Disproving Our Preconceived Notions of Animal Intelligence Truthout (furzy)
This Genius Made A Cheese Ball Machine Gun Huffington Post (furzy)
Scientists Say Nuclear Fuel Pools Pose Safety, Health Risks Slashdot (resilc)
Nuclear Shutdowns Could Ramp Up U.S. Carbon Emissions MIT Technology Review
Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone Guardian (resilc)
AI will create ‘useless class’ of human, predicts bestselling historian Guardian (Chuck L)
Google appeals French order for global ‘right to be forgotten’ Reuters (furzy)
Chinese officials ‘create 488m bogus social media posts a year’ Guardian (furzy)
In China’s New Austerity, Ghosts Now Haunt Government Offices WSJ China Real Time
France’s Guillotining of Global Free Speech Continues Lauren Weinstein’ (Chuck L)
Pensions crisis: millions of German must expect to face losses Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (German original here). Guurst: “Here in Holland practically the same situation>”
IMF Lays Out Bleak Prospects for Greek Debt Without Restructuring Wall Street Journal
Greece: Creditors out to crush any trace of Syriza disobedience Defend Democracy
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Imperial Collapse Watch
LBJ, Vietnam and the Political Costs of Fighting a Hopeless War World Politics Review (resilc)
The Vietnam War Is Still Killing People New Yorker (resilc)
They Lit The Bern, What Comes Next? Popular Resistance (martha r)
State delegates turn backs on congressional rep rick larsen in silent protest at WA congressional district caucus Twitter. Martha r: “Photo. Small room, but very cool.”
These 3 people just tore apart the Democratic Party Medium. Martha r: “NV Dem convention 2016: The awakening of a generation. So many of them do not yet grasp the full enormity of what they are up against. but they are learning fast.”
Key Sanders backer: DNC chair must apologize The Hill (martha r)
Democrats Can’t Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
Why won’t Bernie Sanders step down for the sake of the American Left? Independent. “For the sake of the American left”? As if Clinton has any intention of doing anything for them? Jeff W:
It’s kind of a compendium of Clinton talking points. (My favorite is the popular “Clinton has won x million more popular votes” which ignores the caucus states, no matter who won them. I guess the other thing is, even if you win 100% of the votes among one-third of the people who are likely to vote—and none of the other two-thirds of the people are willing to vote for you—you are not a winning candidate.)
The commenters are taking none of it lying down
Sanders supporters have secured protest permits for DNC Business Insider (martha r)
The Most Reliably Democratic County in America Just Sent Hillary Clinton a Signal The Nation (martha r)
Why Hillary Clinton’s 90s nostalgia is so dangerous Thomas Frank, Guardian (resilc)
Race Talk and the New Deal Corey Robin. Important.
I asked 5 fascism experts whether Donald Trump is a fascist. Here’s what they said. Vox (Bob W) The only problem with debunking an idea is that the effort has the effect of reinforcing the connection by putting the key words in close proximity.
Trump once revealed his income tax returns. They showed he didn’t pay a cent. Washington Post (furzy)
Donald Trump Doesn’t Have the Juice to Change the G.O.P. Vanity Fair (furzy). The argument is incoherent. It basically tries saying if Trump wins, by the time the party comes around, his issues will be stale. That is not at all the same as saying he can’t change the GOP.
People Are Soooo Convinced Trump Can’t Win the Presidency Ian Welsh (Tony Wikrent). Lambert: “From May 5 but still interesting.”
And the Surge Goes On Political Data (martha r). California. From 5/17.
Movie Review: Weiner Vulture. Resilc: “Mr. Future Chief of Staff by marriage.”
We must weed out ignorant Americans from the electorate Washington Post. Another way to limit ballot access. People who are ignorant breed too. Are WaPo pundits next going to try to stop that?
Why the sugar industry hates the FDA’s new Nutrition Facts label Washington Post (furzy).
Taxpayers pony up for counties’ private lawyers LoHud (MCC)
Police State Watch
Real-life Robocop guards shopping centre in California Metro News (Chuck L)
How We Got the Tanks and M-16s Out of LA Schools Counterpunch (Robert H)
Despite June Hike Talk, Treasury Yields Barely Moved Michael Shedlock
Elderly man kills wife because they couldn’t afford her medicine Boing Boing (resilc)
The Un-PC Truth About Beyonce’s ‘Sweatshop’ Daily Beast. Sorry, still looks like exploitation to me…hard to justify the working conditions even if the pay levels are arguable.
Antidote du jour (Kittie Wilson via Lawrence R):