October 31, 2017

Former Trump foreign policy advisor pleads guilty to making false statements to FBI about contacts with Russians. “March 31 -Trump meets in Washington with national security advisors, including Papadopoulos, who tells the group he has Russian connections who can arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin.”   http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-timeline-george-papadopoulos-indictment-20171030-htmlstory.html

Facebook raises estimate of number of its users who were exposed to Russian ads to 126 million. “The company previously reported that an estimated 10 million users had seen ads bought by Russian-controlled accounts and pages.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-facebook-russia-posts-20171030-story.html

After telling police officers it’s ok if suspects whack their heads when being put in patrol cars, Trump called guns-drawn, no-knock, pre-dawn raid of Paul Manafort’s home “pretty tough stuff”.   https://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/10/trump-paul-manafort-fbi-raid-house-241496   “(Wealthy politicians) aren’t typically subjected to early-morning no-knock raids. But lots of other people are.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2017/08/10/no-knock-raids-like-the-one-against-paul-manafort-are-more-common-than-you-think/

Catalan leader flees to Belgium, said to be forming “government in exile” as Spain takes over regional government. “Party leaders understand that Puigdemont — who faces rebellion charges that could put him in jail for 30 years — plans to seek asylum in Belgium.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-30/catalan-leader-is-said-to-abandon-party-chiefs-without-warning

Federal judge temporarily blocks Trump administration’s ban on transgendered soldiers. “U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly issued the preliminary injunction Monday, finding that a group of transgender service members would have a strong chance of prevailing in their lawsuit to have the ban declared unconstitutional.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/federal-judge-in-dc-blocks-part-of-trumps-transgender-military-ban/2017/10/30/41d41526-bd94-11e7-959c-fe2b598d8c00_story.html

Chaos reported at former Australian immigrant detention center in Papua New Guinea after Australian staff departs, leaving behind former detainees. “Several detainees separately alleged locals carrying machetes had arrived at the centre and taken away fans, furniture and other items.”   https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/oct/31/manus-island-detainees-fear-for-safety-after-police-squads-armed-like-its-a-war

Police obtain arrest warrant for actress Rose McGowan, in the spotlight for Harvey Weinstein allegations. “The felony charge stems from a police investigation of personal belongings left behind on a United flight arriving at Washington Dulles International Airport on Jan. 20. Police say the items tested positive for narcotics.”   http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/arrest-warrant-issued-rose-mcgowan-relation-drug-charge-1053179

CO2 level at its highest in 800,000 years. “Without rapid cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, we will be heading for dangerous temperature increases by the end of this century, well above the target set by the Paris climate change agreement.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/30/carbon-dioxide-in-atmosphere-hits-highest-level-in-800000-years-study-says.html

Chinese government using citizens’ personal data to rank them according to their “trustworthiness”. “It’s Amazon’s consumer tracking with an Orwellian political twist.”   https://www.wired.co.uk/article/chinese-government-social-credit-score-privacy-invasion

White House spokesperson dismisses George Papadopoulos as a Trump “volunteer”. “He was a volunteer member of an advisory council that met one time.”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-downplays-george-papadopoulos-role-on-trump-campaign/

White House spokesperson uses story about beer-drinkers to explain Trump tax cut proposal. “Sarah Sanders is using thousands of words to say: Yes, top earners will get a tax cut.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/30/trump-white-house-tries-justify-tax-cuts-rich-beer-drinking-analogy-only-your-fox

Report suggests Democratic Party needs “progressive reboot”. “In a political moment defined by anger at soaring inequality, stagnant wages, corporate criminality, and “status quo methodology,” the Democratic Party and its presidential nominee—former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—failed to transcend the public perception that the party is beholden to its corporate benefactors, from Wall Street to the tech sector.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/30/address-historic-failures-autopsy-urges-progressive-reboot-democrats   Now where would voters get an idea like that? Did Democrats run this past focus groups first, or are they doing this on principle?

Journalists accused Manafort of money laundering scheme back in February. “At that time, (The Intercept) identified over $19 million in home equity loans taken out by Manafort in New York City over a five-year period.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/10/30/paul-manafort-money-laundering-scheme-was-identified-months-ago/

Apple’s use of facial recognition could make people more likely to accept surveillance say critics. “What Apple is doing here will popularize (it) and get people more comfortable with the technology.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/apple-iphone-xs-faceid-technology-what-it-could-mean-civil-liberties-2607891   And consider this – unless someone uses coercion or torture, they can’t can easily unlock your phone without your passcode. But they can easily grab you and put your phone in front of your face.

