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Knowingly taking placebo pills eases pain, study finds Science Daily. Readers?
UBS spending $1 billion on IT overhaul Reuters (RS). Let us know how that works out.
How Apple Scaled Back Its Titanic Plan to Take on Detroit Bloomberg. Maybe putting the Apple Watch team in charge of the Apple Car wasn’t such a good idea… Kidding!
Why Isn’t the U.S. Better at Predicting Extreme Weather? NYT (DK). No mention of why we might need to, more than in the past…
Navigating the energy transition landscape: summary findings from a dynamic systems view Beyond this Brief Anomaly (PU).
North Dakota Judge Throws Out Charges Against Journalist Amy Goodman Bill Moyers. “[B]ut a documentary-maker who was also arrested for committing journalism faces a potential 45 years in prison.”
Searching for the True Britain Der Speigel
US Troops ‘In Harm’s Way’ as Battle for Mosul Begins Military.com. Wait, what? Boots on the ground?
The battle for Mosul has barely begun, but the civilian toll is already being tallied McClatchy. Wait, what? I thought only Russian bombs caused civilian casualties?
China pours $10.7 billion into overseas real estate in first half South China Morning Post. Summary of Chinese capital outflows.
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Prison The Intercept (JH).
Pharmacy for seniors settles case over kickbacks scam McClatchy. Oh, great. Corrupt formularies.
MACRA Final Rule: CMS Strikes A Balance; Will Docs Hang On? Health Affairs.
[K]ey Members of Congress have already weighed in applauding the Rule. Here’s a tip: when Members applaud a regulation like this so quickly, two things are going on: 1) they are taking a solid helping of credit for changes the agency has made; and 2) they are putting affected stakeholders on notice that they have an uphill battle in securing new changes soon. Read: this is as good as it’s going to get.
And so it begins:
Vladimir Putin Holds Kitten In Attempt to Seem Human Kevin Drum, Mother Jones. Attaboy, Kevin! Paste ‘im one for me!
Companies used Clinton fundraisers to lobby State Department USA Today. “While it is widely known that some companies and foreign governments gave money to the [Clinton family] foundations, perhaps in an effort to gain favor, one of the key parts of the puzzle hasn’t been reported: At least a dozen of those same companies lobbied the State Department, using lobbyists who doubled as major Clinton campaign fundraisers.” How convenient.
State Department official ‘pressured’ FBI to declassify Clinton email: FBI documents Reuters. Oddly, or not, the phrase “quid pro quo” does not appear in the headline, although it does appear in the body.
Oh, boy. Quid pro quo allegation between State and FBI over classification. That is messy. pic.twitter.com/Kf5FcSFQjb
— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) October 17, 2016
As WikiLeaks Access to Internet is Severed, New Clinton Email Bombshell Emerges Wall Street on Parade. Terrible headline. Bottom line: “According to Federal Election law, once an exploratory candidate spends more than $5,000 for campaign purposes, that individual is considered a functioning candidate for office under the law and is required to promptly file a Statement of Candidacy and Statement of Organization and begin filing regular donor and expense reports.” From the Podesta emails, a layperson might think the Clinton operation — and Robbie Mook, in particular — didn’t break this law; they smashed it to smithereens, and then ground the smithereens to powder.
‘Don’t share or tell anyone I did this’: Politico reporter criticized for email to Clinton campaign chair Business Insider. Glenn Thrush: “Because I have become a hack i will send u the whole section that pertains to u.” Ouch.
Perhaps Trump is a good opportunity to rethink presidential democracy Carl Beijer. Must-read.
Trump’s overt sexism obscures a more dangerous bias Anne-Marie Slaughter, FT
Women Who Hate Trump, but Aren’t With Her The Atlantic
As the economy improves, evictions in St. Louis remain stubbornly high St Louis Post-Dispatch. Whenever you read “the economy,” ask “Whose economy?
The privilege of being privileged Transformation. On foundations, well worth a read.
Send more blondes LRB. “The US was determined first to ensure that the [Belgian Congo’s] Shinkolobwe mine in particular wouldn’t be able to supply Germany with uranium, and then to take control of its whole production.”
Indians Pitcher First Athlete to Be Benched for Drone Injury Vice (Re Silc).
You Can’t Always Make Yourself Happy New York Magazine
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