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Links 5/15/2021

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Bison could be the ‘natural firefighters’ we need to tackle wildfires EuroNews (David L) ‘Talkative’ dinosaur species found in Mexico DW Roads and highways disrupt bee pollination Popular Science (resilc) Scientists Just Discovered a Hidden Pattern in Soil’s Carbon Emissions ScienceAlert (Kevin W) French vineyards devastated by changing climate reportedly expect to lose up to 50% of their crops this year Business Insider Climate Emissions Shrinking the Stratosphere, Scientists Reveal Guardian The golden ratio: An ancient Greek formula could be responsible for most hit musicals PhysOrg (Dr. Kevin) Politically polarized brains share an intolerance of uncertainty ScienceBlog (Dr. Kevin) Mammals Can Breathe Through Their Intestines Gizmodo Anal oxygen administration may save lives Economist

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Bison could be the ‘natural firefighters’ we need to tackle wildfires EuroNews (David L)

‘Talkative’ dinosaur species found in Mexico DW

Roads and highways disrupt bee pollination Popular Science (resilc)

Scientists Just Discovered a Hidden Pattern in Soil’s Carbon Emissions ScienceAlert (Kevin W)

French vineyards devastated by changing climate reportedly expect to lose up to 50% of their crops this year Business Insider

Climate Emissions Shrinking the Stratosphere, Scientists Reveal Guardian

The golden ratio: An ancient Greek formula could be responsible for most hit musicals PhysOrg (Dr. Kevin)

Politically polarized brains share an intolerance of uncertainty ScienceBlog (Dr. Kevin)

Mammals Can Breathe Through Their Intestines Gizmodo

Anal oxygen administration may save lives Economist (Dr. Kevin)

Why We Speak More Weirdly at Home The Atlantic (Dr. Kevin). Not a feature of my uptight WASP upbringing.

Our Weirdest Dreams Could Be Training Us for Life, New Theory Says Gizmodo (Dr. Kevin)

From Its Myriad Tips: Mushroom Brain London Review of Books (David L)

#COVID-19

The Missing Dead: How the Media Has Misreported COVID’s Toll in Poorer Nations Counterpunch

Science/Medicine

The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill Wired (resilc). Important.

Asia

Pandemic untamed in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan Asia Times (Kevin W)

UK/Europe

India variant could seriously disrupt lifting of lockdown, says Boris Johnson Guardian (Kevin W)

US

The CDC’s Big Mask Surprise Came Out of Nowhere Atlantic

NY Yankees Covid-19: How vaccinated members tested positive for coronavirus CNN. Lambert: “Good thing CDC is collecting data on vaccinated people with asymptomatic Covid. Oh, wait…”

Walmart to Stop Requiring Masks for Vaccinated Workers and Shoppers Wall Street Journal

China?

Tiangong: China may gain a monopoly on space stations – here’s what to expect The Conversation (Kevin W)

Despite delisting concerns, the number of Chinese companies on US equity markets rises South China Morning Post (resilc)

China Lands on Mars in Crowning Moment for Space Program Wall Street Journal

Brexit

Parallel universes Chris Grey. On the Queen’s Speech.

New Cold War

A nation no longer divided? How Russians are increasingly remembering, rather than erasing, the country’s bloody Civil War history RT (Chuck L)

Syraqistan

4:30 AM EDT: Live: Hamas fires rockets as Israel renews air strikes BBC

Bernie Sanders: The U.S. Must Stop Being an Apologist for the Netanyahu Government New York Times (Kevin C)

The new Guernica : Netanyahu exposes the role of France, UK and Germany Defend Democracy

As Israel bombards Gaza, BDS urges renewed economic pressure Al Jazeera (resilc)

As Arab world rallies around Palestinians and bloodshed mounts, Trump-era peace deals fade from view Washington Post

From resilc: “PLO Embassy, Vermont”:

Links 5/15/2021

Tensions mount among Democrats over US-Israel policy The Hill

Yemen: Saudi Arabia’s Lost Cause Scott Ritter (Chuck L)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Pentagon Surveilling Americans Without a Warrant, Senator Reveals Vice (furzy)

Capitol Seizure

Democrats move to establish commission on Capitol riot as Republicans start pushing back on official narrative RT (Kevin W)

Looming Texas Law Would Allow Anti-Choice ‘Vigilantes’ to Sue Anyone Who ‘Aids or Abets’ an Abortion Common Dreams (furzy)

Black Injustice Tipping Point

Black homeowner had a white friend stand in for third appraisal. Her home value doubled. Indianapolis Star (Dr. Kevin)

Our Famously Free Press

Summary of Terrorism Threat to the U.S. Homeland Department of Homeland Security (fk). After all of the pearl-clutching about the transition of power in January, when nada happened, we now have this, issued 5/14. In the first para:

Social media and online forums are increasingly exploited by these actors to influence and spread violent extremist narratives and activity.

Homeland Security releases new terrorism alert warning violent extremists could strike businesses and places of worship across the US as COVID-19 restrictions start to ease Daily Mail

Facebook’s Secret Rules About the Word “Zionist” Impede Criticism of Israel Intercept

Confronting Disinformation Spreaders on Twitter Only Makes It Worse, MIT Scientists Say Vice. Irritating to see people rediscovering social psychology basics as if they were the first to work them out.

Gas shortages likely to linger for days The Hill

Chicago Police Are Causing Car Accidents And Drivers Are Dying Jalopnik

Big Oil Is Trying to Make Climate Change Your Problem to Solve Rolling Stone (furzy)

Record High Trade Deficit Angry Bear

Starlink review: broadband dreams fall to Earth The Verge. Kevin W: And we lose the night sky for this?

Apple Patents a Way To Deliver 3D Content Without 3D Glasses Patently Apple. I find 3D hype particularly annoying, since all those products will do is give me a headache. I pray they don’t become popular.

Facebook Loses Bid to Block Ruling on EU-U.S. Data Flows Wall Street Journal

Cashing Out Heisenberg Report:

Coming full circle, Rabobank’s Every noted that “Colonial [Pipeline] paid Russian hackers a ransom of $5 million IN CRYPTO, which could not make a clearer case for why the SEC might want to be step in.”

Ireland defies hackers’ bitcoin demand over health system Financial Times

Class Warfare

Desperate for workers, US restaurants and stores raise pay Associated Press

Amazon Access to Mailbox Could Be Grounds to Overturn Union Vote Bloomberg

Krystal Ball: Elitist NY Mayoral Candidates Have NO CLUE How Expensive Housing Is In Brooklyn YouTube (Chuck L)

Antidote du jour (furzy):

Links 5/15/2021

And a bonus (Chuck L, courtesy AnimalRescue):

Another bonus, from guurst. Another reader featured it in comments a few days back, so apologies for not giving you credit.

No snow leopards died in the making of this video :-)

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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