Parrots flying high on drugs are annoying farmers by plundering poppy fields to feed their opium addiction Daily Mirror. I know, I know it’s the Mirror. But who could resist this headline? Or the subhead: “Drug-addled birds sit perched in wait before swooping down behind workers’ backs for a nibble before retreating to high branches – where some then fall to their death passed out”.
The Frequent Fliers Who Bombarded Match.com WSJ. Oops.
The Revolution Will Not Be Curated The Baffler
Snooki inspires legislation to limit state university speaker fees NY Post. Moi: Speaking as a born and bred Jersey girl, I applaud the state legislature’s action. Nice to see the state of my birth lead the way in something other than corruption or toxic waste. And about time– $32K to hear Snooki speak at the Rutgers commencement? Are the administrators nuts? And the proposed $10k cap is too high. Why should any speaker receive more than expenses and a modest honorarium, e.g., $1K– which incidentally, anyone with any class would immediately donate back to the university.
Martin McGuinness dies: The ‘super terrorist’ who became a super-statesman– like so many others The Independent. From earlier in the week, but spare a moment for Robert Fisk.
Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. Important: Latest paper by Anne Case and Angus Deaton.
THE GIG ECONOMY CELEBRATES WORKING YOURSELF TO DEATH The New Yorker. A point now so obvious that the New Yorker picks up on it.
No Salt Added Jacobin
Does It Matter Who Pulls the Trigger in the Drone Wars? American Conservative. Don’t miss this.
The Man Who Would Beat Bibi Politico
New Cold War
TV station’s breast implant exposé: When lower regulations meet high-caliber reporting Columbia Journalism Review
Ganga, Yamuna declared human entities: What exactly does this order mean? Court ruling gives two Indian rivers human status, a week after a New Zealand court handed down a similar decision. Interesting and well worth a read– especially when you understand that India allows for Public Interest Litigation– e.g., is not hamstrung by the onerous standing requirements of US law that can stymie public interest lawsuits.
6 things for which Aadhaar card is mandatory now Business Insider. The slow steady march of India’s biometric identification system– unavoidable now in order for Indians to avail themselves of certain services. This passage caught my eye: “The biometric system, which is created by Nandan Nilekani, works on optimal ignorance and you will need a 12-digit Aadhaar number to avail many services.” Huh?
California Earthquakes: San Andreas Fault Could Cause Coast To Instantly Sink Below Sea Level International Business Times
Imperial Collapse Watch
Here Is One Powerful Way the U.S. Could Boost Solar Adoption MIT Technology Review
Be afraid: China is on the path to global technology dominance South China Morning Post. Very interested to see what more tech-savvy readers have to say about this piece.
Starving Yemen to Death American Conservative
Roadside bombs kill 10 Egyptian soldiers Al Jazeera
Exclusive: U.S. embassies ordered to identify population groups for tougher visa screening Reuters. Important. “Mandatory social media check.”
Trump Lawyers Swipe at Teen Over Cat Website Hollywood Reporter
Potential ‘smoking gun’ showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says Fox News. Yes, I know this is Fox. Evidence promised this week so we don’t have long to wait to see whether there’s any there there. Also amplified by The Hill: Fox report: GOP investigators expect evidence showing Obama surveilled Trump team.
Big Brother IS Watching You Watch
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) 23 March 2017
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