September 30, 2016

Man pleads guilty to Vallejo, California abduction and rapes that police and FBI reportedly dismissed as a hoax. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Not-Ready-For-Relief-Vallejo-Kidnapping-Victims-Attorney-Blasts-Police-Department-FBI-For-Bungling-Case-395355521.html

Video released in police shooting of 6 year-old Louisiana boy. Police claimed that they were being threatened with car before opening fire, were trying to serve a warrant, both of which appear to be untrue. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/body-camera-footage-shows-police-shooting-killed-6-year-old-article-1.2810805   Video of shooting: https://news.vice.com/article/video-police-fatally-shooting-6-year-old-autistic-boy-jeremy-mardis

Corporate-backed referenda and initiatives have 10 to 1 average funding advantage over grassroots movements. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/09/29/undermining-democracy-corporations-pouring-millions-local-ballot-fights

CO2 level hits 400 ppm, unlikely to ever drop below that level again – in 1950 it was 310 ppm. https://news.vice.com/article/were-screwed-earths-co2-level-passed-the-critical-400ppm-mark-forever

Trump Foundation reportedly not properly registered as a charity in New York. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-donald-trump-foundation-new-york-20160929-story.html

Government reportedly checks your social media accounts when you apply for a “secret” or “top secret” clearance, so remember to remove those pictures of ISIS and Chinese flags before you apply! http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-security-clearance-idUSKCN11Z2TM

Mentally ill suspects 16 times more likely to be killed by police. http://www.democracynow.org/2016/9/29/study_people_with_mental_illness_are

Kansas City librarian injured by police, arrested while trying to moderate Q & A session at library event. http://bordc.org/news/library-worker-heroically-defends-patrons-free-speech-brutally-arrested-library-works/

Police officers using government databases to stalk women, sell information, and settle scores with perceived enemies, including legislators. Minnesota legislative audit found that over half of the officers using the system made questionable searches.  http://bigstory.ap.org/article/699236946e3140659fff8a2362e16f43/ap-across-us-police-officers-abuse-confidential-databases

 

 

 

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September 30, 2016

September 29, 2016

Seattle police reportedly used social media geo-location software to monitor and track suspects without city authorization. Unclear whether or not search warrants were obtained for this surveillance. https://www.thestranger.com/news/2016/09/28/24585899/how-the-seattle-police-secretlyand-illegallypurchased-a-tool-for-tracking-your-social-media-posts

U.S. government agency advises other countries to include minor parties in their debates. https://theintercept.com/liveblogs/firstdebate/usgovernmenadvises/

Congress overrides president’s veto of bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudis. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/09/27/senate-poised-to-vote-to-override-obamas-veto-of-911-bill/

Shimon Peres, Israeli leader and founder of the country’s nuclear weapons program, dies at 93. http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/09/27/464330504/shimon-peres-the-last-of-israels-founding-fathers-dies-at-93

Thai authorities threaten to arrest Amnesty International representatives at press conference if they discuss police torture report, press conference cancelled. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/09/28/world/asia/ap-as-thailand-torture-allegations.html?_r=0

Federal appeals court strikes down New Hampshire ban on voting booth selfies. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/federal-appeals-court-rules-against-nh-voting-booth-selfie-ban-n656291

Pre-school teachers focus on black male children when monitoring classes for misbehavior – study. http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/09/28/495488716/bias-isnt-just-a-police-problem-its-a-preschool-problem

Only 24% of donations to Clinton campaign are $200 or less, versus 61% to Trump. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/us/politics/hillary-clinton-money-obama.html

Police in commando gear with assault rifles and armored vehicles confront pipeline protesters, arrest more than 20. “This is what it looks like when corporations’ interests are at stake.” https://www.rt.com/usa/361016-police-arrest-dakota-pipeline/

More than 400 homeless people reportedly hanging out at Santa Ana Civic Center in California. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-santa-ana-library-adv-snap-story.html

President Obama orders flags flown at half-staff for Israeli politician Shimon Peres. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-latest-obama-orders-flags-at-half-staff-for-peres/2016/09/28/682f32c8-85e1-11e6-b57d-dd49277af02f_story.html

iMessage reportedly not as secure as Apple users think it is, according to police documents which reveal that Apple will supply them with your phone number, IP address, the number you queried and the time and date of the query. https://theintercept.com/2016/09/28/apple-logs-your-imessage-contacts-and-may-share-them-with-police/