Judge says Trump’s hostile comments will not influence Bowe Bergdahl’s trial. “I am completely unaffected by any comments President Trump has made about Sergeant Bergdahl.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-defense-bergdahl/soldiers-brain-injury-in-focus-at-u-s-armys-bergdahl-sentencing-idUSKBN1CZ0Y9

Government reportedly considered killing Cuban refugees, blaming it on Castro. “A newly declassified document shows the CIA considered a plan in the early 1960s to plant bombs in Miami, slaughter Cuban refugees and assassinate Cuban exiles—all in a bid to turn world opinion against Cuban leader Fidel Castro.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/30/headlines/jfk_files_reveal_cia_planned_to_stage_bombings_then_blame_castro   And at the same time, tie up some “loose ends” after the Kennedy assassination, by getting rid of former operatives who may have been involved?

Co-founder of American Indian Movement, Dennis Banks, dies in Minnesota. “The group became one of the most influential advocacy organizations at the height of the civil rights movement in the United States.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-dennisbanks/american-indian-movement-founder-dennis-banks-dead-at-80-idUSKBN1D006A

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders accuses Clinton campaign of “colluding with Russian Intelligence” by paying for Trump Russia dossier. “There’s clear evidence of the Clinton campaign colluding with Russian intelligence to spread disinformation and smear the President to influence the election.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/30/politics/sanders-clinton-collusion/index.html

 

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October 31, 2017

October 30, 2017

Fourth Las Vegas shooting survivor dies under mysterious circumstances. “(Danny Contreras) was reportedly found shot multiple times and deceased in a vacant Las Vegas area home on October 28, after having tweeted out his claims of two shooters just days after surviving the Las Vegas mass shooting.”   https://www.inquisitr.com/4586017/couple-who-survived-las-vegas-shooting-die-in-fiery-car-crash-just-weeks-after-attack/

Congress to hold hearings on authorization for U.S. troops in Africa. “Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee are expected to pepper (Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson) with questions about the expansion of the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) into Africa, with some insisting the new battlefield should require an update to the 16-year-old authorization for the use of military force (AUMF).”   http://thehill.com/policy/defense/357563-niger-deaths-increase-pressure-for-new-military-authorization

Robots scanning Walmart shelves for out of stock items, pricing errors. “This new shelf-scanning technology frees up time for our associates to focus on what they tell us are the most important and exciting parts of working at Walmart – serving customers and selling merchandise.”   http://www.wxyz.com/news/national/walmart-to-employ-robots-to-help-restock-shelves

Toddler who was barred from receiving his father’s kidney is hospitalized. “Anthony Dickerson Jr., who was born without kidneys, made headlines earlier this month when it was reported the toddler couldn’t receive a kidney from his father, Anthony Dickerson, 26, over (a) probation violation in September.”   http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/10/29/georgia-boy-2-blocked-from-getting-fathers-kidney-is-rushed-to-hospital.html

Paul Manafort reportedly charged in election meddling investigation. “The charges against Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, were not immediately clear but represent a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation that has cast a shadow over the president’s first year in office.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/us/politics/paul-manafort-indicted.html   Manafort reportedly charged with money laundering, tax evasion. “Manafort used his hidden overseas wealth to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in the United States without paying taxes on that income.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/us/politics/paul-manafort-indicted.html

Harvard-Harris poll that allegedly found strong public support for renegotiating Iran nuclear deal used loaded question. “Some people say that the Iran nuclear deal is not perfect and the Iranians are building up their nuclear capability secretly, but we should not rock the boat now and just let it all slide along. Others say if Iranians are not compliant we have to call them out on it and push to renegotiate the deal with real verification. What would be your preferred course of action?”   https://theintercept.com/2017/10/28/renegotiate-iran-deal-harvard-harris-poll-mark-penn/   Wow, no bias there! “Because it is likely that some Syrian refugees are actually terrorists, government security officials argue that we should protect our homeland and not accept them. Others, mainly fake news journalists and traffic-obstructing college students, say we have a humanitarian obligation to accept refugees, no matter how much it ENDANGERS YOUR CHILDREN! Should be be complete fools and admit wave and wave of refugees who are possibly members of ISIS sleeper cells, or play it safe and prevent militant, Islamic extremists from taking over our homeland and imposing Sharia law on America?

