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'All the psychoses of US history': how America is victim-blaming the coronavirus dead
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/21/all-the-psychoses-of-us-history-how-america-is-victim-blaming-the-coronavirus-dead

I believe in American exceptionalism. That’s what makes this crisis so hard to accept.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/i-believe-in-american-exceptionalism-thats-what-makes-this-crisis-so-hard-to-accept/2020/05/20/3e62a5c2-9ab1-11ea-89fd-28fb313d1886_story.html

Covid-19 Is Destroying the Myth of American Exceptionalism
https://www.thenation.com/article/society/coronavirus-american-exceptionalism/

The American Dream Is Alive and Well
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/opinion/inequality-american-dream.html

Here’s How to Square a Rising Stock Market With the Dire Economy
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/05/why-is-the-stock-market-rising-if-the-economy-is-so-bad.html

On Earth, the Economy Is Tanking. In the Cloud, It's Fine
https://www.wired.com/story/earth-economy-tanking-cloud-fine/

The office is dead, according to most startup founders
https://www.fastcompany.com/90507601/the-office-is-dead-according-to-most-startup-founders

Inside the new homeless shelter at Amazon’s headquarters
https://www.fastcompany.com/90507053/inside-the-new-homeless-shelter-at-amazons-headquarters

Even Americans Who Hate Amazon Can’t Seem to Live Without It
https://lithub.com/even-americans-who-hate-amazon-cant-seem-to-live-without-it/

Americans use their $1,200 stimulus checks to splurge at Walmart and Target — here’s what they’re buying
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/americans-spent-their-stimulus-checks-on-discretionary-goods-such-as-bikes-video-games-and-clothes-target-and-walmart-ceos-say-2020-05-20

Americans are in financial trouble — why $1,200 stimulus checks are only a Band-Aid
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/heres-how-much-trouble-laid-off-americans-are-in-and-why-1200-stimulus-checks-are-only-a-band-aid-2020-05-19

Jobless claims jump 4.4 million in mid-May as applications for federal benefits surge
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/jobless-claims-jump-44-million-in-mid-may-as-applications-for-federal-benefits-surge-2020-05-21

Global COVID-19 cases top 5 million. A 5th of them are in the U.S.
https://theweek.com/speedreads/915721/global-covid19-cases-5-million-5th-are

Researchers estimate earlier lockdowns could have prevented tens of thousands of U.S. coronavirus deaths
https://theweek.com/speedreads/915680/researchers-estimate-earlier-lockdowns-could-have-prevented-tens-thousands-coronavirus-deaths

Trump Blames 'Incompetence Of China' For 'Mass Worldwide Killing'
https://www.ibtimes.com/coronavirus-update-trump-blames-incompetence-china-mass-worldwide-killing-2980010

Trump attacks Michigan Secretary of State with false claim; Benson quickly responds
https://www.mlive.com/public-interest/2020/05/trump-attacks-michigan-secretary-of-state-with-false-claim-benson-quickly-responds.html

Trump deletes incorrect tweet on Michigan absentee ballots, doubles down on threat to withhold funds
https://www.chicagotribune.com/election-2020/ct-nw-trump-michigan-absentee-ballots-20200520-dawbxdhknzdoxjdduk3ahd3ntu-story.html

Mika Brzezinski slammed Trump for spreading a debunked conspiracy theory that her husband and cohost Joe Scarborough was involved in a murder
https://www.businessinsider.com/mika-brzezinski-slams-trump-joe-scarborough-murder-conspiracy-tweet-2020-5

Trump's 'Obamagate' conspiracy theory just got blown to pieces
https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-obamagate-flynn-unmasking-conspiracy-got-blown-to-pieces-2020-5

Two Weeks Ago, She Predicted Trump Would Use COVID to Arrest Obama. Now She’s a GOP Senate Candidate
https://www.thedailybeast.com/two-weeks-ago-she-predicted-trump-would-use-covid-to-arrest-obama-now-shes-a-gop-senate-candidate

The Church of QAnon: Will conspiracy theories form the basis of a new religious movement?
https://theconversation.com/the-church-of-qanon-will-conspiracy-theories-form-the-basis-of-a-new-religious-movement-137859

The religious roots of Trump's magical thinking on coronavirus
https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/21/politics/trump-magical-thinking-peale-coronavirus/index.html

Reopening guidance for churches delayed after White House and CDC disagree
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/reopening-guidance-for-churches-delayed-after-white-house-and-cdc-disagree/2020/05/20/36a81f8e-9aec-11ea-89fd-28fb313d1886_story.html

NC churches can reopen. Why these ministers will keep the sanctuary doors closed.
https://www.newsobserver.com/living/religion/article242869366.html

