Squirrel takes on rattlesnake BBC. Watch this excerpt from David Attenborough’s Story of Life– an inspiration for underdogs everywhere.
Pig-Human Organ Farming Doesn’t Look Promising Yet MIT Technology Review
Treating Depression With tDCS: Startup Ybrain Aims for the Mainstream IEEE Spectrum (Tony K)
Advance in high-pressure physics Harvard Gazette (Robert H)
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
For $14,000, a Weeklong Firehose of Silicon Valley Kool-Aid MIT Technology Review. Could run this article on a parody website without changing a word.
US UK Trade Talks to Begin Immediately In Defiance of EU Rules: What’s Trump Up To? Michael Shodlock (EM)
Theresa May’s visit to Turkey is more evidence of her desperate search for trading partners to replace the EU at any cost Independent. I always find time for Patrick Cockburn.
2016 Post Mortem
Why Early Voting Was Overhyped FiveThirtyEight. Last in a five-part series in which Nate Silver delves into data.
Neoliberalism, Cranked up to 11 In These Times (Judy B). If you haven’t read Jonathan Coe’s novel, The Winshaw Legacy, do it now– my favorite novel about the Thatcher years, a country house murder mystery reimagined as a Hammer shlock horror slasher flick: a black humor classic.
New Cold War
A Game of Russian Roulette Jacobin
Minutes New Republic (resilc). “Get in line or trump will zero out federal $ to Az.”
Russia’s knockout game in Syria Al Jazeera
Trump’s Muslim Ban is Culmination of War on Terror Mentality but Still Uniquely Shameful. The Intercept. Glenn Greenwald. Important.
https://www.reddit.com/r/news/comments/5qpnpo/international_students_from_mit_stanford_blocked/ Reddit thread collecting responses university presidents are sending out to affected students, plus individual stories (Paul R)
Trump orders ISIS plan, gives Bannon role in revamped National Security Council Chicago Tribune (martha r).
Why Iran, but not Saudi Arabia? – TTG Sic Semper Tyrannis (Chuck L)
The President of the United States Explicitly Endorses Torture — a Crime Against Humanity The Intercept (resilc)
Federal Court Halts Trump’s Order Barring Muslims After Protesters Swarm Airports The Intercept (martha r)
Trump Tries to Build a ‘Different Party’ Patriot Post. Nooners weighs in.
Zephyr Teachout: We’re Mired in Corruption The Baffler
Democrats are putting up a tougher fight than liberals realize Vox. Dear readers, posted for your shredding pleasure, the inimitable Mattie Yglesias. Enjoy!
What Trump Is Throwing Out the Window New York Review of Books
The eclipse of the West New Statesman
Trump sets 5-year and lifetime lobbying ban for officials WKBN (martha r) “1/28. “There is this very weird feeling watching Trump hit the ground running doing stuff the way Obama could have done stuff in the last week of January 8 years ago.”
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