Tomi Lahren is going to be a flag code violator for Halloween. “She wore the flag as a cape and paired it with a fanny pack which had stars and stripes on it.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/tomi-lahrens-halloween-costume-trolled-violating-us-flag-code-2607699

Wisconsin passes law banning boycotts of Israel. “Israel-Wisconsin trade is flourishing, “with Wisconsin exporting over $80 million annually to Israel and importing over $200m. annually from Israel,” according to (Governor) Walker’s statement.”   http://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/Wisconsin-becomes-latest-state-to-pass-anti-boycott-Israel-law-508635

Pomona, California officers charged in beating of bystander filming arrest, and for lying on police reports. “Jensen, 50, and Hutchinson, 31, knowingly lied in the reports they wrote about the incident and later when they testified at the boy’s trial, prosecutors allege.”   http://beta.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-pomona-police-beating-20171026-story.html

42nd Precinct of Bronx, New York has reportedly paid out $2.4 million in wrongful arrest and excessive force settlements. “In one settlement, the city agreed to pay $1 million to Juan Ramirez, a Bronx printing pressman who was hospitalized (after) a New Year’s Day arrest in 2012 over a broken mirror on a police car…. ‘He recovered pretty well, but he was in the ICU for two weeks.'”   http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/bronx-nypd-precinct-beatings-cost-2-44m-settlements-article-1.3598545

 

October 30, 2017

October 29, 2017

Trump tweets that “just about everything” from JFK assassination will be released to the public, eventually. “Trump did not provide a timetable for the files’ release.”   http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-updates-trump-tweets-jfk-files-transparency-htmlstory.html   Trump reportedly clashed with federal agencies over JFK document “redactions” (those blacked out sections they don’t want you to read). “The tale of the final hours before the congressionally mandated 25-year release deadline on Thursday adds a new chapter to the story of Trump’s troubled relationship with his spy agencies.”   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/29/jfk-files-release-trumps-latest-clash-spy-agencies/

Another woman comes forward claiming George Bush senior groped her “pre-wheelchair”. “Just 29-years-old at the time, Staples was posing for a picture, she explained in the post, when he “grabbed my butt and joked saying ‘Oh, I’m not THAT President.'”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/27/pre-wheelchair-george-hw-bush-groped-me-2006-fourth-woman-accuses

Republicans are very concerned about budget deficits – when Democratic presidents are in power. “They toss those concerns aside in a D.C. minute when there’s an opportunity to cut taxes.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gop-obama-debt_us_59f393a8e4b077d8dfc9adff

EPA director says Obama environmental regulations, Paris Climate Accord were a declaration of war on fossil fuel industries. “The Paris Accord was not good for this country.”   http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/357659-pruitt-obama-regulations-were-war-on-business

New York City businessman testifies that he “bought” city’s mayor, police department. “Rechnitz and Borough Park businessman Reichberg initially targeted the NYPD in their pay-to-play scheme, doling out gifts and cash to cops in return for favors. Then they set their sights on City Hall, Rechnitz said.”   https://nypost.com/2017/10/26/de-blasio-donors-shocking-testimony-100k-bought-me-the-mayor/

Heathrow airport security data discovered on memory stick found on London street. “The documents outline routes and safeguards for the Queen, foreign dignitaries and top politicians using Britain’s busiest airport…. maps showing where CCTV cameras are located…. the ultrasound detection system for protecting the perimeter fence and the runways, and detail the ID requirements for accessing every area of the airport.”   https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/heathrow-secret-security-data-found-memory-stick-london-street-a8025516.html

Insurers press autonomous car makers for accident data. “Although driverless vehicles are not expected to hit the roads for several years, manufacturers have already signalled reluctance to share accident data due to security concerns…”   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/10/28/insurers-push-driverless-car-makers-give-data-accidents/

Republican congressman tweets photo of “peasant hunt”. “Steve King’s annual Bud Day Peasant Hunt. ‘If Donald Trump Jr. defends 2nd Amendment as well as he shoots, we have nothing to worry about.’”   https://www.mediaite.com/online/donald-jr-goes-on-peasant-hunt-with-white-nationalist-congressman/   Freudian slip?

 

October 29, 2017

October 28, 2017

Mandalay Bay hotel releases audio of security guard reporting shooting but doesn’t specify time. “ABC said the audio was supplied by MGM Resorts, which runs the Mandalay Bay Resort, but says the company won’t say exactly when he called in the shooting.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5025921/Audio-Las-Vegas-guard-Jesus-Campos-reports-shots-fired.html

Couple that survived Las Vegas shooting die in fiery, one-car accident, FBI had husband’s cell phone. “During the confusion of the shooting, he had lost his phone, but a Las Vegas FBI agent promised to ship the phone to him.”   https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/shootings/couple-with-henderson-ties-die-in-crash-after-surviving-las-vegas-shooting/   Not the Las Vegas police or sheriff’s office? Are you sure there weren’t any videos on the phone that Dennis Carver showed to the FBI? Did they maybe ask if they could keep his phone, or tell him they needed it as evidence? Why would he contact the FBI about a missing cell phone?

