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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.” New route to carbon-neutral fuels from carbon dioxide discovered Phys.org A Shadowy Industry Group Shapes Food Policy Around the World NYT. The International Life Sciences Institute. Uber’s baffling claim that its drivers aren’t core to its business, explained Vox Syraqistan Attacks on Saudi Oil Plants Risk Lowering Aramco IPO Valuation Bloomberg 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

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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.”

New route to carbon-neutral fuels from carbon dioxide discovered Phys.org

A Shadowy Industry Group Shapes Food Policy Around the World NYT. The International Life Sciences Institute.

Uber’s baffling claim that its drivers aren’t core to its business, explained Vox

Syraqistan

Attacks on Saudi Oil Plants Risk Lowering Aramco IPO Valuation Bloomberg

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

The Strike On Saudi Oil Facilities Was Unprecedented And It Underscores Far Greater Issues The Drive

Disrupting Saudi Arabia (PDF) John Robb, Global Guerillas. Interesting, not pay-walled.

The Curse of Osama Bin Laden The New Republic (Re Silc).

Tunisian establishment stunned as outsiders win presidency Reuters

Brexit

Still no viable Brexit proposals from UK, says EU RTE

Brexit Supreme Court case live: Judges to hear claims Boris Johnson breached law Mirror

Court challenges to prorogation Institute for Government

Johnson vows to ‘obey’ law, but still make Brexit happen in October Politico

UK accused of ‘misleading’ over no-deal Brexit ports disruption FT

UK election polls tracker: Corbyn and Swinson vs Boris and Farage – fight for Brexit is on Express

China?

The U.S. Is About to Do Something Big on Hong Kong The Atlantic

Carrie Lam Says Sanctions Won’t Help Hong Kong as Joshua Wong Meets Congress Bloomberg

On the ground, feeling the pulse of Protest Hong Kong Pepe Escobar, Asia Times (KW).

MTR struggles to maintain operations amid Hong Kong protests FT

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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

Skinny Quitting: Young Chinese Embrace the ‘Naked Resignation’ Sixth Tone

Confucius Institutes and the university: distinguishing the political mission from the cultural (PDF) Christopher Hughes, LSE Research Online

Abe says Japan’s ASDF may evolve into ‘air and space’ defense force Japan Times

India

Restore normal life to Kashmir, India’s top court tells government Reuters

Nothing Is Normal in Kashmir, Except the Normalisation of Conflict The Wire

‘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

Venezuela

Venezuelan opposition calls talks with Maduro dead, causing rift ABC. “Rift.”

Maduro Starts Talks With Venezuelan Parties Not Linked to Guaido Bloomberg

New Cold War

Russia’s Party System Is Falling Apart The Moscow Times

The Magnitskiy Myth Exploded Craig Murray (MH).

Trump Transition

Big Tech Meets Its Pecora Commission: Why Google’s Toughest Opponent Is Now Congress Matt Stoller, BIG

A book on Kavanaugh has real news. But it’s lost in the furor over a botched New York Times essay. Margaret Sullivan, WaPo

Michael Flynn’s Motion to Compel Brady Evidence is Compelling Larry Johnson, Sic Semper Tyrannis (MH).

Democrats in Disarray

The West Wing is 20 years old. Too many Democrats still think it’s a great model for politics. Vox

Big Brother Is Watching You Watch

After 6 Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself Wired

Real-Time Surveillance Will Test the British Tolerance for Cameras NYT

Our Famously Free Press

“Your source for original reporting and trusted news”:

Elevating original reporting in Search Google. We’ll see.

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