October 21, 2017

Study of D.C. police shows body cameras have no apparent effect on excessive force complaints. “We found essentially that we could not detect any statistically significant effect of the body-worn cameras.”   http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/20/558832090/body-cam-study-shows-no-effect-on-police-use-of-force-or-citizen-complaints   What the story doesn’t tell us is how many more excessive force investigations, news stories and successful lawsuits have occurred thanks to police body cameras. My educated guess, at least nation-wide, is “a lot”.

Three charged after man fired pistol during confrontation with Gainesville anti-Spencer protesters. “According to the Alachua County sheriff’s arrest report, Colton Fears, 28, and William Fears, 30, of Pasadena, Texas, encouraged Tenbrink to shoot, yelling, “I’m going to f– kill you,” “Kill them” and “Shoot them”.”   http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/3-charged-in-shooting-after-richard-spencer-speech-20171020.html

Judge hears evidence in lawsuit against St. Louis police department. “Lawyers have yet to argue their case in person in front of Perry, but the ACLU says in court filings that police improperly declare crowds to be unlawful assemblies and order them to disperse and the rules for doing that are unconstitutionally vague.”   http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-police-say-their-protest-response-lawful-and-appropriate/article_0a8cec3c-221c-56e1-92e9-18c689fc4200.html

Writer says industry switching to robots to cut labor costs, not to shorten your work week or to free humans from doing dirty, dangerous jobs. “They’re creating a robot economy in order to displace you and me with inexpensive machines that don’t demand higher wages or health care, don’t take sick days or vacations, and don’t organize unions, file lawsuits, or vote for pro-worker politicians.”   https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/20/are-you-ready-corporate-americas-robot-economy

Critics point out hypocrisy of George W. Bush’s concern about “cruelty and bigotry”. “The Iraq War was worse than anything Donald Trump has done (so far).”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/20/hypocritical-bs-critics-slam-establishments-applause-war-criminal-george-w-bush

Trump deserves our respect, says Vladimir Putin. “I believe that the president of the United States does not need any advice, because one has to possess (a certain amount of) talent and go through (a process) to be elected, even without having (experience in such an important) administrative (position).”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/putin-says-americans-dont-show-trump-enough-respect/   Let’s make Putin sound like a robot! Does CBS News use Google or Bing Translate?

Members of Congress press for more details on deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger. “Frustration over the lack of answers spilled into public view on Thursday, as the Arizona senator John McCain suggested the issue “may require a subpoena”.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/20/donald-trump-niger-ambush-frederica-wilson

Two NYPD detectives reportedly claiming that sex with detained suspect, who says she was raped, was consensual. “While it is against department policy to have sex on duty, the law does not preclude consensual sex between an arresting officer and a person in their custody.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/10/20/brooklyn-teen-police-rape-consent/   You gotta be kidding!

Americans putting off marriage, having children, buying homes due to debt. “About 56 percent of 18- to 35-year-olds say they’ve put off a major life event because of their loan payments, compared to 45 percent of in-debt Americans overall, according to a Bankrate.com survey released Wednesday.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/millennials-student-debt-means-postponing-life-events-marriage-home-buying-2040044

Florida’s private schools reportedly receiving $1 billion in state guaranteed scholarships (aka “school vouchers”) with few rules and little oversight. “One Orlando school, which received $500,000 from the public programs last year, has a 24-year-old principal still studying at a community college.”   http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-florida-school-voucher-investigation-1018-htmlstory.html

Even conservatives want John Kelly to apologize for false FBI building accusation. “The president demands that the people who work for him go out and do his bidding at the expense of their own moral authority,” Hoover said. “This is where Kelly, sort of, lost that.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/even-conservative-erick-erickson-is-calling-on-gen-kelly-to-man-up-and-apologize-for-attacks-on-rep-wilson/

South Carolina police officer uses taser on unarmed, 86 year-old man, hospitalizing him. “Chatfield’s family’s attorney, Justin Bamberg, said that it simply defied belief that an 86-year-old dementia patient was such an apparent threat that he needed to be Tasered.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/cops-taser-86-year-old-unarmed-black-man-for-his-own-safety-leaving-him-in-intensive-care/

Struggle reportedly going on within Trump administration over release of JFK assassination documents. “A relatively small fraction—the 3,100 documents that the public has never seen, as well as the full text of more than 30,000 files previously released only in part—have been held back until now…. Under the law, however, everything must be released, in full, by next Thursday unless Trump decides otherwise.”   http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/20/trump-block-release-jfk-kennedy-assassination-files-documents-215732

Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer after coup, say researchers. “According to (his driver) Mr Araya, the day (Neruda) died he called to say he had been injected in the stomach while he was asleep, and to come to the hospital quickly.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41702706

 

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October 21, 2017

October 20, 2017

Senate passes “reverse Robin Hood” budget plan. “”51 Republican Senators just voted to cut Medicaid by $1 trillion and Medicare by $500 billion so that millionaires and corporations can get a tax cut.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/19/51-gop-senators-just-voted-cut-15-trillion-medicare-and-medicaid-give-super-rich-and

Trump says his Puerto Rico hurricane rescue efforts rate a perfect 10. “Nurses have been going out into communities, where all they ask for is water and food. And when you have to make a decision of who’s going to get the food today or the water — we shouldn’t have to do that.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/19/people-are-dying-trump-gives-himself-perfect-10-puerto-rico-response

Democratic Party chairman Tom Perez accused of purging progressives from party’s national committee. “In a move that exacerbated the vast intra-party rift exposed during last year’s presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has stripped a number of longtime party officials of their “at-large” delegate status or leadership positions, while appointing a slate of 75 new members that include Clinton campaign veterans, lobbyists, and neophytes.”   https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/10/tom-perez-dnc-shake-up    So much for “working within the Democratic Party”.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo reportedly tells audience at National Security Summit that the agency is taking off the gloves. “Speaking more broadly about his actions at the CIA, he said that it would “become a much more vicious agency” in fighting adversaries.”   http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/CIA-Director-Iran-deal-failed-to-permanently-cut-off-Irans-path-to-nukes-507909   So waterboarding prisoners and freezing them to death at secret “black sites” isn’t tough enough? Time for the power tools?

White nationalist Richard Spencer shouted down by audience at University of Florida. “Loud chants of “Say it loud! Say it clear! Nazis are not welcome here!” greeted white nationalist Richard Spencer when he took the stage Thursday for a controversial University of Florida speaking appearance.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/19/richard-spencer-shouted-down-university-florida-speech/781966001/

Fox News security contractor arrested at Richard Spencer speech in Gainesville, Florida, police say he was carrying a firearm on campus. “The man, identified as Sean Brijmohan of Orlando by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Oiffce, said he has all the necessary permits and was hired by Fox News for armed security for station WFOX in Jacksonville.”   http://www.abc15.com/news/national/armed-man-with-press-pass-detained-in-gainesville-prior-to-white-nationalist-richard-spencer-speech

Remarks at Chinese Party Congress hint at hidden power struggle. “On Thursday, the chief of China’s securities commissions, Liu Shiyu, listed names of six “high-ranking and powerful officials, who were hugely greedy and hugely corrupt, and who plotted to usurp the party’s leadership and seize state power”.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41691917

Iraqi and Iranian-backed forces retake Kirkuk province, oil fields after fierce fighting with Kurdish units. “Since Sunday, federal forces backed by allied paramilitary units have driven Kurdish peshmerga fighters out of Kirkuk as well as disputed areas of Niniveh and Diyala provinces.”   https://sg.news.yahoo.com/iraq-army-takes-last-kurd-held-area-kirkuk-082121917.html

White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly confirms that Trump made remarks to soldier’s widow that Trump claimed he didn’t make. “…Kelly, who was in the room when Trump made the call, confirmed Wilson’s quotes, though he cast them as Trump expressing “his condolences in the best way he could”.”   https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/john-kelly-whose-son-died-in-combat-defends-trumps-call-to-widow/

Cub scout reportedly kicked out of scouting group after asking state legislator pointed questions during event where scouts were asked to prepare questions to ask their legislator. “I was shocked that you co-sponsored a bill to allow domestic violence offenders to continue to own a gun. Why on Earth would you want someone who beats their wife to have access to a gun?”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/cub-scout-dismissed-state-senator-gun-policy-article-1.3574785

After Supreme Court allows Alabama “drug cocktail” execution to proceed, prisoner reportedly moving around during execution. “(Torrey) McNabb appeared to be breathing for the first 20 minutes of the 35-minute long procedure. He later appeared to move his head, grimace and raise his arms after two consciousness checks in which a guard pinches his arm, says his name and pulls back his eyelid — before eventually becoming still.”   https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/alabama/articles/2017-10-20/alabama-inmate-defiant-before-his-execution-for-killing-cop

