Yield junkies Reuters
Ukraine kidnappers release hostage after $1m bitcoin ransom paid Guardian (JT McPhee).
For the Russian Military in Syria, Old Habits Die Hard War is Boring (PD).
Neoconservative Delusions On Azerbaijan LobeLog (Re Silc).
The Battle of the Breadbaskets Is Coming to a Head Foreign Policy
Growing discord in Malaysia’s paddy industry Straits Times
New tax law spells big changes for companies’ approach to executive compensation Francine McKenna, MarketWatch
This Tax Loophole For Wealthy Donors Just Got Bigger NPR. “If your income is high enough, you can actually make money by giving away money to support scholarships to private schools. The states affected by this provision are Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia.”
Let’s allow our kids to use some of their future Social Security earnings to pay off their student loans FOX. Man, they’re really trying to clear the board, aren’t they?
This breakout ‘Star Wars’ star used her salary to pay off her student loans CNBC. So that’s what it takes. Becoming a movie star.
Trump wants Postal Service to charge ‘much more’ for Amazon shipments Reuters (E. Mayer). E. Mayer: “Classic Trumpian good/bad logic – on the one hand, there is no need for USPS to ‘break even’ – governmental subsidization of postal service to all citizens makes both good economic sense and is one of those duties all governments should assume, of course with a view to doing so with reasonable efficiency and technological modernity. OTOH, if USPS is in fact giving Amazon a gigantic subsidy as the rock-bottom-pricing-deal stories about that special arrangement suggest, it’s perfectly reasonable to revisit said deal.”
Where is Trump’s Cabinet? It’s anybody’s guess. Politico. “A Politico review of the practices of 17 Cabinet heads found that at least eight routinely decline to release information on their planned schedules or travels.”
The woman who collects clothes of sex assault victims BBC. No, it’s not what she was wearing.
The Forgotten Man The Baffler. Murray Rothbard.
Democrats in Disarray
Can The Democrats Win Back The Bernie Supporters Who Wanted Change And Then Voted For Trump? Down with Tyranny (MR).
Third Parties, Your Time Is Now Truthout
Editorial: Reversing the Illinois exodus Chicago Tribune
Against Identitarian and Generational Divide and Rule Paul Street, Counterpunch
Arbitrary Rule The Nation
What Happened to the 40-Hour Workweek? Counterpunch
The great error TLS
Artificial intelligence is not a substitute for common sense The Slovenia Times (Re Silc).
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