/Links 6/1/19

Links 6/1/19

Dear patient readers,

By virtue of being out of my normal routine, I am working while in a room where old syndicated TV shows are airing. This particular channel regularly runs ads from the “Call me Alabama” ambulance-chaser. Tonight was an ad from a different law firm fishing for agricultural, yard, and pool workers who had developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma and was explicit that Monsanto was the target.

Researchers strapped video cameras on 16 cats and let them do their thing. Here’s what they found Science

Man caught smuggling nearly 5,000 leeches in luggage CBC (resilc)

Hundreds of Birds Died During Test of a 5G Antenna In The Netherlands USVegan (furzy). Not a great source, but readers in the Netherlands might be able to track this down.

Record-Breaking Heat in Alaska Wreaks Havoc on Communities and Ecosystems Hakai Magazine (David L)

Nuclear Power Dying A Slow Death OilPrice (furzy)

How To Make Your Own AirPods for $4 Motherboard

GM fungus rapidly kills 99% of malaria mosquitoes, study suggests BBC (David L)

How governments are beginning to regulate AI Financial Times (David L)

The APA Meeting: A Photo-Essay Slate Star Codex (UserFriendly)

Use of Male Mice Skews Drug Research Against Women, Study Finds Guardian


China’s Plan To Influence Global Commodity Pricing SafeHaven

North Korea

US checking reports North Korea executed envoy, says Pompeo Guardian (resilc)

‘Nostalgia Serves No Purpose’: An Interview with Michel Barnier New York Review of Books (UserFriendly)

Dim View of the World: Will Merkel Be Followed by Darkness? Der Spiegel (resilc)

Lib Dems lead the polls as they start to become “the party of the 48%” YouGov (vlade). PlutoniumKun adds:

The zombies have arisen. Of all the outcomes of Brexit, having the LibDems lead the polls I think is the least expected. Its terrible news for Corbyn. It also shows I think that the middle ground on Brexit is nearly extinct, what was a minority issue has now cleaved the country in half. The problem for the LibDems is that no Remainers have a strategy for a clear way out of the morass. The Brexiteers of course have one – go for a no deal and get it all over and done with.

Of course, as the article points out, the vagaries of FPTP does not mean the LibDems can benefit significantly in an election. They can only win a lot of seats if they do a deal with someone before an election, and that’s highly unlikely. I’d be interested to see if this surge is primarily in urban areas (in which case they may be able to turn it into seats), or if its more geographically spread out, in which case they can’t.


Benjamin Netanyahu: The fugitive Crime Minister Mondoweiss (UserFriendly)

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Facebook Reportedly Thinks There’s No ‘Expectation of Privacy’ On Social Media CNET

Chelsea Manning Challenge Harsh Fines Levied Against Her By Federal Court Shadowproof (UserFriendly)


Trump’s Top Trade Adviser Opposed Mexican Tariffs Wall Street Journal

‘America First is a fallacy,’ Mexico’s president responds to Trump tariff Reuters (resilc)

Trump holds firm on Mexico tariffs despite Republican dissent CNN

Grassley slams Trump tariffs on Mexico: ‘A misuse of presidential tariff authority’ The Hill

Trump’s Tariff Threat Sends Mexico, Lawmakers and Businesses Scrambling New York Times

Things Were Going Great for Wall Street. Then the Trade War Heated Up. New York Times (furzy)

Trump Transition

“Freedom Gas”: The Trump Administration’s Ridiculous New Plan to Rebrand Fossil Fuels Mother Jones (resilc)

GOP attorneys release a devastating video that lays out the case for Trump’s prosecution Raw Story (David L)

The House Is Right to Move Toward an Impeachment Inquiry Lawfare (furzy)

Trump’s Plan to Deny Benefits: Pretend People Aren’t Poor Nation

Justice Department Is Preparing Antitrust Investigation of Google Wall Street Journal

Nation With Crumbling Bridges and Roads Excited to Build Giant Wall New Yorker (furzy)

Trump Tells U.S. Navy to Go Back to Steam Catapults Popular Mechanics (resilc)


Edward Who? The Snowden Affair Ends with a Whimper Dissident Voice (Bill B)

Julian Assange Must Never Be Extradited Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone (furzy, UserFriendly)

Unraveling Justice Department’s Conspiracy Theory Against Assange Shadowproof (UserFriendly)

How Democrats Should Respond to the GOP’s Red-Baiting Nation (furzy)


Professor who has correctly predicted 9 presidential elections says Trump will win in 2020 unless Democrats impeach The Hill (resilc)

Mike Gravel Should Be on the 2020 Debate Stage Jacobin (UserFriendly)

Elizabeth Warren’s Pitch to Win California: Anti-Tech Class Warfare Vanity Fair (resilc)

Kamala Harris Is More Interested In Telling You What She Believes Than Who She Is FiveThirtyEight (resilc). Patrick: “As a metadata librarian I couldn’t help but shake my head.”

The Public Supports A Right To Repair Data For Progress (UserFriendly)

Metadata is the biggest little problem plaguing the music industry The Verge

The Call Is Coming from Inside the House Slack Wire. UserFriendly: “Krugman, moron.”

Suicide Epidemic Has Swept Across American West Rolling Stone

Hydrogen-powered flying vehicle touted as Southern California traffic tonic – Reuters. EM: “See, if we can convince millions of SoCalians to abandon those dinosaurish cars and take to the air in our investor-dollar-clean-burning Jetson Mobility Devices, bye-bye traffic congestion! At least on the ground…”

Is There Too Much Business Debt? Liberty Street Economics (UserFriendly)

A 600-Page Textbook About Modern Monetary Theory Has Sold Out Bloomberg (furzy)

Guillotine Watch

Mt Everest deaths and overcrowding spark anger over commercialisation Financial Times

Class Warfare

Three decades of neoliberal policies have decimated the middle class, our economy, and our democracy Joseph Stiglitz, MarketWatch

Amazon Shopping for Manhattan Office Space, Proving HQ2 Haters Right Slate

Prisoner’s dilemma shows exploitation is a basic property of human society MIT Technology Review (Dr. Kevin)

Antidote du jour. Chet:

The previous week has been the snapping turtle week of spring in central Pennsylvania (around State College).

First, all the snappers get together and socialize to a greater or lesser extent.

Businesses Scrambling New York Times

On the following days the female snappers go walk-about to find a place to lay eggs. (One can encounter them almost anywhere).

Michel Barnier New York Review

And a bonus. More otters from guurst:

See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.

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