July 6, 2017

Protesters arrested outside Baton Rouge police department. “On Wednesday afternoon, about two dozen protesters, some of them members of the New Black Panther Party, marched to the Triple S Food Mart where (Alton) Sterling was fatally shot and to the Baton Rouge Police Department.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/protestors-arrested-alton-sterling-death-anniversary-article-1.3304737

Federal prosecutors ask for gag order for leaked police body cam video of Trump inauguration protest. “…veteran civil rights attorney Martin Stolar called the motion for the protective order “pure intimidation,” noting that if there was no previous gag in place (then) anybody was free to share the video.”   https://indypendent.org/2017/06/j20-prosecutors-seek-gag-order-after-indy-publishes-body-cam-video/

Justice Department demands records from news outlet that ran Barrett Brown columns while he was in prison. “His charges and arrest in 2012 stemmed from his reporting on hacked emails from private intelligence contracting firms.”   http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41138-justice-department-subpoenas-the-intercept-for-records-on-barrett-brown

Some clueless Americans thought NPR was tweeting for a revolution, did not recognize the Declaration of Independence. “At least a couple of replies called for NPR to lose its funding.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/05/us/npr-twitter-declaration-trnd/index.html

Turkish leader claims opposition marchers are siding with terrorists. “Some analysts have seen the 450-kilometer (280 miles) trek from Ankara to Istanbul led by Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu as a significant challenge to Erdogan but the Turkish strongman has regarded it with disdain.”   http://www.timesofisrael.com/erdogan-slams-opposition-as-justice-march-nears-istanbul/

The forgotten woman who illegally printed up copies of the Declaration of Independence. “Until (Mary Katharine) Goddard got the assignment from Congress to print and distribute copies of the Declaration, it was more like an anonymous Internet post than a document of record.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/this-womans-name-appears-on-the-declaration-of-independence-so-why-dont-we-know-her-story/2017/07/03/ce86bf2e-5ff1-11e7-84a1-a26b75ad39fe_story.html

Rich investors don’t create jobs, their customers do. “…ultimately, whether a new company continues growing and creates self-sustaining jobs is a function of the company’s customers’ ability and willingness to pay for the company’s products, not the entrepreneur or the investor capital.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/rich-people-create-jobs-2013-11

United Airlines reportedly makes a woman buy a seat for her 2 year old, then makes her put the child on her lap so they can seat a stand-by customer. She complained, a little. “I started remembering all those incidents with United on the news. The violence. Teeth getting knocked out. I’m Asian. I’m scared and I felt uncomfortable. I didn’t want those things to happen to me.”   http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2017/07/05/united-airlines-gives-2-year-olds-seat-away-to-standby-passenger.html

Hobby Lobby fined for illegally importing antiquities. “The arts-and-crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has agreed to pay a $3 million fine for illegally smuggling thousands of ancient clay artifacts into the United States from Iraq, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/07/05/hobby-lobby-fined-3-million-for-artifacts-smuggled-from-iraq/

Government supporters with weapons attack Venezuelan legislators and journalists in parliament, five reportedly injured. “Military police guarding the site stood by as intruders brandishing sticks and pipes broke through the gate, AFP said.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40509498

Amnesty International says EU’s strategy to keep out migrants is resulting in human rights violations. “After the (Libyan) coastguard intercepts boats bound for Europe, refugees are reportedly “returned to Libya where they are routinely detained and tortured and where no asylum law or system exist. Those trapped in Libya are vulnerable to human rights violations and abuses including killings, torture, rape, kidnappings, forced labor, and arbitrary and indefinite detention in cruel, inhuman and degrading conditions.””   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/05/deathtoll-rises-eu-condemned-failing-policies-refugee-crisis

Some Republicans accused of dodging constituents to avoid criticism of their support for Trumpcare plan. “Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), whose state has the fifth-highest Medicaid enrollment in the country, released a short video on YouTube wishing West Virginians a happy holiday, but didn’t meet with any of them publicly.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/05/trumpcare-protests-grow-gop-senators-duck-and-dodge-determined-voters

