July 31, 2017

Police chiefs say rough treatment of suspects should not be encouraged. “The last thing we need is a green light from the president of the United States for officers to use unnecessary force.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/07/29/u-s-police-chiefs-blast-trump-for-endorsing-police-brutality/?utm_term=.b9a75fddafd6

Candidates in Venezuelan constituent assembly election not representative of society. “The proposed Constituent Assembly would be made up of 545 members, all nominated by Maduro’s administration, giving him sweeping powers.”   http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/07/30/venezuelans-polls-pro-maduro-constituent-assembly/

Man wins $110,000 settlement after claiming he was illegally detained and tasered by police. “Aurora (Colorado) city attorney Mike Hyman said on Thursday the $110,000 settlement was reached to avoid the cost of prolonged litigation.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4740884/Black-man-tasered-police-given-110k-settlement.html?mwv_rm=als1

Obamacare opponent Tomi Lahren admits she is lucky because she is 24 and still allowed to remain on her parents’ health insurance, thanks to… Obamacare. “The popular conservative commentator thinks the healthcare law should be repealed, and she’s clearly angry that GOP Sen. John McCain cast one of the deciding votes against the effort.”   https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/tomi-lahren-obamacare-parents-insurance/   Thanks, Obama!

Philippine city’s mayor and 14 others killed in police raid. “Parojinog is the third mayor from Duterte’s list to be killed by police…”   http://www.npr.org/2017/07/30/540408626/police-raid-in-philippines-kills-mayor-who-president-had-named-as-drug-suspect

Russia expels 755 U.S. diplomats and support staff. “… Putin said that the number of American diplomatic and technical personnel will be capped at 455 — equivalent to the number of their Russian counterparts working in the United States.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/putin-orders-cut-of-755-personnel-at-us-missions/2017/07/30/8a4b0044-7555-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html

Bernie Sanders says he is still working on a Senate version of the “Medicare for All” bill, introduced in the House as HR 676 with 116 co-sponsors. “…we’re tweaking the final points of the bill and we’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/30/sanders-were-figuring-out-how-we-can-mount-national-campaign-single-payer

Trump budget cuts $630 million from Amtrak. “Losing 15 long-distance routes would end Amtrak’s rail services for 4.6 million passengers — 15 percent of its total ridership and 22 percent of its ticket revenue.”   http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/news/local/article_8f1f76bf-0ce1-5afc-9eb2-684509429963.html

British aviation agency blocks release of UFO sightings by pilots. “Government files of this kind are normally available under the Freedom of Information Act, which allows any member of the public to request files from the government.”   https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/3937426/secret-ufo-sighting-dossier-hushed-up-using-european-law-so-the-public-may-never-learn-whats-inside/

Progressive candidates getting up to speed for 2018 elections. “Up to 300 candidates from 40 states who have pledged to advance progressive policies are expected to attend the four-day training in downtown Washington, D.C. ”   https://mic.com/articles/182990/a-look-inside-the-candidate-boot-camp-training-the-next-wave-of-progressive-political-hopefuls

Putin signs Russian law banning virtual private networks. “The law, already approved by the Duma, the lower house of parliament, will ban the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies, known as anonymizers, that allow people to surf the web anonymously.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/putin-bans-vpns-to-stop-russians-accessing-prohibited-websites/

Trump reportedly fixated on Obamacare. “Congressional leaders have suggested they are ready to move on to other issues, but Trump over the weekend seemed unwilling to let the matter go.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/trump-demands-republican-senators-keep-working-on-healthcare-before-moving-on-to-something-else/


July 31, 2017

July 30, 2017

Hackers break into U.S. voting machines in 90 minutes. “Hackers at at a competition in Las Vegas were able to successfully breach the software of U.S. voting machines in just 90 minutes on Friday, illuminating glaring security deficiencies in America’s election infrastructure.”   http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/344488-hackers-break-into-voting-machines-in-minutes-at-hacking-competition

Apple pulls “virtual private network” apps from its app store in China. “VPNs allow users to bypass China’s so-called “Great Firewall” aimed at restricting access to overseas sites.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/r-update-1-apple-says-it-is-removing-vpn-services-from-china-app-store-2017-7

