June 6, 2016

Leaked NSA documents show Russians hacked election software company and local election officials, likely orchestrated anti-Clinton propaganda campaign. “Russian military intelligence executed a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials just days before last November’s presidential election, according to a highly classified intelligence report obtained by The Intercept.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/06/05/top-secret-nsa-report-details-russian-hacking-effort-days-before-2016-election/

Contractor charged with leaking NSA documents revealing Russian hacking. “CNN is told by sources that the document Winner allegedly leaked is the same one used as the basis for the article published Monday by The Intercept, detailing a classified National Security Agency memo.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/05/politics/federal-contractor-leak-prosecution/

American wounded in police barrage that ended London stabbing spree, witnesses claim he was hit with a bullet. “Police have not revealed any details about the individual who was accidentally hit in the hail of 50 bullets that ended Saturday night’s van-and-knife rampage.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/london-bridge-attack/london-bridge-attack-american-hit-head-police-bullet-witness-says-n768186

Trump proposes privatizing air traffic control. “Not only is the president’s proposal a huge power grab for the commercial airlines, but the notion that the airlines can run anything better, let alone air traffic control, is laughable.”   http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-privatize-air-traffic-20170605-story.html

Congressman reportedly calls for execution of everyone suspected of being an Islamic extremist. “Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/06/05/kill-them-kill-them-all-gop-congressman-calls-for-holy-war-against-radical-islam/

Las Vegas police officer reportedly arrested in taser, beating and choke hold death of casino patron. “…Coroner John Fudenberg said Brown died of lack of oxygen, or “asphyxia due to police restraint”. Lopera also zapped Brown with a stun gun seven times and punched him in the head and neck several times after the chase through employee-only hallways into a rear driveway to a parking area of The Venetian resort, police have said.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/las-vegas-police-officer-arrested-manslaughter-charge-choke-death-n768586

Flint, Michigan city redevelopment official reportedly resigns after water activist releases recording of racial slur. “Flint has the same problems as Detroit — f**ing ni***** don’t pay their bills, believe me, I deal with them.”   http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2017/06/land_bank_official_flints_prob.html

Seattle passes soda tax. “The ordinance calls for a tax of 1.75 cents per ounce to be paid by distributors of beverages such as Pepsi and Coke, sports drinks, energy drinks and other sweetened drinks.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/seattle-city-council-oks-tax-on-soda-sugary-drinks/2017/06/05/13feee24-4a4d-11e7-987c-42ab5745db2e_story.html

Self-destructive Trump tweets renew worries about his mental health. “Trump’s comments—regarding the attacks themselves, London’s mayor, and the travel ban—have been panned across the political spectrum as inaccurate and reprehensible.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/05/trump-self-incriminates-draws-rebuke-latest-unhinged-twitter-rant

Economist accuses upper-middle class of gaming the system. “Kids from more affluent backgrounds are entering the contest massively well prepared, while kids from less affluent backgrounds are not. The well-prepared kids win, and everybody pretends to themselves it’s a meritocracy.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/04/american-dream-economics-uppper-middle-class-study

Fresno State University dean resigns over alleged political interference in Said Professorship search. “The administration carried out the vicious and discriminatory attacks launched by Israel advocacy groups against the search committee and the four finalists who were of Middle Eastern and Palestinian ethnicity.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/06/05/fresno-state-cancels-a-middle-east-studies-professorship-after-pressure-from-right-wing-pro-israel-group/

Harvard allegedly cancels admissions of students who shared “dark memes” in Facebook chat. “Harvard College rescinded the admittances of at least 10 potential members of the class of 2021 allegedly for taking part in a Facebook group chat in which they shared memes that made fun of sexual assault, child assault, specific races and the Holocaust…”   http://www.ibtimes.com/harvard-memes-students-who-shared-jokes-about-child-abuse-holocaust-lose-acceptance-2547962

Family of autistic man sues North Miami over his arrest and interrogation after police shooting. “(The lawsuit) claims that police falsely imprisoned Rios, battered and assaulted him while limiting his movement.”   http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Family-of-Autistic-Man-at-Center-of-North-Miami-Police-Involved-Shooting-Files-Lawsuit-426511211.html

Chaska, Minnesota settles lawsuit over police shooting in which officers reportedly fired 25 shots at two hit-and-run suspects armed with 3 inch folding pocketknife, killing both of them. “Originally released video of the incident — redacted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension because they believed it would be “offensive to common sensibilities,” a provision to withhold data under state law — shows the chase, but cuts to black when police start firing.”   http://www.twincities.com/2017/06/01/family-of-woman-shot-by-police-on-highway-212-wins-1-75m-settlement/   and   http://www.twincities.com/2015/02/04/family-of-woman-killed-by-chaska-police-officer-after-chase-sues/


June 6, 2016

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