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Pandemic Chronicles: Are We Fighting a War Against COVID-19?
https://outrider.org/nuclear-weapons/articles/pandemic-chronicles-are-we-fighting-war-against-covid-19

Spending trillions on ‘defense’ left America unprepared for real disasters
https://grist.org/climate/spending-trillions-on-defense-left-america-unprepared-for-real-disasters/

Pentagon spends hundreds of millions of dollars in the fight against coronavirus
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/07/coronavirus-pentagon-spends-several-hundred-million-dollars-to-fight-pandemic.html

Why do so many Pentagon projects go so far over budget? The Jetsons explain.
https://thebulletin.org/2020/05/why-do-so-many-pentagon-projects-go-so-far-over-budget-the-jetsons-explain/

The inside story behind the Pentagon’s ill-fated quest for a real life 'Iron Man' suit
https://taskandpurpose.com/military-tech/pentagon-powered-armor-iron-man-suit

DARPA's next robot warship looks suspiciously like an Imperial Star Destroyer
https://taskandpurpose.com/military-tech/darpa-robot-warship-star-destroyer

The Air Force’s Secret Space Plane Is Part of A Plan to One Day Shoot Microwaves to Earth
https://www.defenseone.com/technology/2020/05/air-forces-secret-space-plane-part-plan-one-day-shoot-microwaves-earth/165198/

Pentagon Reactivates Cheyenne Mountain Nuclear Fortress To Deal With COVID-19 Pandemic
https://www.ibtimes.com/pentagon-reactivates-cheyenne-mountain-nuclear-fortress-deal-covid-19-pandemic-2971847

In the Fight to Treat Coronavirus, Your Lungs Are a Battlefield
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/08/health/coronavirus-covid-lungs-ventilators.html

'Genocide by default': America prepares for a brutal coronavirus slow burn
https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/genocide-by-default-america-prepares-for-a-brutal-coronavirus-slow-burn-20200508-p54qzc.html

Hidden Toll: Mexico Ignores Wave of Coronavirus Deaths in Capital
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/08/world/americas/mexico-coronavirus-count.html

Pompeo: Never Mind, Maybe COVID Didn’t Come From Chinese Lab After All
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/pompeo-never-mind-maybe-covid-didnt-come-from-chinese-lab-after-all

Angry tweets and mocking videos: China attempts to shape coronavirus narrative online
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/angry-tweets-mocking-videos-china-attempts-shape-coronavirus-narrative-online-n1200231

WeChat's surveillance of international users boosts censorship in China, researchers say
https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/wechat-surveillance-users-outside-china-1.5558503

Why countries keep bowing to Apple and Google’s contact tracing app requirements
https://www.theverge.com/interface/2020/5/8/21250744/apple-google-contact-tracing-england-germany-exposure-notification-india-privacy

Utah Pulls Plug On Surveillance Contractor After CEO's Past As A White Supremacist Surfaces
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200505/13265344440/utah-pulls-plug-surveillance-contractor-after-ceos-past-as-white-supremacist-surfaces.shtml

Scrutiny of Social-Distance Policing as 35 of 40 Arrested Are Black
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/07/nyregion/nypd-social-distancing-race-coronavirus.html

Moment ex-cop, 64, and son, 34, are arrested and charged with MURDER of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery, 25, two months after his fatal shooting - as family lawyer calls it 'the first step to justice'
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8299259/Two-white-men-shot-killed-unarmed-black-jogger-Ahmaud-Arbery-charged-MURDER.html

Indianapolis police chief condemns officer's "closed casket" comment after deadly shooting livestreamed on Facebook
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/indianapolis-police-officer-closed-casket-sean-reed-shooting-livestreamed-facebook/

For cops who kill, special Supreme Court protection
https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-police-immunity-scotus/

Supreme Court throws out convictions of New Jersey officials in Bridgegate scandal
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/07/politics/supreme-court-bridgegate-new-jersey-opinion/index.html

