Links 10/3/17

October 3, 2017

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How much of a shock can an electric eel deliver? A scientist just found out first-hand

From feral camels to ‘cocaine hippos’, large animals are rewilding the world The Conversation

Camille Paglia on Hugh Hefner’s Legacy, Trump’s Masculinity and Feminism’s Sex Phobia Hollywood Reporter

Body clock scientists win Nobel Prize BBC

2017 Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to LIGO Black Hole Researchers NYT

Climate Disruption Could Pose “Existential Threat” by 2050 TruthOut

Dronemaker DJI introduces privacy mode after US Army ban SCMP

After article was rejected and publishers yawned, Walt and Mearsheimer dropped ‘The Israel Lobby’ in 2005 Mondoweiss (Chuck L)

Fake News

As Google Fights Fake News, Voices on the Margins Raise Alarm NYT

Imperial Collapse Watch

Navy Returns to Compasses and Pencils to Help Avoid Collisions at Sea NYT (Chuck L)

Kill Me Now

Obamas eyeing Upper East Side apartment NY Post

Goldman Sachs Explores a New World: Trading Bitcoin WSJ

The $1.7 Billion Citi-Lehman Derivatives Settlement Doesn’t Technically Contain The Words ‘Told You So,’ But It Might As Well Dealbreaker

Class Warfare

Trump vs. Graduate Workers Jacobin

The Poorest Tax Payers to Pay the Most Under Trump Plan New Economic Perspectives (martha r). Bill Black.

Argument analysis: An epic day for employers in arbitration case? Scotus blog


Uber Board Is Said to Consider Votes to Cut Ex-CEO’s Power Bloomberg

Uber investors to former CEO: We’ll sue you if you don’t vote how we want Ars Technica


Equifax says millions more customers affected in cyberattack than previously reported MarketWatch

Oversight of the Equifax Data Breach: Answers for Consumers  House Energy and Commerce Committee

What Were You Thinking? Equifax GC Probed For Executive Stock Sales Before Public Learned Of Breach Above the Law

A series of delays and major errors led to massive Equifax breach Ars Technica

Las Vegas

The NRA Praised Nevada’s Most Powerful Lawmakers For Blocking Gun Control International Business Times. David Sirota.

Nevada’s Background Check for Gun Buyers Stalls Despite Voter OK Bloomberg (The Rev Kev)

Another Day, Another U.S. Mass Shooting Moon of Alabama


In the Wake of the Las Vegas Shooting, There Can Be No Truce with the Second Amendment New Yorker (furzy)

Google Displayed Fake News in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting Bloomberg (David L)

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico mayor invited to take part in White House conference call on hurricane disaster effort – but told she could not speak Independent

Two Storms Hit Puerto Rico: Maria and Colonialism Counterpunch

The Military Was Ready in Texas and Florida. What Went Wrong in Puerto Rico? Politico

As Trump set to visit Puerto Rico, 95 percent lack power Reuters

Puerto Rico prepares for Trump visit after hurricane BBC

How Devastated Puerto Rico Really Is, by the Numbers Vice

Puerto Rico hasn’t updated the Hurricane Maria death toll in 5 days Vox

Trump Transition

Trump’s White House froze an equal-pay rule. Women are fighting to save it. WaPo

Trump May Have Found Paths to Save Coal and Hobble Clean Energy Bloomberg

Does The Constitution Apply To Immigrants? Supreme Court Will Start To Sort That Out. Above the Law

Trump’s Right: His Media Coverage Is Mostly Negative NBC

Trump administration weighing executive order on welfare Politico


Sack Boris Johnson for sake of Brexit talks, key MEP urges May Guardian

Northern exposure: Brexit reveals Shetland split Politico


In pictures: Catalan farmers block streets and protect polling stations as the tractor becomes a symbol of resistance  Daily Telegraph

Catalan leader calls for international mediation in Madrid stand-off Reuters

As Spain falls apart, Europe is tongue-tied Politico

Catalan president ‘escaped Spanish police helicopters trying to stop him from voting in the illegal referendum by changing cars in a TUNNEL’ Daily Mail

The future of the EU at stake in Catalonia Asia Times

Catalonia holds general strike in protest over referendum violence Guardian

Hurricane Alley

China calls for calm over North Korea as US flexes military muscle and clock ticks down to key congress SCMP

Trump says Rex Tillerson ‘wasting his time’ with North Korea negotiations Guardian

We’ve Forgotten What The US Has Done To N O R T H K O R E A Lee Camp


India’s Dream of Becoming Smartphone Manufacturing Powerhouse Hits Hurdles The Wire

Gandhi Jayanti: Reporters slam attacks on media Al Jazeera

Modi Government Isn’t Against Economic Growth, but Its Approach Is Flawed The Wire

Health Care

House candidates back single-payer healthcare plan in Virginia Inside Nova (martha r)

FDA chief says agency will take action to lower drug prices The Hill

Getting to the heart of a societal problem Raconteur

Unhealthiest US counties made ‘dramatic’ switch from Obama to Trump in 2016, study finds Independent

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