January 22, 2018

British police reportedly storing digital mugshots of 1/3 of the country’s residents. “Police say officers use the technology to identify suspects, offenders and witnesses and to help with searching for unidentified suspects, such as those spotted on CCTV.”   https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/police-mugshots-storing-not-charged-unlawful-home-office-minister-government-norman-lamb-a8168256.html

Oxfam says top 1% received 82% of the wealth generated around the world in 2017. “The head of the advocacy group argued that the people who ‘make our clothes, assemble our phones and grow our food’ are being exploited in order to enrich corporations and the super wealthy.”   http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/21/news/economy/davos-oxfam-inequality-wealth/index.html

Hundreds of thousands of women march for their rights. “Women told Vanity Fair they were inspired by the Time’s Up movement, by their communal sharing of #MeToo experiences of sexist treatment and/or sexual misconduct, and a general sense of being fed up with what they characterize as a patriarchal status quo.”  https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/01/womens-march-crowd-size-numbers

FBI deleted months of text messages between agents Page and Strzok. “(Sen. Ron Johnson) is asking the FBI to explain in more detail why it ‘did not preserve text messages between Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok between approximately December 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017’.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-did-not-save-officials-texts-during-key-period-in-clinton-trump-probes-senator-says/2018/01/21/c621c418-fed0-11e7-8acf-ad2991367d9d_story.html

Congressman on Ethics Committee anti-harassment panel reportedly also settled a sexual harassment case with one of his employees. “Representative Patrick Meehan, a Pennsylvania Republican who has taken a leading role in fighting sexual harassment in Congress, used thousands of dollars in taxpayer money to settle his own misconduct complaint after a former aide accused him last year of making unwanted romantic overtures to her, according to several people familiar with the settlement.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/20/us/politics/patrick-meehan-sexual-harassment.html

Most Americans don’t trust their government. “Faith in the Chinese government jumped 8 points to 84 percent. In the United States it fell 14 points to 33 percent.”   https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2018-01-21/trust-in-us-institutions-plunges-in-trumps-first-year

A record 29,000 Mexicans were murdered in 2017. “The country’s homicide rate of 20.5 for every 100,000 inhabitants was still below that of Brazil and Colombia, both at 27, and well below El Salvador’s 60.8.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/21/drug-violence-blamed-mexico-record-murders-2017

U.N. special rapporteur surprised by scale of U.S. homelessness. “In international human rights law,” Farha said, “providing shelter to people who are homeless is the absolute minimum standard for any country, regardless of resources.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/22/un-rapporteur-homeless-san-francisco-california

Trump’s first year in office. “117 days spent visiting Trump properties…. 0 miles of border barriers built… 30 environmental rules removed.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2018/jan/20/73-days-of-golf-trumps-first-year-in-numbers

Robot retail worker fired. “Conversations didn’t always go well. An issue we had was the movement limitations of the robot. It was not able to move around the shop and direct customers to the items they were looking for.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/fabio-pepper-robot-fired-incompetence-edinburgh-store-2643653

First episode of Netflix documentary “Dirty Money” reveals new details of Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. “(Alex) Gibney, the series’ executive producer and the director of the first episode which focuses on (Volkswagen), presents emails that he alleges show Volkswagen Group of America CEO Michael Horn lied under oath to Congress when he told lawmakers the scandal was the product of a ‘couple of software engineers’…”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/alex-gibneys-netflix-documentary-series-includes-new-evidence-volkswagen-cheating   Series trailer can be viewed here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsplLiZHbj0

Trump accused of misrepresenting source of report showing link between immigration and terrorism. “(The Department of Homeland Security) was essentially frozen out of the project, sources said, and the report was presented by a Justice Department spokesman without an accompanying official from DHS.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/department-of-homeland-security-trump-administration-didnt-consult-us-for-dhs-study-on-terrorism/

Two months after disputed presidential election in Honduras, violence continues. “A local NGO said a 60-year-old man died and another person was wounded when military police opened fire on protesters blocking a road in the town of Saba, 210 km (130 miles) northeast of the capital.”   https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-honduras-election/honduran-security-forces-battle-protesters-as-election-chaos-lingers-idUKKBN1F911Y?il=0

Hawaii lawsuit alleges Hilo police used excessive force when they fatally shot man trying to flee officers at a McDonald’s drive thru, also shooting his wife. “… police said when (Ronald) Barawis was commanded to get out of the 1991 Honda sedan he was driving, he instead drove over the drive-through’s barrier curb, accelerated, drove directly at an officer, and then rammed into two police vehicles.”   http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article195510354.html

