September 23, 2017

Trump administration allows schools to raise the burden of proof needed to discipline students for sexual assaults. “The move had been long sought by advocates for accused students, most of whom are men, who had complained that campus judicial processes had become heavily biased in favor of female accusers.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/us/devos-colleges-sex-assault.html   So women are making false accusations about being sexually assaulted? And they are doing this because…?

Howard University students protest speech by former FBI director James Comey. “Protesters accused him of working against black communities during his time as FBI director.”   http://www.npr.org/2017/09/22/552950517/youre-not-our-homey-howard-university-protesters-tell-ex-fbi-director-james-come

Trump suggests that NFL team owners fire players who refuse to stand for the national anthem. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!”   http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20788354/president-donald-trump-speaks-nfl-player-protests   Or you could fire cops who use excessive force, if police brutality bothers you more than the First Amendment.

Refugee deported to Iran gets 80 lashes. “Norway puts the burden of proof on individuals, some fleeing the world’s most repressive regimes, whose crimes are often well-documented elsewhere.”   http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/22/norway-under-fire-for-deporting-woman-who-was-whipped-in-iran

FBI accidentally reveals how often it allowed its informants to commit serious violations of the law, by accidentally reporting only one category of crimes in its total. “… now we know that in 2016, at least 381 times, the FBI authorized its informants to engage in some really serious criminal activity.”   https://gizmodo.com/fbi-severely-underreported-how-many-times-it-authorized-1818517490

Police union accused of orchestrating harassment campaign against critic of St. Louis police tactics. “The St. Louis County Police Association posted (a story about pizza chain owner Chris Sommers’ remarks) on Facebook, along with phone numbers for Pi Pizzeria’s various locations, and urged supporters to call the restaurant if their “freedom of speech needs a little exercise”.   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chris-sommers-pi-pizzeria-st-louis-police_us_59c2a4cde4b087fdf509c322

Steve Bannon to speak at Berkeley free speech event. “University of California President Janet Napolitano said Wednesday that the so-called Free Speech Week planned at Berkeley this month that will feature former White House strategist Steve Bannon will be an expensive test for the school that has become the center of debate over free speech on college campuses.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/20/berkeley-free-speech-week-cost-242939   If Steve is back from that meeting with a top Communist Party official in China in time!

Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. allegedly submitted large volume of “unmasking” requests to NSA. “Two sources, who were not authorized to speak on the record, said the requests to identify Americans whose names surfaced in foreign intelligence reporting, known as unmasking, exceeded 260 last year.”   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/20/samantha-power-sought-to-unmask-americans-on-almost-daily-basis-sources-say.html

International Trade Commission rules that cheap Chinese solar panels hurt U.S. manufacturers. “SolarWorld laid off much of its workforce and Suniva was forced into bankruptcy, even as U.S. solar panel installations grew dramatically in recent years.”   http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/22/552961170/ruling-finds-solar-panels-from-china-hurt-u-s-maker

Uber loses license to operate in London. “Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-britain/uber-stripped-of-london-license-idUSKCN1BX151

Centrist “concern trolls” really don’t want you to have national health insurance. “Articles in the Washington Post, Vox and Think Progress all asked how Sanders’ single-payer bill would be “paid for,” yet not a single one of those outlets asked the same question the day after the Senate signed a $700-billion military spending bill, an increase of roughly 13% from 2017.”   https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/09/22/there-are-3-types-single-payer-concern-trolls-and-they-all-want-undermine-universal

Huntington Beach, California police officer caught on video shooting apparently unarmed man seven times after a struggle, police spokesperson declines to say what led to the confrontation. “Why do cops have pepper spray, batons and (tasers) if they are not going to use them?”   http://www.newsweek.com/california-cop-shoots-man-shocking-video-huntington-beach-669813   Video can be seen here:   https://twitter.com/Cali_Funk1/status/911268573170999296

Miss Turkey stripped of her title for controversial social media post she allegedly made about attempted coup. “I got my period on the morning of the July 15 martyrs’ day. I’m marking the day by bleeding as a representation of the martyrs’ blood.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/miss-turkey-dethroned-over-unacceptable-tweet-coup-142428905.html

India reportedly using pepper spray and stun grenades to repel Rohingya refugees. “We don’t want to cause any serious injury or arrest them, but we won’t tolerate Rohingya on Indian soil.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-rohingya-india/india-using-chilli-sprays-stun-grenades-to-dissuade-rohingya-influx-idUSKCN1BX1BG

 

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September 23, 2017

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