November 30, 2016

Security experts supporting Jill Stein’s request for hand recounts of ballots.

Police threatening to fine people who deliver supplies to North Dakota pipeline protest camp $1,000, claim they are concerned for the safety of campers and have ordered them to leave.

Workers across the country march, get arrested, for a $15 minimum wage.

Trump pick for Secretary of the Treasury is reportedly former Goldman Sachs partner and hedge fund manager Steven Mnuchin, who made millions flipping a bailed-out bank and foreclosing on homeowners.

Canadian PM Trudeau approves controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project, bitterly disappointing some of his supporters.

Trump appoints Obamacare foe Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services, vows to “repeal and replace” the program.

An estimated 1 in 7 Europeans with HIV are unaware they have the virus.

Amazon employee leaps from company’s office building in Seattle, survives possible suicide attempt.

Cubans reportedly live as long as Americans at 1/10th the cost of health care – “the focus is on primary care and prevention”.

Bill O’Reilly claims surge in white racism as a result of the Trump campaign is a “mythological situation” created by the Trump-hating media.

Sanders and Warren claim “21st Century Cures Act” healthcare law “highjacked” by Big Pharma. “The greed of the pharmaceutical industry has no limit, and this bill includes numerous corporate giveaways that will make drug companies even richer.”

Former members of Church Committee congressional investigation into CIA misconduct urge Obama to allow Edward Snowden to return to the U.S. without harsh punishment.

U.S. not sending official delegation to Castro’s funeral.

Former NFL star Darren Sharper reportedly accepts plea deal in case involving drugging and raping women in four states.

Cupcakes with swastikas are now apparently considered to be “funny” by some U.S. teens.

Warren County, Ohio reportedly refuses food stamp assistance to transgendered woman because they do not recognize her gender.

Teachers report 2,500 incidents of bigotry and harassment since election.

Standing Rock pipeline protester allegedly hit in the face with police teargas canister, may lose sight in one eye.

“Hamilton” breaks Broadway sales record after Trump’s denunciation of performers.

Barrett Brown, journalist linked to Anonymous Stratfor hack, released from federal prison, feds allegedly concealed evidence showing Brown was not involved in the hack or resulting credit card fraud.


November 30, 2016

November 29, 2016

FBI allegedly requested and received targeted assassinations of IS recruiters in Syria.

Green Party’s Stein files lawsuit to force hand recount of Wisconsin votes, state estimates regular recount will cost $3.5 million with counties deciding whether to hand count or use machines.

Trump reportedly says he might reverse Obama administration’s opening to Cuba.

Rebels in Aleppo reportedly lose 1/3 of their territory after government offensive.

Crackdown on tribe in Uganda sparks concern over possible summary executions.

State election officials push back on Trump claim that millions voted illegally.

Supreme Court case may decide if Texas can continue to execute “intellectually disabled” prisoners who could not be executed in any other state.

Murder charges against Albuquerque police officer involved in fatal shooting of homeless man dismissed by prosecutor.

World Trade Organization rules that Washington state tax breaks for Boeing were a prohibited state subsidy.

Court reportedly ruled that agreements Wells Fargo customers signed when opening real accounts also applied to unauthorized accounts opened by the bank in their names, forbidding customers from suing the bank. Elizabeth Warren disagrees.

Hackers take down San Francisco’s mass transit ticket system, demand ransom, threaten to release computer files. Passengers get free rides.

Bernie Sanders proposes tough legislation that would punish U.S. companies that outsource jobs to other countries.   “…the Outsourcing Prevention Act, would prevent companies sending jobs overseas from receiving federal contracts, tax breaks, or other financial assistance; claw back federal subsidies that outsourcing companies received over the past decade; impose a tax of either 35 percent of the company’s profits or an amount that equals the money saved by moving jobs overseas, whichever is higher; and imposing stiff tariffs on executive bonuses like golden parachutes, stock options, and other gratuities.”

Recount effort in Pennsylvania hits suspicious snag – state reportedly requires three voters in each of the state’s 9,163 electoral precincts to submit a notarized request for a recount.

Trump reportedly won presidential election with only 46.5% of the popular vote.

Republican elector in Texas reportedly resigns from Electoral College, says he cannot cast a vote for Trump in good conscience.

Seven techniques that authoritarian leaders use to weaken the media.   An eighth popular method is to threaten, imprison or kill journalists, but we haven’t gotten there yet….

Injured pipeline protesters file lawsuit against law enforcement agencies for attacking them during peaceful protest.

Greenland asks Denmark to clean up abandoned U.S. Cold War military bases.

