December 13, 2016

Trump selects Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, awarded the Russian Order of Friendship by Vladimir Putin, as secretary of state.   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-tillerson-idUSKBN14114E?il=0

Wisconsin finishes recount with little change in candidate vote totals, counting machines used for recount in state’s largest city of Milwaukee.  http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/12/12/recount-drawing-close-wisconsin/95328294/

Federal judge blocks Pennsylvania recount, claims “…there is no credible evidence that any ‘hack’ occurred, and compelling evidence that Pennsylvania’s voting system was not in any way compromised.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-pennsylvania-election-recount-20161212-story.html

Turkish government arrests 291 members of mainstream Kurdish opposition party after bomb attack on police claimed by Kurdish extremists.  http://time.com/4598362/istanbul-stadium-bombing-kurdish-party/

Muslim refugee from western Myanmar claims government troops burned her village, threw her 8 year-old son into the flames.  http://time.com/4596937/burma-myanmar-rohingya-bangladesh-refugees-crimes-against-humanity/   Another woman claims troops killed her husband, burned her five sons to death, raped and killed her two daughters and raped her.   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/10/burmese-military-killed-seven-of-my-children-says-rohingya-refugee

“Exterminate Muslims” meme reportedly posted to Facebook page of right-wing pundit Allen West.  https://mic.com/articles/161906/allen-west-facebook-post-calls-for-trump-to-exterminate-muslims#.PnY1Hh61a

Justice Department throws up smoke-screen in NSA data collection lawsuit. “(The plaintiffs) speculate that… everything is being collected and there is no support for that allegation.”  http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-12-09/wikipedia-lawsuit-against-nsa-moves-forward-with-judges-struggling-to-understand-official-line

Instead of releasing Senate committee’s report on CIA torture, Obama will reportedly file a copy with his presidential papers. Scheduled for release in 2028.  http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-torture-cia-20161212-story.html

Methane released from melting tundra could lead to “runaway” global warming.  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/12/rapid-rise-methane-emissions-10-years-surprises-scientists

Journalist allegedly Googles “did the holocaust happen” and gets alt-right site as top result – which says no, it didn’t.   https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/11/google-frames-shapes-and-distorts-how-we-see-world   Yep, I got the same result!

$5.2 trillion in fossil fuel divestment so far says climate group.  http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/12/12/undeniable-success-divestment-fossil-fuels-passes-5-trillion

Obama administration releases “Operation Condor” report on right-wing South American military governments’ “…trans-border, multinational effort… to track down and “liquidate” opponents of their regimes in the 1970s”.   http://historynewsnetwork.org/article/164627

Justice Department launches investigation of Hampton Roads Regional Jail after prisoner deaths.   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/12/us-justice-department-hampton-roads-jail-investigated-jamycheal-mitchell

Electoral College electors request information on Russian influence in presidential election. “The authors (of the letter to the director of National Intelligence) quote Alexander Hamilton from the 1787 Federalist Papers in which the founding fathers stated that a key role of the electoral college was to prevent a “desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils”.”  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/12/electoral-college-russia-election-trump

Trump reportedly appoints H-2B visa advocate to Labor Department transition team. “One simple way to reform immigration policy is for Congress to keep the same system we have now, but issue more employment-based visas, both to skilled and unskilled workers.”   https://theintercept.com/2016/12/12/trump-transition-team-picks-up-yet-another-promoter-of-cheap-foreign-labor/

Workers at Amazon warehouse in Scotland reportedly camping outside in bitter cold to avoid long commute, $12.69 bus fare.  http://qz.com/860894/amazon-workers-in-scotland-are-camping-outside-in-the-bitter-cold-to-avoid-travel-costs/

Trump businesses reportedly raked in more than $11 million in campaign funds.  http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/12/donald-trump-s-campaign-paid-11-million-to-trump-businesses.html

North Dakota pipeline spill reportedly leaks about 176,000 gallons of oil, contaminates nearby creek.   http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2016/12/12/pipeline-spills-crude-oil-near-dapl-camp.html

Columbia’s president accepts Nobel peace prize, says “time to change our strategy” on drug war.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38275292

19 Kurds reportedly killed by cross-border Turkish airstrikes in northern Iraq.   http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Turkish-air-strikes-kill-19-Kurdish-militants-in-north-Iraq-474958

80% of voters in Kyrgyzstan reportedly vote to give more power to prime minister.   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-kyrgyzstan-referendum-idUSKBN1400XH

Algerian journalist dies after hunger strike, was arrested for insulting country’s president on Facebook.   https://www.yahoo.com/news/lawyer-algerian-journalist-hunger-strike-dies-195113357.html

 

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December 13, 2016

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