What Are Cats Thinking? Slate (Robert H). My old cat Blake could definitely count to four. He would get four cat vitamins every day and he regarded them as a treat. If I was ever short, as in put down 2 because I was as the end of a bottle or he didn’t find one right away (it was apart from the other 3) he’d look for the missing vitamins, as in sniff around, and then look at me. But he never did that when he’d snarfed down all four.
Tim Schrandt of Ridgeway, Iowa | 1955 – 2019 | Obituary Matt H: “Best obituary ever. The idea that mid-westerners are dull, or deplorable, or can’t write, is proven wrong by this amazing bit of work. Iowa took pride, when I was coming up, with it’s nation’s best 99% literacy rate, and also in the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.”
Evolutionary changes played a crucial role in industrialization, study finds PhysOrg (Robert M). This is wild.
Hidden dangers of China’s Cybersecurity Law Asia Times (Kevin W)
Resolving the North Korea Crisis Through the Iran Deal LobeLog. Resilc: “If a majority of citizens of USA USA don’t trust the government, why would noko?”
Talks not going well…Labour spox:
“We are disappointed government has not offered real change or compromise.
“We urge the PM to come forward with genuine changes to her deal in an effort to find an alternative that can win support in Parliament and bring country together.”
— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) April 5, 2019
Am told that what PM offered was her deal with a restatement of role for parliament in shaping future deal (the Snell/Nandy plan) and guarantees on workers rights. Which Labour has said for weeks is not enough. Nuts
— Robert Peston (@Peston) April 5, 2019
Theresa May seeks to delay Brexit until end of June Financial Times. If this were anyone but May, you’d think she was losing her mind. But this is who she is.
Theresa May’s only consistency is failure Ian Dunt (guurst)
Brexit: taking the manneken Richard North
UK removes words ‘European Union’ from British passports Guardian (Kevin W)
Designing the next extension – Conditional and time-limited European Policy Centre
Is Mexico on the Brink of a Labor Revolution? New Republic (resilc)
Syria leases Mediterranean port to Iran Asia Times (Kevin W)
ISIS 3.0: The More Virulent Threat LobeLog (resilc)
Saudi Arabia arrests more activists, including 2 U.S. citizens Associated Press
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
NSA Whistleblower: Government Collecting Everything You Do Empire Files, YouTube (RR). Transcript here.
Google Adding Chrome Admin Policy to Uninstall Blacklisted Extensions Bleeping Computer
The Trump administration is streamlining visas for Mexican farm workers Quartz. Resilc: “And then drift into the underground labor market.”
Trump Suggests US, China, and Russia Reach Deal on Military Spending Antiwar (resilc)
Yet another piece of Kushner’s “Deal of the Century” Sic Semper Tyrannis. Kevin W: “That linked article at the bottom is also worth checking out, especially the last two paragraphs.”
The Tale of a ‘Deep State Target’ ConsortiumNews
The Pentagon Wins Again Rolling Stone (resilc)
Mexican official rejects Democratic effort to reopen new NAFTA Roll Call. From Lori Wallach of Public Citizen:
The point is NOT that Seade is correct. The point of this story is that someone – probably USTR – has told him to get back on message J ie. recently he has been saying, as have Canadian representatives, at least with respect to the meds issues, that they would love to see that fixed. And, both have suggested that it would not take a major re-opening of the agt, but rather surgical changes. A “Protocol of Amendment” cutting pharma protections and adding improved labor and environmental terms is precisely how the Peru, Panama, Colombia pacts were changed after they had been signed when Dems took the House ion 2006 and made Bush change the pacts’ texts before agreeing to consider them
“A Bit of Crazy Wouldn’t Hurt”: How Bernie Sanders Could Go Full Trump in 2020 Vanity Fair (UserFriendly)
Tips for a Post-Mueller Media from Nine Russiagate Skeptics FAIR (Chuck L)
Ethiopian Airline Crash – Boeing Advice To 737 MAX Pilots Was Flawed – Moon of Alabama (Olga, Kevin W)
Trump calls for Fed U-turn to stimulate economy Financial Times
Hiring Rebounded in March, Helping Ease Downturn Jitters Wall Street Journal
The IRS Tried to Take on the Ultrawealthy. It Didn’t Go Well. ProPublica (resilc)
New York home buyers shun the Gatsby lifestyle Financial Times
Used-Car Market Profits from Carmageddon Wolf Richter
The Corporations Devouring American Colleges Huffington Post (resilc)
Winning the War on Poverty New York Times. Resilc: “We live in a country run by the rich, for the rich since 1492.”
Antidote du jour. Timotheus: “Hoopoe sightings in Palestinian desert.”
And a bonus (guurst(:
Des images rares montrent un troupeau de 25 éléphants sauvages marchant le long d’une route de montagne en Thaïlande. Regardez comment ils ont leurs bébés marchant au milieu avec eux, protégeant ainsi leurs jeunes 🙏 #olifant #Elephant #elephants pic.twitter.com/cTboG8JtCf
— Etienne 🎗💫 (@lermitedenatoye) January 23, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.