Republican politicians reportedly beginning to see President Trump as a liability. “Anyone in a position of responsibility in GOP politics is quickly losing patience with President Trump,” Alex Conant, a former adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), told the New York Times. “The dysfunction is beyond strange, it’s dangerous.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/the-dysfunction-is-dangerous-gop-quickly-losing-patience-with-trump-after-white-house-hell-week/

Trump again mentions “rough cookie” Chicago cop he met at a Trump rally, who claimed he could shut down crime in the city in “a couple of days” if put in charge. “Chicago police spokesman Frank Giancamilli said CPD brass had also been “unable to identify any Department member who had a conversation with then-candidate Trump”.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chicagoinc/ct-trump-mystery-cop-chicago-0730-chicago-inc-20170728-story.html

Washington, D.C. police officers are allegedly wearing t-shirt with white supremacists symbols – while on duty. “… defense attorneys have seen additional officers wear the t-shirts, including in court. Stop Police Terror Project D.C. organizer Eugene Puryear also told The Post that officers have been spotted wearing the shirt over their uniforms while waiting to testify.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/d-c-cop-under-investigation-for-wearing-white-supremacy-shirt-on-duty/

Trump threatens to cut off Obamacare subsidies for low income Americans unless he gets “repeal and replace” passed, in a tweet. “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-29/trump-hints-at-killing-subsidy-that-gives-health-care-to-poor

U.S. YPG volunteer and former Marine, David Taylor, reportedly killed fighting IS near Raqqa Syria, third U.S. volunteer to die in July. “I joined the YPG to fight ISIS and do whatever I can to help the revolution here.”   http://www.newsweek.com/us-national-david-taylor-killed-fighting-isis-syria-641566

Lawsuit accuses Cheatham County, Tennessee Sheriff’s deputies of torturing prisoner with taser. “(Jordan Elias Norris) suffered more than 40 pairs of Taser burns, many of which are unaccounted for by authorities, the lawsuit states.”   http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/cheatham/2017/07/28/three-deputies-placed-administrative-leave-after-lawsuit-claims-excessive-force-used-inmate/517969001/   Video shows deputies repeatedly tasering Norris while he is restrained in a chair, apparently including on his genitals.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsup2UnyV8E


July 30, 2017

July 29, 2017

Donald Trump tells audience of police officers it’s ok to rough up suspects, police officers applaud. “…the encouragement for police officers to do what they know is wrong — to disregard the laws they uphold — was a dark moment all its own.”   https://www.newsday.com/opinion/columnists/mark-chiusano/donald-trump-s-speech-was-made-more-disturbing-as-suffolk-county-cops-cheered-the-idea-of-police-brutality-1.13864824   Video here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBEzxKw81qo

Venezuelan president calls anti-government protesters “terrorists”. “The fast-escalating political showdown in the South American OPEC nation comes after more than 100 people have died and thousands more been injured in anti-government unrest since demonstrations began in April.”   http://www.france24.com/en/20170723-venezuela-protests-violence-strike-demonstrations-opposition-maduro-violinist

Limited repeal of Obamacare fails to pass in tight Senate vote. “A last-ditch effort to keep the Obamacare repeal push alive went down by a vote of 51 to 49 in the wee hours of Friday morning, with three GOP members breaking ranks: John McCain, Susan Collins and Murkowski.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/07/28/daily-202-trump-s-hardball-tactics-backfire-as-skinny-repeal-goes-down/597a7cf630fb045fdaef0fd5/

White House chief of staff resigns. “President Trump ousted his beleaguered chief of staff, Reince Priebus, naming Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to replace him Friday in the latest White House shakeup as the administration struggles to emerge from bitter staff infighting and a stalled legislative agenda.”   http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-shakeup-20170728-story.html

Wells Fargo to refund auto loan customers their payments for duplicate auto insurance. “…many customers appear not to have notified Wells Fargo of the redundant insurance.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/business/wells-fargo-unwanted-auto-insurance.html?ref=business&_r=0

Judge orders FAA to re-examine safety of smaller airline seats with less leg room. “All three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed the FAA must conduct a new review of the request for regulations setting a minimum airline seat size…”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-planes-idUSKBN1AD28Y

Anthony Scaramucci’s wife reportedly leaving him over Trump appointment. “Citing “multiple sources,” The Post’s Page Six reported that Scaramucci’s wife, Deidre Ball, filed for divorce after three years of marriage because of Scaramucci’s efforts to get close to President Donald Trump.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/anthony-scaramucci-deidre-ball-divorce-2017-7

