June 17, 2017

Grenfell Tower fire victims storm city offices, rumors circulate of death toll cover-up. “The latest official figures confirmed that at least 30 people have died in the fire at the west London tower block… However rumours have been circulating that the official death toll is much higher amid accusations of a cover-up by the authorities.”   https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/angry-protests-demand-justice-corbyn-says-grenfell-survivors-should-be-housed-empty-luxury

Trump administration approves huge arms sales to country accused of funding terrorism. “While President Trump berates Qatar for sponsoring terrorism at the highest levels, he is simultaneously authorizing the country to purchase over $21 billion of U.S. weapons.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-sells-qatar-12-billion-arms-days-after-accusing-it-of-funding-terrorism/

State Department releases more records on U.S. sponsored 1953 coup against the democratically elected government of Iran. “This volume includes National Security Council and Presidential materials that document the U.S. decision to proceed with the operation against (Prime Minister) Mosadeq, and the operational files within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that document the implementation of the operation, code named TPAJAX.”   https://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2017/06/iran-frus-release/

Supreme Court dodged decision on use of deadly force by police. “Police officers should not be allowed to create dangerous situations that leave them with no choice but to use deadly force.”   https://www.themarshallproject.org/2017/06/15/after-creating-danger-can-cops-use-force-with-impunity

Federal Bureau of Prisons accused of using “communications management units” to silence critics. ““They’re really there as a punishment to keep (prisoners) quiet and that’s extremely concerning,” says Amy Fettig, deputy director of the ACLU’s National Prison Project.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-the-bop-uses-cmus-to-silence-prison-writers_us_593ffd33e4b0b65670e56e0a

Officer in Philando Castile motorist shooting cleared of all charges. “Outside court, Valerie Castile said she was disappointed in the state of Minnesota, “Because nowhere in the world do you die from being honest and telling the truth.””   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/16/us/philando-castile-trial-verdict/index.html

A tale of two Americans who fell into comas abroad. One has been covered extensively by the mainstream news media recently.  “In a news conference Thursday, doctors called (Otto Warmbier’s) condition “unresponsive wakefulness,” and revealed he had suffered significant brain damage during his imprisonment (in North Korea).”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/06/16/us/otto-warmbier-profile/index.html   But in February 2015, an American went into a coma after being arrested by six Tokyo police officers and died about a month later in a Tokyo hospital. The story was not even covered by the English language news media, except for one local entertainment tabloid and a few Japan-related websites (and Progressive News Service). The Wall Street Journal ran the story, but only in its Japanese language edition! More than two years later, we still do not know that man’s name, and I am still waiting for a response from the State Department to my April 2015 Freedom of Information Act request for details about the incident.

Trump family event planner reportedly appointed to run regional Housing and Urban Development office. “Patton was appointed Wednesday to head up the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Region II, which includes New York and New Jersey, where she’ll oversee distribution of billions of taxpayer dollars.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-chooses-family-event-planner-run-n-y-housing-programs-article-1.3251314

Border Patrol arrests illegal migrants seeking medical assistance while crossing desert. “Volunteers with the group No More Deaths, which gives water and first-aid care to migrants, said the men were from Mexico and were receiving emergency medical care at the camp…”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/border-patrol-immigration-no-more-deaths.html?_r=0

Sarah Palin threatens to sue New York Times over story linking her “Democrats in the crosshairs” map to Gabrielle Giffords shooting. “Palin decided to get in on the criticism as well, claiming on Twitter that she was talking with her lawyers about suing the Times.”   http://www.salon.com/2017/06/16/sarah-palin-threatens-to-sue-the-new-york-times-over-retracted-article-linking-her-to-gabby-giffords-shooting/   You be the judge – you can see Palin’s ad here:   “Palin’s Facebook page now carries a map featuring 20 gun sights, one for each of the Democrats targeted this year by her political action committee SarahPAC.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/24/sarah-palins-pac-puts-gun_n_511433.html

Oregon adds third, unspecified gender on its driver licenses. “Beginning July 1, Oregonians will be able to choose “X” for sex instead of “F” or “M” on their licenses and identification cards.”   http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2017/06/oregon_becomes_first_state_to.html

University of Michigan to give full scholarships to admitted in-state students who have a family income of less than $65,000. “About half the families in the state will qualify for this incentive, U-M officials said.”    http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/06/15/university-michigan-free-tuition-students/400761001/

Thousands more U.S. troops likely going to Afghanistan. “While the number is currently expected to be between 3,000 and 5,000 troops, the number is still being worked on, reports CBS News’ national security correspondent David Martin.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pentagon-to-send-nearly-4000-more-u-s-troops-to-afghanistan/

Study finds that 1/3 of American families spend more than 30% of their income on housing, while more than 1/6 spent half of their income, or more, on housing. “Much of the apartment construction in recent years has been made up of luxury developments catering to affluent renters rather than to households of modest means.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/higher-prices-squeezing-both-renters-and-would-be-homeowners/2017/06/16/73fd3a9c-5281-11e7-b74e-0d2785d3083d_story.html

Environmental group say FDA testing found lead in 20% of baby food it sampled and in 68% of grape juice sampled (89% of grape juice for babies!). “EDF analyzed 11 years of data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and found that food, and baby food in particular, is a meaningful – and surprising – source of lead.”   https://www.edf.org/health/lead-food-hidden-health-threat

Trump has $315 million in liabilities according to financial disclosure. “Among those liabilities is $80,000,000 – $175,000,000 in mortgages and loans from Deutsche Bank.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-releases-financial-disclosure/

Pro-Trump protesters attempt to disrupt free speech they don’t like. “Two protesters disrupted the New York City Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar with one being arrested on Friday night, police and the Public Theater said.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/pro-trump-protesters-rush-the-stage-at-nycs-julius-caesar-1-arrested/

Federal judge order Army Corps of Engineers to review Dakota Access pipeline impact. “…U.S. District Judge James Boasberg declared that the Corps “did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the  pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.””   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/15/significant-win-water-protectors-judge-orders-review-dapl-permits

Tech executive claims Uber official told him in job interview that company was not worried about its poor relationship with its drivers because, “we’re just going to replace them all with robots”.   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/17/uber-drivers-homeless-assault-travis-kalanick

Several of the bureaucrats in charge of Trumpcare transition allegedly lobbied for insurance companies. “Several senior Health and Human Services Administration appointees previously worked for insurers seeking to influence the consumer regulations mandated by the ACA, according to new political appointee financial disclosures obtained by The Intercept.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/06/15/hhs-trump-health-care-insurance-lobbyists-aca-repeal/

25 year old British hacker stole Department of Defense data. “Caffery made off with the usernames, ranks, phone number and email addresses of more than 800 DOD employees… (and) data related to more than 30,000 satellite phones.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/department-defense-hacked-british-hacker-admits-stealing-data-us-military-2553230

CIA has been hacking wireless networks “for years” according to Wikileaks documents. “The trove of documents released by the anti-(secrecy organization) on Thursday details the CIA’s CherryBlossom project, in which the intelligence agency has compromised Wi-Fi routers in private homes, public spaces, businesses and enterprise environments in order to gather information about specific targets.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/government-spying-wikileaks-cherry-blossom-documents-reveal-cia-hacks-wi-fi-routers-2552853

Air Force creates senior position to oversee space warfare. “We must organize and train forces to be able to prevail in any future conflict which could extend into space.”   https://www.dodbuzz.com/2017/06/16/preparing-for-war-in-space-air-force-reshuffles-leadership-team/

 

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June 17, 2017

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