April 29, 2016

Man in animal costume demands that Baltimore TV station air story about end of the world or he will blow himself up, police sniper shoots him as he exits the building. “Smith said after using a bomb-detecting robot to take the device off of him, police discovered that the man was not wearing an actual bomb, but instead had a red (flotation) device secured to his waist with chocolate candy bars wrapped in aluminum foil and wiring connecting each of them that made it appear to look like explosives.” http://www.fox5dc.com/news/134065220-story

TSA misses bullets in man’s luggage but Indian authorities don’t, arrest him. “(Henry) Head said he was unaware of the bullets, and that they belonged to his son, who is an avid hunter. Head said he carried the bag on a flight out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport — the world’s busiest airport — and the bullets were never detected.” http://www.cbs46.com/story/31846185/tsa-questioned-after-man-leaves-atlanta-airport-but-imprisoned-overseas-due-to-bullets-in-luggage

Large, rowdy protest reported outside of Trump rally in Cosa Mesa, California. “A CBSLA.com report described the protests as “very large and very aggressive,” and police officers in patrol cars, on horseback and on foot tried to control the scene.” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/protests-and-unrest-outside-donald-trump-rally-in-southern-california/

Former Republican leader allegedly calls Ted Cruz “Lucifer”. “I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.” http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/ted-cruz-mocked-john-boehner-lucifer-flesh/story?id=38732727

Hospital in rebel-held Aleppo bombed. “The death toll at al-Quds hospital is at least 27 patients and staff, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitoring group.” http://www.newsweek.com/aleppo-hospital-al-quds-airstrike-syria-453400?piano_d=1

Animal rights activists charged with terrorism. “In this case, if there wasn’t a communiqué, if there wasn’t a movement affiliated with these actions, it would just be a property crime. But now we’re talking about terrorism because there’s a nexus and a connection to animal rights activism.” http://www.newsweek.com/animal-rights-activists-direct-action-bobcat-453253?piano_d=1

Los Angeles Sheriff’s chief of staff accused of sending derogatory emails. “A top Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department official forwarded emails with jokes containing derogatory stereotypes of Muslims, blacks, Latinos, women and others from his work account during his previous job with the Burbank Police Department, according to city records.” http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-sheriff-burbank-emails-20160427-story.html

Thousands line up for medical and dental care in Los Angeles. “”I expected to see a lot more homeless people and people with no insurance at all, and to find out that the majority had insurance but couldn’t afford their co-payment or deductible, that was surprising,” (Dr. Chris) Lewis said.” http://www.cbsnews.com/news/free-medical-clinic-in-los-angeles-draws-thousands/

Hunger strikers demanding resignation of San Francisco police chief. “We’ve exhausted every avenue.” http://fusion.net/story/295922/grandmother-sf-hunger-strike-until-police-chief-resigns/

Journalist claims she became the target of threats and anti-semitism after story on Trump’s wife is published.  “I started the day off having a sense of humor about it but by the end of the day, after a few phone calls like this, with people playing Hitler speeches, and the imagery, and people telling me my face would look good on a lampshade, it’s hard to laugh.” http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/28/julia-ioffe-journalist-melania-trump-antisemitic-abuse

FBI’s plan to enlist clergy, mental health professionals, school counselors and community members in anti-terrorism program is criticized as invasive. “People who attended the (FBI) meetings, alarmed by what they saw as an inappropriate commingling of law enforcement with mental health and education, complained to the Justice Department, and SRCs were reportedly put on hold.” https://theintercept.com/2016/04/28/letter-details-fbi-plan-for-secretive-anti-radicalization-committees/

Study says public avoiding controversial topics when using internet. “A 2015 study examined Google search data and demonstrated that, post-Snowden, “users were less likely to search using search terms that they believed might get them in trouble with the US government” and that these “results suggest that there is a chilling effect on search behavior from government surveillance on the Internet.”” https://theintercept.com/2016/04/28/new-study-shows-mass-surveillance-breeds-meekness-fear-and-self-censorship/

 

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April 29, 2016

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