An Inquisitive Manatee Repeatedly Attempts to Connect With a Human In a Transparent Canoe Laughing Squid (David L)
Serious cat-titude! Owners snap their ungrateful pets shunning their expensive toys and beds in favour of discarded paper bags and leftover cardboard boxes Daily Mail (Li). Trust me, these are funny.
U.S. Flag Recalled After Causing 143 Million Deaths Onion (UserFriendly)
Happy Independence Day Ian Welsh (martha r)
Tying loose ends? Gravitational waves could solve string theory, study claims Guardian (UserFriendly)
“Explosive methane will create two million jobs!” Hypergeometric (Philip P)
U.S. government seeks to intervene in Apple’s EU tax appeal: source Reuters. Wowsers. Apple’s tax structure is egregious and also unique. See here for details. Key point: “So most of the EU sales income was taxed nowhere.”
The North Korean Missile Crisis Wall Street Journal. UserFriendly: “It would be great if we had even 1 MSM outlet that wasn’t desperately trying to get us all killed.”
Why America Shouldn’t Buy North Korea’s Empty Threats National Interest
South Korea’s facing another debt bubble Asia Times
Europeans Are Drinking Themselves to Death Bloomberg (UserFriendly)
Bill Gates warns that Germany’s open door policy to migrants will overwhelm Europe and urges leaders to ‘make it more difficult for Africans to reach the continent via current routes’ DailyMail (Li). US MSM protecting Gates by not reporting on these remarks.
Greece: Revolt Betrayed Defend Democracy
Labour party calls on May to drop ECJ ‘red line’ Financial Times
A Corbyn-led government should start by scrapping the Prevent Strategy Open Democracy (Sid S)
Parent fights to omit gender on B.C. child’s birth certificate CBC. Baby did get a gender-blind health card.
Khadr to get apology, compensation over $10M as lawsuit settled Toronto Star (Sid S)
New Cold War
Playing Chicken with Nuclear Annihilation Consortium News (Sid S)
Tillerson Ready to Let Russia Decide Assad’s Fate Foreign Policy (UserFriendly)
Imperial Collapse Watch
The Price of America’s Endless Wars Consortium News
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Google Could Soon Have Access Sensitive Genetic Patient Data— We Should All Be Worried Newsweek. I am at a loss to understand why anyone would voluntarily allow their genetic data to be collected, save cases like a family history which points to having the BRCA gene, and even then I am not so sure. Given the way the world operates, you are certain not to be able to keep that information private.
Is Steve Bannon Trying to Get Trump Impeached? Vanity Fair (resilc)
Higher Health Costs Challenge Republican Senators Wall Street Journal
Finally Everyone Agrees, Health Care Is a Human Right Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
The Chickenshit Club by Jesse Eisinger — what happened to the DoJ? Financial Times (Adrien)
The Democrats Are Eisenhower Republicans Jacobin (UserFriendly). Unfair to Eisenhower. The top Federal income tax bracket in his day was 91% and he called those who wanted to abolish Social Security “stupid”.
Did Endless War Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency? Reason. UserFriendly: “Evidence for something you’ve long been saying. Full paper.”
Ill-Funded Police Pensions Put Cities in a Bind Wall Street Journal
Federal Reserve Says Not to Worry About a Financial Crisis AntiMedia (UserFriendly)
Better Ways to Measure Your Boss’s Pay Wall Street Journal. Important:
In 2015—the last year for which full data is available—the average pay of the 500 highest-paid U.S. executives was $17.1 million according to fair-value estimates, but $32.6 million according to realized pay. Fair-value pay has been lower than realized pay in every year since at least 2006
And this is astonishing to see in the pro-capitalist Journal:
The sheer size of realized-pay numbers is one concern. For most of corporate history such riches were associated with risk-taking entrepreneurs, not managers. It is doubtful investors need to fork out so much for managerial talent, and the practice encourages anti-business sentiment, populist politics and eventually regulations like the U.S. pay ratio, part of the Dodd-Frank reforms.
How Middle-Class America Got Fleeced Bloomberg. UserFriendly: “Holy cow and from April Bloomberg nails neoliberalism to the wall.”
When feminism’s wonders aren’t for all women Toronto Star (Sid S). From last month, still germane.
Antidote du jour. Lambert: “Feral or at least collarless cat having cleaned hamburg bits and condiments off my plate.” Moi: That cat is not feral. It is either a current or recent pet. It’s way too skilled at imploring. Lambert said it looked worn, so perhaps it got lost or its former humans moved away (his town has a pretty high level of transients for Maine). So I think it’s working on getting Lambert to adopt him/her. Lambert isn’t sure about a house cat, but he could use a barn cat for his basement and Maine winters are cold so there may be a commonality of interest.
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.