July 13, 2017

Woman stopped for “driving while black” turns out to be Florida state attorney, asks officers why she was stopped. “Oh, we run tags through all the time, whether it’s a traffic light and that sort of stuff, that’s how we figure out if cars are stolen and that sort of thing,” the officer said. “Also, the windows are really dark. I don’t have a tint measure, but that’s another reason for the stop.”   https://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/video-shows-police-officer-struggle-to-explain-why-he

Dept. of Education’s senior civil rights official reportedly suggests 90% of campus sexual assault complaints are bogus. “…the accusations — 90% of them — fall into the category of ‘We were both drunk,’ ‘We broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right’.”   http://college.usatoday.com/2017/07/12/survivors-blast-ed-dept-officials-claim-that-90-of-campus-rapes-are-regretted-hookups/

Suspect in Oklahoma recruiting office bombing is reportedly former Air Force and Air National Guard airman. “Four federal explosives charges have been filed against a disgruntled former member of the military accused of bombing an Air Force recruiting center in Bixby, Oklahoma.”   http://heavy.com/news/2017/07/benjamin-roden-air-force-recruiting-bixby-tulsa-oklahoma-bombing-explosion/

Countering Violent Extremism program heavily biased against Muslims say critics. “I am not aware of a single U.S. CVE program that goes out into white communities to help them identify potential violent individuals in their midst or that provides white communities with social and economic resources with the explicit purpose of preventing the next shooting at an African American church. ”   https://www.justsecurity.org/42998/trump-administration-reason-discontinue-cve/

Massachusetts bill would outlaw human rights based boycotts. “The bill S.1689/H.1685, purports to be about discrimination, but its supporters have made it clear that their intent is to silence Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns for Palestinian rights, which use First Amendment protected nonviolent tactics to promote human rights.”   https://rightsanddissent.org/news/defending-rights-dissent-leads-civil-liberties-groups-opposing-massachusetts-anti-boycott-bill/

Attorney General Sessions to attend closed-to-the-public meeting with anti-gay group. “ADF has been previously designated (as an extremist group) and Sessions’ appearance at this event, as the top law enforcement official in the country, brings in to question whether the attorney general intends to protect all Americans.”   http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash/doj_refuses_to_explain_why_jeff_sessions_is_speaking_to_an_anti_gay_hate_group_tonight_behind_closed_doors

Trump tax plan heavily favors the wealthiest Americans says tax policy watchdog. “Trump’s tax cuts would give the poor $40 each and the ultra-rich $940,000.”   https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/12/15959210/trump-tax-cuts-reform-tax-policy-center

Huge ice sheet breaks off Antarctica. “Its volume is twice that of Lake Erie…”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/07/12/one-of-the-biggest-icebergs-in-recorded-history-just-broke-loose-from-antarctica/

1/4 of the world’s children are “stunted”. “What children consume during their first 1,000 days can affect whether “they’ll be able to learn in school, their capacity to perform at a job later in life, their earning potential, and then their health throughout life”.”   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chronic-malnutrition-madagascar-stunting_us_5772b07fe4b0f168323b1eb0

Republicans side with banking industry on arbitration clauses. “Driving dispute resolutions into class actions is probably harmful to consumers rather than helpful to consumers.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/12/serving-wall-street-predators-gop-launches-swift-attack-new-rule-protecting

Nominee to lead FBI says Russia investigation is not fake news. “I do not consider director Mueller to be on a witch-hunt.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/12/fbi-christopher-wray-senate-confirmation-hearing-trump-russia

RBS to pay $5.5 billion settlement for misleading investors. “Royal Bank of Scotland has been ordered to pay $5.5bn to US regulators for misselling toxic mortgage bonds in a “stark reminder” of its behaviour in the run-up to the financial crisis.”   https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jul/12/rbs-fine-us-loan-misselling-scandal-federal-housing-finance-agency

CBP officers accused of turning away asylum seekers. “Legal and immigration advocacy groups today filed a class action lawsuit against CPB and the Department of Homeland Security alleging a pattern of misinformation, verbal and physical abuse, intimidation, and outright illegal turn-backs of people requesting asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/07/12/emboldened-by-trump-u-s-border-officials-are-lying-to-asylum-seekers-and-turning-them-away/

Fox runs “horror movie” clip about progressives featuring rioting and violence. “The video features the text, “progressive push across America”.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/fox-business-airs-horror-movie-trailer-warning-viewers-that-progressives-are-moving-across-the-us/

Christian reality TV star reportedly sentenced to 40 years for multiple counts of sex with a child. “Willis was the patriarch of TLC’s former reality show “The Willis Family”.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/conservative-christian-reality-tv-star-toby-willis-gets-40-years-in-prison-after-pleading-guilty-to-child-rape/

Governments targeting activists with spyware. “As we’ve shown at Citizen Lab in our research, there’s really, I would call it, an epidemic of targeted digital espionage against civil society worldwide, against journalists, human rights advocates and so on.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/13/from_mexico_to_russia_to_uae

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July 13, 2017

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