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Happy Memorial Day!
Scientists Just Got Closer to Understanding Why Yawns Are So Darn Contagious Science Alert (chuck l)
UK may bring back imperial measurements – media RT (The Rev Kev)
How I fell in love with the blues The Spectator
Why Virgin Male Mice Are So Scared by The Smell of This Common Fruit Science Alert (chuck l)
Pelosi’s husband charged with DUI CNN (JZ)
The Corruption of the Best: On Ivan Illich American Affairs
The Good Airman The Point
Philosophy’s gentle giant New Statesman
Could I still be infectious after COVID isolation? And should I bother wearing a mask once I’m all better? The Conversation (The Rev Kev)
New Not-So-Cold War
Beyond Ukraine, Is the U.S. Arms Industry an ‘Arsenal of Autocracy? Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft
Europe’s unity ‘crumbling’ on Russia sanctions, Germany warns FT (The Rev Kev)
Ukraine: Emigrant men trapped by martial law Deutsche Welle
eMeanwhile, a major point of this @Atlantic article written by a liberal-turned-neocon – which many Dems like @McFaul are praising – is that Cheney was right all along about wanting to destroy Russia, but Bush 41 was too much of a cautious wimp to do it.https://t.co/DRuMzsl5Pg pic.twitter.com/aLGJdpDp8F
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 30, 2022
I could list a hundred reasons I didn’t vote for Trump. But the story that he was in bed with the GRU was 100% invented by camp Clinton – which by the way got a waiver to take $500k from a Russian bank before meeting Putin while Hilldog was the sitting Secretary of State.
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) May 28, 2022
Violence in America: It’s Not Just About Guns Counterpunch. Patrick Cockburn.
Never forget: landmark ‘burn pit’ measures couldn’t come sooner for vets Responsible Statecraft
We live in hell: pic.twitter.com/enBFSHTs5S
— Cultural Marxism, PhD (@polusyroy) May 28, 2022
Doug Mastriano’s Largest Donor Is Shake Shack’s Bread Maker Capital & Main
The Dunce Party The Baffler
Groves of Academe
Yes, Professors ‘Groom’ Their Students Chronicle of Higher Education
Imperial Collapse Wtach
How India Influences the Quad The Diplomat
Sri Lanka PM pitches reform to quell protests Deutsche Welle
SUPREME COURT GUTS ITS OWN PRECEDENT TO ALLOW ARIZONA TO KILL BARRY JONES The Intercept (furzy)
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
Talk of doing good rings hollow among global elite FT. Rana Foroohar.
From the TimesMachine. Enthusiasm for Italian fascism among American bankers and elites was considerable in the 1920s. pic.twitter.com/MB8a0OyaGM
— Policy Tensor (@policytensor) May 30, 2022
Oh yes indeed. ✔️ pic.twitter.com/LRQZ9Dgfoq
— 💧 Ian McKay (Post hole Digger) (@inxanadudid) May 29, 2022
Worth noting Larry Summers’s protege is Sheryl Sandberg, and her firm is being sued by the FTC for antitrust violations. https://t.co/cMJnl7CFUk
— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) May 28, 2022
Ottawa set to introduce new firearms legislation Globe and Mail
Antidote du Jour:(via)
And a bonus video:
This is Roy — our very own visiting bully boy super survivor lorikeet who terrifies the cockatoos and will not take orders of any kind. His partner is Priscilla who he often sends in as decoy ie “sweet parrot”. Then he turns on his hunch backed pugilistic charm @ParrotOfTheDay pic.twitter.com/yoTStl8UCS
— Feathers of Oz (@FeathersOz) May 29, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.