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Welcome to 'Blade Runner' year, now where are my damn off-world colonies
https://mashable.com/article/blade-runner-2019/

China’s Moon Landing: ‘New Chapter in Humanity’s Exploration of the Moon’
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/02/world/asia/china-change-4-moon.html

Watch the moment China’s rover touched down on the far side of the Moon
https://qz.com/1513966/watch-chinas-change-4-rover-touches-down-on-the-far-side-of-the-moon/

China's Chang'e 4 sends back first photos of moon's far side after historic landing
https://www.cnet.com/news/chinas-change-4-becomes-first-spacecraft-to-land-on-the-far-side-of-the-moon/

Chang’e 4 landing on dark side of moon marks start of China’s space race with the US
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/2180594/change-4-landing-dark-side-moon-marks-start-chinas-space-race-us

The space race is back on – and is China in the lead?
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/03/space-race-china-change-4-us-russia-moon

Heather Wilson: Air Force Pursuing Space Mission as Trump Pushes Space Force
https://www.executivegov.com/2019/01/heather-wilson-air-force-pursuing-space-mission-as-trump-pushes-space-force/

Air Force Wants to Increase Space Industry Partnerships in 2019
https://blog.executivebiz.com/2019/01/air-force-wants-to-increase-space-industry-partnerships-in-2019/

U.S. Wants Asian Allies to Partner in Confronting China in South China Sea
http://en.businesstimes.cn/articles/106294/20190103/u-s-asian-allies-partner-confronting-china-south-sea.htm

Philippines urged to work with Vietnam on South China Sea code
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/01/03/1882046/philippines-urged-work-vietnam-south-china-sea-code#wqIFKFDLcXDD6DAr.99

Beijing to restore coral reefs ‘damaged by island building’ in South China Sea
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2180426/beijing-restore-coral-reefs-damaged-island-building-south-china

China’s Atlantean ambition for the South China Sea
http://www.atimes.com/article/chinas-atlantean-ambition-for-the-south-china-sea/

China Resurrects Mao-Era Forced Labor for Ethnic Minorities
https://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/china-resurrects-mao-era-forced-labor-for-ethnic-minorities/91413

Joe Lieberman formally registers as lobbyist for Chinese telecom giant ZTE
https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2019/01/joe-lieberman-formally-registers-as-lobbyist-for-chinese-telecom-giant-zte/

iPhone Sales Croak, China’s Economy Deteriorating Faster than Expected, Apple Warns. Shares Plunge
https://wolfstreet.com/2019/01/02/iphone-sales-croak-china-particularly-bad-apple-warns-shares-plunge/

Apple is basically blaming Trump’s trade war for disappointing iPhone sales in China
https://www.recode.net/2019/1/2/18165832/apple-iphone-trump-china

Apple bombshell sends investors to safe havens; 'flash crash' jolts currencies
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-markets/apple-bombshell-sends-investors-to-safe-havens-flash-crash-jolts-currencies-idUSKCN1OX02B

The woman who nailed 2018 stock-market volatility blowup now warns of ‘bubbliciouness’ in loans
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-woman-who-predicted-the-2018-stock-market-volatility-blowup-now-warns-of-bubbliciouness-in-loans-2019-01-03

Manhattan Home Prices Fall Under $1 Million for the First Time Since 2015
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-03/manhattan-home-prices-fall-under-1-million-as-sellers-cut-deals

Construction Industry Layoffs Surge Most On Record
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-03/construction-industry-layoffs-surge-most-record

Big Pharma ushers in new year with price hikes on hundreds of drugs
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/01/big-pharma-ushers-in-new-year-with-price-hikes-on-hundreds-of-drugs/

How capitalism is killing us
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/capitalism-killing-190101101116332.html

POLITICS and FLEAS

The survivor: Nancy Pelosi makes history — again
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/03/nancy-pelosi-speaker-congress-profile-1077678

What is Paygo? Why progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez oppose Pelosi’s rule
https://www.fastcompany.com/90287155/what-is-paygo-why-progressives-like-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-oppose-pelosis-rule

Nancy Pelosi says she won't rule out indictment, impeachment for Trump
https://www.today.com/news/nancy-pelosi-says-she-won-t-rule-out-indictment-impeachment-t146197

California’s Rep. Brad Sherman to introduce impeachment measure
https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-congress-impeachment-20190103-story.html

Ex-Bush and Whitman adviser: Trump won’t be impeached, but he will leave the presidency in 2019
https://www.nj.com//opinion/2019/01/ex-bush-and-whitman-adviser-trump-wont-be-impeached-but-he-will-leave-the-presidency-in-2019.html

Lindsey Graham: If Trump Backs Down On Border Wall Fight, His Presidency Is Over
https://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/2019/01/03/lindsey-graham-trump-backs-border-wall-fight-presidency/

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

'He shunned pretty women': How Marine vet 'spy' aroused suspicion of Russian intelligence and was 'caught red-handed in Moscow hotel room with flash drive containing names of Russian secret agents'
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6551263/US-Marine-vet-detained-receiving-list-secret-agency-employees-Russian-media-claims.html

Mysterious tale of man accused of spying in Russia steeped in contradictions
https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/01/03/paul-whelan-russian-spy-novi-michigan-marines/2468174002/

North Korea’s defecting ambassador an intelligence gold mine
http://www.atimes.com/article/north-koreas-defecting-ambassador-an-intelligence-gold-mine/

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

Our Freshwater Emergency Is Worse Than You Think
http://inthesetimes.com/article/21599/freshwater-emergency-national-crisis-blue-state-governors-democrats

Egypt confronts water 'poverty' in shadow of Ethiopia's dam
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jan/2/egypt-water-anxiety-grows-over-ethiopia-dam-nile/

Jordan to drill 'fossil water' wells a half-mile underground
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/jordan-drill-fossil-water-wells-half-mile-underground-n930426

Contaminated groundwater, a toxic legacy of Georgia’s air bases
https://www.ajc.com/news/local/contaminated-groundwater-toxic-legacy-georgia-air-bases/sKLbYPA7ucd7ojDr5NvtFI/

THE MEDIA SCRUM

Slandering the Unborn: How bad science and a moral panic, fueled in part by the news media, demonized mothers and defamed a generation.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/28/opinion/crack-babies-racism.html

Five Weeks After the Guardian’s Viral Blockbuster Assange/Manafort Scoop, No Evidence Has Emerged – Just Stonewalling
https://theintercept.com/2019/01/02/five-weeks-after-the-guardians-viral-blockbuster-assangemanafort-scoop-no-evidence-has-emerged-just-stonewalling/

Pro-war ‘Trump circus’: Veteran reporter quits NBC with biting critique of corporate newsroom
https://www.rt.com/usa/448005-william-arkin-nbc-war-news/

Ex-New York Times Editor Dings Paper as ‘Unmistakably Anti-Trump’ in New Book
https://www.thewrap.com/ex-new-york-times-editor-dings-paper-as-unmistakably-anti-trump-in-new-book/

ODDS, ENDS

Hiroshima's Last Survivors Tell of the Horror 75 Years On: Starving Children Died With Stones in Their Mouths
https://www.newsweek.com/hiroshima-bomb-nuclear-75-years-surviors-orphans-humanitarian-horror-stories-1276782

The Nazis Killed 25% Of The Holocaust's Victims In Just Three Months, Study Finds
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/danvergano/nazi-holocaust-death-rate-underestimated

After a Century of Delays, the Senate Finally Votes to Outlaw Lynching
https://www.thenation.com/article/senate-lynching-congress-racism/

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