Swamp creatures will be monitoring themselves if Republicans succeed in taking away independence of Office of Congressional Ethics. http://www.npr.org/2017/01/02/507955013/house-gop-votes-to-strip-independence-from-congressional-ethics-office
184 Brazilian prisoners were on the run after two mass breakouts, but some have been captured. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38495374
Former Chicago police chief says Black Lives Matter protesters are responsible for surge in murders in the city. “The simplest way to describe it is that we have created an environment where we have emboldened criminals and we are hamstringing the police.” http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ex-chicago-top-blames-black-lives-matter-surge-murders-article-1.2932236 BLM says “stop shooting black suspects”. So if we let the police shoot more suspects, that will lower the murder rate because…. people will be too afraid to commit crimes if police officers are allowed to summarily execute people? Ah, the “Duterte” method!
Less than half of Americans have confidence Trump will perform well as president. “When the same questions were asked at the start of Barack Obama’s, George W. Bush’s and Bill Clinton’s terms, roughly three-quarters of Americans said they had confidence in the newly elected President in these areas.” http://time.com/4620230/donald-trump-gallup-poll-president/
Finland launches “guaranteed basic income” experiment for the unemployed. “Some people might stay on their couches, and some might go to work. We don’t know yet.” http://www.businessinsider.com/finland-launches-basic-income-experiment-2016-12 Or they might paint, write a novel or start a news blog, instead of doing something useful like speculating on the stock market, raising the prices of life-saving drugs or spreading fake news in order to get clicks on their websites.
Passport control computers down around the country, causing long delays at airports. http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/02/americas/us-customs-computer-outage/
British police shoot man driving onto the highway. “Police said the incident occurred during a “pre-planned policing operation” near the M62 motorway in Huddersfield at about 6 p.m. on Monday.” http://www.businessinsider.com/r-man-dies-in-police-shooting-incident-in-northern-england-2017-1
Dan Rather says press should not be afraid to call Trump on his lies. “When something is, in fact, a demonstrable lie, it is our responsibility to say so.” http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/a-lie-is-a-lie-is-a-lie-dan-rather-shreds-wsj-editor-for-reluctance-to-call-out-trumps-bullsht/
Swedish tax breaks for people who have broken things repaired goes into effect, will hopefully help environment. “Sweden’s consumer affairs minister Per Bolund says the new law will (also) put more Swedes to work repairing stuff.” http://www.pri.org/stories/2017-01-02/sweden-tries-curb-buy-and-throw-away-culture-through-tax-breaks
State representative in Texas hit by falling bullet on New Year’s Eve. “…it felt like a sledgehammer hitting the back of my head.” http://www.rawstory.com/2017/01/texas-lawmaker-shot-in-head-by-stray-bullet-from-celebratory-gunfire-it-felt-like-a-sledgehammer/
While San Francisco has banned homeless people from pitching tents, Oakland is providing toilets and trash pick-up. http://www.motherjones.com/homeless-camp-oakland-trash-pickup
Military accused of under-reporting civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria by more than 500%. http://news.antiwar.com/2017/01/02/pentagon-again-dramatically-underreports-civilian-deaths-in-iraq-syria-bombings/
Cambodian police seek suspects who photoshopped image of country’s king into gay porn scene. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/cambodia-police-gay-porn-scene-king-norodom-sihamoni-arrest-three-people-photoshop-a7506071.html