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Neurotechnology overview: Why we need a treaty to regulate weapons controlled by … thinking
https://thebulletin.org/2020/04/neurotechnology-overview-why-we-need-a-treaty-to-regulate-weapons-controlled-by-thinking

The US Needs to Rethink Nation-Building to Prevent the Next Forever War
https://www.pogo.org/analysis/2020/04/the-us-needs-to-rethink-nation-building-to-prevent-the-next-forever-war/

Kent State and the War That Never Ended 
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/05/04/kent-state-and-the-war-that-never-ended

No, COVID-19 Isn't Like the Vietnam War. It Isn't Like Any War.
https://reason.com/2020/04/29/no-covid-19-isnt-like-the-vietnam-war-it-isnt-like-any-war/

Why Vietnam won and US lost their Covid-19 wars
https://asiatimes.com/2020/04/why-vietnam-won-and-us-lost-their-covid-19-wars/

Chinese Embassy in France Mocks U.S. Coronavirus Response With 'Once Upon a Virus' Animated Video
https://www.newsweek.com/chinese-embassy-france-mocks-us-coronavirus-response-once-upon-virus-animated-video-1501321

Inside the Early Days of China’s Coronavirus Coverup
https://www.wired.com/story/inside-the-early-days-of-chinas-coronavirus-coverup/

Nothing to See Here, Just ‘Labs in China’ Being Sloppy with ‘Biological Disposal’
https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/nothing-to-see-here-just-labs-in-china-being-sloppy-with-biological-disposal/

Trump admin pulls NIH grant for coronavirus research over ties to Wuhan lab at heart of conspiracy theories
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-admin-pulls-nih-grant-coronavirus-research-ties/story?id=70418101

Meet the Scientists on the Frontlines of Protecting Humanity from a Man-Made Pathogen
https://leapsmag.com/meet-the-scientists-on-the-frontlines-of-protecting-humanity-from-a-man-made-pathogen/

Top US spy agency says coronavirus was ‘not manmade or genetically modified’
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/30/dni-says-coronavirus-was-not-manmade-or-genetically-modified.html

Chinese lab conducted extensive research on deadly bat viruses, but there is no evidence of accidental release
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/chinese-lab-conducted-extensive-research-on-deadly-bat-viruses-but-there-is-no-evidence-of-accidental-release/2020/04/30/3e5d12a0-8b0d-11ea-9dfd-990f9dcc71fc_story.html

Trump claims he has seen evidence linking coronavirus to Wuhan lab
https://nypost.com/2020/04/30/trump-claims-he-has-seen-evidence-linking-coronavirus-to-chinese-lab/

Trump claims on Covid-19 origins criticised as ‘conspiracy theory’
https://www.stalbansreview.co.uk/news/national/18420203.trump-claims-covid-19-origins-criticised-conspiracy-theory/

Fact check: Hilton CEO shatters Trump's testing conspiracy theory while sitting beside him
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/30/politics/fact-check-trump-testing-conspiracy-hilton-nassetta/index.html

The ridiculous claim that Pelosi flew to Wuhan, China, after impeachment failed
https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2020/apr/30/facebook-posts/ridiculous-claim-pelosi-flew-wuhan-china-after-imp/

NYPD Arrests QAnon Conspiracist Who Allegedly Threatened to Kill Joe Biden, Had Car Full of Knives
https://gizmodo.com/nypd-arrests-qanon-conspiracist-who-allegedly-threatene-1843187117

Pence threatened to punish the reporter who proved his office knowingly ignored the rule that he needed a mask to visit the Mayo Clinic
https://www.businessinsider.com/pence-threatened-reporter-proved-knew-mayo-clinic-mask-rule-2020-5

Trump Hails Kushner’s PPE Airlift, But Details of Sales Are Secret
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-01/trump-hails-kushner-s-airlift-but-details-of-sales-are-secret