Dickson, Texas residents must promise not to boycott Israel to receive hurricane relief aid. “By executing this Agreement below, the Applicant verifies that the Applicant: (1) does not boycott Israel; and (2) will not boycott Israel during the term of this Agreement.”   https://www.dallasnews.com/news/harvey/2017/10/19/get-harvey-relief-funds-residents-dickinson-must-vow-boycott-israel

Another child killed by flawed furniture design. “An eighth child has been killed by an Ikea dresser that was recalled more than a year ago because of its propensity to tip over.”   http://abcnews.go.com/US/eighth-child-reported-killed-recalled-ikea-dresser/story?id=50593972

Upscale California restaurant caught reselling fast food at higher prices. “The restaurant’s troubles started after a customer allegedly saw Sweet Dixie employees carrying Popeyes boxes into the kitchen.”   http://abc7.com/food/long-beach-restaurant-under-fire-for-serving-popeyes-chicken/2548021/

IRS moves to enforce collection of Obamacare “no insurance” penalty. “That penalty is the higher of 2.5 percent of adjusted gross household income or $695 per adult and $347.50 per child under age 18.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/19/irs-to-block-suspend-tax-returns-that-lack-obamacare-disclosures.html

Researchers say 9 million lives shortened by exposure to pollution. “In 2015, nearly one in six deaths, an estimated nine million worldwide, was related to pollution in some form — air, water, soil, chemical or occupational pollution, according to a new report published Thursday in The Lancet.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/19/health/pollution-1-in-6-deaths-study/index.html

Trump Obamacare cuts throw insurance plans into confusion. “In all but a handful of states, (insurers) submitted two sets of premium rates – a lower rate to use if the subsidies remained, and a higher rate to use if the funding was cut.”    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-insurers/obamacare-whiplash-leaves-states-insurers-with-dueling-price-plans-idUSKBN1CP14U

 

October 20, 2017

October 19, 2017

Trump campaign retweeted “Russian troll” posts. “Members of Trump’s family and campaign staff, including Donald Trump Jr. and Kellyanne Conway, promoted tweets affiliated with a Russian “troll farm” during the 2016 election…. An account that claimed to be the unofficial Twitter account of Tennessee Republicans used the username @Ten_GOP and was run by the Russian-backed Internet Research Agency…”   http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/members-of-trump-family-and-campaign-retweeted-content-from-russian-troll-farm-right-before-the-election/article/2637982

Chinese leader Jinping Xi continues to claim China is a socialist country, despite capitalist economic system and huge gap between the poor and the incredibly wealthy. “Through a long period of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era; this is a new historical direction in our country’s development.”   http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-18/china-acknowledges-its-economic-woes-in-landmark-address/9063096   Animal Farm? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Farm#Plot_summary

Jackson, Mississippi school board votes to rename elementary school named after Confederate leader Jefferson Davis. “…by the time the 2018-2019 academic year rolls around, the school will be renamed Barack Obama Magnet IB Elementary School.”   https://www.ajc.com/news/national/school-named-after-confederate-president-renamed-after-barack-obama/qGgY8BStoYwLQiEm5CYjjJ/

NFL asks players to stand for national anthem, but does not plan to punish those who refuse. “…the attempt by President Trump to cow “son of a b—h” players into submission (is) as banana-republic thuggish as it gets.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/standing-bully-nfl-respects-protest-article-1.3572594   Well actually, having the players beaten and harassed by thugs, arrested, tortured or even assassinated would be as banana-republic thuggish as it gets, but we haven’t fallen that far yet.

Prosecutors claim neutrality while fighting criminal justice reform. “In state after state, we’ve seen DA associations hold back reforms that are supported by Democrats and Republicans alike.”   https://www.thenation.com/article/prosecutors-are-banding-together-to-prevent-criminal-justice-reform/

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin warns that not passing Trump tax cut for the rich could crash the stock market. “…there is no question in my mind if we don’t get it done you are going to see a reversal of a significant amount of these gains.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-18/turns-out-it-ll-be-congress-s-fault-if-the-stock-market-crashes

28% of 2017 cars were delivered with “inflator kits” instead of spare tires. “It has the goo that you shoot inside there once you get a flat and then inflate.”   http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/new-cars-sold-wihtout-spare-tire/484387539

Stockton, California to test “basic income” scheme by giving selected residents $500 a month. “Skeptics often claim a basic income could sap people of their drive to work, or cause them to spend more on vices, while advocates say the extra cash will help people go back to school, start businesses, and otherwise become more productive members of society.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/stockton-california-launching-the-first-us-experiment-in-basic-income-2017-10   Or you could achieve full employment by productively employing everyone – by adopting Jill Stein’s “Green New Deal” idea.

