July 2, 2017

Canadian police arrest 10 indigenous activists erecting teepee near PM Trudeau’s office for Canada Day observance. “Candace Day Neveau, from a group called the Bawating Water Protectors that arrived in Ottawa from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on Wednesday, said those arrested were ordered to stay away from Parliament Hill for six months.”   https://www.sootoday.com/national-news/indigenous-demonstrators-erect-teepee-on-parliament-hill-to-protest-canada-day-656982

Almost everyone in the world has seen substantial gains in income in the last 20 years thanks to globalization, except for the working and middle classes of developed countries, points out economist. “Globalization is one factor but there is also technological change, though in my opinion that is not completely unrelated to globalization, because though there is technological change in iPhones, for example, they are being produced physically, thanks to globalization, in Burma or Vietnam. It would be different if they were being produced in the U.S. or Sweden.”   http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/hottest-chart-economics-means/

Some of the lowest paid workers in Los Angeles get a pay raise. “When the minimum wage in Los Angeles climbed from $10.50 to $12 an hour for large businesses on July 1, it marked the fourth such increase in three years…”   http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-minimum-wage-los-angeles-20170701-story.html

States divided on how to respond to White House request for voter data. “More than two dozen states have refused to fully comply with a sweeping and unprecedented White House request to turn over voter registration data, including sensitive information like partial Social Security numbers, party affiliation and military status.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/07/01/trump-says-states-are-trying-to-hide-things-from-his-voter-fraud-commission-heres-what-they-actually-say/

Nevadans line up after state legalizes recreational marijuana. “Nevada has become the fifth state in the U.S. with stores selling marijuana for recreational use.”   http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/07/01/legal-pot-sales-nevada-buyers-lining-up/

London marchers say “no” to government cut-backs. “Tens of thousands marched through central London on Saturday to protest privatization and austerity that has led to cuts in spending for education and public services.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/01/not-one-day-more-massive-london-rally-says-no-austerity-privatization

Minneapolis raises minimum wage to $15 an hour, to be phased in by 2024. “Today’s vote, while historic, is just another step in our unending journey to build a better city.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/30/watch-keith-ellison-jams-out-celebrate-minneapolis-15-minimum-wage

U.S. residents spend far more for healthcare, but don’t have the best results. “Total health spending last year, including private out-of-pocket and government spending, was $8,985 per person in the US…  The life expectancy of the average American is 78.8 years, putting the US a fraction ahead of the Czech Republic, where out of pocket spending was just $236 last year.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/datablog/2017/jul/02/us-healthcare-broken-system-one-chart

Democratic Party super delegate Dick Gephardt says no chance of single-payer health system instead of Trumpcare. “There is no way you could pass single payer in any intermediate future.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/07/01/dick-gephardt-single-payer-health-insurance-lobbyists/

Cops reportedly intercepted more than 3 million phone calls during one Pennsylvania drug investigation. “The phone tapping was authorized by a single wiretap order. The order was signed to help the authorities track 26 individuals suspected of illegal drug trafficking and narcotics-related activities in Pennsylvania.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/can-government-tap-phone-calls-33-million-phones-heard-single-investigation-2560243

U.S. general admits there is rarely any on site investigation of civilians deaths due to airstrikes. “The U.S. government’s failure to speak to people on the ground demolishes Bontrager’s claim that his investigation (into the al-Jinah strike) left “no stone unturned”. Human Rights Watch, in contrast, interviewed 14 people by phone who had first-hand knowledge of the attack, including four who were in the mosque at the time of the attack; eight local residents, first responders, and local journalists who arrived at the site shortly after the attack; and two medical personnel who treated people injured in the attack.”   https://www.justsecurity.org/42675/pentagon-admits-rarely-talks-air-strike-witnesses-victims/

Judges dismiss lawsuit against Barack Obama over unintended drone strike deaths, but one issues opinion calling congressional oversight “a joke, and a bad one at that”. “Judge Brown appears profoundly uncomfortable with her court giving our president carte blanche to kill innocents abroad.”   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/court-dismisses-jaber-lawsuit-yemen-drone-strike-170630230444615.html

Girls’ robotics team from Afghanistan denied visas for U.S. competition. “Six teenage girls from Afghanistan planned to come to the U.S. to compete in the First Global Challenge robotics competition this month, but those plans were canceled after they were denied visas to enter the country.”   https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/30/15903206/afghanistan-robot-team-denied-us-visa   Taliban wins!

U.S. may move some defense production to Ukraine. “Speaking late on Thursday, Gurak said he had had negotiations with U.S. companies about setting up manufacturing facilities in Ukraine.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-usa-idUSKBN19L1SY

ING says it won’t finance Canadian tar sands projects. “… Dutch banking giant ING said Wednesday it would not finance major pipeline projects in Canada over concerns about the impact of tar sands extraction on First Nations communities and the climate.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/30/headlines/dutch_bank_ing_to_divest_from_canadian_pipelines_over_tar_sands_oil

Journalist says big players in the health insurance debate are Koch-funded groups, medical device manufacturers, health insurance companies and lobbyists. “(Health insurance companies have) told their shareholders, if these taxes are repealed they can return more money to shareholders, that they think their stock price will improve.” https://www.democracynow.org/2017/6/29/part_2_lee_fang_on_koch

Thousands marching 280 miles against ruling party in Turkey. “There is oppression against the opposition, and lawmakers are being arrested. This justice march is against this civil coup.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/30/weve-lost-democracy-on-the-road-with-turkeys-justice-marchers

Police in U.S. on track to fatally shoot more than 1,000 people for third year in a row. “Police nationwide shot and killed 492 people in the first six months of this year, a number nearly identical to the count for the same period in each of the prior two years.”   http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/01/fatal-police-shootings-2017/

Green Party’s Jill Stein says Russia investigation needs to focus on U.S. election infrastructure. “I myself launched an inquiry into interference in the elections and into hacking in the elections in the form of a recount, which is still seeking, actually, through the court of law and through followup litigation, to get our hands on the machines and the software.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/jill-stein-id-welcome-telling-intel-members-looking-at-russian-hacking-what-i-learned-from-my-recount-effort/

Trump travel costing taxpayers millions. “If Trump had stayed in Washington D.C. (this) weekend, he would have saved taxpayers over $800,000 in flights and likely more in security costs by staying at the White House.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/trump-just-wasted-400000-of-taxpayer-money-to-fly-back-to-washington-to-attend-a-concert/


July 2, 2017

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