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[As year-end draws nigh I wind up with a pool of stories, since there are always more worth posting every day than I can reasonably fit in. To clear out my list in Pocket, here is an assortment. Check out whatever appeals to you most! Some, unfortunately, may be protected by a pay wall. *RON*]


What Have We Learned From the Lac-Megantic Oil Train Disaster?, DeSmog Blog

F-35 chief: 'This program is not out of control', Business Insider

The Senate just released a massive report on drug pricing — here's what you need to know, Business Insider

The implications of the Andrey Karlov assassination, Al Jazeera

Here is the indictment against the New York hedge funders charged with $1 billion fraud, Business Insider

Sounding the Alarm about Uber’s Impacts on Transit, and on Cities, Human Transit

All This Talk of Voter Fraud? Across U.S., Officials Found Next to None, New York Times

Rohingya abuse may be crimes against humanity: Amnesty, Al Jazeera

Christine Lagarde avoids jail, keeps job afte…

Cheetah 'more vulnerable to extinction than previously thought'

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[Urgent action is needed to stop the world’s fastest land animal becoming extinct, experts have warned. 😢 *RON*]
Press Association, The Guardian, 27 December 2016
Urgent action is needed to stop the cheetah – the world’s fastest land animal– becoming extinct, experts have warned.

Scientists estimate that only 7,100 of the fleet-footed cats remain in the wild, occupying 9% of the territory they once lived in. Asiatic populations have been hit the hardest, with fewer than 50 surviving in Iran, according to an investigation led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

Law firms’ pooled accounts pose money laundering threat

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[Tens of billions of dollars flow unfettered through legal company accounts each year aided by the banksters: report. I wonder if a similar loophole exists in Canada? *RON*]

The Real Deal, New York Real Estate News, 72 December 2016

Even as banks face fiercer anti-money laundering regulations, massive amounts of questionable cash continues to flow freely through the bank accounts of U.S. law firms.

Pooled client accounts, as they are known, are set up by law firms to hold client money for a few days or weeks, like when a real estate sale is pending. Law firms are not required to disclose whose money they are holding in the name of attorney-client privilege.

Hell just froze over: the New York Times runs an article saying Zionism is racist

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["...by denying liberal principles, Zionism immediately becomes continuous with — rather than contradictory to — the anti-Semitic politics of the sort promoted by the alt-right… insofar as Israel is concerned, every liberal Zionist has not just tolerated the denial of this minimum liberal standard, but avowed this denial as core to their innermost convictions." *RON*]
Phil Weiss & Donald Johnson, Mondo Weiss, 20 December 2016

Trump’s election is having fascinating consequences. Today the New York Times ran a long piece titled, “Liberal Zionism in the Age of Trump,” by Omri Boehm of the New School saying that liberal Zionism is a contradiction: liberal American Jews have “identified themselves with Zionism, a political agenda rooted in the denial of liberal politics.”

Netanyahu 'told New Zealand backing UN vote would be declaration of war'

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[Ridiculous; he's attached - hook, line and sinker - to the support of the right-wing radicals in Israel. Israeli PM reportedly warned that support for motion on settlements would ‘rupture relations’ between two countries. See also: Israel’s Netanyahu et al. Throw Trump-like Tantrums after UNSC Slam; Israel approves settler building in E.Jerusalem ahead of Kerry speech; Israel Cabinet minister calls Kerry speech 'pathetic'. *RON*]
Peter BeaumontJulian Borger & Kate Shuttleworth, The Guardian, 28 December 2016
Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told New Zealand’s foreign minister that support for a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement-building in the occupied territories would be viewed as a “declaration of war”.