Lawsuit claims former Mesquite, Texas police officer shot man he suspected of stealing a truck, which actually belonged to him, without cause. “Fearing for his life, (Lyndo) Jones put his hands up and begged defendant Wiley not to shoot him,” the civil lawsuit says. “Defendant Wiley disregarded and ignored Jones’ pleas and instead discharged his firearm, striking plaintiff three times in the back for no justifiable or lawful reason.”   http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/01/18/suit-filed-against-former-mesquite-cop-who-shot-unarmed-man/


January 22, 2018

January 21, 2018

Released inmate claims Chicago police forced false confession by threatening to cut off his toes with a paper cutter. “Central to (State’s Attorney) Foxx’s decision to agree to the release was the finding in 2017 by the Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission of “sufficient evidence” to support Hauad’s allegations of abuse – which include the dramatic story that he was forced to put his feet in an office paper cutter as detectives threatened to cut his toes and sliced at the tips of his sneakers.”   https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-inmate-released-sliced-shoes-20180119-story.html

German bank reportedly calling some Kushner transactions “suspicious”. “There are indications that Donald Trump’s son-in-law or persons or companies close to him could have channeled suspicious monies through Deutsche Bank as part of their business dealings.”   http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/01/deutsche-bank-reports-suspicious-activity-related-to-jared-kushners-accounts-1/

Second Women’s March hits the streets of the capital. “Organizers said they hope to build on efforts that have pushed women’s issues to the forefront during the politically chaotic year since Trump took office.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/protesters-gather-for-a-second-womens-march-in-nations-capital/2018/01/20/c641bf16-fdef-11e7-ad8c-ecbb62019393_story.html

Turkey launches air strikes, sends its troops into Syria – again. “Military officials quoted by Turkey’s state-run news agency said jets had hit more than 100 targets in the region.”   http://www.dw.com/en/turkish-jets-bomb-syrias-kurdish-held-afrin/a-42234813

Wall Street firms moving into the landlord business. “…Wall Street’s new rental empire is characterized by aggressive rent hikes, fee gouging, and high rates of eviction.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/01/20/you-think-your-landlord-is-bad-try-renting-from-wall-street/

Russian VIPs attended Trump inauguration events, mingled with future administration officials. “Alexey Repik, a wealthy Russian pharmaceutical executive, documented his adventures on Facebook, including a photo taken with Mike Pompeo, the Kansas Republican who was eventually chosen by Trump to head up the CIA.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/prominent-russian-insiders-attended-trump-inaugural-and-mingled-with-administration-officials-report/

NSA surveillance data that a federal court ordered preserved goes missing. “…the NSA told U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in a filing on Thursday night and another little-noticed submission last year that the agency did not preserve the content of internet communications intercepted between 2001 and 2007 under the program Bush ordered. To make matters worse, backup tapes that might have mitigated the failure were erased in 2009, 2011 and 2016, the NSA said.”   https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/19/nsa-deletes-surveillance-data-351730   I accidentally shot him three times – twice at the bar and once in the emergency room!

Trump ad blames illegal immigrants for murders. “… Donald Trump’s presidential campaign on Saturday issued a new video ad calling Democrats “complicit” in murders committed by illegal immigrants, during a government shutdown partly triggered by an impasse over immigration.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-shutdown-immigration/trump-campaign-ad-on-murder-raises-heat-in-shutdown-fight-idUSKBN1F914U

No charges for three Chicago police officers in fatal shooting of unarmed, fleeing teenager. “The decision comes just a week after the Chicago Tribune reported that the city’s police oversight agency recommended that Officers Michael Coughlin Jr. and Jose Torres be fired for shooting at the moving vehicle without justification.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-prosecutors-decline-charges-chicago-police-shooting-20180119-story.html

Long Beach, Californian police shoot fleeing suspect described as a “suspicious subject on a bike”. “It was unknown if the person was armed, according to (public information officer) Johnson, and he was not sure if the person was previously wanted by or known to police.”   http://ktla.com/2018/01/20/long-beach-police-shoot-suspicious-person-on-bike/

Overland Park, Kansas police fatally shoot man driving out of his garage. “As the responding officers approached the residence to make contact, the garage door opened and a vehicle exited the garage, moving rapidly toward one of the responding officers.”   http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article195818799.html

January 21, 2018

January 20, 2018

FBI investigating allegations that Russia transferred money to Trump campaign through National Rifle Association. “In the age of Citizens United and unlimited campaign donations, the NRA has emerged as an important “dark money” hub in Republican politics.”   https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-trump-russia-nra-connection-heres-what-you-need-to-know-w515615

Trump appointee resigns after talk radio hate rants emerge. “Go back to your Muslim shithole and go crap in your hands and bang little boys on Thursday nights.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/18/politics/kfile-carl-higbie-on-the-radio/index.html

