Doctor Featured In Videos Dancing to Hip Hop In Surgeries Accused Of Leaving Patient With Permanent Brain Damage Jonathan Turley. This was too surreal to pass up, despite the consequences.
New theory finds ‘traffic jams’ in jet stream cause abnormal weather patterns Science Daily (Kevin W)
This Has Got to Be One of The Most Beautiful And Powerful Climate Change Visuals We’ve Ever Seen Science Alert (David L)
Depression speeds up brain aging, find psychologists: Psychologists have found a link between depression and an acceleration of the rate at which the brain ages ScienceDaily (furzy). I dunno. My uncle suffered from terrible depression (he’d sleep as much as 22 hours a day, was put on every med combination imaginable, to find they either didn’t work at all or only worked for a while, and even sought out electroshock) and he still got a PhD at the age of 74. So even if this new factoid may be generally true, that does not necessarily mean it is always true.
President Trump’s letter to Kim Jong-un brutally mocked News.com.au (Kevin W)
Looking for Modi: Incomplete houses, broken toilets, Adivasi anger in one district of Madhya Pradesh The Scroll. J-LS: “Interesting detail– especially at the end, re lack of rural banking capacity.”
Vietnam, the unlikely poster child for a sustainable lifestyle South China Morning Post (furzy)
Italian government bond volatility doing its best impression of the eurozone crisis. pic.twitter.com/Yv8BKVnaj0
— Tracy Alloway (@tracyalloway) May 25, 2018
Sweden Scares Population with War Pamphlets amid Push to Join NATO Real News Network (UserFriendly)
GEORGE SOROS: My love for Britain is why I hate Brexit Daily Mail. UserFriendly: “If anyone can turn around those Brexit Hardlines it’s the man who broke the pound….. sigh.”
New Cold War
Russia Tightens Grip on Europe’s Gas With Gazprom Deal Bloomberg (Kevin W)
MH17 downed by Russian military missile system, say investigators Guardian (furzy). I’m curious to see John Helmer’s take on this. The Dutch prosecutors have been criticized by Australian prosecutors in court filings, and IIRC the disputed points were consequential.
‘Plan B’: Tehran Gives European Powers One Week to Salvage Nuclear Deal Sputnik (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Google and Facebook accused of breaking GDPR laws BBC (David L). Quelle surprise!
YouTube in hot water over reordering subscription feeds RT. Kevin W: “Many tweet images.”
Now playing: a movie you control with your mind MIT Technology Review. I see way too much police state potential in this sort of technology.
Trump to let China’s ZTE ‘reopen’ after it pays $1.3bn fine Financial Times
Donald Trump proves trade wars with China are good and easy to win South China Morning Post (furzy). The obligations to perform are all on the Chinese side and none happen quickly. Pray tell, why should anyone think China will comply to a meaningful degree, particularly if the Republicans lose the House (an outcome that seems less likely than it did a few weeks ago). However, Trump and the Republicans do get a nice talking point for the campaign trail.
Trump takes aim at federal bureaucracy with new executive orders rolling back civil-service protections Washington Post (furzy). While this is not my area, the key issue is to what degree are the provisions that Trump has targeted are statutory. If they are, they are unlikely to survive a legal challenge.
Trump Signs Orders Cracking Down on Federal Workers’ Unions Bloomberg (Kevin W). Indicates that some of the protections Trump wants removed are protected by law.
Amazing how – 5 years after he got caught blatantly lying to the country & the Senate about NSA domestic spying – James Clapper is treated by Dems as a Beacon of Truth. Also amazing how Dems use his ex-intelligence title to imply he's presumptively truthful rather than dishonest https://t.co/Vtw2uY85y3
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 25, 2018
.@LeeSmithDC may have just revealed that the FBI's reliance on Steele dossier was even greater than we previously thought — via the plot of a Whoopi Goldberg movie! (seriously): https://t.co/LWwB7MtiU2
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) May 25, 2018
Justice Delayed Is Justice: Mueller Fights To Delay Russian Collusion Trial Jonathan Turley, Key sentence: “Thus far the defense is doing an excellent job in setting Mueller’s team back on its heels.”
John McCain’s Last Fight Politico. UserFriendy: “McCain the dove…. just shoot me.
Why Democrats Can’t Win Without Bernie Newsweek (furzy)
Which scenario do you believe is more likely for the future of American politics? RRH Elections (UserFriendly)
New York Democratic Party Isn’t Embracing Progressive Wave New York Magazine. UserFriendly: “I see her bubble is as strong as ever.”
Hillary Clinton Dons Heavy Coat and Scarf in Sweltering 90° Boston Heat Gateway Pundit. J-LS: “If she is wearing a back brace for some reason, why nt just come clean about it? I guess that’s never the first response in Clintonworld.”
The latest school shooting in Noblesville, and we just move on Washington Post (furzy)
Backlash after Facebook says it plans to lump news stories in with political ads Columbia Journalism Review
OPEC Sends Oil Prices Crashing OilPrice (furzy)
Corporate Privilege: Premeditated Murders, Civil Fines and Miscarriages of Justice Ghion Journal. Important. I had no idea re the asbestos angle.
Supreme Court Allows Employers to Ban Class Action Lawsuits Truthdig (furzy)
Jordan Peterson Does Not Support ‘Equality of Opportunity’ New York Magazine (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.