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At the moment is Epiphany, for these Christians who aren’t celebrating Christmas right now, and thus the final of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Time to take your decorations down in case you haven’t already. We have now Christmas on a regular basis right here, leaving the festooned tree up all 12 months however having lights on solely from someday in December until January 7. My mom determined to be performed with the hassle of placing 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’m sorry, I don’t get upset by Second Empire structure even whether it is typically de trop.

Researchers Discover Why Roman Concrete Was So Durable MIT Information

Sudden cardiac arrest is leading cause of death in young athletes CBS (Kevin W)

FDA approves Alzheimer’s drug shown to moderately slow cognitive decline in early stages of the disease STAT. KLG:

This quote [from the Financial Times version of the story] doesn’t engender confidence:

“This remedy possibility is the most recent remedy to focus on and have an effect on the underlying illness technique of Alzheimer’s, as an alternative of solely treating the signs of the illness,” Billy Dunn, director of the FDA’s Workplace of Neuroscience, mentioned in a press release.”

Whether or not amyloid plaques (what about tau tangles?) are trigger, consequence, or correlation remains to be an unanswered query. A monoclonal antibody that “dissolves” amyloid plaques in one of many mouse fashions does that and nothing else. That paper is maybe 20 years previous.

Intermittent fasting can boost your health, but how and when to restrict food consumption is crucial Salon. Hhhm. However in all probability assumes you go to mattress by 11 PM.

Dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s, Hershey has ‘unsafe levels’ of lead and cadmium, lawsuits say USA At the moment (EM)



Large COVID autopsy study finds SARS-CoV-2 all over the human body New Atlas


China reports three COVID deaths for January 6 Reuters

‘Severe colds’: Celebrity deaths in China raise questions about real COVID toll Sydney Morning Herald (GM)

Local weather/Surroundings

Great Salt Lake will disappear in 5 years without massive ‘emergency rescue,’ scientists say CNN (ma)

Will the weather eventually provoke radical action on climate? openDemocracy


PLA fully monitors US destroyer’s transit through Taiwan Straits, maintains high alert World Occasions

Global Supply Chain Pressure Index: The China Factor Liberty Avenue Economics

Jack Ma gives up control of Ant Group, restructuring China’s largest fintech company to put it back on path for IPO South China Morning Submit


India’s got the BRICS blues Indian Punchline (Kevin W)

For Indian techies, is it the end of the great American dream? Financial Occasions

European Disunion

1 in 2 French people want ‘social explosion,’ ‘new protest movement’: Survey Anadolu Company

Previous Blighty

Rishi Sunak proposes talks with UK union leaders in effort to halt strikes Monetary Occasions

UK Train Stoppages Continue as Threat Grows of Broader Strikes Bloomberg

Inside Sweden’s collapsing housing market – and how Britain could be next Telegraph

New Not-So-Chilly Conflict

Biden administration announces nearly $4B in new military aid for Ukraine The Hill. Really $3 billion. Package deal is $3.75 billion with:

…one other a part of the practically $4 billion drawdown contains $682 million in International Navy Financing to European companion international locations and allies “to assist incentivize and backfill donations of army gear to Ukraine.”

Western Escalation in Ukraine: Sending in Armor – But is it Too Little Too Late? Brian Berletic

Russia’s Active Su-57 Stealth Fighter Fleet Just Grew By 66 Percent: 22 Aircraft Expected in Next 24 Months Navy Watch. I although the Russians weren’t so eager on stealth, that doctrinally they appreciated tremendous quick planes higher. Readers?

Fighting continues despite Russia’s proposed truce DW

Arrest of Russian outlet’s journalist is blow to press freedom – Moscow RT


OPEC’s Second-Largest Oil Producer Issues Arrest Warrant For Donald Trump OilPrice (BC)

The Chairman’s Afghan Problem American Conservative. Necessary regardless of unprepossessing title.

