Woman falls over at home and regains sight after 20 years of blindness Independent (Chuck L)
Catastrophic Canadian Wildfire Is a Sign of Destruction to Come Scientific American (furzy)
Scientists Uncover Mystery of 80 Suicides in ‘Demonic’ Indian Village Sputnik News (Wat)
Ecological bankruptcy Greenpeace (Sid S)
Swarm of earthquakes strikes Mount St. Helens CNN (David L)
The Cost of the Cultural Revolution, Fifty Years Later New Yorker (furzy)
What has happened to the economy under a year of Tory government – in six charts Independent (Jon M)
>Saudi Arabia government overhaul sees oil minister removed BBC. So are the Saudis about to throw in the towel?
SAUDI ARABIA OUSTS LONGTIME OIL MINISTER Associated Press
Erdogan “Prince of Europe” Rejects EU Demands to Reform Terrorist Law Michael Shedlock (EM)
My conscience bothered me’ Active Duty Army Intelligence Officer Is Suing the US Over Illegal War Free Thought Project (Judy B)
US takes tougher tone on Israeli settlements in new report Associated Press (martha r)
Afghanistan: Bombing the Land of the Snow Leopard Counterpunch (Gabriel U)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The First Aerial Illuminated Drone Show in the United States Takes Place Over the Mojave Desert Laughing Squid (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Americans Wearing Flip Flops Cower in Fear of Math Terrorists on Planes Gawker. Robert M linked to the underlying story in the Washington Post.
How Obama ‘Legalized’ the War on Terror Consortiumnews
Why America Can’t Quit the Drug War Rolling Stone (resilc)
Donald Trump sets a new record for economic recklessness Washington Post. Editorial.
Majority of GOP insiders won’t commit to Trump Politico. Not sure why this is surprising. This is a hostile takeover and he plans to break most of their rice bowls. The question is to what degree these “insiders” can move voters.
Republican Party Unravels Over Donald Trump’s Takeover New York Times
Trump takes aim at Clinton, questions Warren’s heritage Associated Press (Dan K)
Trump Advisor’s Putin Connections Freaks Out Security Establishment Alternet. Dan K:
Falls somewhere between serious and absurd… but the Schmitt quote is a minor classic:
For former Reagan official [Gary] Schmitt’s part, he’s not sure either candidate should receive sensitive intel prior to the November general election.
“Given Trump’s erratic behavior, and his willingness to go public with any story regardless of how dubious, and [Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s] own sloppiness with emails and personal server, I’d rather the administration simply not provide the briefings to either candidate,” Schmitt said.
Sanders nets 31 delegates in Washington, but loses in Guam Associated Press. What a biased headline. And the reporting is not much better.
Maine Democrats united against Trump but divided on superdelegates Portland Press Herald (martha r)
In revolt against party rules, Maine Democrats vote to strip superdelegates of power Chicago Tribune. Martha r highlighted this sentence: “The proposal’s sponsor was inundated with messages from Democrats in other states seeking to follow Maine’s lead.”
To The DNC: We Demand Proportional Democratic Convention Committees Utalk.US (furzy). Please consider signing.
Atlanta Mayor’s Column Ripping Bernie Sanders Drafted by Lobbyist, Emails Show Intercept (Pat, Dan K)
Bernie Sanders’s Online Foot Soldiers Weigh Their Next Campaign New York Times. Ready your barf bag. Lots of misrepresentation and condescension.
Babka for Bernie: A May-Day Bake Sale for Bernie Sanders Reader Supported News (furzy)
Why April’s hiring slowdown may show caution on US economy Associated Press
The NY Times Real Estate Section Is an Appalling Cheerleader for White Gentrification Alternet. It has other negative features. The same way reading women’s magazines makes women feel bad about how they look (this is well documented), it is designed to make you feel bad about your home. It’s not as good as the stuff you see for sale (or at least so you are led to believe).
Tell Republicans In Congress: Don’t Cut Free Lunches For Poor Children Campaign For America’s Future (Judy B). Please consider signing.
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