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  • Our neighbors in enhanced interrogation techniques to the north

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Hey, did you read:

• About a new report’s findings that, post 9/11, at least 54 countries (including Canada and Sweden) cooperated with CIA “extraordinary rendition” measures including kidnapping, secret detention, and torture? Kate Schmidt

• The latest reason why Chicago voters should pay attention to which judges they vote to retain? From the Trib: “A Democratic Party-backed judge who won re-election in November while facing battery charges was found not guilty Monday—by reason of insanity. The insanity verdict could aid the judge’s effort to return to the bench.” Julia Thiel

• Evgeny Morozov on the dubious progressive notions of the Internet for the New Republic? (“What if some limits to democratic participation in the pre-Wikipedia era were not just a consequence of high communication costs but stemmed from a deliberate effort to root out populism, prevent cooptation, or protect expert decision making? 3 In other words, if some public institutions eschewed wider participation for reasons that have nothing to do with the ease of connectivity, isn’t the Internet a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist?”) Tal Rosenberg

• That women in Paris are now legally allowed to wear trousers—even if they’re not holding bicycle handlebars or the reins of a horse? Julia Thiel

• That Chicago actor Wesley Daniel suffered burns to his face and throat when a fire-swallowing trick went wrong during a dress rehearsal for Lyric Opera’s Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg? Tony Adler

• About all the misguided youth considering suicide over the Fall Out Boy reunion? Luca Cimarusti