March 21, 2017

House Intelligence Committee member says circumstantial evidence of collusion between Trump campaign and Russia. “There is circumstantial evidence of collusion. There is direct evidence, I think, of deception and that’s where we begin the investigation.”

FBI director confirms investigation underway into Russian interference in 2016 election. “FBI Director James B. Comey acknowledged Monday that his agency is conducting an investigation into possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign in a counterintelligence probe that could reach all the way to the White House and may last for months.”

Former North Carolina police chief detained for 90 minutes at airport. “It doesn’t take 1½ hours to check someone out when you have their passport.”

New Zealand expels U.S. diplomat after embassy refuses to waive diplomatic immunity. “(Colin White) was wanted for questioning by police (over a physical altercation), but the embassy refused to release him from diplomatic immunity, so he could not be arrested.”

U.S. Court of Appeals to hear third party case against Commission on Presidential Debates. “The plaintiffs sued the CPD, arguing that it violated federal antitrust laws by essentially ensuring that the major parties have a monopoly over presidential elections.”

Judge reportedly gives local police search warrant for browsing history of entire population of Edina, Minnesota in search for bank swindler who Googled a victim for identity theft. “Cops figure if they could just find out who in that affluent suburb has Googled that name, they’d narrow their suspect list right down.”

Chinese park installs facial recognition system in bathroom stalls to prevent theft of toilet paper. “…visitors now need to make eye contact with a computer before the dispenser spits out a serving of TP. The facial recognition program keeps the dispenser from offering another round to the same person…”   Must be the world’s most expensive toilet paper! Or else they are having trouble finding legitimate uses for this technology.

Indianapolis kids win robotics competition, bad losers reportedly tell them to “Go back to Mexico!” “… they see us and they think we’re not going to be competition. Then we’re in first place the whole day, and they can’t take it.”

Norway is the happiest country in the world according to survey, U.S. ranks 14th. “All of the top countries rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance.”

Former IRA commander turned politician Martin McGuinness dies at 66. “He was pivotal in bringing the republican movement towards a position of using peaceful and democratic means.”

First daughter Ivanka Trump to get White House office, but will not be a government employee. “…ethics watchdogs immediately questioned whether she is going far enough to eliminate conflicts of interest, especially because she will not be automatically subjected to certain ethics rules while serving as a de facto White House adviser.”

Leftist candidates in France’s presidential election unwilling to unite forces. “Theoretically, if their expected votes could somehow be added together, then either Hamon or Melenchon might have a shot of making the May runoff of the two-round presidential vote. But with both standing and splitting votes on the left between them, polls suggest they are effectively fighting between themselves for fourth and fifth place…”

What happens if you actually exercise your right to free speech in the United States? Former Super Bowl quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still unemployed. “When Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem last season as a protest against injustice and inequality, many people underestimated the damage he risked inflicting on his NFL career.”

Google reported funding extremist groups through YouTube advertisements, advertisers not happy. “Sandals Resorts, the luxury holiday operator, is advertised next to a video promoting al-Shabaab, the East African jihadist group affiliated to al- Qaeda.”

U.S. and Saudi Arabia block G20 statement on importance of efforts to fight climate change. “Climate change is out for the time being.”

Earth’s climate moving into “uncharted territory” say climate scientists. “Earth is a planet in upheaval due to human-caused changes in the atmosphere.”

The Pentagon has allegedly never been audited. “The result is an astounding $10,000,000,000 in taxpayer money that has gone unaccounted for since 1996.”

No Africans able to get visas for California’s “African Global Economic and Development Summit”. “…every single African citizen who requested a visa was rejected, according to organizer Mary Flowers.”

L.A. county social workers face criminal charges in death of 8 year-old boy. “Prosecutors alleged that caseworkers Clement and Stefanie Rodriguez and supervisors Kevin Bom and Gregory Merritt ignored evidence of repeated abuse and minimized Gabriel’s injuries.”

White House press secretary claims Paul Manafort “played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time” in the Trump campaign. “Manafort served as (Trump’s) campaign chairman for a period of 99 days from May 19 to Aug. 19 (2016).”

House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes allegedly tells journalist he has never heard of Carter Page or Roger Stone. “Nunes just told me he’s never heard of Carter Page or Roger Stone. And he’s in charge of the investigation?”

Family wins lawsuit against Tulsa jailers who let prisoner who walked into the jail die of neglect after his neck was broken, but no one charged. “(Video) footage… showed a paralyzed (Elliott) Williams, lying naked on his back and grasping for food and water that detention officers dropped out of his reach.”

Somalia blames Saudi coalition for attack on refugee boat. “Somalia has blamed the Saudi-led coalition for an attack on a boat off Yemen’s coast that killed at least 42 Somali refugees.”

2,063 more people reportedly detained by Turkish authorities. “…999 of those were suspected of links to the autonomy-seeking PKK…. Another 966 were detained for suspected ties to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen…”

Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide survives apparent assassination attempt. “Aristide’s U.S. lawyer, Ira Kurzban, said the shots were apparently “fired by uniformed police directly at the vehicle in which President Aristide was a passenger.””

Trump allegedly asked military to be less careful about killing civilians. “…in the request, he asks the military to consider drawing back limits to their civilian casualty policy.”

Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch reportedly argued against divestment from businesses operating in then-apartheid South Africa. “Committee and coalition members seem willing to sacrifice the large income from the endowment—which goes to pay for our need-blind admissions policy, among other things.”


March 21, 2017

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