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

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