March 3, 2017

Mike Pence reportedly used private email account for government business, was hacked. “Security experts noted to the Indy Star that some of Pence’s emails were apparently confidential and sensitive enough that they could not be turned over in response to public records requests.”

News state laws reportedly target protesters. “In a season rife with demonstrations over immigration, pipelines, abortion, women’s rights and more, Republican legislators in at least 16 states have filed bills intended to make protests more orderly or to toughen penalties against ones that go awry.”

FBI asked to investigate Washington hanging death of black teenager. “Historically lynchings were often deemed quickly as suicide without the benefit of thorough inquiry.”

Draft Republican bill for replacement of Obamacare being kept under wraps. “It’s unclear when Democrats on the panel, or the public, will get a look at the GOP bill.”

French police raid home of conservative candidate for president. “The search was part of an investigation into an allegedly fake (government) job given to his wife.”

Congressman apparently compares rowdy town hall meetings to Maoist cultural revolution bullying. “You know the cleansing that the Orientals used to do where you’d put one person out in front and 900 people yell at them? That’s not what we need.”

Parents being required to pay for the jailing of their children. “Today, mothers and fathers are billed for their children’s incarceration – in jails, detention centers, court-ordered treatment facilities, training schools or disciplinary camps – by 19 state juvenile-justice agencies, while in at least 28 other states, individual counties can legally do the same, a survey by the Marshall Project shows.”

Two more members of Trump campaign team reportedly met with Russian ambassador. “J.D. Gordon and Carter Page, two of Trump’s early foreign policy advisers, met with the Russian diplomat at a conference hosted by the conservative Heritage Foundation in Cleveland in July.”

Jared Kushner and Mike Flynn also allegedly met with Russian ambassador in December. “Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and now a senior adviser, also participated in the meeting at Trump Tower with Mr. Flynn and Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador.”

BBC news crew attacked, detained by police in China while trying to cover story on man who allegedly died after being beaten by police. “The road to (his daughter’s) house was blocked by a large group of people and, within a few minutes, they’d assaulted us and smashed all of our cameras.”

Caterpillar offices in Illinois reportedly raided in connection with tax dispute. “Caterpillar is fighting an Internal Revenue Service demand that the company pay $2 billion in taxes and penalties for profits assigned to its Swiss parts distribution subsidiary, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

White House spokeswoman says Keystone pipeline exempt from Trump administration requirement that infrastructure projects use American steel. “The Keystone XL Pipeline is currently in the process of being constructed, so it does not count as a new, retrofitted, repaired or expanded pipeline.”

Subway says its own lab test show 100% chicken in its sandwiches. “Subway did not share the DNA analysis with the media, and CBC is standing by its story.”

Band reportedly cancels SXSW performance due to threatening contract language. “Thursday, Felix Walworth of the New York band Told Slant shared a page of the SXSW performer contract and his interpretation that international artists who perform unofficial,  unaffiliated concerts during the week of the festival could be turned into the U.S. government.”

Aircraft carrier that hosted Trump speech will cost $13 billion, won’t be ready until 2021. “Started during the Bush administration, the Ford incorporated new technologies, including an electro-magnetic launch system to replace the traditional steam-powered catapult.”

DACA immigrant arrested after press conference will be deported without a hearing says her attorney. “According to the Huffington Post, Vargas’ DACA status had expired in November 2016. It took her until February to save the $495 needed to renew her status.”

569 dolphins reportedly slaughtered in annual Taiji hunt. “During the hunt, which takes place annually from September through March or April, dolphins are corralled by fishermen into a secluded cove, where they are slaughtered or captured.”

Fusion center report says Department of Homeland Security considers rioting and property damage “domestic terrorist violence”. “DHS assesses that anger over the results of the 2016 Presidential election continues to be a driver of domestic terrorist violence throughout the United States — as evidenced by rioting in Portland, Oregon, following the election and violence and destruction of property in Washington during the inauguration.”   But no mention of the shooting of a protester by a supporter of Milo Yiannopoulos.

ICE reportedly using Palantir system for deportations. “The recent DHS privacy disclosure repeatedly states that (ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Office) uses (the Investigative Case Management system) to support aspects of its mission.”

Arkansas legislator reportedly introduces law to ban books by Howard Zinn. “Just in from Sen. Kim Hendren: Legislation to prohibit any publicly supported schools (you, too, charters)  from including in curriculum or course materials any books or other material authored by Howard Zinn.”

Former Guatemalan military officers face charges for crimes allegedly committed during civil war. “Prosecutors say the 21-year-old woman was kidnapped in 1981 and taken to a military installation where she was tortured and sexually assaulted.” Her 14 year-old brother was also allegedly abducted by soldiers and never seen again.   Your tax dollars at work?


March 3, 2017

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