May 1, 2016

62% of those polled have an unfavorable opinion of the Republican Party, 50% don’t like the Democratic Party. “Only 33 percent of respondents said they have a favorable impression of the GOP.”

Unions in Argentina stage mass protest in Buenas Aires to protest government austerity program. “The job cuts and the recent elimination of subsidies, which have led to sharp increases in everything from bus rides to light bills, have stoked unrest in a nation with a long tradition of providing generous state jobs and benefits.”

Courts forcing suspects to unlock their cell phones with their fingerprints. “Unlike disclosing passcodes, you are not compelled to speak or say what’s ‘in your mind’ to law enforcement,” (Albert) Gidari said. “‘Put your finger here’ is not testimonial or self-incriminating.”

Chamber of Commerce reportedly testifies against anti-fraud law that targets government contractors. “According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, which is supported by numerous defense contractors and health care companies that have settled fraud cases that account for a large percentage of (False Claims Act) recoveries, Congress should gut the law.”

Hydroelectric projects face difficult legal barriers say developers. “Debbie Powell, senior director of power generation operations for Pacific Gas and Electric, added that “the processes are overly complex” and “needlessly expensive”.”

U.S. economic growth steadily worsening, reportedly falls from 3.9% in spring of 2015 to 0.5% in first quarter of 2016. “The global economy is running out of steam and the conventional weapons are increasingly ineffective.”

FBI reportedly issued almost 16,800 National Security Letters in 2015 which applied to U.S. citizens or legal immigrants. “NSLs are a type of subpoena authority used to compel Internet and telecommunications firms to hand over customer data, such as web browsing history, email addresses and subscriber information.”

Is Washington, D.C. becoming America’s Pyongyang? ““Loudoun is per capita the richest county in the country as well as one of the most Republican and is something of a world headquarters of the McMansion as a lifestyle statement,” (Mike) Lofgren writes.”

Peace and human rights activist Daniel Berrigan, among those who publicly burned draft board files during the Vietnam war, dies at 94. “In the early 1980s Father Berrigan helped launch the international anti-nuclear Plowshares movement when he and seven others poured blood and hammered on warheads at a GE nuclear missile plant in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.”

Chicago women alleges she was beaten and pepper-sprayed  by police for not getting out of their way fast enough, arrested on fabricated charges. “In fact, the dashcam footage shows not only that Brown did not drag the female officer, but that it was the patrol car that caused the collision after tailing her out of the alley.”

Some cancer drugs now cost more than five times more than previously. “Approximately 32 therapies have made their way into the market between the years 2000 and 2014, and the costs for these treatments increased from an average of $1,869 per month in 2000 all the way to $11,325 per month in 2014.”

World will face severe water crisis due to increasing meat consumption. “In private, Nestle executives told U.S. officials that the world is on a collision course with doom because (Americans) eat too much meat, and now, other countries are following suit, according to a secret U.S. report titled “Tour D’Horizon with Nestle: Forget the Global Financial Crisis, the World Is Running Out of Fresh Water”.”


May 1, 2016

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