Wednesday, May 22, 2019

PLATT - CURATED News

GENERAL INTEREST
Overconfident people from upper-class backgrounds succeed, even if they???re not that smart 
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/incompetent-people-from-wealthy-backgrounds-are-more-likely-to-act-like-theyre-smart-and-people-believe-them-2019-05-21

This Is What Reaching 186 Mph On The Autobahn Looks Like 
https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/motorcycles/this-is-what-reaching-186-mph-on-the-autobahn-looks-like/ar-AABGWRO?ocid=spartandhp

HEALTH
A Rare Genetic Mutation Leads to Cancer. The Fix May Already Be in the Drugstore.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/health/gene-mutation-cancer.html?em_pos=medium&ref=headline&nl_art=14&te=1&nl=science-times&emc=edit_sc_20190520&login=email&auth=login-email

YouTube cracks down on videos that promote drinking bleach as ???miracle cure??? 
https://nypost.com/2019/05/21/youtube-cracks-down-on-videos-promoting-drinking-bleach-as-miracle-cure/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

WHO AFRO - Situation Report - Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in DRC - Sitrep 42 (2019)
http://newsletters.afro.who.int/outbreak-dashboards/jviwu0bigad1hj3oiwqrmm?email=true&a=11&p=55040165

HUMOR
The News in Zingers 
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0519/hamilton.php3

SPORTS
Horrifying moment weightlifter's leg SNAPS as he attempts to squat 250kg during a competition in Russia
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7053311/Horrifying-moment-weightlifters-leg-SNAPS-attempts-squat-250kg-Russia.html

BUSINESS
US intelligence chiefs shared classified info with tech execs about doing business with China
https://news.yahoo.com/us-intelligence-chiefs-shared-classified-213314127.html

Case of the Killer Toyotas
See the second Wall Street Journal article, below.

ENVIRONMENT?? 
Amazing Plastic-Eating Microbes Could Help Clean Up The Terrible Trash in Our Oceans 
https://www.sciencealert.com/plastic-munching-microbes-in-the-ocean-could-help-fix-our-terrible-pollution-crisis

WEATHER
Newly Released Video of Nebraska Flooding in Mind-numbing
https://weather.com/news/weather/video/newly-released-video-of-nebraska-flooding-in-mind-numbing?pl=pl-latest-forecasts

Can Congress Find the Political Will to Solve Our Flood Problems? 
https://www.ecowatch.com/flood-risk-insurance-congress-2637616744.html

ENERGY
New York???s energy policy depends on an impossible fantasy 
https://nypost.com/2019/05/20/new-yorks-energy-policy-depends-on-an-impossible-fantasy/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

What if Green Energy Isn???t the Future?
See the first Wall Street Journal article, below.

CYBER SECURITY
Instagram accidentally leaks private data of major influencers
https://nypost.com/2019/05/21/instagram-accidentally-leaks-private-data-of-millions-of-influencers/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

Scammers use Facebook to trick people into thinking they accidentally donated money to ISIS
https://www.foxnews.com/tech/scammers-facebook-trick-donated-isis

NATIONAL SECURITY
Huawei to the Danger Zone: Chinese Telecommunications Company Threatens Britain's National Security
https://nationalinterest.org/feature/huawei-danger-zone-chinese-telecommunications-company-threatens-britains-national-security

DEFENSE
GAO Report on USS Zumwalt Debacle ??? Deficiencies, Delays and No Big Guns
http://www.oldsaltblog.com/2019/05/gao-report-on-uss-zumwalt-debacle-deficiencies-delays-and-no-big-guns/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OldSaltBlog+%28Old+Salt+Blog%29

McRaven: Anyone who calls millennials 'soft' has clearly never seen them in a firefight
https://taskandpurpose.com/admiral-mcraven-defends-millennials-military

No Cloaking Device Here: F-22 Stealth Fighters Can Be Tracked
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/no-cloaking-device-here-f-22-stealth-fighters-can-be-tracked-58632

LAW AND ORDER
The Epidemic of Electronic Deletions 
https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/05/democratic-government-officials-epidemic-electronic-deletions/

Feds Broke Up Alleged Scheme to Send Surplus Pentagon Gear to Iran
https://www.thedailybeast.com/new-hampshire-man-allegedly-tried-to-send-iran-a-million-dollars-of-pentagon-goods?source=articles&via=rss

Middle school students allegedly fed urine- and semen-filled crepes to teachers 
https://nypost.com/2019/05/20/middle-school-students-allegedly-fed-urine-and-semen-filled-crepes-to-teachers/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

IMMIGRATION
Both Parents Are American. The U.S. Says Their Baby Isn???t.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/21/us/gay-couple-children-citizenship.html?te=1&nl=evening-briefing&emc=edit_ne_20190521

