Links 9/6/17

Your face may become your iPhone password WaPo

Why laptops don’t belong in the classroom Treehugger

HALLELUJAH! A BRIEF HISTORY OF BOMBING PEOPLE Granta

Atomic City Longreads. The deck: “On January 3, 1961, a nuclear reactor the size of a small grain silo exploded in the Idaho desert, causing the only recorded nuclear fatalities on U.S. soil.”

Boston Red Sox Used Apple Watches to Steal Signs Against Yankees NYT. Shame!

Where Corn Pollutes America Most, and Who’s Responsible Bloomberg

Why Chinese children born in years of the dragon are more successful The Economist

Superhuman ‘night’ vision during the total eclipse? Research offers a biological explanation Phis.org (Chuck L)

Trump Transition

Trump ends DACA — and pressures Congress to pass immigration reform Politico

Obama calls Trump’s DACA decision cruel, self-defeating and wrong The Hill

Congress Probably Has The Votes To Make DACA Law. But That Doesn’t Mean It Will. FiveThirtyEight

Microsoft says it will defend its 39 ‘dreamers’ in court if the government tries to deport them WaPo

Business voices outrage at Trump immigration move FT

Franken opposes Trump judicial nominee, setting up procedural clash Politico

The Golden Age of Private Prisons Der Spiegel

Senate Democrats fight FCC plan to lower America’s broadband standards Ars Technica

Kill Me Now

New Clinton book blasts Sanders for ‘lasting damage’ in 2016 race CNN.

THE EMPIRE DOESN’T CARE WHO IS PRESIDENT The Outline

Reject the International “Fake News” Attack on Venezuela! Venezuela Analysis (Micael)

Big Brother IS Watching You Watch

Europe rights court restricts employer ability to monitor employee communication Jurist

North Korea

Oil supplies to North Korea could be cut as China’s frustration with ally’s failure to communicate grows SCMP

Trump vs. Kim could blow up South Korean economy Asia Times

NORTH KOREA SAYS IT MIGHT NEGOTIATE ON NUCLEAR WEAPONS. BUT THE WASHINGTON POST ISN’T REPORTING THAT. Intercept

China

China’s ‘sponge cities’ aim to re-use 70% of rainwater – here’s how The Conversation

Imperial Collapse Watch

The real BRICS bombshell Asia Times. Pepe Escobar. The deck: “Putin reveals ‘fair multipolar world’ concept in which oil contracts could bypass the US dollar and be traded with oil, yuan and gold.”

India, China dump old ideologies: With a weak US, Asian neighbours focus on new geopolitical concerns Firstpost

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma churns through Caribbean islands, possibly en route to Florida Reuters.

Category 5 Irma the 5th Strongest Atlantic Hurricane on Record Weather Underground

Dangerous Hurricane Nears Florida, State Led By Climate-Change Deniers International Business Times

Pentagon diverts 2 warships, Marine expeditionary unit for Hurricane Irma relief Miami Herald

d is for disaster Contexts (Micael)

Coal Giant Says Bankruptcy Shields It From California Climate Suit Climate Liability News

Hurricane Harvey

After the rain, eviction notices for many Houston Chronicle

Our Collective Response to the Houston Tragedy Is Proof That Greed and Capitalism Aren’t the Only Ways to Run Society AlterNet

Politicize Hurricane Harvey Jacobin

What victims of Hurricane Harvey can learn from Katrina as rebuilding begins The Conversation

Adding Up the Price of Tragedy in Storm-Ravaged Texas Bloomberg

The Coming Storm Jacobin

Health Care

Novartis charged much more in the U.S. for some drugs than in other countries Stat

Cancer’s Invasion Equation New Yorker. The deck: “We can detect tumors earlier than ever before. Can we predict whether they’re going to be dangerous?” Siddhartha Mukherjee.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo Should Focus on Its Actual Misbehavior, Not on Perceptions NYT

Brexit

David Davis to negotiate Brexit by pretending to be deaf Daily Mash

Leaked document reveals UK Brexit plan to deter EU immigrants Guardian

Brussels has no clear vision for Brexit, City envoy says FT

Syraqistan

New UN report urges investigation into human rights violations in Yemen Jurist

The Taliban: Undefeated, and possibly undefeatable Al Jazeera (Micael)

Syrian army breaks Isis’ three-year-long siege of Deir Ezzor Independent

What is fuelling Yemen’s cholera epidemic? Al Jazeera

Wasted time and money on undergraduate classes Hechinger Report (Micael)

Class Warfare

Diseases of Despair Truthdig

Silicon Valley Is Harming Workers And Creating More Economic Inequality, Says Expert International Business Times

These Labor Laws Are Suppressing Black Workers Fortune (Sid S)

Ivy League Endowments Under Fire  Washington Monthly (Micael)

India

Is the Narendra Modi Bubble About to Burst? The Wire

Lessons from Assam: India’s flood control policy must go beyond embankments Scroll,in

Seven Little Lies the Government is Still Peddling About Demonetisation The Wire

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