Why Notre-Dame Was a Tinderbox New York Times
Bald eagles are littering Seattle backyards with landfill trash TreeHugger (resilc)
Would life be happier without Google? I spent a week finding out Guardian. Martha r: “More interesting than one might expect.”
Untold History of AI: Algorithmic Bias Was Born in the 1980s Spectrum IEEE (David L)
There is no garbage patch in the Southern Indian Ocean, so where is the rubbish? abc.net.au (Kevin W)
Brain functions in pigs restored hours after death Financial Times
Arsenic in Some Bottled Water Brands at Unsafe Levels, Consumer Reports Says Consumer Reports (David L)
The Truth About Dentistry Atlantic. There are dental quacks. And a general dentist doing root canals is another red flag….if you are told you need one, go to an endodontist, who should do tests on whether the root is viable. One of my cleaning women had one do five root canals in short succession, and in no way were they warranted. And ironically, what made non-dental medicine more scientific in the US was….drumroll…insurance. Insurers didn’t want to pay doctors for treatments that were ineffective or not warranted. However, I beg to differ on their take on checkups. “Checkups” include cleaning plaque. If you have post;fluoride era teeth, less is probably OK. But if you pre-fluoridation teeth, and/or have a fair number of fillings, you need more frequent checkups. First, those fillings will eventually lead to future fillings. Save for gold, they don’t have the same density as teeth and also respond to heat and cold differently than teeth. That means you will eventually get decay, and that decay could well form in spots that are shadowed on X-rays, meaning they could become large or symptomatic before the dentist will find them.
Xi Jinping’s intolerance of dissent within government heightens the risk of Chinese policy mistakes South China Morning Post (furzy)
China’s Belt and Road Won’t Be a Path to Power Bloomberg (resilc)
Ten years after China’s renminbi went global, what keeps it from really challenging the US dollar as a reserve currency? South China Morning Post (furzy). Repeat after me: you have to run sustained current account deficits, so it is widely held overseas, and you have to have deep and clean enough capital markets so that people who are willing to hold your currency are also willing to invest.
North Korea tests new tactical guided weapon, state media reports abc.net.au (Kevin W). Wow, do they love jerking our chains.
Satellite Images Indicate North Korea is Making Radioactive Bomb Fuel Daily Beast (resilc)
Japan starts its kabuki performance with Trump Asia Times (Kevin W)
Brexit Party surges into the LEAD in the race for the European Elections: Nigel Farage’s brand new group storms ahead of the Tories AND Labour after a top pollster predicted it could win its first election Daily Mail. The EU is gonna be sorry it didn’t listen to Macron. Just because he’s a twerp doesn’t mean he’s always wrong.
Pelosi: No US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace deal The Hill. Mentioned by PlutoniumKun as pointedly ignored (as of yesterday) in UK press.
VIDEO: How the Pentagon and CIA Push Venezuela Regime-Change Propaganda in Video Games Grayzone Proejct (YY)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Facebook says it ‘unintentionally uploaded’ 1.5 million people’s email contacts without their consent Business Insider (David L)
HARPER: RUSSIAGATERS IN IG CROSSHAIRS Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)
Biosensor ‘bandage’ collects and analyzes sweat PhysOrg. Chuck L: “Will the users of these “bandages” have to sign a consent form for the release of their biometric data?”
Prosecutors Charge Health Professionals in Opioids Sting Wall Street Journal
The 2020 Race Is Going Just Like Bernie Sanders Wanted Atlantic (resilc)
Why Bernie Sanders Is Smeared by the Press Rolling Stone (resilc)
If you look at the Living section of the New York Times, you’ll see that it’s geared towards people who own a second house in the Hamptons. So when they refer to “some democrats” in this piece, they mean “high net value democratic donors.”
Lawyering While Black: Cop Detains Attorney in Courthouse, Accuses Him of Impersonating a Lawyer The Root (Robert H). Wowsers.
Traders wake up to cost of coffee crisis Financial Times
Lyft Investors Sue Over Slump, Claiming IPO Was Overhyped Bloomberg (David L)
Half of England is owned by less than 1% of the population Guardian (resilc)
The Student-Debt Crisis Hits Hardest at Historically Black Colleges Wall Street Journal
Antidote du jour (Tracie H):
And a bonus (guurst):
— Fiona Lang (@fiona_lang) March 28, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.