German researchers discover 75% decline in flying insect population. “Most of the 63 nature preserves in the study are surrounded by agricultural lands.”   https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/10/18/German-nature-preserves-have-lost-75-percent-of-their-flying-insects/2781508351856/

Police shoot at fleeing suspects in Hampton, Virginia, killing one and wounding two. “They drove towards the officers and the unmarked vehicle at which time officers fired shots towards that vehicle (hitting) three of the occupants.”   http://wavy.com/2017/10/18/officer-involved-shooting-investigation-at-hampton-convenience-store/

Police officer lied about warning man approaching her vehicle before shooting him. “The city of Des Moines is acknowledging that a former police officer falsely told investigators she warned an unarmed man who approached her patrol car before she fatally shot him.”   http://www.kwqc.com/content/news/Des-Moines-Police-Officer-didnt-warn-man-before-shooting-451468783.html

Six protesters killed by Mexican police gunfire during 2016 teacher protest. “Commission investigator Enrique Guadarrama Lopez said it wasn’t conclusively clear who fired first, but that the first three people wounded by gunfire were civilians.”   http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/report-excessive-force-mexican-teachers-50568488

Sheriff’s deputy who put elementary school children in handcuffs used excessive force says judge. “The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit on the children’s behalf, said last week’s ruling vindicates its position that schools should not use police officers to deal with misbehaving students, particularly children with disabilities.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/10/17/excessive-force-judge-rules-in-favor-of-children-who-were-handcuffed-at-school/

Euclid, Ohio police officer fired after dashcam catches beating of motorist. “The man who was seen on video being beaten by a Euclid police officer said he’s “glad” city officials decided to fire the cop to ensure similar incidents won’t happen again.”   http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/10/man_in_euclid_police_beating_v.html

47 year-old woman who refused to leave Florence, Oregon hospital after being discharged dies after being arrested by police. “Once in police custody, Gallauher’s health deteriorated rapidly and, despite efforts by hospital workers to save her, Gallauher died.”   http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/36060738-75/florence-woman-who-died-at-hospital-in-police-custody-identified.html.csp

Jeff Sessions now says he does not recall if he discussed Trump administration policies with Russian ambassador. “I’m not sure about that.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/18/jeff-sessions-russia-senate-shifts-ground

Senate report finds 86 foster children placed by for-profit company died over 10 years. “…(The MENTOR Network’s) death rate among foster children was found to be 42 percent higher than the national average.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/10/18/foster-care-children-deaths-mentor-network/

Mobile phone ads can give advertisers information about your physical location, sexual preferences, app usage. “The notification (to the advertiser) comes within 10 minutes of when a person sees the ad and can identify the person’s location within eight meters of where they are.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/mobile-ads-invade-privacy-advertisements-can-track-your-location-2603324

JFK’s physician repeatedly not called to testify about assassination, despite being present at Parkland Hospital after shooting and during autopsy. “(In 1964) thousands of people were called to testify, but (Rear Admiral George G.) Burkley was not…. In 1976, the US House of Representatives established the Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) to investigate the murders of Kennedy and Martin Luther King…. Dr. Burkley advised (the Committee) that although he, Burkley, had signed the death certificate of President Kennedy in Dallas, he had never been interviewed and that he has information in the Kennedy assassination indicating that others besides Oswald must have participated.”   https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/10/17/kennedy-assassination-evidence-seen-jfks-doctor-suppressed/

Unanswered questions surround deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger. “Republican Senator John McCain, widely regarded as the top authority on military matters in the Senate, said Wednesday the Trump administration is not being upfront about what happened in Niger.”   http://www.newsweek.com/niger-trumps-benghazi-four-us-soldiers-died-and-it-took-him-12-days-respond-688082

Clark County, Nevada judge accused of encouraging defendants to vote for Trump in 2020. “…if you do everything I tell you to do you’ve got an opportunity to do some great things and possibly depending on the time you might be able to vote for Trump in the next presidential election.”   https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/las-vegas-judge-tells-felons-if-they-meet-probation-requirements-they-likely-can-vote-for-trump-in-2020

