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Canada MPs to loosen penalties for drunks in kayaks BBC. The True North strong and free…
Where is the world’s largest hoard of looted antiquities? Syria? Iraq? Nope, London. Association for Research into Crimes Against Art
MPs to review baby nuclear reactor plans as cheaper source of secure energy City AM (Richard Smith). Slogan: “Glowing Britain.”
Energy Secretary proposes rule to make grid managers favor coal, nuclear Ars Technica (CL).
The Massive Hedge Fund Betting on AI Bloomberg
In Puerto Rico, acute shortages plunge the masses into survival struggle Reuters. Remarkable to see “the masses” in a mainstream headline; I’m surprised Google’s algo didn’t supress it. Or not.
The Cruelest Storm: A Statement for Puerto Rico Latino Rebels
Trump’s Disgraceful Puerto Rico Attack The American Conservative (Re Silc).
Watch moment appalled ambassador stops Boris Johnson reciting colonial poem in Burma’s holiest site Independent. Kipling’s Mandalay. Fortunately, the Ambassador bottled up Johnson before he got to this line: “Bloomin’ idol made o’ mud / Wot they called the Great Gawd Budd.” Holy moley.
Violenza sul voto in Catalogna: oltre 800 feriti. Rajoy: “Il referendum una messa in scena” La Stampa (DG). With videos.
Russia Provides New Internet Connection to North Korea 38 North. This is good, I think; the last think we want is NK cut off from everything.
New Cold War
What Russian Meddling In Elections Might Have Looked Like Forbes. Different from what you might expect from the headline.
British courts may unlock secrets of how Trump campaign profiled US voters Guardian. Anything to avoid the idea that you’ve got to knock on doors and provide universal concrete material benefits!
The Equifax Hack Has the Hallmarks of State-Sponsored Pros Bloomberg (MR). As always, attribution is hard…
Scoop: Trump urges staff to portray him as “crazy guy” Axios. Interesting and if true, all the liberal Democrat handwringing is helping him.
Silicon Valley all in on tax reform Politico
Time’s up: As CHIP expires unrenewed, Congress blows a chance to save healthcare for 9 million children Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times
Failure To Approve Oklahoma Waiver Undermines Trust Between HHS And States Health Affairs. The language is Health Affairs is ordinarily much more measured….
The New Establishment Vanity Fair. Five Horsemen right up there?
One in five reporters lives in NY, DC or LA Axios. How provincial.
The science of being nice World Economic Forum
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