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

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