Jan. 4, 2018

trump-has-dementia-tricksLosing it
Book: Trump’s memory failing, can’t recognize old friends The Daily Beast
The bombshell book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, describes a scene where, at Mar-a-Lago, just before the new year, “a heavily made-up Trump failed to recognize a succession of old friends.” Wolff writes, “It used to be inside of 30 minutes he’d repeat, word-for-word and expression-for-expression, the same three stories—now it was within 10 minutes.”

It’s all as ugly as can be….
Trump, Melania didn’t want the White House gig NY Mag

Yeah, that’ll work
Trump trying to stop publication of book on his presidency The Hill

25th Amendment time?
Congress consulted Yale shrink over whether to remove Trump Politico
In private meetings with more than a dozen members of Congress held on Dec. 5 and 6, Yale’s Dr. Brandy X. Lee briefed lawmakers — all Democrats except for one Republican senator, whom Lee declined to identify. Her professional warning to Capitol Hill: “He’s going to unravel, and we are seeing the signs.”

Opiod pill mills flourish while …
Sessions vows US crackdown on pot, “legal” or not. AP
> The move will leave it to U.S. attorneys where pot is legal to decide whether to aggressively enforce federal marijuana law. The move likely will add to confusion about whether it’s OK to grow, buy or use marijuana in states where it’s legal, since long-standing federal law prohibits it.

“Jeff Sessions should focus on how Congress crippled the DEA’s ability to fight the opioid epidemic. Instead he tramples upon states’ rights and recreational marijuana laws. 64,000 Americans died last year from opioids. None have died from THC. But, you know, priorities.”
— Eugene Gu, MD, on Twitter.

Sessions is missing out here. There’s apparently a better way.
Turkish official: break drug dealers’ legs BBC

Nearly all phones, computers affected
Flaw in Intel chips leaves most internet data at risk
NY Times
(or if you need to skip the paywall) Newsweek
Hundreds of games, apps secretly eavesdropping on users The Independent

Heavily advertised on TV
Americans have spent $8 billion on Restasis …
a drug that may not work

Heads will roll … literally
North Korea hits its own city with a missile The Diplomat
The missile never flew higher than approximately 70 kilometers. The location of the missile’s eventual impact was revealed exclusively to The Diplomat and evidence of the incident can be independently corroborated in commercially available satellite imagery from April and May 2017.

Privacy protections included?
Fort Collins, CO beats cable lobby, plans muni broadband Ars Technica
“The network will deliver a ‘net-neutral’ competitive unfettered data offering that does not impose caps or usage limits on one use of data over another…”

Distinct from, and older than, American tribes
Child who died 11,000 years ago belonged to “unknown population” 
National Geographic
… somewhere along the way, either in eastern Asia or in Beringia itself, a group of people became isolated from other east Asians for about 10,000 years, long enough to become a unique strain of humanity.

But they’re screwed — no assistance offered
Louisiana says 2,400 should move away from flooding coast NPR

AKA Phillip Morris corp.
The Marlboro Man vows to quit smoking Newser

Father of 7 dead
After bad Yelp review, shooting at chicken joint Hartford Courant


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