April 11, 2017

United Airlines reportedly summons “aviation” police to remove passenger from flight to make room for United employees. “Some clips appear to show that the man was left bleeding from the head after his face was smashed against an armrest during the scuffle.”     http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2017/04/10/police-violently-drag-man-from-united-plane-after-airline-reportedly-overbooked-flight.html    The man was apparently a doctor who told the airline he had to be at the hospital the next day for work.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32tSYyNC9Lc    I’m sorry, but the United States is the only country in the world where this could possibly happen.

Masked deputies flank Florida sheriff who threatens in video, “Enjoy trying to sleep tonight wondering if tonight’s the night our SWAT team blows your front door off the hinges”. “Some internet commenters have compared footage from the sheriff’s video ― which shows him flanked by heavily armed officers in ski masks ― to videos made by ISIS operatives, which also often feature armed men wearing ski masks.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/florida-sheriff-bizarre-video_us_58ebecd0e4b0ca64d91864db

Federal judge rules that Texas’ voter ID law was intended to discourage minority voters from voting. “Dealing Texas another rebuke over voting rights, a judge Monday again ruled that Republican lawmakers purposefully designed a strict voter ID law to disadvantage minorities and effectively dampen their growing electoral power.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/judge-again-finds-discrimination-in-texas-voter-id-law/2017/04/10/a1008250-1e4d-11e7-bb59-a74ccaf1d02f_story.html

“Thousands” of executions in China make it an outlier in world-wide trend of drop in death penalties. “…excluding China, the number of executions worldwide in 2016 was down 37% from the previous year with 1,032 executions…”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/10/opinions/china-executions-nicholas-bequelin-amnesty/

Trump accused of spending more time playing golf and vacationing than other presidents. “After years of criticizing former President Barack Obama for playing golf and going on private getaways, President Trump has already done more of both in his first 81 days than Mr. Obama, as well as former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.”   https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/04/10/us/politics/trump-golf-course-getaways.html

Fort Collins, Colorado police officer body slams girlfriend of man involved in bar fight. “Officers used a standard arrest control to subdue her.”   http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/trending/video-woman-slammed-by-fort-collins-police-officer-outside-bar   video here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01l-I5QZKIw

Computer security firm links use of CIA hacking tools to “Longhorn” hackers. “Victims’ computers were located in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa — and at one point, even the U.S., where the CIA is barred from conducting electronic surveillance.”   http://www.computerworld.com/article/3188717/security/suspected-cia-spying-tools-linked-to-hacks-in-16-countries.html

Hackers publish password to stolen NSA hacking tools. “Annoyed with the U.S. missile strike last week on an airfield in Syria, among other things, hacker group Shadow Brokers resurfaced on Saturday and released what they said was the password to files containing suspected National Security Agency tools they had earlier tried to sell.”   http://www.csoonline.com/article/3188607/security/angry-shadow-brokers-release-password-for-suspected-nsa-hacking-tools.html

AG Sessions protects junk forensic science, announces abolition of National Commission on Forensic Science. “The reason the National Commission on Forensic Science has been so important is that it includes leading independent scientists, allowing an unbiased expert evaluation of which techniques are scientifically valid and which are not. ”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/10/trump-administrations-war-science-reaches-justice-department

Transparency groups sue Trump administration for White House and Mar-a-Lago visitor logs. “It would be a significant setback to efforts to give the public insight into who influences the White House if this policy (to make visitor logs public) were to be discontinued or limited.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/10/facing-stonewall-groups-sue-white-house-mar-lago-visitor-logs

Small Iowa newspaper wins Pulitzer for agricultural pollution coverage. “(Three Iowa) counties fought the federal lawsuit (over excessive nitrogen in agricultural waste water) using money provided by undisclosed sources. The newspaper worked with the Iowa Freedom of Information Council to force the release of documents showing funding came from the Farm Bureau and other agricultural groups.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/11/tiny-family-run-iowa-newspaper-wins-pulitzer-for-taking-on-agriculture-companies

New York to stop charging teens under 18 as adults. “Putting aside the fact that psychologists will testify that 16- and 17-year-olds often are not mentally mature, the reality of putting a 16- or 17-year-old in the same facility as hardened adult criminals is, on its face, cruel and unusual.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/10/new-york-raises-age-of-criminal-responsibility-teens-adult-prison

