May 16, 2017

Intelligence community leakers complain about Trump’s sharing of highly sensitive information with Russians while broadcasting details around the world via media reports. “The partner… has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State…. Trump went off script and began describing details of an Islamic State terrorist threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.”

Syrian government accused of executing thousands at prison and burning the bodies in ovens. “Not only has the Syrian government committed mass atrocities at its (Saydnaya) military prison complex outside Damascus, but for years, it has also added to the structure in order to burn and secretly dispose of thousands of its victims’ remains.”

Sixth Mexican journalist murdered in 2 1/2 months. “Valdez is at least the sixth journalist to be murdered in Mexico since early March, an unusually high number even for one of the world’s deadliest countries for media professionals.”

Trump calls criticism of excessive use of force by police “unfair defamation and vilification”. “… I want you to know that patriotic Americans of all backgrounds truly support and love our police.”

Bank employee resigns after Congressman complains to her employer about her off-the-job political activity. “Avelenda wasn’t fired, but she told WNYC that Frelinghuysen’s letter and the blowback it created contributed to her decision to resign.”

Another alt-right, torch-lit protest to protect a Confederate statue. “This event involving torches at night in (Robert E.) Lee Park was either profoundly ignorant or was designed to instill fear in our minority populations in a way that hearkens back to the days of the KKK.”

South Carolina high school student dies from caffeine overdose. “The teen consumed three caffeine-laced drinks — a cafe latte, large Diet Mountain Dew and an energy drink — in a two-hour period before collapsing in his classroom at Spring Hill High School on April 26, (the county coroner) said.”

Police officer allegedly suffers fentanyl overdose from touching powder during traffic stop. “Green patted Buckel down, noticing he was covered in a white powdery substance, which is now believed to be fentanyl — an opioid that can be absorbed through the skin.”   Like when you get high from your friend smoking marijuana?

Bridgeport, Connecticut police accused of letting 15 year old car theft suspect bleed to death. “Nobody called an ambulance. Nobody treated his wounds. They let him bleed out on the concrete.”

Concord, California agrees to pay settlement in police dog mauling case. “…even though Valentine was not trying to escape, Switzer released his police dog, who inflicted deep puncture wounds and lacerations to Valentine’s extremities, injuries that required emergency surgery, according to the lawsuit.”

U.S. reportedly has less than 5% of the world’s population but almost 25% of the world’s prisoners. “Without a strong national movement, the bold reforms needed at the state and local level cannot emerge.”

Why leftist populism is not the “alt-left”. “Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon all have wide bases, built through campaigns around a social-democratic program in favor of worker protections, a social safety net, and more popular engagement in the decisions that affect ordinary people’s lives. That’s not extreme politics…”   Not to mention (as often seems to happen) Jill Stein of the Green Party.

Trump’s tax cuts: A look at what happened in Kansas. “When (Gov.) Brownback outlined his plan in 2012, he, too, said the tax cuts would pay for themselves…. Instead, Goossen claims, the money has gone to a small group of wealthy Kansans while the state’s budget has been left with a roughly $1bn shortfall.”

Protests and clashes as Palestinians observe Nakba Day. “Palestinians commemorated the 69th anniversary of the Nakba, the “day of catastrophe”, in which Israel was officially declared a state following the forced removal of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes and the destruction of over 500 villages and towns.”

Immigration agent reportedly visited NYC public school. “A federal immigration agent showed up at a Queens elementary school last week looking for a fourth grader, but was turned away at the door, a city spokesman said.”

Proposed class action lawsuit accuses Walmart of failing to accommodate pregnant employees. “…employees have filed a lawsuit accusing the retailer of treating thousands of pregnant workers as “second-class citizens” by rejecting their requests to limit heavy lifting, climbing on ladders and other potentially dangerous tasks.”

Some banned drugs are likely more effective for treating depression, PTSD and other diseases than current medications. “For those with obsessive-compulsive disorder, psilocybin is shown to reduce symptoms significantly. Studies have catalogued the relief of end-of-life anxieties, alcoholism and depression with psilocybin. But doctors cannot prescribe it.”

U.S. airstrikes reportedly kill 30 in Syrian border town, after 12 farm workers were allegedly killed by accident earlier in the week. “… at least 30 civilians including 11 children and six women were killed, and that the toll could rise because of people trapped under debris.”

Private investigator claims slain DNC employee was in touch with Wikileaks. “Rod Wheeler, a private investigator hired by the Rich family, suggests there is tangible evidence on (Seth) Rich’s laptop that confirms he was communicating with WikiLeaks prior to his death.”

Vietnamese activist charged with “abusing democracy rights to infringe state interests”. “At least 112 bloggers and activists are serving prison sentences in Vietnam for exercising their rights to the basic freedoms of expression, assembly, association, and religion, New York-based Human Rights Watch said in January.”

May 16, 2017

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