Thur 5.3

elon-musk.jpgMusk and Tesla
blowing billions,
Wall Street freaks

— Musk has built up a showman’s reputation as the founder and chief executive officer of Tesla, calling on true believers to help him overcome the “haters” who question his company’s ability to usher in an electric-vehicle age on an ambitious timetable. 

Yes, dammit, plants DO talk to each other
The Daily Mail
— Plants inspire neighbors to grow through a series of underground signals, a new study has revealed.
— Researchers found that corn seedlings exchange messages with nearby plants via chemical signals fired into the soil from their roots.
— These potent secretions tell the seedlings whether their neighbors are relatives or strangers and help them direct their growth accordingly.

Just another sack o’ lies
Guiliani joins Trump in insane asylum at 1600 Pennsylvania
Vice News
The Stormy Daniels things. Don’t bother reading, this tale told by a lunatic will change tomorrow.
>>> Sarah Sanders, why did you lie about Stormy payout?
Sarah: Shut Up

Raw Story
>>> Another Trump lawyer wises up and bails 
The Guardian

One company funding 7 startups to kill Facebook
— A startup incubator is giving seven companies $100,000 in seed money to build a privacy-oriented, democratic Facebook alternative.

It’s not like the Mercers are gonna
give up on their right wing campaign
Cambridge Analytica pretends to shut down
The Guardian
— The company has been plagued by scandal since the Observer reported that the personal data of about 50 million Americans and at least a million Britons had been harvested from Facebook and improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica.
— Cambridge Analytica denies any wrongdoing, but says that the negative media coverage has left it with no clients and mounting legal fees.

So they could pick and choose professors
Secret Koch “funding” of academia breaks out into open

The Charles Koch Foundation donated millions to George Mason University, and newly released documents reveal that in exchange, the conservative foundation was granted some influence over the hiring and firing of professors. After the revelation, the president of the university ordered an inquiry into the school’s gift acceptance policy.

Amazon, city of Seattle, in pissing match
— Amazon is flexing its muscles making its opposition known to a proposed Seattle tax by bringing a halt to all planning on a massive project scheduled for construction in Downtown Seattle, and may tweak its plans to occupy a new downtown skyscraper.

Who declared this war anyway?
Green Berets quietly help Saudis vs. Yemen rebels
NY Times
— For years, the American military has sought to distance itself from a brutal civil war in Yemen, where Saudi-led forces are battling rebels who pose no direct threat to the United States.
— But late last year, a team of about a dozen Green Berets arrived on Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen, in a continuing escalation of America’s secret wars.
— With virtually no public discussion or debate, the Army commandos are helping locate and destroy caches of ballistic missiles and launch sites that Houthi rebels in Yemen are using to attack Riyadh and other Saudi cities.

Something’s happening here …
L.A. teachers file to form first US union in charter schools
The Intercept
… a turning point not only for educators in Los Angeles, but also for scores of non-union teachers across the country, many of whom are engaged in or considering their own organizing campaigns. It also comes amid nationwide teacher uprisings, as Arizona educators continue their statewide strike for the fifth day in a row, and other educator movements take shape in states like Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Colorado.

Americans retiring richer, but jeez, all they do is watch TV
One in six of US retirees is a millionaire.
>>> Older folks losing billions and billions to fraud

Pirate radio stations explode on YouTube
NY Times
— A trick of YouTube’s algorithms has led to the blossoming of hundreds of unlicensed, independent radio stations on the site, reminiscent of an age of underground broadcasts in the previous century.
… videos, with subscriber counts in the hundreds of thousands, are some of most popular continuously streaming music stations on the site. Many are run by young Europeans, who may have only a passing familiarity with the history of the music they are spreading.
… And they don’t know why, but their users really do insist on the anime images.



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