British parliament passes “Snoopers’ Charter” surveillance bill. “After months of wrangling, Parliament has passed a contentious new snooping law that gives authorities — from police and spies to food regulators, fire officials and tax inspectors — powers to look at the internet browsing records of everyone in the country.”

Israel announces planned construction of 500 housing units for settlers in occupied East Jerusalem.


November 29, 2016

November 28, 2016

Trump and his supporters, who expressed concerns about “rigged elections” during the campaign, lash out against verification of vote totals. “Rather than adhere to the tradition of graciously conceding and wishing the winner well, they’ve opted to waste millions of dollars and dismiss the democratic process.”

Trump alleges massive voter fraud is reason Clinton won popular vote. “…I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

After almost 8 years of the Obama administration, federal agencies are reportedly approving last minute reforms.

Moroccan women upset after state TV program shows how to use make-up to cover up facial injuries from domestic violence and “carry on with your daily life”.

Experts say electoral college could vote against Trump if he fails to divest himself of foreign business interests. “We’ll never know when he favors an ally or opposes an adversary whether he’s doing it for the sake of America’s national interest or his pocket book.”

Fairbanks motel killings take a political turn as photo of family with constitutionalist Gadsden flag emerges.

Is Donald Trump the Silvio Berlusconi of the United States? “The promised “economic miracle” never materialized…. Italy’s average growth, measured by GDP at constant prices, was just 0.25 per cent a year.”    Here is a tip from the Italian experience. “So long as the message remains anti-Trump, the message remains about Trump: Don’t let him become the only story that America has to tell.”

Apparently drunken white guy delivers pro-Trump rant on Delta flight, asks if there are any “Hillary bitches” on board, gets to stay on the plane, in sharp contrast to passengers kicked off flights for quietly speaking in Arabic….

President Obama expands reach of anti-terrorist strike forces. “Some in the Pentagon hope to see the new task force working in tandem with the CIA, elevating a sometimes distant relationship to one of constant coordination to track and go after suspected terrorists outside of traditional war zones.”

Pro-independence legislators in Hong Kong blocked from taking seats, removed from office after insincere loyalty oaths.

Clinton’s own negative campaign ads and poor U.S. economic performance likely contributed to her loss more than “irrational resentment” of white voters.

Turkish government accused of beating and torturing coup attempt suspects, PKK and leftist suspects also allegedly subjected to abuse.

Indian “demonitization” program aimed at stopping tax evasion creates turmoil as 86% of cash becomes worthless unless deposited in a bank account.


November 28, 2016

November 27, 2016

Turkish strongman Erdogan threatens to flood Europe with refugees if EU membership talks are cancelled.

Trump reportedly owns stock in Energy Transfer Partners, the company building Dakota Access pipeline.

Fidel Castro, the rare tyrant who Donald Trump doesn’t admire?  Trump reportedly calls the Cuban leader a “…brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades.”   But Russia’s Vladimir Putin has “…been a leader, far more than our president has been a leader.”  On North Korea’s Kim Jong Un: “You gotta give him credit….this guy doesn’t play games.”  Of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad: “I think in terms of leadership, he’s getting an A and our president is not doing so well.” Of Libya’s Gaddafi: “We would be so much better off if Gaddafi were in charge right now.”  And Saddam Hussein: “We shouldn’t have destabilized Saddam Hussein, right. He was a bad guy, really bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists.”

No gun recovered after fatal shooting of teen by Chicago police officer who claimed Kajuan Raye pointed a gun at him while fleeing. Raye was reportedly shot in the back.

Trump calls Jill Stein’s vote recount a “scam” that is being used “to fill her coffers with money”.    Stein promises money raised will be segregated and only spent on recount.

Global warming allegedly contributing to water shortages in Bolivia.

World leaders react to death of Castro: “For all his flaws, Castro’s support for Angola played a crucial role in bringing an end to apartheid in South Africa and he will be remembered both as an internationalist and a champion of social justice” -Jeremy Corbyn “Although responsible for indefensible human rights and free-speech abuses, Castro created a society of unparalleled access to free health, education and equal opportunity…” -Peter Hain

Motive for EPA prosecution of environmental activist Tennie White questioned.

Some fake news sites allegedly run by Trump allies.

Some Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupiers and supporters allege they have been added to terror watchlist.

Hospital horror story: man allegedly operated on without proper anesthesia, has to be tied to operating table, ends up in stand off with hospital staff.

Anonymous group claims that long list of alternative news sites are “peddlers” of Russian propaganda, without providing any evidence to support their claims besides shared content. This is reportedly taken seriously by Washington Post, which uses stories exaggerating Hillary Clinton’s health problems as an example.

