Equipping Insects for Special Service Draper Labs (JS). Shades of Theodorus Nitz.
J.P.Morgan ordered to pay more than $4 billion to widow for botching estate settlement MarketWatch (Re Silc).
Iowa farmers make record number of pesticide misuse claims Des Moines Register. Dicamba.
Endocrine Disruptors Corporate Europe Observatory (MT).
Uber-SoftBank Deal Ensures Limits on Kalanick’s Power Bloomberg (DL). Hasn’t this deal been hanging fire for rather a long time?
God Is a Bot, and Anthony Levandowski Is His Messenger Wired. The Silicon Valley elite are crazypants. Who knew?
Spies, lies and the oligarch: inside London’s booming secrets industry FT (Richard Smith). All about the klept! On BTA Bank, see NC, 2016 and 2014.
At last! The subversion of Brexit has begun The Spectator
How to break a revolution Politico. Catalonia.
Donald Trump Urges European Leaders to Sanction Venezuela Venezuelanalysis (MT).
White House weeks away from formal funding request for Puerto Rico aid, sources say Politico. “The issue is not paying for any of this,” the administration source said. “It’s like: Paying for what?”
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 26, 2017
How Waiving the Jones Act Helps Puerto Rico The American Conservative
‘US offended by Moon’s offer to North Korea for military talks’ The Korea Times (MT).
Poll: Nearly Half Support U.S. Military Action Against North Korea Roll Call. I’m surprised it’s that low.
Chinese household assets surge 18pc, debt also soars, survey finds South China Morning Post
Former staff of 7-Eleven Indonesia protest unpaid wages Asian Nikkei Review
New Cold War
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Is Foreign Propaganda Even Effective? The American Conservative. “Hey, did you watch RT last night?”
Russia might be running anti-fracking ads too, congressman says Vice. Everybody into the pool!
Column Don’t buy the spin: The new tax plan is a huge giveaway to the rich Michael Hiltzik, LA Times
Ex-NY Senate leader Skelos gets new trial in corruption case Albany Times-Union
Argument preview: The justices tackle partisan gerrymandering again SCOTUSblog. Lucid summary of Gill v. Whitford, an important case.
Our Famously Free Press
The secret cost of pivoting to video MIC. “Hundreds of journalists have lost their jobs while shiny-object-chasing publishers are no closer to creating cohesive video strategies to replace the traffic those writers were producing.” It’s almost like the publishers want to make people stupid and uninformed…
Republicans Should Tell the Truth Twila Brase, CCHF. Critique from the right.
Everything You Need to Know About the FBI’s Explosive College Basketball Investigation New York Magazine. Hmm. Short Nike?
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Compares NFL Protests To American Revolution, Conservatives To British (interview) David Sirota, International Business Times
It’s not about patriotism The Outline. “[Liberal Democrats co-opted] former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick’s [kneeling] protest against police brutality into a symbol of the hashtag Resistance. And as for the goal of fixing the problem that Kaepernick was actually protesting, this is just as damaging.”
Our Open-Plan Office Failed, So We’re Moving to a Towering Panopticon McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
The Cozy, Overcrowded, Keg-Filled Future of Work The Atlantic (Re Silc). And the beer won’t be the only thing you can only rent…
Modern slavery is disturbingly common The Economist
Education Isn’t the Key to a Good Income The Atlantic
Can Civilian Nonviolent Action Deter Massacres? Political Violence at a Glance
Massive Iceberg’s Split Exposes Hidden Ecosystem Scientific American
The World According to Modern Monetary Theory The New Inquiry
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