Attorneys for CIA torture psychologists reportedly arguing their clients are like the technicians who helped develop the Zyklon B gas used in Nazi death camps. “Since the contractors were unable to make the decision to torture – instead designing torture regimens for the CIA and implementing them – their lawyers contend they are modern-day Drohsins, supplying modern-day Zyklon and advising on its use.”   http://www.thedailybeast.com/cias-mad-torture-scientists-were-like-those-who-made-gas-for-the-nazis

Customs and Border Patrol agents reportedly egged on 16 year-old traveler to drink suspected liquid, which turned out to be concentrated methamphetamine. “The young man, Cruz Velazquez, died within two hours of drinking the substance, but the two officers involved, Valerie Baird and Adrian Perallon, remain on the job today, with no disciplinary action taken against them.”   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video-shows-border-officers-appeared-encourage-permit-teen/story?id=48903893   If you can’t watch the video on the ABC website, it’s also posted here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn5I_luJfsY&spfreload=10

New York City couple reportedly jump to their deaths over cost of medical care. “We both have medical issues, we just can’t afford the health care.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/our-kids-are-upstairs-please-take-care-of-them-nyc-couple-leap-to-their-deaths-over-health-care-costs/

Sen. Rand Paul says defense bill should be debated, blocks fast-track. “In particular, Sen. Paul is seeking two amendments, one which ends NDAA authorization for indefinite detention of suspects,and another related to the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), something that was added to the House version but later quietly removed by the Speaker.”   http://news.antiwar.com/2017/07/28/rand-paul-blocks-dod-authorization-until-september/

Little mainstream press scrutiny of Amazon. “A review of 190 articles from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Bezos-owned Washington Post over the past year paints a picture of almost uniformly uncritical–ofttimes boosterish–coverage.”   http://fair.org/home/worlds-richest-person-escapes-scrutiny-from-his-own-paper-and-its-rivals/

Catholic Worker activists claim they repeatedly sabotaged Dakota Access pipeline. “The two… taught themselves how to destroy empty pipeline valves, and moved up and down the pipeline’s length, destroying the valves and delaying construction for weeks.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/28/meet_the_two_catholic_workers_who

Cleveland judge finds police officer not guilty in shooting death of unarmed suspect. “(Alan) Buford showed little emotion in the packed courtroom as the the judge read the verdict after explaining the hours worth of testimony in the case and all the evidence basically points to Buford doing what he was trained to do when he fired the shot that killed (Brandon) Jones.”   http://www.cleveland19.com/story/35996038/cleveland-cop-found-not-guilty-in-death-of-unarmed-teen

Southhaven, Mississippi man shot by police was hit in the back of the head says lawyer. “The prosecutor has said the officers were looking for a domestic violence suspect and may very well have been at the wrong house — there were no warrants for Lopez’s arrest.”   http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2017/07/28/lawyer-police-shot-ismael-lopez-back-head/521082001/


July 29, 2017

July 28, 2017

Federal government reverses course, green lights discrimination against LGBT employees. “The Justice Department announced on Wednesday that it does not consider workplace discrimination against LGBT individuals to be prohibited under federal civil rights law.”   http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/justice-department-lgbt-workplace-discrimination-is-allowed-under-civil-rights-law/

Two out of three federal 10th Circuit Court judges rule that 4th amendment does not protect citizens from unreasonable searches in case of mistaken SWAT raid on innocent family. “…by a 2-to-1 margin, the court found that while SWAT tactics themselves may have been an unreasonable use of force, in order to get past the qualified immunity afforded to police officers, the Hartes would have to show that not only were the tactics unreasonable, but also that there was clearly established law at the time stating that the officers’ tactics were unreasonable.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/the-watch/wp/2017/07/26/10th-circuit-grants-narrow-victory-to-family-raided-by-a-swat-team-over-loose-leaf-tea/

16,000 signatures demanding that charges against Reality Winner be dropped submitted to Justice Department on Whistleblower Appreciation Day. “Whistleblowers are essential to our democracy. Not only do we rely on them to alert us to fraud, abuse, waste, and worse, inside our government and corporations, but whistleblowers are often the canaries in the coalmine alerting us to attacks on the right to dissent that weaken democracy.”   https://rightsanddissent.org/news/16000-people-stand-reality/