HSBC to pay $101 million to settle exchange rate fixing allegations. “Bank employees traded the British pound just before executing big transactions for the clients in a way aimed at moving the currency in a direction that would benefit HSBC and hurt the clients, according to U.S. prosecutors.”   http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/19/investing/hsbc-us-currency-fraud-fine/index.html

Senate passes extension of warrantless surveillance program, will become law if Trump signs it. “Lawmakers voted, 65-34, to renew a set of powerful digital spying tools that intercept the digital chatter of foreign targets but also incidentally collect personal information on an unknown number of Americans.”   https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/18/fisa-bill-senate-pass-trump-293130

Trump signs surveillance program extension bill into law. “U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he signed into law a bill renewing the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program, sealing a defeat for digital privacy advocates.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-cyber-surveillance/trump-signs-bill-renewing-nsas-internet-surveillance-program-idUSKBN1F82MK

Wells Fargo double payment error empties some customers’ bank accounts. “Reports show a glitch caused some online bill payments to be processed twice.”  https://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Wells-Fargo-apologizes-for-glitch-that-emptied-12508155.php

Perris , California child abuse suspect reportedly lived in Fort Worth, worked at Lockheed Martin. “David Turpin used to work for defense contractor Lockheed Martin and left in 2010, said company spokesman Kenneth B. Ross…”   https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/01/18/horrific-abuse-13-california-siblings-began-fort-worth-area-authorities-say

NSA has reportedly collected huge number of human voice recordings, is using them to identify callers. “By intercepting and recording millions of overseas telephone conversations, video teleconferences, and internet calls — in addition to capturing, with or without warrants, the domestic conversations of Americans — the NSA has built an unrivaled collection of distinct voices.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/01/19/voice-recognition-technology-nsa/

Before abortion was legal, Chicago area women operated an underground clinic. “At first, “Jane” connected women with doctors. But eventually, the group’s members started performing abortions themselves.”   https://www.npr.org/2018/01/19/578620266/before-roe-v-wade-the-women-of-jane-provided-abortions-for-the-women-of-chicago

Government drops charges against an additional 129 Trump inauguration protesters. “That leaves just 59 defendants still facing trial in connection with the January 20, 2017, protest.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/01/19/charges-dropped-j20-trump-inauguration-j20-aaron-cantu/

Las Vegas police fired additional shots in Stephen Paddock’s room after finding him dead. “11:20 p.m.: Police use explosives to blow open Paddock’s door, and they discover him dead. 11:26 p.m.: Police breach the interior door to Paddock’s second room, where a police officer accidentally fires three rounds into the room.”   http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-las-vegas-timeline-20180119-story.html   Just another odd twist in a continually changing story.

Stephen Paddock’s body was cremated, autopsy has not been released to family. “Eric Paddock said the family has not received any additional information, including an autopsy report.”   https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/shootings/las-vegas-shooters-body-was-cremated/

Hawaii’s governor was reportedly informed that missile attack alert was a mistake within two minutes. “Lt. Col. Charles Anthony, a spokesman for the Hawaii Department of Defense, told HuffPost on Thursday that it took more than 30 minutes to send a follow-up alert because their system did not have a feature that allowed employees to send follow-up alerts after one is already sent.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hawaii-governor-missile-alert_us_5a62a566e4b002283002d9a8

Los Angeles Times employees vote to unionize. “Results, tallied Friday by the National Labor Relations Board, show workers voted 248 to 44 to be represented by the Washington, D.C.-based News Guild – Communications Workers of America.”   http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-times-guild-vote-20180119-story.html

Trump endorses torture apologist running for vacant U.S. House of Representatives seat in Pennsylvania. “(Rick) Saccone has long maintained that the simulated drowning of several suspects, a technique known as waterboarding, does not qualify as torture because it is quick and does not inflict permanent physical injury.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/01/19/gop-candidate-for-pennsylvania-special-election-is-a-former-abu-ghraib-interrogation-consultant/   But it was considered a war crime when the Japanese military did it to prisoners during WWII. I guess it just depends who is on the waterboard.

