October 17, 2016

Offensive to retake Iraqi city of Mosul from IS begins, one million Iraqi civilians caught between IS and the anti-IS coalition.  http://rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/161020168

Former army leader appointed regent after death of Thai king, criticism or analysis of the situation is reportedly forbidden. http://www.newsweek.com/thailand-seeks-reassure-public-succession-throne-510422

FBI director claims we “actually have no idea if the number of black people or brown people or white people being shot by police is up, down or sideways over the last three years, five years, 10 years”. Washington Post does not point out it’s own Pulitzer Prize winning database of police shooting incidents or those compiled by other organizations. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/comey-lack-of-use-of-force-data-fuels-unfortunate-narrative/2016/10/16/0423a2da-9407-11e6-9cae-2a3574e296a6_story.html  CNN also fails to point this out. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/16/politics/fbi-director-police-shootings/

Voter registration group claims Indiana police seized voter registration forms for 45,000 citizens, most of them black, under the pretext of a county clerk spotting 10 suspicious forms. https://mic.com/articles/156859/voter-group-claims-mike-pence-is-abusing-his-office-to-suppress-black-votes

Green Party candidate tells Texas voters, “There is no greater waste of a vote than to vote for a failed, two-party system”.  http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/politics/article/Green-Party-s-Stein-urges-San-Antonio-to-reject-9975069.php

Network TV news shows reportedly gave Wikileaks Democratic Party emails 57 seconds of coverage, versus 23 minutes of coverage for Trump sexual assault allegations. http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/media/301009-is-there-actual-fire-in-the-smoke-of-trumps-media-criticism

A minority of Chicago police officers responsible for the majority of misconduct complaints – 7 officers had over 100 complaints, 62 had 70 or more complaints. 90% of complaints were dismissed and only 0.05% of officers who had complaints filed against them were fired.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-chicago-police-complaints-met-20161013-story.html

“Mandela of Puerto Rico” Oscar López Rivera hoping for Obama commutation of his 70 year prison sentence. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/16/obama-pardon-mandela-puerto-rico-oscar-lopez-rivera-

Barrett Brown discusses his investigation into intelligence contractors Themis, Endgame and Palantir, as well as his prison pastime of role playing games. “…it’s certainly a lot more fun than I had on the outside trying to get the newspaper people to do their f&%#ing jobs.” https://theintercept.com/2016/10/16/i-am-fully-capable-of-entertaining-myself-in-prison-for-decades-if-need-be/

Peter Thiel, billionaire IT entrepreneur with links to the intelligence community, reportedly donating $1.25 million to Trump campaign and associated PACs.  http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/billionaire-peter-thiel-is-donating-1-25-million-to-trump-campaign/

CNN host implies that viewers might be breaking the law if they access Wikileaks emails directly themselves instead of letting journalists filter them.  http://dailycaller.com/2016/10/16/cnn-host-claims-its-illegal-for-public-to-view-wikileaks-emails-video/

British police allegedly take two hours to respond to report of man climbing up the wall of Ecuadorian embassy in London where Julian Assange has sought asylum.  https://www.rt.com/uk/356862-ecuador-embassy-london-assange/

Assange’s internet connection “has been intentionally severed by a state party” tweets Wikileaks. http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/10/17/wikileaks-says-assanges-internet-link-was-severed-by-state-party.html


October 17, 2016

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