will lead to an increase in the deficit in the country’s energy system.
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZgeopolitics) January 6, 2023
The Chairman’s Afghan Problem American Conservative. Important despite unprepossessing title.
Warning shots fired as Greek, Turkish patrol boats face off Associated Press (BC)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Cure for Overstretch Is Reduced Ambition Daniel Larison
GOP Clown Car
As of 11:30 PM Eastern: House Speaker vote: Drama on House floor as Gaetz vote sinks McCarthy Speakership bid The Hill. But of course: Kevin McCarthy secures Speakership after historic floor battle The Hill
Here’s a list of items that are stalled until a House speaker is elected CNN. BC: “Interesting that if the Speaker vote is not resolved, it’s Congressional Staffers that won’t get paid, but Members will be fine. Upside down? Surprised?”
Your tax dollars at work (Chuck L):
One benefit of being speakerless is that C-Span has control of the cameras and the public can see what is occurring outside of the usual narrow camera frame…
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) January 6, 2023
…C-Span has hardly been subtle in pointing out that these shots would normally be barred by the House. The service has long chafed at the rigid framing imposed by the House…
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) January 6, 2023
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis activates National Guard to DETER migrants entering Sunshine State by sailing into Florida Keys and blasts ‘inept’ Biden’s ‘failure’ to stem tide of illegal crossers Daily Mail
Democrats en déshabillé
Pre-CPI Trading Surge Was ‘Extremely Unusual,’ Analysis Shows Bloomberg (Li). Bloomberg is alleging front-running by those with access to CPI data pre-publication. Probably not the Dept. of Labor, they are perceived to run a tight shop. Most likely perp is staff at Treasury.
Our No Longer Free Press
ChatGPT banned in NYC schools over learning impact concerns Bleeping Computer. BC:
I thought ChatGPT was only barely beginning beta. Why would it be getting implemented anywhere at this point? The tech is very impressive at seeming to be intelligent, but it also seems to have no basis for assessing the accuracy its own conclusions, which for practical use, makes it useless or dangerous.
Trouble at Tesla: the end of a golden age of growth? Financial Times
Bankruptcy Judge Says Celsius Crypto Investors Don’t Own Their Accounts Gizmodo (Kevin W). This has more clear cut language, but as we indicated, the FTX terms were contradictory and amounted to the accounts being comingled funds. We warned that unless crypto exchange customers paid an upcharge for their own wallet, they should assume they were in a unregulated mutual fund.
Sam Bankman-Fried wants to use Robinhood stake to pay lawyers New York Post. BC: “Wowsers! LITERALLY no shame.” Moi: A lawyer friend brought this up and said she couldn’t believe SBF’s lawyers would further run up his presumably never-to-be-paid legal bill on such a patently ridiculous argument.
Mr. Bankman-Fried has not been found criminally or civilly liable for fraud, and it is improper for the FTX Debtors to ask the Court to simply assume that everything Mr. Bankman-Fried ever touched is presumptively fraudulent,” the attorneys said in a filing, according to Bloomberg.
US recession alarm bells ringing far and wide Asia Times (Kevin W)
Jobs Report Updates: US Labor Market Expected to Slow in December New York Times. BC: “Interesting to write about the report of the ‘slight decrease in hiring’ without mentioning the latest job cuts from Amazon and Salesforce.”
IRS Audits Few Millionaires But Targeted Many Low-Income Families in FY 2022 TracIRS (notabanker)
In a World First, AI Lawyer Will Help Defend a Real Case In the US Interesting Engineering
Antidote du jour. Martha r: “An actual gift a friend of mine received, occupied here by her kitten/young cat.”
And a bonus:
🔥 A massive brown bear with her cub 🔥 pic.twitter.com/QC6uQijMCP
— Nature Is Lit (@NatureIs_Lit) January 6, 2023
A second bonus:
Smart bird.. 👌 pic.twitter.com/M6GDMvbvtl
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) January 7, 2023
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.