White House press secretary says Trump stands by his claim that he never sexually harassed any of his accusers. “We’ve been clear on that in the beginning, and the President’s spoken on that.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/27/politics/trump-sexual-harassment-white-house/index.html

Judge reportedly expunges police officer’s first-degree manslaughter indictment in Terence Crutcher case. “Like any other citizen who is acquitted, Betty Jo Shelby was entitled to have her record sealed and expunged.”   https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/national-international/Judge-Removes-Fatal-Shooting-of-Black-Man-From-Ex-Tulsa-Officers-Record–453182613.html

Elizabeth Warren stands up for free speech. “I think it’s dangerous to suppress speech. First, suppression can backfire. Instead of shutting up individuals with disgusting views it becomes a launching pad to national attention. Bigots and white supremacists can make themselves out to be First Amendment martyrs and grow their audiences. And second, suppression suggests weakness. It makes us sound… that we’re afraid we can’t defeat evil ideas with good ideas.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/10/27/elizabeth-warren-says-campus-free-speech-means-no-censorship-or-violence/

Catalonia declares independence, Spain vows to take control. “On Friday afternoon, the Catalan regional parliament voted to declare independence from Spain. Soon after, the Spanish Senate granted Mr Rajoy’s government the power to impose direct rule on Catalonia.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41785292

New Zealand prime minister’s cat has thumbs. “She is described as being “proud to serve as the First Cat of New Zealand. Have thumbs, will tweet.”   http://people.com/pets/new-zealands-adorable-first-cat-is-taking-over-twitter-with-its-opposable-thumbs/

Court-appointed monitor says Albuquerque police department in “deliberate noncompliance” with reform agreement. “It’s been more than three years since the agreement was signed, and oversight officials and community activists say the department’s leaders remain accountable to no one.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/albuquerque-police-reform_us_59e8cd84e4b06b440e4467f1

Bank report: World has entered second “Gilded Age”of massive economic inequality. “Wealth concentration is as high as in 1905, this is something billionaires are concerned about.”   https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/oct/26/worlds-witnessing-a-new-gilded-age-as-billionaires-wealth-swells-to-6tn

Protesters dress up as “handmaids” to greet VP Pence in Denver. “In a solemn and visually stunning protest aimed at Vice President Mike Pence on (Thursday) night in Denver, more than one hundred women—dressed in costumes out of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel “A Handmaid’s Tale”—marched and spoke out against the Republican Party’s relentless attack on women’s right and reproductive choice.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/27/one-hundred-handmaids-greet-mike-pence-protest-gops-anti-choice-agenda

Winters a month shorter than 100 years ago. “Oregon’s (2016) freeze season was 61 days – two months – shorter than normal.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/28/us-winter-has-shrunk-by-more-than-one-month-in-100-years

UK jury finds YPG volunteer caught with dangerous book not guilty of terrorism. “(Police)… searched (Josh Walker’s) apartment, turning up a copy of the infamous “Anarchist Cookbook,” which contains bomb-making instructions…. Walker was accused of violating the Terrorism Act because he possessed information “likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism”.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/10/28/josh-walker-anarchist-cookbook-terrorism-act-uk/

Trump Organization reportedly requires its employees to submit to binding arbitration to resolve disputes. “The Trump Organization agreement bars employees from going to the courts for resolution of issues related to “unpaid compensation, missed meal or rest breaks, wrongful termination, unfair competition, discrimination, harassment (or) retaliation”.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/trump-organization-uses-forced-arbitration-agreements-keep-workers-courts-2607249

Third woman claims she was groped by George Bush senior, writes that he grabbed her butt at literacy fundraiser. “At the very moment when I was feeling honored to be recognized for my work and to raise money for this important organization that I believe in, President Bush made clear to me that because I am a woman, I can be objectified, sexualized, reduced to a body part.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/third-woman-says-she-was-groped-former-president-george-h-w-bush-2607413

Department of Justice blocking journalists from interviewing Boston Marathon bomber, despite investigators finding no “nexus” to terrorists. “We sent one (request) in October 2015, and another in August 2017; both times we were told we could not interview him because “Inmate Tsarnaev has Special Administrative Measures,” which, among other things, “restricts [his] communication, to include contact with the media”.”   https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/10/25/doj-continues-block-media-access-tsarnaev/

Two candidates running for same U.S. Senate seat in Montana may or may not be married, and their real names are in question. “(Republican James Dean and Democrat Sarah Dean) claim to be married. But neither seem to be who they say they are.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/two-senate-candidates-busted-using-aliases-are-possibly-married-to-each-other-but-no-one-can-figure-it-out/

Obama jokes about aliens during golf game after Jordon Spieth asks him a question. Spieth: “…what’s the one thing you weren’t prepared for…?” Obama: “…. And you won’t believe what the aliens look like. They’re freaking crazy-looking.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/obama-beat-jordan-spieth-in-golf-while-joking-about-aliens/

Pence: Nuclear weapons greatest force for peace. “There is no greater element of American strength – there is no greater force for peace in this world – than the U.S’ nuclear arsenal.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/mike-pence-there-is-no-greater-force-for-peace-in-this-world-than-nuclear-weapons/   So how come some nuclear weapons are a force for world peace while others are intolerable threats to world peace? Is this like the “one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist” thing?

