Snowball the dancing parrot stuns scientists with 14 separate moves to Eighties classic hits Telegraph. Snowball may be more accomplished, but I like this cockatoo for his enthusiasm.
Thousands of dead fish litter Kentucky River after Jim Beam warehouse fire CBS :-(
As NASA Aims For The Moon, An Aging Space Station Faces An Uncertain Future NPR. Kevin W: ” Maybe they can relocate those Hydrogen Fluoride plants here.”
It’s the End of the World as They Know It Mother Jones (UserFriendly)
A Ferocious Heat in Delhi New York Review of Books (Anthony L)
Earth’s Ancient Life Forms Are Awakening After 40,000 Years in Permafrost ScienceAlert (Kevin W). Um, sounds like the plot of a lot of horror movies.
Today’s Deep Learning Is Like Magic – In All The Wrong Ways Forbes (David L)
E-scooters: a transport ‘tsunami’ flooding cities worldwide PhysOrg (UserFriendly). A pox on them. A colleague in Brooklyn’s toddler is a casualty. The child suffered a concussion when an e-scooter knocked him over. And without boring you with details, the child also is showing lasting symptoms as a result, like regular nightmares when he wasn’t subject to them before.
we’re not fixing climate change Freddie deBoer
Why Is Measles Back? Atlantic. Um, someone needs to ask? Resilc: “We’ve run down the path toward public goods are bad and stupid…every person for his/herself….stage 2 of 5 stages toward USSR full on mode.” Moi: “The difference will be that in the USSR, there were hardly any goods in stores. In the US, shelves will be stocked but ordinary people will be able to buy very little.”
The Woman Who Revealed the Missing Link Between Viruses and Cancer Smithsonian (Chuck L)
Hong Kong extradition bill ‘is dead’ says Carrie Lam BBC. !!!!
US barred Hong Kong consul from giving critical speech on protests Financial Times (David L)
US-China tech war and the US intelligence community Asia Times (Kevin W). I don’t find the article claims credible. Can knowledgeable readers comment? For starters, China wouldn’t tolerate it, given its aim of total surveillance…..ex Huawei goods having lots of back doors. But what about non-China-origin products?
US approves $2.2bn Taiwan arms sale despite Chinese ire BBC
Boris Johnson’s “Looking Glass” Brexit New Yorker. This strikes me as far too kind to Johnson and his fellow travelers. If nothing else, the stakes were much lower in the LeCarre book.
’30-’ Tory rebels willing to defy whip and block no-deal Brexit Guardian
Brexit widens the UK’s language divide between rich and poor Financial Times
Chris Grayling accused of trying to ‘silence’ road hauliers over no-deal Brexit Telegraph
How Fake News Could Lead to Real War Politico (UserFriendly)
France ramps up efforts to save Iran nuclear deal Financial Times
Iran declares war on the USA’s covert influence in Iraq. Elijah Magnier (Chuck L)
“Pretty Please” – Trump Asked Iran To Allow Him To Bomb It Moon of Alabama (Kevin W)
Scott Ritter: US may start a war with Iran ‘by mistake’ to appease the Israel lobby YouTube (furzy). From late May, still germane.
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Federal police forced Qantas to hand over the private travel records of an ABC journalist Sydney Morning Herald (Kevin W). Ugh.
From Wat, undated but important background pieces from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: National Security Letters nd National Security Letter Timeline
Serious Security Flaw With Teleconferencing App Could Allow Websites to Hijack Mac Webcams Gizmodo
Imperial Collapse Watch
Obama: Front Man for Washington’s Imperialism Paul Craig Roberts (furzy)
Trump hits back over UK ambassador’s leaked memos Guardian (UserFriendly). FWIW: Sir Kim Darroch’s diplomatic memos ‘leaked in revenge for alleged failure to promote pro-Brexit Britain’ Telegraph
Trump Couldn’t Ignore the Contradictions of His Foreign Policy Any Longer Atlantic (UserFriendly, Bob K)
Judge rules against Trump on drug pricing disclosures The Hill
Pelosi: Census citizenship question is effort to ‘make America white again’ The Hill
Bill Clinton issues statement on Epstein charges The Hill (UserFriendly)
Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez move to declare climate crisis official emergency Guardian
Making the Revolving Door Great Again: Recent FDA Commissioner Dr Scott Gottlieb Joins the Pfizer Board of Directors Health Care Renewal. Substantiation of Warren’s charge of corruption.
Democrats in Disarray
Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Know Who The Democratic Party Is Anymore HuffPost (UserFriendly)
What Happened to America’s Political Center of Gravity? New York Times. UserFriendly: “lol based on their written platform Sanders just barely pushed the democrats to the left of center in 2016.”
The Trailer: Sanders wants to reshape the electorate. Here’s how his campaign plans to try. Washington Post (UserFriendly)
Tom Steyer 2020 Presidential Run Looks Closer Atlantic. UserFriendly: “Seriously, if you don’t shoot me I’m going to have to do it myself.”
Supreme Court takes fiduciary case for overfunded DB plan Pensions & Investments. DS: “This case could be significant on the issue of standing to sue fiduciaries. Not certain where the court will land.”
The Toxic-Gas Catastrophe Hiding Beneath Your Home New Republic
From Dan K:
Fox guest enthusiastically spins a new survey showing 23% of American expect to never retire: "What a great country where we have the opportunity to keep working. … We don't have to retire like generations before us. This is a great blessing! You should embrace it!" pic..com/ZMmneOqB5L
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) July 8, 2019
CBO report shows broad benefits from higher minimum wage Economic Policy Institute
A federal court just ordered the pilots who fly your Amazon Prime packages to stop ‘excessively’ calling in sick and refusing to work overtime Business Insider (Kevin W)
Detroit’s Afrofuture Fest drops plan to charge white festivalgoers higher ticket prices Washington Post
Antidote du jour. Tracie H: “When E. B. White (cat, not author) was a 10 week old kitten in 2012.”
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.