December 9, 2016

Black Lives Matter protesters go to court to demand police surveillance info. “If we countenance political surveillance (by) the NYPD of political participants that they don’t like, that’s a very, very dangerous move.”   https://nypost.com/2016/12/07/black-lives-matter-wants-nypd-to-turn-over-protest-surveillance/

Congressman warns that U.S. could be implicated in Saudi war crimes in Yemen. “U.S. personnel are now at legal risk of being investigated and potentially prosecuted for committing war crimes.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/03/us-military-members-war-crimes-yemen

Trump appoints fast food executive as Secretary of Labor. “Puzder will be there for his low-wage-industry CEO buddies, who are now salivating over the prospect of rolling back the Obama administration’s efforts to raise pay for low-wage workers, improve workplace safety, and increase corporate accountability.”   http://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-expected-to-name-fast-food-executive-andy-puzder-as-labor-secretary-1481210445   Puzder is one Trump appointee who appreciates immigrants, says they have better attitudes than most American workers. “With the immigrant population you always have the ‘Thank God I have this job’ kind of attitude.”  https://theintercept.com/2016/12/08/donald-trumps-labor-secretary-pick-wants-more-cheap-immigrants-in-american-jobs/

U.S. official estimates at least 50,000 IS fighters killed in last two years.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-38252092

Drug company execs charged over alleged bribes and kickbacks to doctors who prescribed Subsys, an aerosol form of fentanyl.   http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/08/business/insys-therapeutics-arrests-fentanyl.html?_r=0

Leader of Carrier workers’ union claims he has received threats after questioning Trump’s figures on jobs kept in U.S. “You better keep your eye on your kids. We know what car you drive. Things along those lines.”  http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/carrier-union-trump-attack-threats

Actor arrested, jailed after taking off shirt and cursing when TSA ordered additional pat-down.  http://www.wfaa.com/news/crime/sources-judge-reinhold-arrested-at-dallas-love-field/366476199

Americans living shorter lives as life expectancy falls. “The U.S. ranks 28th out of 43 OECD countries… just behind the Czech Republic, Chile and Costa Rica, and just above Turkey, Poland and Estonia.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38247385

On 75th anniversary of attack on Pearl Harbor, admiral remembers the sacrifice of those who died by criticizing civil rights protesters. “You can bet that the men and women we honor today, and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago, never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played.”  http://fusion.net/story/374654/colin-kaepernick-admiral-harry-harris-knee/

Park Service reportedly closes off huge area near Capitol to protesters before, during and after Trump inauguration.  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/08/womens-march-on-washington-lincoln-memorial

“Special Handling Log” suggests Orange County deputies may have lied about use of jail informants.  https://theintercept.com/2016/12/08/new-evidence-deputies-committed-perjury-in-orange-county-snitch-scandal/

Few top performers allegedly willing to sign on for Trump inauguration, despite big offers. Trump camp reportedly hoping “to do better than Kid Rock and Ted Nugent.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/they-are-willing-to-pay-anything-trumps-star-status-fails-to-land-celebrities-for-inauguration/

Dangerous restraint methods used by New Mexico officers likely led to mentally disturbed suspect’s death.   http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/08/cops-gagged-and-smothered-a-man-to-death-then-fist-bumped.html

Israel and South Africa likely cooperated on 1979 nuclear blast according to declassified documents.   http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4890545,00.html

State of Georgia (the one next to Alabama) accuses Homeland Security of attempted hack of state database.  http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/309530-state-of-georgia-allegedly-accusing-homeland-security-of-attempted-hack

Turkish state media says additional 300 troops being sent into Syria.  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-military-idUSKBN13X2B9

Authorities in Bahrain reportedly using Cellebrite’s Universal Forensic Extraction Device to hack cell phones of dissidents. “The Bahraini government is among the worst human rights offenders in the world, routinely disappearing and torturing dissidents and citizen organizers for purely ideological reasons.”   https://theintercept.com/2016/12/08/phone-cracking-cellebrite-software-used-to-prosecute-tortured-dissident/

Tibetan monk reportedly sets himself on fire in Gansu province of China.  http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/news-wire/report-tibetan-buddhist-monk-self-immolates-in-west-china/article_4720985b-f02b-5319-a114-3cec0867ca42.html

Mexican defense secretary says army not happy with law enforcement role. “We would love the police forces to do their job… but they don’t.”   http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/12/08/world/americas/ap-lt-mexico-army.html

Michigan judge should have allowed hand recount says election expert. “…now we have 75,000 blank votes for president that will never be reviewed, with a 10,000-vote margin.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2016/12/8/constitutional_lawyer_its_an_outrage_that

ACLU challenges U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency’s claim that entire state of Michigan is a “border zone” where warrantless searches are allowed.  https://www.democracynow.org/2016/12/8/headlines/aclu_michigan_sues_customs_border_agency_over_warrantless_searches

Michael Moore calls for protesters to disrupt Trump inauguration. “The Majority have spoken – by nearly 2.7 million votes & counting!”   http://www.nbcwashington.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/Michael-Moore-Tweets-Inauguration-Protest-Petition-405469775.html

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December 9, 2016

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