Maryland National Guard Protecting COVID-19 Tests from Feds in Undisclosed Location Says Republican Governor
https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/maryland-national-guard-protecting-coronavirus-tests-seizure-feds-992535/

Whistleblower complaint set to lift lid on Trump pressure to push untried drug
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/30/trump-whistleblower-coronavirus-drug-complaint-rick-bright-hydroxychloroquine-pressure

Justice Dept. scrutinizes White House-connected doctor linked to disputed coronavirus treatment
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/vladimir-zev-zelenko-fox-news-trump-hydroxychloroquine-jerome-corsi/2020/04/30/82622456-8af2-11ea-ac8a-fe9b8088e101_story.html

Well-connected Trump alumni benefit from coronavirus lobbying rush
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/well-connected-trump-alumni-benefit-from-coronavirus-lobbying-rush/2020/04/30/f4c4a9bc-88ed-11ea-9dfd-990f9dcc71fc_story.html

The Oil Execs on Trump’s “Opening the Country” Council Are Major GOP Donors
https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2020/05/the-oil-execs-on-trumps-opening-the-country-council-are-major-gop-donors/

Revealed: US fossil fuel companies handed at least $50m in coronavirus aid
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/01/fossil-fuel-firms-coronavirus-package-aid

Chevron says profits jump on asset sales, cuts 2020 spending plans again
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chevron-results/chevron-says-profits-jump-on-asset-sales-cuts-2020-spending-plans-again-idUSKBN22D5A6

Exxon Mobil posts big loss, $3 billion writedown on oil price plunge
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-exxon-mobil-results/exxon-mobil-posts-big-loss-3-billion-writedown-on-oil-price-plunge-idUSKBN22D5BL

As Oil Industry Swoons, Tar Sands Workers Look to Renewables for Jobs
https://e360.yale.edu/features/as-oil-industry-swoons-tar-sands-workers-look-to-renewables-for-jobs

In the middle of a pandemic, renewables are taking over the grid
https://grist.org/energy/in-the-middle-of-coronavirus-renewables-are-taking-over-the-grid/

How coronavirus 'blows holes' in clean energy projects
https://www.eenews.net/energywire/2020/05/01/stories/1063016971

That Unusually Large Ozone Hole Over The Arctic Has Closed Up Again
https://www.sciencealert.com/the-unusually-large-hole-in-the-ozone-layer-over-the-arctic-has-closed-itself-up-again

Cleaner air in Europe amid coronavirus lockdown is averting thousands of deaths
https://www.europeanscientist.com/en/public-health/cleaner-air-in-europe-amid-coronavirus-lockdown-is-averting-thousands-of-deaths/

Pittsburgh region is a hotspot for air pollution and COVID-19 deaths: Report
https://www.ehn.org/pittsburgh-covid-air-pollution-2645888047.html

This Is How Horribly They’re Treating the Dead in Brooklyn
https://www.thedailybeast.com/photo-of-andrew-d-cleckley-funeral-home-shows-how-horribly-theyre-treating-the-dead-in-brooklyn

Texas coronavirus deaths hit one-day high ahead of reopening
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/495610-texas-coronavirus-deaths-hit-one-day-high-ahead-of-reopening

Antibody tests were supposed to help guide US reopening plans. They've brought more confusion than clarity amid coronavirus.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/04/30/coronavirus-antibody-tests-immunity-mayo-clinic-who/3038740001/

Coronavirus: Scientists conclude people cannot be infected twice
https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-scientists-conclude-people-cannot-be-infected-twice-11981721

How Coronavirus Mutates and Spreads
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/30/science/coronavirus-mutations.html

Expert report predicts up to two more years of coronavirus spread
https://www.kcra.com/article/expert-report-predicts-up-to-two-more-years-of-coronavirus-spread/32344658#

Exclusive: Too risky to come home, crew of 'clean' U.S. warship in coronavirus limbo
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-warship-exclus/exclusive-too-risky-to-come-home-crew-of-clean-u-s-warship-in-coronavirus-limbo-idUSKBN22D53A

