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)
The Missing Dead: How the Media Has Misreported COVID’s Toll in Poorer Nations Counterpunch
The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill Wired (resilc). Important.
Pandemic untamed in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan Asia Times (Kevin W)
India variant could seriously disrupt lifting of lockdown, says Boris Johnson Guardian (Kevin W)
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
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
Your moment of Zenz pic.twitter.com/KdGyig4VTh
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) May 14, 2021
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)
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
Settlement Push in East Jerusalem neighborhood shows Israeli “apartheid” https://t.co/D7DE6IhXlO by @DaliaHatuqa
— The Intercept (@theintercept) May 15, 2021
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”:
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)
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)
The fact that Kevin McCarthy, the House @GOPLeader, stripped Justin Amash of all committee seats for criticizing Trump, but has worked to protect this person from consequences (including pretending he doesn’t see it) tells you this is happening with the support of GOP leadership. https://t.co/10OnclroLV
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 14, 2021
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
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):
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.
Snow leopard hunting pic.twitter.com/WwDQnRBA4I
— Nature Is Cruel (@TheCrueINature) May 9, 2021
No snow leopards died in the making of this video 🙂
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.