Eurasian jays less likely than people to be deceived by magic tricks PhysOrg (Robert M)
New research: Why do some frogs have teeth? Slate (furzy)
Ancient shells from seabed show rising CO2 levels BBC (Kevin W)
1 – Tonight’s #threadtalk is a horse of a different color: green to be exact. Natania Barron (dk). Green is one of my least favorite colors outside nature but this is worth reading.
What it means that California’s snowpack is 0% of June 1 average SF Gate (David L)
Drivers Of The New UFO Narrative Keep Absurdly Saying They Could Be Dangerous ETs Caitlin Johnstone (Tom D). So what news is this clearly non-organic story type intended to push out? In a year, UFOs went from being the province of the cray cray to a regular news story. This is clearly totally non organic. An alternative is that there may be a real and serious purpose. Maybe we have new weapons that successfully spoof flying objects so as to force the evil Rooskies to waste missiles if and when they encounter them? And that they are now being depicted as dangerous? Maybe the US will shoot at a few first to firm up the notion that the spoofs are real and a threat?
I mentioned that Podesta was the first mainstream political person to talk about UFOs and he had seemed obsessed with them. Furzy sent this tidbit: John Podesta Stars in “Documentary” Suggesting Clinton Lost Because of Aliens Inside Sources
Mauricio Cárdenas on designing and funding future pandemic responses Economist (Kevin C)
I wish the media would also report risk posed by variants within the UK to other countries, and lack of vaccine equity every time they focus on 'travel over summer holidays'…
— Deepti Gurdasani (@dgurdasani1) June 2, 2021
Coronavirus variants in Asia threaten the world DW (resilc)
Understanding the origin of covid-19 is the only way to prevent future pandemics, scientist says Washington Post (furzy). False. The way to prevent a pandemic is to contain it at the epidemic stage. Public health experts and epidemiologists have been warning since at least 2000 that were were gonna get a honking big pandemic and we needed to prepare. You can’t stop mutations. The headline presupposes lab escape, which even if true is a not the cause of most epidemics.
Royal rebuke for the Thai government over vaccine shambles Secret Siam (furzy)
UK records zero COVID deaths for first time since pandemic began, but infections rise ABC Australia (Kevin W)
UK facing ‘perilous moment’ as Indian Covid variant spreads Guardian (resilc)
The Fall of Saint Anthony Fauci National Review. IMHO, underestimates how how long people and institutions can run on brand fumes (see McKinsey as the poster child). See his book due out in Nov, gah. But good info, like:
Fauci is an unusually hardy and long-lived survivor in Washington. But the people who look up to him as merely “America’s doctor” or a mere public-health adviser may not quite understand the power wielded by the National Institutes of Health and his agency within it. NIH dispenses up to $32 billion a year for biological and medical research, much of the funding in the form of long-term grants that are not just necessary for worthwhile scientific research but desperately needed for researchers’ academic job security…
Studies conducted in North America of hydroxychloroquine’s effectiveness in treating COVID are 3.4 times more likely to report negative results than studies of the same conducted anywhere else in the world. There is no obvious causal connection.
You can do the same with UFOs. “For years the credentialed experts told us UFOs don’t exist, that only uneducated hicks believed in them. Now that elite liberal media & credentialed Democrats say UFOs are real, I, populist, say UFOs are real too, so suck on that you elitists!”
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) June 2, 2021
West Virginia To Give Away Guns As Covid-19 Vaccine Incentive Forbes (resilc)
Global Shortages During Coronavirus Reveal Failings of Just in Time Manufacturing New York Times. We said this early on (and regularly harp on the dangers of over-optimizing for efficiency). But good to see that this is now official.
New Vietnam variant imperils global supply chains Asia Times (Kevin W)
China has first human case of rare bird flu strainhttps://t.co/ivzGlo8AK0
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 2, 2021
If a Mountain Is a Deity . . . John Perkins. Chuck L: “Reading Perkins’ Confessions of an Economic Hitman 15+ years really opened my eyes re the insidious nature of US foreign policy, especially in the global South.”
New Cold War
Not Forgetting Palestine Craig Murray (Anthony L). Important.
