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The Sickness in Our Food Supply
https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2020/06/11/covid-19-sickness-food-supply/

Chemicals often found in consumer products could lead to obesity and fatty liver diseases, study finds
https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-05-chemicals-consumer-products-obesity-fatty.html

Reevaluating fish consumption advisories during the COVID-19 pandemic: Analysis
https://www.ehn.org/safe-to-eat-fish-2646025526.html

Trump Executive Order Opens the Door for Massive Industrial Fish Farms in Oceans
https://modernfarmer.com/2020/05/trump-executive-order-opens-the-door-for-massive-industrial-fish-farms-in-oceans/

United States relaxes rules for biotech crops
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/05/united-states-relaxes-rules-biotech-crops

China Offers Farmers Cash To Give Up Wildlife Trade
https://www.ibtimes.com/china-offers-farmers-cash-give-wildlife-trade-2978777

VIDEO: Cruel, Unsanitary 'Wet' Markets Are Still Selling Live Animals Across Asia
https://ladyfreethinker.org/video-disease-ridden-wet-markets-are-still-selling-live-animals-across-asia/

Millions of US farm animals to be culled by suffocation, drowning and shooting
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/19/millions-of-us-farm-animals-to-be-culled-by-suffocation-drowning-and-shooting-coronavirus

When Meat Plants Close Down, Farmers Have to Kill Thousands of Piglets
https://www.motherjones.com/food/2020/05/meat-plants-ready-market-animals/

US counties with meat processing plants tend to be coronavirus hotspots
https://www.zmescience.com/science/counties-meat-processing-coronavirus-17052020/

Farbest Foods confirms over 100 employees test positive for COVID-19
https://www.14news.com/2020/05/18/farbest-foods-confirms-over-employees-test-positive-covid-/

Texas, North Carolina, Arizona see rising cases as they reopen
https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/498406-texas-north-carolina-arizona-see-rising-cases-as-they-reopen

Global worries as infections spike in Russia, Brazil, India
https://apnews.com/6dbd9ad370add2ba299c7da46c25004f

U.S.-China Feud Over Coronavirus Erupts at World Health Assembly
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/health/coronavirus-who-china-trump.html

Trump threatens to end WHO funding and withdraw U.S. membership
https://www.axios.com/trump-who-funding-us-membership-threat-d616201b-d268-4307-8a72-f2240c446ba9.html

President Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine—but that doesn’t mean you should
https://www.popsci.com/story/science/covid-vaccine-hydroxychloroquine/

White House Issues Letter From Trump’s Doctor on His Taking Hydroxychloroquine That Doesn’t Actually Say He’s Taking It
https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2020/05/white-house-issues-letter-from-trumps-doctor-on-his-taking-hydroxychloroquine-that-doesnt-actually-say-hes-taking-it/

Trump Blasts ‘Anti-Trump People’ at Fox After Cavuto Hydroxychloroquine Pushback: ‘Looking for a New Outlet!’
https://www.mediaite.com/trump/trump-blasts-anti-trump-people-at-fox-after-cavuto-hydroxychloroquine-pushback-looking-for-a-new-outlet/

Trump Says He Fired Inspector General Because He Was Appointed by Obama
https://www.newsweek.com/trump-says-he-fired-inspector-general-because-he-was-appointed-obama-we-should-get-rid-obama-1504931

Trump says it's OK for Pompeo to have a paid government employee wash dishes if his wife or son isn't there
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/18/politics/pompeo-wash-dishes-trump-investigation/index.html

Pompeo says he didn't know fired inspector general was investigating him 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/pompeo-says-he-didnt-know-fired-inspector-general-was-investigating-him/2020/05/18/3ab08dca-9923-11ea-b60c-3be060a4f8e1_story.html

Fired State IG Was Investigating Saudi Arms Sale
https://www.defenseone.com/politics/2020/05/fired-state-ig-was-investigating-saudi-arms-sale/165469/

Saudi Attacker on US Base Had Longstanding Al-Qaeda Ties: US
https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/05/19/saudi-attacker-al-qaeda/

US officials say they've cracked Pensacola shooter’s iPhones, blast Apple
https://www.cyberscoop.com/fbi-pensacola-terrorism-iphone-encryption/

Activists Are Trying to Stop the FBI From Snooping on Your Web History
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/y3zgmj/activists-are-trying-to-stop-the-fbi-from-snooping-on-your-web-history

How a Chinese AI Giant Made Chatting—and Surveillance—Easy
https://www.wired.com/story/iflytek-china-ai-giant-voice-chatting-surveillance/

DoD to bailout US space companies failing due to COVID-19 as China looks to invest in them
https://warisboring.com/dod-to-bailout-us-space-companies-failing-due-to-covid-19-as-china-looks-to-invest-in-them/

