September 26, 2017

Puerto Ricans struggling after hurricanes. “Hurricanes Maria and Irma killed 16 people on the island and many of its 3.5 million US citizens are still without adquate supplies of water, food or fuel.”   http://www.dw.com/en/puerto-rico-governor-calls-for-urgent-us-aid-after-unprecedented-hurricane-maria/a-40681312

Target employees win future minimum pay hike to $15/hour. “In what is being described as a huge victory for the tens of thousands of workers across the country who have for years organized, rallied, and gone on strike for higher wages, Target on Monday announced that it plans to raise the company-wide minimum hourly wage to $11 by next month and $15 by 2020.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/09/25/our-momentum-unstoppable-workers-celebrate-target-announces-15-minimum-wage

Judges rule that Illinois law requiring parties to run candidates for all offices is unconstitutional. “We have little difficulty concluding that the full-slate requirement severely burdens the First Amendment rights of minor parties, their members, and voters.”   https://www.mintpressnews.com/illinois-judge-rules-state-requirement-for-third-parties-unconstitutional/232460/

Former Memphis police officer arrested across from White House with car full of weapons. “Police saw three gun cases and a further search uncovered more than two dozen items, including a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson, an M4 Platform Bushmaster assault-style weapon, an AK-47 Platform Norinco, a Glock 30, a Tec-9 with a silencer, brass knuckles and several rounds of ammunition.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/09/25/former-memphis-police-officer-arrested-outside-white-house-weapons-charges/701464001/

Russian Facebook ads intended to exacerbate divisions claims congressman. “The top Democrat on House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that the Russian ads weren’t only “to help Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but more fundamentally, to divide Americans, to pit one American against another on some very divisive issues”.”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/some-russian-facebook-ads-were-meant-to-aggravate-racial-religious-divides-report/

Anthony Weiner sentenced 21 months in prison for sexting with 15 year old. “Even as a first-time offender who also took responsibility and pleaded guilty, Weiner’s resulting guidelines range would have been 11 years and three months to 14 years.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/anthony-weiner-sentenced-21-months-prison-it-could-have-been-n804646

Sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems says researcher. “In his book, Walker highlights the connection between sleep deprivation and various major health problems that include cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, and poor mental health.”   http://www.techtimes.com/articles/213784/20170925/sleep-deprivation-linked-to-major-health-problems-you-need-to-sleep-7-hours-every-night-or-else.htm

Japan’s prime minister exploits North Korea missile crisis, announces snap elections, dissolves parliament on eve of corruption hearings. “Abe has struggled with low approval ratings in recent months, but has seen an uptick following the recent heightened tensions with North Korea and the growing risk of nuclear proliferation in the region.”   https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/09/japan-snap-election/

White British medical student goes free after stabbing boyfriend with knife. “An Oxford medical student “too bright” to be given a prison sentence has been allowed to walk free from court – despite the judge acknowledging that she broke her bail conditions.”   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/25/oxford-student-judge-suggested-bright-prison-spared-jail-stabbing/

Chinese social media firms fined by government for lax censorship, WhatsApp apparently blocked. “Chinese authorities said on Monday that they have handed down maximum fines to the operators of three major social-media platforms in the country for failing to deal with pornography, violence and other banned content on their sites.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/25/china-fines-tech-giants-over-censorship-blocks-whatsapp.html

British anti-torture activist charged with terrorism offense for not handing over his passwords at airport. “Rabbani said he could not provide access to his devices because they contained confidential information, provided to him by one of Cage’s clients, about alleged acts of U.S. torture.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/09/25/muhammad-rabbani-guilty-of-terror-offense-for-not-giving-passwords-to-uk-police/

Syrian civilians killed by U.S. forces targeting IS militants in Mansourah and Tabqa. “Investigators from Human Rights Watch visited the sites of both attacks this July and collected the names of at least 84 civilians who had died in the bombings, including 30 children.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/09/25/syria-us-airstrike-civilian-death-hrw-tabqa/

Chicago cops who “took a knee” will be reprimanded says CPD spokesperson. “We are aware of the photo, and we will address it in the same way we have handled previous incidents in which officers have made political statements while in uniform, with a reprimand and a reminder of department policies.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/chicago-cops-to-be-punished-for-taking-a-knee-in-protest-against-police-brutality/   Because in the United States, opposing police brutality is “political”. Are police officers who take a “political” stance against gang violence and drunken driving while on duty also reprimanded?

Woman football fan “in tears” over player protests. “It’s just shameful and it hurts me to see people taking a knee when we are supposed to be joyful about living in this country…. I tried to watch it and I just couldn’t because I just kept crying.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/i-just-cant-take-the-pain-c-span-caller-bawls-on-air-because-nfl-players-kneeling-hurts-too-much/   I wonder if she cries when police officers shoot black kids?

PBS series on Vietnam avoids asking or answering the big questions. “… Burns and Novick pay surprisingly little attention to why exactly the United States insisted on butting in and why it subsequently proved so difficult to get out.”   https://www.thenation.com/article/the-vietnam-war-past-all-reason/

Spanish police raid town halls in effort to stop Catalonia independence referendum. “The Guardia Civil entered a total of 31 (city) council buildings in the north east region of Spain in a bid to seize documents and literature about the upcoming referendum vote that is due to take place on October 1.”   https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/858601/Catalonia-independence-referendum-Guardia-Civil-Carles-Puigdemont-Mariano-Rajoy

New York Times and Newsweek name Trump advisors (in addition to Jared Kushner) who used private email accounts. “The Times said that former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, and current advisers Gary Cohn and Stephen Miller all sent or received work-related emails from personal accounts…. Newsweek on Monday stated that Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser since March, also used a private email address.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/white-house-advisers-private-email-kushner-trump-priebus-bannon-cohn-miller-2017-9

Human Rights Watch accuses Myanmar military of crimes against humanity. “The massacres of villagers and mass arson driving people from their homes are all crimes against humanity.”    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-rohingya/rights-group-accuses-myanmar-of-crimes-against-humanity-idUSKCN1C10MR?il=0

 

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September 26, 2017

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