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Professor Stephen Hawking predicted a “new race of superhumans” in a series of essays written shortly before his death. He foresaw rich parents tinkering with the DNA of their unborn children, with implications for “unimproved humans.” Photo credit: TaylorHerring / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Proud Boys Violence Goes Unpunished (DonkeyHotey)

Members of a far-right men’s group beat up protesters and weren’t arrested. New York police won’t say why.

Yemen on Brink of ‘World’s Worst Famine in 100 Years’ If War Continues (Jimmy)

The author writes, “Yemen could be facing the worst famine in 100 years if airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition are not halted, the UN has warned. If war continues, famine could engulf the country in the next three months, with 12 to 13 million civilians at risk of starvation, according to Lise Grande, the agency’s humanitarian coordinator for Yemen.”

Julian Assange to Regain Internet Access at Embassy Base — Reports (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “On Sunday, the Press Association reported that Ecuador had partly restored Assange’s access to the internet, mobile phones, and visits at the embassy, which had been restricted to members of his legal team.”

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s Family Benefited From US Program for Minorities Based on Disputed Ancestry (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “A company owned by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s in-laws won more than $7 million in no-bid and other federal contracts at US military installations and other government properties in California based on a dubious claim of Native American identity by McCarthy’s brother-in-law, a Times investigation has found.”

Death of a Dissident: Saudi Arabia and the Rise of the Mobster State (Jimmy)

The author writes, “The fate of Khashoggi has at least provoked global outrage, but it’s for all the wrong reasons. We are told he was a liberal, Saudi progressive voice fighting for freedom and democracy, and a martyr who paid the ultimate price for telling the truth to power. This is not just wrong, but distracts us from understanding what the incident tells us about the internal power dynamics of a kingdom going through an unprecedented period of upheaval. It is also the story of how one man got entangled in a Saudi ruling family that operates like the Mafia. Once you join, it’s for life, and if you try to leave, you become disposable.”

Sears Goes Bankrupt, Mired in Debt and Deserted by Shoppers (Reader Luke)

The author writes, “Sears Holdings Corp., the 125-year-old retailer that became an icon for generations of American shoppers, filed for bankruptcy, saddled with billions of dollars of debt racked up as it struggled to adjust to the rapid shift toward online consumption.”

No Matter How Californians Feel About Daylight Saving Time, Proposition 7 Promises to Do Precisely Nothing (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Fifty-two years ago, the federal government took action to limit what a California legislative analysis noted was decades of state and local rules, ‘a hodgepodge of time observances, and no agreement about when to change clocks.’ The 1966 law said a state could stay on standard time — and Arizona and Hawaii selected that option — but didn’t give permission to have daylight saving time year-round. Proposition 7 is an attempt by lawmakers to have a plan in place should Congress ever change its mind.”

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