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Further Thoughts on Russian Partial Mobilization and Next Steps



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Your humble blogger is overbusy, therefore you’re getting a brief publish right now. However the commentariat made many insightful observations yesterday about Putin’s announcement of Russia’s partial mobilization and the scheduling of referenda within the “liberated” areas of Ukraine.

These selections to maneuver forward have been made with indicators of haste, which isn’t how the Kremlin usually operates. However the plans for partial mobilization and the referenda have been probably already in place, however their launches have been moved up.

Probably the most believable rationalization was a disconnect between navy priorities and political wants. Russia has been coordinating completely different forces: its personal navy, which gives intel, artillery and missiles, air energy and anti-missile safety, and a few infantry, however primarily in Kherson. The primary infantry muscle comes from the DPR and LPR militia, with the Chechens and the Wagner Group.

Some Western commentators have taken a few of Putin’s responses in Q&As to point that the navy has very broad latitude to realize its objectives. And it’s recurrently used mobility to its benefit, ceding floor and infrequently succeeding in pulling Ukrainian troops into uncovered place the place they are often lower down or captured.

Within the attritional, grinding fight in Donbass, this kind of backwards and forwards didn’t have political implications. However the Kharviv pullback did. Russia had signaled it supposed to carry floor there by beginning to problem Russian passports (from what I can inform, it had not gone so far as it had in Kherson, the place it was changing the banks to roubles. As reader Andrey Subbotin put it:

After the Kharkov cities have been thrown to the wolves, the pro-Russian administrations of 4 oblasts panicked and began pushing for referendum as a assure that the identical wouldn’t occur to them. That put Russia right into a put-up-or-shut-up place. Not taking them in may have been interpreted as a preparation for some type of managed defeat. And, pretty or not, the notion that we’re shedding would have killed the recruiting. Taking them in is locking Russia right into a win-or-lose warfare with no risk of negotiated settlement in sight.

That is in line with the intense fast set off for holding the referenda (apparently September 23 to 27 per YouTubers I comply with) and Putin taking part in up the partial mobilization by way of giving an enormous speech about it. That additionally paints it as a major step domestically, which may lower each methods there. As reader Lex and others identified, the US engaged in partial mobilizations for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan however by no means made an enormous deal about it.

One other potential purpose for the very tight time between the announcement of the referenda and the polling dates is to scale back the chance for Ukraine terrorism.

As we talked about yesterday, another grounds for beefing up manpower can be to conduct a winter offensive. Not solely are Russian forces higher outfitted to combat in these circumstances, however a big scale operation then would additionally undermine the widely-rumored Ukraine plans to assemble and practice new forces for a 2023 counter-offensive. And as readers identified, the referenda can be useful in changing the militia to common Russian troopers and getting them right into a unified command construction.

Some commentators argued it will be at the very least three months for Russians to get the troopers introduced in by way of the partial mobilization as much as preventing kind. That may imply maybe the partial mobilization wasn’t moved up by that. However readers identified that Russia has been readying different forces. Per Brian Beijer:

In response to Mike’s video on YouTube final evening (I earlgrey), every oblast? or county? has been calling for at 1,000 volunteers from former servicemen for at the very least the previous month or two. Mike mentioned that the Leningrad area’s volunteers appear able to deploy now. He additionally mentioned that if this name for voluteers is profitable in each county(?), it will imply 83,000 volunteers becoming a member of the entrance. I’m assuming that these volunteers are along with the 100,000 being mobilized right now. Mike additionally talked about that he’s been seeing movies that present a mass deployment of troops already heading for Ukraine….though he wasn’t positive if these movies have been legit or simply one other feint by Russia.

Dima of the Navy Abstract channel was exercised concerning the lack of any Western response to the announcement, save extra verbal moist noodle lashings. He identified that the traditional response is for at the very least some nations within the ‘hood to announce related measures. Neither is there any plan as of now for a particular NATO assembly. Maybe different footwear will drop within the subsequent few days. Or maybe the West has conclude this mobilization means nothing in apply as a result of Russia has such a awful, no good armed forces:

As Lambert wonders, “So how come our brilliantly skilled troops maintain shedding wars, and Russia’s hapless conscripts maintain successful them?”

