Why Cats Knock Your Stuff Over—and How to Stop Them LifeHacker. For the record, none of my three Abyssinians ever did that.
In major move, South Africa to end captive lion industry Associated Press
The Latest Monarch Butterfly Breeding Pattern Shows That Their Population May Be on the Rise Martha Stewart Living (resilc)
Alien plants: The search for photosynthesis on other worlds New Scientist (Dr. Kevin)
American drivers are saving the corn ethanol industry–for now Quartz (resilc). Ugh. Corn ethanol is an environmental net negative, as we’ve written for some time. The only ethanol that is actually energy efficient is sugar cane grown in Brazil, but that assumes no deforestation to do that (I have no idea whether that is part of the equation or not).
10 residents live in isolation at Hawaii’s last leprosy community SFGate (Chuck L) :-(
How to Avoid ‘Zoom Dick’ Incidents During Zoom Calls at Work Gizmodo (Dr. Kevin)
Scientists Have Taught Bees to Smell COVID-19 Infections Business Insider (Chuck L)
Merkel Pushes Back on Vaccine Patent Waiver in Row With U.S Bloomberg (resilc)
Now that we know children frequently get and transmit the virus, we need to take precautions in schools to protect our communities, and to help schools stay open.
👇 Here's what we need to do: 👇
— Dr Zoë Hyde (@DrZoeHyde) May 5, 2021
This village’s story shows just how unprepared rural India is for the latest COVID surge Popular Science (resilc)
A Fateful Election in Scotland: After Brexit Could Come Scexit Der Spiegel (resilc)
🇨🇴 What's happening in Colombia?
— Peoples Dispatch (@peoplesdispatch) May 5, 2021
New Cold War
US: NATO ‘door remains open’ to nations that meet conditions Al Jazeera (resilc)
There is a crisis in Central Asia as #Tajikistan and #Kyrgyzstan battle one another while US is leaving #Afghanistan. No worries–we really don't have to worry about it. It doesn't matter much to America, I argue on @amconmag https://t.co/M8uKyFueXG #catofp
— Doug Bandow (@Doug_Bandow) May 6, 2021
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Politician’s Zoom Background Can’t Hide Fact That He’s Actually Driving Gizmodo (Dr. Kevin)
Malicious Office 365 Apps Are the Ultimate Insiders Brian Krebs (BC)
GOP Civil War
Democrats en deshabille
The Case to Keep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Cash Inside Elections (UserFriendly)
How the Senate’s Long-Term Equilibrium Could Shape Democratic Decisions on the Filibuster Larry Sabato (UserFriendly)
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Commission Finds Anti-Black Police Violence Constitutes Crimes Against Humanity Consortiumnews (UserFriendly)
Our Famously Free Press
All of This Shit is High School Freddie deBoer (UserFriendly)
An oldie but goodie (Chuck L):
How did this footage survive? https://t.co/MrAfitfpVd
— Katie Halper (@kthalps) May 6, 2021
America’s Bullshit Tolerance Is Reaching Dangerously High Levels Esquire (resilc)
While you were busy avoiding being criticized for insufficient wokeness: Many states are pushing through more permissive gun laws Economist (Dr. Kevin)
Biggest ISPs paid for 8.5 million fake FCC comments opposing net neutrality ars technica. BC: “Wowsers, this is flagrant.” As a result: Broadband industry submitted millions of fake comments in support of net-neutrality repeal: N.Y. attorney general MarketWatch (resilc)
Credit Card Deleveraging during the COVID-19 Pandemic St. Louis Fed (UserFriendly)
Chip shortage continues, US asks Taiwan to prioritize automakers ars technica (Kevin W)
Opinion: CalPERS can’t count on 7% returns without risky investments Mercury News (Kevin W)
MMT and Power – Part 1 Bill Mitchell
Caitlyn Jenner Pleads For People To Think Of The Private Plane Hangar Owners Huffington Post (Dr. Kevin)
Humanity Does Not Need Bill Gates Current Affairs (UserFriendly)
Melinda Gates was upset and uncomfortable after she and Bill Gates met with Jeffrey Epstein, The Daily Beast reports Business Insider (Kevin W). The lady doth protest too much. Whining about it now (through leaks) is way too little, too late.
Mark Warner’s PRO Act Wavering Is a Grim Sign Discourse Blog (UserFriendly)
Millions Are Unemployed. Why Can’t Companies Find Workers? Wall Street Journal. Chorus: “Because the jobs are McJobs!” Specifically:
Surveys suggest why some can’t or won’t go back to work. Millions of adults say they aren’t working for fear of getting or spreading Covid-19. Businesses are reopening ahead of schools, leaving some parents without child care. Many people are receiving more in unemployment benefits than they would earn in the available jobs. Some who are out of work don’t have the skills needed for jobs that are available or are unwilling to switch to a new career.
Is Unemployment Insurance Behind the Fast-Food Labor Shortage? American Prospect. Terrible headline. Cognitive research shows that repeating the point you are trying to debunk reinforces it. Ideas like this need to be handled as if they are radioactive.
It’s May 6 so you should know that if the minimum wage had increased at the rate of productivity since 1960, it would be $23. Instead, it’s $7.25.
That's $15.75 per hour that's disappeared from the pockets of low income workers the past 61 years…
— Joe Sanberg (@JosephNSanberg) May 6, 2021
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “This handsome Billy Goat lives at the Orange County Zoo in the Irvine Regional Park (Irvine, California).”
And a bonus (Chuck L):
We've all been there…. pic.twitter.com/aoOu9B2zYF
— The Feel Good Page ❤️ (@FeelGoodPage11) May 6, 2021
And a second (guurst):
Studies have shown that listening to the sound of Pandas enthusiastically munching on sugarcane can temporarily reduce stress levels by up to 27%. pic.twitter.com/BymCCtizeQ
— Nature & Animals🌴 (@AnimalsWorId) May 2, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.