2 00pm Water Cooler 12 1 2021

2:00PM Water Cooler 12/1/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day More Darwin’s finches, foraging and eating on the Galápagos islands. NOTE Alert reader MP writes: “As far as I can tell, the ‘Birds Aren’t Real’ campaign is basically merchandising imitating conspiracy theory.” Creative! But I won’t dignify the campaign with a link. * * * #COVID19 Because what we laughingly call our government does not […]

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Congress Asleep At The Switch As Biden Continues Trump Era Ploy To Privatize Medicare

Congress ‘Asleep at the Switch’ as Biden Continues Trump-Era Ploy to Privatize Medicare

Yves here. We’ve been posting from time to time about how the UK has been moving to privatize the NHS by cutting service levels and response times and telling patients to go to private doctors if they want better. As this article describes, Medicare is en route to be privatized through the implementation of direct contracting, tossing the program over to investors and profiteers. Please […]

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World Ignores China S Massive Organ Harvesting Operation Mitch Gerber

World Ignores China’s Massive Organ Harvesting Operation –Mitch Gerber

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com  Investigative journalist Mitch Gerber has dedicated more than two decades to investigating the live organ harvesting operation in China.  It is estimated the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is harvesting up to 100,000 people a year while wide awake on the operating room table.  Gerber explains, “This is forced live organ harvesting while they are awake, while the blood is still flowing, […]

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2 00pm Water Cooler 11 30 2021

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/30/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day The other species in the Darwin finch genus. Not a lot of chatter, though. “Tanager of the Year” [Indignity]. • The author describes how they discovered a new species, in Peru. * * * #COVID19 Because what we laughingly call our government does not deem a pandemic sufficient cause to collect or process data over […]

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Finance Group Fails To Deliver At Cop26

Finance Group Fails To Deliver at COP26

Yves here. I’m amazed that anyone would be snookered by the proposition that Big Finance would act to halt or limit climate change. Most models (one can argue incorrectly) show the big economic hits to occur 30+ years out. Once you discount cash flows that far out back to the present, the effect is effectively zero. But ESG (“environmental, social and governance”) investing is the […]

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2 00pm Water Cooler 11 29 2021

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/29/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day Darwin*’s finches, “foraging or eating.” Plus plenty of background chatter. Five minutes, so you can prepare coffee if I am late. NOTE * Yay. The sound of crinkling foil: can’t talk my ride’s here pic.twitter.com/I3txQgeOot — kim (@KimmyMonte) November 23, 2021 I think it’s PhotoShopped (the “WAKE UP” at left doesn’t blend with the front […]

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Stay Connected No Matter What With A Satellite Phone

Stay Connected No Matter What With a Satellite Phone

Satellite Phone Store Sponsored Post 11.29.21 It doesn’t matter what part of the country you are in, it’s always good to have backup communications when or if things go wrong.  Whether it’s natural disasters, widespread blackouts or massive tech failure, a sat phone from Satellite Phone Store keeps you connected no matter what. Also, some people have sensitive conversations with people they may want to […]

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The Geopolitical Game That Could Transform Gas Markets

The Geopolitical Game That Could Transform Gas Markets

Yves here. Needless to say, the geology of the gas fields in the Eastern Mediterranean are above my pay grade. More specifically, it would be helpful to know how many of these gas field are claimed by more than one country; I recall from the 2015 Greece bailout negotiations that Greece and Turkey then had competing cliams. The development deal that is being moved forward […]

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Ohio Jury Finds Three Pharmacy Chains Liable In Opioids Trial Judge To Decide On Damages Award In Spring

Ohio Jury Finds Three Pharmacy Chains Liable in Opioids Trial; Judge to Decide on Damages Award in Spring

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Last week, in the first opioids jury verdict, to be handed down an Ohio jury found CVS, Walgreen’s, and Walmart liable for contributing to the opioids epidemic. The lawsuit is part of the opioids Multidistrict Litigation  (MDL) presided over by federal district […]

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Cv19 Booster Shot Also A Bioweapon Karen Kingston

