Ringling Brothers circus stages final show BBC (furzy)
Mount Everest’s famous Hillary Step destroyed, mountaineers confirm BBC (furzy). And in this case, global warming has absolutely nothing to do with it.
Remeasuring Stephen Jay Gould Jacobin
Big game hunter is crushed to death when an elephant he was hunting in Zimbabwe is shot and falls on top of him Daily Mail (martha r). Oops.
Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives Medium.com (Chuck L). Despicable.
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
Police State Watch
A predictable nuclear accident at Hanford Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Agent Based-Stock Flow Consistent Macroeconomics: Towards a Benchmark Model Phil U: “Stiglitz essentially jumps on board with MMT. Below is just a small highlight.” Moi: Wowie zowie!
WHO spends more on travel than some major health initiatives, internal documents show SCMP. This story breaks just in time for today’s kick off of WHO’s 9-day World Health Assembly in Geneva, at which a new WHO director general will be elected tomorrow, to replace the outgoing Margaret Chan.
Sad and bad news at Calpers: Jelincic to retire and Governor and Treasurer propose a gimmick Meditations on Money Management
MALTA FILES A single comprehensive site to access stories about investigations undertaken by the network, European Investigative Collaborations (EIC), comprising 13 media outlets and 49 journalists in 16 countries and 12 languages. First place to check for stories on this topic.
Even if you don’t have student loans, you should want them to be forgiven Business Insider. Yes, I agree, but the objective should be much, much broader. Free college!
Did China Hack The CIA In Massive Intelligence Breach From 2010 To 2012? International Business Times
S&P downgrades the entire dumb bubble Macrobusiness
India looks to the heavens as monsoon dance begins Asia Times. And not a moment too soon for parts of the subcontinent afflicted by either heat or drought.
Peace Activists Confront Amy Goodman on Biased Syria Coverage Black Agenda Report (bob k)
All the President’s Guests Politico (Phil U). The UNAUTHORIZED White House visitor logs.
Melania Trump hails ’empowerment of women’ at Saudi company visit Reuters. You can’t make this stuff up: Who writes her material? Sign that writer up for a sitcom!
Corporate A-Listers Descend on Riyadh for Trump’s CEO Summit Bloomberg. Lest anyone had forgotten that the business of America is business (my paraphrase).
Asia in the Trump Era Foreign Affairs. Worth the occasional glance at the house organ of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Donald Trump’s speech to the Muslim world was filled with hypocrisy and condescension Independent. Robert Fisk’s latest.
Donald Trump puts US on Sunni Muslim side of bitter sectarian war with Shias Independent. Patrick Cockburn’s take.
Trump visits Israel amid tight security BBC (furzy)
Donald Trump and Barack Obama on the Arab world – how do they differ? Telegraph. Posting this so that readers who may have missed the infamous sword dancing sequence may see it in all its glory in the embedded clip. Unusually, Trump looks a bit uncomfortable in his skin, and the moves he busts seem to this unpracticed eye at least to have germinated in Studio 54 rather than from any Arabian Nights.
US warned on dangers of abandoning Paris climate accord FT. More interesting than the dull headline suggests. The US seems to be standing increasingly alone on climate denialism. Note the deck: “Shell chief says Trump pledge would weaken country’s global standing.”
— Summer Ratcliff (@SummerRatcliff) 21 May 2017
Phil U: “This is a much better response than getting the speaker disinvited. Great Video.”
New Cold War
Chaffetz Says He’ll Talk to Deposed FBI Director Comey on Monday. JTM: “’Deposed.’ Eh?”
2016 Post Mortem
Colorado law could increase partisan scrutiny of state journalists Columbia Journalism Review
Bill Maher gets into epic shouting match with Cornel West over Hillary versus Trump Politics Video Channel (Phil U)
The Library of Books and Bombs Paris Review (martha r)
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