We all know conscripts haven’t been despatched to Ukraine (none have been presupposed to be; apparently 600 have been dispatched by mistake and shortly pulled out when the error was found). So the place is that this persistent trash-talking of the Russian navy coming from? Possibly those self same dastardly Russian influencers who delivered 2016 to Trump are literally behind this marketing campaign to verify the West retains badly underestimating Russia’s capabilities.

However then once more, there’s all the time the Institute for Research of Struggle:

And we now have the query of the place this all goes. Recall Medvedev’s provocative map, which amongst different issues was to say Russia would assist the dismemberment of Western Ukraine:

Beneath are potential finish video games and what they imply for the protagonists. Lambert wished readers to say which they thought was almost definitely.

My private guess is that Russia will transcend the “landlocked” state of affairs and take at the very least Kharkiv oblast too. In the event that they take the Black Coastline, their constraint on taking the territory between Donbass and the Dnieper is extra political than navy: how receptive the locals can be to Russian (or protostate) administration. Putin mentioned at first of the SMO that Russia wouldn’t go the place it wasn’t wished. And I doubt Russia desires the headache and useful resource value of making an attempt to regulate areas with important native opposition. However Russia is a method aways from having to make decisions like that.

Nonetheless, consider the latest assessment by the normally temperate Gilbert Doctorow:

The merger of the Russia-occupied Ukrainian territories with the Russian Federation will mark the tip of the ‘particular navy operation.’… It marks the start of open warfare on Ukraine with the target of the enemy’s unconditional capitulation. This can probably entail the elimination of the civil and navy management and, very probably, the dismemberment of Ukraine. In spite of everything, the Kremlin warned greater than a yr in the past that the US-dictated course of NATO membership for Ukraine will lead to its lack of statehood. Nonetheless, these explicit aims weren’t declared to date; the SMO was about defending the Donbas in opposition to genocide and about de-nazification of Ukraine, itself a quite imprecise idea…

Accordingly, as Russia strikes from SMO to open warfare, we might anticipate huge destruction of Ukrainian civil in addition to navy infrastructure to completely block all motion of Western provided arms from factors of supply within the Lvov area and different borders to the entrance traces. We might finally anticipate bombing and destruction of Ukraine’s facilities of decision-making in Kiev.

If Doctorow is appropriate, the widespread assumption that Russia turning up the ache dial received’t occur for at the very least a few months, till the newly mobilized forces are good to go, might be one more underestimation of Russian planning and resolve. We’ll see in the end.

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MiB: David McRaney on Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion



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This week, we converse with science journalist David McRaney, who investigates the psychology of reasoning, decision-making and judgment on his weblog “You Are Not So Smart.” The weblog, which he launched in 2009, spawned a bestselling e-book, now out there in 17 languages, in addition to a podcast. McRaney’s most up-to-date e-book, “How Minds Change: The Shocking Science of Perception, Opinion, and Persuasion,” got here out this 12 months.

We talk about how his pondering has developed over time, from specializing in behavioral biases and why individuals are fallacious, to studying what leads individuals to vary their minds. People are social primates, so everyone is persuadable, however it’s a particular course of. It’s much less about information, and extra about their social help system, and their willingness to vary their perception system. It’s a advanced however time-consuming, course of.

He explains why we “really feel we all know issues” somewhat than truly understanding the universe round us. All actuality is digital actuality, as we expertise the universe by our personal inside mannequin, somewhat than an goal view.

A listing of his favourite books is here; A transcript of our dialog is available here Tuesday.

You may stream and obtain our full dialog, together with the podcast extras on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, YouTube, Bloomberg, and Acast. All of our earlier podcasts in your favourite pod hosts might be found here; all of our prior discussions of psychology and behavioral economics can be found here.

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Links 10/1/22 | naked capitalism



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Lambert and I, and plenty of readers, agree that Ukraine has prompted the worst informational setting ever. We hope readers will collaborate in mitigating the fog of battle — each actual fog and stage fog — in feedback. None of us want extra cheerleading and link-free repetition of memes; there are platforms for that. Low-value, link-free pom pom-wavers can be summarily whacked.