Baltimore city councilman says jailing people is not a solution to gun crime. “I wish this hearing was about [lead] paint abatement or public health access or mental health access or expanding rec centers. These are immediate solutions. These are things we can do right now. Instead, we’re talking about throwing people in jail as if prisons are a place that people come out better.”   http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19644:Residents-Fight-Back-Against-Revival-of-Get-Tough-Crime-Strategy

FBI reportedly opened espionage investigation on peace group. “According to documents obtained by Shadowproof under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the FBI began investigating (the Stockholm International Peace Institute) after the group sent a generic questionnaire to an arms manufacturer.”   https://shadowproof.com/2017/07/26/fbi-targeted-renowned-arms-monitoring-group-espionage-investigation/

Ride at Ohio State fair reportedly passed multiple safety inspections before accident. “The investigation is in its early stages, but several officials left open the possibility that the collapse was an accident with no clear blame.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/27/us/ohio-state-fair-ride-disaster/index.html   How convenient!

White House communications director leans on reporter to reveal sources after story on Trump White House dinner with Anthony Scaramucci, Sean Hannity and Bill Shine. “You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”   http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/anthony-scaramucci-called-me-to-unload-about-white-house-leakers-reince-priebus-and-steve-bannon

Senate Appropriations Committee passes amendment to protect state medical marijuana laws. “The amendment, introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), adds a clause to the 2018 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill that prevents any federal funds to be used against “state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana”.”   http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/07/27/senate-panel-votes-to-protect-medical-marijuana-from-jeff-sessions/

Kansas Governor Brownback blames huge budget deficit on economic downturn. “Legislators earlier this year repealed the exemption for farmers and business owners and increased income tax rates to raise $1.2 billion over the next two years, enacting the tax hike over Brownback’s veto.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/kansas-brownback-still-touts-tax-cuts-as-he-heads-to-exit/2017/07/27/4899761e-731e-11e7-8c17-533c52b2f014_story.html   If cutting taxes on the rich doesn’t help improve the economy during recessions, maybe next time we can try it when the economy is booming?

California state prosecutor arrested on child pornography charges after ISPs report uploading of images, some in messaging programs. “After… those tips were forwarded to the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children task force, investigators tracked the activity to Liddy’s home in Coronado.”   http://www.cbs8.com/story/35982148/california-state-prosecutor-charged-with-child-pornography

Southhaven, Mississippi police accused of going to wrong home, shooting innocent man three times through his closed front door. “The attorneys said the private investigators with the firm they hired, Memphis-based Inquisitor Inc., went into the home, took photos, tracked bullet paths and made measurements to reach their conclusion the door was closed.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/07/27/lawyers-family-slain-man-dispute-police-account/515592001/   I imagine the bullet holes in the door were the big tip-off.

Anthony Scaramucci cites Joe Paterno in leak investigation, Twitter users respond. “White House believes good employees keep secrets the same way Joe Paterno protected sexual abusers of kids. Got it.”  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/anthony-scaramucci-quotes-joe-paterno-discussing-honor-article-1.3362154

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke accused of threatening legislators with loss of federal projects during Trumpcare vote. “The ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee is demanding an investigation into the Interior Department’s alleged threats against energy projects in Alaska—apparently made in retribution for Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) vote against the Republican healthcare plan.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/27/interior-secretary-accused-political-blackmail-after-senators-trumpcare-vote

Republican Senator introduces single payer health insurance amendment to Obamacare repeal bill. “(Steve) Daines’ single-payer amendment is a carbon copy of one offered in the House by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.”   http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/republican-sen-steve-daines-to-make-democrats-vote-on-single-payer/article/2629775

GOP drops plan to tax foreign imports from tax bill. “…the proposed border tax unleashed a major backlash from numerous companies that said it would drive up the costs of their products.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/07/27/paul-ryan-admits-defeat-giving-up-on-border-adjustment-tax/

Mexican marijuana smugglers reportedly hiding weed in imported cars. “For the second time in a month, leaders at Ford Motor Co. are scratching their heads over the discovery of hundreds of pounds of marijuana stashed in a shipment of Ford and Lincoln vehicles from the automaker’s assembly plant in Mexico.”   https://patch.com/michigan/detroit/marijuana-again-stashed-ford-auto-shipments-mexico

Study finds that moderate drinking may cut risk of diabetes. “In terms of volume, 14 alcoholic beverages each week for men and nine beverages each week for women yielded the best results: a 43% and 58% lower risk, respectively, compared to non-drinkers, the researchers found.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/27/health/diabetes-drinking-study/index.html

