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  • Highway robbery?    Phil Parhamovich was driving along a dusty highway in Wyoming when he was stopped for improperly wearing his seat belt. It was a $25 ticket. But the cops seized and then tried to keep $91,800 in cash that Parhamovich had with him, money he had saved to buy a music studio. Only after the story became public did a local judge order Laramie County law enforcement officials to give the money back.  Vox


  • Exposing Unconscious Prejudice May Not Change Behavior:  It’s staying woke that’s the trick. Tests of subconscious prejudice, like the popular Implicit Association Test, have long been celebrated as a first step toward ridding individuals — and thus workplaces and society — of racist and sexist ideas. But according to a recent meta-study, reducing implicit bias often doesn’t change discriminatory behavior, and four other meta-studies showed the tests can’t accurately predict who will discriminate. Workplace training on implicit bias is still popular — and supporters argue that it at least raises awareness about the problem.  Quartz


  • Study: Global Warming May Affect Your Salary -  Don’t overcook that bun in the oven. Stanford researchers have found that people exposed to just one day of 90-degree heat — an average temperature for the day, not the peak — while in utero or during their first year earned $430 less over their lifetimes. It’s not clear why, though the heat may affect lifetime health or cognitive development. And while the average American only experiences one such day per year, scientists warn that by the end of the century climate change might send that number soaring to 43.  The Atlantic


  • New Class of Drugs Directly Targets Migraines:  It’ll save you headaches. Migraine-sufferers have long had two types of medications to choose from: sleep-inducing beta-blockers or antidepressants. Now researchers have developed antibody-based drugs that directly target a pain-modulating system in the brain, aiming to make attacks less frequent and muffle symptoms like nausea, pain and light sensitivity. The drugs reportedly reduced migraines for nearly half of patients studied, without significant side effects. However, doctors predict that if they’re approved by the FDA next year, the drugs are likely to cost thousands per month.  NPR


  • Trump, the Russians, and the Mueller probe.  It’s now an obstruction investigation. National Review

  • We may never know why Flynn lied in the first place. But it’s time to ask that question.  Lawfare

  • Another president, another century, another claim to be above the law.  New York Magazine

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