Government’s Pandemic Business Loans Fuzzy on Accounting
https://news.bloomberglaw.com/financial-accounting/governments-pandemic-business-loans-fuzzy-on-accounting

This is how fast Americans are spending their stimulus checks — and here’s a breakdown of what they’re buying
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-is-how-fast-americans-are-spending-their-stimulus-checks-and-heres-a-breakdown-of-what-theyre-buying-2020-05-15

Here Are the Results of the Biggest Universal Basic Income Trial Yet
https://singularityhub.com/2020/05/18/here-are-the-results-of-the-biggest-universal-basic-income-trial-yet/

Spain is about to bring in a basic income scheme which the government thinks will 'stay forever'
https://www.businessinsider.com/spain-to-approve-basic-income-scheme-response-coroanvirus-outbreak-2020-5

How Germany Is Saving Jobs During the Pandemic
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/05/germanys-paycheck-protection-program.html

Unemployment is nearing Great Depression levels. Here’s how the eras are similar — and different
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/19/unemployment-today-vs-the-great-depression-how-do-the-eras-compare.html

A Devastating US 'Dust Bowl' Is Twice as Likely Now Than During The Great Depression
https://www.sciencealert.com/us-dust-bowl-is-now-twice-as-likely-to-return-thanks-to-climate-change

The most dangerous hurricanes are now far more likely because of climate change, study shows
https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/05/18/hurricanes-stronger-climate-change/

A moment of reckoning - when coronavirus meets climate change
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/moment-reckoning-coronavirus-meets-climate-change-200423105300035.html

Poll: US believers see message of change from God in virus
https://apnews.com/0bed79d024a56d2ac0b93bc51df80e9b

The Mount St. Helens Eruption Was the Volcanic Warning We Needed
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/science/mt-st-helens-eruption.html

POLITICS and FLEAS

The Arts of Government Criminality
https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/05/the-arts-of-government-criminality/

In Michael Flynn case, Judge Sullivan's gross overreach turns justice into mob rule
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/05/18/michael-flynn-jonathan-turley-judge-sullivan-fbi-column/5212869002/

Attorney says Ahmaud Arbery's family wants man who filmed fatal shooting arrested as his attorney says lie detector test proves he didn't participate
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/19/us/ahmaud-arbery-lawyers-roddie-bryan/index.html

Woman whose brother and father 'murdered Ahmaud Arbery' posted a photo of the black jogger's body lying in the street on Snapchat because she is a 'true crime fan'
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8332879/Woman-brother-father-murdered-Ahmaud-Arbery-posted-photo-black-joggers-body.html

Exclusive: Police tried to tase Ahmaud Arbery in 2017 incident, video shows
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/18/ahmaud-arbery-police-taser-2017-georgia

Lawsuit Filed in 2019 Against Cop Involved in Breonna Taylor’s Death Claims He Was Vindictive, Planted Evidence
https://www.theroot.com/lawsuit-filed-in-2019-against-cop-involved-in-breonna-t-1843527166

Kentucky Gov. Asks Federal, Local Prosecutors To Investigate Breonna Taylor Police Shooting
https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/05/18/breonna-taylor-police-shooting

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

Lesotho PM, named as suspect in murder case, bows to pressure to quit
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lesotho-politics/lesotho-pm-named-as-suspect-in-murder-case-bows-to-pressure-to-quit-idUSKBN22V19E

And Then There Were Seven: Rwandan Félicien Kabuga Arrested in France
https://www.justsecurity.org/70232/and-then-there-were-seven-rwandan-felicien-kabuga-arrested-in-france/

The Many Assassins of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/05/olof-palme-assassination-theories-suspects-investigation-sweden

THE MEDIA SCRUM

Ken Osmond, the Troublemaker Eddie Haskell on ‘Beaver’, Dies at 76
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/arts/television/ken-osmond-eddie-haskell-dead.html

Fred Willard’s Genius Was Taking the Ridiculous Seriously
https://www.theringer.com/movies/2020/5/17/21261413/fred-willard-obituary-i-think-you-should-leave-spinal-tap-waiting-for-guffman

How Ben Stiller Will Remember His Father, Jerry Stiller 
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/how-ben-stiller-will-remember-his-father

ODDS, ENDS

The creator of the 'X-Files' weighs in on the Pentagon's latest UFO disclosures
https://taskandpurpose.com/pentagon-run-down/ufo-videos-x-files-creator

New study estimates the odds of life and intelligence emerging beyond our planet
https://phys.org/news/2020-05-odds-life-intelligence-emerging-planet.html

No Guarantee Intelligent Life Would Emerge if Earth History Repeats
https://www.courthousenews.com/no-guarantee-intelligent-life-would-emerge-if-earth-history-repeats/

Fungi’s Lessons for Adapting to Life on a Damaged Planet
https://lithub.com/fungis-lessons-for-adapting-to-life-on-a-damaged-planet/

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