January 13, 2017

Trump’s nominee to lead CIA says he “absolutely” won’t follow orders if instructed to waterboard prisoners or use other unapproved forms of “enhanced interrogation”.  http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-s-cia-pick-mike-pompeo-backs-intelligence-report-russian-n706156

Far-right French politician Marine Le Pen reportedly spotted drinking coffee at Trump Tower cafe.   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/12/marine-le-pen-donald-trump-tower-new-york

Trump tweets that his followers should buy L.L. Bean products after illegal $30,000 donation to Trump Super PAC by company board member sparks boycott.   http://bigstory.ap.org/article/7eca6025148d4583a70586a0a798570f/latest-trump-praises-ll-bean-heiress-donation

Interstate highway in Arizona closed after suspect beating state trooper is fatally shot by passing motorist. Suspect likely linked to shots fired at passing vehicles and trooper, as well as fatal roll-over accident.   http://www.khou.com/news/local/good-samaritan-shoots-kills-suspect-beating-wounded-dps-trooper-on-i-10/385605579

Outgoing president establishes national civil rights monuments. “The Reconstruction monument includes several sites near Beaufort, S.C., which fell under control of the Union Army in November 1861, and became one of the first places where emancipated slaves voted, bought property and created churches, schools and businesses.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/arts/president-obama-designates-national-monuments-to-civil-rights-history.html?_r=0

Police ask Georgia community to refrain from viewing a video of a 12 year-old girl hanging herself after an alleged sexual assault by a family member, a video which she made herself and posted on social media, “out of respect for the family of the departed and for the deceased themselves”.  http://www.insideedition.com/headlines/20988-cops-investigate-what-led-to-12-year-old-girls-suicide-as-they-plead-for-death

Six times more bus parking permits reportedly requested for Women’s March on Washington than for Trump inauguration.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2017/01/12/200-buses-have-applied-for-city-parking-on-inauguration-day-1200-have-applied-for-the-womens-march/

EPA claims “engine management software” in some Fiat-Chrysler diesel vehicles results in excessive emissions of nitrogen oxides, CEO says any violations were unintentional. “We don’t belong to a class of criminals.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-fiatchrysler-emissions-idUSKBN14W29S

Hedge fund manager and former Goldman Sachs employee Anthony Scaramucci reportedly appointed as a top Trump advisor.   http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/hedge-funder-anthony-scaramucci-headed-to-white-house.html   Apparently this is one hedge fund manager who is not part of a “global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities,” to quote a Trump campaign ad.   https://www.salon.com/2016/11/07/watch-donald-trumps-last-campaign-ad-is-a-fitting-end-to-an-anti-semitic-campaign/

Evanston police finally release video of violent October 2015 arrest of a black Ph.D student accused of stealing his own car. The suspect exits his car with his hands up at the 9:00 minute mark on the linked police video, and is then taken down by shouting group of officers. Some audio has apparently been edited out.   https://dailynorthwestern.com/2017/01/12/city/police-release-video-depicting-2015-arrest-of-northwestern-graduate-student/

Military investigation reveals 33 civilians killed in 2015 bombing raid in Afghanistan, local officials put the figure at 50.   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/12/us-bombing-kunduz-last-year-killed-33-civilians-military-probe-concludes

13 Democrats, including Cory Booker, reportedly side with Republicans to block consumer access to cheaper imported drugs. “Abilify, a drug to treat depression, is more than $2,636 for a 90-day supply in the U.S. but only $436 in Canada.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/01/12/big-pharma-backed-dems-join-gop-block-sanders-effort-end-drug-price-gouging

Folders said to contain evidence of business handover at Trump press conference were apparently just props. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-press-conference-folders-business-plan-empire-blank-fake-handover-donald-jr-eric-a7523426.html

Russians protest build-up of U.S. forces on Polish border. “We perceive it as a threat.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/12/doubts-over-biggest-us-deployment-in-europe-since-cold-war-under-trump

Woman in Nevada died of “superbug” antibiotic resistant infection last September. “The infection, which had spread throughout her entire system, could fend off 26 different antibiotics… every antibiotic that might have cured it in the United States.”  https://gizmodo.com/a-superbug-resistant-to-26-antibiotics-killed-a-woman-i-1791139965

Chinese circus reportedly letting people take pictures of their children sitting on top of a tied-up tiger, Chinese people complain on social media. “Poor tiger. The human race is too cruel.”  http://mashable.com/2017/01/11/chinese-circus-ties-up-tiger/

Armed neo-nazi march in Montana reportedly postponed after group comes up $60 short on $125 parade application fee, fails to provide proof of insurance, march route and other required information.   http://flatheadbeacon.com/2017/01/11/neo-nazi-website-postpones-armed-march-whitefish/

Maker of phone hacking devices hacked, leak shows repressive regimes and U.S. law enforcement agencies are customers. “The Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED), can pull SMS messages, call logs, internet browsing histories, and in some cases deleted data from phones in the investigator’s physical possession.”   https://motherboard.vice.com/read/cellebrite-sold-phone-hacking-tech-to-repressive-regimes-data-suggests

Intelligence agency confesses it intervened to influence outcome of another country’s election. “By its own later admissions to the House Select Committee on Intelligence, the CIA gave $1 million to Italian “center parties”… forged documents and letters… to besmirch (the Italian Communist Party’s) reputation and discredit its leaders… funded anonymous books and magazine articles… and published pamphlets exposing… candidates’ sex and personal lives and insinuating they harbored fascist or anti-church sympathies.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-fein/cias-gold-standard-for-in_b_11201644.html


January 13, 2017

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