The Secret History of the Cat Who Authored a Physics Paper Gizmodo (Chuck L). We’ve featured other versions of this incident, but it’s still a fun story.
About 80 Ducklings Found Dead in Lincoln Reflecting Pool NBC (furzy) :-(
This Guy Tried to Sail Across an Alaskan Channel in a Duct-Taped Raft Vice. Darwin Award wannabe.
Wow! mystery signal from space finally explained PhysOrg (EM)
Apple’s New iPhones May Miss Out on Higher-Speed Data Links Bloomberg. So Apple has crappified its computers to make them somehow more phone-like….and they are goofing up on their phones?
UK Election Aftermath
The youth for today: how the 2017 election changed the political landscape Guardian (UserFriendly)
The Facts Proving Corbyn’s Election Triumph Counterpunch
Merkel: ‘EU ready to start Brexit talks’ BBC. Why do I interpret this as a poke in the eye?
Theresa May stares into the abyss after election disaster The Times. “A diminished prime minister was forced to promise Philip Hammond — the chancellor she was planning to sack — a greater say over Brexit as she faced up to the realities of having lost her absolute majority in an election she was under no pressure to call.”
Ruth Davidson planning Scottish Tory breakaway as she challenges Theresa May’s Brexit plan Telegraph. Important. Davidson is ideally positioned to bring May down. She’s an established, tough pol of stature even before this election, where she played a big role in the Tory gains in Scotland. She’s also a lesbian and an alliance with DUP will be unacceptable to her. She needs very few to follow and May will no longer have her majority. And she may well pull more than the 13 Scottish Tory MPs, since May opponents who may not want to lead a campaign against her could rally around Davidson on the DUP and hard Brexit issues.
The DUP is Not Okay Benjamin Studebaker (UserFriendly)
What connects Brexit, the DUP, dark money and a Saudi prince? Irish Times (Chris M)
This is the start of a tweetstorm (hat tip Richard Smith). Click through to read the whole thing. Important.
It's important not to let the DUP's general grossness overshadow just what a colossally irresponsible move this is from TM. It's INSANE.
— Jack Bernhardt (@jackbern23) June 9, 2017
Five reasons why the SNP lost seats in the general election Open Democracy
Worse terror attack on London Bridge foiled by chance, police say Guardian (furzy)
New Cold War
Russia’s Not the Country Benefitting Most from Trump Foreign Policy in Focus. Key sentence: “In between the withdrawals from the TPP and the Paris pact, the Trump administration has proceeded in a textbook manner to reduce U.S. influence in the world and give China a leg up.” Resilc: “But the DoD/CIA costs go up and up.”
Masha Gessen Offers A Plausible Trump-Russia Theory The Ezra Klein Show (podcast). UserFriendly: “Gessen trys to talk some sense into Klein.”
Qatar crisis grows as Arab nations draw up terror sanctions list Guardian (furzy)
Walter Jones Understands The Tragedy In Afghanistan A Lot Better Than Señor Trumpanzee Or Paul Ryan DownWithTyranny (resilc)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Air Force grounds F-35A operations at training base after pilots suffered hypoxia ars technica (Chuck L). In case you haven’t seen it: AAA THE F-35 IS A LEMON PIERRE SPREY (RUNAWAY FIGHTER) FIFTH ESTATE EXTENDED INTERVW YouTube
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
China uncovers massive underground network of Apple employees selling customers’ personal data Hong Kong Free Press (UserFriendly)
Trump’s biggest obstacle in getting things done: Trump McClatchy. Lambert: “Gridlock is our friend!”
Trump Team’s Shifts Jolt Some Allies and Soothe Others New York Times
Trump committed no crime. Democrats need to get over it. Washington Post. Lambert: “Ed Rogers is establishment Republican through-and-through. No James Baker, but in the Baker bucket, not the Bannon bucket. This will be listened to.”
Did Trump break the law: the case for and against Financial Times
Team Trump’s Response to Comey’s Testimony Is an Assault on Reason New York Magazine (resilc)
TRUMP: A TRUE STORY Washington Post (furzy)
Trump hearings launch Kamala Harris Politico (resilc)
CDC: Americans with High Deductible Health Plans Skyrocket since ACA NonProfit Quarterly
Kimberly Ellis Challenging Dem State Party Election Working Life (UserFriendly)
Wholesale Trade Report Worse Than Expected: 2nd Quarter Recovery Thesis Nearly Dead Michael Shedlock (EM)
Apple, Facebook, Amazon: Suddenly, Tech Stocks Are Getting Slammed Wall Street Journal
Forget the Trump rally, another powerful trade is ‘overwhelming everything’: El-Erian CNBC (furzy). The credit markets right before the crisis were liquidity-driven. The expression then was “wall of liquidity”.
Japan to launch self-navigating cargo ships ‘by 2025’ BBC. I guarantee this wind up being pirates’ wet dream.
Class Resentment and the Center-Left, or the Politics of “We Are the 80%” Peter Dorman. Important.
Antidote du jour. From Timotheus: “Here is NC’s recurring cygnet from Story Lake IN, with this year’s offspring, half-grown.”
And a bonus from Robert H: