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Wasp Masters Herd Zombie Spiders

Parasitoid wasps may turn spiders into ‘zombies’ by hacking their internal code So one day I was minding my own business and it felt a little…strange….a little strange in my web maker, so to speak, […]

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Mexico Tells US to Open the Northern Flow or Face Tariffs

In a new twist on the Trade War front, Mexico is hinting that it might use tariffs against the US in response to it’s claims the US actions on the border are significantly impeding northern flow, and it’s hurting everyone.

From the Mexico News Daily – The Mexican government has not ruled out imposing new trade sanctions against the U.S. in retaliation for measures that have had slowed the movement of trade goods across the border. But foreign trade undersecretary Luz María de la Mora expressed confidence such a move won’t be necessary due to the dialogue Mexico has with Washington.

Perhaps, methinks this might be bluster, but it does, nonetheless, highlight the growing tensions between the US and Mexico over border issues.  It’s also apparently some majorly debated thing in America.  I have heard the word borders more in the last year than I have in my entire existence up to that point.

More from Mexico News Daily- Truck traffic has been slowed for more than a month as the U.S. has been unable to keep up with the volume since it reassigned hundreds of border agents to handle the influx of migrants attempting to cross from Mexico.  De la Mora said there are provisions in international agreements that stipulate there should be no unnecessary measures implemented that would inhibit trade.  But “what we want is that this is resolved quickly through dialogue and we believe that can be achieved.” […]

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Rightzilla – Ocasio-Cortez cuts mic on constituent challenging her ‘totally absurd, fascist’ take on free speech – Infowars

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demonstrated the old adage “actions speak louder than words” at a recent town hall when a constituent questioned the socialist’s “fascist” perspective on free speech.  Video of the sparsely attended event in Queens featured a small crowd and a line of speakers waiting to address Ocasio-Cortez, who stood on an elevated stage behind a fancy podium. One of the speakers introduced himself as James Scott Berry and described himself as a registered Republican with the life mantra “always be willing to be wrong.”  Berry posed two different questions: Whether AOC would be willing to investigation the “over 3 million incidents of violent acts and threats of violence allowed in our schools against teachers and against fellow students ever year,” and whether she’s agreed that the greatest freedom in the world is the “freedom to hate, because in many countries you cannot.”
When I highlight stories, I try to find the most salient point. I had a really hard time finding that point because, much like the leftzilla winner from yesterday, the headline did not get fulfilled by the story.  While it is true that at one point this dude’s mic was cut off, it was quickly restored and a rather lengthy discourse ensued.  The crux seems to be AOC might possibly define incitement to violence more broadly than our hero does.  I’ll leave you zillas to fight over those table scraps.

They get the win anyway, Infowars, that is, because the video hits the leftzillas with their own favorite bludgeoning tool, ‘fascist.’  But it still failed to deliver on the zilla promised. […]

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Leftzilla – Trump admin was surveilling last year’s family separation protests, internal documents reveal – Daily Kos

Once again we have a zilla that fails to fully deliver.  The headline sounds scandalous enough, so much so that Daily Kos gets the Oppo of the day.  But, outside of the choir room, this song will sing flatter than pancakes being sucked into a black hole.  Well, I guess anything stuffed into a black hole will tend to be ultimate flatted, so to speak.

Do let me get back on point, because that’s what you pay for.  This little ditty reveals that, shock, government spies on protests, and they hire ‘private’ companies to do this work sometimes.  Still, if you’re a leftzilla, I understand why this would be like someone metaphorically spilled vegetables in your ice cream (unless you’re into that sort of thing).  Let’s let the winner, Daily Kos, shock us with their zilla.

Daily Kos – Government documents obtained by a coalition of immigrant rights group under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Trump administration was using a private cybersecurity company to monitor the hundreds of nationwide protests last year organized by Americans outraged over its family separation policy, adding to the disturbing pattern of surveillance and targeting of critics under the Trump administration.

“The documents include a list disseminated by [Homeland Security’s] Office on Intelligence and Analysis of more than 600 protests that took place in June 2018, when public horror at children being systematically ripped from their parents became widespread,” the American Immigration Council said. A firm called LookingGlass shared the information, including Facebook Event IDs and logistics such as time and location, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s investigative arm. […]

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Nearly 2K Men Trapped Underground in South African Coal Mine Incident

Over 1800 people are trapped in underground mines in South Africa.  The process of rescuing them is slow and, so far, they don”t appear to be in immediate danger. 

Seattle Times – South Africa’s department of mineral resources says plans are underway to free a large number of miners caught underground by hoisting them up an adjoining shaft.

The department says it has an inspector monitoring the situation at the Thembelani shaft in Rustenberg run by mining company Sibanye-Stillwater. […]