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Private Intelligence Industry Now Dominated by Five Corporations (Russ)
It’s a whopping $50 billion industry (!) and five companies have 80 percent of it.
Trump Accepted Illegal Contribution from ‘Proud Muslim’ in Canada (Trevin)
The campaign is allegedly refunding the donation, which seems to have been meant for Trump’s foundation. Had the transaction not been documented in a YouTube video, it doesn’t look like it would have been flagged.
Terrifying Scenario of Mobile Device Battery Fires on Planes (Reader Sarah)
With more and more people using devices with highly flammable batteries mid-air, might be time to inconvenience people a little.
Rich Travel in Style to See Climate Change Up Close (Russ)
Cruising to iceless Arctic is becoming our society’s Titanic moment.
Ukraine Makes Unusual Move to Recognize Decimation of Jewish Population (Reader George)
This memorial relates to the Holocaust, and Ukraine under German occupation. However it also raises questions about Ukraine’s own history of brutality toward Jews