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October 4, 2017

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Watch the sheer joy of dogs riding the waves at a surfing contest

Who Killed the ERA? New York Review of Books

Water 3.0 solves problem of microplastics and pharmaceuticals in wastewater Treehugger

Sputnik, the tiny sphere that launched the space race (The Rev Kev)

The 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded for advances in imaging biological molecules WaPo

How to work out which coral reefs will bleach, and which might be spared The Conversation

New site aims for ‘brutally honest’ environmental news Columbia Journalism Review

Catholic church to make record divestment from fossil fuels Guardian (martha r)

Time to shine: Solar power is fastest-growing source of new energy The Guardian

“NSFW” doesn’t begin to describe Bluetooth security in sex toys Ars Technica

Class Warfare

Uber board truce paves way for SoftBank deal FT. Now aiming for an IPO in 2019. Good luck w/ that.

EU Orders Luxembourg to Recoup Almost $300 Million From Amazon WSJ

MEET THE CAMPERFORCE, AMAZON’S NOMADIC RETIREE ARMY Wired. martha r: “9/15 but still germane”.

Law Schools Rip Bar Exam Cut Score Recommendations Above the Law

How the Elderly Lose Their Rights New Yorker. The deck: “Guardians can sell the assets and control the lives of senior citizens without their consent—and reap a profit from it.”

Washington failed to regulate Big Tech—and now it’s about to discover that it can’t Quartz

Hackers target weakest links for insider trading gain FT


Catalan referendum: Region’s independence ‘in matter of days’ BBC

Spain’s king blasts ‘unacceptable’ disloyalty of Catalan leaders SCMP

Spain may have succeeded in crushing Catalan independence dreams for now – but at a high price The Conversation

How Did Things Get So Bad in Catalonia? Wolf Street

Macron takes risky bet with tough talk on weedkiller Politico


Brexit Talks Show Continuing Divide Between U.K., EU Lawmakers WSJ

Brexit: a tale of two cities

Theresa May faces calls to sack Boris Johnson over Libya comments The Guardian


To Save ‘Make in India’, Fix GST for Small and Medium Businesses The Wire

Safety first? Not for India’s frustrated rail commuters Asia Times

U.S. pressing India to avoid capping medical device prices, allow withdrawals Reuters

India’s Troubling and Official Growth Numbers Are Only the Tip of the Iceberg The Wire


BIPARTISAN GROUP TO FORCE VOTE ON U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN YEMEN WAR Intercept (JohnnyGL). Hoisted from comments on yesterday’s links.

U.S. Votes Against U.N. Ban On Death Penalty For Homosexuality  New Now Next (The Rev Kev). Joining Iraq, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

First global pledge to end cholera by 2030 BBC

New Cold War

Mueller Tasks an Adviser With Getting Ahead of Pre-Emptive Pardons Bloomberg

The Supreme Court’s Blockbuster Term Politico

Fake news comes to the Supreme Court WaPo

Trump Transition

Mattis breaks with Trump and backs US staying in Iran nuclear deal Business Insider

Trump Aides Deliver Shortlist of Fed Candidates Bloomberg

Hedge fund billionaire flew top Mnuchin aide on private jet to Palm Beach WaPo

White House wants to end Social Security numbers as a national ID Ars Technica

U.S. will expel 15 Cuban diplomats, escalating tensions over mystery illnesses WaPo

Trump’s ICE snitch-line is full of people secretly trying to deport their in-laws boingboing

GOP lawmakers say Trump wants tough measures in Dreamers deal Politico

Republicans Are Reconsidering Full Repeal of State and Local Tax Deduction NYT

Scott Gottlieb rocketed to the top of FDA. He may keep rising Stat

Las Vegas

Bannon warns: “end of everything” if Trump supports gun controls Axios

It Doesn’t Matter Why Stephen Craig Paddock Did It New York Magazine

On Vegas, Shootings and Gun Control Ian Welsh (martha r)

Las Vegas Casinos, Aware Of Mass Shooting Risks, Lobbied For Insurance International Business Times (martha r). David Sirota.

Democrats in Disarray

The Quiet Battle Between Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris in Atlanta NY Observer (ChiGal)

What Reunification Wrought Jacobin

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Relief Efforts Pale to that for Just One Wall Street Bank Wall Street on Parade

Seven graphics that sum up Puerto Rico disaster BBC

Trump Says Puerto Rico Has Thrown the Budget ‘Out of Whack’ Bloomberg

Trump says Puerto Rico officials should be ‘proud’ more haven’t died like in Katrina WaPo

Vulture Capitalists Circle Above Puerto Rico TruthOut. Bill Moyers.

San Juan mayor hopes Trump stops ‘spouting’ comments that are ‘hurtful to the people of Puerto Rico’ Independent

Wells Fargo

Elizabeth Warren tells Wells Fargo’s CEO: ‘You should be fired’ Business Insider

Tim Sloan Walked Into The Senate Banking Committee Factually Naked And Illogically Unafraid Dealbreaker. Included for transcript of back and forth, not for the snark.

Yahoo Triples Estimate of Breached Accounts to 3 Billion WSJ


‘You Can’t Fix Stupid,’ Lawmaker Tells Equifax’s Former CEO Bloomberg

IRS awards multimillion-dollar fraud-prevention contract to Equifax Politico. The deck: “The no-bid contract was issued last week, as the company continued facing fallout from its massive security breach.” No comment.

What’s the ultimate way to defy depression, disease and early death? Exercise Guardian

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