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Otter Poop Helps Scientists Track Pollution at a Superfund Site Scientific American
High-Speed Pig Slaughter Will Be Disastrous for Everyone Involved Guardian (furzy). Ugh.
There’s still time for us to save the Great Barrier Reef Popsci (David L). Maybe…
Grassland plants show surprising appetite for carbon dioxide Nature (David L)
Tim Cook on merging macOS and iOS: “I don’t think that’s what users want” ars technica. So why have you been moving in that direction for years?!?!
FDA Wants Medical Devices to Have Mandatory Built-In Update Mechanisms Bleeping Computer
Women take fall in Nobel scandal for man’s alleged misdeeds Minnesota Public Radio News (Chuck L)
Brexit divorce bill will surpass £39bn, warns Whitehall watchdog Guardian (Kevin W). Not sure why this is news. That figure is in line with earlier estimates.
Brexit bill defeated by light breeze Daily Mash
From Politico’s daily European e-mail:
A quick thought: Theresa May has given the most disastrous party conference speech of all time. Has she now delivered the most disastrous world summit? This was supposed to be the moment Britain showed its new global face in a post-Brexit world … Instead the prime minister has spent the week apologizing for having Commonwealth-born Brits barred from their own country and their own health service.
New Cold War
Hey, remember the massive outcry when Trump tried to introduce a travel ban for those from certain MENA countries? https://t.co/VxdrkoR14S
— Nina ☦️ Byzantina (@NinaByzantina) April 20, 2018
In briefing to Congress, DNI, SecDef, and SecState provided zero real evidence. Referenced info circulating online. Which means either they chose not to provide proof to Congress or they don’t have conclusive proof that Assad carried out gas attack. Either way, not good.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) April 19, 2018
What Are “Assad Apologists”? Are They Like Those “Saddam Apologists” Of 2002? Caitlin Johnstone (UserFriendly)
Exclusive Emails Show How The White Helmets Tried To Recruit Roger Waters With Saudi Money Grayzone Project (integer). Note this source is new to us, so all we can conclude is “sounds legit.”
Imperial Collapse Watch
War Profiteers Vs. The People of the United States – Opening Statement David DeGraw. A bit heavy on visuals for my taste, but complies important information.
The Neocons Are Selling Koolaid Again! Patrick Lang, Unz Review (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Palantir Knows Everything About You Bloomberg (Bill B)
Mark Zuckerberg Quietly Moves 1.5 Billion Users’ Rights Out of Europe’s Reach Vanity Fair (David L)
US considers emergency curbs on Chinese tech investment Financial Times (David L)
Ex-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to Join Donald Trump’s Personal Legal Team Wall Street Journal
Pompeo Nears Confirmation but Faces Historic Rebuke From Committee New York Times (Kevin W)
Cynthia Nixon Isn’t Just Running To Make A Point YouTube (pq)
Rick Scott Super PAC Donations Challenge Federal Anti-Corruption Rule David Sirota, Adam Perez, Capital & Main
Southwest Near Disaster
Southwest Airlines mechanics union warned of too much outsourcing of maintenance work New York Daily News (allan)
‘We Need to Change the Rules for When Police Can Shoot’ FAIR (UserFriendly)
What If Tesla’s Time Is Running Out? Bloomberg (Kevin W)
Deutsche Bank Inadvertently Made a $35 Billion Payment in a Single Transaction Bloomberg (Kevin W)
This Economist Wants to Change the Meaning of Money OZY (UserFriendly)
IMF Policy Analysis in its “World Economic Outlook” Not Helpful for Reducing Downside Risks to the Global Economy Center for Economic and Policy Research. I should have written this up, but I also knew Sensible People would take this on.
Survey Shows 27 Percent Pay Gap for Top Women Equity Partners American Lawyer
NEA Tries to Boot Refugee Student From National Poetry Competition New York Magazine (Craig C). Watch the video of him speaking.
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.