May 15, 2016

Harried air travelers reportedly left behind more than 3/4 of a million dollars at TSA checkpoints last year, TSA gets to keep the change. “The coins, for instance, were left behind when passengers emptied their pockets before going through metal detectors.” http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/TSA-collected-over-760-000-in-unclaimed-cash-at-7468369.php

Obama administration directive to schools not to discriminate against transgendered students sparks conservative backlash. “”We must ensure that our young people know that whoever they are or wherever they come from, they have the opportunity to get a great education in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and violence,”(Education Secretary John) King said.” http://edition.cnn.com/2016/05/14/politics/transgender-bathrooms-backlash/

Uber and Lyft reportedly shut down operations in Austin, Texas after city demands drivers be fingerprinted. “As a result of the vote, Uber and Lyft have chosen to halt their services in the city rather than comply with the biometric background checks, making Austin the biggest US city in which Uber does not operate.” http://findbiometrics.com/uber-and-lyft-lose-fight-biometric-background-checks-305104/

Protesters demand we “Break Free” from fossil fuels. “We’re putting our bodies in the gears of the fossil fuel economy to demand a just transition to the post-fossil fuel economy,” said Annette Klapstein, 63, of the Raging Grannies. “World leaders agreed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees–we demand that they do so.” http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/14/break-free-protests-coast-coast-climate-activists-put-bodies-line

Alabama prisoners end strike against poor conditions and forced labor after leaders put in solitary and food rations cut. “…we understood our incarceration was pretty much about our labor and the money that was being generated from the prison system, therefore we began organizing around our labor and used it as a means and a method to bring about reform in the Alabama prison system.” http://www.democracynow.org/2016/5/13/alabama_prison_strike_organizer_speaks_from

Democrat and Republican co-sponsor bill to restrict FBI “remote hacking”. “Onlookers say the opposition to the change has united civil liberties advocates from both sides of the aisle who are concerned that the amendment is a form of government overreach.” http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/279841-paul-to-join-dem-government-hacking-bill

U.S. combat troops now reportedly deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Somalia and Libya. “Once it was news when US troops were fighting overseas.” http://antiwar.com/blog/2016/05/13/did-you-know-us-special-forces-fighting-in-libya-and-somalia/

American man sentenced to two months of home detention for assaulting Muslim woman during flight after she refused to remove her headscarf.  “Take it off! This is America!” Payne, 37, later recalled saying. When she didn’t do it herself, Payne did: He grabbed the hijab from the back and pulled it all off.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/05/14/take-it-off-this-is-america-man-who-yanked-hijab-pleads-guilty-to-religious-obstruction/

Clinton and Sanders supporters reportedly involved in scuffle at Nevada Democratic convention, medical assistance summoned. “The Democratic convention in Nevada turned violent on Saturday, with at least one fight breaking out, according to video posted Twitter users who were in attendance.” http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/violence-erupts-at-nv-democratic-convention-amid-tensions-between-clinton-and-sanders-supporters/

Lawsuit alleges Tacoma police officer used excessive force after stopping 15 year-old girl for cutting across a mall parking lot on her bicycle. ““He was choking me, grabbed me by my hair and tried to slam my face into the concrete. The next thing I know, I’m on the ground being tased,” the girl said.” http://www.rawstory.com/2016/05/watch-white-cop-brutally-beats-black-teen-for-riding-bike-then-charges-her-with-assault/

Obama administration gives Henry Kissinger the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award. “…the department’s highest honorary award for private citizens and foreign nationals…. recognized (Kissinger) for his distinguished public service since January 1969.” http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/755725/carter-presents-kissinger-with-dods-distinguished-public-service-award

 

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May 15, 2016

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