Writer points out that U.S. government has been a major purveyor of fake news, cites Vietnam War and lead up to invasion of Iraq as an examples of mainstream media hyping “fake news” stories.

Norway’s supreme court says government cannot be compelled to issue a promise in advance not to extradite Edward Snowden to the U.S. if he shows up to accept free speech award.

November 27, 2016

November 26, 2016

Cuban revolutionary and dictator Fidel Castro dead at 90.

Green Party files for vote recount in Wisconsin.

250 Secret Service and New York City police officers reportedly to be stationed inside Trump Tower at an estimated annual cost to taxpayers (and revenue to Trump) of $3 million for rent. Taxpayers may end up paying NYPD personnel costs as well.

Justice Department’s Bureau of Prisons reportedly admits it sent employees to CIA black site in Afghanistan and participated in cover-up.  Despite the death of a prisoner from apparent hypothermia during their visit, they allegedly found the prison “not inhumane”.

Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education reportedly showered Michigan Republicans with cash after they backed bill requiring minimal oversight of charter schools.

More than 80 civilians reportedly killed so far in campaign to retake Mosul.

Army threatens to clear Standing Rock pipeline protester camp by December 5th if they refuse to leave.


November 26, 2016

November 25, 2016

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers reportedly joining forces protecting Dakota Access pipeline construction.

Kurdish and Turkish forces exchange artillery fire in northern Syria.

West Virginia man accused of fatally shooting unarmed, black 15 year-old because he reportedly felt his “life was in danger”.

Former Massachusetts assistant district attorney reportedly facing fourth sexual assault accusation.

Personal information of 130,000 Navy personnel reportedly stolen by hackers.

100+ mph police chase ends in fiery crash, reportedly killing two adults and one child, injuring three others.

London chef found guilty of four murders, used gay dating sites to lure his victims.

Ann Coulter reportedly stands up for American Nazis.

Veterans to join pipeline protesters, including some high-profile ones such as Wes Clark Jr., Michael Wood Jr. and Tulsi Gabbard

Green Party raises more than $4 million for recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan after experts point out anomalies in results.

Some pipeline protesters reportedly conflicted over Jane Fonda’s Thanksgiving dinner offer.

Houston police allegedly attempted to remove black woman from her wheelchair and then tased her after she argued with them during the arrest of her pregnant daughter.

IS claims responsibility for bomb that hit five busloads of Iranian pilgrims, killing about 100.


November 25, 2016

November 24, 2016

Trump chooses private charter schools activist to head Department of Education.

Investigative reporter goes to court since NSA is allegedly not responding to his FOIA requests.

12 Cambridge residents, including former mayor, testify in favor of surveillance transparency ordinance that would require elected officials to seek public input and approve all new police surveillance technology.

Clinton’s lead in popular vote reportedly tops 2 million. Green Party will challenge results if it can raise the $2 million it would likely cost, due to differences in voting patterns between counties with paper ballots and those with electronic voting machines.

21 year-old pipeline protester severely injured after being hit with police grenade, may lose her arm.

Top 10% now own 89% of global assets according to bank study.

Trump allegedly planning to close NASA climate research program.

Hate speech will get you banned on Facebook – even apparently if you hate Nazis.

Texas judge reportedly suggested lynching black suspect accused of shooting San Antonio police officer.  “Time for a tree and a rope…”

Death toll rising in India-Pakistan border clashes.

Amnesty International accuses Spain of blocking investigation of Civil War crimes.

Rohingya Muslims continue to flee persecution in Myanmar.

Nigerian military accused of gunning down protesters, killing 150.

U.N. estimates 68,000 people, half of them children, have become refugees due to fighting in Mosul.

November 24, 2016

November 23, 2016

Alt-right leader Spencer: “Let’s party like it’s 1933!”

Federal judge sides with business groups, reverses Obama administration ruling that low wage supervisors, managers and professionals should receive overtime pay.

Trump says he will probably not pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, some supporters upset with broken campaign promise.

Trump disavows right-wing extremists who supported him.  “I disavow and condemn them.”

Report reveals 12,000 “inappropriate” emails were sent by current and retired state officials in Pennsylvania, but names of senders will not be released.

Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 19,000 for first time, discount stores among top performers.

Top 0.7% of households own 45.6% of the world’s wealth, bottom 73.2% own only 2.4%.

No aloe vera reportedly found in aloe vera gels sold by Wal-Mart, Target and CVS. And Walgreens’ gel is iffy.

Vote irregularities in key states indicate need for audits or recounts say experts.

New $4.4 billion destroyer USS Zumwalt reportedly dead in the water in Panama Canal, had to be towed.