Colorado contraception program reportedly cut teen births and abortions by 50%. “It estimated that “a total of $66,063,664 to $69,625,751 in entitlement program costs for Colorado women ages 15 to 24 and their infants were avoided from 2010 to 2014 due to the Colorado Family Planning Initiative.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/01/19/a-lesson-for-the-marchforlife-colorado-invested-in-contraceptive-access-and-cut-teen-abortions-by-half/

Former assistant police chief loses battle to keep social media messages private. “In one of the Facebook messages, the (Louisville Metropolitan Police Department) recruit asked Shaw what to do in a scenario in which he catches three juveniles smoking marijuana…. Shaw allegedly responded. “If black shoot them.””   http://www.wdrb.com/story/37305301/prospect-assistant-police-chief-told-lmpd-recruit-to-shoot-black-people

Black Tulsa man allegedly failed multiple field sobriety tests, was arrested and jailed, but his blood test came back clean. “He said the deputies were frustrated that he was “over-obeying” by moving slowly, explaining what he was doing as he did it and keeping his hands raised…”   http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/not-an-equal-tulsa-man-recounts-surreal-experience-of-dui/article_339c7833-eeda-5dfe-925b-63b66bb9e4a6.html

Texas state employees can reportedly take “Confederate Heroes Day” off as a paid holiday. “Confederate Heroes Day has been a state holiday since 1973, when lawmakers voted to consolidate two state holidays: Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s birthday on Jan. 19 and the June 3 birthday of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/texas-state-employees-get-friday-off-to-celebrate-confederate-heroes/

Group says civilian deaths in Syria and Iraq up sharply in 2017. “In 2016, (Airwars) documented an estimated death toll of between 1,243 and 1,904 non-combatants, but in 2017, the estimate was a minimum of 3,923, and potentially as many as 6,102 non-combatants killed.”   https://news.antiwar.com/2018/01/19/ngo-us-led-coalition-civilian-killings-tripled-in-iraq-and-syria-in-2017/

Law enforcement agencies using secret surveillance methods to generate case leads, then making up stories to make their “discoveries” appear to be legal. “First described in government documents obtained by Reuters in 2013, parallel construction is when law enforcement originally obtains evidence through a secret surveillance program, then tries to seek it out again, via normal procedure. In essence, law enforcement creates a parallel, alternative story for how it found information.”   https://www.wired.com/story/stingray-secret-surveillance-programs/


January 20, 2018

January 18, 2018

Senate votes to limit debate on Section 702 warrantless surveillance bill, described by some Senators as an ‘end-run on the Constitution’. “Tuesday’s cloture vote was an attempt to sidestep the promised filibuster, which had five participants — three Democrats and two Republicans — on the day of the vote.”   https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/16/senate-fisa-section-702-cloture-vote-wyden-paul/

Secretary of State Tillerson says U.S. troops will remain in Syria after IS is defeated. “…he underscored that it would take time to foster a democratically elected government in Syria that he — like the Obama administration — said would require Mr. Assad’s departure from power.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/world/middleeast/tillerson-troops-syria-islamic-state.html   Hmm…. sounds like ‘nation-building’ to me, I thought we were out of that business.

Ohio deputy fatally shoots 16 year-old defendant during courtroom brawl. “The deputy was knocked to the ground and fired a shot which struck (Joseph) Haynes, and the teen was taken to a hospital where he died, Minerd said.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/sheriff-s-deputy-fatally-shoots-16-year-old-ohio-courtroom-n838596

U.S. House bill seeks to legalize marijuana throughout the country. “A group of House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level and expunge the federal arrest records of those incarcerated for marijuana use and possession.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/marijuana-justice-act-marijuana-legalization-bill-introduced-in-house-2018-1

Few of the largest companies planning to boost employee wages with tax savings. “Only 9 companies in the S&P 100 contacted by CNBC said they have specific plans to use some of the money saved from the corporate tax cuts to boost worker pay or invest in facilities or charitable causes.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/17/few-large-companies-say-theyll-use-tax-savings-to-boost-wages-cnbc-survey-finds.html

North and South Korea agree to field at least one joint Olympic team at Winter Olympics. “During their third day of talks at the border in about a week, senior officials reached a package of agreements including fielding a joint women’s ice hockey team and marching together under a blue and white “unification flag” depicting their peninsula in the opening ceremony, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said.”   http://time.com/5105667/north-and-south-koreas-olympic-teams-will-march-under-the-same-flag-at-opening-ceremony/

‘Tip stealing’ rule would allow employers to keep employee tips. “Employers would be no more likely to share tips with back-of-the-house workers than they would be to make any other choice about what to do with a business windfall, including using the money to make capital improvements to their establishments, to increase executive pay, or to line their own pockets.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/17/trump-tip-stealing-rule-would-cost-workers-58-billion-year-report

Rights groups criticize Israeli detention of Palestinian minors. “It is clear that detaining and prosecuting Palestinian children in Israeli military courts has little to do with justice.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/17/continued-detention-ahed-tamimi-denounced-symptomatic-israels-flouting-intl-law

Pentagon proposes use of nuclear weapons in response to non-nuclear attacks. “The draft Nuclear Posture Review expands the definition of the “extreme circumstances” in which the U.S. could use nuclear force, notably suggesting that such weapons could be used in the event of cyber attacks.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/17/pentagon-rebuked-draft-suggesting-nuclear-response-cyber-attacks

22 states sue to preserve net neutrality. “The repeal of net neutrality would turn internet service providers into gatekeepers—allowing them to put profits over consumers while controlling what we see, what we do, and what we say online.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/17/22-states-file-suit-stop-ffcs-illegal-rollback-net-neutrality

Naming names – the 18 Senate Democrats who voted to extend warrantless mass surveillance. “”Members of both parties who voted in favor of this legislation should be sharply rebuked for supporting a bill that is in flagrant violation of the rights enshrined in the Constitution,” the ACLU declared on Twitter following Tuesday’s vote.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/17/these-18-senate-democrats-just-voted-hand-trump-mass-spying-powers

Fracking industry lobbyists to hold event at Trump International Hotel. “…the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress have moved swiftly to approve pipeline projects, roll back environmental regulations, and expand drilling access on public lands. It may come as no surprise, then, that the fracking lobby is the latest industry to return the favor by spending thousands of dollars at a Trump family property.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/01/17/fracking-lobbyists-ipaa-trump-hotel/

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to reconsider its pay day loan rules under new director. “… in January after Trump’s win, Advance America, the nation’s biggest payday lender, donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration. Title loan magnate Rod Aycox and his wife each donated $500,000 for the event; payday lender Checks into Cash chipped in another $25,000. In November, the Community Financial Services Association of America, the industry’s trade group, announced its annual conference and expo would be held at the Trump National Doral resort in Miami.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/trump-lawmakers-got-cash-payday-lenders-then-weakened-lending-rules-2642460

Far more Americans killed by right-wing extremists than by Muslim extremists. “From 2008 through 2017, according to the ADL, right-wing extremists have killed 274 people. That’s 71 percent of the 387 murders committed by extremists over the past 10 years.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/white-supremacist-murders-2017-report_us_5a5f59b0e4b0ee2ff32c4bea

Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg urges insiders to leak casualty estimates of nuclear conflict with North Korea. “If I had access to those official estimates right now, I would certainly consider putting that information out to the press, to the public, to Congress and the world. Don’t do what I did; don’t wait until the bombs are falling or thousands (sic) have died if you have information that might avert that.”   http://time.com/5106039/daniel-ellsberg-nuclear-war-north-korea/


January 18, 2018

January 17, 2018

Homeland Security director testifies that she did not hear Trump use the word “shithole” in immigration meeting, claims she was unaware that Norway’s population is overwhelmingly white. “I did not hear that word used, no sir.”   https://www.npr.org/2018/01/16/578415397/homeland-security-secretary-says-she-did-not-hear-trump-use-that-vulgar-word

Cognitive test shows Trump is not suffering from dementia, he’s just that way. “…the 71-year-old president performed “exceedingly well” on the test (Dr.) Jackson said, receiving a perfect score.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/doctor-trump-got-perfect-score-on-cognitive-test/2018/01/16/679360ae-fb20-11e7-9b5d-bbf0da31214d_story.html

Rights groups call for NYPD oversight over violence against protesters. “The hyper-militarized Strategic Response Group’s abuse and arrest of New Yorkers, including City Council Members, standing in solidarity with activist Ravi Ragbir last week is neither new nor surprising. It speaks volumes that the unit tasked with handling protests is the same unit tasked with handling “anti terror” policing.”   https://rightsanddissent.org/news/groups-seek-oversight-nypd-strategic-response-groups-role-abusive-repressive-protest-policing-conflation-anti-terror-protest/

Father of children allegedly held captive in Perris, California works for defense contractor. “According to court documents, David Turpin made about $140,000 per year as an engineer at Northrop Grumman.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/01/15/police-rescue-13-siblings-from-california-house-parents-charged-with-torture/

Former CIA agent accused of revealing identities of agency’s spies in China. “CIA and FBI officials were mystified and mortified as one after another of their best agents in China were jailed or executed.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/ex-cia-officer-jerry-chun-shing-lee-suspected-spying-china-n838186

3/4 of National Park System Advisory Board resigns in protest. “According to its website, the board, which was established in 1935, is made up of ‘citizen advisors chartered by Congress to help the National Park Service care for special places saved by the American people so that all my experience our heritage’.”    http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/369246-majority-of-national-park-service-advisory-board-resigns-amid

CNN reporter kicked out of Oval Office after asking Trump a question about immigration policy. “Just Caucasian or white countries, sir? Or do you want people to come in from other parts of the world, people of color..?” Trump then looks at Acosta, points his finger at him and says: “Out.”   https://www.geo.tv/latest/177225-trump-kicks-journalist-out-of-oval-office-over-immigration-questions   Will journalists ask the President tough questions in the future?

Lawyer claims Martin Luther King, Jr. survived assassination but was intentionally killed at the hospital. “(A surgical aide at the hospital) described chief of surgery Dr. Breen Bland entering the emergency room with two men in suits. Seeing doctors working on King, Bland commanded, “Stop working on the nigger and let him die! Now, all of you get out of here, right now. Everybody get out.”   https://truthandshadows.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/king-murdered-in-hospital/

Chilean police disperse protesters, arrest 30 during Pope’s visit. “Riot police clashed with some 200 people protesting against the sexual abuse scandal and the cost of the papal visit as the Pope said Mass for some 400,000 people in a nearby park.”   https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/905708/Pope-Francis-Chile-visit-protests-arrests-Catholic-church

Man stranded in Iceland after trying to avoid extra luggage fee by wearing all his clothes on flight. “(Ryan) Williams told the Iceland Monitor that British Airways agents denied him a boarding pass because he was rude, then called a security guard on him. Police allegedly used pepper spray on Williams and arrested him, the Monitor reported.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-british-airways-baggage-fee-20180116-story.html   He was then allegedly blacklisted from flying on another airline.

Airline employees allegedly threatened to have passengers arrested if they did not delete videos of flight delay from their phones. “Passengers made to sit on the tarmac at Boston Logan International Airport for around two hours say they were forced to delete videos of the incident from their phones by an airline staff member, who also threatened to have them arrested if they didn’t comply.”   http://www.newsweek.com/airline-passengers-stranded-boston-told-delete-videos-phones-or-face-arrest-775299

Fewer foreign tourists willing to risk visiting the U.S. “Since 2015, the U.S. and Turkey have been the only places among the top dozen global travel destinations to see a decline in inbound visitors, at a time when other nations such as Australia, Canada, China and the United Kingdom have marked sizable gains.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-17/how-to-reverse-america-s-foreign-tourist-problem

Labor watchdog group says Apple contractor in China is exposing workers to toxic materials, not paying them for overtime. “…in practice, the report said, workers were required to work for 10 hours a day for six days a week and the additional day was not treated as overtime, meaning it did not have to be paid at the additional rate.”   https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/jan/16/workers-making-iphones-in-china-exposed-to-toxic-hazards-report-says-apple-catcher-technology

Trump wins again! Lowest approval rating on record for a first year President. “At 39 percent, President Donald Trump’s average approval rating for his first year in office is lower than any other president in recorded history, according to Gallup polling.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/16/best-winning-disapproval-trumps-first-year-breaks-record-lowest-approval-rating-ever

Watchdog group documents President Trump’s conflicts of interest. “Business is booming at the Trump International Hotel in D.C., not because of the décor, but because corporations and foreign governments want to curry favor with the president.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/16/presidency-sale-report-details-big-buck-spending-influence-seekers-trump-properties

North Carolina citizens’ group pushes for accountability for CIA torture program and rendition flights. “The North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture will collect evidence through the spring, pressing for the release of public records from county and state officials and compiling research and testimony on the lasting harms inflicted by Aero’s rendition flights.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/17/cia-rendition-flights-north-carolina-citizens-commission

Humanitarian groups accuse Border Patrol of destroying water left out for lost migrants. “United States border patrol agents routinely vandalize containers of water and other supplies left in the Arizona desert for migrants, condemning people to die of thirst in baking temperatures, according to two humanitarian groups.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/17/us-border-patrol-sabotage-aid-migrants-mexico-arizona

Japan issues false missile warning. “North Korea appears to have launched a missile. The government J-alert urges people to take shelter inside buildings or underground.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-japan-north-korea-missile-alert-20180116-story.html   Just a coincidence I’m sure.

“Girther” movement doubts official physical figure represents Trump’s true weight. “When the White House’s physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, announced that the president was healthy, but needed to lose 10 to 15 of his 239 pounds, some skeptics theorized that the president weighed more than that.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/presidents-weight-spawns-twitter-girther-movement/


January 17, 2018

January 16, 2018

12 arrested in El Cajon, CA for feeding homeless. “Yes, we have a problem with Hepatitis A but we don’t battle that by not feeding the homeless,” said Mark Lane. “You battle that by giving them proper restroom facilities, proper hand washing facilities and vaccinations, education.”   http://fox5sandiego.com/2018/01/15/activists-to-fight-citations-for-feeding-homeless-in-el-cajon/

Man in U.S. illegally for 30 years deported. “An undocumented family member brought Jorge Garcia to the U.S. when he was 10 years old. Today he has a wife and two children, all of whom are U.S. citizens.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/01/15/deported-after-30-years/1034668001/

East China Sea light oil spill much bigger than Alaska’s Exxon Valdez spill. “If all 1 million barrels of oil on the Sanchi went into the water, the resulting spill would be about three times as big as the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989.”   https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2018/01/14/burning-iranian-oil-tanker-sinks/YPB99GtI9oHlvIynzb5BgP/story.html   Rumors circulate in Iran that oil tanker was bound for North Korea, was hit by U.S. missile. “The Chinese ship CF Crystal, which allegedly hit the Iranian tanker, was unharmed while the Iranian ship burnt for 8 days before it sank completely…”   https://english.alarabiya.net/en/features/2018/01/15/ANALYSIS-Did-the-US-sink-an-Iranian-oil-tanker-on-its-way-to-North-Korea-.html   Not to mention that the entire crew of the oil tanker was apparently killed.

Palestinian leaders vote in favor of withdrawing recognition of Israel. “Palestinian leaders on Monday voted to suspend recognition of Israel until it reciprocates by recognizing a Palestinian state, and to cease security cooperation…”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/palestinian-officials-vote-to-suspend-recognition-of-israel-security-cooperation/2018/01/15/0d3ad3ca-fa45-11e7-9b5d-bbf0da31214d_story.html

Facebook tips off Denmark about teens sharing sex video on Messenger. “More than 1,000 children and young people in Denmark have been charged with redistributing child pornography after sex videos featuring 15-year-olds were shared on Facebook Messenger.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/denmark-charges-1-000-child-porn-sharing-sex-video-n837761

Philippines forces news site critical of President Duterte to cease operations. “The Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines said the news site, Rappler, had violated a constitutional rule that restricts ownership of media entities to Filipinos.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/15/world/asia/philippines-duterte-news-website.html

Giant British company responsible for outsourced government services goes out of business. “As successive governments embraced outsourcing to cut spending, (Carillion) became a leading provider of public services.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-15/carillion-s-collapse-hands-may-headache-on-outsourcing-model

Lowe’s to layoff about 2,400 employees. “Home improvement retailer Lowe’s announced Wednesday that it will layoff approximately 2,400 full-time workers this year.”   http://www.pennlive.com/nation-world/2017/01/lowes_to_layoff_of_2400_full-t.html

Off-duty Cleveland police officer fatally shoots apparently unarmed man (news story omits this important detail) outside bowling alley. “A fight broke out inside the bar and the off-duty police officer, who was working part-time security at the business, escorted several men outside after they were kicked out, according to police.”   http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/01/police_officer_shoots_man_at_c.html

Arvada, Colorado police fatally shoot fleeing suspect, are unsure if he was armed. “A department spokesman said they are investigating if the man had a gun and if he fired at police.”   https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/suspect-shot-by-arvada-police-officers-not-injured

Former Las Vegas police officer sentenced to prison for “deprivation of rights under color of law”. “The police department agreed in July 2016 to pay the woman $200,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit after she claimed she suffered permanent injuries to her face, teeth, neck and back.”   https://www.rgj.com/story/news/crime/2018/01/12/vegas-police-officer-sentenced-prison-excessive-force/1030070001/

Jury finds Austin police officer guilty of using excessive force during violent jaywalking arrest of black pedestrian. “An internal Austin police investigation had cleared the arresting officers of misconduct…”   http://www.mystatesman.com/news/crime–law/jury-austin-police-officer-used-excessive-force-jaywalking-arrest/LLkvGKYn1xLJXIGVLlrSAI/   Video of the arrest is here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVuyO85cINg

Lawsuit accuses Georgia police, federal marshals of using excessive force, falsifying police reports. “Jamarion Robinson, 26, was shot 76 times by a US Marshals task force in August, 2016 while serving several warrants out for his arrest on behalf of Gwinnett and Atlanta PD.”   http://www.13wmaz.com/news/family-of-26-year-old-shot-and-killed-by-us-marshals-to-reveal-new-developments-in-case/506971197

Lawsuit accuses Minneapolis police of using excessive force during search. “Williams lawyers allege that he complied with officers, however, was struck in the face with a rifle by (Officer) Johnson.”   http://kstp.com/news/man-sues-police-city-claim-excessive-force/4741950/

It costs more to have a child in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world, but rates of maternal and infant mortality are high. “… one 2013 study by the the advocacy group Childbirth Connection found that, on average, hospitals charged $32,093 for an uncomplicated vaginal birth and newborn care…. That means America is simultaneously the most expensive and one of the riskiest industrialized nations in which to have children.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/16/why-does-it-cost-32093-just-to-give-birth-in-america

Florida prisoners complain of unpaid labor, high prices, no chance for parole and violence. “Deaths in Florida state prisons — including homicides and a spate of suicides — have skyrocketed in recent years, soaring from 191 in 2000 to 356 in 2016.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/01/14/florida-prison-strike-unpaid-labor-brutal-conditions/

Actors union investigating reshoot pay disparity. “USA Today reported Tuesday that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million to re-shoot scenes with Plummer after negotiating a deal with Imperative Entertainment, while Williams was paid the per diem mininum of $80 per day for a total of less than $1,000 — and was not told about Wahlberg’s deal.”   https://variety.com/2018/film/news/sag-aftra-pay-disparity-all-the-money-in-the-world-re-shoots-1202660831/

January 16, 2018

January 14, 2018

Hawaii warns its residents of imminent nuclear destruction. “An early-morning emergency alert mistakenly warning of an incoming ballistic missile attack was dispatched to cellphones across Hawaii on Saturday, setting off widespread panic in a state that was already on edge because of escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/13/us/hawaii-missile.html

Is Donald Trump running a lucrative money-laundering business? “At the Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium New York in Manhattan, 77% of the sales were to shell companies that paid cash.”   https://www.buzzfeed.com/thomasfrank/secret-money-how-trump-made-millions-selling-condos-to

Las Vegas shooter sent apparent firearms solicitation emails. “‘For a thrill try out bumpfire ar’s with 100 round magazine.’ Investigators at the time of the filing had been unable to determine if Paddock was sending emails between two accounts both belonging to himself, or was communicating with someone else.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/12/us/las-vegas-shooting-documents-unsealed/index.html   Mass shooter or murdered arms dealer?

Governments around the world protest President Trump’s characterization of their countries as “shitholes”. “President Trump’s purported crude comments about immigrants provoked a global backlash Friday from the United Nations, African nations and other countries against his ‘racist’ remarks.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/01/12/sh-hole-countries-un-respond-trumps-sh-hole-countries-comments/1027434001/

“Collateral Murder” whistle-blower Chelsea Manning will challenge incumbent Democrat in Maryland’s U.S. Senate primary. “Manning would be challenging Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin, who is in his second term in the Senate and is up for reelection in November.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/chelsea-manning-files-to-run-for-us-senate-in-maryland/2018/01/13/6439f0d0-f88c-11e7-beb6-c8d48830c54d_story.html

U.S. military’s Africa Command accused of stonewalling reporter. “It is the policy of the Department of Defense to make available timely and accurate information so that the public, the Congress, and the news media may assess and understand the facts about national security and defense strategy.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/01/13/we-dont-consider-you-a-legitimate-journalist-how-i-got-blacklisted-by-the-pentagons-africa-command/

Second person hit and killed by Florida high-speed train that wasn’t even officially in service yet. “Before starting service Saturday between Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida, the Brightline train also provided rides to government officials and reporters Thursday as well as Friday.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/florida-woman-killed-brightline-train-during-preview-run-2641439   Two words of advice: ‘elevated tracks’.

“Valve-turner” Leonard Higgins barred from explaining his motive during his trial. “The 65-year-old former state worker from Portland, Oregon, said he’d carried out the protest to raise awareness about the dangers of climate change. Higgins and his defense team, however, were barred from referring to climate change during the trial.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/valve-turner-protest-pipeline-leonard-higgins_us_5a171e07e4b0d4906cade139

College sports fan greets fellow fan with school’s “guns up” hand gesture at the airport, gets questioned by TSA. “After a thorough pat down, baggage check, and ran her identification cards, TSA let her go with a warning.”   http://nbc4i.com/2018/01/12/texas-tech-student-got-in-trouble-with-tsa-for-giving-fellow-red-raider-guns-up/   Because hijackers have been known to blow their cover by making pistol gestures with their hands to their accomplices while going through security, the secret meaning of which is ‘get ready to pull out your gun soon!’.

Former Vice President Joe Biden tells millennials to get involved in politics instead of complaining. “The younger generation now tells me how tough things are—give me a break.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/joe-biden-doesnt-want-to-hear-millennials-complain/   They wanted Bernie Sanders, who was ahead of Trump in the polls, but you gave them Hillary Clinton! I hope they vote Green next time.

Moby claims CIA asked him to spread the word about Trump’s Russia ties. “The DJ explained to WFPK radio how CIA sources told him, ‘look, you have more of a social media following than any of us do, can you please post some of these things just in a way that … sort of puts it out there’.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/this-is-the-manchurian-candidate-musical-artist-moby-claims-cia-asked-him-to-spread-word-on-trump-and-russia/   So there’s no Deep State you say….

Protesters threaten London’s Muslim mayor with mock gallows. “A group of right-wing protesters wheeled a home-made gallows outside a hall where London’s Muslim mayor was about to speak and tried to arrest him for disrespecting Donald Trump, The Washington Post reported.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/protesters-tryto-arrest-sadiqkahn_us_5a5ad4f0e4b03c4189664b45

January 14, 2018