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What Was the Wiretap? The Nation
The myth of the white male scientific genius – and why its time is up New Statesman Better than the headline.
THE FUTURE OF BIRTH CONTROL Neo Life
COLLABORATING ON CRIME IN THE 14TH CENTURY Crime Reads
The dark secret behind those cute AI-generated animal images MIT Technology Review
In Minnesota, giant fish statues along roadsides are a signal to pull over and start casting Star Tribune (chuck l)
The Best Road Trip in Each State The Discoverer
‘Hushed-up’ WWII ship attack claimed the lives of nine Star Tribune (chuck l)
New Not-So-Cold War
Indo-Pacific power dynamic in radical shift Indian Punchline
Russian MoD: Briefing on the results of the analysis of documents related to the military biological activities of the United States on the territory of Ukraine chuck l: “What are the chances of this make the MSM evening news?”
Our official media’s overnight u-turn on Ukraine war reporting must be confusing for people who’ve relied on them to understand the war. For the rest of us, you have to approach major Angloid media like a Kremlinologist make any sense of it.https://t.co/NANfzTOAfd pic.twitter.com/OiVjKxdkE5
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) May 29, 2022
How long are Americans sad and angry about mass shootings? Four days. WaPo (Dr. Kevin)
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern addresses Harvard on gun control and democracy Guardian ( Dr. Kevin)
Federal customs agents DEFIED local Texas police chief to kill school shooter: SWAT team overruled dithering cops and burst into class to shoot gunman dead when he jumped out of closet after killing 19 children Daily Mail (re Šilc)
Maker of rifle used in Texas shooting faces outrage over ad featuring child Guardian (Dr. Kevin)
Man pulls a gun on TV crew during live report on gun violence independent (re Šilc)
Germany has been cash-only for the past few days. 👇👇 https://t.co/whNGydoqwO
— sp (@LambdaCube) May 28, 2022
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
Beverly Gologorsky, Not in Our Name Tom Dispatch chuck l: “Still, our George wasn’t wrong in that slip/description of Putin and himself, was he? In fact, he helped remind us, when it comes to invasions and criminal wars, how much the U.S. has in common with Putin’s Russia.”
Implacable self-belief carries Real Madrid to Champions League glory Guardian. I’ve yet to watch the match. Big, big Luka Modric fan. Readers?
Goat’s milk from Australia: Operation Fly Formula draws wide net WaPo (The Rev Kev)
The tree-planting misconception New Statesman
‘Flash Droughts’ Are the Midwest’s Next Big Climate Threat Wired (re Šilc)
Train crash in Pennsylvania spills oil product along Allegheny River Independent re Šilc: “our culture demands it.”
Samoa signs China bilateral agreement during Pacific push by Beijing The Guardian (The Rev Kev)
Ok great well I’ll be thinking about this for weeks pic.twitter.com/aJizYm13JX
— Huw Lemmey (@huwlemmey) May 28, 2022
Antidote du Jour (via);
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.