'I can't live on this ship forever' say US crew members still stuck on cruise ships
https://abcnews.go.com/US/live-ship-forever-us-crew-members-stuck-cruise/story?id=70433336

‘No one comes': the cruise ship crews cast adrift by coronavirus
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/01/no-one-comes-the-cruise-ship-crews-cast-adrift-by-coronavirus

Inside the Nightmare Voyage of the Diamond Princess
https://www.gq.com/story/inside-diamond-princess-cruise-ship-nightmare-voyage

POLITICS and FLEAS

Tara Reade Knows She Has A Difficult Allegation. And She’s Had A Difficult Time Getting A Hearing.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rosiegray/tara-reade-joe-biden-democrats-media-allegation

Joe Biden responds to Tara Reade sexual assault allegations: ‘They aren’t true. This never happened’
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/01/joe-biden-to-break-silence-on-tara-reade-sexual-assault-allegation.html

If Trump is a Pathological Liar, What Type of Liar is Biden?
https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/01/if-trump-is-a-pathological-liar-what-type-of-liar-is-biden/

Should We Always Believe Women?
https://washingtonmonthly.com/2020/05/01/should-we-always-believe-women/

Democrats Are Reaping The ‘Whirlwind’ Kavanaugh Warned About
https://thefederalist.com/2020/05/01/democrats-are-reaping-the-whirlwind-kavanaugh-warned-about/

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

Nobody Has Seen Kim Jong-un for 19 Days. What Does It Mean?
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/01/opinion/kim-jon-un-north-korea.html

Kim Jong-un 'dead' claims surge as insider says North Korean leader 'can't walk or stand'
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1276197/kim-jong-un-dead-latest-update-north-korea-ww3-Thae-Yongho-usa

Putin's critics try to tap discontent over coronavirus lockdown pain
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-russia-opposition/putins-critics-try-to-tap-discontent-over-coronavirus-lockdown-pain-idUSKBN22D5C5

'Poisoning social relations': German coronavirus 'snitches' spark rows
https://www.thelocal.de/20200430/poisoning-social-relations-row-breaks-out-over-german-coronavirus-snitches

How To Nab Suspects While Social Distancing? Indian Police Try Giant Tongs
https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/30/848327731/how-to-nab-suspects-while-social-distancing-indian-police-try-giant-tongs

The threat of Covid-19 looms large in Mali's camps for the internally displaced
https://www.france24.com/en/africa/20200501-focus-threat-of-covid-19-looms-large-in-mali-s-idp-camps

Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims Stuck at Sea in Refugee Crisis With ‘Zero Hope’
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/01/world/asia/rohingya-muslim-refugee-crisis.html

What It's Like to Be a Refugee During the Coronavirus Pandemic
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/what-its-be-refugee-during-coronavirus-pandemic-149581

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

The sun is less magnetically active than similar stars, and we don’t know why
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/sun-less-magnetically-active-than-similar-stars

Earth ‘wobbled’ before two major earthquakes
https://cosmosmagazine.com/geoscience/earth-wobbled-before-major-earthquakes

Can AI predict the next big flood before it happens?
https://massivesci.com/articles/susquehanna-river-flooding-pennsylvania-agnes-lee-machine-learning/

ODDS, ENDS

Do civilisations collapse?: The idea that the Maya or Easter Islanders experienced an apocalyptic end makes for good television but bad archaeology
https://aeon.co/essays/what-the-idea-of-civilisational-collapse-says-about-history

3 Africans in Mexico City Grave Tell Stories of Slavery’s Toll
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/01/science/africans-slavery-mexico-grave.html

This 17th-century plague diary hits a little too close to home
https://www.popsci.com/story/science/bubonic-plague-diary/

Shakespeare’s answer to the plague? More sex and comedy
https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/arts-and-books/shakespeares-answer-to-the-plague-more-sex-and-comedy

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