Declining number of steady jobs may be responsible for low Japanese birthrate, 40% of workers are now temporary, part-time or gig employees. “About 30 percent of irregular workers in their early 30s are married, compared to 56 percent of full-time corporate employees, according to Kingston.”   https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/07/japan-mystery-low-birth-rate/534291/

ALEC coalition said to be pushing for constitutional convention to roll back federal regulations. “They have not been successful in getting Congress to pull back the social safety net and Medicare, to repeal the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, they haven’t got rid of the EPA. I believe that the Article V constitutional convention is a way to get those done in really sneaky ways.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/inside-alec-corporate-push-constitutional-convention-2571452

Long Island, New York police officer charged with sexually assaulting suspect at police station. “McCoy allegedly assaulted her in an isolated room on two separate occasions following her arrest, grabbing her by the jaw and saying, “Let’s go, don’t make this hard,” according to a criminal complaint made public on Thursday.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/long-island-cop-charged-with-sexually-assaulting-arrested-woman/

Army Chief of Staff reportedly tells journalist he learned of Trump’s ban on transgendered soldiers via news media.   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/army-chief-of-staff-reveals-he-found-out-about-trumps-trans-ban-from-the-news/

Disability activists arrested during anti-Trumpcare protests. “At the heart of all of the repeal proposals has been gashing Medicaid. And Medicaid is what pays for the freedom of people with disabilities, why it hurts me to hear Republicans talk about liberty and freedom all of the time, when they want to steal the liberty and freedom of disabled people by cutting the one payer that pays for us to live in the community, that pays for us to live the American dream that every other American lives.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/27/the_rolling_resistance_meet_three_disability


July 28, 2017

July 27, 2017

Wisconsin Foxconn deal labeled “corporate welfare” by critics. “Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said at the White House his state will award $3 billion in incentives and sign a memorandum of understanding on the investment on Thursday.”    http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/foxconn-to-get-billion-in-incentives-for-wisconsin-plant/article_bff8fe8e-7cc4-5bee-baff-64ca457484ba.html

California woman detained in New Mexico at immigration checkpoint after refusing to answer citizenship questions. “Parmely told the station she was detained for about 90 minutes. During that time, her son had to use the bathroom. One agent, a woman, told her he couldn’t use it until she answered the citizenship question.”   http://ktla.com/2017/07/26/video-san-diego-teacher-detained-after-refusing-to-tell-border-patrol-agent-in-new-mexico-whether-she-is-u-s-citizen/   Video of their encounter is posted here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tplHv6hresg&spfreload=10

Trump tweets ban on transgendered soldiers in the military. “In 2016, the independent Rand Corporation estimated that about 4,000 US active-duty and reserve service members are transgender, although some campaigners put the figure higher than 10,000.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40736232

Straight repeal of Obamacare fails in Senate. “The vote, which is one of many expected during the ongoing health care debate, only garnered the support of 45 Republicans, short of the 50-votes necessary.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/senate-set-vote-straight-repeal-obamacare-n786691

Rights groups deliver petitions to politicians demanding government surveillance reform. “Section 702 has been interpreted by the government to allow warrantless surveillance of international communications entering or leaving the United States, including Americans’ international phone calls, text messages, emails, social media content, and more.”   https://rightsanddissent.org/news/bipartisan-coalition-delivers-grassroots-signatures-congress-surveillance-reform/

No, Donald, the U.S. does not have the “highest taxes in the world”. “In 2015, the US tax take came in at 26.4% of GDP, well below countries such as Italy at 43.3%, France at 45.5% and Denmark at 46.6%.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40728560

Most Americans have dangerous chemicals in their drinking water. “In the case of trihalomethanes, the carcinogen in the water of more than 250 million Americans, the legal limit is 100 times higher than safety guidelines. Some contaminants in our nation’s water supply violate both legal and health guidelines.”   https://patch.com/us/across-america/more-250m-americans-drink-water-cancer-linked-pollutants

Afghanistan’s mineral wealth may be tempting Trump to colonize the country. “In 2010, American officials estimated that Afghanistan had untapped mineral deposits worth nearly $1 trillion,” Risen and Landler note. This large figure reportedly “caught the attention of” the president, who has in the past argued that the biggest failure of the U.S. in Iraq was not “taking” the country’s oil.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/26/colonialism-and-greed-trump-considers-afghan-war-expansion-exploit-minerals

