October 24, 2017

More details released on battle in Niger, but some legislators say they want more. “This is an endless war without boundaries, no limitation on time and geography. You’ve got to tell us more.”   http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/23/559598766/a-timeline-and-questions-about-the-niger-firefight-that-killed-u-s-troops

After election victory, Japanese government ramps up North Korea tensions. “The threat from North Korea has grown to a “critical and imminent level” and the United States, Japan and South Korea must address the matter, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told his U.S. and South Korean counterparts in talks on Monday.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-asia-mattis-japan/north-korea-threat-is-critical-imminent-japan-tells-u-s-south-korea-idUSKBN1CS18K

Trump Treasury Department says consumers should not be allowed to sue their  banks. “In a report issued Monday, the Treasury Department blasted a rule passed earlier this year by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that makes it much easier for customers to sue their banks.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-23/trump-s-treasury-piles-on-in-fight-with-obama-consumer-watchdog

Microsoft agrees to drop lawsuit against government in exchange for Department of Justice reforms. “Microsoft filed the lawsuit in April 2016 arguing that the U.S. government was violating the constitution by preventing the company from informing its customers about government requests for their emails and other documents.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-microsoft-usa/microsoft-to-drop-lawsuit-after-u-s-government-revises-data-request-rules-idUSKBN1CT0I4

China releases bookseller arrested for publishing books critical of country’s leaders. “Gui Minhai, a Chinese-born Swede, was abducted in Thailand while on holiday in 2015. He was among five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing in 2015 and later appeared in mainland Chinese custody.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sweden-china-bookseller/china-frees-swedish-bookseller-held-for-books-on-party-chiefs-sweden-foreign-office-idUSKBN1CT15R?il=0

Federal prison system accused of using extreme isolation to “break” prisoners. “Sean Maher, an attorney who has represented several terrorism suspects on (Special Administrative Measures), told CCR that the restrictions are “meant to bludgeon people into cooperating with the government, accepting a plea, or breaking their spirit”.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/10/23/sams-torture-prisons-ccr-extreme-isolation-accountability/

Michigan legislator who introduced bill to ban public funding for municipal broadband service received donations from telecom company and related trade associations. “…campaign finance records reviewed by (International Business Times) show that two of (Michele Hoitengaher’s) largest campaign contributors are AT&T Michigan and the Telecommunications Association of Michigan (TAM): AT&T gave her campaign $1,500 while TAM provided her with $3,500 — large amounts for a first term state representative. The Michigan Cable Telecommunications Association — a separate entity from TAM — gave Hoitenga’s campaign $1,000.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/telecom-lobbyists-fund-lawmaker-who-sponsors-bill-ban-municipal-broadband-2604850   Just a coincidence?

Was George H.W. Bush a CIA employee way back when JFK was assassinated? Despite repeated denials by Bush and the CIA, he apparently was. “Under the subject heading “Assassination of President John F. Kennedy,” Hoover reported that, on the day after JFK’s murder, the bureau had provided two individuals with briefings. One was “Captain William Edwards of the Defense Intelligence Agency.” The other: “Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency”.”   https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/10/24/classic-ghw-bush-jfk-assassination/

NYPD officer implicated in disturbance and assault at Connecticut chocolate shop after store closes too soon for her liking. “News 12 is told Jimenez was punched in the face by Salvadore when Villafane, her mother and Salvadore realized he was recording the incident on video.”   http://connecticut.news12.com/story/36664030/off-duty-nypd-officer-faces-charges-after-chocolate-shop-fight

ISIS militants accused of executing more than 100 prisoners after re-capturing town. “ISIS has over a period of 20 days executed at least 116 civilians in reprisal killings, accusing them of collaboration with regime forces.”   http://www.newsweek.com/syrian-christian-town-isis-mass-executed-116-people-assads-army-closed-690417

Turkish authorities launch investigation into soccer poster. “Just before Sunday’s match kicked (off) between Galatasaray and local rivals Fenerbahce, the home fans opened a giant red and yellow poster behind the goal showing Sylvester Stallone’s famous fictional boxer “Rocky”, with the caption “Stand Up” and “They look big because you are kneeling”.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-soccer/turkey-to-investigate-galatasarays-rocky-poster-over-coup-links-idUSKBN1CS28C

Chinese security officials reportedly threatened exiled oligarch during visit to his home in New York City. “A group of officials from China’s ministry of state security, who entered the US on visas that did not allow them to conduct official business, visited Guo in his New York apartment in May, and used veiled threats in an attempt to persuade Guo to stop his (tweets alleging government corruption), which have a wide following in China, and return home.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/23/trumps-call-for-chinese-dissident-to-be-deported-based-on-beijing-letter-report

