Introducing ‘The President Erdogan Offensive Poetry Competition’ – £1000 prize to be won Spectator. NC readers have provide many clever original poems in the comments section. Time to put those talents to profitable use!
Do Honeybees Feel? Scientists Are Entertaining the Idea New York Times (David L)
Scientists want to use nanobots to suck pollutants from the ocean Business Insider (David L)
Lithium War Heats Up After Epic Launch Of Tesla Model 3 OilPrice (resilc)
Antibiotics Have Given Us Untreatable Gonorrhea Motherboard
Scientists identify link between brain development and cancer University of Queensland
China cannot delay on its bad debts bogey Financial Times
Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment Isn’t a Coup, It’s a Cover-Up New York Times (furzy)
Irish Times: US taxpayers growing tired of Ireland’s one big idea Tax Justice Network
UK’s friends right to fear Brexit and say so Financial Times
Staying in EU ‘best hope’ for UK’s future says US BBC. Eight former Treasury Secretaries tell British voters what is in their best interest. I suspect this will not impress the undecided, particularly since these officials were in charge in the runup to the crisis.
The First Draft of History: Dispatches From the Frontline of War Patrick Cockburn, Counterpunch. Important.
Obama Went From Condemning Saudis for Abuses to Arming Them to the Teeth Intercept (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Microsoft and Google Want to Let Artificial Intelligence Loose on Our Most Private Data MIT Technology Review (David L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
How The American Neoconservatives Destroyed Mankind’s Hopes For Peace Paul Craig Roberts
Libya and the 5 Stages of U.S. Intervention National Interest
Andrew Bacevich: Why America’s All-Volunteer Force fails to win wars Dallas Morning News (resilc)
The Indebted Way We Live Now American Conservative
2016. Needless to say, I’m disappointed by the NY primary results. There were some anomalies. First, just after 9 PM, CNN projected 62% to 38% in favor of Hillary even as CNBC was saying it was too close to call and Fox was projecting 52% to 48%. Second, there was a good bit of vote suppression, in the form of last-minute changes in polling stations. Political scientist Tom Ferguson said to me via phone, “Closed primaries are a problem. The party had end to end control of the voting apparatus. For an avowed socialist to get 42% against Clinton in New York is still pretty remarkable.” But the Sanders campaign mismanaged expectations of its followers. And with the benefit of hindsight, the trip to the Vatican probably did not pay off, as the local media ignored the story. Sanders looked like he was over before Michigan. Can he be the Comeback Kid again?
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Win Easily in New York New York Times
Trump, Clinton Win New York Primaries to Control Their Races Bloomberg. Lambert points out that Trump gave a prepared speech as opposed to his usual stream of consciousness.
Exclusive Footage: Stories From New York Primary Voters Alternet. Interesting as far as it goes, but they needed a lot more interviews.
New York’s Flawed Primary Bloomberg. Editorial. Blooomberg and Amy Goodman on the same page?
Comptroller Will Audit New York City Board of Elections Observer (martha r)
De Blasio Demands Explanation, as Decline in Registered Brooklyn Democrats Doubles to 126,000 WNYC (furzy). Awfully convenient for him to be concerned now.
Doing God’s Work – Why Bernie Matters for New York, America, and the World Nomi Prins. A pre-NY primary post, very well written and still germane.
After New York Win, Clinton Campaign Says Sanders’ Attacks Help Republicans Mother Jones. Resilc: “But she IS a Republican.”
Trump Shakes Up Campaign as He Gets Serious About Winning Vanity Fair (furzy)
Why Trump abandoned his cheapskate campaign Christian Science Monitor
Top Trump Aide Lobbied for Pakistani Spy Front Yahoo News (furzy)
Criminal charges today in Flint water crisis Detroit Free Press
Leak worsens in massive Hanford tank holding nuclear waste KGW (Samuel A)
Citing Losses, UnitedHealth to Pull Back From Obamacare New York Times. Death spiral continues.
Colorado school district to arm security staff with military-style rifles (+video) Christian Science Monitor
Lab Testing Reinvented YouTube. Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos. This WSJ comment that led me to the video:
Do you like the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard? …then you’ll love the video below.
Her measured cadence (2 or 3 words per byte). Her Steve Jobs wannabe appearance. Her quest for profundity. All wrapped up in a dark background high tech production.
But what is really nauseating is her arrogance. The flunky lecturing the world on the future of medicine … all the time knowing that her non-functioning device was putting people in danger with faulty diagnoses.
Throw the book at her.
Goldman posts weakest results in four years, revenue tumbles 40 percent Reuters (martha r)
Still Not Deleveraging American Homeowners Alan White, Credit Slips. From last week, still germane.
From Verizon to McDonald’s, the Worker Strikes Back American Prospect
Uber has hit a road bump in its quest to conquer food delivery Business Insider
Antidote du jour (martha r):