August 7, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister calls for a world without nuclear weapons on 72nd anniversary of Hiroshima bombing, as his government fails to support U.N. nuclear weapons ban treaty. “The anniversary came after Japan sided last month with nuclear powers Britain, France and the United States to dismiss a United Nations treaty banning atomic weapons, which was rejected by critics for ignoring the reality of security threats such as North Korea.”

Belgian government knew about eggs contaminated with pesticide, did not inform public. “The country’s food safety agency said in a statement that the information was not shared because of a fraud investigation.”

Venezuelan government puts down armed forces mutiny. “The government said that those arrested included a first lieutenant who had deserted. It said the others were civilians wearing uniforms.”

Lawsuit claims Santa Clara, California police shot unarmed man who they knew was mentally ill. “The police were aware that (Jesus Geney) had a psychiatric issue. He was unarmed and essentially naked, there’s just no justification for that.”

Hawaiian protester reportedly suffers concussion during arrest. “At least 18 minutes passed between the time that (David “Kai”) Prais was dragged off and the time the ambulance came.”

Black guy taken down at gas station after police accuse him of turn signal violation and burned out tail light. “Reached by the Tribune late Monday, (Corey) Williams said he thinks the officers overreacted, treating him as if he were a murder suspect and not someone they had supposedly pulled over for a minor traffic violation.”   I wasn’t able to watch the video on the Chicago Tribune web site, but it’s also posted on Vimeo here:

Chinese tourists arrested after doing Hitler salutes in front of German Reichstag (parliament building). “…while Germans are familiar with the legacy of World War II and the laws forbidding Nazi gestures, it is less certain that foreign tourists are aware of the rules.”

Lonely people have a 50% increased risk of early death, compared to 30% for obesity, claims study. “Being connected to others socially is widely considered a fundamental human need—crucial to both well-being and survival.”

Some Republicans questioning whether Trump should represent their party in 2020 election. ““For some, it is for ideological reasons, and for others it is for stylistic reasons,” Mr. Dent said, complaining of the “exhausting” amount of “instability, chaos and dysfunction” surrounding Mr. Trump.”

Republicans may try to suppress young voters by requiring ID with a current address, closing polling sites near college campuses or requiring registration far in advance of elections. “Many college-age millennials move from their home state with only about one month to register to vote or update their registration.”

Mayor of Dallas in 1963 was a CIA asset according to newly released government documents. “Earle Cabell, who had been elected mayor of Dallas in May 1961, oversaw arrangements for Kennedy’s trip and motorcade, which took him through Dealey Plaza, a route that violated almost all standard rules for presidential safety — and where normal safeguards, such as sealing windows and placing sharpshooters, were ignored.”

Woman harassed by Fox News anchor says it was representative of the company’s culture. “[Fox] was the Wild West of sexual harassment.”

Trump administration seeking to reverse rule banning mandatory arbitration when residents have disputes with nursing homes. “The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) announced plans in June to do away with an Obama-era rule that prohibited nursing homes that accept Medicare or Medicaid funds from including language in their resident contracts requiring that disputes be settled by a third party rather than a court.”

43 Syrian civilians reportedly dead after U.S. planes hit Raqqa. “Though the Syrian government had broadly been fine with the Kurdish YPG invading ISIS territory, they have complained to the UN Security Council about the US airstrikes, saying they are excessively targeting civilians and basic infrastructure.”

Syrian deputy foreign minister says his government will eventually regain control of Kurdish held parts of the country. “When asked if the Syrian government was willing to take back control of areas now controlled by Kurdish groups he said: “It is not a matter of ‘willing’ it is a matter of ‘must’.””


August 7, 2017

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