The Malaysian Job: How Wall Street enabled a global financial scandal
https://harpers.org/archive/2020/05/the-malaysian-job-wolf-of-wall-street-1malaysia-development-berhad/

The Federal Reserve Has Pumped Money Into the Capital Markets. Guess Who’s Gotten It.
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/05/the-federal-reserve-capital-markets-winners-and-losers

Congress Sets Up Taxpayers to Eat $454 Billion of Wall Street’s Losses. Where Is the Outrage?
https://wallstreetonparade.com/2020/05/congress-sets-up-taxpayers-to-eat-454-billion-of-wall-streets-losses-where-is-the-outrage/

Uber Lost $3 Billion on $3.5 Billion in Revenues. Fake “Profitability” Delayed. Another Quarterly Horror-Show. Markets Eat it Up
https://wolfstreet.com/2020/05/07/uber-lost-3-billion-on-3-5-billion-in-revenues-fake-profitability-delayed-another-quarterly-horror-show-markets-eat-it-up/

Coronavirus-driven bad news hasn't stopped the stock market comeback
https://www.axios.com/stock-market-jobs-report-coronavirus-2ae62de3-6ffa-42e4-b365-9837e49e3f0a.html

The Unemployment Rate Is 15 Percent. Here’s Why the Stock Market Doesn’t Mind.
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/05/us-unemployment-rate-jobs-report-stock-market-dow.html

The market is not out of touch with reality, it’s just showing how the economy has changed
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/07/op-ed-the-market-is-not-out-of-touch-with-reality-its-just-showing-how-the-economy-has-changed.html

America can’t avoid a Great Depression II because we’re hard-wired to cheat the working class
https://www.inquirer.com/columnists/attytood/us-new-unemployment-claims-great-depression-relief-20200507.html

As Iowa reopens, workers are forced to choose between a paycheck and their health
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/07/iowa-reopens-workers-are-being-forced-chose-between-paycheck-their-health/

The Government Is Ready to Reopen. Its Citizens Aren’t, Polls Show.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/08/us/politics/coronavirus-reopening-polls.html

On the Front Lines of “Reopen America”
https://capitalandmain.com/on-the-front-lines-of-reopen-america-0507

POLITICS and FLEAS

The agonizing story of Tara Reade
https://www.vox.com/2020/5/7/21248713/tara-reade-joe-biden-sexual-assault-accusation

She Said Anthony Fauci Sexually Assaulted Her. Now She Says Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman Paid Her to Lie.
https://reason.com/2020/05/07/she-said-anthony-fauci-sexually-assaulted-her-now-she-says-jacob-wohl-and-jack-burkman-paid-her-to-lie/

Barr: FBI Set Flynn Up In An Illegitimate “Perjury Trap” — Directed By Top Brass
https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/05/08/barr-fbi-set-flynn-illegitimate-perjury-trap-directed-top-brass/

If Michael Flynn did nothing wrong, why didn’t he tell the truth?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/if-michael-flynn-did-nothing-wrong-why-didnt-he-tell-the-truth/2020/05/07/d3188354-90ab-11ea-a9c0-73b93422d691_story.html

Bill Barr's Lawless Justice Department Just Let Michael Flynn Off the Hook
https://www.gq.com/story/bill-barr-let-flynn-go

Newly released material in the Flynn case implicates Obama
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/05/newly_released_material_in_the_flynn_case_implicates_obama.html

Trump calls for ‘dirty cops’ to pay ‘big price’ for Russia probe after release of transcripts, in ‘Fox & Friends’ interview
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-dirty-cops-to-pay-big-price-for-russia-probe-after-release-of-transcripts-in-fox-friends-interview

Russia Investigation: Trump Discusses 'Hoax' With Russia's Putin As Justice Seeks To Block Release Of Evidence
https://www.ibtimes.com/russia-investigation-trump-discusses-hoax-russias-putin-justice-seeks-block-release-2972358

