Why Dogs and Humans Love Each Other So Much | Time


With dogs, things are different.

Our world and their world swirled together long ago like two different shades of paint. Once you’ve achieved a commingled orange, you’re never going back to red and yellow.

But why is that?

It’s not enough to say that the relationship is symbiotic—that dogs hunt for us and herd for us and we keep them warm and fed in return. Sharks and remora fish struck a similarly symbiotic deal, with the remora cleaning parasites from the shark’s skin and getting to help itself to scraps from the shark’s kills as its pay. That underwater deal is entirely transactional; love plays no part.

Humans and dogs, by contrast, adore each other.

Source: Why Dogs and Humans Love Each Other So Much | Time

Media figures lament toxic Twitter | TheHill


High-profile journalists are saying they might leave Twitter after tweets attacking them and family members.

The latest controversy is underscoring how the popular social media platform has become toxic in the current political climate.

Source: Media figures lament toxic Twitter | TheHill

Selfie: new book explores how we became so self-obsessed | Vox


America has a narcissism problem.

Collective narcissism is a fashionable idea these days in psychology, and it’s linked to psychologists’ larger concern about a “narcissism epidemic” — more and more individuals with an inflated sense of self.

Source: Selfie: new book explores how we became so self-obsessed – Vox

The Government Strikes Back

You have a President who demands loyalty.  You have a person in a senior role in the intelligence community, in this case (but it could be any of the President’s senior leaders) who is forced to veer from talking about the importance of the threats the country is facing and what’s being done about them, to engage in conversation about the President’s highly-offensive communication style.  Understanding that this dynamic has been going on for months, helps set the scene for where are now.

Mike Hayden, in an Oped published in The Hill  this week wrote about the President’s statements about Russia “But the truth of the matter is that the American government knows what happened, and what continues to happen.  The American government, as opposed to the President, continues to state that truth.”

But the ‘government’ leaders are beginning to exhibit some key strategies of their own in dealing with this President, and they are sure to have consequences.

Source: The Government Strikes Back

Trump administration introduces proposal to roll back Endangered Species Act protections | TheHill


The proposal would make it easier to delist an endangered species and would withdraw a policy that offered the same protections for threatened species as for endangered species unless otherwise specified.

It would streamline interagency consultations and make it more difficult to protect habitat near land where endangered species live.

The proposed rules also include an interpretation that a species considered endangered would be protected for a “foreseeable future” that extends “only as far” as it can be reasonably determined that “both the future threats and the species’ responses to those threats are probable.”

Source: Trump administration introduces proposal to roll back Endangered Species Act protections | TheHill

Days after Helsinki summit, Russia shows off Putin’s ‘super weapons’


It showed a Russian MiG-31 fighter jet taking off from an airfield carrying the new Kinjal hypersonic missile and then launching it while airborne.

The ministry also said it was preparing to conduct flight tests of a new nuclear-powered cruise missile, the Burevestnik or Storm Petrel.

The first footage of a live launch of the Avangard hypersonic missile, which Moscow says boasts “a glider maneuvering warhead,” was also aired along with a clip of the heavy Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile.

Source: Days after Helsinki summit, Russia shows off Putin’s ‘super weapons’

Putin accuses U.S. forces of trying to ruin Trump summit outcome | Reuters


The White House has been struggling to contain a political outcry and confusion over the summit ever since.

Putin, speaking to Russian diplomats from around the world assembled in Moscow, said on Thursday the Helsinki summit had been successful.

“It was successful overall and led to some useful agreements. Of course, let’s see how events will develop further,” he said, without disclosing the nature of the agreements he referred to.

Source: Putin accuses U.S. forces of trying to ruin Trump summit outcome | Reuters

Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do? | The New York Times


As a member of Congress, a coequal branch of government designed by our founders to provide checks and balances on the executive branch, I believe that lawmakers must fulfill our oversight duty as well as keep the American people informed of the current danger.

Somehow many Americans have forgotten that Russia is our adversary, not our ally, and the reasons for today’s tensions go back much farther than the 2016 election. For more than a decade, Russia has meddled in elections around the world, supported brutal dictators and invaded sovereign nations — all to the detriment of United States interests.

Mitt Romney had it right in 2012 when he told President Barack Obama that Russia was “without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe.”

Source: Opinion | Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do? – The New York Times

As Russians describe ‘verbal agreements’ at summit, U.S. officials scramble for clarity | The Washington Post

“Important verbal agreements” were reached at the Helsinki meeting, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told reporters in Moscow Wednesday, including preservation of the New START and INF agreements, major bilateral arms control treaties whose futures have been in question. Antonov also said Putin had made “specific and interesting proposals to Washington” on how the two countries could cooperate on Syria.

But officials at the most senior levels across the U.S. military, scrambling since Monday to determine what Trump may have agreed to on national security issues in Helsinki, had little to no information Wednesday.

Source: As Russians describe ‘verbal agreements’ at summit, U.S. officials scramble for clarity – The Washington Post

Trump demoralizes his own team with dizzying Russian moves | TheHill


“It’s just another day in paradise,” said one former White House official, who requested anonymity to speak candidly. “Russia narratives have been a daily ordeal for two years. Nobody knows what the president will do or say and nobody knows what they don’t know.”

One U.S. official who formerly worked as an intelligence analyst said the general attitude within government is that “it does damage to our reputation globally” when Trump refuses to acknowledge the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 contest.

But the official said there is “strong faith that our intel folks will continue to do their job, regardless of the undermining.”

“I’m a low-key, understated guy. But that should not be mistaken for what my spine is made out of,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said when asked at the Aspen Security Forum if he has threatened to resign.

Source: Trump demoralizes his own team with dizzying Russian moves | TheHill