May 13, 2017

Trump threatens Comey not to talk to the press, White House refuses to comment on recording of conversations. “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/us/politics/trump-threatens-retaliation-against-comey-warns-he-may-cancel-press-briefings.html?_r=0

China making huge investments in renewable energy. “China added 35 gigawatts of new solar generation in 2016 alone. “That’s almost equal to Germany’s total capacity, just in one year.””   http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/05/china-renewables-energy-climate-change-pollution-environment/

Trump administration in no rush to make decision on climate change policies says Tillerson. “We’re not going to rush to make a decision. We’re going to work to make the right decision for the United States.”   http://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/us-in-no-rush-to-make-climate-change-decision/3848088.html

Japanese man apparently leaps to his death after being accused of “groping” woman on train by taking her hand. “He had been brought to the station office after a female passenger in her 30s complained that he had grabbed her hand while sitting beside her on a Keihin-Tohoku Line train.”   https://japantoday.com/category/crime/train-passenger-detained-for-touching-woman-found-dead-after-fleeing

NSA hacking tool re-purposed by criminals to extort money from people who haven’t updated their Windows software. “Some experts say the attack may be have been built to exploit a weakness in Microsoft systems that was identified by the NSA and given the name EternalBlue.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39901382

Fake bank accounts created by Wells Fargo employees may number 3.5 million. “Keller Rohrback, a law firm for the plaintiff customers, said the higher estimate reflects “public information, negotiations, and confirmatory discovery”.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-wells-fargo-accounts-idUSKBN1882UV

Detroit unveils new streetcars after 61 year break in service. “This has been an effort of Democrats, Republicans — well, we had one Republican speak today (Gov. Rick Snyder), for-profits and not-for profits,” he said. “We should probably get a Nobel Prize.”   http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2017/05/12/qline-debut-detroit/101573838/

New Yorker lampoons Comey firing with cover showing former FBI director being dragged off plane. “That cartoon tries to make a point that Mr. Comey had no intention of giving up his seat.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-new-yorker-cover-comey-united-dragged-passenger-20170512-story.html   Not a very good analogy, but funny.

Trump administration drops lawsuit against Canadian mine project. “If the Trump administration’s strategy is to put a foreign mining company first—and America’s greatest wild salmon fishery dead last—then sadly it’s succeeding.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/12/trumps-epa-chooses-foreign-mining-interests-over-critical-alaska-watershed

Noam Chomsky tells BBC that Republican Party is the most dangerous organization in world history due to its climate policies. “Is ISIS dedicated to trying to destroy the prospects for organised human existence? What does it mean to say not only are we not doing anything about climate change but we’re trying to accelerate the race to the precipice?”  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/noam-chomsky-republican-party-most-dangerous-organisation-human-history-donald-trump-administration-a7730086.html   I think I’d rather face Republicans than Roman Legions, the Mongol “Golden Horde”, the Nazis or Stalinists, but I see his point.

Female college students reportedly leaving college with much less debt than males. “After analyzing nearly 6,000 private scholarships in its database, the personal finance site Nerdwallet found in 2013 that women qualified for four times as many scholarships as men did, indicating an abundance in women-specific awards seeking to close historic gaps in opportunity.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/who-pays-millennials-college-degrees-not-their-parents-especially-if-theyre-women-2538286

Raided Republican fundraiser reportedly has links to former senior Trump advisors. “The headquarters of Strategic Campaign Group Inc. (SCG), a Republican fundraising firm in Maryland, was raided Thursday by the FBI, following which reports surfaced linking its senior advisor Dennis Whitfield to Roger Stone and Paul Manafort.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/dennis-whitfield-senior-advisor-fbi-raided-strategic-campaign-group-linked-paul-2537898

Company claims its new electric vehicle batteries will fully charge in 5 minutes. “The battery is made of nano-materials in a layered structure, made of special organic compounds manufactured by the company.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/ev-battery-charges-fully-5-minutes-could-become-commercial-3-years-2538062

 

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May 13, 2017

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