Mon May 14

Wake up, America
The Dragon’s Reach

Voice of America
— As the US descends into cultural sniping, China is investing more than $1 trillion in roads, bridges, railways, ports, and power plants in more than 70 countries — a bold strategy to steer global commerce its way and reclaim its Silk Road heritage. This project examines how the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ is transforming lives, reshaping landscapes and tilting the geopolitical balance.
>>> Right under our noses
— As America pisses away its chances, China becomes Cuba’s key trading partner
(Video report)
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Trump puts “America First” on hold to save Chinese jobs
NPR
ZTE, the world’s fourth-largest maker of cellphones, was found in violation of U.S. rules against selling U.S.-originated technology to certain blacklisted countries. After reaching a more than $1 billion settlement with Commerce as reparation for its Iran and North Korea dealings, ZTE then violated the terms of the agreement by failing to fire some employees and reprimand others who were involved in the illicit technology transfers.
(Here’s one guess: In exchange for this favor, the Chinese will pressure N. Korea to make Trump look good during the, ahem, “historic meeting.”)

Supreme Court: Let sports gambling begin!
Sports Illustrated
— The United States Supreme Court agreed on Monday to allow New Jersey’s bid for sports betting at its casinos and racetracks, effectively ending on a prohibition on a $100 billion industry and striking down restrictions on wagering outside of Nevada.
— “The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make,” the Supreme Court announced. “Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own.”
— The ruling could allow as many as 25 other states to seek similar allowances.
>>> “Our long national nightmare is over.”
— Adam Levitan on Twitter

Dozens killed in Gaza as US moves embassy to Jerusalem
AP
— Israeli fire killed at least 41 Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border on Monday, casting a pall over Israel’s festive inauguration of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
— Protesters set tires on fire, sending plumes of black smoke into the air, and hurled firebombs and stones toward Israeli troops across the border.
— At least 772 protesters were wounded, including 86 in serious or critical condition.

Senate Dems to force vote to save Net Neutrality
Politicus USA

Many more foreign students staying in US to build careers
Pew Research
— Federal training program sees 400% increase in foreign students graduating and working in science and technology from 2008 to 2016.

Opiod crisis? Well, booze and tobacco is far more deadly
Live Science
— Tobacco smoking was tied to the greatest rate of death. For every 100,000 deaths in 2015, 110 were tied to tobacco, while just 33 were related to alcohol and seven to illegal drug use.

Water spout on Jupiter’s moon signals possibility of life
The Guardian
— A Nasa probe that explored Jupiter’s moon Europa flew through a giant plume of water vapour that erupted from the icy surface and reached a hundred miles high, according to a fresh analysis of the spacecraft’s data.
— The discovery has cemented the view among some scientists that the Jovian moon, one of four first spotted by the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei in 1610, is the most promising place in the solar system to hunt for alien life.

Mystery solved
Malaysian airliner went down via captain’s murder-suicide

The Independent
— Six days after the plane disappeared, their homes in the Malaysian capital were searched, and computer equipment taken away. It contained evidence suggesting Captain Zaharie had used flight simulation software to prepare for diverting the aircraft.
— A Canadian air-crash investigator, Larry Vance, said he believed that Captain Zaharie put on an oxygen mask before depressurising the plane to render the passengers and crew unconscious: “There is no reason not to believe that the pilot did not depressurise the cabin to incapacitate the passengers.”

CBD oil will be regulated as marijuana in Michigan
M-Live
— Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, falls under Michigan’s existing medical marijuana laws, according to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The department said CBD derived from marijuana is defined as marijuana under state law. The purchase, sale or possession of CBD oil must therefore be in compliance with marijuana licensing laws.

The Well-Regulated Militia
Wing Nut executed outside N.H. Chinese cafe
Raw Story

JesseJarvis-FacebookOne extra-spicy order of General Tso’s chicken still waiting on the counter …
— A white supremacist gang leader was gunned down over the weekend outside a Chinese restaurant in New Hampshire.
— Jesse Jarvis, who co-founded the Brotherhood of White Warriors at the Northern New Hampshire Corrections Facility, was shot multiple times shortly after midnight Sunday in the parking lot of Imperial Buffet in Claremont.
>>> Say Their Names (Twitter account)
On May 13th 2018 these people were shot and killed: Holden Guyette, 22; Lamarion Upchurch, 15; Jesse Jarvis, 36; Shaun Barfield; Genesis Marie McCarter Berretto, 18

Musk admits Tesla’s all screwed up
Reuters

Chipotle fired mom of 9, destroyed evidence, now owes her $8 million
Fresno Bee
— Fresno County Superior Court jurors ordered Chipotle to pay Jeanette Ortiz nearly $8 million in damages, ruling that she was not a thief, but victim of a scheme to fire and defame her for filing a worker’s compensation claim for a job-related injury to her wrist.
>>> Chipotle trying to fix queso, aka “dumpster cheese”
Business Insider

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