Capitol police allegedly ordered journalists to delete photos of protesters. “As nearly 100 demonstrators were arrested for protesting the vote to move to a debate on Trumpcare, which would cut health care coverage for up to 32 million Americans, police told reporters not to document the scene.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/26/aclu-objects-after-capitol-hill-police-tell-journalists-delete-protest-photos

Utility companies were warned in 1968 about global warming. “Carbon dioxide is not toxic, but it is the chief heat-absorbing component of the atmosphere. Such a change in the carbon dioxide level might, therefore, produce major consequences on the climate—possibly even triggering catastrophic effects such as have occurred from time to time in the past.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/26/utilities-knew-too-despite-warning-decades-ago-industry-lied-and-deceived-climate

Bundy supporter will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, fined $1.5 million, for role in 2014 armed standoff over government cattle seizure. “The sentence she imposed of 68 years and three months was markedly lower than the 87 years prosecutors had requested.”   https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/bundy-blm/bundy-supporter-burleson-sentenced-to-68-years-in-prison/

Iraqi soldiers admit to mass killings in Mosul. “Daesh, men, women and children. We killed everyone.”   http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/mosuls-final-bloodbath-we-killed-everyone-men-women-children-1721780413

Government documents show massive abuse of warrantless spying program. “The NSA claims it has rules to protect our privacy, but it turns out those rules are weak, full of loopholes, and violated again and again.”   http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/343785-newly-declassified-memos-detail-extent-of-improper-obama-era-nsa

Federal investigators reportedly hacking into Trump inauguration protesters’ phones. “Officials seized Trump protesters’ cell phones, cracked their passwords, and are now attempting to use the contents to convict them of conspiracy to riot at the presidential inauguration.”   http://www.thedailybeast.com/feds-crack-trump-protesters-phones-to-charge-them-with-felony-rioting

Philippine president threatens to bomb schools in rebel held zone, human rights groups point out that this is illegal. “U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said international humanitarian law “prohibits attacks on schools and other civilian structures unless they are being used for military purposes,” adding that deliberate attacks on civilians, including students and teachers, “is also a war crime.”   http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/rights-groups-duterte-retract-threat-bomb-schools-48850124


July 27, 2017

July 26, 2017

Trump tweet accuses Clinton campaign of receiving help from Ukraine. “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign — “quietly working to boost Clinton.” So where is the investigation A.G.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/zorn/ct-donald-trump-tweets-perspec-0726-jm-20170725-column.html

Obamacare repeal and replace fails for third time, Republicans only getting 43 of 60 votes needed. “The fact that the comprehensive replacement plan came up well short of even 50 votes was an ominous sign for Republican leaders still seeking a formula to pass final health care legislation this week.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/us/politics/senate-health-care.html

Wasserman Schultz IT employee arrested trying to leave the country. “Law enforcement authorities for months have been looking into how Awan may have double-billed the House for equipment like computers, iPads, monitors, keyboards and routers.”   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/25/feds-arrest-it-staffer-for-wasserman-schultz-trying-to-leave-country.html

Minneapolis police reportedly searched police shooting victim’s home after killing her. “Investigators searched the house for ‘bodily fluids, controlled substances, and writings’, court documents revealed.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4730618/Justine-Damond-investigators-search-home-drugs-Minneapolis.html

House votes to reverse ruling that allowed class action lawsuits against financial institutions with “mandatory arbitration” language in their contracts. “…89% of consumers said they wanted the right to participate in class-action suits against their banks, when the Philadelphia-based nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts surveyed about 1,000 consumers in 2016.”   http://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-cfpb-just-announced-a-rule-that-could-help-consumers-sue-major-companies-2017-07-10   Sorry folks, you’re “not in the club”, as George Carlin used to say.