Trump Reflects on Russia Investigation: 'I Learned a Lot From Richard Nixon'
https://www.mediaite.com/tv/trump-i-learned-a-lot-from-richard-nixon/

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

VE Day was the day we decided to build a better world. After coronavirus, we must do it again
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/ve-day-coronavirus-better-world-21995780

Nazi dictatorship did not end with V-E Day
https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-nazi-dictatorship-did-not-end-with-v-e-day/a-53343340

Did Gorbachev want to destroy the USSR? Could the Soviet Union still exist today? Might Putinism end in reforms? Questions about Perestroika that you’re too embarrassed to ask, 35 years later
https://meduza.io/en/feature/2020/05/07/did-gorbachev-want-to-destroy-the-ussr-could-the-soviet-union-still-exist-today-might-putinism-end-in-reforms

The coup that never was: How a disinformation campaign created the illusion of political chaos in Qatar
https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2020/05/07/the-coup-that-never-was-how-a-disinformation-campaign-chaos-in-qatar/

After Another ‘Coup’ in Aden, Which Government in Yemen Is ‘Legitimate’?
https://original.antiwar.com/Bas_Spliet/2020/05/06/after-another-coup-in-aden-which-government-in-yemen-is-legitimate/

A New Generation of Dissenters Dies in Egyptian Prison
https://prospect.org/world/new-generation-dies-egypt-prison-shady-habash/

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

Scientists Find Honeybees Can Trigger 'Virgin Births' With Just a Single Gene
https://www.sciencealert.com/a-single-gene-is-all-it-takes-for-cape-honey-bees-to-fill-a-hive-with-parasitic-copies

Strange science explains why some animals are cool with cannibalism
https://www.inverse.com/science/ancient-roots-cannibal-comb-jellies

WEIRD SCIENCE: Incest and History
https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/may-2020/weird-science-incest-and-history

THE MEDIA SCRUM

‘Plandemic’, the Viral Coronavirus Documentary, Stars a Discredited Doctor and Sham ‘Science’
https://www.thedailybeast.com/plandemic-the-viral-coronavirus-documentary-stars-a-discredited-doctor-and-sham-science

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter grapple with viral Plandemic conspiracy video
https://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-youtube-and-twitter-grapple-with-viral-plandemic-conspiracy-video/

Twitter failing to curb misinformation “superspreaders,” report warns
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/05/twitter-failing-to-curb-misinformation-superspreaders-report-warns/

Fox News Host Pete Hegseth Encourages Viewers To Infect Themselves With COVID-19
https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2020/05/fox-news-host-pete-hegseth-encourages-viewers-to-infect-themselves-with-covid-19/

ODDS, ENDS

Tom DeLonge on the Pentagon Releasing UFO Videos: ‘I Can’t Believe We Pulled This Off’
https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/tom-delonge-ufo-video-pentagon-release-blink-182-994370/

Former Sen. Harry Reid Believes in Aliens, Urges Politicians to Not Be Afraid
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wxqea5/former-senator-harry-reid-believes-in-aliens-urges-politicians-to-not-be-afraid

Hydrogen-Breathing Aliens? Study Suggests New Approach to Finding Extraterrestrial Life
https://singularityhub.com/2020/05/06/hydrogen-breathing-aliens-study-suggests-new-approach-to-finding-extraterrestrial-life/

Researchers engineer photosynthetic bacteria to produce hydrogen
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/researchers-engineer-photosynthetic-bacteria-to-produce-hydrogen/

Green hydrogen's time has come, say advocates eying post-pandemic world
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronarivus-hydrogen-analysis/green-hydrogens-time-has-come-say-advocates-eying-post-pandemic-world-idUSKBN22K0MJ

How the pandemic will change our relationship to time forever
https://mashable.com/article/time-distortion-coronavirus-pandemic-quarantine/

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