Inmate pleads for medical treatment, doesn’t get it, dies. “A 27-year-old inmate in Hutchinson, KS died of a fungal infection after months of pleading in vain with prison guards and medical personnel for help, says a lawsuit filed by the inmate’s mother and daughter.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/kansas-inmate-died-of-fungal-infection-after-months-of-begging-for-help-something-is-eating-my-brain/

West Bank settlers caught stealing olive crop from Palestinian groves. “(Israeli police) detained four settlers over the past week on suspicion of involvement in stealing olives from Palestinian farmers’ groves in the northern West Bank, but all of them were released. An NGO provided documentation that shows settlers in the act…”   https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/1.817989

U.S. assisted Indonesian military in 60’s slaughter of Communist Party members. “U.S. officials also provided detailed lists of thousands of PKI members for the military and anti-communist civilians, with American officials reportedly checking off who had been killed or arrested.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2015/12/02/50-years-ago-today-the-u-s-embassy-endorsed-mass-killings-in-indonesia-heres-what-that-means-for-today/

Judge will reportedly allow climate activists to present “necessity defense” in pipeline sabotage trial. “The activists, who say their decision to break the law was necessitated by the clear and present danger posed by global warming, will be allowed to call expert witnesses on climate change.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/18/headlines/minnesota_judge_to_allow_necessity_defense_at_trial_of_climate_activists

October 19, 2017

October 18, 2017

Two judges rule against Trump travel ban, one saying it’s clearly a Muslim ban. “(U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang) said the president’s own words cast his latest attempt to impose a travel blockade as the “inextricable re-animation of the twice-enjoined Muslim ban”.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/second-judge-rules-against-latest-travel-ban-saying-trumps-own-words-show-it-was-aimed-at-muslims/2017/10/18/5ecdaa44-b3ed-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html

Russian paper claims “troll factory” spent more than $2 million to stir up trouble in U.S. during election campaign. “RBC identified 118 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts linked to the (Internet Research Agency’s) meddling in US politics.”   http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/russian-journalists-just-published-a-bombshell-investigation-about-a-kremlin-linked-troll-factory/

Newly released documents suggest that 1965 slaughter of 500,000 communists in Indonesia may have been the result of a power struggle between President Sukarno and the military. “The documents… reveal that Indonesian army intermediaries told Western embassies they were considering toppling then president Sukarno less than (two weeks) after the killing of six generals by rebel military personnel that sparked the bloodletting.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-massacre/us-knew-of-indonesian-anti-communist-massacre-as-it-unfolded-idUSKBN1CN1C7   “In the event of such a coup, (U.S. ambassador Marshall) Green (said) the United States could help with “anything from covert operations and assistance [to] transport, money, communications equipment, or arms”.” I would bet there is a lot more to this story that has yet to be revealed.

Trump’s “fake news” smoke screen seems to be working. “According to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll out Wednesday, 46 percent of all people surveyed believe that news stories about Trump are “fabricated”, while 76 percent of Republicans say the media publishes made up stories about Trump.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/18/beware-nearly-half-voters-think-media-fabricate-anti-trump-stories

Tom Marino, accused of protecting prescription opiod trade, withdraws himself from consideration for “drug czar” post. “On Sunday, Marino was the subject of a joint report by the Washington Post and 60 Minutes about his role as the sponsor of a bill that critics say undermined federal enforcement efforts against the opioid epidemic.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/17/trump-pick-for-drug-czar-tom-marino-withdraws

 

October 18, 2017

October 17, 2017

Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump say they are united on tax reform, despite rumors (Bob Corker) of brewing discontent within the party. “Contrary to what some of you may have reported, we are together totally on this agenda to move America forward.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/16/trump-says-he-has-outstanding-relationship-with-mcconnell-after-reports-of-spat.html

Crusading independent journalist who helped break Panama Papers story killed by apparent roadside bomb in Malta. “The Times of Malta reported that Ms. (Daphne) Caruana Galizia had filed a police report about two weeks ago about threats that she had received.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/16/world/europe/daphne-caruana-galizia-journalist-malta.html

Mandalay Bay security guard shot before Las Vegas killing spree disappears just before news interviews, former hotel security guard says official story sounds fishy. “Initially, investigators said that Campos was shot after Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest festival concert. Then, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said Campos was shot at 9:59 p.m., six minutes before the concert began. Finally, at a brief news conference last Friday, he said Campos was shot by the gunman at 10:05 p.m.”   http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-jesus-campos-vegas-20171016-story.html

