December 7, 2016

U.S. students score 40th in the world in math, 25th in science, 24th in reading on international PISA test.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/on-the-world-stage-us-students-fall-behind/2016/12/05/610e1e10-b740-11e6-a677-b608fbb3aaf6_story.html

Exxon Mobile sues state attorney generals over their investigations into the company, Texas judge rules that company has a right to question them under oath about their investigations.   http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/38625-judge-s-radical-exxon-ruling-could-turn-the-legal-system-upside-down

U.S. appeals court rules that warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens is allowed when they communicate with people in other countries.   https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/05/section-702-mohamud-appeals-ruling/

Americans are far more tolerant of torture than people in other countries. “Researchers found that 33 percent of Americans surveyed said torture was a “part of war”…. By comparison, 16 percent of Afghans and 14 percent of Ukrainians said torture was “part of war.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/12/05/more-americans-support-torture-than-afghans-iraqis-and-south-sudanese-why/

Trump transition team member reportedly fired after post-shooting Pizzagate tweet. “Until #Pizzagate proven to be false, it’ll remain a story.”   http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/06/us/politics/michael-flynn-son-trump.html?_r=0

Foundation run by Kushner family allegedly funding Israeli “settlers” in West Bank.   http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.757068

Hospitals warn that repeal of Obamacare could result in surge in uninsured patients, huge losses.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/hospitals-warn-trump-congress-of-massive-losses-with-affordable-care-act-repeal/2016/12/06/3de2f7de-bbd8-11e6-91ee-1adddfe36cbe_story.html

Apple will reportedly pay $450,000 to settle allegations it operated electronic waste sites without state approval and improperly labelled and disposed of hazardous waste.   http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/12/06/apple-to-pay-450000-after-allegations-of-hazardous-waste-violations/

Recount roundup: Wisconsin- little change from original results so far; Michigan – recount has started in several counties; Pennsylvania – Trump’s lead has shrunk by 47,750 votes so far; Nevada – De La Fuente recount continues in selected counties, may expand if discrepancy of more than 1% is discovered; Florida – lawsuit alleges widespread election irregularities.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/12/06/election-2016-recount-where-5-states-stand/95052042/

Obama: “If we stigmatize Muslims, that just feeds the terrorist narrative (of a religious war).”  http://time.com/4592640/president-obama-national-security-speech-muslims/

Four medical students reportedly charged by Japanese police in gang rape of intoxicated woman in restaurant restroom.   http://www.tokyoreporter.com/2016/12/06/chiba-cops-make-4th-arrest-in-alleged-gang-rape-of-woman-in-restaurant-toilet/   Best-selling Japanese author had reportedly speculated incorrectly on social media that the men were foreigners.  http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/world/2016/12/182_219213.html

China reportedly asked U.S. to not let Taiwan’s president transit through U.S. on her way to a conference in Central America.  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-tsai-guatemala-idUSKBN13U2W2

Economics news site demands retraction from Washington Post over story that alleged it was an outlet for Russian government disinformation.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/12/06/site-smeared-russian-propaganda-demands-washington-post-retraction

Trump Department of Labor transition team appointee reportedly runs firm that places low-wage foreign workers in working-class jobs at U.S. companies using H2-B temporary worker visas.   https://theintercept.com/2016/12/06/member-of-trumps-labor-department-transition-team-specializes-in-recruiting-cheap-foreign-labor/

Trump reportedly hires H2-B workers to work as servers and cooks at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.   http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/12/06/trump-hires-foreign-mar-a-lago-workers.html

Editorial in Kushner-owned paper reportedly calls for FBI investigation into anti-Trump protests and recount efforts.  http://www.alternet.org/activism/paper-owned-trumps-son-law-runs-alarming-op-ed-calling-fbi-crackdown-anti-trump-protests

Real estate agents reportedly touting Trump Tower Secret Service presence as an “amenity”.  http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/trump-tower-brokers-now-marketing-taxpayer-funded-secret-service-as-a-perk-to-wealthy-buyers/

New Jersey police officer charged with assault after hitting man for blowing air horn at police station.   http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/12/06/n-j-officer-charged-after-video-shows-him-assaulting-man-blowing-horn-in-bunny-suit/

Pentagon allegedly buried internal report that proposed saving $125 billion over five years by improving administrative efficiency, report reveals there are almost as many office workers on the payroll as soldiers.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/pentagon-buries-evidence-of-125-billion-in-bureaucratic-waste/2016/12/05/e0668c76-9af6-11e6-a0ed-ab0774c1eaa5_story.html

Writer wonders if Trump presidency will result in messy split with the government bureaucracies that actually run things.   https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2016/12/01/trump-looming-showdown-with-double-government/NMiLbylkAlSOWXC9708IAJ/story.html

Coalition of rights groups ask Obama to pardon Chelsea Manning for Wikileaks.   http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/6/chelsea-manning-transgender-wikileaks-source-gets-/

Former member of Ukrainian parliament alleges widespread government corruption.   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/politician-makes-claims-of-vast-corruption-in-ukraine-a7452961.html

Israel’s parliament reportedly votes to legalize “illegal” West Bank settlements.   https://www.democracynow.org/2016/12/6/headlines/israeli_parliament_moves_to_legalize_thousands_of_illegal_settlements

 

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December 7, 2016

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