Prison labor strike at 20 prisons in 11 states enters third week. http://www.democracynow.org/2016/9/28/hunger_strikes_marches_work_stoppages_unprecedented

 

September 29, 2016

September 28, 2016

24 Green Party protesters arrested outside Presidential Debate at Hofstra University after their candidate was excluded. http://www.democracynow.org/2016/9/27/outside_first_presidential_debate_24_arrested

Disorderly conduct arrests have dropped by more than half since 1996, possibly due to increased presence of cell phone videos. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/contempt-of-cop-arrests-disorderly-conduct-charges_us_57e94d56e4b0e80b1ba32d57

Man behaving erratically, walking in traffic, reportedly shot by El Cajon, California police. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/police-shoot-wound-man-in-san-diego-area-protesters-gather/2016/09/27/880ccada-8517-11e6-b57d-dd49277af02f_story.html  UPDATE: Unidentified man dies, was reportedly unarmed, took an unidentified object out of his pocket and pointed it at police before being shot, protests erupt. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-police-shooting-el-cajon-20160927-snap-story.html

RBS to pay $1.1 billion settlement over selling “toxic mortgage-backed securities” to U.S. credit unions that later failed. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-royal-bank-scot-lawsuit-idUSKCN11X2O8?il=0

U.S. nuclear forces are ready for a new Cold War. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-perspective-on-the-new-cold-war/

Texas Department of Corrections reportedly bans book on anti-slavery activist Sojourner Truth, allows Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/sep/25/the-banning-of-books-in-prisons-its-like-living-in-the-dark-ages

Trump claims during debate that he never said climate change is a hoax, but he did, and his tweet is still posted. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/09/27/trump-didnt-delete-his-tweet-calling-global-warming-a-chinese-hoax/

U.N. rights group says U.S. police shootings “are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynchings”.  http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/united-nations-us-owes-blacks-reparations-over-slavery-and-racial-terrorism/

Child prostitution legalized in California, at least for the underage sex workers, since they “do not choose sex work voluntarily and cannot leave”. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/california-changes-laws-so-children-can-no-longer-be-called-prostitutes/

U.S. defense secretary argues against letting 9/11 families sue Saudis, could lead to disclosure of “classified or otherwise sensitive information”. http://news.antiwar.com/2016/09/27/defense-secretary-911-victims-bill-could-be-devastating-to-military/

CIA allegedly imposes impossible “Catch-22” condition on release of files on U.S. Information Agency writers. https://reason.com/blog/2016/09/27/government-creates-a-fake-expert-wont-re

An estimated 30,000 people march in Mexico City to mark second anniversary of kidnapping of 43 students. http://www.democracynow.org/2016/9/27/headlines/mexico_30_000_march_to_mark_2nd_anniversary_of_ayotzinapa_kidnapping

 

September 28, 2016

September 27, 2016

Man in Nazi uniform shoots six people in Houston, three injured by broken glass. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/multiple-injuries-reported-shooting-houston-shopping-mall-article-1.2806725

NYPD officer charged in fatal road rage shooting of Delrawn Small. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/lawyer-nypd-officer-charged-shooting-unarmed-motorist-42373400

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein escorted by police away from media at presidential debate site. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/09/26/green-party-candidate-jill-stein-escorted-off-debate-premises-may-try-again-get/91128002/

Bogus Well Fargo accounts likely hurt customers’ credit ratings. http://www.npr.org/2016/09/26/495501008/wells-fargos-unauthorized-accounts-likely-hurt-customers-credit-scores

Details of Bridgegate scandal trickle out during trial as witness testifies that lane closures were political. “The purpose was to create as big a traffic jam as possible.” http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/09/26/bridgegate-trial-day-6/91126064/

Man in life raft rescued by passing ship off the coast of Massachusetts, two days after Coast Guard calls off search. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article104306671.html

Jill Stein “participating” in presidential debate via social media. https://www.rt.com/usa/360691-censored-presidential-debate-stein-facebook/

Trump reportedly vows not to use nuclear weapons for a “first strike”,  while Obama wants to keep that option on the table. https://theintercept.com/liveblogs/firstdebate/trump-to-the-left-of-obama-pledges-not-to-use-nuclear-weapons-first/

In meeting with Israeli Prime Minister, Clinton allegedly promises to block any “outside solution” to conflict with Palestinians. http://news.antiwar.com/2016/09/26/clinton-assures-netanyahu-she-would-veto-any-un-actions-on-israel/