BIG BROTHER
Can the Brits Define ???Islamophobia???? 
https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/05/islamophobia-definition-debate-united-kindgom/

MIDDLE EAST
Bomb-carrying drone from Yemen rebels targets Saudi airport 
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/bomb-carrying-drone-from-yemen-rebels-targets-saudi-airport-2019-05-21

SPYGATE
The Epidemic of Electronic Deletions 
https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/05/democratic-government-officials-epidemic-electronic-deletions/

Spygate: Obama Admin Cut Situation Room???s Video Feed During Meetings on Russia Investigation
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/05/21/spygate-obama-admin-cut-situation-rooms-video-feed-during-meetings-on-russia-investigation/

TRUMPGATE
Nadler subpoenas Hope Hicks and McGahn's former aide for testimony
https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/444850-nadler-subpoenas-hope-hicks-and-mcgahns-former-aide-for-testimony

Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/444908-democrats-talk-subpoena-for-mueller

POLITICS
The Memo: Trump faces steep climb to reelection
https://thehill.com/homenews/the-memo/444674-the-memo-trump-faces-steep-climb-to-reelection

'Save Chick-Fil-A bill' clears the Texas House along party lines 
https://start.att.net/news/read/article/corpus_christi_calle-save_chickfila_bill_clears_the_texas_house_along_p-rgannett/category/news
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"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end ??? 
which you can never afford to lose ??? with the discipline to confront
the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."
        - VAdm James Stockdale, USN (1923-2005)

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (without permission)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-if-green-energy-isnt-the-future-11558294830?emailToken=87a70a8b5ed234d6ef1fc8f2bc2123bbzVifvZfmMR3FJak4+ROm1nD40ESJ9La3LX/WuaEWDtSzdV6TiTsnzfw7mvqYLzdubrhX5kj+2Ku2DCN7atwp/613q9Hor1me5305fGiJRno%3D&reflink=article_email_share

What if Green Energy Isn???t the Future?

There???s a reason Warren Buffett decided to bet $10 billion on the future of oil and natural gas.

May 19, 2019 3:40 p.m. ET

A gas-filtration system atop a well managed by Anadarko in Pennsylvania, Sept. 8, 2012.
 Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images
What???s Warren Buffett doing with a $10 billion bet on the future of oil and gas, helping old-school Occidental Petroleum buy Anadarko, a U.S. shale leader? For pundits promoting the all-green future, this looks like betting on horse farms circa 1919.

Monday, May 20, 2019

PLATT - CURATED News

GENERAL INTEREST
Financial collapse of the United States Postal Service is coming
https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/444316-financial-collapse-of-the-united-states-postal-service-is-coming

Ancient Chinese Buildings Are Held Together With Rice, Sugar, and Blood
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/chinese-architecture?

This Plane Accidentally Flew Around the World
https://medium.com/s/story/the-long-way-round-the-plane-that-accidentally-circumnavigated-the-world-c04ca734c6bb

HEALTH
How Exercise Affects Our Memory
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/01/well/move/how-exercise-affects-our-memory.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

BUSINESS
Trump, China and trade: Who blinks first?
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/444343-trump-china-and-trade-who-blinks-first

How good CEOs make personal connections with employees 
https://nypost.com/2019/05/19/how-good-ceos-make-personal-connections-with-employees/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

TRAVEL
In Search of Ancient Morocco
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/15/t-magazine/morocco-travel-draa-valley.html?module=inline&te=1&nl=morning-briefing&emc=edit_nn_20190519

A Bid to Maintain One of the World’s Oldest Culinary Traditions
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/08/t-magazine/parsi-food.html?module=inline&te=1&nl=morning-briefing&emc=edit_nn_20190519

A Journey Into Greece’s Land of a Thousand Stories
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/t-magazine/greece-ithaca-visit.html?module=inline&te=1&nl=morning-briefing&emc=edit_nn_20190519

British backpacker, 25, also moaned about her 'nine to five bulls***' life before she began traveling in Australia and complained about 4 hour fruit picking days – as hostel hits back and says ‘99% of workers are happy’
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7038737/British-backpacker-claims-lured-slave-labour-Bundaberg-region-fruit-picking-farm.html

SPORTS
High school sprinter accepts New Orleans Saints star’s $10K race challenge
https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/high-school-sprinter-accepts-new-orleans-saints-stars-10k-race-challenge

CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change: One man's fight to save a California tree
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48189216

ENVIRONMENT
Compassionate conservation is 'seriously flawed'
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-48315709

SCIENCE
‘Knitting Is Coding’ and Yarn Is Programmable in This Physics Lab 
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/science/math-physics-knitting-matsumoto.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

