Black holes theorized in the 18th century PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Possible signs of life found ten kilometers below seafloor PhysOrg (Chuck L)
Agriculture is depleting world aquifers, new satellite measurements show MinnPost (guurst). :-(
The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI MIT Technology Review (Chuck L). Not smart to be deliberately incubating Skynet. What if a self driving car gets road rage? They’d presumably be better at it than a person.
Giant viruses found in Austrian sewage fuel debate over potential fourth domain of life Science (martha r). Look at what we grew in the sewage!
The FDA just struck a deal that could replace animal testing with a tiny chip Business Insider (David L)
A New, More Rigorous Study Confirms: The More You Use Facebook, the Worse You Feel Harvard Business Review (resilc)
China faces a tough fight to escape its debt trap Financial Times
Americans deploy nuclear sniffer plane to Okinawa Nikkei (Dan K)
Ecuadorians Reject Neoliberalism in Presidential Race New Economic Perspectives. Funny that the MSM didn’t report on this. This means Assange still has a refuge in London.
Trump Should Rethink Syria Escalation Consortiumnews (Chuck L, Darius)
Peter Ford on US attacking Syrian airbase over chemical weapons attack (07Apr17) YouTube. Martha r: “From BBC. Ex-british ambassador to syria questions the current dominant narrative. About 8 mins.”
Trump’s Strike has Prolonged the Syrian Tragedy Socialist Project
White House Says Russia Tried to Cover Up Syrian Chemical Attack Wall Street Journal
Imperial Collapse Watch
D.C.’s war madness The Week (Sid S)
Who’s Playing The Long Game–and What’s Their Game Plan? Charles Hugh Smith (Chuck L). He overstates some of his points. Stuff like “The Neocon camp has also ordered its media arm–the corporate-owned mainstream media– to go into full attack mode” is cringe-making. But if you discount the hyperbole, there is some good stuff in here.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The relentless push to add connectivity to home gadgets is creating dangerous side effects that figure to get even worse. MIT Technology Review (martha r)
White House to lift federal hiring freeze The Hill (furzy)
Evangelicals are leaving their churches over Donald Trump Raw Story (furzy)
Undocumented Immigrants Who Commit Crimes Face Tougher Policy Wall Street Journal
Gabbard: ‘We need to learn from Iraq’ The Hill (resilc)
Liberal leaders call for challenge to Gabbard over Syria skepticism CNN. Oliver: “I must confess I had not heard of Ms Gabbard before now, but she seem very rational. CNN’s performance during this interview is well, what can I say.”
Newly Energized Liberals Pour Record Effort Into Local Races Wall Street Journal
Virginia (VA) Poll – Dem Gov Primary Quinnipiac (martha R)
Live results: Kansas special election The Hill (martha r)
United Removal Fiasco
United Airlines Promised Federal Regulators That All Ticketed Passengers Are Guaranteed Seats David Sirota, International Business Times
How Algorithms and Authoritarianism Created a Corporate Nightmare at United Global Guerillas (Chuck L). Note the plane was not overbooked, so point that out wherever you see someone getting that wrong. However, the guys who dragged the passenger off the plane do not appear to be “airport police,” as in being sworn in with specific authority under local municipal rules. Per the Financial Times: “The Chicago department of aviation, whose security staff were used to remove the passenger…”
“The Fundamental Problems of the Financial Crisis Are Still with Us” Finanz und Wirtschaft. Interview with Raghuram Rajan, one of the few Serious Economists to warn all was not well before the crisis. Joe Costello: “Gets more than many, but phew…”
Trump’s DOJ takes same hard line as Obama’s in Wells probe American Banker
What’s New in Republicans’ Plan to Replace Dodd-Frank Wall Street Journal
The Populist Explosion Economic Policy Institute
The Despair of Learning That Experience No Longer Matters New Yorker (furzy)
Trump Administration Considering ‘Back-Door Way’ to Cut Social Security Common Dreams (martha r)
Uber communications head quits company Financial Times. Longest serving female, hence noteworthy.
Antidote du jour. From the winners of the Sony World Photography Awards (Scott):
And a bonus video. A bit leisurely, but I get a kick out of the feisty Shetland pony.