July 16, 2017

Few details released on Air Canada near miss at SFO. “Apparently only a last-minute warning from an alert pilot on the ground prevented an Air Canada plane mistakenly landing on a taxiway where four fully fueled planes were awaiting permission for take-off.”   http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/07/15/editorial-canadians-saying-more-about-sfo-near-disaster-than-faa/

Several nasty, hidden surprises in Senate Trumpcare bill, such as Trump’s HHS secretary having unilateral control of federal “slush funds”. “…there are no rules or standards guiding (Health and Human Services Secretary Tom) Price’s hand…. The money (to help states cope with drastic Medicaid cuts) doesn’t have to go to services for low-income people or to replace lost Medicaid funding.”   http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-bcra-20170714-story.html

Pastors sue Coke over deaths of parishioners. “Coates said… that it has “become really clear to me that we’re losing more people to the sweets than to the streets”.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2-pastors-file-suit-against-coca-cola-over-soda-health-risks/2017/07/14/78af46ee-68b0-11e7-94ab-5b1f0ff459df_story.html

Women on Capitol Hill fight for their right to bare arms. “Female reporters (wearing sleeveless tops) have said they had been prevented from entering the lobby area, where the press meets to ask questions of US politicians. ”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40618356

Good government group sues Trump administration over voting data requests. “Filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by Common Cause, the suit argues that “the unlawful collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of the sensitive and personal voting data of millions of Americans” by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Social Security Administration violates the Privacy Act and Administrative Procedure Act.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/15/new-lawsuit-aims-stop-trumps-sham-commission-dead-its-tracks

House passes $696 billion military budget. “While war profiteers rejoice, voters wonder why the government cannot provide for education, job creation, healthcare, and needs in their community.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/14/house-passes-defense-bill-sure-make-war-profiteers-rejoice

Russian lobbyist who met with Trump Jr. has background in “opposition research”. “In his own investigations over the years, Mr. Akhmetshin has acquired a reputation for obtaining email records, information from spyware and other data that appeared to be drawn from Russian hackers.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/15/world/europe/rinat-akhmetshin-donald-trump-jr-natalia-veselnitskaya.html

Defense bill contains hidden gift for military contractors – more freedom to gouge taxpayers. “Buried in the NDAA, which is scheduled to pass the House Friday, is an increase in the (number) of products which can be sold to the military without providing cost information — data about the price of manufacturing and labor.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/07/14/congress-trying-to-sneak-through-major-giveaway-to-defense-contractors/

Trump wins again, with lowest approval rating for any U.S. president in the last 70 years. “President Donald Trump’s approval rating has fallen to a mere 36 percent in a span of six months after he assumed the office in January, according to the latest poll conducted jointly by ABC News and the Washington Post.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/trumps-approval-ratings-drop-36-percent-lowest-any-president-70-years-2566343

Ann Coulter, unhappy with how a major American company in a free-market, capitalist economy mistreats its customers, complains bitterly on Twitter after Delta makes her change seats. “But at least @Delta was nice @ it, summarily snatching my ticket from my hand & ordering me to move w/o explanation, compensation or apology.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/ann-coulter-blasts-delta-removing-her-airplane-seat-twitter-reacts-2566272   Clearly this is the result of excessive government regulation of the airline industry!

U.N. urges Venezuelan government to stop its use of excessive force against the public. “About 100 people have died and more than 1,500 have been injured in the anti-government unrest, which started in April.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-un-idUSKBN19Z0WQ

Florida corrections officer fired after beating caught on video. “Wagner is seen throwing a handcuffed inmate to the ground, breaking the man’s nose and two front teeth.”   http://wfla.com/2017/07/14/manatee-county-detention-deputy-terminated-for-using-excessive-force-on-inmate/


July 16, 2017

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