And for individuals who are new right here, this isn’t a mere well mannered request. We’ve got written website Insurance policies and people who remark have accepted these phrases. To forestall having to resort to the nuclear choice of shutting feedback down totally till extra sanity prevails, as we did through the 2015 Greek bailout negotiations and shortly after the 2020 election, we’re going to be ruthless about moderating and blacklisting offenders.


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Please don’t write us to ask why a remark has not appeared. We shouldn’t have the bandwidth to analyze and reply. Utilizing the feedback part to complain about moderation selections/tripwires earns that commenter troll factors. Please don’t do it. These feedback may even be eliminated if we encounter them.

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In the Mind of a Whale Hakai Journal

Fish fossils found in China shed light on human evolution: Researchers Day by day Sabah (AL).

How a School’s ‘Bike Bus’ Won Over Students and Charmed the Internet Route Fifty (MR).

No end in sight for Fed-delivered beatings Politico

The Cost of the Fed’s Challenged Credibility Mohamed A. El-Erian, Venture Syndicate

Swimming naked Ruffer

Local weather

What do Nord Stream methane leaks mean for climate change? Nature

There’s a Mind-Bending Amount of Solar in the US Pipeline Bloomberg

What is blue carbon, and why is it important? Soils Matter, Get the Scoop


SARS-CoV-2 furin cleavage site was not engineered PNAS

Ford government buying 2M cloth masks for Ontario schools. Doctors say there are better options Metropolis Information. A slap within the face to layered safety, in addition to being deadly.

CO2 monitors to be mandatory in all Dutch classrooms Dutch Information

Some officials now say monkeypox elimination unlikely in US AP. Flawless victory from the Facilities for Illness.


COVID-19: China’s death toll puts US to shame but the western centric media tell a different story Pearls and Irritations

Anatomy of a debunked China coup rumour South China Morning Publish

Surfing on land gains ground among youth China Day by day

MHI develops reactor with enhanced safety features World Nuclear Information. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Fuelled by meth addiction, Vietnam’s drug-treatment centres are rife with abuse Globe_

European Disunion

German €200bn energy support plan sparks ‘animosity’ within EU FT

Munich Oktoberfest emerges as COVID superspreader event in Germany WSWS

Lidl told to destroy gold chocolate bunnies after it loses copyright case with Lindt Sky Information

Uganda Ebola cases jump to 50, with 1 more death Middle for Infectious Illness and Coverage

Pricey Outdated Blighty

Pound’s Swoon Echoes Declines in British Power, Past and Present NYT

Breaking: Starmer’s ‘public energy co’ exposed as big con The Sqwawkbox

Peter Thiel’s Palantir Had Secret Plan to Crack UK’s NHS: ‘Buying Our Way In’ Bloomberg

King Charles Hired A Former Top Editor At The Tabloids That Published Critical Kate Middleton Columns And The Story That Was An Impetus For The Breakdown Of Meghan Markle’s Relationship With Her Father Buzzfeed

Hardship for Brazil’s poor may cost Bolsonaro election AP

New Not-So-Chilly Struggle

That escalated quickly.”

Ukraine says it encircles Russian troops at Lyman stronghold Reuters. Sadly, I can’t discover the rest on this that isn’t Ukrainian propaganda (typically utilizing the identical picture). Readers?

Senior Defense and Military Officials Hold a Background Briefing US Division of Protection. Deathless citation:

[R]elative to the Nord Stream Pipeline within the Baltic Sea, you recognize we, as is the case with the remainder of the worldwide group proceed to observe the scenario and the circumstances. I feel we’re as perplexed as anybody else and would — are very occupied with understanding how this happened, whether or not it’s an accident or in any other case.

I’m imagining this clip from CIA-parody-but-not Burn After Studying rewritten for pipeline explosions:

“No biggie.” “Report again to me when, uh, I don’t know. When it is sensible.”

