This week — China’s intellectual property theft, finding an elusive Night Parrot, a peeping Tom, and a profile of Newt Gingrich.

If you only read one thing — Texas Monthly on a love story in the Texas prison system is worth the time.


The Love Story that Upended the Texas Prison System | Texas Monthly | Society

An extraordinary story of the lawyer and the client who fell in love with each other, and fought the endemic corruption and cruelty at the heart of the Texas prison system.

How the US Forced China to Quit Stealing — Using a Chinese Spy | Wired | Politics

US companies and government branches have long complained of state endorsed kleptocracy by China of business and military innovations from around the world. The US government hadn’t found a way of dealing with it — until recently.

The Man Who Broke Politics | The Atlantic | Politics

A profile of Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, scourge of the Clinton administration, and Presidential candidate — a man who is relishing the present political moment.

Inside the Mind of a Voyeur | Toronto Life | Life

The story of Pete Forde — technologist, landlord, friend, and also a peeping Tom.

A Naturalist With a Checkered Past Rediscovered a Long-lost Parrot…Then Things Got Interesting | Audubon | Nature

Accompanied by extraordinary photographs of the Australian outback, this is the story of how a ultra-rare Night Parrot was found.


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