January 7, 2017

Best Buy employees allegedly working as paid informants for FBI. “Unable to boot his HP Pavilion desktop computer, he sought the assistance of the store’s Geek Squad. At the time, nobody knew the company’s repair technicians routinely searched customers’ devices for files that could earn them $500 windfalls as FBI informants.”   http://www.ocweekly.com/news/best-buy-geek-squad-informant-use-has-fbi-on-defense-in-child-porn-case-7794252

Trump urged to shed light on activities of “the most transparent administration in history” by releasing documents Obama officials have held back from FOIA requests.   http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/01/06/trump-must-expose-obama-power-grabs-open-the-books-james-bovard-column/96219168/

Florida airport gunman reportedly told FBI in November that the CIA was forcing him to watch IS videos and fight for the group. He was in possession of an “active-duty military identification” when arrested.   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/shots-fired-fort-lauderdale-airport/

Intelligence community claims one of Russia’s goals was to “undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process”, as they undermine faith in the U.S. democratic process by publicly discussing their findings.   http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/313143-5-key-findings-from-the-intelligence-report-on-russia

Trump now says U.S. will initially pay for the wall but Mexico will reimburse us.   http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/us/politics/trump-wall-mexico.html?_r=0

House Democrats raise multiple objections during electoral vote tally, without success. “They violated Florida’s prohibition against dual office holders.” “I object (to) the massive voter suppression that included –” “The debate is not in order.” http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/06/politics/electoral-college-vote-count-objections/

NYPD captain allegedly says surge in acquaintance rapes is not a big deal. “Some of them were Tinder, some of them were hookup sites, some of them were actually coworkers. It’s not a trend that we’re too worried about…”   http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article125013044.html

96 million Americans (37.3%) have reportedly dropped out of the labor force. “Whereas many in the 25-50 crowd have simply given up on looking for employment, many would-be retirees are keeping at it.”   http://seekingalpha.com/article/4034895-strong-jobs-report-depends-upon-ask

Women’s clothing retailer “The Limited” closing all 250 stores, about 4,000 to be laid off.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2017/01/06/the-limited-is-closing-all-of-its-250-stores/

If you mail a letter to a mosque addressed to “Children of Satan” and call for the extermination of all Muslims, it’s not a hate crime, it’s a “hate incident”, but police are reportedly not allowed to collect and retain data on the people responsible.   http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-hate-incidents-20161214-story.html    However, if  you participate in a peaceful political demonstration or organize for social change, it’s apparently ok for “fusion centers” to collect, store and share data about you and your group. “When the Occupy protests spread across the country three years ago, state and local law enforcement officials went on alert. In Milwaukee, officials reported that a group intended to sing holiday carols at “an undisclosed location of ‘high visibility.’ ” In Tennessee, an intelligence analyst sought information about whether groups concerned with animals, war, abortion or the Earth had been involved in protests.”  https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/23/us/officials-cast-wide-net-in-monitoring-occupy-protests.html

Obama says if he had it to do over, he would have fought for a single-payer health system. “If I was starting from scratch, I would have supported a single-payer system because it’s easier for people to understand and manage.”   http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/6/14192044/obama-thinks-he-knows-how-to-solve-obamacares-problems-by-making-it-more-liberal

Governor Cuomo’s “free college plan” would mostly benefit middle and upper-middle class students.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2017/01/04/there-is-actually-nothing-for-low-income-students-in-cuomos-free-college-plan/

Swamp party! After presiding over passage of bill to roll back government regulations on businesses, House Speaker Paul Ryan allegedly parties with corporate lobbyists raising money for his campaign.  https://theintercept.com/2017/01/06/paul-ryan-lobbyist/

Intelligence report accuses RT news channel of Russian anti-Americanism for hosting third party debate between Green and Libertarian Party candidates (who were excluded from the official debates because… informing voters about their other options is un-American?).   https://www.antiwar.com/blog/2017/01/06/us-spy-chief-presents-third-party-debates-as-proof-rt-is-anti-us/

300 Marines to be deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan. “The troops will be the first Marines in Helmand since 2014.”   http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-marines-returning-to-afghanistans-helmand-province-1483733326

Imprisoned Greek leftist couple claim police threatened to “institutionalize” their six year-old son instead of letting him live with relatives.   https://www.yahoo.com/news/captured-greek-far-left-militant-hunger-strike-over-111619484.html

British judge rules that bike messenger is an employee, not a “self-employed contractor”, is eligible for holiday pay. “Judge Joanna Wade described CitySprint’s contractual arrangements as contorted, indecipherable and window-dressing.”   https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jan/06/courier-wins-holiday-pay-in-latest-key-tribunal-ruling-for-gig-economy

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January 7, 2017

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