CV19 Booster Shot Also a Bioweapon – Karen Kingston

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (Saturday Night Post) Karen Kingston is a biotech analyst and a former Pfizer employee who has researched and written about many cutting edge pharmaceutical issues.  Kingston thinks that Covid 19 and the so-called vaccines and boosters are here to stay for a long time.  Kingston explains, “The reason why it keeps going is because Covid 19 is now a multi-trillion dollar […]

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Links 11 27 27

Links 11/27/27

Oregon-born gray wolf makes it almost to LA before death strikes Oregonlive (resilc) 🙁 Stephen Sondheim, Titan of the American Musical, Is Dead at 91 New York Times Maj. Ian Fishback, Who Exposed Abuse of Detainees, Dies at 42 New York Times (resilc) How animal uses of fire help to illuminate human pyrocognition Aeon (Anthony L) Canada issues weather ‘red alert’ for British Columbia CNN […]

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Links 11 26 2021

Links 11/26/2021

The Elephant Who Could Be a Person The Atlantic How dogs became humans’ best friends: from Neanderthals to now Nature The Secret Broker: What could possibly go wrong? Everything. Stockhead Corporate Profits Hit a Record High in the Third Quarter AEIR (Furzy Mouse). Pension Funds Should Never Rely on Correlation (forthcoming) (PDF) Ronald Lagnadoy, Nassim Nicholas Taleb Journal of Alternative Investments. From the Abstract: “The […]

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Natural Immunity Is Best Election Fraud Inflation Amp Thanksgiving Message

Natural Immunity is Best, Election Fraud, Inflation & Thanksgiving Message

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (WNW 505 11.25.21)  (This is a new re-recorded video.  The prior one was malfunctioning and was deleted.  It has been replaced with this new version.  This is glitch free.  Happy Thanksgiving!!!!) There is a new Harvard study out, and it says people who recovered from CV19 have natural immunity that is “far stronger than vax protection. “ Also, it says you […]

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Links 11 25 2021

Links 11/25/2021

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 […]

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2 00pm Water Cooler 11 24 2021

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/24/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day Three minutes long, so prepare coffee if you have not already done so. * * * #COVID19 Vaccination by region: Still chugging along. (I have also not said, because it’s too obvious, that if by Bubba we mean The South, then Bubba has done pretty well on vax.) 59% of the US is fully (doubly) […]

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How The Pandemic Helped Spread Fentanyl Across The Us And Drive Opioid Overdose Deaths To A Grim New High

How the Pandemic Helped Spread Fentanyl Across the US and Drive Opioid Overdose Deaths to a Grim New High

Yves here. This informative if disheartening article explains how specific Covid-induced changes in distribution of heroin and fentanyl, as well as reduced access to treatment programs, pushed overdose fatalities above what were already high levels. By Andrew Kolodnym, Co-Director of Opioid Policy Research, Brandeis University. Originally published at The Conversation For the past 20 years, I have been engaged in efforts to end the opioid […]

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Political And Spiritual Treason Surrounds Trump Mark Taylor

Political and Spiritual Treason Surrounds Trump – Mark Taylor

By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com  Mark Taylor, author of the popular book “The Trump Prophecies,” predicted Donald Trump would become President years before the 2016 Election.  Taylor made many other predictions and is now out with a dire and immediate warning for President Trump.  Taylor explains, “All of these spiritual advisors you see right now and the political advisors I believe have led President Trump astray. […]

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2 00pm Water Cooler 11 23 2021

2:00PM Water Cooler 11/23/2021

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Bird Song of the Day Rain forest complexity! * * * #COVID19 Vaccination by region: Small dips. (I have also not said, because it’s too obvious, that if by Bubba we mean The South, then Bubba has done pretty well on vax.) 59.2% of the US is fully (doubly) vaccinated (CDC data, as of November 22. Mediocre by world standards, […]

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Among Social Scientists A Vigorous Debate Over Loss Aversion

Among Social Scientists, a Vigorous Debate Over Loss Aversion

Yves here. As this article explains, the finding that loss aversion may not be as prevalent a cognitive bias as behavioral economists had long posited is now raising questions about other findings in that discipline. The problem I have with attempts to do lab-type studies is that behavioral economics have also found that how subjects respond to various economic propositions that are identical in value […]

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