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Machine Politics: The rise of the internet and a new age of authoritarianism
https://harpers.org/archive/2019/01/machine-politics-facebook-political-polarization/

To The Dismay Of Free Speech Advocates, Vietnam Rolls Out Controversial Cyber Law
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/01/681373274/to-the-dismay-of-free-speech-advocates-vietnam-rolls-out-controversial-cyber-law

Democratic Republic of Congo internet shutdown shows how Chinese censorship tactics are spreading
https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/02/africa/congo-internet-shutdown-china-intl/index.html

Netflix Pulls American TV Episode in Saudi Arabia That Criticizes Khashoggi Murder and Silicon Valley Investment
https://gizmodo.com/netflix-pulls-tv-episode-in-saudi-arabia-criticizing-kh-1831426649

EXCLUSIVE: How Hillary snubbed Silicon Valley out of 'hubris': Ex-Apple boss reveals how she turned down Microsoft and Facebook executives' offers to go 'above and beyond' to get her elected
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6542557/Hillary-snubbed-Silicon-Valley-hubris-reveals-former-Apple-boss.html

What Facebook knows about you
https://www.axios.com/facebook-personal-data-scope-suer-privacy-de15c860-9153-45b6-95e8-ddac8cd47c34.html

Sony promises better face identification through depth-sensing lasers
https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/2/18164881/sony-tof-laser-depthsensing-3d-camera-report

Google wins FCC approval to keep developing radar-based hand sensor
https://www.engadget.com/2019/01/02/google-wins-fcc-approval-to-keep-developing-radar-based-hand-sen/

This neural network can swap sheep for giraffes, jeans for skirts
https://venturebeat.com/2019/01/01/this-neural-network-can-swap-sheep-for-giraffe-jeans-for-skirts/

Scarlett Johansson on how helpless she feels about her image being used in fake porn videos
https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/reports/a25722524/scarlett-johansson-helpless-face-fake-porn-videos/

Darknet keeps exploding child-porn epidemic a step ahead of prosecutors
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jan/1/darknet-child-porn-users/

Furious parents blast CDC for failing to act on virus which left hundreds of kids paralyzed 
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6545673/Furious-parents-blast-CDC-failing-act-virus-left-hundreds-kids-paralyzed.html

Ohio doctor fired by hospital after saying she would give Jews 'the wrong meds'
https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/423410-ohio-doctor-who-said-she-would-give-jews-the-wrong-meds-fired

"The secret not yet told": Women describe alleged abuse by nuns
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/women-describe-alleged-abuse-by-nuns-the-secret-not-yet-told/

Top Pentagon spokeswoman resigns amid internal investigation
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/top-pentagon-spokeswoman-resigns-amid-internal-investigation/2019/01/01/e2636f70-0ddc-11e9-831f-3aa2c2be4cbd_story.html

How women took over the military-industrial complex
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/02/how-women-took-over-the-military-industrial-complex-1049860

How U.S. Bombs Tore One Family to Shreds in Afghanistan
https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-us-bombs-tore-one-family-to-shreds-in-afghanistan

Afghanistan, the Longest War in American History
https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/afghanistan-the-longest-war-in-american-history-trump-withdrawal/

POLITICS and FLEAS

Why Trump Reigns as King Cyrus
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/31/opinion/trump-evangelicals-cyrus-king.html

Jerry Falwell Jr. Argues It’s ‘Immoral’ For Evangelicals ‘Not to Support’ Trump
https://www.mediaite.com/online/jerry-falwell-jr-argues-its-immoral-for-evangelicals-not-to-support-trump/

Mitt Romney: The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump’s character falls short.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romney-the-president-shapes-the-public-character-of-the-nation-trumps-character-falls-short/2019/01/01/37a3c8c2-0d1a-11e9-8938-5898adc28fa2_story.html

Trump Taunts Romney After Critical Op-Ed, Asks ‘Is He a Flake?’
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-01-02/incoming-gop-senator-romney-rips-trump-for-glaring-shortfalls

Trump goes after retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal for 'big, dumb mouth'
https://abcnews.go.com/beta-story-container/Politics/trump-retired-army-gen-stanley-mcchrystal-big-dumb/story?id=60106026

Why Trump has spared Pelosi from his personal vitriol — so far
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/02/trump-pelosi-relationship-government-shutdown-1077193

Trump To Pelosi: “Let’s Make A Deal?”
https://hotair.com/archives/2019/01/02/trump-pelosi-lets-make-deal/

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

Xi Jinping to Taiwan: Happy New Year, and a threat of war
https://qz.com/1512865/xi-jinping-warns-force-an-option-for-unification-with-taiwan/

China's Xi Jinping clashes with Taiwan's Tsai over unity call
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-Relations/China-s-Xi-Jinping-clashes-with-Taiwan-s-Tsai-over-unity-call

U.S. trade envoy Robert Lighthizer is reportedly worried Trump will cave on China, so he carries a chart
https://theweek.com/speedreads/815253/trade-envoy-robert-lighthizer-reportedly-worried-trump-cave-china-carries-chart

Brazil’s New President Thanks Trump — Vows To Bring Prosperity ‘Under God’s Protection’
https://dailycaller.com/2019/01/01/jair-bolsonaro-donald-trump-brazil/

Netanyahu helps Honduras warm ties with Trump
https://www.axios.com/netanyahu-helps-honduras-warm-ties-with-trump-1546429074-c85b2b54-3661-48da-97fa-780fe39d65f9.html

U.S. fires tear gas across Mexican border to thwart migrants, including children
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/migrant-caravan-us-fires-tear-gas-across-mexican-border-to-thwart-migrants-children/

In Mexico, A Mayor Is Killed Within Hours Of Taking Office
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/02/681536831/in-mexico-a-mayor-is-murdered-within-hours-of-taking-office

Solving Mexico Homicide Backlog Could Take 124 Years
https://www.insightcrime.org/news/analysis/solving-mexico-homicide-backlog-could-take-124-years/

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

Here's What Happened When an Alaskan City Took Fluoride Out of Their Drinking Water
https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-what-happened-when-a-city-in-alaska-took-fluoride-out-of-their-drinking-water

How 20th-century synthetics altered the very fabric of us all
https://aeon.co/essays/how-20th-century-synthetics-altered-the-very-fabric-of-us-all

Truly sustainable bioplastics?
https://www.europeanscientist.com/en/environment/truly-sustainable-bioplastics/

THE MEDIA SCRUM

Where Have All the Music Magazines Gone?
https://longreads.com/2018/12/27/where-have-all-the-music-magazines-gone/

Women’s magazines are dying. Will we miss them when they’re gone?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/womens-magazines-are-dying-will-we-miss-them-when-theyre-gone/2018/12/31/a3bbe3ac-f729-11e8-863c-9e2f864d47e7_story.html

Batten Down the Hatches for 2019 – A Media Storm Is Coming
https://www.thewrap.com/batten-down-the-hatches-for-2019-a-media-storm-is-coming/

ODDS, ENDS

The Punisher's Relationship With The Military — 'He’s Like The Single Marvel Universe Operator'
https://taskandpurpose.com/relationship-between-punisher-military

The Real Game of Thrones: Enduring Saga of The Hundred Years’ War
https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-important-events/hundred-years-war-0011257

The legend of Atlantis has a dark, terrible history
https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/the-legend-of-atlantis-has-a-dark-terrible-history/news-story/f1271c561661a8937faafed6e4f6f452

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