 

September 27, 2016

September 26, 2016

Claremont, New Hampshire man Cody Lafont fatally shot by police responding to a 911 call at his home, few details released. http://www.vnews.com/Claremont-Man-Killed-in-Officer-Involved-Shooting-4973908

About two dozen states have recently passed laws restricting public access to police video. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/09/25/nc-among-states-limit-access-police-videos/91080306/

FIFA reportedly disbands its anti-racism task force, says its mission has been “completely fulfilled”. http://fusion.net/story/350780/fifa-says-soccer-free-of-racism/

Student at suburban Detroit high school posts photo of discolored tap water in school restroom, gets suspended. Because that’s what happens to whistle-blowers. http://fusion.net/story/350772/high-school-student-suspended-dirty-water/

Charge George W. Bush with war crimes for invading Iraq and torturing prisoners? Naw, let’s just give him a big hug instead…. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/picture/2016/sep/26/hug-it-out-michelle-obama-embraces-george-w-bush

Georgia man sues Richmond County deputies for inappropriately tasering him from behind, allegedly leading to $20,000 in medical bills when his head hit the floor. http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/jail-house-video-busts-georgia-cops-tasering-compliant-black-man-from-behind/

Eerie similarities noted between New York bomber and Boston marathon bombers. http://whowhatwhy.org/2016/09/21/another-terrorist-another-past-connection-fbi/

Third Catholic priest found murdered in Mexico in one week. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-37469016

Another reason to let third party candidates Johnson and Stein into the debates, besides, you know, democracy – new ideas. https://www.thenation.com/article/theres-one-other-reason-gary-johnson-and-jill-stein-should-be-invited-to-the-debates/

 

September 26, 2016

September 25, 2016

Charlotte police release partial police videos of Keith Scott shooting, they reportedly do not show Scott holding a gun. https://mic.com/articles/155053/cmpd-releases-partial-video-of-the-death-of-keith-l-scott

Left candidate Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour Party leadership election again, by a wide margin. https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/09/24/jeremy-corbyn-reelected-leader-britain-labor-party/Mp9fe056mGgkDQypOq0A5M/story.html

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opens in Washington D.C. http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2016/09/24/read-john-lewis-powerful-speech-at-opening-of-the-national-african-american-museum/

Little hope of salvaging cease-fire as Syrian government and Russian jets reportedly bomb Aleppo. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37449968

Burlington, Washington shooting suspect reportedly walked away from large, busy mall, where there was apparently no police presence whatsoever, after fatally shooting five people. More than 200 officers from 26 agencies soon responded, however. Were they busy monitoring people’s Facebook posts, stopping people for improper lane changes or protecting the community from people selling loose cigarettes? http://www.wsj.com/articles/three-dead-in-shooting-at-mall-north-of-seattle-1474689525

UPDATE: “Hispanic” suspect arrested, turns out he is from Turkey. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/24/us/washington-mall-shooting/

University of Mississippi students protest, demand statement from chancellor after fellow student reportedly suggests on social media that Charlotte protests could be resolved by lynching the protesters. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ole-condemns-student-call-lynching-charlotte-protester-article-1.2804770

Creepy clown sightings are almost always bogus say police, several people charged for making false reports. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/09/20/creepy-clowns-police-begin-making-arrests-as-false-reports-and-threats-plague-southern-towns/

New Orleans police reportedly stop hundreds of protesters from tearing down Andrew Jackson statue. http://wgno.com/2016/09/24/andrew-jackson-statue-still-stands-in-jackson-square-after-protesters-try-to-break-police-barricades/

Former Wells Fargo employees file class action suit, claim they were demoted, forced to resign or fired for not meeting aggressive sales quotas. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-wells-fargo-accounts-lawsuit-idUSKCN11U0NY

Study claims about 20 million Americans would lose their health insurance under Trump plan. http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-study-finds-20m-would-lose-health-coverage-under-trump-plan-2016-9

More college football players, fans, raise their fists during anthem. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/sep/24/national-anthem-protest-college-football-kaepernick

More details emerge in case of Tawon Boyd, the man who requested medical assistance but died after being assaulted by Baltimore County police officers. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/24/baltimore-man-tawon-boyd-dies-after-he-called-911

 

