Songkhla Zoo puts lemur babies on display The Nation (furzy)
The Rise of the First Animals Scientific American (furzy)
Study finds scientific reproducibility does not equate to scientific truth PhysOrg (Robert M)
India’s court system teeters on brink of collapse Bangkok Post (furzy)
China dumps US Treasuries at fastest pace in two years Financial Times. Brace yourselves for a yawn.
This appears to be significant. “Revoke” idea is now being discussed in polite company. From testimony by Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay in the House of Lords yesterday regarding a planned vote on the Withdrawal Agreement:
I think if the House of Commons does not approve the WAB [Withdrawal Agreement Bill] hen the Barnier deal is dead in that form and I think the House will have to then address a much more fundamental question between whether it will pursue… a no-deal option or whether it will revoke.
EU fines five banks €1.1bn over foreign exchange cartel Financial Times
France to ban e-scooters from pavements in September RTE (PlutoniumKun)
New Cold War
Russia Has Americans’ Weaknesses All Figured Out Defense One (resilc)
What Putin and Pompeo did not talk about The Saker (Kevin W)
No increased Iran threat in Syria or Iraq, top British officer says, contradicting US Guardian (furzy). Wowsers. So no coalition of the willing this time?
Iran Threat Debate Is Set Off by Images of Missiles at Sea New York Times (furzy).
The Lunacy Of Waging A War On Iran Which China And Russia Will Win Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)
Pompeo’s Golan Heights Nonsense American Conservative (resilc)
Houthi drone attacks in Saudi ‘show new level of sophistication’ Al Jazeera (resilc)
How Turkey Defied the U.S. and Became a Killer Drone Power Intercept (resilc)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The radio navigation planes use to land safely is insecure and can be hacked ars technica (Chuck L)
Imperial Collapse Watch
US threatens EU with trade war over weapons Defense Post (Kevin W)
What happened to the Trump counterintelligence investigation? House investigators don’t know. Washington Post (furzy)
Surprise: Pentagon Finds Money for Wall! LobeLog (resilc)
Conrad Black: Trump pardons ex-media mogul convicted of fraud Guardian (furzy)
I No Longer Believe House Democrats Will Uphold Their Constitutional Duty Esquire (resilc). Pull out the smelling salts.
Pelosi and Biden: Desperate Times Call For Faint Measures New York Magazine
Poll: Majority thinks fetal heartbeat abortion bans aren’t too restrictive The Hill. Resilc: “Why not ban an erection?” Moi: This demonstrates the power of how to frame a question. Recall this tweet from Water Cooler yesterday:
There is no state in the country where support for banning abortion reaches even 25 percent. (Data for Progress analysis of the 2016 Cooperative Congressional Election Studies) pic.twitter.com/lrOxU0eNaz
— Data for Progress (@DataProgress) May 15, 2019
‘It’s infuriating’: Kamala Harris team galled by Biden veep talk Politico (furzy). Hahaha. I have to admit this short-term is a great and nasty way to take Harris out of the running (not that her chances were very good) but at what cost? Harris may be convinced enough of her deserved-ness to play rough via proxies.
Biden’s Early Surge Tests Strength of Democratic Progressives Bloomberg (resilc)
Bogus CNN Poll Favors Biden Exposed! Jimmy Dore (Kevin W)
Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan to Fight the Opioid Crisis New Republic (resilc)
California power company caused wildfire that killed 85, investigation finds Los Angeles Times (Tom H)
Newspaper Of Wreckage LoebLob (resilc). Deadly.
Eating Roadkill Is Illegal in California. But That May Change KQED Science (resilc)
Monthly Mortgage Payments in the United States Barry Ritholtz (resilc)
Microsoft Word is getting politically correct Fast Company
Easy prey to the middleman: the immigrants toiling in US fields Guardian. Resilc: “Why would they be any different than US citizens???”
Antidote du jour. ChiGal:
ne word: Inscrutable. She didn’t move a whisker, showing regal disregard for the four therapists invading her living room for a clinical consult group.
Or alternatively: This is how it’s done, lesser beings. Mindfulness embodied.
And a bonus from guurst:
In otter news: This cute fella likes milk and needs a new home! pic.twitter.com/VUwfrlmwSi
— RT (@RT_com) April 14, 2019
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.