Irregular work, inability to save preventing low-income households from owning homes. “This inability to save stems in part from the increasing number of jobs that don’t provide a reliable stream of income, leaving many working families vulnerable to jarring ups-and-downs in their take-home pay.”   http://www.marketwatch.com/story/one-depressing-reason-millions-of-people-are-locked-out-of-the-american-dream-2017-07-25

Sperm counts down almost 60% in developed countries, stress, chemicals or pesticides among possible causes. “Studies show that men with lower sperm counts are more vulnerable to certain cancers, heart disease, diabetes and early death.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/25/male-sperm-count-declining/508734001/

Trump tells Boy Scout gathering that his administration hopes to start “killing this horrible thing called Obamacare”, scouts respond with chants of “USA!, USA!, USA!”.   https://twitter.com/igorvolsky/status/889629841724755968

House passes additional sanctions on Russia for election meddling, ahead of results of congressional and Mueller investigations. “The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to slap new sanctions on Russia and force President Donald Trump to obtain lawmakers’ permission before easing any sanctions on Moscow, in a rare rebuke of the Republican president.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-idUSKBN1AA28W   So what do they know that the public doesn’t know?

Chaffey College police officer opens fire on woman in parking lot. “Although she was not struck during the shooting, she was taken to a hospital as a precaution, police said. What prompted the shooting was unknown.”   http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Chaffey-College-Shooting-Campus-436549423.html

Duchesne, Utah family sues county over take-down and arrest of autistic 13 year-old who was allegedly peeking in library windows while taking his gerbil for a walk. “Aside from excessive force that Vallejo says distressed and bruised the boy, the suit alleges racial profiling and unreasonable search and seizure — and that the officer should have known the boy had a disability.”   https://www.ksl.com/?sid=45166693&nid=148   Video is here, but you apparently have to sign into Facebook to visit the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office website. I was unable to watch the entire video.   https://www.facebook.com/165120393640803/videos/845024702317032/

Chinese government allegedly requiring Muslim citizens to install spyware on their cell phones. “Police have begun stopping people on the streets to see if they have installed the app… Citizens who fail to install the app or who later delete it may be detained for up to 10 days by police, local news outlets report.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/china-forces-muslims-install-anti-terrorist-surveillance-app-phones-2570495

Videos suggest Russia is getting some Afghanistan payback by arming Taliban. “These (free pistols) are made in Russia, and are very good stuff.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/russia-could-be-arming-taliban-afghanistan-report-2570295

Taliban also being armed, indirectly, by the U.S. “Weaponry provided to the Afghan military over the last 16 years has slowly trickled down to the Taliban through corruption and battlefield losses.”   https://www.armytimes.com/flashpoints/2017/07/25/us-weapons-complicate-afghan-war/

Pittsfield, Massachusetts officer accused of helping a friend beat a man and then framing him. “The victim in the assault was arrested by McHugh that night on counts of operating under the influence, disturbing the peace, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.”   http://www.iberkshires.com/blogs/blotter?bid=3465

Man in “Russia-gate” meeting with Donald Trump Jr. alleged to have helped Russian oligarchs launder money. “(The GAO) report accounted for over $1.4B moving through accounts set up by IBC and Euro-American under shell-company names between 1991 and 2000.”   https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/07/24/irakly-kaveladze-eighth-person-trump-tower-meeting/

Secretary of State Tillerson is on vacation – maybe. “State Department spokesman Heather Nauert on Tuesday declined to provide the whereabouts of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying simply that the head of the U.S. Department of State is “entitled to take a few days for himself”.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/hes-just-taking-a-little-time-off-state-dept-spokesperson-evades-question-about-tillersons-whereabouts/

National Archives releases more John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassination documents. “Most of the documents were previously released with parts redacted, and 441 have never been released before.”   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/cia-fbi-documents-investigation-kennedy-assassination-released/story?id=48817457

Vietnamese dissident receives 9 year sentence for “propagandizing against the state”. “The verdict ruled that (Tran Thi) Nga produced and posted online videos that accused “the communist state of violating human rights and called for pluralism and the elimination of Article 4 of the Constitution,” which enshrines a one-party state, news reports said.”   https://cpj.org/2017/07/vietnamese-blogger-sentenced-to-nine-years-in-pris.php

Two arrested at pipeline protest in Richmond, California. “…two protesters were arrested as a dozen people blockaded the gates of the Kinder Morgan oil terminal in Richmond Monday morning to protest the company’s plans to expand the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline in Canada.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/25/headlines/2_arrested_as_protesters_blockade_kinder_morgan_terminal_in_richmond_ca

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July 25, 2017

Jared Kushner, testifying behind closed doors, denies any knowledge of Russian collusion with Trump campaign. “I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so.”   http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-kushner-1500915032-htmlstory.html   OK, wait, wait, wait a minute. You were in a meeting with a Russian lawyer who offered dirt on Hillary, which was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” Not only was this email forwarded to you, but you were in the meeting! And it’s been in the news!   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/11/us/politics/trump-russia-email-clinton.html

