Bizarre Events Are Unfolding at Yellowstone National Park ThePointsGuy (David L)
Ecuador To Sell A Third Of Its Amazon Rainforest To Chinese Oil Companies White Wolf (furzy)
CAN THIS STATE FINALLY PUT A PRICE ON CARBON? Wired. Note that the Financial Times advocated taxing carbon in 2007.
Smart Phones Make Dumb People Left Hook (furzy)
Windowless planes might soon become reality TheNextWeb. Kevin W: “This sounds like the time someone tried to have airlines have planes where the seats all faced to the rear of the plane because of safety reasons.”
Being obese but ‘metabolically healthy’ increases women’s risk of heart disease, study suggests MinnPost (Chuck L). This seems intuitively obvious, since more body mass means more load on your heart. But I’d rather see all factor death rates rather than look at certain ailments in isolation. Being heavier up to a point is longevity-positive, perhaps because if you get a serious ailment, it’s hard to get enough calories in your system. And I have to say, my mother, who was a bit chunky, took some falls where if she hadn’t been well padded in her hips, she might have broken one.
You’re eating microplastics in ways you don’t even realise The Conversation (David L)
What it means to be Taiwanese Asia Times
China may send fighter jet escort for Kim Jong-un when he flies to Singapore to meet Trump South China Morning Post
Michel Barnier rejects UK’s Irish border ‘backstop’ proposal Financial Times
EU Brexit chief rejects plan for Northern Ireland backstop to apply to whole UK Independent (Kevin W)
Sánchez Government Lifts Financial Controls On Catalonia Spain Report (Chuck L)
Leftist Debunks John Oliver’s Venezuela Episode YouTube. UserFriendly: “This is really quite a great takedown.”
New Cold War
Soft Power Irrussianality (Chuck L)
President Trump Calls for Reinstatement of Russia to G-7 C-SPAN (Kevin W)
UAE buying Jerusalem properties on behalf of Israel Middle East Monitor (UserFriendly)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Facebook Gave Some Companies Special Access to Additional Data About Users’ Friends Wall Street Journal (Kevin W). More confirmation that Facebook is utterly untrustworthy.
Trump Ex-Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Faces New Charges Wall Street Journal
Read the full tweetstorm:
I give up. https://t.co/uFmJgwdJPt
— corey robin (@CoreyRobin) June 8, 2018
UserFriendly: “Just shoot me”:
— eve peyser (@evepeyser) June 8, 2018
Despite Medicare for All Support ‘Spreading Like Wildfire,’ Pelosi Shrugs, Says Dems Will ‘Evaluate’… If They Win Common Dreams (UserFriendy). As noted yesterday….
Democrats in Disarray. Lambert does point out that the Dems appear to have successfully consolidated around mainstream candidates. However, the generational trend is against them….so can the rebels keep the candle lit long enough?
Berned out Economist (UserFriendly)
Breaking Away From the Democrats Counterpunch (ChiGal)
David Sirota’s wife:
I'm pro choice, pro patient & pro union. I called on Planned Parenthood executives to stop working with the Trump admin to bust Planned Parenthood workers' union. Now, Planned Parenthood execs are spending big money to try to defeat me in the election: https://t.co/4pyxIj2wBt
— Emily Sirota (@EmilyForCO) June 8, 2018
There is a revolving door between Andrew Cuomo's office and vulture funds keeping Puerto Rico in debt. Under Cuomo's administration, New York remains heavily invested in the very hedge funds that are responsible for and profit from Puerto Rico's rising debt.
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) June 8, 2018
MSNBC’s Joy Reid accused of threatening ‘physical violence’ by former radio co-host The Hill. UserFriendly: “How does she still have a job?” Moi: She must have the 5×7 glossies on someone.
Skepticism Beats Snopes as an Antidote to Fake News Amar Bhide, Wall Street Journal
Are Google and Facebook Responsible for the Medical Quackery They Host? UnDark (Dr. Kevin)
Saving The Brooklyn Botanic Garden MTOPP. Furzy: “From high rises blocking the sun….”
Warren Says Democrats Lack Guts to Take on ‘Billionaire Class’ Roll Call. UserFriendly: “In other painfully obvious news.…”
What can be done about Minnesota’s rising homelessness rates? Minnesota Public Radio News
The rise in child poverty reveals racial inequality, more than a failed War on Poverty Economic Policy Institute
The Market Police Boston Review. Important. UserFriendly: “Nailing neoliberalism to the wall.”
No, It’s Not a Gig Economy Jacobin
‘Jaw-Dropping’ Report Reveals Rampant Wage Theft Among Top US Corporations Common Dreams (UserFriendly)
Antidote du jour (Karl W):
And from Tracie H: “A Harbor Cat, if there is such a thing. At San Pedro Harbor (Los Angeles County, California).”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.