Harvard blocks role for former Human Rights Watch head over Israel criticism Guardian (BC)

Warning shots fired as Greek, Turkish patrol boats face off Related Press (BC)

Imperial Collapse Watch

The West is Weak Where it Matters …Aurelien

The Cure for Overstretch Is Reduced Ambition Daniel Larison

GOP Clown Automobile

As of 11:30 PM Japanese: House Speaker vote: Drama on House floor as Gaetz vote sinks McCarthy Speakership bid The Hill. However after all: Kevin McCarthy secures Speakership after historic floor battle The Hill

What has Kevin McCarthy given up, and at what price? BBC

Here’s a list of items that are stalled until a House speaker is elected CNN. BC: “Attention-grabbing that if the Speaker vote will not be resolved, it’s Congressional Staffers that received’t receives a commission, however Members might be high-quality. The other way up? Stunned?”

Your tax {dollars} at work (Chuck L):

McCarthy Warns Not Voting For Him Could Delay More Funds To Ukraine Babylon Bee

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 Day by day Mail

Democrats en déshabillé

Democrats worry over potential of retirements in Senate The Hill

Pre-CPI Trading Surge Was ‘Extremely Unusual,’ Analysis Shows Bloomberg (Li). Bloomberg is alleging front-running by these with entry to CPI knowledge pre-publication. Most likely not the Dept. of Labor, they’re perceived to run a decent store. Most probably perp is workers at Treasury.

Our No Longer Free Press

Media Silent as Latest Twitter Files Expose Flagrant Misconduct in Govt. & Journalism Glenn Greenwald


U.S. appeals court blocks ban on rapid-fire ‘bump stocks’ Politico

Six-year-old intentionally shot teacher in Virginia school, police say Guardian

ChatGPT banned in NYC schools over learning impact concerns Bleeping Laptop. BC:

I assumed ChatGPT was solely barely starting beta. Why would it not be getting carried out wherever at this level? The tech could be very spectacular at seeming to be clever, nevertheless it additionally appears to haven’t any foundation for assessing the accuracy its personal conclusions, which for sensible use, makes it ineffective or harmful.

College Student Made App That Exposes AI-Written Essays Polygon

Trouble at Tesla: the end of a golden age of growth? Monetary Occasions

Mercedes-Benz Gets Approval To Deploy Level 3 Driving Tech In Nevada The Drive

The Bezzle

Bankruptcy Judge Says Celsius Crypto Investors Don’t Own Their Accounts Gizmodo (Kevin W). This has extra clear minimize language, however as we indicated, the FTX phrases had been contradictory and amounted to the accounts being comingled funds. We warned that until crypto alternate prospects paid an upcharge for their very own pockets, they need to assume they had been in a unregulated mutual fund.

Sam Bankman-Fried wants to use Robinhood stake to pay lawyers New York Submit. BC: “Wowsers! LITERALLY no disgrace.” Moi: A lawyer good friend introduced this up and mentioned she couldn’t imagine SBF’s attorneys would additional run up his presumably never-to-be-paid authorized invoice on such a patently ridiculous argument.

Mr. Bankman-Fried has not been discovered criminally or civilly chargeable for fraud, and it’s improper for the FTX Debtors to ask the Court docket to easily assume that every little thing Mr. Bankman-Fried ever touched is presumptively fraudulent,” the attorneys mentioned in a submitting, based on Bloomberg.

US recession alarm bells ringing far and wide Asia Occasions (Kevin W)

McDonald’s CEO warns of possible 2023 layoffs as chain leans into fast service, innovation, and operational efficiencies Enterprise Insider

IBM Staff Grumble Redeployment Orders Are Stealth Layoffs The Register

Class Warfare

Jobs Report Updates: US Labor Market Expected to Slow in December New York Occasions. BC: “Attention-grabbing to write down in regards to the report of the ‘slight lower in hiring’ with out mentioning the most recent 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 Attention-grabbing Engineering

Antidote du jour. Martha r: “An precise reward a good friend of mine obtained, occupied right here by her kitten/younger cat.”

And a bonus:

A second bonus:

See yesterday’s Hyperlinks and Antidote du Jour here.

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