September 25, 2016

September 24, 2016

President Obama vetoes bill that would allow 9/11 victims to sue Saudi government. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/23/495249958/obama-vetoes-bill-to-allow-sept-11-victims-to-sue-saudi-government

Baltimore County police officer reportedly shoots suspected get-away driver dead through the windshield after bank robbery, no weapons found in vehicle. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/authorities-police-shooting-greater-baltimore-wounded-42313452

Government agrees to allow native Hawaiians to form a tribal government. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/23/495212183/native-hawaiians-now-have-a-pathway-to-form-a-government

In response to media lawsuit, Orlando releases transcript of 911 conversations with Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, tells police the government needs to stop airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article103878026.html

U.S. appeals court rules that Ohio’s practice of purging inactive voters is illegal. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-ohio-idUSKCN11T2KN?il=0

75% of Puerto Ricans have power again after two-day, island-wide black out. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/cheers-erupt-power-flickers-back-after-massive-puerto-rico-blackout-n653761

Charlotte police union spokesman admits that most of the protesters are local residents after claiming they were from out of state, newspaper says 79% of those arrested were Charlotte residents.  http://www.businessinsider.com/i-didnt-quote-facts-charlotte-police-official-walks-back-statement-on-protesters-2016-9

Seattle passes employee scheduling law that requires employers to post work schedules two weeks in advance, give employees a 10 hour break between shifts, and pay employees on-call who are not called in to work. http://www.bna.com/seattles-new-scheduling-b57982077434/

More Americans are now dying from drug overdoses than from car accidents. http://www.livescience.com/56248-america-opioid-use-epidemic.html

Clinton campaign tries to document all of Donald Trump’s lies ahead of first debate. It takes 25 pages. http://fusion.net/story/350633/clinton-trump-fact-check-document/

Scientists issue report saying that most forensic testing done by police departments is scientifically unproven “junk science”, and that only DNA analysis is proven to be reliable. http://fusion.net/story/350212/white-house-study-forensic-science-prosecutors/

New Brazilian president Michel Temer reportedly says former president Dilma Rousseff was ousted because she would not go along with economic reforms. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/09/23/safe-oligarchs-and-imperialists-us-brazils-new-president-admits-coup-plot

Clinton proposes 65% estate tax on fortunes of more than $3.5 million left as inheritances. Campaign promise most likely to be broken? http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/09/23/channeling-sanders-clinton-proposes-whopping-billionaire-estate-tax

Facebook decides Charlotte protests are disaster-level dangerous, activates “Safety Check” program which lets users tell their Facebook contacts they are “safe”. Fatal police shootings do not appear to trigger similar warnings. https://theintercept.com/2016/09/23/who-decides-when-a-protest-becomes-a-facebook-disaster/

Students who kneel or refuse to stand for the national anthem or pledge of allegiance are being punished or threatened, even though this is illegal at public schools.  https://theintercept.com/2016/09/23/students-are-pulling-a-kaepernick-all-over-america-and-being-threatened-for-it/

Police make arrest in fatal shooting of Charlotte protester, but witness says victim dropped just as police opened fire with “rubber” bullets. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-arrested-shooting-death-charlotte-protester-article-1.2803345

President Obama claims he was unaware that Hillary Clinton was using a private email address when she was secretary of state until he “learned it through news reports”. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-weighs-in-hillary-clinton-private-emails/

$148 million F-35 fighter reportedly “catches fire” on runway, 8 people sent to hospital. http://www.defensenews.com/articles/f-35a-damaged-in-fire-at-air-force-base

U.S. troops reportedly using white phosphorus shells during campaign against IS. https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/09/23/the-military-using-controversial-white-phosphorous-iraq-again/0vKHzb71gZnRX5I5IhFf8K/story.html

Lawmakers complain that Obama administration has been slow to release bin Laden documents seized during Pakistan raid. https://www.yahoo.com/news/lawmakers-want-speedier-release-bin-laden-documents-204056541.html

Action reportedly taken against sailors who refused to stand for national anthem. http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/09/23/second-sailor-under-review-for-refusing-to-stand-for-anthem.html

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu call U.N. a “farce”, U.N. Human Rights Council a “joke”, claims U.N. has an “obsessive bias against Israel”. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.743788

Former Senate “torture report” author Daniel Jones upset by lack of accountability for CIA officials, role of Bush and Obama administrations in attempted cover-up.  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/11/cia-torture-report-aftermath-daniel-jones-senate-investigation

 

September 24, 2016