When meditation isn’t enough Open Democracy
Monks with guns aeon (Micael)
Cryptocurrency exchanges about to take off in Japan Nikkei (furzy)
Why your ‘organic’ milk may not be organic Washington Post
How Le Pen could win Politico
Is There a Case for Le Pen? Ross Douthat, New York Times
The Flawed Chemical Analysis in the French Intelligence Report of April 26, 2017 Alleging a Syrian Government Sarin Nerve Agent Attack in Khan Sheikhoun of April 4, 2017 Washington’s Blog. Postol needs an editor.
U.S. watchdog finds major internal flaws hampering Afghanistan war effort Washington Post (Bill B)
New Cold War
How the Russia Spin Got So Much Torque Norman Solomon, Common Dreams
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Oscars: Julian Assange Doc Becomes Clear Frontrunner Hollywood Reporter (furzy). Heads will explode!
David Stockman: Trump’s tax plan is ‘dead on arrival’ and Wall St. is ‘delusional’ for believing it CNBC. In other words, the deficit hawks will kill it.
GOP Weighs Longer Term for Red Ink Tied to Tax Cuts Wall Street Journal
Trump Extends Hand to Rogue Leaders, Facing Risk of a Reply New York Times. But Saudi Arabia is fine because they are our BFF.
Trump Wonders Why the Civil War Happened, Walks Out of Interview Vanity Fair (resilc)
Donald Trump’s Andrew Jackson-Civil War Answer Is All Steve Bannon Daily Beast (furzy)
Government Eases School Meal Rules, Rolling Back Some Of Michelle Obama’s Initiatives Talking Points Memo (Glenn F)
GOP congressman: People with pre-existing conditions lead “bad” lives AMERICAblog (furzy). Yikes.
House Conservatives May Revolt Against Spending Deal New York Magazine (resilc)
Winners and losers of the government shutdown fight The Hill. Important
The DNC Just Confirmed Sanders Supporters’ Worst Fears Resistance Report (furzy)
Rob Quist Turned Down A Visit From DNC Chair Tom Perez Huffington Post
Police State Watch
The Heineken Ad Is Worse Than The Pepsi Ad, You’re Just Too Stupid To Know It DiDi Delgado (Glenn F). I had no idea this was a controversy.
Wall Street’s grousing about American Airlines’ worker raises shows what’s wrong with Wall Street Mike Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times. From last week, but with a nice shout-out to NC!
Big-Name Food Brands Lose Battle of the Grocery Aisle Wall Street Journal
the three hot trends in Silicon Valley horseshit Medium (Shelly)
Home Capital Reports Initial Draw Down on $2 Billion Credit Line Home Capital Group (Brian C). This is a facility arranged a mere few days ago, which as the press release states, is to contend with a deposit run. HCG is the Canadian analogue to a subprime lender. You can see the air of panic if you read the headlines of recent press releases. Our companion post give a lot more color on how bad things are (plenty bad).
Trump Preparing To Replace Top Banking Regulator – Sources Wall Street Journal
Wall Street’s fear gauge hits lowest level since before crisis Financial Times
Fyre Festival Faces $100 Million ‘Hunger Games’ Lawsuit Bloomberg (furzy)
A Modest Proposal To Fix The World Ian Welsh (bob k, martha r)
Sent to Prison by a Software Program’s Secret Algorithms New York Times (David L)
Student who worked in Chinese iPhone factory explains why manufacturing jobs aren’t coming back to the U.S. CNBC (furzy). Contrast that with this analysis, which argues that Apple could pay a living US wage, at a cost of only 7% of profit. Arguments like the CNBC one have little to do with what companies can “afford” and are all about attempting to preserve a profit share of GDP that is nearly 2X over what Warren Buffet described as the maximum sustainable level in the early 2000s.
A digital archive of slave voyages details the largest forced migration in history The Conversation (Kevin C)
On May Day, Protesters Take to the Streets Nationwide New York Times (furzy)
Economic Reality: Bottom 50% of Americans No Longer Matter Michael Shedlock. EM: “Mish: 9 posts applauding the macroeconomic trends which disenfranchised such large swaths of the population and preaching the inevitability of the Robot Revolution, 1 post blaming the Fed for bubble-blowing sans any explanation of why ending the latter problem would remedy the former, rather than actually make things worse for the Deplorables.”
Antidote du jour. From crittermom last week:
Today I observed ‘my’ local cottontail rabbit gather nesting material & carry it under the trough for well over an hour, nonstop. Baby bunnies should be arriving soon!
And a bonus video: