April 17, 2016

Sanders releases 2014 income tax return. Clinton said to have made more from one one-hour speech to Wall Street bankers than Sanders did all year. “Bernie Sanders reportedly earned just over $200,000 in 2014. That same year, Hillary Clinton, Sanders’s top Democratic rival, gave about 45 paid speeches, many of which paid her more in a single hour than Sanders made the entire year.” http://www.politicususa.com/2016/04/15/clinton-earned-wall-st-speech-sanders-year.html

Anti-racist group says campaign rhetoric is scaring minority children, encouraging bullying. ““We’re deeply concerned about the level of fear among minority children who feel threatened by both the incendiary campaign rhetoric and the bullying they’re encountering in school,” said Richard Cohen, the group’s president.” http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/us-election-campaign-leading-to-widespread-fear-and-bullying-in-schools-a6983031.html

Why “end-to-end” encryption (WhatsApp) is better than “in-transit” encryption (most messaging platforms). With in-transit encryption “…messages are only secure between your phone and the nearest cell tower, but not all the way through to the recipient.” http://www.kare11.com/news/your-texts-are-not-as-secure-as-you-think-they-are/137386087

Pope Francis meets with Bernie Sanders, lets Sanders and his wife stay at his home. ““I just conveyed to him my admiration for the extraordinary work he is doing raising some of the most important issues facing our planet and the billions of people on the planet and injecting the need for morality in the global economy,” Sanders, a Brooklyn-born son of Polish Jewish immigrants, told ABC.” http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-sanders-pope-airplane-idUSKCN0XD0RE

A reported 100,000+ demonstrate in London against austerity, corruption. BBC criticized for lack of coverage. “The demonstrators called for an end to austerity, and demanded that David Cameron quit over the Panama Papers revelation that he profited from his father’s offshore investment fund.” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/04/16/ditch-dodgy-dave-anti-austerity-protest-brings-150000-streets-london The Guardian estimates 50,000. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/16/london-anti-austerity-march-draws-tens-of-thousands

Man takes photos of strangers, finds them on Russian social media using facial recognition app. “Named “Your Face is Big Data”, the series of photographs shows how powerful facial recognition software has become, to the point that a complete stranger can find you at the click of a button.” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/14/russian-photographer-yegor-tsvetkov-identifies-strangers-facial-recognition-app

Tech workers protest against their bosses at Clinton fundraiser in San Francisco. ““They sell you a dream at startups – the ping-pong, the perks – so they can pull 80 hours (a week) out of you,” said Quirk, a 26-year-old software engineer.” http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/16/hillary-clinton-protest-george-clooney-fundraiser-bernie-sanders

Trump’s policy advisor reportedly wrote columns claiming critics of torture are traitors, racism is based on paranoia and racial discord is the fault of minorities, and that family leave results in layoffs because of the financial strain it places on companies. “Inside our borders, the nation of e pluribus unum [out of many, one] threatens to be fractured across ethnic lines by racial animus and divisive multiculturalism.” http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/16/donald-trump-adviser-stephen-miller-duke-newpaper-column

Chicago releases video of fatal arrest, allegedly shows police officer standing on suspect’s neck. “(Police) hold him down, and one of them steps on (Heriberto) Godinez’s neck and appears to stand on him.  Godinez died at the scene.” http://wgntv.com/2016/04/15/family-blames-police-brutality-for-mans-death-dashcam-video-released/

Conservative broadcaster reportedly drops F-bomb on the air during technical difficulties. “Radio host Laura Ingraham treated her listeners to some of her unfiltered opinions on Friday’s program, blurting out, “We’re gonna lose every f*cking station we have,” when technical difficulties sprang up.” http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/listen-radio-host-laura-ingraham-melts-down-on-open-mic-were-gonna-lose-every-fcking-station-we-have/

Braddock, Pennsylvania “Smile Police” officer caught threatening student on school bus. “Smile in my face one more time and I’ll be dragging your *ss off this bus and back to that f*cking police car,” the officer says. “Don’t smile one more time.” http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/pennsylvania-cop-threatens-child-on-school-bus-dont-smile-or-ill-drag-you-to-the-fcking-police-car/

Money in politics protest, mass arrests at Capitol story gets little coverage from mainstream media, leaving observers confused.  “Seems like a story. And wait, yes, there it was in the Washington Post—in the Metro section, page B3…in the brief items…after the one about the 10-year-old boy hit by a car (while) riding his bike…” http://fair.org/home/protests-against-money-in-politics-hold-little-interest-for-beltways-political-junkies/

Major industries would be unprofitable if total costs were taken into account. “For instance, industrial processes can put pollutants in the air that increase public health costs, but the public, not the polluting businesses, picks up the tab.” https://grist.org/business-technology/none-of-the-worlds-top-industries-would-be-profitable-if-they-paid-for-the-natural-capital-they-use/

April 17, 2016

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