ENTOMOLOGY
Liberty Vittert: What’s your actual chance of getting a mosquito bite? A statistician crunches the numbers
https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/liberty-vittert-mosquito-bite-statistician-numbers

Wasps Passed This Logic Test. Can You?
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/09/science/paper-wasps-logic-test.html?em_pos=medium&ref=headline&nl_art=7&te=1&nl=science-times&emc=edit_sc_20190514

ORNITHOLOGY
Nat Geo’s Geese Leave the Nest | National Geographic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19-OcyxQKGk

DEFENSE
This Missile Might be the U.S. Navy's Important Weapon in Decades 
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/missile-might-be-us-navys-important-weapon-decades-58462

LAW AND ORDER
Why Zimbabwe’s female rangers are better at stopping poaching
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2019/06/akashinga-women-rangers-fight-poaching-in-zimbabwe-phundundu-wildlife-area/?cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=sunstills_20190519::rid=50837301195

SOCIAL MEDIA
Facebook’s A.I. Whiz Now Faces the Task of Cleaning It Up. Sometimes That Brings Him to Tears.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/technology/facebook-ai-schroepfer.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

MIDDLE EAST
Trump, Saudi Arabia warn Iran against Middle East conflict
https://news.yahoo.com/saudi-arabia-says-seeking-avert-war-ball-irans-010340952--sector.html

Iran-US tensions: 'There will be no war', says Zarif
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48321768

Bolton emerges as flashpoint in GOP debate on Iran
https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/444362-bolton-emerges-as-flashpoint-in-gop-debate-on-iran

SPYGATE
Klobuchar: 'Don't think' there are reasons to investigate Mueller probe's origins
https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/444440-klobuchar-dont-think-there-are-reasons-to-investigate-mueller?rnd=1558274623

When Did the Spying Begin?
See the Wall Street Journal article, below.

TRUMPGATE
Romney on Mueller report: 'Really, really troubling,’ but Americans ‘just aren’t there’ on impeachment
https://news.yahoo.com/romney-cnn-mueller-report-142312332.html

In clash with Congress, weak legal case may still help Trump
https://news.yahoo.com/weak-legal-case-could-still-042426643.html

Democratic leaders' impeachment tightrope
https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/444402-democratic-leaders-impeachment-tightrope

POLITICS
Dems walk Trump trade tightrope
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/444356-dems-walk-trump-trade-tightrope

Abortion Fight or Strong Economy? For G.O.P., Cultural Issues Undercut 2020 Message
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/19/us/politics/republicans-abortion-economy-issues.html?te=1&nl=morning-briefing&emc=edit_nn_20190519&login=email&auth=login-email

Here are the potential candidates still eyeing 2020 bids
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/444250-here-are-the-potential-candidates-still-eyeing-2020-bids

Why Dems think they can virtue signal their way to the White House 
https://nypost.com/2019/05/18/why-dems-think-they-can-virtue-signal-their-way-to-the-white-house/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

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"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – 
which you can never afford to lose – with the discipline to confront
the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."
        - VAdm James Stockdale, USN (1923-2005)
FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (without permission) 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/when-did-the-spying-begin-11558105067?emailToken=7a7bbca6da79326911c073f9e7b08978sudhKNl0oSrfH8Y3yhcjyT8W61nnWgl0g7J3lK2h+fyrVrMnLTInASaOVixFJcywfsV8+Qmy/o1epNlPcmtbHQ%3D%3D&reflink=article_email_share

When Did the Spying Begin?

U.S. Attorney General William Barr says he’s going to find the answer.

May 17, 2019 10:57 a.m. ET

President Donald Trump greets former Vice President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017.
 Photo: lucy nicholson/Reuters
Americans are getting closer to learning how the surveillance tools of the U.S. government were turned against the party out of power during the 2016 presidential campaign. This morning the Journal’s Sadie Gurman and Aruna Viswanatha report on their interview with the head of the U.S. Department of Justice:

Sunday, May 19, 2019

PLATT - CURATED News

GENERAL INTEREST
The Cast of MASH Finally Reveals Dark Secrets from the Set 
https://www.parentztalk.com/view/45-years-of-mash--what-happened-to-the-cast-and-dark-secrets-from-the-set-pt/?page=20

The rise and fall of Amtrak, which has been losing money since 1971 
https://start.att.net/news/read/article/business_insider-the_rise_and_fall_of_amtrak_which_has_been_losing-newscred2/category/finance

PHYSICAL HEALTH
‘This terrible disease’: Ovarian cancer is deadly, but new tests, treatments start to emerge
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/this-terrible-disease-ovarian-cancer-is-deadly-but-new-tests-treatments-start-to-emerge/2019/05/17/c4111816-5629-11e9-8ef3-fbd41a2ce4d5_story.html?utm_term=.1deed2aa7b18

