Links 12/3/18

Despite CRISPR baby controversy, Harvard University will begin gene-editing sperm MIT Technology Review

Scientists, ethicists slam decisions behind gene-edited twins Ars Technica

Why this country parcels babies in boxes BBC

Payless Opens Fake Luxury Shoe Shop Where They Trick Influencers By Selling $20 Shoes For $640 Bored Panda

Don’t you like it here with me?’ AI bot makes ominous debut on board the ISS (VIDEO) RT News (The Rev Kev)

12-Year-Old Charged For Distributing Marijuana-Laced Gummies In School, Several Students Hospitalized International Business Times

Root intelligence: Plants can think, feel and learn New Scientist (David L)

Anchorage earthquake was a big one, but it could have been much worse. Why L.A. should take warning LA Times

Waste Watch

One in six pints of milk thrown away each year, study shows Guardian

Iraq’s ancient pottery struggles to outlive modern plastic Agence France-Presse

Naomi Klein on the Urgency of a ‘Green New Deal’ for Everyone Truthdig

Shell yields to investors by setting target on carbon footprint FT

Poland’s Coal Habit Draws New Fire as UN Climate Talks Begin Climate Liability News

The ‘climate diaspora’ trying to save the Paris agreement from Trump Guardian

Graduate School Can Have Terrible Effects on People’s Mental Health Atlantic (UserFriendly)

A Billionaire Backer and the Murky Finances of the AfDDer Spiegel


Leaked Commons legal analysis of Brexit deal vindicates Trump, contradicts May and adds to Brexiteers’ concerns Brexit Central

EU Doctors Quit Britain as Brexit Looms WSJ


Qatar to withdraw from OPEC in January 2019 Al Jazeera

Senate headed for clash over Saudi Arabia The Hill

Coalition allows evacuation of wounded Houthis before Sweden hosts Yemen talks Reuters

What if Osama bin Laden Had Legitimate Grievances? Truthdig. Maj. Danny Sjursen. More nuanced than the clickbait headline.


Aadhaar usage, enrolments plunge in November after SC order Economic Times

Kisan Movement: The Necessity of Making Climate Change a Political Issue TheWire

Bhopal gas tragedy: Rajiv Gandhi govt ignored help from Italy, reveals note; 34 yrs on, relief still a distant dream FirstPost.Bhopal tragedy occurred 34 years ago, on the night of 2-3 December. Second installment in a three-part series.


Can China tone down its over-the-top weddings? SCMP


Ghosn’s legal woes highlight governance failings in Japan AP

Facebook Fracas

Mark Zuckerberg Has Lost Control of Facebook Project Syndicate

Realignment and Legitimacy

The Problem With Our Democracy Isn’t Gerrymandering. It’s Integers Forbes (UserFriendly)

North Carolina Race Roiled by Claims of Voter Fraud — But Not the Kind the GOP Worries About New York magazine


More than 5,500 women came to Illinois to have an abortion last year amid growing restrictions in the Midwest Chicago Tribune

Class Warfare

Foundations Have a Not-So-Charitable Secret Yes!

Macron to call on U.S. funds to build French start-ups, not steal them Reuters

Debt of a Salesman: Why the Cost of Living Is Making Retirement a Mirage Capital & Main

We Went to a Steak Dinner Annuity Pitch. The Salesman Wasn’t Pleased. NYT

Microchip implants are threatening workers’ rights The Conversation

The Dangerous, Low-Paid World of Nail Salons Truthout

Rich Americans Rank Financial Security Over Love in Relationships Bloomberg

The elusive face of the Paris rioters France 24

Trump Transition

How Trump’s bashing of The New York Times and CNN has benefited all France 24

US’ fresh rules will make it harder to secure H-1B visas Economic Times

The art of the G-20, by Donald Trump Politico

With Trump’s Justice Department Retreating, Who Will Now Police the Police? ProPublica

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