Photographer Snaps Bird Catching a Ride on Bigger Bird’s Stick PetaPixel (David L)
Groups Call for Reintroduction of Jaguars in US Southwest Associated Press (furzy)
That’s one big baby! Bottlenose dolphin adopts pilot whale calf StuffNZ (furzy)
Fish that predates dinosaurs found alive in Madagascar TimesNowNews (furzy)
Twenty firms produce 55% of world’s plastic waste, report reveals Guardian (David L)
Neuroscientists Have Followed a Thought as It Moves Through The Human Brain ScienceAlert (David L)
9 Fascinating Facts About Urine Mental Floss (Dr. Kevin)
How Ancient Rome looked pic.twitter.com/e5S8DabskA
— Engineering (@engineering_wow) May 17, 2021
1. Can the people who’ve been consistently wrong about the pandemic stop steering policy and public opinion the wrong way and finally keep quiet?
— Adam Hamdy (@adamhamdy) May 14, 2021
India’s COVID cases cross 25 million as deaths rise by a record 4,329 https://t.co/L37f0LD28R
Follow our coverage for the latest updates ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/AOIeMqmcVH
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) May 18, 2021
Taiwan braces for worst yet Covid-19 outbreak Asia Times (Kevin W)
UK cases of Indian Covid variant almost doubled in four days, says Hancock Guardian (David L)
Thank you for saying this. I'm completely fed up of this mess that is down to govt negligence being blamed on 'pockets of ethnic minority groups who are vaccine hesitant'.
If the govt truly believes this is about vaccine hesitancy- why have they done nothing to address this?? https://t.co/nK7L78tDGn
— Deepti Gurdasani (@dgurdasani1) May 18, 2021
Governor Cuomo Announces New York State to Adopt New CDC Guidance on Mask Use and Social Distancing for Fully Vaccinated Individuals Governor NY. So Cuomo capitulated. A cynical NYC friend says this was due to other dirt on Cuomo, the latest being that he got a $5.1 million book deal as opposed to working on being governor.
L.A. County orders Trader Joe’s, other chains not to relax mask rules Los Angeles Times (Kevin W)
Tech workers are getting ready to quit. This is what’s pushing them to leave their jobs TechRepublic (Kevin W)
Young people continue to bear the brunt of the crisis, accounting for nearly three-quarters of the fall in employment. pic.twitter.com/LfYMfQ3QKN
— Naomi Clayton (@NaomiClaytonUK) May 18, 2021
Unbelievable. The European Commission estimates that the output gap (GDP – potential) in France will be positive next year, implying an overheating economy – with the unemployment rate expected at close to 9%, and GDP well below the pre-Covid19 trend… it doesn't make sense? pic.twitter.com/xonioGCDTa
— Philipp Heimberger (@heimbergecon) May 18, 2021
China census: millions of ‘bare branch’ men locked out of marriage face cost of one-child policy South China Morning Post (resilc)
Apple’s Compromises in China: 5 Takeaways New York Times (David L)
Unmasking the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor CADTM (Micael T)
US ready to pull troops from Philippines ‘in months’ if no new VFA: expert South China Morning Post. Resilc thinks this is hot air.
Virgin CEO calls for open borders, even if ‘some people may die’ Sydney Morning Herald (Kevin W). You cannot make this up. Australia didn’t have enough potable water (even on an intermediate term trajectory) when its population was 20 million. And that’s before getting to it doesn’t get fair value for the water it exports in ag products.
Jeremy Corbyn and the collapse of Britain’s Labour Party WSWS (Micael T)
‘Right royal pain in the a**’: Fox News’ Sean Hannity slams Harry for calling the First Amendment ‘bonkers’ and says ‘it allowed you and Meghan to accuse your family of racism’: Tells him he is free to leave the US Daily Mail. When Hannity makes sense….
New Cold War
How realistic is a two-state solution? DW. Resilc: “Neither is the endless war.”
When I was younger, this would've been an immediate career-ender. For life. Pro-Israel propaganda has been a powerful weapon throughout the US empire, but its effectiveness is also part of its undoing. People resent being lied to & forced to shuttup.https://t.co/snUkNITaM2
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) May 17, 2021
"I don't know what to do."
A 10-year-old Palestinian girl breaks down while talking to MEE after Israeli air strikes destroyed her neighbour's house, killing 8 children and 2 women#Gaza #Palestine #Israel pic.twitter.com/SCFm8QY2gH
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) May 16, 2021
Biden backs Middle East ceasefire in call with Netanyahu The Hill. How nice. And I’d like a pony. No evidence of any muscling, which we are in a position to do. Perhaps that is being done through channels, but I’m not holding my breath. Confirming the hypocrisy: For 3rd Time, US Blocks UN Security Council Statement Urging Gaza Ceasefire Antiwar (resilc)
United States withdraws from Afghanistan? Not really CADTM (Micael T)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Try This One Weird Trick Russian Hackers Hate Brian Krebs (Robert M)
Imperial Collapse Watch
Exclusive: Inside the Military’s Secret Undercover Army Newsweek. Important. Story alleges it operates domestically.
Autonomous war machines could make costly mistakes on future battlefields Popular Science. Resilc: “Lady’s bet on guys in sandals with ak47s.”
The U.S. Air Force Has Gotten Lazy—And Lazy Won’t Cut It In A War With China Forbes. Resilc: “Give us morrrrrrrrre monay.”
Prosecutors Worried Giuliani Would Tamper With Witnesses, Evidence Business Insider (furzy)
Justices decline to give police more power to search homes without warrant The Hill (Kevin W)
Mississippi abortion: US Supreme Court to hear major abortion case BBC. I’ve said before that the women’s rights movement in the US made a huge mistake in not getting the right to an abortion codified into law, when they had the wind at their back in the 1970s. The compromise that prevailed in most other advanced economies was limiting the right to an abortion to the first trimester.
Supreme Court pulls Biden into an abortion fight he didn’t want Politico. Um, what about separation of powers don’t you understand? Biden can’t influence the Court and he doesn’t have the votes to pass any new laws. So as much as I am no Biden fan, why is this presumed to be on his desk?
Our Famously Free Press
Airline passengers may have to get weighed before boarding New York Daily News (BC)
Elon Musk’s Bitcoin Fun Continues Bloomberg
The show is a 37-minute argument given by fictitious economist Amanda McCloud. She’s hell bent on convincing the world that the only true solution to wealth inequality are master-concubine relationships (with a modern twist).
Antidote du jour. From Austin M (go beekeepers!)
I am a beekeeper in the great black Swamp/Maumee river valley region of NW Ohio and we have been catching a lot of swarms lately.
And a bonus (guurst):
“What sorcery is this?” ? pic.twitter.com/5SGqGHQGGx
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) May 17, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.