White House remodeling expenses reportedly hit $1.75 million. “NBC News reported Thursday that records from the General Services Administration (GSA) showed the president’s office spent that amount on furniture, rugs, wallpaper and other furnishings in his quest to renovate the 55,000-square-foot mansion and surrounding buildings.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/trumps-white-house-makeover-cost-1-75-million/

In case over authorization of war against Islamic State, Justice Department argues that a president’s war making powers are beyond judicial review, judge is skeptical. “Under what circumstances would the judiciary be entitled to limit the president’s exercise of his war powers? Help me understand that. It sounds to me like you’re saying none.”   http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-justice-department-wars-are-off-limits-to-court-review/article/2638828

University of North Dakota professor resigns after college rejects his course proposal. “(Mark Trahant) says he quit after his two separate proposals to focus on the professional and social media coverage of the (indigenous-led) resistance movement at Standing Rock were rejected by the university.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/27/headlines/native_professor_quits_after_u_of_north_dakota_blocks_him_from_teaching_about_standing_rock

October 28, 2017

October 27, 2017

CIA and FBI block release of some JFK assassination files, which may be released after an additional six month evaluation. “President Trump delayed the release of hundreds of classified documents related to the John F. Kennedy assassination Thursday evening, bowing to pressure from the CIA, FBI and other federal agencies still seeking to keep some final secrets from the 54-year-old investigation.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trump-expected-to-release-remaining-jfk-assassination-documents-thursday/2017/10/25/52c8f71a-b9b7-11e7-a908-a3470754bbb9_story.html   Because 54 years was not enough time to assess them, so they need another 180 days?

Caller warned FBI of attempt to kill Oswald. “In one document written on Nov. 24, 1963, just after Ruby shot and killed Oswald, then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover dictates in a memo that the FBI field office in Dallas had received a phone call from a man “saying he was a member of a committee organized to kill Oswald”.”    http://www.npr.org/2017/10/26/560328903/new-kennedy-documents-say-fbi-was-tipped-off-oswald-was-in-danger-after-arrest

Trump blames China, Mexico for opioid drug crisis, says border wall will help stop drugs from entering country. “The US leader criticised both Chinese and Mexican drug dealers for significantly contributing to the problem in the US.”   https://www.itv.com/news/2017-10-26/donald-trump-declares-us-drug-crisis-and-opioid-epidemic-a-public-health-emergency/   Trump, and most of the mainstream press, apparently downplaying the role of American pharmaceutical companies. “Opioid overdoses—largely due to abuse of prescription pain pills like OxyContin and Percocet—kill 142 people nationally every day, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”   https://qz.com/1109953/trump-says-he-wants-to-end-the-opioid-crisis-but-everythings-hes-done-undermines-the-cause/

Legislators urge Attorney General Sessions to prosecute environmentalist pipeline protesters as terrorists. “Do the attacks against the nation’s energy infrastructure, which pose a threat to human life, and appear to be intended to intimidate and coerce policy changes, fall within the DOJ’s understanding of [domestic terrorism]?”   https://shadowproof.com/2017/10/24/us-lawmakers-urge-attorney-general-look-prosecuting-environmentalists-terrorists/

Hard drive missing from computer found in suspected Las Vegas shooter’s hotel room. “Investigators suspect gunman Stephen Paddock removed the hard drive from the laptop after opened fire from his high-rise suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino into a crowd at a country music concert, killing 58 people and wounded hundreds of others, the official said.”   https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/Officials-Project-Cost-of-Response-to-Vegas-Shooting-at-4M-453122043.html   And then he went to the post office, mailed it to himself, went back to his room and committed suicide?

Las Vegas shooting witness dies after posting account of multiple shooters on her Facebook page. “Every single survivor I have talked to also remembers multiple shooters, and at least one from the ground- why aren’t we being taken more seriously? Tons of things don’t add up.”   https://www.inquisitr.com/4553338/las-vegas-shooting-survivor-kymberley-suchomel-who-claimed-multiple-shooters-involved-dies-unexpectedly/   Other witnesses claiming there were multiple shooters.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqaDxGUxA1k

 

October 27, 2017

October 26, 2017

Army used poor, minority neighborhoods in St. Louis for bio-warfare tests. “The material being sprayed was zinc cadmium sulfide, a fine fluorescent powder.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/army-sprayed-st-louis-with-toxic-dust-2012-10

