Elephant caught ‘smoking’ on camera leaves scientists baffled Independent. ??? Watch this video– what is going on here?
Are Lithuanians obsessed with bees? BBC
Signifiers Hedgehog Review. Seeing the misuse of the verb curate usually makes me skip or fast forward. What’s wrong with plain old select?
A history of loneliness The Conversation
Imported trap approved by Government to kill pests also lethal to Britain’s dwindling hedgehog numbers Independent
The last whalers Aeon
Writer Jan Morris on reporting from Everest and changing sex FT. Lunch with the FT.
Puerto Rico six months after Hurricane Maria: then and now The deck: Six months after Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico on 20 September 2017, AFP photographer Ricardo Arduengo revisited his photographs of the devastation included the uprooting of trees, destruction of homes and widespread flooding. Guardian
Kill Me Now
Obama ponders creating ‘a million young Barack Obamas’ The Hill (UserFriendly). And the MSM criticize Trump’s narcissism. I guess it’s a more or less necessary quality for anyone who runs seriously for President.
Thousands Lose Right to Vote Under ‘Incompetence’ Laws Pew Charitable Trusts
The DAs Who Want to Set the Guilty Free The Marshall Project
Uber Killer Car
Most Stressful Job on the Road: Not Driving an Autonomous Car WSJ
How McDonald’s uses interior design tricks to keep customers wanting more Marketwatch
American adults just keep getting fatter Miami Herald
Uber concedes in Southeast Asia, sells business to rival Grab MarketWatch
‘The Gig Economy’ Is the New Term for Serfdom Truthdig
HIV/AIDS taught us how to beat the opioid epidemic Salon
Gentrifier couple thrilled by short interaction with working class locals The Daily Mash
Train Buffs Are Traveling Cross-Country in Super Luxe Railcars Hitched to Amtrak Trains WSJ
Rural hospital shutdowns force communities to take care of their own CNBC
Australia Ball-Tampering Not as Disparaging as the Culture That Allowed It The Wire. Front page news in places that take their cricket seriously.
Strayan cricket the perfect metaphor for a dirty nation Macrobusiness.com.au. And, an equally scathing condemnation from an Australian source.
Only 3% Millennial Turnout in Illinois Primary Millennial Politics. UserFriendly: ”I txted people for the primary, they hated all the candidates.”
Rick Santorum to Parkland students: Learn CPR instead of protesting for ‘phony gun laws’ USA Today (The Rev Kev)
Switzerland has a stunningly high rate of gun ownership — here’s why it doesn’t have mass shootings San Francisco Chronicle
In Utah the NRA terrorists showed up with a machine gun mounted on a truck to intimidate children pic..com/SU19ZSiKGi
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Will the Putin-Xi era supersede the Western liberal (dis)order? Asia Times. Pepe Escobar.
China’s new central bank chief shrugs off financial risks from trade war SCMP
China needs more water. So it’s building a rain-making network three times the size of Spain SCMP
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
As countries across the world forge ahead with digital ID projects, where does privacy fit in? Scroll.in Part 2 of a 4 part series.
Aadhaar Analytica: Why both data protection scandals should deeply disturb everyone Scroll.in
Sticking to your diet? This tooth-mounted food sensor could transmit the truth Ars Technica. Creepy! Who would seriously want to do this?
Sinai Peninsula: Sisi’s offensive continues despite promises Al Jazeera
Syria – The East-Ghouta-Afrin Exchange Is Complete – Where Will The SAA Go Next? Moon of Alabama
Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea divers explore freedoms off the coast WaPo. This puff piece just happens to appear the week Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in DC, hoping to promote tourism as a way to offset declining Saudi Arabian oil revenues. Party on! Let’s do spring break in Riyadh.
On the Imperative of Transnational Solidarity: A U.S. Black Feminist Statement on the Assassination of Marielle Franco The Black Scholar (UserFriendly)
Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage The Register (The Rev Kev)
Americans less likely to trust Facebook than rivals on personal data Reuters
Ask Slashdot: Is There a Good Alternative to Facebook? Slashdot (Chuck L)
People are freaking out that Facebook’s Android apps collect call and text data — but Facebook says it got permission Business Insider (David L)
Why the Outrage? London Review of Books
Former Cambridge Analytica workers say firm sent foreigners to advise U.S. campaigns WaPo
Sex in Politics…Not!
Stormy Daniels sighs as she recalls ‘bad sex’ with ‘ugly’ Donald Trump Metro.uk. Usually I try to take the high road when I select links but– I confess, Metro had me at the headline. And I thought at least some readers might appreciate the details about watching Shark Attack.
GOP senators fuel Justice Kennedy retirement talk The Hill
Trump’s legal team in flux as he reverses hiring decision Politico
Hawks Always Fail Upwards American Conservative. Follow on from the Stephen Walt Foreign Policy column I linked to yesterday. Here’s the link for anyone who may have missed it: Welcome to the Dick Cheney Administration Foreign Policy.
Antidote du jour:
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here