On this sad day we assume our readers have been fully informed about the mass murder in Las Vegas. We offer one observation, below, and then it’s on to the day’s other news.

ragI’m a Sri Lankan, a developing nation and we have universal healthcare thnx to British. Americans are weird. Guns … yes. Healthcare …No
— Abinayah Raguraam on Twitter

  1. Three Americans win Nobel prize in medicine New Scientist
    Research involves human “biological clock.”
     The American scientists Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young, who have won this year’s prize. Illustration:
    > “Without this, we couldn’t argue for later school times on evidence-based grounds; we couldn’t look for the best time to take your medicine; we couldn’t find an interrelation between metabolic disorders and clock disorders. It’s not only affecting people in their everyday life —in jet lag, school hours and shift work. It’s also affecting chronobiologists’ arguments for keeping you better in sync —the inside time with the outside time.”
  2. Hewlett Packard showed Russians Pentagon cyber defense software Reuters
    > Hewlett Packard Enterprise allowed a Russian defense agency to review the inner workings of cyber defense software used by the Pentagon to guard its computer networks, according to Russian regulatory records and interviews with people with direct knowledge of the issue.
  3. True! Some states have more opiod prescriptions than residents Politifact
    > Eight states reported more opioid prescriptions than residents in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
    > The states are Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Louisiana.
    Infographic from CDC
  4. Kansas pols spurn Medicaid even as hospitals close
    The Intercept

    > loss of $ 1.8 billion in federal funding has real consequences for sick and injured people, especially those in rural areas and small cities.
  5. Research team advances toward flu virus killer

    > Researchers from The Scripps Research Institute and Janssen Research & Development have devised artificial peptide molecules that neutralize a broad range of influenza virus strains.
  6. Commentary
    Should Rex Tillerson resign? Politico
    > Trump’s twitter comments not only undercut Tillerson personally, but also undermine U.S. interests and the secretary of state’s sensible decision to talk to the North Korean regime. To make matters worse, all of this is occurring while Tillerson is in Beijing to prepare for the president’s trip to China next month.
    —- Aaron David Miller is author of The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President. Richard Sokolsky is a a former member of the Secretary of State’s Office of Policy Planning.
  7. Women plead innocent in assassination of Kim’s brother VOA
    A composite showing Siti Aisyah, left, and Doan Thi Huong, who are accused of killing of Kim Jong-nam. Photograph: Daniel Chan/AP
  8. When growing old means living in your car,
    working at Amazon warehouse
    The Nation

    An interview with Nomadland author Jessica Bruder on America’s new, precarious old age. … “the decision to become a nomad isn’t radical at all. It’s a logical outcome of the economy we’ve built.”
  9. photoshop-france-law-mFrench “photoshop decree”
    to take effect. 

    France 24

    > All commercial photos that have been digitally retouched will now have to bear a label in accordance with a new French law that aims to combat unrealistic body images and eating disorders.
  10. Puerto Rico exodus to Florida could turn state to Dems AFP via Yahoo
    “Everyone is trying to get out. Everyone: middle class, upper class, lower class, everyone, either for a short time or for good,” says Professor Astrid Arraras, at Florida International University .
  11. Google, publishers to cut down on “free” news articles
    The Verge
    > Google is ending its controversial First Click Free (FCF) policy that publishers loathed because it required them to allow Google search results access to news articles hidden behind a paywall. The company is replacing the decade-old FCF with Flexible Sampling, which allows publishers instead to decide how many (if any) articles they want to allow potential subscribers to access.

And finally, a correction:
Kushner’s registered as female? Fake news. Snopes on Wednesday posted a story and link that said Jared Kushner had registered to vote in New York as a female. This story was very likely “fake news.”  (At least if you take the NY Board of Elections’ word for it.) The following correction is from The Hill
> The New York Board of Elections on Thursday corrected information suggesting President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had listed his gender as “female” on a voter registration form.
> Kushner, now a White House adviser, did check the box for “male” on his original registration form, the board said, but the information was entered incorrectly in a database.


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