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Vladimir Putin speaks at the accession ceremony Gilbert Doctorow

Understanding Russian Coercive Signaling RAND

Putin’s Roulette Overseas Affairs. The deck: “Sacrificing His Core Supporters in a Race Towards Defeat.”

Tallinn postcard: Feels like a big war is coming Yasha Levine

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Shock and Awe: Who Attacked the Nord Stream Pipelines? Carnegie Endowment for Worldwide Peace

Sweden and Denmark: Pipeline leaks caused by “several hundred kilos” of explosives Axios

EXPLAINER: A deep dive into risks for undersea cables, pipes AP

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After Putin’s Land Grab, Zelensky Wants to Fast-Track NATO Membership Overseas Coverage

Zelensky and NATO plan to transform post-war Ukraine into ‘a big Israel’ The Grayzone. With nukes, presumably.

Russian oil exports are still booming and EU is still reliant on Russia Hellenic Delivery Information

Biden Administration

Biden is punting on COVID relief for the third time Talking Safety

FCC Approves 5 Year Satellite Deorbiting Rule Payload

Realignment and Legitimacy

A concrete vision of the liberal democratic future Noah Smith, Noahpinion. The deck: “The free societies should as soon as once more present what sort of world they need to construct.” Have enjoyable!

Imperial Collapse Watch

U.S. sailor found not guilty of fire that destroyed ship Reuters. And see here.

Guillotine Watch

Musk’s texts are a who’s who of power players — and everyone had an angle Protocol

Class Warfare

Zombie capitalism is unravelling Yanis Varoufakis, The New Statesman

Twitter reverses account lock on Will Lehman, rank-and-file candidate for UAW president, without explanation WSWS

Bruce Willis Sells Deepfake Likeness Rights So His ‘Twin’ Can Star in Future Movies

Kill it with hearth:

Katherine Rundell: ‘Larger than the world’s chaos are its miracles’ FT

Antidote du jour (via):

See yesterday’s Hyperlinks and Antidote du Jour here.

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Tech Billionaires Are Actually Dumber Than You Think



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By Sonali Kolhatkar, the founder, host and government producer of “Rising Up With Sonali,” a tv and radio present that airs on Free Speech TV and Pacifica stations. She is a writing fellow for the Economic system for All challenge on the Impartial Media Institute. This text was produced by Economy for All, a challenge of the Impartial Media Institute.

In mid-September, for only a few days, Indian industrialist Gautam Adani entered the ranks of the highest three richest folks on earth as per Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. It was the primary time an Indian, or, for that matter, an Asian, had loved such a distinction. South Asians in my circle of household and mates felt excited on the prospect {that a} man who appeared like us had entered such rarefied ranks.

Adani was deemed the second richest particular person, even richer than Amazon founder Jeff Bezos! A Times of India profile fawningly quoted him relaying his thought course of within the early days of his rags-to-riches story. “‘Desires had been infinite however funds finite,’ he says with partaking frankness,” in line with the profile. There was no point out of the intense accusations he faces of corruption and diverting cash into offshore tax havens, or of your complete web site, AdaniWatch, dedicated to investigating his soiled deeds.

Adani made his cash, partly, by investing in digital companies, main one economist to say, “Wherever there’s a futuristic enterprise in India, I feel… [Adani] has a stronghold.”

The second of pleasure that Indians felt in such an achievement by one in all their very own was short-lived. Shortly Adani slipped from second richest to third richest, and, as of this writing, is within the number four slot on an inventory dominated by individuals who have made cash from the digital expertise revolution.

The truth is, rating multibillionaires is a meaningless train that obscures the absurdity of their wealth. This yr alone, quite a lot of tech billionaires on Bloomberg’s record misplaced a whole lot of billions of {dollars} because the positive aspects they made in the course of the early years of the pandemic had been wiped out due to a unstable inventory market. However, as Whizy Kim of Vox factors out, whether or not or not they’re dropping cash or giving it away—as Bezos’ ex-wife MacKenzie Scott has been doing—their wealth stays insanely excessive, and most are value extra as we speak than earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are they doing with all this wealth?

