Here’s what we’re reading today:
1. Government task force recommends ‘most liberal and permissive marijuana regime’ in the world
“In a new report, released Tuesday, the task force lists dozens of recommendations — including setting a minimum legal age of 18 to buy and consume cannabis, a tax structure linked to the THC content of the marijuana, and to legally permit the home growing of marijuana plants.”
2. The Syrian government is in full control of Aleppo, Russia says
“Terrified residents posted messages to social media as Syrian regime forces, aided by Russian air power, began to capture all of the rebel territory.”
3. The perfect weapon: How Russian cyberpower invaded the U.S.
“‘This is a legitimate email,’ Charles Delavan, a Clinton campaign aide, replied to another of Mr. Podesta’s aides, who had noticed the alert. ‘John needs to change his password immediately.’
“With another click, a decade of emails that Mr. Podesta maintained in his Gmail account — a total of about 60,000 — were unlocked for the Russian hackers. Mr. Delavan, in an interview, said that his bad advice was a result of a typo: He knew this was a phishing attack, as the campaign was getting dozens of them. He said he had meant to type that it was an ‘illegitimate’ email, an error that he said has plagued him ever since.”
The New York Times takes a deep dive into how the Russians hacked the U.S. election.
4. Canada Post should set up a ‘Canadian social network,’ House of Commons recommends
“A House of Commons committee is recommending Canada Post come up with a plan to reinstate door-to-door delivery in parts of the country that lost the service in the last year and maintain a freeze on the installation of community mailboxes.
The report, released today, also muses about expanding Canada Post’s mandate to provide what it calls critical digital infrastructure, including email services or ‘the basis for a Canadian social network.'”
5. The sickening business of wellness
“Crystals, detoxes, and salt lamps are all scams meant to cure you of your money.”