March 11, 2017

FBI allegedly paid Best Buy’s Geek Squad employees $500 each time they reported information or images on customers’ computers that could be used to launch investigations. “Recently unsealed records reveal a much more extensive secret relationship than previously known between the FBI and Best Buy’s Geek Squad, including evidence the agency trained company technicians on law-enforcement operational tactics, shared lists of targeted citizens and, to covertly increase surveillance of the public, encouraged searches of computers even when unrelated to a customer’s request for repairs.”   http://www.ocweekly.com/news/fbi-used-best-buys-geek-squad-to-increase-secret-public-surveillance-7950030

Attorney general Sessions reportedly asks 46 federal prosecutors to resign. “Many of the federal prosecutors who were nominated by former president Barack Obama have already left their positions, but the 46 who have remained in the first weeks of the Trump administration have been asked to leave “in order to ensure a uniform transition”.”   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/10/attorney-general-seeks-resignations-of-46-us-attorneys/99020566/

Former Trump national security advisor Mike Flynn’s company reportedly received more than $500,000 for 2016 “investigation” of Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. “From Turkey’s point of view, Washington is harboring Turkey’s Osama bin Laden.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/us/politics/michael-flynn-turkey.html?_r=0

Muhammad Ali’s son questioned again, this time before a domestic flight. “The spokesman would not say why TSA questioned Ali Jr. but said he was free to walk out of the airport had he decided not to fly.”   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/03/10/muhammad-ali-jr-detained-again-airport-after-testimony/99031590/

Famine causing “largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations”. “UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said that more than 20 million people faced the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-39238808

Trump advisor admits contacts with suspected DNC hacker, who is allegedly linked to Russian intelligence agencies. “Stone insisted to The Washington Times that the conversations (with Guccifer 2.0) were “completely innocuous”.   http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/323477-top-trump-adviser-admits-to-contacting-dnc-hackers-report

State Department reportedly blocking release of Russian U.N. envoys autopsy results. “The order not to disclose came from the New York City Law Department at the behest of the State Department and the United States Mission to the United Nations, Medical Examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer said.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-officials-won-release-russian-ambassador-autopsy-results-article-1.2994404

Trump administration takes credit for Labor Department job figures president had previously described as “phony”. “Great news for American workers: economy added 235,000 new jobs, unemployment rate drops to 4.7% in first report for @POTUS Trump.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-embraces-jobs-numbers-he-once-scorned/2017/03/10/0b94617a-05cd-11e7-9d14-9724d48f5666_story.html   “(The jobs report) may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.”   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/10/white-houses-spicer-trump-says-jobs-report-may-have-been-phony-in-the-past-but-its-very-real-now.html

North Carolina attorney who moonlights as Uber driver claims police lied to him and conducted an illegal search. “Bright said that his constitutional rights were violated by the command to stop recording and a subsequent search of his vehicle, for which he did not consent.”   http://www.wcnc.com/news/crime/nc-cop-falsely-tells-attorney-he-cant-record-traffic-stop/421161889

Four found guilty in second Malheur Park occupation trial. “Stung by their defeat in the Bundys’ trial in October, prosecutors hired a consultant to help with jury selection for the latest trial.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/us/wildlife-refuge-guilty-verdicts-takeover-oregon.html

Huntington Beach, California police fatally shoot man armed with broken bottle. “The Police Department declined to comment about the number of shots the officers fired or how many times Schiltz was hit.”   http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-hbshooting-20170310-story.html

Engineering group suggests steep hike in gasoline tax to pay for $4.6 trillion in needed infrastructure repairs. “The ASCE is calling for a huge, 25 cents per gallon increase in the federal gasoline tax to help pay for infrastructure improvements.”   http://www.npr.org/2017/03/09/519500054/engineers-say-tax-increase-needed-to-save-failing-u-s-infrastructure

Wikileaks claims CIA may be trying to hack vehicles to carry out undetectable assassinations. “Almost all of today’s cars have no way of detecting or recording malicious activity that occurs on their networks, and almost all have no way of responding to a real-time infiltration.”   http://blog.caranddriver.com/cias-alleged-foray-into-car-hacking-should-come-as-no-surprise/

Medical school accreditation group say doctor trainees should be allowed to work 28 hour shifts. “As a patient, I fear putting my life into the hands of a first-year resident physician who has been awake for 28 hours or longer.”   http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-medical-resident-hours-20170310-story.html

Trump’s pick to lead FDA reportedly helped run investment fund with bets on medical technology and healthcare companies. “… he will have to be recused from key decisions time and time again.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-health-fda-gottlieb-idUSKBN16H2AM

Indigenous activists march on Washington. “”Water is life!” was the cry heard throughout Washington, D.C., on Friday as thousands of people filled the streets and marched for Indigenous rights and the sovereignty of native nations, demonstrating that the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline has sparked an ongoing movement.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/03/10/we-exist-we-resist-we-rise-thousands-march-native-nations

Congresswoman Barbara Lee seeks to limit number of U.S. troops in Syria. “As Lee predicted at the time, the AUMF has now been used to bypass Congressional approval for seemingly endless U.S. military assaults throughout the Middle East.”   http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/03/10/barbara-lee-introduces-bill-block-more-boots-ground-syria

Volkswagen pleads guilty to emissions test cheating and cover-up. “Volkswagen at first denied the use of the so-called defeat device but finally admitted it in September 2015. Even after that admission, company employees were busy deleting computer files and other evidence, VW’s general counsel Manfred Doss acknowledged to US district judge Sean Cox.”   https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/mar/10/volkswagen-vw-pleads-guilty-criminal-charges-emissions-cheating

Native born U.S. citizen reportedly detained by ICE agents for 3 days. “Not only was he insisting to every person who would listen that he was a U.S. citizen, his family was also on the outside trying to talk with any ICE official that would talk with them to show his birth certificate.”   http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/ice-agents-illegally-detained-colorado-us-citizen-for-days-because-he-was-hispanic-lawsuit-claims

Man accused of setting fire to Victoria, Texas mosque claims he broke in to uncover hidden weapons. “He went on to call the members of the center “rag heads” and “towel heads” and (said) that by burning the center he was protecting his community.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/alleged-texas-mosque-arsonists-islamophobic-ramblings-revealed/   Found no weapons but burned it down anyway?

Republican bill would allow employers to genetically test employees under the guise of “wellness programs”. “…the new bill, sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-NC, if passed into law, would make it clear that employers who offered wellness programs, and require genetic testing as part of them, can legally charge workers who refuse the tests a higher price for health insurance than workers who accept the test.”   http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/10/employers-could-demand-genetic-testing-under-congressional-bill.html

RT host praises Jake Tapper but makes lighthearted fun of his Twitter battles, Tapper flips out. “To RT: Think about how you oppress your people. You are sad and miserable trolls.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/jake-tapper-blasts-the-sad-and-miserable-trolls-at-russia-today-after-network-posts-hit-job-video/   Followed by a string of tweets criticizing Putin’s human rights record:  https://twitter.com/jaketapper/status/840211898578698241

Man accused of hitting worker at Middle Eastern restaurant in Salem, Oregon on the head with a pipe. “Kendall left the restaurant after an employee requested he leave the premises, but returned roughly five minutes later and continued yelling “get out of America” and “Arab, you need to leave (expletive).”   http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/crime/2017/03/10/man-arrested-suspect-hate-crime-salem-restaurant/99008530/

Saudi airstrike reportedly kills 20 civilians at market in Yemen. “The aircraft tried to target rebels at a roadblock on the southern outskirts of the Red Sea port of Khokha, but the fighters fled to a market where they were attacked, the sources said.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/air-strike-kills-26-yemen-medics-military-sources-195239071.html

Turkey claims to have killed 134 Kurdish leftists in Syria since January. “The Turkish military said on Friday that 71 Kurdish militia fighters had been killed in Syria in the last week in what appeared to mark an escalation of clashes with the U.S.-backed YPG group vying for control of areas along Turkey’s border. …a total of 134 have been killed since Jan. 5.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-idUSKBN16H0SP

Unable to face the fact they they blew the election by alienating voters and nominating a weak candidate, Democrats go after Jill Stein. “The fact is, many of these voters were turned off by Clinton’s hawkishness, perceived ethical lapses and close Wall Street ties, and would have never voted for her regardless of whether there was a third party alternative or not.”   https://consortiumnews.com/2017/03/09/democrats-mccarthyism-hits-greens-stein/

Poll finds Democratic Party less popular than Donald Trump. “…if the Democratic Party does not come to grips with why it is so wildly unpopular, many more losses will be on the horizon.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/king-democratic-party-doesn-unpopular-article-1.2993659

 

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March 11, 2017

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