A vaccine that could block mosquitoes from transmitting malaria The Conversation
Alcohol is killing more people, and younger. The biggest increases are among women USA Today. More deaths from despair.
One of the fathers of AI is worried about its future MIT Technology Review
The Other Constitutions New York Review of Books. Retired Summer Court Justice John Paul Stevens. One way of reading this is that with the Supremes captured by you know who, we’ll have to look increasingly to state courts for sensible jurisprudence. Alas, such judgements will apply to a specific state, and can be overruled by the Supremes. Note that Stevens was a Ford appointee.
Our Famously Free Press
Barack von Obamenburg, Herr Donald, and Big Capitalist Hypocrisy: On How Fascism Happens Counterpunch. Read this, it’s much better than the title promises.
The Courts See a Crime. These Lawyers See a Whole Life. Marshall Project
Woman’s death casts shadow over France’s ‘yellow vest’ protests Agency France-Presse
Enemies pursue Soros in Germany Handelsblatt
Brexit: another fine mess EUReferendum.com
From The Sunday Times:
Democrats in Disarray
Is Bill and Hillary’s tour a sideshow the Democrats don’t need? Guardian When you’ve lost the Guardian…
2018 Post Mortem
Afghanistan takes center stage in the New Great Game Asia Times. Pepe Escobar.
Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates Al Jazeera
India revives its dream of manufacturing passenger aircraft Economic Times magazine
Big Pharma Bankrolled Pro-Trump Group As Trump Pushed Pharma Tax Cut Capital & Main. David Sirota
“Tough on Crime” Trump Comes Out for Sentencing Reform American Conservative
Trump’s Defense Spending Is Out of Control, and Poised to Get Worse Rolling Stone. Matt Taibbi
As the Obama DOJ Concluded, Prosecution of Julian Assange for Publishing Documents Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom Intercept. Glenn Greenwald. Important. Greenwald makes clear that too many Democrats misguidedly support targeting Assange, for the role they think Wikileaks played in thwarting HRC’s installation in the position that she – and many of her enablers – believed was her due.
Too Rich to Jail NYT. MoDo. And, what’s got into MoDo?:
Reading all the recent stories about the 10th anniversary of the financial crisis, it’s easy to see the neon line leading from Barack Obama’s failure to punish Wall Street scammers to the fact that Republican scammers are now infecting the entire infrastructure of government.
President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. made a terrible mistake by letting the miscreant bankers off the hook rather than saying, as F.D.R. did, “I welcome their hatred.”
It almost seems like she’s reading Naked Capitalism — and to that I say, welcome! The more, the merrier.
The day MIT won the Harvard-Yale game ESPN. Permit me a short amble down memory lane. I remember this well, as it was my senior year, and I was just finishing my tenure as editor-in-chief of The Tech, MIT’s oldest and largest student newspaper. The staff ate pizza the Sunday night after the Saturday game and put our next issue to bed. Seeing the pix, and the video, the years just fell away. And I realized that no one could get away with such a stunt today – at some stage, the perpetrators would have been frogmarched out of Harvard Stadium, to face who knows what charges.
Whereas way back when, Paul Gray, then MIT-prez, wrote to his Harvard counterpart, Derek Bok, after the fact (according to The Tech):
Word has come to me that your campus police are holding some property which rightfully should be located in the MIT Museum. Can this be true?
Surely you have little use for a makeshift device constructed from vacuum cleaner parts, points from a 1967 Mustang, and a handful of marbles. We, however, being the sentimental sort, would take great care of – indeed, we would enshrine – this symbolic highlight of the 1982 football season. Please give it back. Sincerely yours, Paul E. Gray
Antidote du Jour (blennylips, who asks for the help of fellow Links readers in identifying this bird):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.