Conservative groups placing ads against cutting drug prices allegedly funded by pharmaceutical industry. “…unbeknownst to readers, the organizations have undisclosed financial ties to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the umbrella lobbying group that represents the biggest names in the drug industry, including Merck, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Purdue Pharma, and Eli Lilly.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/04/10/drug-price-astroturf/

Uber reaches settlement with Federal Trade Commission over claims made to drivers. “Ridesharing service Uber will pay $20 million to settle allegations from U.S. regulators, who said the company mislead drivers on their potential earnings and financing options, according to a release Thursday from the Federal Trade Commission.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/uber-pays-20-million-settle-ftc-claims-2478144

Kurdish group claims IS killed fleeing Mosul residents, hung their bodies from electrical poles. “According to the (Kurdish Security Council), the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, killed 140 civilians who were fleeing the besieged city and hung their bodies on electrical poles in the neighborhoods of Eslah Zirai and Tanak…”   http://www.ibtimes.com/isis-iraq-hangs-civilian-bodies-electrical-poles-mosul-fight-2522515

White House press secretary Spicer appears confused about goal of U.S. intervention in Syria. “The goal for the United States is twofold. It’s, one, to make sure we destabilize Syria — destabilize the conflict there, reduce the threat of ISIS. But then, secondly, is create the political environment, not just within the Syrian people, but I think you can have — work with Russia in particular to make sure that they understand that Syria, backed up by Russia’s own accounting, should be held accountable for the agreements that its made with respect to its international agreements on chemical weapons alone.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/the-goal-is-to-destabilize-syria-sean-spicer-baffles-reporters-with-trumps-middle-east-policy/

Witnesses claim Jacksonville, Florida police used excessive force when arresting anti-war protesters. “A Friday evening protest against the U.S. military action in Syria erupted into violence at Hemming Park downtown and resulted in the arrests of six people, one of whom was hospitalized.”   http://jacksonville.com/news/public-safety/2017-04-08/6-arrested-1-hospitalized-after-jacksonville-protest-over-syria

Group lobbying on behalf of Saudis finally registers with government, reportedly claims it represented the country without any written contract or correspondence. “Capitol Media Group’s March 31 registration, however, came months after its efforts for Saudi Arabia began last year, but just two days after a group of 9/11 families and survivors filed a complaint with the (Department of Justice) alleging broad misconduct by lobbyists for Saudi Arabia—including the failure of many of them to register.”   https://28pages.org/2017/04/10/saudi-arabia-paid-conservative-pr-firm-90000-to-bring-vets-to-dc-to-lobby-against-jasta/

2010 plane crash that killed Polish president may have been caused by bomb say investigators. “The earlier commission, created by the previous government, blamed mistakes by the Polish pilots and Russian air traffic controllers for the crash. A Russian report blamed the Poles.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-poland-smolensk-inquiry-idUSKBN17C20T

Canadian vets say they were tortured for 40 hours as part of POW survival course. “The men say that in February 1984 they were among 33 young recruits who were stripped naked, crowded into small military jail cells with windows open, denied food and, for up to two days, repeatedly sprayed with cold water.”   http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/canadian-soldiers-prisoner-war-training-wainwright-alberta-1.4053351

Man who testified that he committed murders for then-mayor of Davao, now President,  Rodrigo Duterte, reportedly flees country. “I was advised that my life is really in danger.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-drugs-duterte-idUSKBN17C0P8

Multiple airstrikes involving civilian casualties reported in Iraq. “The journalistic monitoring group Airwars says dozens of civilians have reportedly been killed in Iraq over the last week by airstrikes carried out by either the U.S.-led coalition or the U.S.-backed Iraqi military.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/10/headlines/airwars_dozens_of_iraqi_civilians_reportedly_killed_by_airstrikes_last_week

Use of Raytheon missiles in Syria strike reportedly boosts company’s stock, enriching investor Donald Trump. “As stocks surged, Raytheon added about $1 billion to its market value Friday morning.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/10/headlines/raytheon_stocks_surge_after_chemical_attack_personally_benefiting_trump

Syria’s allies warn against additional attacks. “International allies of the Syrian government, including Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, have vowed to retaliate against any future attacks against the Syrian regime.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/10/headlines/global_tensions_rising_after_us_strike_on_syrian_airbase

 

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April 11, 2017

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