Dear patient readers,
Some of you have said you are getting captchas from time to time, and even in cases with increased frequency. Rest assured that we didn’t set that up; it appears to be the doing of Cloudflare, which we need to use for a host of reasons, like being able to withstand DDoS attacks.
However, we are looking into whether we can dial down the captchas in Cloudflare. The problem is that even though we have strong lines of defense in WordPress, Cloudflare keeps the site from being inundated by scrapers and robo spam. We haven’t changed our settings in years, but Cloudflare may have increased stringency via updates. We’ll see what we can do to tweak the settings.
Swarm of bees follows car for 2 days to rescue queen trapped in back TreeHugger (resilc)
The Maker of Gore-Tex Is Experimenting With an Artificial Cornea Bloomberg (David L)
The Evidence Is Strong: Air Pollution Seems to Cause Dementia Wired (Robert M)
China Memories of 1895 Shame Loom Over Envoy’s High-Stakes Talks Bloomberg (resilc)
Can This Marriage Be Saved? Chinese-U.S. Integration Frays Wall Street Journal
Trade war pushing Asia closer together Asia Times (Kevin W)
Plant-eating pest invades South China, likely to spread across country: USDA S&P Global (guurst)
North Korea Launches New Missiles US News (resilc)
Bhutan’s PM does surgery on the weekends Guardian. PlutoniumKun: “Bhutan really is a model for how to run a small poor country.”
Brexit tears apart big parties’ support ahead of European poll Financial Times
Venezuelan regime circles opposition leader Juan Guaidó Financial Times
‘Turnkey Tyranny’ on the Streets of Washington ConsortiumNews (Chuck L)
New Iran Metals Sanctions Target Jobs, Not Government Revenue LobeLog (resilc)
Is America Ready for John Bolton’s War With Iran? American Conservative. Resilc: “Not a clue on how bad this will likely be.”
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Ex-Intelligence Analyst Charged With Leaking Information to a Reporter New York Times. Bill Blunden:”
This is the 3rd strike for the Intercept. No wonder they shuttered their Snowden archives.
The indictment states that Hale was using a “secure” messaging platform to communicate with the Intercept reporter. Using anything branded as “secure” to contact anyone at the Intercept is akin to chatting about bomb making recipes at an airport. In other words, you will stand out like a f**king glow stick, as anyone living in Xinjiang will tell you!
Also, *attention TS//SCI cleared personnel* printing out sensitive material at work unrelated to your job will set off alarms bells (e.g. DLP platform).
Whom Not To Trust – U.S. Government Indicts Another Intercept Source Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Left: The Onion, 2015
Right: The New York Times, 2019 pic.twitter.com/R2Cw9EIOzv
— mcc (@mcclure111) May 9, 2019
Chelsea Manning Released From Jail But Received Another Subpoena Shadowproof. UserFriendly: “Insane. How many can they do back to back like this?”
Democrats are launching the weakest possible contempt claim against the administration in a civil action that presents the longest possible track through the courts. In the end, there is utter contempt in this action, but not in the case of Barr. https://t.co/gHKZJ88bwy
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) May 8, 2019
The Real Muellergate Scandal Craig Murray
‘You don’t have to date him’: the women standing by Trump in 2020 Guardian (resilc)
A Call to Action for a Climate Conservation Corps Data for Progress (UserFriendly)
Freedom-Loving Americans Should Demand Universal Healthcare Current Affairs (UserFriendly)
Alabama could pass a near-total ban on abortion as soon as Tuesday CBS News (Kevin W)
Pete Buttigieg’s Honeymoon Is Over New Republic
California guns confiscated: 1000 guns seized in Los Angeles – The Washington Post (furzy)
Grieving Students Walk Out of Colorado School Shooting Vigil: ‘This Was Not About Us’ Daily Beast (Kevin W)
A Reporter’s Long, Strange Trip Into the Darkest Parts of the American Mind The Nation (resilc)
America’s Industrial Gold Rush is Over American Conservative (resilc)
Why You Should Root for the Uber I.P.O. to Fail New York Times (David L). The author is a prof at both the Harvard Business and the Harvard Law schools.
— Superman4Revolution🏴🚩🕊🌹🌻🐦🍉🛠✊⚒🌏🌍🌎 Ⓐ (@Superman4Bernie) May 9, 2019
Antidote du jour: “A longtime friend and permanent resident roadrunner here at casa de Eureka”:
And a bonus (martha r):
I saw this on reddit and I’ve watched it a minimum of 27 times and every single time it has only gotten better and exceeded my expectations pic.twitter.com/Y6xPMCtJ99
— Kelly (@Keally22) May 5, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here