Serious Question: Can a Parrot Act As a Witness in Court? New York Magazine
Pope washes feet of Muslim migrants, says ‘We are brothers Associated Press (martha r)
These Gorgeous Animated Shorts Celebrate 7 Of Mexico’s Indigenous Languages Mexica (timotheus)
Seph Lawless Captures Stunning Photos of an Abandoned Disney Park Photogrist (resilc)
Giant holes found in Siberia could be signs of a ticking climate ‘time bomb‘ Business Insider (David L)
IBM has turned away from customers to Wall Street I, Cringley (Glenn F)
AI progress fails to convince all investors Financial Times(resilc)
New snakebite research pits drugs against deadly venoms, shows promising step towards first-ever field antidote California Academy of Sciences (Chuck L)
Scientists create the simplest form of life yet known Financial Times (David L)
Blunt obituary told the painful truth about Duluth sister’s suicide Minneapolis Star Tribune. Article: “Here is the truth: You have value. You have worth. You are loved. Trust the voices of those who love you. Trust the enormous chorus of voices that say only one thing: You matter.” Chuck L: “The neoliberal fundies might beg to differ.”
Only Ukraine Could Have Brought Down MH17 Voltairenet (Chuck L)
Obama on ISIS: ‘They’re not an existential threat to us’ MSNBC (furzy). Spare me. The political classes yet again preying on the fact that people are bad at statistics. Getting in a car is a much bigger threat to you than ISIS is or ever will be.
US Marines Enter Ground Combat in Iraq to Defend Oil Fields Antiwar (resilc)
Russia, Syria and Iraq launch major offensive against the IS Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (guurst). German original here.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
A Social Theory of Surveillance Concurring Opinions (guurst). Important.
Windows patch KB 3139929: When a security update is not a security update InfoWorld. David K:
This is not just about injecting an ad. Win10 is not compatible in some scenarios with advanced graphics and memory-intensive computational software; in other words stuff people use to make a living, or depend on for critical path service delivery (like in a medical office). This ad is pushing an unsafe/high-risk product upgrade which has the real potential to unrecoverably cripple the system. But domain-licensed corporate clients are not shown the ad; it only targets individual users and small businesses.
If Microsoft’s documentation is correct, installing Patch Tuesday’s KB 3139929 security update for Internet Explorer also installs a new Windows 10 ad-generating routine called KB 3146449.outlook android preview
Many people — present company included — feel that putting an ad generator inside a security patch crosses way over the line. In fact, you have to ask yourself if there are any lines any more.
The Choice Is Not Between TPP or No Trade Lori Wallach, Huffington Post
America’s obsession with social media is undermining the democratic process Quartz (resilc). This is ridiculous. 1. Confirmation bias long predated social media. 2. Social media simply allowed for more, better hot-button targeting that Karl Rove perfected in the days of snail mail. 3. What pisses the elites and punditocracy is they can’t lean against this sort of thing when they feel they need to through broadcast/broad reach media. Maybe they should have thought about that before they got rid of free-to-air TV.
Hillary’s Rigged Primary Victories are Showing the World Presidents are Selected — Not Elected Free Thought Project (Judy B)
Sanders campaign keeps lawsuit against the DNC alive The Hill (furzy)
Trump is Positioned to Win the Presidency Counterpunch (resilc)
They Made Him a Moron Baffler. Ouch.
Illegal Immigrants Get Public Health Care, Despite Federal Policy Wall Street Journal
If You Catch And Use Rainwater In Colorado, You Are A Criminal ThinkProgress(timotheus)
University of California president proposes privatization of pension fund WSWS (Judy B). With the Koch Brothers funding the think tank that it promoting it.
Court throws out Chicago pension reforms Financial Times. As expected.
Atlantic City to pay workers with IOUs as money crisis looms Associated Press (martha r)
Police State Watch
Trade failures of US bonds hit $456bn Financial Times (David L). What is disconcerting is that regulators appear to be sitting on their hands.
Coming to the Oil Patch: Bad Loans to Outnumber the Good Wall Street Journal
Unions push for cut in pension fund alternatives, get pushed back Politico (DO). If anyone can get me a copy of the study, I’d appreciate it.
Mocked and forgotten: who will speak for the American white working class? Guardian. Lambert featured this in Water Cooler yesterday but consider DO’s observation: “Private equity is responsible for this too.”
New Twist on the Sex-Offender Registry: Financial Crime Wall Street Journal. But of course, only what Bill Black calls “fraud mice” get targeted, much the less convicted.
In Hindsight, ‘American Psycho’ Looks Like Us New York Times
Antidote du jour. Chet G: “Signs of spring: I had my first sighting of a painted turtle this year (along with vivid lichen).”