The Virtual Hagia Sophia The American Conservative
Take a butcher’s at this: a new history of slang New Statesman
Smart electricity meters can be dangerously insecure, warns expert Guardian (Chuck L)
Turmoil at Troubled Fertility Company Ovascience MIT Technology Review
Self-Driving Cars Will Make Organ Shortages Even Worse Slashdot (Chuck L)
The Coming Assault on Social Security Counterpunch
Average American Salary: Minimum Wage To Increase In 2017 For 20 States Including New York, California, Arizona International Business Times
The 52 Best — And Weirdest — Charts We Made In 2016 FiveThirtyEight
2016 Post Mortem
The Death of Clintonism Politico. We can only hope…. (I realize Lambert had this in yesterday’s Water Cooler but I’m repeating it here for anyone who missed it.)
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
Canada’s Hemisphere Jacobin
New Cold War
Something About This Russia Story Stinks Rolling Stone. Important. Matt Taibbi back on form.
— ГК РФ ?? в Женеве (@RusConsulGen) 30 December 2016
Putin takes the high road: Russian president says he WON’T expel US diplomats in revenge for hacking sanctions – but his aides blast Obama administration as ‘angry and shallow-brained losers’ Daily Mail
Trump Ally: Obama’s New Russia Sanctions Are ‘Kind of Stupid’ The Daily Beast
Russians Attack ‘Political Corpse’ Obama New York Observer
Your Political Correctness is Showing, Conservatives The Baffler. Worth clicking on for the Trump-as-chihuaha photograph.
How Dr. Strangelove Learned to Love Trump Project Syndicate
Turkey’s failed coup attempt: All you need to know Al Jazeera. The ramifications of the failed coup are still being felt, six months later.
What one journalist’s time in an Egyptian prison tells us about the fight against Islamist jihad Independent. Latest from Robert Fisk.
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