Stars that vary in brightness shine in the oral traditions of Aboriginal Australians The Conversation
Stranded orca whale successfully re-floated in Marlborough New Zealand Herald. Yves: “Look at how much effort to save the orca! They kept it cool all night.”
Bitcoin Plunges 29% From Record High Bloomberg. Yves: “Anything that falls 29% in a day isn’t ‘money, at least in anything other than an economy that is in some sort of collapse.”
Are we failing to protect the child stars of YouTube? New Statesman
Oil Spills in Nigeria Could Kill 16,000 Babies a Year Newsweek
Waymo’s fully self-driving vehicles are here Waymo Team, Medium. This is the money quote: “By giving people access to a fleet of vehicles, rather than starting with a personal ownership model, more people will be able to experience this technology, sooner.”
Waymo Tests Its Self-Driving Cars In My Town. Here Are The Odd Things I’ve Seen. Forbes. It would certainly be nice if we had data from parties who weren’t massively conflicted.
Europe’s four freedoms are its very essence FT
Since Article 50 was triggered, a no-deal Brexit has been the default The Spectator
Henry VIII clauses and the new legal challenge to Brexit Brexit Central
How they buried the hatchet to take on Hammond: ANDREW PIERCE explains how Boris Johnson and Michael Gove put Britain’s future before personal grievances Daily Mail. Anything’s possible…
Brexit minister David Davis dismisses Michel Barnier’s two-week divorce bill deadline City AM and BARKING MAD No Brexit deal would see dogs and cats ‘unable to cross the channel’ and planes not able to land, EU boss Michel Barnier warns The Sun
60,000 join far-right march on Poland’s Independence Day Seattle Times
Disputed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont: Spain has ‘damaged democracy’ Sky News
Inside the rapid rise and unprecedented power grab of Saudi Arabia’s millennial crown prince Business Insider
Saudi Arabia’s explosive rivalry with Shia Iran FT
EXCLUSIVE: Senior Saudi figures tortured and beaten in purge Middle East Eye
‘Bahrain opposition leader to stand trial for ‘spying’ for Qatar Middle East Online (Re Silc). Re Silc: “Spy for Iran/Qatar/Iran/Qatar/Iran/Qatar. MBS can’t make up his pea brain.”
Why the United States will never leave Yemen Al Jazeera. The view from Qatar….
Industry Which Does Not Pay Minimum Wages To Workmen Has No Right To Continue: Delhi HC [Read Judgment] Live Law
The World Needs to Prepare for ‘Peaked China’ The American Conservative
‘They Want to Know If Trump’s Crazy’ Politico (Re Silc). Very interesting, especially for 38 North readers.
New Cold War
Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core NYT. “… said Mr. Williams, now with Rendition Infosec…” What truly unfortunate branding.
Is Trump Being Manipulated By Putin? Former Intelligence Officials Say The President Fears Russian Leader Newsweek. Two officials: liberal Democrat icons Brennan (torturer) and Clapper (perjurer).
Was Donald Trump’s fiery Apec speech a response to waning US influence in Asia-Pacific? South China Morning Post
Trump, Abe and Turnbull talk North Korea and trade Nikkei Asian Review
Trump Offers to Mediate in South China Sea Dispute NBC
Rhetorical birth of an anti-China bulwark Asia Times. “Indo-Pacific.”
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Reminder: Republicans Need 60 Votes to Pass Their Tax Plan Mother Jones
Mnuchin Stands by Trump That GOP Tax Cut Is Biggest Ever Bloomberg
Trump’s trade policy: Separating the normal from the dangerous Centre for European Reform
New data shows how the Trump administration is destroying the State Department Vox (Furzy Mouse).
Eight Ways to Build a Border Wall NYT
Trump era brings lowest stock market volatility since early 1960s FT. Probably not what volatility voters had in mind?
Democrats in Disarray
How to Fix the Democratic Party Bernie Sanders, Politico
Despite Recent Wins for Democrats, Gerrymanders Dim Hopes for 2018 NYT
Biden mum on 2020 run, but says Democrats need ‘fresh blood’ Japan Times. Always the donors with Democrats, isn’t it?
Top Democrats stage anti-Trump revolt at Bonn climate summit Politico. But norms!
Poll: Nearly half of white Southerners feel like they’re under attack The Hill
Poll: 37 percent of Alabama evangelicals more likely to vote for Moore after allegations The Hill
In Idaho, program to fight voter fraud may cause more problems than it catches Idaho Statesman. Crosscheck.
Sources: Committee to talk Roger Goodell contract; last commish proposal included $49.5M salary, private jet EPSN. Plus lifetime health insuramce, though presumably Goodell is a better risk than his concussed players.
Colin Kaepernick Is This Generation’s Civil Rights Leader, Olympian John Carlos Says Newsweek
Why Americans Are Going To Love Single Payer People’s Policy Project
Lower-Income Countries That Face The Most Rapid Shift In Noncommunicable Disease Burden Are Also The Least Prepared Health Affairs. (Again, if anybody from Health Affairs is reading this, I can go use Safari’s reader if I don’t want to read your articles O.N.E.L.E.T.T.E.R.A.T.A.T.I.M.E in your ginormous font, but is that what you really want me to do?)
Big Brother Is Watching You Watch
Departing NSA veterans catch the eye of Silicon Valley investors WaPo. Intelligence community Flexians. What could go wrong?
Surveillance Cameras Made by China Are Hanging All Over the U.S. WSJ. Worse, surveillance cameras made by the U.S. are hanging all over the U.S. Alexa, stop listening!
Imperial Collapse Watch
‘Fat Leonard’ probe expands to ensnare more than 60 admirals WaPo (CM). And we wonder why the Navy’s ships keep colliding with other ships.
The Plot Against America’s 99% Nouriel Roubini, Project Syndicate
Chinese-Owned Factory in Ohio Fights Off Unionization Plan NYT. [Family-blogging] communists….
Could a Tax Fix the Gig Economy? The Atlantic
We’re Sick of Racism, Literally NYT
How to Get Over the Need to Be Liked by Everyone You Meet New York Magazine. Science fiction? Role-playing fantasy? Huh?
Could Rome Have Had an Industrial Revolution? Medium. Especially for History of Rome fans.
The catalogue that made metrics, and changed science Nature
The Bus Factor: Life for Open-Source Projects After a Developer’s Death WIRED (CL).
Mind the Gap Granola Shotun (SC). Code and land use. Very important.
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