United Nations considers a test ban on evolution-warping gene drives MIT Technology Review
YOU KNOW WHAT? GO AHEAD AND USE THE HOTEL WI-FI Wired. Readers?
How Local Governments Are Addressing Climate Change Mother Earth News
El Al diverts flight after religious passengers cause uproar over Shabbat scare The Times of Israel
For Once, Theresa May is Very Accurate Craig Murray
Brexit: an information desert EUReferendum.com
California wildfires: Finland bemused by Trump raking comment BBC. Dear Finland: Welcome to the club! Much of what Trump says bemuses the rest of us.
Democrats in Disarray
Syria Sitrep – Army Wins Al-Safa Battle – More Troops Move Towards Idelb Moon of Alabama. Missed this yesterday.
‘A Truly Spectacular Ally’: Trump’s Saudi First Foreign Policy American Conservative
Why the security of nuclear materials should be focus of US-Russia nuclear relations Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Nuclear Weapons are a Nightmare Made in America.Counterpunch. Very much on my mind, as I recently visited Hiroshima, and spent several hours in the museum. If you’ve not yet seen any of the excellent interviews Paul Jay conducted with Daniel Ellsberg on the Real News Network, do. I link to the first of twelve, of which I believe eight are up. The Doomsday Machine: The Big Lie of the Cold War – Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (1/12) Real News Network.
Opioid Nation New York Review of Books
Michael Bloomberg: Why I’m Giving $1.8 Billion for College Financial Aid NYT. He’s running. But what we really need is free college, which would force private universities to cut out admin featherbedding and other waste and reduce their tuition, fees, etc. else they risk losing too many students to public alternatives.
The dark side of Germany’s online shopping boom Handelsblatt
Why Losing Out on Amazon HQ2 Isn’t So Bad for Cities Governing.com. The deck: A new study points to evidence that luring a large corporation isn’t the best way to spur job growth. Moi: Quelle surprise!
Kill Me Now
Eliminating All Student Debt Isn’t Progressive NYT (RM). Readers?
2018 Post Mortem
Why the Perfect Red-State Democrat Lost ProPublica
The Punctured Myth of Sheryl Sandberg New Republic. Today’s must read. Obviously her enemies have been storing up info, waiting for their chance to pounce on a wounded animal and leak, leak, leak away. But still…
Yes, Facebook made mistakes in 2016. But we weren’t the only ones. WaPo. I remind readers that to link is not to endorse – and I generally leave it to the commentariat to debunk rather than impose my reading on everyone. You always come up with a range of far more interesting things to say than I could possibly think of.
With Nearly 400,000 Dead in South Sudan, Will the U.S. Change Policy? Foreign Policy in Focus
The EPA Gave Its Website a Pro-Fracking Makeover Motherboard
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