Iraqi government forces retake Kirkuk from Kurds, who occupied the city in 2014 after the army fled from IS. “Kurdish peshmerga forces retreated, effectively allowing Iraqi security forces and Iranian-backed Shiite militias to move into the city unopposed.”   http://www.dw.com/en/iraqi-forces-enter-kurdish-controlled-kirkuk/a-40962629

Florida’s governor declares “state of emergency” in response to speech by alt-right leader Richard Spencer. “I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent and hereby declare a state of emergency in Alachua County.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/16/florida-governor-emergency-spencer-speech/769031001/

What happens if Trump does get impeached? “If Pence were to become President for any reason, the government would be run by the Koch brothers—period. He’s been their tool for years.”   https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/23/the-danger-of-president-pence

Mistrial declared in murder trial after bizarre jury verdict. “The jury said it had reached a verdict and the court clerk read the not-guilty verdict recorded on a piece of paper. But at the prosecution’s request, the judge polled the jury, and most jurors said their vote was guilty.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/16/us/mississippi-jessica-chambers-mistrial/index.html

Florida congressional candidate was abducted by aliens. “Rodriguez Aguilera, 59, a Republican who is running to replace retiring Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, recounted her experience with the ETs during a 2009 television interview.”   http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article178813586.html   Aliens told her God is not a person, but a universal force which is interpreted differently by different people, and that all religions are actually one.   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/16/alien-abductee-mom-in-high-stakes-run-for-congress.html

More than 300 killed, 400 injured by Mogadishu, Somalia bomb blast. “The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab (group) has been blamed, though the Islamic extremist group has not claimed responsibility.”   http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/10/17/somalia-truck-bomb-toll-rises-302

Republican budget a “gift to billionaires” says Bernie Sanders. “It takes from those in need and gives to those who are already living in incredible opulence.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/16/robin-hood-reverse-sanders-blasts-gop-budget-ahead-key-senate-vote

Venezuelan government wins overwhelming majority of state elections, opposition cries foul. “Polls said Venezuela’s opposition were going to be big winners in these elections. Instead, the ruling socialist party are now celebrating what Maduro calls ‘a decisive victory,’ after taking 17 of the country’s 23 state governorships.”   http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/16/557977291/venezuelas-ruling-party-wins-surprise-victory-in-regional-elections

Trump’s cancellation of Obamacare subsidies an attempt to “blow up” the program Steve Bannon tells Values Voter conference. “Then you had Obamacare. Not gonna make the CSR [cost-sharing reduction] payments, gonna blow that thing up, gonna blow those [insurance] exchanges up, right?”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/15/bannon-indicates-trumps-aca-strategy-blow-that-thing-up

Some wealthy Americans exposing their sweetheart tax deals. “I pay a lower tax rate than you do, which is startling.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/16/coming-out-as-wealthy-inequality-progressives

Seige of Marawi drags into fifth month in the Philippines, more foreign Islamic militants reportedly killed.  “A total of 824 (insurgents), 167 soldiers, and 47 civilians have been killed in almost five months of gunbattles. More than 350,000 people from Marawi and its nearby towns have been displaced by the fighting.”   http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2017/10/16/isis-philippines-unlikely-omar-maute-isnilon-hapilon-deaths.html

NSA whistle-blowers need protection, agency accused of repeatedly breaking the rules. “FISA judges have complained repeatedly about the agency not providing full information to the court and to Congress, its failure to address ongoing constitutional violations, and of unacceptable delays in reporting.”   http://thehill.com/opinion/cybersecurity/354543-congress-should-ensure-whistleblower-protections-if-it-renews-nsas-mass

Surveillance programs threaten constitutional rights of the public, urgent action needed to end them. “Sixteen years after creating the biggest unconstitutional mass surveillance dragnet in American history, we have documentary evidence—from the federal government’s own records—of repeated, systemic abuses of these authorities.”   https://www.justsecurity.org/45917/surveillance-reform-fourth-amendments-long-slow-goodbye/

Tech company efforts to kill “fake news” may also be killing real dissent. “Left-leaning sites Alternet, Democracy Now, Common Dreams, Global Research and Truthout have suffered (internet visitor declines)… ranging from 49 to 71 percent.”   http://inthesetimes.com/article/20596/fake-news-left-facebook-twitter-tech-companies

Black woman removed from American Airlines flight, apparently for arguing about seat assignment. “It definitely was white male aggression. I was singled out, I was disrespected, and he was trying to intimidate me. I was discriminated against.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/american-airlines-removed-activist-tamika-mallory-flight-accused-racism-2601808

