February 22, 2017

Vandals desecrate Jewish cemetery near St. Louis. “…local police confirmed about 100 headstones had been toppled at Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in University City, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.”   https://mic.com/articles/169083/jewish-cemetery-in-st-louis-vandalized-amid-new-wave-of-bomb-threats-against-jccs  UPDATE: Number of damage headstones increased to about 180.   http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/180-headstones-damaged-at-jewish-cemetery-in-university-city/410194492

Memphis police reportedly have Black Lives Matter activists under surveillance. “Sometimes they sit outside our offices, sometimes they sit outside our house.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/spying-black-lives-matter-memphis-police-department-tracking-social-justice-activists-2495421

Trump guidelines will reportedly greatly expand the number of illegal immigrants targeted for deportation. “Undocumented immigrants arrested for traffic violations or shop-lifting will be targeted along with those convicted of more serious crimes.”   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-39042712

North Korean embassy official a suspect in Kim Jong Nam assassination say Malaysian police, women allegedly knew the substance they wiped on his face was toxic. “…the two female suspects knew that the substance they had (was) toxic.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-malaysia-kim-idUSKBN1610AM

74 dead migrants wash up on Libyan shoreline, death toll could reach 150. “74 have been collected and the rest are expected to wash ashore too.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/21/africa/libya-migrant-deaths/

Trump reportedly raised more money from small donors than Bernie Sanders (44%), Barack Obama (28%) or Hillary Clinton (22%). “Trump and the joint fundraising committee he established with the Republican National Committee (RNC) collected 69% of its individual donations from people who gave $200 or less, according to the analysis by the non-partisan Campaign Finance Institute.”    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/02/21/president-trump-shattered-small-donor-records/98208462/

Scientists rally to “Make America Smart Again”. “Hundreds of scientists and their supporters rallied in (Boston’s) historic Copley Square on Sunday, demanding that the Trump administration accept empirical reality on issues such as climate change and highlighting the centrality of objective information to making policy.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/02/19/we-did-not-start-this-fight-as-trump-era-dawns-scientists-rally-in-boston/

Some Homeland Security employees reportedly unable to log in after “domain controller credentials” expire. “We are working to track all device certificate issuance and expirations to ensure future lapses of service do not occur.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-dhs-idUSKBN160240

U.S. projected to have lowest life expectancy of any high-income country, possibly due to lack of access to health care. “Among predictions for high-income countries, the lowest life expectancy at birth is likely to be in the US, with an average of 83.3 years for women and 79.5 years for men — similar to Mexico and Croatia.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/21/health/life-expectancy-increase-globally-by-2030/

Single-payer health plan would save billions say medical researchers. “The authors estimate that a streamlined, publicly financed single-payer program would save $504 billion annually on health care paperwork and profits, including $220 billion on insurance overhead, $150 billion in hospital billing and administration and $75 billion doctors’ billing and paperwork.”   http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2017/02/21/single-payer-reform-only-way-fulfill-presidents-pledge-health-care-annals

Lawmakers demand declaration of war on Islamic State. “For over 15 years, Congress has been missing in action and derelict in our duty to provide congressional oversight over military action. The Constitution is clear: The American people deserve a voice on matters of war and peace.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/21/lawmakers-call-trump-end-blank-check-war

Constituents holding town hall meetings, whether or not their representatives show up. “We have a cardboard cutout of Marsha… so they’ll be directing their questions to that picture.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/21/voters-shame-cowardly-reps-town-halls-hosted-cardboard-cut-outs

Connecticut couple fined by city of Stamford for not removing racist graffiti from their garage door. “…the couple decided to leave it up until police found the person who painted it as a reminder to their community that one of their neighbors had been targeted by a racially motivated hate crime.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/couple-fined-100-for-refusing-to-remove-racist-graffiti-on-their-home-until-cops-catch-culprit/

New York City medical examiner’s office says Russian ambassador’s death needs further investigation. “Churkin’s case was referred to the medical examiner’s office by the hospital.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/colleagues-mourn-sudden-death-russian-051527347.html

Mass funerals held for Haitians who die in prison awaiting trial, 42 have reportedly died so far this year. “Recurrent shortages of food and medicine as well as infectious diseases that flourish in packed Haitian prisons and jails have led to an upsurge in malnutrition-related illnesses and other preventable diseases.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/mass-funeral-held-20-haitians-died-dismal-prison-171114172.html

Rumor has it that Kim Jong Nam was killed over money. “After (Jang Song-thaek) was purged in December 2013, his secret overseas fortune was handed over to Kim Jong-nam. The source also said the oldest son of the late leader had also inherited “no small sum of money” (from his father)…”   http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/02/103_224085.html

 

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February 22, 2017

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