It seems that many are quietly plotting their very own survival towards our demise. Douglas Rushkoff, podcaster, founding father of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism, and fellow on the Institute for the Future, has written a ebook about this weird phenomenon, Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires.

In an interview, Rushkoff explains that billionaires fear concerning the finish of humanity similar to the remainder of us. They concern catastrophic local weather change or the subsequent pandemic. And, they know their cash will doubtless be of little worth when civilizations decline. “How do I keep management over my Navy Seal safety guards as soon as my cash is nugatory?” is a query that Rushkoff says lots of the world’s wealthiest folks wish to know the reply to.

He is aware of they ask such questions as a result of he was invited to provide non-public lectures by those that assume his experience in digital expertise offers him distinctive perception into the longer term. However Rushkoff was quietly finding out them as a substitute and has few flattering issues to say about these wielders of financial energy.

“How is it that the wealthiest and strongest folks I’d ever been in the identical room with see themselves as totally powerless to have an effect on the longer term?” he asks. It appears as if “one of the best they will do is put together for the inevitable calamity after which simply, you realize, grasp on for expensive life.”

Rushkoff explores this tech billionaire “mindset” that he says has resulted in a era of people who find themselves “nearly comedic monsters, who actually imply to depart us all behind.” Adani is an ideal instance of this, having invested within the very fossil fuels which might be destroying our planet. He has massive holdings in Australia’s coal mining business and has sparked a massive grassroots movement intent on stopping him.

The admiration that some Indians really feel for Adani’s ascension on Bloomberg’s record of billionaires relies on an assumption of cleverness. Certainly, he have to be one of many smartest folks on the planet with a purpose to be one of many richest? Elon Musk, the world’s wealthiest man by far (with twice as a lot wealth as Bezos), has loved such a reputation for years.

Those that are invested within the concept of merit-based capitalism can justify the unimaginable wealth of the world’s richest folks solely by assuming they’re clever sufficient to deserve it.

This can be a façade. Relatively than smarts, the wealthiest folks on the planet seem like moderately small-minded fool savants who share a standard disdain for the remainder of us.

After being round tech billionaires in non-public, Rushkoff concludes that they’re invested in “this notion that they actually can, like puppeteers, type of management society from one stage above,” and that this strategy is “completely different than the period of Alexander the Nice, or Caesar.” If the query that vexes them most of all is how, in a disastrous future, will they management the guards they rent to guard their hoardings, then our financial system is a farce.

“Even when we name them genius technologists, most of them had been plucked from school after they had been freshmen,” says Rushkoff. “They got here up with some concept of their dorm room earlier than they’d taken historical past, or economics, or ethics, or philosophy” courses, and they also lack the knowledge wanted to supervise their very own perverse quantities of wealth.

Having hung out with many tech billionaires, Rushkoff worries that “their schooling concerning the future comes from zombie motion pictures and science fiction exhibits.”

Billionaires should not merely drawing their wealth from a vacuum. In keeping with knowledge from the World Economic Forum, “the world’s richest have captured a disproportionate share of worldwide wealth over current many years.” Which means, in case you had been wealthy to start with a decade or two in the past, you’re prone to have seen your wealth multiply by a larger quantity than middle-class or lower-income folks.

Not solely are tech billionaires undeserving of their wealth, however additionally they are fleecing the remainder of us—and fantasizing about hoarding that wealth within the worst-case eventualities whereas the remainder of humanity struggles to outlive.

The hazard is that if society valorizes such (largely) males, we’re at risk of internalizing their infantile, egocentric mindset and giving up on fixing the local weather disaster or constructing resiliency on a mass scale.

As an alternative of referring to them, we should really feel sorry for a bunch of individuals so reduce off from humanity that their imaginative and prescient of the longer term is a really lonely one.

“Let’s take a look at these tech-bro billionaire lunatics. Let’s snicker at what they’re doing… so they give the impression of being small moderately than huge,” says Rushkoff. He thinks it’s crucial to undertake the attitude that “the catastrophe they’re so afraid of seems to be completely manageable by extra cheap people who find themselves keen simply to assist one another out.”

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