Screenwriter says “everyone knew” about Harvey Weinstein. “I talked about it with you. You, the big producers; you, the big directors; you, the big agents; you, the big financiers. And you, the big rival studio chiefs; you, the big actors; you, the big actresses; you, the big models. You, the big journalists; you, the big screenwriters; you, the big rock stars; you, the big restaurateurs; you, the big politicians.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/scott-rosenberg-harvey-weinstein-poem-facebook-2017-10

Business website advises job seekers to leave their GPA off their resumes. “For the most part, employers won’t even notice if it is not included on a resume. Only include GPA if a company specifically requests it on the application.”   http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/5269-resume-words-not-to-use.html   And you thought all that hard work at school would actually lead you somewhere.

Professor put on administrative leave to protect university from the people he has offended. “Due to a growing number of threats directed at Professor George Ciccariello-Maher, and increased concerns about both his safety and the safety of Drexel’s community, after careful consideration the University has decided to place Professor Ciccariello-Maher on administrative leave.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/10/14/drexel-professor-ciccariello-maher-free-speech/

Boxing coach fired after sitting during national anthem. “The First Amendment protects the government from infringing on your speech. It does not prohibit private employers from taking negative employment actions, including termination against you for your political speech.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/10/16/tennessee-national-anthem-protest-man-fired/

Researchers discover hidden security flaw in wireless WPA2 protocol. “As an attacker, you have to create your own spoofed or fake access point and the client has to connect to it.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/wifi-wpa2-krack-attack-flaw-heres-how-stay-safe-vulnerability-2602197   Sort of like that fake cell phone tower thing the cops and the feds have been using?

Apple iOS11 leads you to believe you’ve turned off Bluetooth and WiFi when you actually haven’t. “In iOS 11 and later, when you toggle the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons in Control Center, your device will immediately disconnect from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories. Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/ios-11-control-center-wi-fi-bluetooth-dont-fully-turn-2592147

Reagan administration allegedly organized “psyops” to win support for intervention in Central America. “Reagan depicted Central America as a “Soviet beachhead,” but many Americans saw haughty Central American oligarchs and their brutal security forces slaughtering priests, nuns, labor activists, students, peasants and indigenous populations. Reagan and his advisers realized that they had to turn those perceptions around if they hoped to get sustained funding for the militaries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras as well as for the Nicaraguan Contra rebels, the CIA-organized paramilitary force marauding around leftist-ruled Nicaragua.”   https://consortiumnews.com/2017/10/13/the-legacy-of-reagans-civilian-psyops/

October 17, 2017

October 16, 2017

Woman sues Trump for defamation after he claims she lied about him sexually harassing her. “Zervos said since Trump hasn’t issued a retraction, she was left with no alternative other than to sue him…”   http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/314635-former-apprentice-contestant-files-defamation-lawsuit-against

Rex Tillerson says he will continue to seek a diplomatic solution to the stand off with North Korea “until the first bomb drops”.   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-tillerson/u-s-diplomacy-with-north-korea-to-continue-until-first-bomb-drops-tillerson-idUSKBN1CK0KP

Family claims hospital postponed sick child’s kidney transplant because the child’s father, who is the kidney donor, has been in trouble with the law, hospital employee alleged to have said, “We need you to be on good behavior for three to four months before you can give your son the kidney.”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/aj-burgess-kidney-transplant-father-probation-violation-emory-hospital-atlanta/

Former DEA official blames pharmaceutical companies and Congress for deadly opiod epidemic. “(Joe) Rannazzisi tells the inside story of how, he says, the opioid crisis was allowed to spread — aided by Congress, lobbyists, and a drug distribution industry that shipped, almost unchecked, hundreds of millions of pills to rogue pharmacies and pain clinics providing the rocket fuel for a crisis that, over the last two decades, has claimed 200,000 lives.”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ex-dea-agent-opioid-crisis-fueled-by-drug-industry-and-congress/

Texas corrections official accused of stealing more than $1 million in food from juvenile corrections facilities over nine years. “Officials alleged Escaramilla took $1,251,578 worth of fajita orders and delivered them to his own customers…”   https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2017/10/15/south-texas-man-stole-12m-fajitas-county-officials-say

Mississippi school district removes “To Kill a Mockingbird” from junior high school curriculum. “There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books.”   http://www.sunherald.com/news/local/counties/jackson-county/article178572326.html