NSA wanted to prosecute author for publishing information obtained through Freedom of Information Act. “According to the NSA, since the information had been declassified by the Church Committee “over the objections of the Executive Branch”, the information was therefore still classified and any disclosure was unauthorized.”   https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/oct/24/nsa-bamford/

Video-visitation contractors offered jails and prisons incentives to cut off face-to-face visits with prisoners. “For example, the Prison Policy Initiative uncovered a contract between Securus and Maricopa County, Arizona, that provided for a 10 percent commission to the county of gross monthly revenues, but only if the number of paid video visits reached at least 8,000 for that month. If Securus grossed $2.6 million or more, the county’s percentage rose to 20 percent.”   https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/08/remote-video-visitation/535095/

Second actress claims she was groped by George Bush senior. “He reached his right hand around to my behind, and as we smiled for the photo he asked the group, ‘Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?’ As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said, ‘David Cop-a-Feel!’”   https://deadspin.com/second-woman-george-h-w-bush-groped-me-1819855977

Federal judge declines to issue temporary injunction against Trump administration’s de-funding of ACA/Obamacare subsidies. “(Judge Vince Chhabria) refused to issue a preliminary injunction requested by the states, leaving the dispute to be resolved in a trial in his courtroom over the next few months.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/25/us/politics/alexander-murray-congressional-budget-office-deficit-savings.html

Trump claims stories about his incivility are fake news. “I think the press creates a different image of Donald Trump than the real person.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/10/25/trump-says-the-media-unfairly-portrays-him-as-uncivil-which-hes-not-because-he-went-to-an-ivy-league-college/

Trump administration increases level of scrutiny for H-1B and some other visa renewals. “The H-1B program, in particular, is one that President Trump has eyed for reform, criticizing abusers of the program who use the visa to replace American workers.”   http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/25/technology/business/h1b-visa-renewal-uscis/   Are tech companies really facing a labor shortage, or they are they just facing a cheap labor shortage?

Hotel security guard wounded in Las Vegas mass shooting apparently went to Mexico soon after attack. “State records obtained by Fox on Wednesday also showed that the 25-year-old is actually not registered as a security guard with Nevada’s Private Investigator’s Licensing Board.”   https://nypost.com/2017/10/26/jesus-campos-reportedly-left-the-country-days-after-vegas-massacre/

FCC considering loosening rules designed to prevent media conglomerates from controlling news in local markets. “(Chairman Ajit) Pai’s proposal would allow companies to own multiple TV and radio stations within a single market and would allow two locations among the top four in a given market to petition the FCC for the right to merge, Reuters reported.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/ajit-pai-fcc-voting-remove-media-ownership-rules-2606336

Tesla solar project restores power to Puerto Rico hospital, territory’s power grid still mostly down. “Tesla has used its solar panels and batteries to restore reliable electricity at San Juan’s Hospital del Niño (Children’s Hospital), in what company founder Elon Musk calls “the first of many solar+battery Tesla projects going live in Puerto Rico”.”   http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/25/560045944/tesla-turns-power-back-on-at-childrens-hospital-in-puerto-rico

Tesla reportedly dismisses about 1,200 Solar City employees for under-performing. “SolarCity employees told CNBC that they “were surprised to be told they were fired for performance reasons, claiming Tesla had not conducted performance reviews since acquiring the solar energy business”.”   https://arstechnica.com/cars/2017/10/report-tesla-fires-hundreds-more-workers-in-its-solarcity-unit/

Kellogg’s called out over Corn Pops box illustration with one brown corn pop – cleaning the floor. “As well as featuring the only brown corn pop as a janitor, the rest of the artwork shows lighter Corn Pops shopping, skateboarding, playing in an arcade and splashing about in a fountain.”   http://people.com/food/kelloggs-backlash-corn-pops-accused-racism/   People’s story title: “Kellogg’s Changing Corn Pops Box After Its Design Was Branded Racist on Social Media” – “branded racist on social media”, because it’s a matter of opinion?

Kaspersky claims compromised NSA computer had already been infected with malware. “According to the investigation, the company said, the NSA staffer downloaded pirated software onto his personal laptop, including an illegal Microsoft Office activation key generator, on Oct. 4, 2014.”   https://www.cnet.com/news/kaspersky-nsa-staffers-laptop-was-infected-with-malware/

Sanders and Democrats introduce bill to allow government to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies. “Challenging President Donald Trump to make good on his professed desire to take on the pharmaceutical industry—which he has said is “getting away with murder”—Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined several top congressional Democrats on Wednesday in introducing legislation that would tackle some of Big Pharma’s “outrageous abuses” by permitting the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs under Medicare Part D.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/25/forcing-trumps-hand-sanders-and-dems-intro-bill-lower-outrageous-drug-prices

Poll: Young Democrats want party to move to the left. “The Harvard-Harris poll found that 69 percent of Democratic voters between the ages of 18 and 34 believe the party should embrace the leftward shift pushed by grassroots movements urging Democrats to back Medicare for All, free public college tuition, a $15 minimum wage, and a bevy of other progressive goals.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/25/tensions-simmer-poll-shows-majority-democrats-want-bold-leftward-shift   Good luck with that! Why not just vote Green instead?

