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Links 5/16/19

Summary:
Songkhla Zoo puts lemur babies on display The Nation (furzy) After Walking Thousands Of Miles, Mink The Bear Is Almost Back Home NPR (David) ‘Balls Are Complete’: How a Navy Jet Crew Drew a Massive Penis in the Sky Vice (resilc) The moon is shrinking, and a new study shows it’s racked by moonquakes NBC (furzy) Neanderthals and modern humans diverged at least 800,000 years ago PhysOrg The Rise of the First Animals Scientific American (furzy) Study finds scientific reproducibility does not equate to scientific truth PhysOrg (Robert M) India’s court system teeters on brink of collapse Bangkok Post (furzy) China? Trump’s Huawei Threat Is the Nuclear Option to Halt China’s Rise Bloomberg China dumps US Treasuries at fastest pace in two years Financial Times. Brace yourselves for a yawn. Brexit

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Songkhla Zoo puts lemur babies on display The Nation (furzy)

After Walking Thousands Of Miles, Mink The Bear Is Almost Back Home NPR (David)

‘Balls Are Complete’: How a Navy Jet Crew Drew a Massive Penis in the Sky Vice (resilc)

The moon is shrinking, and a new study shows it’s racked by moonquakes NBC (furzy)

Neanderthals and modern humans diverged at least 800,000 years ago PhysOrg

The Rise of the First Animals Scientific American (furzy)

Study finds scientific reproducibility does not equate to scientific truth PhysOrg (Robert M)

India’s court system teeters on brink of collapse Bangkok Post (furzy)

China?

Trump’s Huawei Threat Is the Nuclear Option to Halt China’s Rise Bloomberg

China dumps US Treasuries at fastest pace in two years Financial Times. Brace yourselves for a yawn.

Brexit

Theresa May faces another catastrophic three-digit defeat on her Brexit deal, claim Brexiteer Tories The Sun

This appears to be significant. “Revoke” idea is now being discussed in polite company. From testimony by Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay in the House of Lords yesterday regarding a planned vote on the Withdrawal Agreement:

I think if the House of Commons does not approve the WAB [Withdrawal Agreement Bill] hen the Barnier deal is dead in that form and I think the House will have to then address a much more fundamental question between whether it will pursue… a no-deal option or whether it will revoke.

May to be told by 1922 Executive this morning: give us your leaving date or you’ll be gone in a month Telegraph v. May loyalists threaten to oust the 1922 grandees if they try to topple her The Sun

EU fines five banks €1.1bn over foreign exchange cartel Financial Times

France to ban e-scooters from pavements in September RTE (PlutoniumKun)

New Cold War

Russia Has Americans’ Weaknesses All Figured Out Defense One (resilc)

What Putin and Pompeo did not talk about The Saker (Kevin W)

Russia Could Take Hold Of China’s Entire Gas Market OilPrice

Syraqistan

No increased Iran threat in Syria or Iraq, top British officer says, contradicting US Guardian (furzy). Wowsers. So no coalition of the willing this time?

The Iraq War Was a Failure—War With Iran Would Be Worse Atlantic

Iran Threat Debate Is Set Off by Images of Missiles at Sea New York Times (furzy).

The Lunacy Of Waging A War On Iran Which China And Russia Will Win Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)

Pompeo’s Golan Heights Nonsense American Conservative (resilc)

Houthi drone attacks in Saudi ‘show new level of sophistication’ Al Jazeera (resilc)

How Turkey Defied the U.S. and Became a Killer Drone Power Intercept (resilc)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

The radio navigation planes use to land safely is insecure and can be hacked ars technica (Chuck L)

Imperial Collapse Watch

US threatens EU with trade war over weapons Defense Post (Kevin W)

Trump Transition

William Barr Assignment of John Durham to Look at Russia Probe Sends Chilling Message to FBI for Trump Daily Beast (furzy)

What happened to the Trump counterintelligence investigation? House investigators don’t know. Washington Post (furzy)

Surprise: Pentagon Finds Money for Wall! LobeLog (resilc)

Trump declares emergency over IT threats BBC

‘Stinks to High Heaven’: Calls to Investigate Trump Labor Board’s Gift to Uber Amid Stock Market Struggles CommonDreams (furzy)

Conrad Black: Trump pardons ex-media mogul convicted of fraud Guardian (furzy)

As Abrams passes on Senate race, a Democratic problem becomes clear MSNBC

I No Longer Believe House Democrats Will Uphold Their Constitutional Duty Esquire (resilc). Pull out the smelling salts.

Pelosi and Biden: Desperate Times Call For Faint Measures New York Magazine

These 25 Republicans – all white men – just voted to ban abortion in Alabama Guardian

Poll: Majority thinks fetal heartbeat abortion bans aren’t too restrictive The Hill. Resilc: “Why not ban an erection?” Moi: This demonstrates the power of how to frame a question. Recall this tweet from Water Cooler yesterday:

2020

‘It’s infuriating’: Kamala Harris team galled by Biden veep talk Politico (furzy). Hahaha. I have to admit this short-term is a great and nasty way to take Harris out of the running (not that her chances were very good) but at what cost? Harris may be convinced enough of her deserved-ness to play rough via proxies.

Biden’s Early Surge Tests Strength of Democratic Progressives Bloomberg (resilc)

Bogus CNN Poll Favors Biden Exposed! Jimmy Dore (Kevin W)

Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan to Fight the Opioid Crisis New Republic (resilc)

Gunz

Bullock: Gun violence a public health issue in mass shooting era MSNBC (furzy)

California Burning

PG&E Lines Tied to Deadliest California Fire in State Report Bloomberg

California power company caused wildfire that killed 85, investigation finds Los Angeles Times (Tom H)

Fake News

Newspaper Of Wreckage LoebLob (resilc). Deadly.

Eating Roadkill Is Illegal in California. But That May Change KQED Science (resilc)

Monthly Mortgage Payments in the United States Barry Ritholtz (resilc)

Microsoft Word is getting politically correct Fast Company

Class Warfare

AT&T promised it would create 7,000 jobs if Trump went through with its $3B tax-cut, but they cut 23,000 jobs instead Boing Boing (resilc)

Easy prey to the middleman: the immigrants toiling in US fields Guardian. Resilc: “Why would they be any different than US citizens???”

Antidote du jour. ChiGal:

ne word: Inscrutable. She didn’t move a whisker, showing regal disregard for the four therapists invading her living room for a clinical consult group.

Or alternatively: This is how it’s done, lesser beings. Mindfulness embodied.

Links 5/16/19

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