May 8, 2017

Officer who shot Texas fifteen year-old Jordan Edwards charged with murder. “As a car with five black teenagers inside drove away from the house, Mr. Oliver, who is white, fired his AR-15 rifle, fatally striking Jordan Edwards, a freshman at Mesquite High School, in the head, according to the police and the law firm representing the Edwards family.”   The source on the type of rifle used is the law firm representing the boy’s family. Other reports mention 3 shots being fired, precisely the number fired in a burst by the M4 automatic rifle.

No journalists reportedly allowed at Kushner EB-5 visa promotion in China. “Organizers barred journalists on Sunday from a publicly advertised event in Shanghai that offered Chinese investors the chance to get U.S. immigrant visas if they put money in a real estate project linked to the family of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law.”

Pope Francis doesn’t think “mother of all bombs” is an appropriate name for a weapon. “A mother gives life and this one gives death, and we call this device a mother. What is going on?”

Oklahoma passes “emergency” law which includes harsh penalties for protesters who trespass as part of a “conspiracy”, and for groups that organize such protests. “Significantly, the statute also implicates any organization “found to be a conspirator” with the trespasser, threatening collaborator groups with a fine “ten times” that imposed on the intruder — as much as $1 million in cases involving damage.”

Trump budget reportedly cuts drug control agency’s funding by 95%. “As a candidate, Mr. Trump talked regularly about the country’s drug addiction problem and said drugs were a reason that a wall was needed along the border with Mexico.”

Scientists reportedly fired from EPA advisory board. “A spokesman for the E.P.A. administrator, Scott Pruitt, said he would consider replacing the academic scientists with representatives from industries whose pollution the agency is supposed to regulate, as part of the wide net it plans to cast.”

Trump refuses to bail out Puerto Rico, territory declares bankruptcy. “The (Fiscal Oversight Board) has chosen to turn Puerto Rico into the next Argentina.”

Air Force “space plane” returns to earth after 718 day mission. “Outside experts generally agree with the Air Force’s claims (that the vehicles are being used for space flight research), saying it’s unlikely that the X-37B is doing anything aggressive or nefarious on orbit.”

Privacy activists put up billboards attacking members of Congress who voted to let broadband providers sell user data. “The billboards—paid for through a crowdfunded campaign—encourage viewers to contact the lawmakers’ offices and ask why they voted against their constituents’ privacy rights.”

Black residents of Madison County, Mississippi allegedly being subjected to unlawful searches. “Black people… are living under a permanent state of siege, subjected to repeated unlawful and humiliating searches at police roadblocks, at pedestrian “checkpoints” and even in their homes, according to a class-action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).”

Eric Trump allegedly told golf writer that Russians were funding Trump golf courses. “…we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.”

Assassination plot against North Korean leader could be real says writer. “…the US never totally abandoned the strategy, simply changing the terminology from assassination to targeted killings… Aerial bomb attempts on leaders included Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi in 1986, Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic in 1999 and Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in 2003.”

Comedian under investigation for blasphemy – in Ireland. “English comedian, actor and author Stephen Fry is being investigated for blasphemy, for a two-year-old interview on Irish television in which he said that if God created our misery-filled universe, then God is a mean-spirited, stupid and selfish maniac.”

Texas governor Abbott signs “show your papers” law. “The law will also allow police officers to ask about a person’s immigration status during any legal detention, which could include a routine traffic stop.”

81 civilians reportedly killed, another 86 injured in Mosul airstrike. “Iraq’s army denied targeting civilians, saying it instead targeted an ISIS bomb factory.”

May 8, 2017

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