Human Rights Watch says U.S. government may be targeting political activists with anti-terrorism programs. “The government’s authority to monitor people doesn’t depend on (someone’s) beliefs, or what the government thinks they believe, but on specific evidence that gives sufficient reason to think a criminal offense is occurring or that the person is an agent of a foreign power.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/25/newly-obtained-pentagon-docs-raise-fresh-concerns-about-warrantless-domestic-spying

Proposed LA ordinance would make it illegal to speak too long at public hearing or to go off-topic. “Neither Hayes nor Abdullah was charged following the 2016 removals (from public hearings) and arrests. However, as the ACLU’s letter states, “Neither was ultimately charged with a crime, because they had violated no law. This ordinance seeks to change that.””   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/los-angeles-police-are-arresting-people-for-speaking-20-seconds-over-their-allotted-time-at-city-meetings/

Reports of ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq. “…Amnesty International, said on Tuesday that satellite images, videos, photos and dozens of testimonies indicate that hundreds of properties (in the city of Tuz Khurmato) were looted, set on fire and destroyed in what appeared to be a targeted attack on predominantly Kurdish areas of the city of about 100,000 people.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-kurds-tuz/nearly-30000-kurds-displaced-from-city-near-kirkuk-aid-groups-idUSKBN1CU1QG

Southern California hit by record October heat. “At least eight cities set new daily records on Monday, including Long Beach, which hit 105 degrees.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/25/headlines/sweltering_heat_wave_smashes_records_across_southern_california

 

October 26, 2017

October 25, 2017

Draft of Senate NSA spying bill expands exceptions under which communications of Americans could be collected. “It permits the use of 702 data in any criminal proceeding that “Affects, involves, or is related to” the national security of the United States… or involves, death, kidnapping, serious bodily injury, specified offense against a minor, incapacitation or destruction of “critical infrastructure” (can include even campgrounds!), cybersecurity, including violations of CFAA, transnational crime, including transnational narcotics trafficking, human trafficking (… includes assisting undocumented migration…).”   https://www.emptywheel.net/2017/10/23/the-senate-intelligence-committee-702-bill-is-a-domestic-spying-bill/  “…the bill does not permit judicial review on… the determination that something “affects, involves, or is related to” national security. Meaning Attorney General Jeff Sessions could decide tomorrow that it can collect the Tor traffic of BLM or BDS activists, and no judge can rule that’s an inappropriate use of a foreign intelligence program.”

Big media not doing much to protect journalists arrested during inauguration protests. “Freelancers like Cantú and Wood don’t have major corporations looking out for them with a team of lawyers and PR experts. By ignoring their plight over the last 10 months, major media have reinforced the notion that some journalists are more worth protecting than others.”   http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-johnson-real-media-threats-20171020-story.html

Governor of Maryland signs executive order banning firms that boycott Israel from receiving state contracts. “Hogan said all future state contracts would require companies to certify they will not economically discriminate against Israel, and that if any current state contractors refuse to agree, “they would be terminated”.”   http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-hogan-israel-20171023-story.html

Hong Kong publisher released from detention in China is now missing. “(His daughter) said that when Swedish officials arrived on the morning of his release, they were told by prison officials that he had already left at midnight.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41734361

Chinese leader Jinping Xi’s “thoughts” enshrined in country’s constitution. “The move on Tuesday elevated his status as one of the country’s most powerful leaders, alongside figures such as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.”   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/china-xi-jinping-cements-status-leader-171024182139197.html

Democrats reportedly paid for “opposition research” on Trump’s activities in Russia. “Sources told the newspaper that Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with ties to the FBI, after Elias and his law firm Perkins Coie retained Fusion GPS to conduct research on Trump.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/356999-clinton-campaign-dems-helped-fund-research-for-trump-dossier-report

Sandy Hook mass murderer Adam Lanza was obsessed with mass murders, hacked government computers, was a vegan, according to unsealed but heavily censored FBI documents. “Lanza successfully made it past two levels of security before the computer screen went black and agents appeared at his door, the document said.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/24/us/sandy-hook-adam-lanza-unsealed-docs/index.html

