Bee Saving Paper (David L)
FARMED SALMON ARE DEAF – AND NOW WE KNOW WHY University of Melbourne
Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupts in fury EarthSky (furzy)
A New Threat to Your Finances: Cell-Phone Account Fraud Consumer Reports. Funny, I have always refused to give a cell phone number to anyone who asks for a phone number, like my credit card issuers.
Retro photography is in vogue Economist (David L)
GMO Golden Rice Offers No Nutritional Benefits Says FDA Independent Science News
Has suicide become an occupational hazard of practising medicine? CMAJ (Dr. Kevin)
Samsung, Hynix Probed by Chinese Regulator Amid Chip-Price Rally Bloomberg (Kevin W)
Russia pushes back at US on North Korea Asia Times (Kevin W)
Italy. No meaningful coverage by Bloomberg or the WSJ, which is an indicator of sorts. Had my internet service and my normal backup arrangement not both gone down, I would have probably posted. But some short comments in the meantime. One is the new coalition has a point regarding immigrants. Merkel’s 2015 policy was reckless and she’s retreated from that. But the then-current government was also on board. And it is also likely true that most of the current immigrants are economic migrants and therefore subject to deportation. But how do you do that? And is Italy really going to set up what amounts to concentration camps? Moreover, Italy can’t impose going forward remedies on its own. It has too long a coastline and too small a navy. At a minimum, it needs satellite-type info to help with identification and interception of boats carrying immigrants.
On crossing swords with the Eurocrats on budget issues, pensions are a smart place to start since I imagine the impact on the current budget won’t be high (as in Mr. Market tizzy factor should not be large), but pension-cutting has been such a big object of “reform” programs that this should provoke the new government’s opponents to show their hand relatively early.
Italy turmoil shows banking ‘doom loop’ still a powerful force Financial Times
May delays blueprint for future EU ties until after June summit Financial Times. This is madness and assures a no deal outcome. Early on, I thought there were parallels to Greece, but the difference was that the Greek strategy was coherent save for one fatal flaw: they greatly overestimated their bargaining leverage. But here the same underlying delusion is becoming more obvious on the part of the British officialdom. The only way the UK approach makes any sense is that they assume (or have persuaded themselves) that the EU is bluffing and will relent (David Davis has said this repeatedly). So now, like Greece, they are more openly acting as if they are playing a game of chicken. But again, the Greeks recognized that was what they were up to. Is there anything approaching that level of self awareness in the Government?
UK hints at staying in European VAT area after Brexit Financial Times
How Venezuela Re-elected Maduro, Defying the U.S. ConsortiumNews
The Yemeni Holocaust Ian Welsh
In memory of Razan al-Najjar +972 Magazine (Darius)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
US expects fallout from Snowden leaks for years to come Associated Press
Why Steel Tariffs Matter New Republic
A cure for Trump ailments ExtraNewsFeed (Glenn F)
Yes, the President Can Pardon Himself Jonathan Turley
Aaron Maté on Trump’s collusion (with Israel) by Katie Halper SoundCloud (UserFriendly)
Baker Wins Same-Sex Marriage Cake Case in Narrow Opinion National Conference of State Legislatures
Supreme Court Rules Gay Rights Do Not Extend To Dessert The Onion (David L)
In Three California House Races, Wealthy Democrats Have Spent $16 Million of Their Own Money So Far Intercept (UserFriendly)
A Narrow House Margin Could Produce a Chaotic Vote for Speaker Cook Political Report (UserFriendly)
Former State Street executive faces U.S. fraud trial Reuters (EM)
Fmr. Bush Ethics Lawyer Wants Trump Impeached Real News Network. UserFriendly: “Dear God, he is running well to the left of Tina Smith on EVERYTHING.”
Southern Baptist Leader Told Student It Was ‘Good’ She Was Raped Patheos. Chuck L: “Charming example of ‘Christian ethics.'”
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Bernie Sanders rallies with Black Lives Matter leaders in California to put a spotlight on mass incarceration Washington Examiner (UserFriendly)
Seniors Are More Conservative Because the Poor Don’t Survive to Become Seniors New York Magazine (Dr. Kevin)
The Numbers That Explain Why Teachers Are in Revolt New York Times
Antidote du jour. From Crittermom,:
Oh, how I enjoy the vibrant colors of nature!
I’ve seen few varieties of birds since moving to the city, so was thrilled & grateful for the photo ops the only day I observed this beautiful bird here.
She ID’d both the bird and the flower, but also said I could let readers guess.
And a bonus video. This dog looks like she knows how cute she is!
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.