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Real News Mashup is a compilation of articles that I consider to be interesting, informative, or both. Please share articles of your own in the comments. Perhaps if we work together, we can remember that the world is bigger than the propaganda storm.
Things That Might Make You Want to Slap Someone
Why the US Supreme Court’s New Ruling on Excessive Fines is a Big Deal — German Lopez, Vox
Today’s Supreme Court rarely hands down a unanimous ruling. This is one of them.
“Dear Attorney General Barr”: Advice from Insiders — Sheryl Attkisson, The Hill
I found this list compiled by several lifelong veterans of the military and intelligence communities. They were asked the question, “What should be Attorney General Barr’s top priorities?” These are their answers.
Saudis Prepare Trials of Detainees Identified as Women’s Rights Activists — Hesham Hajali, Reuters
In other words, Saudi women can now drive under limited conditions in Saudi Arabia, but those who fought for the right are now being prosecuted. And just to make sure none of the Saudi women forget they are still chattel in the Sharia Law kingdom . . .
Google, Siding with Saudi Arabia, Refuses to Remove Widely-Criticized Government App That Lets Men Track Women and Control Their Travels — Bill Bostock, Business Insider
US-Backed Forces Launch What Could Be the Last Major Battle Against ISIS in Syria — Small Wars Journal, Articles by Liz Sly of The Washington Post and Gordon Lubold of The Wall Street Journal
Venezuela’s Suicide: Lessons from a Failed State — Moisés Naím and Francisco Toro, Foreign Affairs
Forty years ago, Venezuela had a thriving economy. Now, millions rush to escape the failed state. It took decades to get from Point A to Point B, and the journey has many lessons for the rest of us.
Ana Montes Did Much Harm Spying for Cuba. Chances Are, You Haven’t Heard of Her. — Jim Popkin, The Washington Post
China Is Building Soft Power In US Schools — Rachel Oswald, Roll Call
Smart Home Assistants, Like Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod, Might Soon Report Their Owners to the Police for Breaking the Law — Charlie Nash, Breitbart
Now Facebook is Allowing Anyone to Look You Up Using Your Security Phone Number — Michael Grothaus, Fast Company
Facebook does not allow anyone to opt out, but the article has instructions in the last paragraph to limit access to your phone number to “friends.”
Seeding Control to Big Agriculture — Gracy Olmstead, The American Conservative
In the Canada Has Lost Its Flaming Mind Department . . .
Defending Yourself Against a Home Invader Is Now a Criminal Offense in Canada — Lance D. Johnson, News Target
Police In Canada Are Tracking People’s “Negative” Behavior In a “Risk” Database — Nathan Munn, ViceI
“Information in the database includes whether a person uses drugs, has been the victim of an assault, or lives in a ‘negative neighborhood.'” . . . What’s next? A Citizenship Score? IMHO, a road to hell soundly paved with the good intentions of decent Canadians.
Stepping Back from the Edge . . .
From Bombers to Big Macs: Vietnam A Lesson In Reconciliation — Denis D. Gray and Hau Dinh, Associated Press
The Disease of More — Mark Manson, Mark Manson
Meet the Skier Who Made the “Impossible” First Solo Descent of K2 — Aaron Teasdale, National Geographic
8 Etiquette Tips for Social Receptions at Conferences — Lenny Zeltser, Lenny Zeltser
A Message in a Bottle Washed Up on Padre island–57 Years Later — Dan Soloman, Texas Monthly
And These are Just Fun . . .
Couple Who Served in WWII Together, Married Seven Decades, Pass Away on Same Day — Healthy Food House
Game of Thrones First Look: Inside the Brutal Battle to Make Season 8 — James Hibberd, Entertainment
Hadrian’s Wall Archeologists Discover Rude Grafitti and Pictures of Roman Quarrymen Who Built It — Patrick Sawer, The Telegraph
The funniest thing that happened this week, unless you are Russian. Watch as the Russian freighter Seaguard plows into this bridge in Busan, South Korea. . . . No injuries or deaths reported, so laugh away!
All the best to all of you for a week of avoiding the obvious obstacles.
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