There are hundreds of reasons people scratch. Some are minor; some are signs of illnesses 
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0519/scratch.php3

MENTAL HEALTH
What self-care looks like for the sandwich generation (and it's not what you think) 
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0519/self_care_sandwhich_gen.php3

HEALTH CARE
How Palestinian Leaders Punish Patients
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14208/palestinian-leaders-punish-patients

PROGRESSIVES ******
KISS’s Gene Simmons Slammed for Commending the Troops – Why?
https://townhall.com/columnists/tommybehnke/2019/05/18/kisss-gene-simmons-slammed-for-commending-the-troops--why-n2546508?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=05/18/2019&bcid=3cb4e56ddeac8885c78e874bb1d8f1a4&recip=27077809

EDUCATION
Thoughts on being a #CaneGrad
https://townhall.com/columnists/laurencooley/2019/05/18/thoughts-on-being-a-canegrad-n2546526?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl&newsletterad=05/18/2019&bcid=3cb4e56ddeac8885c78e874bb1d8f1a4&recip=27077809

ENVIRONMENT
Retired Oil Rigs off the California Coast Could Find New Lives as Artificial Reefs
https://www.ecowatch.com/oil-rigs-to-reefs-california-2637296780.html

DEFENSE
Can the Department of Defense Win Its Complicated Battle Against Climate Change? 
https://www.ecowatch.com/defense-department-climate-change-2637186570.html

LAW AND ORDER
Feds probe MTA overtime king Thomas Caputo and other LIRR workers
https://nypost.com/2019/05/17/feds-probe-mta-overtime-king-over-a-dozen-other-lirr-workers-report/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

IMMIGRATION
DeSantis Warns: Don't Drop Illegal Immigrants Off In Florida 
https://www.dailywire.com/news/47372/desantis-warns-dont-drop-illegal-immigrants-hank-berrien

Trump administration backs off plan to send migrants from Mexican border to South Florida, sheriff says
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/trump-administration-backs-off-plan-to-send-migrants-from-mexican-border-to-south-florida-sheriff-says/ar-AABytCa?ocid=spartandhp

MIDDLE EAST
US Israel-Palestinian peace plan 'a surrender act' - Palestinian FM
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48309562

MORE WH TURMOIL 
Acting secretary blocked Stephen Miller’s bid for another DHS shake-up
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/acting-secretary-blocked-stephen-millers-bid-for-another-dhs-shakeup/2019/05/17/20608bf6-78e4-11e9-b3f5-5673edf2d127_story.html?utm_term=.dacd126d2799

HRCGATE
Trump needles Jerry Nadler on probes into Clinton’s missing emails 
https://nypost.com/2019/05/17/trump-needles-jerry-nadler-on-probes-into-clintons-missing-emails/?utm_campaign=iosapp&utm_source=mail_app

SPYGATE
Bull Durham at Justice
See the Wall Street Journal article, below.

TRUMPGATE
Mueller mystery: Will he ever testify to Congress?
https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/444354-mueller-mystery-will-he-ever-testify-to-congress

Treasury Department rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns
https://thehill.com/policy/finance/444335-trump-administration-rejects-house-dem-subpoena-for-trump-tax-returns

Getting to the bottom of Trump's tax secret 
https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/444068-getting-to-the-bottom-of-trumps-tax-secret

POLITICS
Warren policy ideas show signs of paying off
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/444346-warren-policy-ideas-show-signs-of-paying-off

What Does Biden's Surge Mean? 
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0519/morris051719.php3

Biden is leading the polls. His own party wants to stop him 
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0519/thiessen051719.php3

Will the Dems give up on Beto O'Rourke? 
http://jewishworldreview.com/0519/ed_rogers051719.php3

--
"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end – 
which you can never afford to lose – with the discipline to confront
the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."
        - VAdm James Stockdale, USN (1923-2005)

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (without permission)

https://www.wsj.com/articles/justice-done-right-11558048561?emailToken=86df6e06f18e1cdd05e5029d093d686bR+RCgIkfWJgQBc5dMnlFsxEQnHTjUTOfnx/86oRHr44blcvZQyPHhD7pnbvkekX7&reflink=article_email_share

Bull Durham at Justice

Bill Barr’s latest appointment reminds us how the department should operate.

Updated May 16, 2019 7:24 p.m. ET
Opinion: Barr Appoints John Durham to Investigate Spy Claims
In the aftermath of the Mueller probe, Attorney General William Barr responded to claims of FBI and DOJ abuse of power by appointing seasoned U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate the matter. Image: AP
Better late than never: Attorney General William Barr has tasked U.S. Attorney John Durham to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation. If the Justice Department had done this two years ago, the country would be in a much better place.