McKinsey Makes a Killing in Puerto Rico ; How Honeybees Get Their Jobs ; and More Picks 4/19

‘Armed Fascist Militia’ Accused by ACLU of Making Illegal Arrests at Border (Chris)

From the Guardian: “Several videos taken at the border in New Mexico this week appeared to show men belonging to a group that calls itself the United Constitutional Patriots approaching migrant families and children, ordering them to sit down, calling federal agents on them, and at one point potentially misrepresenting themselves by saying ‘border patrol’ as they approached.”

The McKinsey Way to Save an Island (Chris)

The author writes, “Under a law Congress passed in 2016, [Puerto Rico]’s finances are overseen by a federally appointed board, which hired McKinsey [& Company] as its ‘strategic consultant.’ … Among the many mind-blowing figures in the fiscal plan, one stands out: the $1.5 billion earmarked over the next six years for costs related to the restructuring process itself — more than a billion of which will go to lawyers, bankers, and consultants, McKinsey included. … All those fees are being footed by the taxpayers of Puerto Rico.”

Al-Nashiri III: A No Good, Very Bad Day for US Military Commissions (Gerry)

From Just Security: ‘In a stunning, unanimous, 31-page opinion handed down Tuesday morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit threw out every single pre-trial order issued over the past three-and-a-half years in the case of Abd Al-Rahim Hussein Muhammed Al-Nashiri, who is being tried by a military commission at Guantánamo for his alleged role in the USS Cole bombing. The Court also threw out every single ruling on appeal of those orders by the U.S. Court of Military Commission Review (CMCR). Every single one.”

Karl Rove: Sanders Could Win Presidency in 2020 (Reader Jim)

The author writes, “In an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal Thursday, Rove cited Sanders’s performance at a Monday town hall on Fox News, during which the audience applauded his calls for ‘Medicare for All.’”

Video: How Honeybees Get Their Jobs (Mili)

The author writes, “With brains the size of sesame seeds, honeybees have to work together in different capacities to maintain a healthy nest.”


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