Coronavirus: Over 1,000 California pastors agree to defy state's orders, reopen churches on May 31
https://abc7.com/religion/over-1000-ca-pastors-agree-to-reopen-churches-on-may-31/6201309/

Minnesota church leaders say they will resume service, with or without Walz's blessing
https://www.wctrib.com/lifestyle/faith/6500555-Minnesota-church-leaders-say-they-will-resume-service-with-or-without-Walzs-blessing

Ex-CDC director Tom Frieden: Coronavirus outbreak at Arkansas church shows 'what you do affects others'
https://www.foxnews.com/media/tom-frieden-coronavirus-very-infections-arkansas-church

Nurse says patients are attending ‘coronavirus parties’ to intentionally get sick
https://nypost.com/2020/05/20/nurse-says-patients-attend-coronavirus-parties-to-get-sick/

Nearly 600 workers from North Carolina Tyson chicken processing plant test positive for COVID-19
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-tyson-chicken-processing-plant-north-carolina-covid-19-test-positive/

New Outbreaks In Fruit And Vegetable Operations Threaten Farm Workers And Food Supply
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jennysplitter/2020/05/21/new-outbreaks-in-fruit-and-vegetable-operations-threaten-farm-workers-and-food-supply/

Study Finds an Association between Dicamba Use and Increased Risk of Developing Various Cancers
https://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/2020/05/study-finds-an-association-between-dicamba-use-and-increased-risk-of-developing-various-cancers/

Farm to fork: EU wants to slash pesticide use by 50% and boost organic farming
https://www.euronews.com/2020/05/20/farm-to-fork-eu-wants-to-slash-pesticide-use-by-50-and-boost-organic-farming

EU Pledges €10 Billion for Plant-Based and Alternative Proteins
https://www.livekindly.co/eu-pledges-plant-based-alternative-proteins/

The End of Meat Is Here
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/21/opinion/coronavirus-meat-vegetarianism.html

With flexibility and faith in the future, beef producers will prevail
https://www.beefmagazine.com/commentary/flexibility-and-faith-future-beef-producers-will-prevail
 
The myth of the Ghost Dance
https://www.stormlake.com/articles/2020/05/20/myth-ghost-dance

POLITICS and FLEAS

Pro-Trump super PAC spent $1.3 million on legal fees in April, an unusually high amount for a super PAC
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/21/pro-trump-super-pac-spent-13-million-legal-fees-april-an-unusually-high-amount-super-pac/

Kelly Loeffler’s Husband Pours $1 Million Into Pro-Trump Super PAC
https://www.thedailybeast.com/kelly-loefflers-husband-jeff-sprecher-pours-dollar1-million-into-pro-trump-super-pac

GOP Donor’s Construction Firm, Under Audit by DoD, Gets Largest Border Wall Contract Ever
https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/gop-donor-tommy-fisher-construction-firm-under-audit-by-dod-gets-largest-border-wall-contract-ever/

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

After New Coronavirus Outbreaks, China Imposes Wuhan-Style Lockdown
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/21/world/asia/coronavirus-china-lockdown.html

China signals plan to take full control of Hong Kong, realigning city’s status
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-signals-plan-to-take-full-control-of-hong-kong-realigning-citys-status/2020/05/21/2c3850ee-9b48-11ea-ad79-eef7cd734641_story.html

China voices concern over Israel’s West Bank annexation plan
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3085463/china-voices-concern-over-israels-west-bank-annexation-plan

What’s Fueling Israel’s Settlement Push?
https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/05/whats-fueling-israels-settlement-push/

How to End the Special Relationship With Israel
https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/05/20/israel-palestine-annexation-west-bank-ending-special-relationship/

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

Oil companies drilling on federal land get break on royalties. Solar and wind firms get past-due rent bills.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/20/blm-royalty-relief/

A proposed mine in Alaska will endanger brown bears – and much more
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/may/20/alaska-brown-bears-environment-mining

Who’s financing deforestation in Papua New Guinea? A new report follows the money.
https://grist.org/justice/whos-financing-deforestation-in-papua-new-guinea-a-new-report-follows-the-money/

ODDS, ENDS

Egg Laying or Live Birth: How Evolution Chooses
https://www.quantamagazine.org/egg-laying-or-live-birth-how-evolution-chooses-20200518/

Astronomers witness baby planet being born for first time
https://news.sky.com/story/astronomers-witness-baby-planet-being-born-for-first-time-11991571

A Mysterious Ancient Galaxy Just Rewrote the Universe's Timeline
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/m7ja9a/a-mysterious-ancient-galaxy-just-rewrote-the-universes-timeline

No, NASA didn't find evidence of a parallel universe where time runs backwards
https://www.cnet.com/news/nasa-did-not-find-evidence-of-a-parallel-universe-where-time-runs-backwards/

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