… and for Saturday

russia-protests-vladivostokAngry Russians demand Putin’s ouster — on his birthday
> Protests in 80 cities QuickRead

Study shows how little tax the super-rich pay QuickRead

Can Americans afford to get married? The Guardian
In 1960, three-quarters of American adults were married. Today, just half are. Some are getting hitched later, but the share of those who never do has been rising steadily in recent decades, and research increasingly suggests money worries are a factor driving this trend. Nearly half of never-married adults with incomes under $30,000 say being financially insecure is a major reason.

The computer that predicted the US would win Vietnam war The Atlantic
… a cautionary tale about the limits of Big Data
“The crucial factors were always the intentions of Hanoi, the will of the Viet Cong, the state of South Vietnamese politics, and the loyalties of the peasants. Not only were we deeply ignorant of these factors, but because they could never be reduced to charts and calculations, no serious effort was made to explore them.”

Christian rehab “slave camp” in Oklahoma, with court’s help Tulsaworld
> Across the country, judges increasingly are sending defendants to rehab instead of prison or jail. These diversion courts have become the bedrock of criminal justice reform, aiming to transform lives and ease overcrowded prisons.
> But in the rush to spare people from prison, some judges are steering defendants into rehabs that are little more than lucrative work camps for private industry, an investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

As Nate approaches, curfew in New Orleans CBS

Tourists complain of weird health problems after Cuba visit CBS
… and not just “la tourista”

Russkies sold fake “Black Lives Matter” goods on Facebook CNN
“The Russian objective the entire time has been to pit Americans against each other and to prey on divisions that already exist and to capitalize on the hyper-partisan environment that already exists in the US.”

N. Korea claims US plot to get rid of Kim Newsweek
They’re probably right.

Women in H’wood see chance for change post-Weinstein Bloomberg
“The Harvey Weinstein situation is yet another reminder of the incredibly egregious and deep-running sexism in Hollywood.”

Oregon uses $85 million in pot tax to help schools, cops Oregonlive

Sweeping religious liberty guidance federal agencies Courthouse News Service

Judge admits dismissing cases in return for nude guy photos, sex favors Courthouse News Service

 

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