November 1, 2016

CNN commentator Donna Brazile allegedly leaked likely debate questions to Clinton campaign, CNN accepts her resignation.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/cnn-drops-donna-brazile-as-pundit-over-wikileaks-revelations/2016/10/31/2f1c6abc-9f92-11e6-8d63-3e0a660f1f04_story.html

FBI sifting through 650,000 emails found on Anthony Weiner’s computer, will likely use computer email classification programs that sort emails by subject, sender, and metadata showing which passed through Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and then use keywords.  http://www.wsj.com/articles/relevant-emails-in-clinton-probe-could-be-identified-by-election-day-experts-say-1477941736

Alabama gasoline pipeline explodes injuring at least 7, earthen dam reportedly built to contain spilled gasoline.  http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2016/10/reported_gas_line_explosion_se.html

Ride-hailing drivers more than twice as likely to cancel on men with “black-sounding” names, African-Americans wait 35% longer according to study.  http://www.businessinsider.com/uber-lyft-ride-hailing-discrimination-study-2016-10

McDonald’s Corporation to reportedly pay $1.75 million in back wages plus legal fees to settle employee wage-theft lawsuit against California franchisee.  http://uk.businessinsider.com/mcdonalds-wage-theft-lawsuit-settlement-2016-10

Boston law firm accused of giving employees $1.4 million in bonuses that coincided with their donations to Democratic Party politicians.  https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/10/29/prominent-democratic-law-firm-pays-questionable-bonuses-partners-for-campaign-contributions/GpD5tRQZR7pRe8hwAvQw8N/story.html

Facebook Trends reportedly overlooked Dakota Access pipeline protests.  https://techcrunch.com/2016/10/31/broken-pipeline/  Even though more than 1 million Facebook users reportedly “checked in” at the Standing Rock camp to confuse law enforcement surveillance efforts.  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/31/north-dakota-access-pipeline-protest-mass-facebook-check-in

Trump accused of failing to count forgiven casino debts as income for tax purposes.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/01/us/politics/donald-trump-tax.html?_r=0

Almost all research studies funded by beverage industry reportedly failed to find a link between sweetened drinks and obesity or diabetes, in stark contrast to other studies which did find a link.  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-research-beverages-diabetes-idUSKBN12V2J1

Trump owned companies have allegedly “systematically destroyed or hidden thousands of emails, digital records and paper documents demanded in official proceedings, often in defiance of court orders”.   http://www.newsweek.com/2016/11/11/donald-trump-companies-destroyed-emails-documents-515120.html

National Geographic releases climate change documentary featuring Leonardo DiCaprio.  http://fusion.net/story/364193/dicaprios-before-the-flood-explores-a-different-inconvenient-truth-human-nature/

Judge rejects settlement in New York Muslim surveillance cases, demands further protections against police dragnets based on religious beliefs or political opinions.    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/us-judge-rejects-nyc-police-settlement-over-muslim-surveillance/

Coalition of more than 70 groups asks Facebook to clarify policies on taking down content and tracking users, especially at the request of governments.  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/10/31/media-gatekeeper-70-groups-call-facebook-end-censorship

Former DEA official accuses pharmaceutical industry of bribing Congress to restrict investigations of prescription drug abuse.  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/31/opioid-epidemic-dea-official-congress-big-pharma

Leaked Podesta emails show how well-connected elites give each other advice and do each other favors to help one another (and their children) to succeed.  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/31/the-podesta-emails-show-who-runs-america-and-how-they-do-it

Court proceedings to begin on December 16th in lawsuit alleging that Trump “raped” same teen at different Jeffrey Epstein parties.  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/12/donald-trump-jeffrey-epstein-alleged-rape-lawsuit

Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel quoted as saying at National Press Club, “If you’re a single-digit millionaire like Hulk Hogan, you have no effective access to our legal system. It costs too much.” If he is correct, it would mean that 96% of Americans lack the means to assert their legal rights.  https://theintercept.com/2016/10/31/trump-fan-peter-thiel-says-single-digit-millionaires-have-no-effective-access-to-our-legal-system/

Expert who hacked a voting machine in 7 minutes by opening it with a screwdriver and uploading a simple vote-stealing program says hacking a voting machine is not rocket science. “This is not just one glitch in one manufacturer’s machine, it’s the very nature of computers.” http://whowhatwhy.org/2016/10/31/easy-hack-voting-machines-endanger-democracy/

Woman reportedly wins $42.9 million slot machine jackpot, casino says it was a mistake, gives her $2.25 and a steak dinner instead.  http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/this-woman-hit-a-42-9-million-jackpot-but-the-casino-refuses-to-pay/

Global super-wealthy reportedly throwing multi-million dollar birthday parties.  http://www.rawstory.com/2016/10/6-million-dollar-birthday-bash-the-extravagant-ways-the-super-wealthy-are-blowing-their-cash/

Hackers allege NSA is using hacked computer servers in other countries, including Russia and China, for cyber attacks, releases IP addresses.  https://boingboing.net/2016/10/31/the-shadow-brokers-dump-more-i.html

Anti-corruption law forces Ukrainian politicians to reveal their personal wealth. “…the public reaction has been one of shocked dismay at the extravagant lifestyles conjured up by many of the disclosures.”    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-corruption-idUSKBN12V1EN

 

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November 1, 2016

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