Germany’s wolf population on the rise, new data shows Deutsche Welle
How your scalding hot deep fryer might help cool the weather CNN. Cf. Psalms 63:5. This has been going on for awhile.
Sugar industry sponsorship of germ-free rodent studies linking sucrose to hyperlipidemia and cancer: An historical analysis of internal documents PLOS Biology. “The Sugar Research Foundation.” You can imagine.
A World Without Net Neutrality The Nib
Collins, Pingree, King rip plan to end net neutrality Bangor Daily News. Both Maine Senators.
Why the Courts Will Have to Save Net Neutrality Tim Wu, NYT
The inside story of how David Cameron drove Britain to Brexit Prospect (Richard Smith: “Brexit backstory, by an insider.”)
Brexit divorce bill to be kept secret The Times. What could go wrong?
UK-EU regulation after Brexit: options for equivalence Institute for Government
“Eine solche Dürre habe ich noch nie erlebt” Telepolis (guurst). From the Google translation: “It does not want to rain in Spain and Portugal. Only the extreme northwest can breathe a little, as an Atlantic front brings some rain. However, this does not change the fact that the situation is so worrying in many parts of both countries that water rationing is already being considered, especially in Portugal.”
Trump Administration Plays Media Like Fiddle on Iran/HBO Hacking Story FAIR (UserFriendly).
Syria war, Sochi peace Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
People for sale CNN
US, Japan, India, Australia … is Quad the first step to an Asian Nato? South China Morning Post
For China, a fine line between ‘Great Leader Xi’ and ‘Xi, the great leader’ South China Morning Post
Chinese private jet sales slump nears end Nikkei Asian Review
New Cold War
A Letter to an Anonymous Friend About the Current State of the “Russiagate” Scandal Nina Illingworth. Still germane.
* * *The Unraveling of the Balkans Peace Agreements CFR
Re: Designating an Acting Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (PDF) US DOJ Office of Legal Counsel
* * *Diplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves NYT
The case for reading Trump The Week. I apply this principle to everything. Never watch. Always read the transcript. Saves time, too!
Kansas Republicans claim tax bill will be good for the middle class. It won’t be Kansas City-Star. From a “a Bob Dole Republican.”
Sex in Politics… Not!
Sebelius: The Clinton White House doubled down on ‘abusive behavior’ and it’s fair to criticize Hillary Clinton CNN. Another Democrat urges Bill Clinton to take his place under the bus…
What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men? Paris Review
Our Famously Free Press
A Voice of Hate in America’s Heartland NYT. Nate Silver: “What the hell is this, @nytimes? This article does more to normalize neo-Nazism than anything I’ve read in a long time.” When you’ve lost Nate Silver…
Tens of thousands displaced by Harvey still yearn for home Houston Chronicle
The biggest health issue we aren’t debating Axios. “More than four in in 10 households with private coverage and incomes between 150% and 400% of the federal poverty line do not have enough liquid assets to cover a deductible of $1,500 for single people and $3,000 for families.” And that’s not even a high-deductible plan!
BIg Brother Is Watching You Watch
Black Friday blues: Philly retail workers speak out against inconsistent hours Philadelphia Weekly
Amazon Workers in Germany and Italy Are on Strike The Stranger
‘Star Wars’ Video Game Microtransactions Ignite Controversy Variety. A reader writes: “This is an issue that is, if you forgive the pun, picking up steam in the gaming world and there is a revolt brewing against this model of exploitation. Countries like Australia, UK, France and Belgium (also Hawaii) are looking into it as it seems like a form of gambling. It is amounting to pay to win according to some players.” Sounds like good training for the real world, to me. What’s the issue here?
Making the Opioid Epidemic Visible The New Republic (Re Silc).
The future of America’s suburbs looks infinite The Orange County Register (Re Silc). The photo that accompanies the article is of Santa Clarita. In the high desert. Re Silc: “The first time i was in la was 1959. Last week i was there. This cannot be sustainable.”
Perfectly normal Nature
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