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It’s not just outside observers who are mystified by this government shutdown.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39698546 
That's big news! "Journalists at the Los Angeles Times have overwhelmingly elected to form a union, a first for the 136-year-old news organization that for much of its history was known for its opposition to organized labor."  https://twitter.com/latimes/status/954435071477460993 
The article highlights Lake Urmia, the world's 6th largest salt lake, which has been receding rapidly over the past few decades. Here's a Q&A for Scientific American that I did with a leading ecologist trying to revive the lake.  https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/saving-iran-s-precious-lake-urmia/# 
Well that’s disturbing. “Without any public discussion or oversight of the government’s secret collection of our speech patterns, we may be entering a world in which more and more voices fall silent.”  https://theintercept.com/2018/01/19/voice-recognition-technology-nsa/ 
Yes, Iran’s grappling with a water crisis, unfortunately, but this lede is misleading. Iranians are currently unhappy about the economic crisis and that there haven’t been benefits of lifting sanctions—partly because of the Trump administration.  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/climate/water-iran.html 
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