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Dancing honeybees use democratic process when selecting a new home ScienceDaily. From 2010. Still germane! Scientists Discover Nearly 200,000 Kinds of Ocean Viruses Quanta A Flightless, Chicken-Sized Bird Keeps Re-Evolving Into Existence Because It DGAF Buzzfeed (DK). Original. Uber’s IPO Joins Ranks of Wall Street Flops Bloomberg 1 big thing: Uber’s IPO got caught in perfect storm Axios Uber’d Eschaton. Just spitballing here, but what if there’s so much capital sloshing about that Uber’s VCs backed it as a form of social engineering: To destroy public transportation, increase traffic, degrade employment law, pioneer an immiserated labor force of gigsters, and so forth. What’s not to like? Uber’s inability to ever turn a profit would have then been a secondary consideration, and Uber a

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Dancing honeybees use democratic process when selecting a new home ScienceDaily. From 2010. Still germane!

Scientists Discover Nearly 200,000 Kinds of Ocean Viruses Quanta

A Flightless, Chicken-Sized Bird Keeps Re-Evolving Into Existence Because It DGAF Buzzfeed (DK). Original.

Uber’s IPO Joins Ranks of Wall Street Flops Bloomberg

1 big thing: Uber’s IPO got caught in perfect storm Axios

Uber’d Eschaton. Just spitballing here, but what if there’s so much capital sloshing about that Uber’s VCs backed it as a form of social engineering: To destroy public transportation, increase traffic, degrade employment law, pioneer an immiserated labor force of gigsters, and so forth. What’s not to like? Uber’s inability to ever turn a profit would have then been a secondary consideration, and Uber a sort of hobby farm for the 0.1%. Oh, and Uber (along with Facebook) pioneered the idea that “move fast and break things” applies to the law, as well. And what’s wrong with freeing capital from such antiquated fetters?

Playing DICE with Life on Earth: Nordhaus’s Damage Function Steve Keen (part one).

‘Huge Moment for Justice’: Landmark Verdict as UK Jury Acquits Extinction Rebellion Co-Founder Who Argued Necessity Defense Common Dreams

Internal documents show 3M hid PFAS dangers for decades Detroit Free Press (MN).

Brexit

The Brexit effect: private equity firms shun UK for Europe FT

Brexit BOMBSHELL: New poll puts Brexit Party AHEAD of Conservatives for General Election Express

Proportional Representation in Regional Constituencies. How does it work? Richard Corbett, MEP

Is Jeremy Corbyn really anti-Semitic? Spectator

The latest multi-billion pound move in NHS privatisation – is the endgame in sight? OpenDemocracy

China?

China’s Vice-Premier Liu He says ‘small setbacks’ will not derail trade war talks and Donald Trump warns China to reach a trade deal now, or face a ‘far worse’ one if I get re-elected South China Morning Post

The “Clash of Civilizations” Model is a Poor Fit for Conflicts in East Asia The National Interest

India

PM Narendra Modi Interview: ‘Khan Market gang hasn’t created my image, 45 years of tapasya has… you cannot dismantle it’ Indian Express

Syraqistan

US builds up forces in Middle East FT

Media Amplify Iran War Propaganda – Play Up Intelligence Lies Moon of Alabama

Armed militants storm luxury hotel in Pakistan attack Guardian

Army strategists much better at planning fantasy wars instead of war in Afghanistan Duffel Blog

Venezuela

The Latest: Guaidó asks for relations with US military AP

National Assembly VP Detained and 55 Armed Forces Officers Expelled in Attempted Putsch Fallout in Venezuela Venezuelanalysis

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Trump Transition

Trump seeks to limit judges’ powers on injunctions after legal blows The Hill

The dangerous precedent of Congress demanding Trump’s tax returns The Week

Border detention cells in Texas are so overcrowded that U.S. is using aircraft to move migrants WaPo

Dems warn Shanahan new border actions could break civil-military law Military Times

Education Secretary Betsy Devos Hires Private Accounting Firm to Audit the Student Loan program: Asking For Bad News Condemed to Debt

Warren, Nadler introduce bill to allow student loan borrowers bankruptcy relief The Hill (UserFriendly). Looks like it’s S1414. Let me check the co-sponsors… Nope, Joe Biden’s not on there. Would you believe it!

Congressional Staff Hosted at Anti-Medicare For All Retreat The Intercept. Of Democrats: Clyburn (D-SC), Hoyer, D-MD, Lipinski, (D-IL), Schrader (D-OR), Torres Small (D-NM), Trone (D-MD). “Officials from the Blue Dogs, Problem Solvers Caucus, and the New Democrats were also in attendance.” The resort looks nice.

2020

Why Joe won’t blow it Michael Tracey, The Spectator USA

Obamamania and its Legacy: Why Biden Leads John Halle

Sanders: I Can Defeat Trump By Speaking To His Base, “Exposing Him For The Fraud He Is” RealClearPolitics

Trump backers applaud Warren in heart of MAGA country Politico. Warren is obviously a Russian puppet.

Our Famously Free Press

The Last Family-Owned Daily in Mississippi The Atlantic. If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

Millions of people uploaded photos to the Ever app. Then the company used them to develop facial recognition tools. NBC

Harvard Drops Harvey Weinstein Lawyer as a Faculty Dean NYT. The unwoke do not deserve legal representation.

Class Warfare

Back Row America First Things. Chris Arnade. Today’s must-read.

The Gross Inequality of Death in America The New Republic

Not No Longer but Not Yet LRB. Review of the collected writings of Mark Fisher, author of Exiting the Vampire Castle. Even if Fisher didn’t invent “Mighty woke of you” (drumlin woodchuckles) he surely would have, given the appropriate conjuncture.

What’s Scarier Than Student Loans? Welcome to the World of Subprime Children NYT

Walmart store managers average $175,000 a year. Many employees still earn below the poverty line. Guardian. College administrator territory! Of course, it’s not like being an adjunct and a shelf-stocker are in any way similar….

Congress could help nearly 8 million working moms this Mother’s Day if it raised the federal minimum wage EPI

Why We Join Cults Areo. “We”? And if you’re looking for an explanation of the various *DSs ( ____ Derangement Syndromes) that we seem to be accumulating, they don’t fit the criteria given for cult in the article. Interesting nonetheless.

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