Senator holds “town hall” meeting, reportedly only lets in 8 pre-selected constituents. “Scores of people gathered outside the ABC27 studio in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where Toomey was holding what had been billed as a town hall meeting. But in reality just eight audience members were allowed into the invite-only event…”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/05/pat-toomey-ted-cruz-healthcare-bill-protest

German police break up G20 protest in Hamburg. “German police deployed a water cannon and pepper spray to disperse around 500 protesters in Hamburg, ahead of the Group of 20 (G20) Summit this weekend, where advocacy groups say global leaders will continue to support a flawed model for creating a more just world.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/05/german-police-deploy-water-cannon-against-g20-protesters

Some world leaders using disasters as excuses to impose unpopular agendas. “Shock tactics follow a clear pattern: wait for a crisis (or even, in some instances, as in Chile or Russia, help foment one), declare a moment of what is sometimes called “extraordinary politics”, suspend some or all democratic norms – and then ram the corporate wishlist through as quickly as possible.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/06/naomi-klein-how-power-profits-from-disaster

Investigators reportedly examining whether Russian “fake news” stories about Hillary Clinton were directed and spread by Trump supporters. “(Senator Mark) Warner said there was evidence that this campaign appeared to be focused on key voters in swing states, raising the question over whether there was coordination with US political operatives in directing the flow of bogus stories.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/05/donald-trump-russia-investigation-fake-news-hillary-clinton

Amnesty International concerned about fate of dissident in Bahrain. “We are deeply concerned about Ebtisam (al-Saegh)’s wellbeing. When she was arrested in May 2017, she was beaten and sexually assaulted by members of the Bahraini National Security Agency. Bahraini authorities have failed to investigate those claims and we fear that she is at high risk of torture as long as she remains in custody.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/06/activist-rearrested-bahrain-risk-torture-amnesty-international-ebtisam-al-saegh

Chinese and Indian troops clash (without weapons) in Bhutan. “To avoid escalation, frontline troops in the area do not generally carry weapons, and the Chinese and Indian troops reportedly clashed by “jostling”: bumping chests, without punching or kicking, in order to force the other side backwards.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/06/china-india-bhutan-standoff-disputed-territory

U.S. House bill would change congressional elections to “ranked choice voting” system, helping minor party candidates. “RCV would make it so that there is no longer anything as a “wasted” vote — if your candidate ends up not being one of the top two candidates in the election, you can deliver your other votes to one of those instead.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/07/05/new-house-bill-would-kill-gerrymandering-and-could-move-america-away-from-two-party-dominance/

Thousands of U.S. citizens have reportedly been illegally detained and deported. ” A 2011 report by political science professor at Northwestern University and director of its Deportation Research Clinic, Jacqueline Stevens, said tens of thousands of American citizens had been detained or deported in just under a decade.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/us-immigration-illegally-detaining-deporting-its-citizens-years-despite-documents-2561946

Trump supporter caught trying to frame liberals. “Responding officers found “Kill Trump,” “Left is the best,” “Bernie Sanders 2020” and “Death to Trump” written on a sign in the playground.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/false-flag-trump-supporter-vandalized-a-school-with-liberal-hate-speech-to-frame-detractors/

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee asks supporters to pick which stickers they should print, choices include, “She persisted, we resisted” and “Make Congress Blue Again”.   http://www.newsweek.com/democrats-suggested-bumper-sticker-slogan-asks-voters-have-you-seen-other-guys-632420

Saudi Arabia primary funder of Islamic extremism in the U.K. says report, British government keeping results of its own report under wraps. “Saudi Arabia has, since the 1960s, sponsored a multimillion-dollar effort to export Wahhabi Islam across the Islamic world, including to Muslim communities in the west.”   https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/05/report-calls-for-public-inquiry-into-gulf-funding-of-british-extremism


July 6, 2017

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