Dancing honeybees use democratic process when selecting a new home ScienceDaily. From 2010. Still germane!
Uber’d Eschaton. Just spitballing here, but what if there’s so much capital sloshing about that Uber’s VCs backed it as a form of social engineering: To destroy public transportation, increase traffic, degrade employment law, pioneer an immiserated labor force of gigsters, and so forth. What’s not to like? Uber’s inability to ever turn a profit would have then been a secondary consideration, and Uber a sort of hobby farm for the 0.1%. Oh, and Uber (along with Facebook) pioneered the idea that “move fast and break things” applies to the law, as well. And what’s wrong with freeing capital from such antiquated fetters?
Internal documents show 3M hid PFAS dangers for decades Detroit Free Press (MN).
Proportional Representation in Regional Constituencies. How does it work? Richard Corbett, MEP
Is Jeremy Corbyn really anti-Semitic? Spectator
China’s Vice-Premier Liu He says ‘small setbacks’ will not derail trade war talks and Donald Trump warns China to reach a trade deal now, or face a ‘far worse’ one if I get re-elected South China Morning Post
The “Clash of Civilizations” Model is a Poor Fit for Conflicts in East Asia The National Interest
Media Amplify Iran War Propaganda – Play Up Intelligence Lies Moon of Alabama
This is the psychopathic Governor of Rio de Janeiro who – among other things – has been using helicopter-snipers & drones to execute people from the sky. Here he proudly shows himself flying over a favela as the police shoot, including at evangelicals mistaken for drug dealers: https://t.co/nZ8yvCqhaZ
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 8, 2019
Warren, Nadler introduce bill to allow student loan borrowers bankruptcy relief The Hill (UserFriendly). Looks like it’s S1414. Let me check the co-sponsors… Nope, Joe Biden’s not on there. Would you believe it!
Congressional Staff Hosted at Anti-Medicare For All Retreat The Intercept. Of Democrats: Clyburn (D-SC), Hoyer, D-MD, Lipinski, (D-IL), Schrader (D-OR), Torres Small (D-NM), Trone (D-MD). “Officials from the Blue Dogs, Problem Solvers Caucus, and the New Democrats were also in attendance.” The resort looks nice.
Why Joe won’t blow it Michael Tracey, The Spectator USA
Obamamania and its Legacy: Why Biden Leads John Halle
Trump backers applaud Warren in heart of MAGA country Politico. Warren is obviously a Russian puppet.
Our Famously Free Press
The Last Family-Owned Daily in Mississippi The Atlantic. If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Harvard Drops Harvey Weinstein Lawyer as a Faculty Dean NYT. The unwoke do not deserve legal representation.
Back Row America First Things. Chris Arnade. Today’s must-read.
The Gross Inequality of Death in America The New Republic
Not No Longer but Not Yet LRB. Review of the collected writings of Mark Fisher, author of Exiting the Vampire Castle. Even if Fisher didn’t invent “Mighty woke of you” (drumlin woodchuckles) he surely would have, given the appropriate conjuncture.
Walmart store managers average $175,000 a year. Many employees still earn below the poverty line. Guardian. College administrator territory! Of course, it’s not like being an adjunct and a shelf-stocker are in any way similar….
Why We Join Cults Areo. “We”? And if you’re looking for an explanation of the various *DSs ( ____ Derangement Syndromes) that we seem to be accumulating, they don’t fit the criteria given for cult in the article. Interesting nonetheless.
5-HTTLPR: A Pointed Review Slate Star Codex
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See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.