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    https://www.agweb.com/news/livestock...eit-once-ruled

    Courtesy of BigLychee. Not quite journalism but reminds me of a certain character here.
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    Good read about an undercover operation in the UK ...

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/dy74...eration-peyzac


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    Good piece going into the making of the new swatch-omega watches...

    Gear Patrol: The MoonSwatch Moment: How a $260 Marvel Became the Toast of the Watch World.

    https://www.gearpatrol.com/watches/a...swatch-moment/

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    Quote Originally Posted by shri:
    Good piece going into the making of the new swatch-omega watches...

    Gear Patrol: The MoonSwatch Moment: How a $260 Marvel Became the Toast of the Watch World.

    https://www.gearpatrol.com/watches/a...swatch-moment/
    Totally makes sense. My everyday watch is a Seamaster Pro I purchased in the mid 1990's. It needs a new bezels spring. It'd cost more than $260 to replace that part. At this point, it's a piece of jewelry. The watch I actually "use" is my GPS running watch.

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    What can I say? I'm a sucker for a story about a mad/reclusive/vanishing genius.

    https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2...GZfXmyMr03yW6A


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    Quote Originally Posted by huja:
    Fan Bingbing getting busted is not so much about Fan Bingbing getting busted. It's more that the Xi/CCP has reached some sort of tipping point that's hard put your finger on. It's the fear and chaos that an entire industry - movie (and perhaps country) feels when someone as big as her gets slapped down. The formally understood grey-area where rich/powerful/famous Chinese could be more equal (to borrow George Orwell's phrase from Animal Farm) than other Chinese has been redrawn or maybe even done away with.
    From the article linked below . . .
    After Tiananmen Square, Chinese leaders came up with a successful formula to preserve one-party rule . . . That formula required loyalty from the Chinese citizens, but it also gave them space. . . . This social contract, in which the Communist Party would observe certain boundaries in exchange for society observing its own, was instrumental in bringing China from the brink of disaster of the Tiananmen crisis and contributed to economic growth and prosperity . . . Mr. Xi broke that social contract.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/01/o...-protests.html
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