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How Cities Make Money by Fining the Poor
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/magazine/cities-fine-poor-jail.html

Big Business Has a New Scam: The ‘Purpose Paradigm’
https://www.thenation.com/article/big-business-has-a-new-scam-the-purpose-paradigm/

Inside Facebook’s ‘cult-like’ workplace, where dissent is discouraged and employees pretend to be happy all the time
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/08/facebook-culture-cult-performance-review-process-blamed.html

Samsung Phone Users Perturbed to Find They Can't Delete Facebook
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-08/samsung-phone-users-get-a-shock-they-can-t-delete-facebook

Russian Patriarch Warns ‘Antichrist’ Will Control Humans Through Gadgets
https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russian-patriarch-warns-antichrist-will-control-humans-through-gadgets-64060

The holidays ushered in a smart speaker explosion starring Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant
https://www.recode.net/2019/1/8/18173696/amazon-alexa-google-assistant-smart-speaker-sales-npr

CES 2019 opens to a flying car, a boxing robot and a Google Assistant ride
https://www.cnet.com/news/ces-2019-opens-to-a-flying-car-a-boxing-robot-and-a-google-assistant-ride/

Robotic dildo barred from top tech showcase, prompting sexism claims
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/08/ces-dildo-gender-sex-toy-ose-personal-massager

Black Market for Your Location Data Apparently Thriving Despite Privacy Vow by T-Mobile's John Legere and Others
https://gizmodo.com/black-market-for-your-location-data-apparently-thriving-1831584165

Trump Campaign Consultants Cambridge Analytica Found Guilty of Breaking Data Laws
https://www.thedailybeast.com/cambridge-analytica-pleads-guilty-in-uk-data-trial

Manafort allegedly lied about sharing 2016 polling data with Russian operative
https://www.axios.com/mueller-allegations-paul-manafort-russian-operative-7d2a6628-62b7-4e7d-bafb-0fe94a1f1a43.html

Exclusive: How a Russian firm helped catch an alleged NSA data thief
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/09/russia-kaspersky-lab-nsa-cybersecurity-1089131

Trump Tower Meeting Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya Charged With Lying About Secret Work with Russian Officials
https://www.thedailybeast.com/russian-lawyer-natalia-veselnitskaya-charged-with-obstruction-of-justice-in-money-laundering-case

Supreme Court declines to intervene in mysterious Mueller subpoena fight
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/08/supreme-court-declines-to-intervene-in-mysterious-mueller-subpoena-fight-1088050

Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller's probe, plans to leave the Justice Department after new attorney general confirmed
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/rod-rosenstein-plans-leave-justice-department-after-new-attorney-general-n956571

Two Marines, Navy corpsman under investigation in Iraq death of contractor and former Green Beret
https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2019/01/08/two-marines-and-a-navy-corpsman-are-under-investigation-in-the-death-of-a-contractor-and-former-green-beret-in-iraq/

As Arctic Warms, US Navy Considering Summer Transit, Bering Sea Port
https://www.defenseone.com/news/2019/01/arctic-warms-us-navy-considering-summer-transit-bering-sea-port/154018/

U.S. to blame if any South China Sea clash: Chinese researcher
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-usa-military/us-to-blame-if-any-south-china-sea-clash-chinese-researcher-idUSKCN1P31CK

China Overrated by Right-Wing Kooks 
http://www.unz.com/freed/china-overrated-by-right-wing-kooks/

China’s 2019 gross domestic product forecast cut to 6.2 per cent by World Bank under ‘Darkening Skies’
https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/2181339/chinas-2019-gross-domestic-product-forecast-cut-62-cent-world

Analysis: At Davos, A Darker Mood Awaits Meeting Of Global Elites
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/09/683270907/analysis-at-davos-a-darker-mood-awaits-meeting-of-global-elites

The Death of Europe Has Been Greatly Exaggerated 
https://www.currentaffairs.org/2019/01/the-death-of-europe-has-been-greatly-exaggerated

POLITICS and FLEAS

On the Border, Little Enthusiasm for a Wall: ‘We Have Other Problems That Need Fixing’
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/08/us/border-wall-crisis-mexico-usa.html

Trump makes grisly case for a border wall, describing beheadings and hammer murders
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/08/trump-makes-grisly-case-for-border-wall-describing-beheadings-hammer-murders.html

Trump’s Prime-Time Bid to End Border Wall Impasse Falls Flat
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-09/trump-s-prime-time-bid-to-end-border-wall-impasse-falls-flat

Media’s Angry Response To President Trump’s Oval Office Speech Comes Up Short
http://thefederalist.com/2019/01/09/medias-angry-response-to-president-trumps-oval-office-speech-comes-up-short/

Cracks emerging among Senate Republicans as Murkowski calls for end to shutdown
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/08/politics/lisa-murkowski-senate-republicans/index.html

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

U.S. lawsuit by Post journalist seeks $1 billion in damages from Iran to deter taking of hostages
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/us-lawsuit-by-post-journalist-seeks-1-billion-in-damages-from-iran-to-deter-taking-of-hostages/2019/01/08/fbe40466-12d0-11e9-803c-4ef28312c8b9_story.html

Journalist Pelin Ünker sentenced to jail in Turkey over Paradise Papers investigation
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jan/09/journalist-pelin-unker-sentenced-to-jail-in-turkey-over-paradise-papers-investigation

Where 518 Inmates Sleep in Space for 170, and Gangs Hold It Together
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/07/world/asia/philippines-manila-jail-overcrowding.html

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

The Animal Kingdom's "Universal Code" for Monogamy Has Been Discovered
https://www.inverse.com/article/52277-animal-monogamy-comes-from-shared-genes

Ever wonder how rats are feeling? Rodent Rosetta Stone is here
https://crosscut.com/2019/01/ever-wonder-how-rats-are-feeling-rodent-rosetta-stone-here

Crows Are So Clever They Can Judge Weight Using a Technique We've Only Seen in Humans
https://www.sciencealert.com/crows-can-judge-an-object-s-weight-just-by-watching-it-blowing-in-a-breeze

Fishy Smarts: Archerfish Can Recognize Human Faces in 3-D
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fishy-smarts-archerfish-can-recognize-human-faces-in-3-d/

These Whales Are Serenaders of the Seas. It’s Quite a Racket.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/07/science/whales-songs-acoustics.html

ODDS, ENDS

What Is Causing Some Women to Kill Their Newborns? 
https://www.damemagazine.com/2019/01/08/what-is-causing-some-women-to-kill-their-newborns/

Two Sisters, 14 And 12 Years Old, Have Been Charged With Killing Their Mother
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryancbrooks/mississippi-sisters-charged-murder-mom-arrested

Member of Far-right Proud Boys Organization Accused of Murdering Brother With Four-foot-long Sword
https://www.newsweek.com/proud-boys-qanon-murder-seattle-lizards-conspiracy-theories-mental-illness-1284821

Two Women Charged With Sexually Assaulting Transgender Person in North Carolina Bar Bathroom
https://www.newsweek.com/sexual-assault-transgender-lgbtq-raleigh-north-carolina-milk-bar-1284744

UFC Fighter Polyana Viana Beats Up Alleged Robber, Shows Him Who’s Boss
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ufc-fighter-beats-up-robber_us_5c33f14fe4b0116c11ef229e

The Joys of Becoming Irrelevant to Men Like This
https://jezebel.com/the-joys-of-becoming-irrelevant-to-men-like-this-1831575242

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