85% turnout in some counties, thousands of votes more tallied than cast point to problems in Wisconsin vote totals.

Obama federal sentence commutations for drug offenders top 1,000.

Russia deploys missiles near border in response to NATO buildup.

Another 15,000 government employees fired in Turkey, bringing the total to over 100,000. 375 NGOs closed.

Baton Rouge settles with arrested Alton Sterling shooting protesters, pays $100,000 to avoid trial over alleged excessive force and constitutional rights violations.


November 23, 2016

November 22, 2016

17 protesters reportedly hospitalized after pipeline protesters clash with police, some with hypothermia.   160 reportedly injured.

Satellite images show burned villages in Muslim Rohingya area of Myanmar.

Sanders says identity politics are not enough. “What we need is a woman who has the guts to stand up to Wall Street, to the insurance companies, to the drug companies, to the fossil fuel industry.”  Hmm, sort of sounds like Jill Stein.

Trump reveals the agenda for his first day in office: scrap TPP trade deal, revoke restrictions on fossil fuel extraction, investigate visa abuse by employers who hire foreign employees and order security agencies to come up with a new cyber-security plan.

Different versions emerge of Trump’s meeting with media executives. “Everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed.”

Some alt-rightists reportedly shout “Hail Trump” and give Nazi salutes at Washington conference.

NBC labels exchange of fire with suspect after foot chase a “targeted shooting” of a police officer, includes traffic fatalities and heart attacks in total of “officers killed in the line of duty”.  NBC’s death toll = 127    CNN’s = 58

Argentine press alleges Trump asked for help with Buenos Aires building permit during congratulatory phone call from the country’s president, both Trump and President Macri deny it.

A record 77% of Americans believe the country is divided over most important values according to post-election poll.

More criticism of Trump’s proposed infrastructure spending plan from top economist Krugman. “Now, the Trump people could make all my suspicions look foolish by scrapping the private-investor/tax credits aspect of their proposal and offering a straightforward program of public investment. And if they were to do that, progressives should indeed work with them on that issue. But it’s not going to happen. Cronyism and self-dealing are going to be the central theme of this administration…”

Restaurant that unwittingly hosted far-right/alt-right dinner in Washington, D.C. donates proceeds to Anti-Defamation League after protests and guests reportedly post photos of Nazi salutes.

Job interview fail? Candidate for director of Homeland Security job leaks own plans for targeting Muslims.

Trump allegedly asked British politicians to keep wind turbines away from his golf course in Scotland in post-election meeting.

Israeli officials reportedly happy with Trump’s appointments of Pompeo and Flynn.

Turkish-backed forces continue their attacks on Kurdish leftists in northern Syria.

Green Day criticizes Trump at American Music Awards ceremony. “No Trump, No KKK, No Fascist USA!”

Man accused of shooting and stabbing anti-Brexit legislator Jo Cox to death reportedly had Nazi memorabilia and literature at his home.

Some IS weapons and ammunition reportedly traced to U.S. and Saudi governments, were intended for Syrian rebel groups, explosive components apparently bought in huge lots from Turkish firms.

November 22, 2016

November 21, 2016

President Obama continues to speak out in favor of free trade, TPP at APEC summit.

289 reportedly killed in week of bombardment in Aleppo.

New York’s Governor Cuomo announces crack down on alt-right trolls, hate incidents.

Alt-right hoping to become “intellectual vanguard” of Trump movement says think tank spokesman, wants to create a “safe space” for white Americans. Protesters rallied outside D.C. conference, which was held in the Reagan Building.

Pence refuses to take a position on waterboarding after McCain’s statement that it would be illegal.

Student at suburban Detroit middle school which gained notoriety after “Build the wall!” video reportedly admits he hung noose in school restroom.

Legislators suspicious about Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure spending scheme, some calling it “a massive corporate welfare plan for contractors”. Similar plans floated by the Obama administration were shot down in Congress.

New accounts and credit card applications down sharply at Wells Fargo after bogus accounts scandal.

36 degrees F warmer than normal at the North Pole.

Whistle-blower claims Albuquerque police department edits, deletes and conceals police videos.

Documentary “National Bird” examines the drone war from the perspectives of drone operators and innocent victims.

Obama urges Democrats not to obstruct Republican agenda.

Robert Reich, on the other hand, suggests that progressives throw sand in the Trump machine’s gears.

Clinton’s lead in popular vote reportedly hits 1.7 million.

Pipeline protesters and police clash on North Dakota bridge, police reportedly using water cannon on protesters in sub-freezing weather.


November 21, 2016