The Daily Populous

Wednesday September 5th, 2018 morning edition

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The Washington Post, which obtained an advance copy of the book, reported Tuesday that Cohn “stole a letter off Trump’s desk” that would have formally withdrawn the U.S. from a trade agreement with South Korea.

Cohn later told an associate that Trump didn’t notice the letter was missing.

Cohn also reportedly said he took the letter from Trump to protect national security.

The then-director of the National Economic Council separately pulled a different letter from Trump’s desk in spring 2017 that would have pulled the U.S. out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), according to the Post.

Porter then drafted a letter notifying NAFTA officials that the U.S. would withdraw.

Concerned that doing so could trigger an economic crisis, he turned to Cohn for consultation.

It paints a portrait of a disorganized, paranoia-ridden administration filled with staffers trying to stop what they see as Trump's worst instincts. »

Saudi Arabia declares online satire punishable offence

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Saudi Arabia will punish online satire that "disrupts public order" with up to five years in prison, the public prosecutor said Tuesday, as the kingdom cracks down on dissent.

Saudi Arabia's legislation on cybercrime has sparked concern among international rights groups in the past.

Dozens of Saudi citizens have been convicted on charges linked to dissent under a previous sweeping law, particularly linked to posts on Twitter. »

Study: Telecoms have been throttling YouTube and Netflix since demise of net neutrality

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Among U.S. wireless carriers, YouTube is the No. 1 target of throttling, where data speeds are slowed, according to the data.

Last month, over the objection of telecom lobbyists, the California legislature passed a law that restores net neutrality for California residents.

It’s a near certainty that ISPs/telecoms will litigate to block the California law and other state net neutrality initiatives. »

Nestle says slavery reporting requirements could cost customers

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Nestle has warned customers could face additional costs if Australia requires companies to report on modern slavery risks.

Nestle, owner of more than 2000 brands in 189 countries, has told a senate committee that Australia's proposed mandatory reporting requirements could add "cost and time" to businesses and suppliers "which will need to be borne somewhere".

The company noted Australia's proposed reporting requirements would "go significantly beyond those of the UK Act", which only encourages businesses to report against similar criteria. »

The “experiential advantage” is not universal – the less well-off get equal or more happiness from buying things – Research Digest

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Recent research has uncovered the “experiential advantage”: greater happiness from spending money on experiences (holidays, meals, theatre tickets) instead of material things (gadgets, clothes, jewellery).

Another likely exception, that hasn’t previously been studied, is how social class, and specifically access to resources, affects this experiential advantage.

For them, buying things as opposed to experiences could be more practical: they last longer, can be used multiple times and potentially resold in the future. »