55% of white Americans think they are discriminated against based on their race. “I’m not sure that (Trump) necessarily created this angst among white voters,” Cohen said, “but he certainly knew how to take advantage of it.”   http://www.npr.org/2017/10/24/559604836/majority-of-white-americans-think-theyre-discriminated-against

Heather Lind accuses elder Bush of groping her during photo shoot. “When I got the chance to meet George H. W. Bush four years ago to promote a historical television show I was working on, he sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a… photo.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5014447/Actress-alleges-George-H-W-Bush-sexually-assaulted-her.html

Palm Beach County deputy arrested for stealing from dead man’s home. “The family reported the incident to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 20 after viewing the surveillance video, but the family said Cooke wasn’t arrested until five weeks later so that the deputy could enter a 30-day drug rehabilitation program.”   https://www.local10.com/news/crime/palm-beach-county-deputy-caught-on-camera-breaking-into-home-family-says

Small firm with two full-time employees landed $300 million post-disaster power contract in Puerto Rico, happens to be headquartered in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown. “There is something very fishy about the Whitefish deal.”   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/lawmakers-small-montana-business-landed-300m-puerto-rico/story?id=50682108

San Francisco air traffic controller tells Air Canada flight not to land, it reportedly lands anyway. “The tower controller… instructed the Air Canada crew multiple times to execute a go-around because he was not certain that a preceding arrival would be completely clear of the runway before the Air Canada jet reached the runway threshold.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/air-canada-san-francisco-airport-air-canada-flight-781-atc-2017-10

Only 28% of Americans support Trump tax reform push according to poll. “Of those adults who said they had heard of the “tax reform plan recently proposed by congressional Republicans,” just 28 percent said they support it, while 41 percent said they oppose it and another 31 percent said they do not know.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tax-poll/fewer-than-a-third-of-americans-back-trump-tax-plan-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKBN1CT2TD

Pence casts tie-breaking vote, forcing bank customers to submit to binding arbitration. “Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), an outspoken (proponent) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s rule which sought to restrict use of forced arbitration clauses, condemned both Pence and her Republican colleagues for trying to undermine consumer protections by delivering a “gift to the bank lobbyists”.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/24/vp-mike-pence-swings-senate-deliver-wet-kiss-wall-street-tie-breaker

Cindy Sheehan scolds liberals for focusing on trees instead of on the forest. “Where is the movement to oppose U.S. wars, instead of liberal hand-wringing over botched messages of condolence?”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/24/bush-no-better-trump-gold-star-mom-cindy-sheehan-decries-whitewashing-warmonger

NSA obtained 42 search warrants in 2016, collected 151 million phone records. “(NSA) officials argued the 151 million records collected represented a fraction of the number that previously were gathered by the organization.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/nsa-surveillance-agency-collected-more-150-million-phone-records-2016-2534158

Rex Tillerson met Afghan president at U.S. airbase, not in Kabul as reported, photos of meeting were apparently photoshopped. “A press release from the US embassy in Afghanistan includes a photo with the wall above the two men’s heads cropped out. However, another photo tweeted by the embassy clearly shows the (U.S. military) clock and (a fire) alarm, “in what would be a giveaway that it was an American military facility”, the New York Times notes. But in the Afghan government’s photo, there is no clock or alarm…”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41734559

Steven Seagal accused of using “casting couch”. “(Lisa Guerrero) had a friend accompany her to her audition. Afterwards, her manager called with the news that “Steven wants to offer you the lead” but she would have return “to his home for a private rehearsal tonight.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/he-was-notorious-for-this-inside-edition-reporter-exposes-silk-robe-wearing-trump-supporter-steven-seagal/

Black high school student calls cops after men at towing company put him in apparent choke hold, cops cuff student.  “The video shows two men holding Heath down in a choke hold. “I can’t breathe,” Heath can be heard saying.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/watch-police-handcuff-black-honor-student-after-he-gets-attacked-at-towing-company/

New York Times accused of hypocrisy after NYT editorial urges “taking stock” of “forever wars” its editorial board had previously defended. “Left unmentioned in the editorial: from Afghanistan (both the 2001 invasion and Obama’s 2009 surge) to Iraq (the 2003 invasion and Obama re-entering the country in August 2014 to fight ISIS) to Syria (both CIA-backed regime change and bombing ISIS) to Korea to our drone wars in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, the New York Times has endorsed and often cheered (all) of these “forever wars”.”   http://fair.org/home/nyt-laments-forever-wars-its-editorials-helped-create/

Airlines to implement “short security interviews” for some passengers flying into the U.S. “(The new, stricter rules) will affect 325,000 airline passengers on about 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States, on 180 airlines from 280 airports in 105 countries.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-airlines-security/airlines-get-ready-for-new-u-s-security-rules-from-thursday-idUSKBN1CT2GE

 

October 25, 2017