Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures That Talk to Whales Smithsonian. Chuck L: “To those who’d tell us to put on our tinfoil hats when reading this, I’d say there’s a lot we western humans don’t know or have forgotten.”
Plastic bag taxes really work Treehugger
Do You Trust This Computer? Vimeo.com JCC: “Supposedly available only until Sunday Evening, some of what is covered has been covered on Naked Capitalism. Absolutely worth watching if you have the time.”
Hillary Clinton slammed by critics after saying her loss accelerated the #MeToo movement San Francisco Chronicle. Please go away.
Iceland elects 41-year-old environmentalist as prime minister Inhabitant.com (UserFriendly)
Our Famously Free Press
Journalism school deans warn Sinclair over media bias promos The Hill. UserFriendly: “Oh, this should fix it. /s“
Bill Maher defends Ingraham: Parkland student calling for a boycott is wrong The Hill. UserFriendly: “Why am I not surprised?”
Brexit: the exercise of power EUReferendum.com
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
In Parkland, Shutting Down A Black Lives Matter Statement Days Before Shootingg WLRN (UserFriendly)
Journalistic predictions of Middle Eastern politics are – mostly – an exercise in futility. Independent. Robert Fisk
Timelines Of ‘Gas Attacks’ In Syria Follow A Similar Scheme Moon of Alabama
Survivors of the Syrian Wars London Review of Books. Patrick Cockburn.
Subprime new-car buyers suddenly go missing from U.S. showrooms Minneapolis Star Tribune (The Rev Kev)
Oklahoma’s striking teachers are intoxicated by their own demands The Hill. UserFriendly: “Predictably, the Press turns on Teachers.“
The worst job in South Korea? The president Asia Times
‘Big Brother’ in India Requires Fingerprint Scans for Food, Phones and Finances NYT. Grey Lady a bit late to glom onto this story.
New Cold War
Staff at secretive defence centre Porton Down suffer low morale and lack confidence in leadership, survey reveals Independent. J T McPhee: “Everyone is piling on, looking to take a cut off the dead bull. Crappy writing even.”
Recovering daughter of poisoned Russian spy may be given new identity and granted political asylum to live in Britain as it’s claimed her secret boyfriend has ‘links to Putin’s secret service’ Daily Mail (The Rev Kev)
As Facebook confronts tough questions, Europe might force real change Daily Herald (The Rev Kev)
Could we build the Facebook-era equivalent of public broadcasting? Columbia Journalism Review
More than 100 Tennessee Dems run to challenge state’s GOP supermajority The Hill. UserFriendly: “Wow, they actually are trying.“
Republicans blast Democrat who filed in their congressional primary as ‘political stunt’ Post and Courier (UserFriendly)
Trump’s enemy is not your friend: why we shouldn’t defend Amazon Guardian (PD). Thomas Frank
High Wages Versus High Savings in a Globalized World Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (PD). Michael Pettis.
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