EPA blocks safety rules for chemical plants, director Scott Pruitt gets sued by 11 states.  “The delay of the rules, notes Genna Reed at the Union of Concerned Scientists, “came after several petitions from the American Chemistry Council and a handful of other chemical manufacturing corporations, oil and gas companies, and trade organizations asked the agency to reconsider the rule”.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/24/epa-decided-preventing-westtexas-style-accicdent-wasnt-priority-so-11-ags-are-suing

Minneapolis-St. Paul pranksters post warning signs after shootings of Damond and Castile. “WARNING: TWIN CITIES POLICE EASILY STARTLED.”   http://www.startribune.com/fake-street-signs-warn-of-easily-startled-police/436208463/

Employees to have company microchips implanted in their hands. “We’ve survived thousands of years as a species without being microchipped, is there any particular need to do it now?”   http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/tech-company-workers-agree-microchips-implanted-hands/story?id=48818529   Voluntary, for now….

Homeless allegedly cleared from New York City subway stations for mayor’s photo op, Republican opponent accuses de Blasio of not caring about the homeless. “These are fellow New Yorkers who are sleeping in the street, sleeping in the subway. The mayor just doesn’t care.”   https://nypost.com/2017/07/23/homeless-booted-from-subways-so-de-blasio-could-have-clean-ride/

Terrorism trial begins for Turkish journalists. “”Journalism is not a crime,” chanted several hundred people gathered outside the central Istanbul court to protest against the prosecution of 17 writers, executives and lawyers of the secularist Cumhuriyet newspaper.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-newspaper-idUSKBN1A90XY?il=0

Healthcare a very profitable business for company CEOs. “The median household income in 2015 was $56,515, which the average healthcare CEO made in less than a day.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/24/obscene-70-top-healthcare-ceos-raked-98-billion-2010

After massive protests, Polish president vetoes plan to let politicians pick Supreme Court judges. “Under the current system, Supreme Court candidates are selected by an independent body consisting mainly of judges but also some politicians.”   https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-07-24/protests-persuade-polish-president-veto-court-reforms

Construction worker at Tokyo Olympic site worked 200 hours of overtime in the month before his suicide claims his family. “His parents applied for compensation last week and asked the government to recognise his suicide as a case of “karoshi” or death from overwork.”   http://indianexpress.com/article/sports/sport-others/tokyo-olympic-stadium-workers-suicide-due-to-overwork-allege-family-4762188/

Ad boosting Detroit fails to include any black residents. “Dan Gilbert is apologizing for his real estate company’s display in a downtown Detroit window that showed a large gathering of mostly white people with the words, “See Detroit like we do.”   http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20170724/news/634671/we-screwed-up-badly-gilbert-apologizes-after-detroit-window-display   “Mostly white people” means there is one middle-eastern guy in the background.

Republican congressman blames female senators for Trumpcare fail. “(Blake) Farenthold complained about some female lawmakers and said, “If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style.”   http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/lawmaker-blames-female-senators-failed-health-care-bill-n786071   Guess they can’t blame the black guy in the White House anymore.

British girl fined $195 for unlicensed lemonade stand. “According to Spicer, his daughter “burst into tears” when four law enforcement officials walked up to her stand and “began reading from a big script explaining that she did not have a trading license”.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/5-year-old-girl-fined-police-selling-lemonade-2569983

Trump reportedly tells Boy Scouts that their government is hopelessly corrupt. “I go to Washington and I see all these politicians, and I see the swamp. In fact it’s not a good place — we should change it from the swamp to the cesspool or perhaps use the word sewer.”   http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-trump-slams-gop-senators-trumpets-his-1500937520-htmlstory.html

Trump administration talking point related by communications director Scaramucci allegedly came from Vladimir Putin. “(Trump) emerged (from his meeting with Putin at the G20 summit) to tell his aides that the Russian president had offered a compelling rejoinder: Moscow’s cyberoperators are so good at covert computer-network operations that if they had dipped into the Democratic National Committee’s systems, they would not have been caught.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/trumps-theory-that-russian-hackers-are-too-good-to-get-caught-came-directly-from-putin-in-hamburg-meeting/


July 25, 2017