Israel’s ‘Game of Thrones’ builds towards Netanyahu’s final act Financial Times
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Amazon to let customers sue after thousands of Alexa complaints Detroit News (ma). In this section because I view Alexa as a spying device that only incidentally does things.
Around half of adult Facebook users (51%) said they were not comfortable with Facebook maintaining a list of their traits and interests for advertisers, according to a 2018 study. https://t.co/zCtyYpwZyI pic.twitter.com/xaAIS9bkVa
— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) June 2, 2021
The Military Can’t Let Michael Flynn Just Get Away With Supporting a Coup Slate (resilc). Flynn didn’t even get to be a four star general. Where are his divisions? I guess why this bothers me is it depicts Flynn’s rant as a serious threat. “Myanmar coup” is such terrible branding that this looks more like a brain fart than a call to action. So I’d be much happier if the Flynn police were also after other influential grifters and rabid sensation-seekers.
Biden Suspends Drilling Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge New York Times (resilc)
Biden leaves ASEAN in the diplomatic cold Asia Times (Kevin W)
Voting Rights Bill Falters in Congress as States Race Ahead New York Times. Resilc: “Worthless party in power, if they can’t do this, then what is their use??????
Obama is promoting the fiction that he stood up to Wall Street & improved the structure of the economy.
It’s a total lie — he enriched his finance donors, which created a huge electoral backlash.
Those who ignore this history are doomed to repeat it. https://t.co/XQc8a5JNFz
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) June 2, 2021
Nevada OKs bill in try for 1st presidential nominating state Associated Press. Resilc: “At what point does it become the day after the prior election day???????”
Our Famously Free Press
Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Mega-Donor, and the Future of Journalism The Assembly (Dr. Kevin)
Food Fight. Reader Li, who keeps tabs on conservative news so you don’t have to, sent these in response to our further discussion of “Biden is coming for your beef” yesterday:
Summary of the dossier: Dried mealworms European Commission. Not sure this has gotten anywhere….yet….
Tyson Reduces Some Beef Prices as Coronavirus Pushes Grocery-Store Costs Higher Wall Street Journal. From last year, but see, per Li: “Tyson admitted meat is a Giffen good.”
William Barr Ain’t Good For Much, But Maybe He Can Break Up Meat Monopolies Heisenberg Report. From last May, still germane. Li: “Good info in here, but note the contemptuous: ‘If there’s anything you can count on Trump to safeguard, it’s America’s right to cheap burgers.'”
Ex-Apollo CEO Leon Black raped and harassed Russian model, lawsuit alleges Financial Times. Guess Black labored under the misapprehension that “Russian model” = pro. A bona fide escort would have been way cheaper. And he could have kept trading them!
BP buys string of US solar farms for £155m in clean energy drive Guardian (furzy)
All those electric vehicles pose a problem for building roads ars technica (resilc)
Public housing appreciation thread. Post some of your favorite public housing projects. I'll start with the Omni Hotel, owned by the City of Dallas. pic.twitter.com/3YJeSdp344
— Matt Bruenig (@MattBruenig) June 1, 2021
Credit Suisse plots lawsuit against SoftBank over Greensill Financial Times. Godzilla v. Mothra. Pass the popcorn.
How Inflation Became the Gasbags’ Favorite Moral Panic Mother Jones (resilc)
Did Paying a Ransom for a Stolen Magritte Painting Inadvertently Fund Terrorism? Vanity Fair (Anthony L)
Amazon’s serious injury rate at warehouses was still nearly double the rest of the industry in 2020 The Verge (Kevin W). Flagged earlier at NC but important not to miss.
Is a CEO Worth 1,000 Times the Median Worker? Bloomberg (furzy)
Antidote du jour (CV):
And a bonus (Kevin W):
Another bonus (AFXH). Can I have one as a guard dog?
When a shoebill comes to greet you, it sounds like a gunfight just broke out. ?on ? pic.twitter.com/hQrmkpsGD9
— Amazing Posts (@AmazingPosts_) May 31, 2021
I’m stressed and this one is fun (guurst):
— Nature & Animals? (@AnimalsWorId) May 31, 2021
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.