Bison could be the ‘natural firefighters’ we need to tackle wildfires EuroNews (David L)
Roads and highways disrupt bee pollination Popular Science (resilc)
Scientists Just Discovered a Hidden Pattern in Soil’s Carbon Emissions ScienceAlert (Kevin W)
Politically polarized brains share an intolerance of uncertainty ScienceBlog (Dr. Kevin)
Anal oxygen administration may save lives Economist (Dr. Kevin)
Why We Speak More Weirdly at Home The Atlantic (Dr. Kevin). Not a feature of my uptight WASP upbringing.
Our Weirdest Dreams Could Be Training Us for Life, New Theory Says Gizmodo (Dr. Kevin)
From Its Myriad Tips: Mushroom Brain London Review of Books (David L)
The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill Wired (resilc). Important.
Pandemic untamed in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan Asia Times (Kevin W)
NY Yankees Covid-19: How vaccinated members tested positive for coronavirus CNN. Lambert: “Good thing CDC is collecting data on vaccinated people with asymptomatic Covid. Oh, wait…”
Walmart to Stop Requiring Masks for Vaccinated Workers and Shoppers Wall Street Journal
Tiangong: China may gain a monopoly on space stations – here’s what to expect The Conversation (Kevin W)
Despite delisting concerns, the number of Chinese companies on US equity markets rises South China Morning Post (resilc)
China Lands on Mars in Crowning Moment for Space Program Wall Street Journal
Your moment of Zenz pic.twitter.com/KdGyig4VTh
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) May 14, 2021
Parallel universes Chris Grey. On the Queen’s Speech.
New Cold War
4:30 AM EDT: Live: Hamas fires rockets as Israel renews air strikes BBC
Bernie Sanders: The U.S. Must Stop Being an Apologist for the Netanyahu Government New York Times (Kevin C)
— The Intercept (@theintercept) May 15, 2021
As Israel bombards Gaza, BDS urges renewed economic pressure Al Jazeera (resilc)
From resilc: “PLO Embassy, Vermont”:
Yemen: Saudi Arabia’s Lost Cause Scott Ritter (Chuck L)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
The fact that Kevin McCarthy, the House @GOPLeader, stripped Justin Amash of all committee seats for criticizing Trump, but has worked to protect this person from consequences (including pretending he doesn’t see it) tells you this is happening with the support of GOP leadership. https://t.co/10OnclroLV
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 14, 2021
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Black homeowner had a white friend stand in for third appraisal. Her home value doubled. Indianapolis Star (Dr. Kevin)
Our Famously Free Press
Summary of Terrorism Threat to the U.S. Homeland Department of Homeland Security (fk). After all of the pearl-clutching about the transition of power in January, when nada happened, we now have this, issued 5/14. In the first para:
Social media and online forums are increasingly exploited by these actors to influence and spread violent extremist narratives and activity.
Confronting Disinformation Spreaders on Twitter Only Makes It Worse, MIT Scientists Say Vice. Irritating to see people rediscovering social psychology basics as if they were the first to work them out.
Big Oil Is Trying to Make Climate Change Your Problem to Solve Rolling Stone (furzy)
Record High Trade Deficit Angry Bear
Starlink review: broadband dreams fall to Earth The Verge. Kevin W: And we lose the night sky for this?
Apple Patents a Way To Deliver 3D Content Without 3D Glasses Patently Apple. I find 3D hype particularly annoying, since all those products will do is give me a headache. I pray they don’t become popular.
Facebook Loses Bid to Block Ruling on EU-U.S. Data Flows Wall Street Journal
Cashing Out Heisenberg Report:
Coming full circle, Rabobank’s Every noted that “Colonial [Pipeline] paid Russian hackers a ransom of $5 million IN CRYPTO, which could not make a clearer case for why the SEC might want to be step in.”
Ireland defies hackers’ bitcoin demand over health system Financial Times
Desperate for workers, US restaurants and stores raise pay Associated Press
Antidote du jour (furzy):
And a bonus (Chuck L, courtesy AnimalRescue):
Another bonus, from guurst. Another reader featured it in comments a few days back, so apologies for not giving you credit.
Snow leopard hunting pic.twitter.com/WwDQnRBA4I
— Nature Is Cruel (@TheCrueINature) May 9, 2021
No snow leopards died in the making of this video :-)
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.