The 2019 Winners Improbable Research. The Ig Nobel Prizes: “MEDICAL EDUCATION PRIZE [USA]: Karen Pryor and Theresa McKeon, for using a simple animal-training technique—called ‘clicker training’—to train surgeons to perform orthopedic surgery.”
A Shadowy Industry Group Shapes Food Policy Around the World NYT. The International Life Sciences Institute.
The Latest: Official downplays imminent action against Iran Associated Press
Who Was Behind the Saudi Oil Attack? What the Evidence Shows NYT. “American officials have offered no evidence beyond the satellite photos, which analysts said were insufficient to prove where the attack came from, which weapons were used and who fired them.” We should also remember that the discovering the source of the attacks is not the same as determining the uses that can be made of the brute fact of the attack.
Why Would Iran Attack the Saudis NOW? Washington’s Blog
Is A Full-Blown War In The Persian Gulf Inevitable? OilPrice.com
Disrupting Saudi Arabia (PDF) John Robb, Global Guerillas. Interesting, not pay-walled.
The Curse of Osama Bin Laden The New Republic (Re Silc).
Court challenges to prorogation Institute for Government
The U.S. Is About to Do Something Big on Hong Kong The Atlantic
On the ground, feeling the pulse of Protest Hong Kong Pepe Escobar, Asia Times (KW).
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China economic slowdown sparks debate over what caused the slump, and how Beijing should intervene South China Morning Post
Trade war: Chinese delegation head to Washington to step up talks South China Morning Post
Confucius Institutes and the university: distinguishing the political mission from the cultural (PDF) Christopher Hughes, LSE Research Online
‘This toilet retired as soon as it was made’ People’s Archive of Rural India
Bill Gates to honor India’s Modi despite Kashmir concerns Associated Press
New Cold War
Russia’s Party System Is Falling Apart The Moscow Times
The Magnitskiy Myth Exploded Craig Murray (MH).
Michael Flynn’s Motion to Compel Brady Evidence is Compelling Larry Johnson, Sic Semper Tyrannis (MH).
Democrats in Disarray
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Our Famously Free Press
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Elevating original reporting in Search Google. We’ll see.
Who Will Survive in America? MS Paint Help (UserFriendly).
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