Fast food worker fired after complaint by Denison, Texas police department. “My officers were refused service… then cursed by that employee.”   http://www.kten.com/story/36598155/denison-chief-says-restaurant-refused-to-serve-officers   It obviously takes a lot less to get a fast food employee fired than a police officer. For example…

Two Seattle police officers get paid time off after opening fire on fleeing vehicle. “The video shows officers Kenneth Martin and Tabitha Sexton firing a volley of shots at the Subaru as it drove into a cop, then careened away.”   http://www.seattlepi.com/local/crime/article/SPD-releases-video-of-cops-shooting-at-vehicle-in-12270152.php   The police officer who was “driven into” was actually stiff-arming the car and was not apparently actually hit or injured, and appeared to be more at risk from the gun shots of his fellow officers. He was apparently armed with an assault rifle while responding to this call about “an unauthorized car parked in an alley”.

 

October 16, 2017

October 14, 2017

Trump ends government health insurance subsidies for lower income Americans. “Ending the payments is grounds for any insurer to back out of its federal contract to sell health plans for 2018.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-to-sign-executive-order-to-gut-aca-insurance-rules-and-undermine-marketplaces/2017/10/11/40abf774-ae97-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html

ACLU files lawsuit after Customs and Border Patrol refuses to back down on ID check on domestic flights. “…according to CBP’s own repeated statements, under its policies and ‘routine’ practices, other domestic air passengers are subject to search and seizure in the same circumstances that occurred on Delta Airlines Flight 1583 on February 22, 2017,” the lawsuit states.”   https://www.courthousenews.com/aclu-sues-block-id-checks-domestic-flight-arrivals/

Trump declines to “certify” nuclear weapons deal with Iran. “In the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated.”   https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/10/iran-deal-trump-next/542379/   Israel’s prime minister backs Trump’s move. “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has congratulated U.S. President Trump for his decision not to re-certify the Iran nuclear deal.”   http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israeli-pm-embraces-trumps-call-iran-nuclear-deal-50469682

How many times has President Trump mislead the public? “As of our latest update, Oct. 10, 2017, or his 264th day in office, the president has made 1,318 (false or misleading) claims over 263 days.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/10/10/president-trump-has-made-1318-false-or-misleading-claims-over-263-days/?utm_term=.09e4c3af0d4e

Puerto Rican hurricane victims drinking water from hazardous waste site. “Friday afternoon, CNN watched workers from the Puerto Rican water utility, Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, or AAA, distribute water from a well at the Dorado Groundwater Contamination Site, which was listed in 2016 as part of the federal Superfund program for hazardous waste cleanup.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/13/us/puerto-rico-superfund-water/index.html

Las Vegas shooting timeline revised for third time, no six minute gap between shooting of security guard and attack on crowd. “Paddock shot Campos through the door about 10:05 p.m. and began firing on the crowd around then, (Sheriff) Lombardo said.”   http://www.kesq.com/news/national-world/las-vegas-police-again-change-timeline-of-mass-shooting/637528574

Hundreds fired by Tesla, including union supporters. “Openly pro-union workers were among those fired this week…. The company denied union activities played a role in the dismissals.”   http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/13/4819750/

Twice-divorced, former casino owner and vodka distributor, who made taking away people’s health insurance a major focus of his administration, suggested killing families of terrorists, threatened to destroy the entire country of North Korea and bragged about grabbing women’s pussies tells Value Voters Summit he will stand up for Christian values. “I pledged that in a Trump administration, our nation’s religious heritage would be cherished, protected and defended like you have never seen before.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/trump-to-promote-tax-plan-in-address-to-conservatives/2017/10/13/a55af1f4-b020-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html

After Koch network hounded Obama administration over budget deficits, they tell Republican legislators not to worry about Trump tax cuts, billions in tax relief for the wealthiest Americans will be offset by economic growth. “Some Republican Senators have expressed concern over supporting comprehensive tax reform that adds to short-term deficits. Though we fully appreciate those concerns, the long-term economic growth that would result from the first comprehensive tax reform in a generation would help to offset short-term deficits over time.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/10/13/koch-brothers-internal-strategy-memo-on-selling-tax-cuts-ignore-the-deficit/   Funny, I think I’ve heard this argument before…

Government handbook explains how to seize someone’s property, even if they are not found guilty of breaking the law. “I said I’d support (asset seizures in a counterfeit product case) as long as it was not a retired mom and pop running a little flea market table on the weekend. But that was exactly who they were going after.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/10/13/ice-hsi-asset-forfeiture-handbook/

 

 

October 14, 2017