November 18, 2016

Awkward moment: President Obama denounces Russian cyber-espionage while standing next to Angela Merkel, whose phone was hacked by the NSA. “As I indicated, there has been very clear proof that (the Russians) have engaged in cyber attacks. This isn’t new. It’s not unique to Russia. There are a number of states where we’ve seen low-level cyber attacks and industrial espionage and, you know, other behavior that we think should be out of bounds.”   http://time.com/4575287/president-obama-donald-trump-speech-transcript-2/

Standing Rock surveillance flights reported being made by aircraft with altered registration numbers, FOIA request to North Dakota on social media surveillance denied.   https://www.justsecurity.org/34449/investigating-surveillance-standing-rock/

U.N. official calls on U.S. to stop construction of Dakota Access pipeline near reservations, says unjustified force has been used against protesters.   https://www.salon.com/2016/11/16/u-n-experts-call-for-halt-in-dakota-access-pipeline-blast-excessive-force-against-protesters/

Encryption foe Feinstein to leave Senate Intelligence committee.  https://www.cyberscoop.com/dianne-feinstein-leaving-intelligence-committee-encryption-mark-warner/

Trump transition team reportedly cutting State Department out of contacts with foreign leaders.  http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/11/17/502469121/trump-is-in-contact-with-foreign-leaders-but-not-the-state-department

Pakistan, under pressure from Turkey, to deport Turkish teachers linked to Gulen movement.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/11/17/pakistan-is-set-to-expel-more-than-100-schoolteachers-at-turkeys-request/

British woman raped in UAE has reportedly been charged with having “extra-marital sex” by authorities in Dubai after reporting the crime. Her passport has reportedly been confiscated.  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/17/briton-reported-rape-dubai-extramarital-sex-charge

JP Morgan Chase reportedly fined $264 million for hiring children of Chinese government officials to smooth business deals.  http://money.cnn.com/2016/11/17/investing/jpmorgan-china-hiring-bribery-settlement/

Former drug executives arrested in connection with alleged Valeant/Philidor fraud and kickback scheme.  http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN13C1QI

ATM fee-fixing case against card issuers and major banks allowed to proceed after Supreme Court rejects appeal.  http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/11/17/us/politics/ap-us-supreme-court-atm-fees.html

Surgeon General says 1/7th of Americans likely to become substance abusers, every $1 spent on treatment saves $4 in health care and $7 in law enforcement costs but only 1 in 10 addicts currently gets treatment.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/11/17/surgeon-general-1-7-us-face-substance-addiction/93993474/

Florida Keys voters approve release of genetically modified “Frankenskeeters” to reduce Zika virus mosquito population without pesticides.   https://aminewswire.com/stories/511046021-florida-keys-voters-approve-frankenskeeters

Although Trump promised to help homebuilders facing “frivolous” lawsuits, experts say the deck is actually stacked against consumers.   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/homeowners-complained-trump-slammed-frivolous-lawsuits/story

Clean government groups point out huge potential conflicts of interest that Trump business empire presents.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/11/17/trump-empire-contains-most-blatant-conflicts-interest-history

TTIP trade deal with Europe dead for now says German Chancellor Merkel.  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/11/17/angela-merkel-sounds-death-knell-ttip-dont-thank-donald-trump

Private prisons likely to make a comeback during Trump administration. “…taxpayers would be disturbed to learn that their dollars are subsidizing corporate profits from the mass incarceration of minority and low-income Americans.”  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/11/17/wall-street-and-private-prisons-licking-their-lips-over-trump-presidency

Sanders addresses Capitol Hill rally  for economic and social justice: “When you lose the White House to the least popular candidate in the history of America, when you lose the Senate, when you lose the House and when two-thirds of governors in this country are Republican, it is time for a new direction for the Democratic party!”  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/17/bernie-sanders-rally-democrats-capitol-hill-trans-pacific-partnership

Indian government throws country into chaos by withdrawing 500 rupee ($7.35) and 1000 rupee ($14.69) banknotes to fight tax-dodging and corruption.  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/17/the-guardian-view-on-indias-demonetisation-modi-has-brought-havoc-to-india   For perspective, the cost of a (beef free) combo meal at a McDonald’s in India is 200 rupees, or 150 rupees for a local lunch.

Flagstaff, Arizona police officer caught on video punching a woman in the face while she was arguing with him over an arrest warrant.  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/nov/17/arizona-police-officer-hits-woman-face-arrest

Apple iCloud users’ call data secretly being uploaded to Apple servers claims digital forensics CEO.   https://theintercept.com/2016/11/17/iphones-secretly-send-call-history-to-apple-security-firm-says/

Harnett County, North Carolina residents reportedly sue sheriff’s department employees for not controlling rogue deputies who allegedly killed John Livingston during warrantless search, injured others.  http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/kkk-deputies-who-killed-nc-man-in-warrantless-search-had-record-of-harassing-the-public/

Writer says that Obama’s faith in the power of democracy to promote liberal values may be overly optimistic, cites Turkey, Egypt, the Philippines, Venezuela and Iraq.   http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/17/as-trump-takes-power-a-look-at-the-sad-record-of-democracy-as-tyranny.html

Edward Snowden on Facebook: “To have one company that has enough power to reshape the way we think, well, I don’t think I have to describe how dangerous that is.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2016/11/17/headlines/snowden_warns_facebook_growing_too_powerful

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November 18, 2016

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