Video appears to contradict DEA version of fatal shooting in Honduras. “The video clearly shows gunfire from the antidrug agents. As (water taxi) passengers leap into the water, the antidrug team continues to fire at them. An eight-second burst of machine gun fire comes from one of the helicopters.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/23/world/americas/drug-enforcement-agency-dea-honduras.html

October 24, 2017

October 23, 2017

Justice Department blocked witness from revealing Russia uranium deal corruption during Obama administration. “The information the client possesses includes specific allegations that Russian executives made to him about how they facilitated the Obama administration’s 2010 approval of the Uranium One deal and sent millions of dollars in Russian nuclear funds to the U.S. to an entity assisting Bill Clinton‘s foundation.”   http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/355937-fbi-informant-blocked-from-telling-congress-about-russia-nuclear

EPA blocks its scientists from making climate change presentation. “(The Trump administration doesn’t) believe in climate change, so I think what they’re trying to do is stifle discussions of the impacts of climate change.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/22/climate/epa-scientists.html

Japanese voters elect Liberal Democratic Party super-majority in lower house election, in apparent endorsement of corruption, legalization of foreign wars and higher sales taxes. “With the win, Abe has bounced back from the summer, when his support ratings plunged to 30 percent after accusations of government favoritism to people connected to him.”   http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/exit-polls-show-win-japanese-pm-abes-ruling-50641623

High winds and falling trees may have brought down power lines and started northern California wildfires. “In all, according to a review of emergency radio traffic by the Bay Area News Group, Sonoma County dispatchers sent out fire crews to at least 10 different locations across the county over a 90-minute period starting at 9:22 pm to respond to 911 calls and other reports of sparking wires and problems with the county’s electrical system amid high winds.”   http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/10/pge-power-lines-linked-to-wine-country-fires/

Kurdish Regional Government accuses Iraqi forces of looting, abusing civilians in Kirkuk. “The government is worried that many more may flee because of “indiscriminate violence, torture, looting, burning civilians’ homes and properties, especially the Kurdish people in these areas,” by the Iraqi and Hashd al-Shaabi forces, the KRG stated.”   http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/211020172


October 23, 2017

October 22, 2017

Russia accuses U.S. coalition of carpet bombing Raqqa. ““Raqqa has inherited the fate of Dresden in 1945, wiped off the face of the earth by Anglo-American bombardments.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia/russia-accuses-u-s-led-coalition-of-barbaric-bombing-of-syrias-raqqa-idUSKBN1CR0DS?il=0

Bill O’Reilly reportedly signs $100 million contract with Fox News as he settles sixth sexual harassment lawsuit. “(Lis Wiehl)…  alleged she was forced into a sexual relationship with O’Reilly.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/bill-o-reilly-paid-accuser-weeks-fox-extended-contract-article-1.3579154   Most people would get fired for this, but some get $100 million contracts.

Fox News slow to retract news story about Trump supporter claiming to be former Navy SEAL. “Over the last two weeks, we’ve worked with Garofalo’s family and the National Personnel Records Center to get to the bottom of a military past that Garofalo had claimed to be covert.”   http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Retired-Navy-SEAL-praising-Trump-on-Fox-News-12292930.php

U.S. government closes fiscal year 2017 with $666 billion deficit. “Trump and congressional Republicans moved this week toward a budget that could allow for tax cuts of up to $1.5 trillion in the next 10 years.”   http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/budget-deficit-totals-666-billion-for-fiscal-year-2017-up-79-billion/article/2638182

Trump complains about news coverage of Russian election interference. “Keep hearing about ‘tiny’ amount of money spent on Facebook ads. What about the billions of dollars of Fake News on CNN, ABC, NBC & CBS?”   http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-tweets-russia-facebook-ads-2017-10

Montana Republican party official says she would have shot Guardian journalist who tried to questioned candidate Gianforte if it had been her being approached. “If that kid had done to me what he did to Greg, I would have shot him.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/21/montana-gianforte-ben-jacobs-karen-marshall-would-have-shot

Harvey Weinstein was major Obama donor, employed his daughter. “Besides supporting Obama’s 2012 presidential bid as a bundler and maintaining his role in the Democratic Party, Weinstein appeared at the White House several times for formal and informal events, and the Obamas’ eldest daughter, Malia, interned at the Weinstein Company.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/10/politics/hillary-clinton-harvey-weinstein/index.html

Letter from “patient advocacy and health professional organizations” allegedly created by opiod industry lobbyist. “The document properties show that the letter was created by Kristen L. Freitas, the vice president for federal affairs of the Healthcare Distributors Alliance… the trade group that represents McKesson, Cardinal Health, and Amerisourcebergen, the principal suppliers of pharmaceutical opioids in the country.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/10/22/opioid-lobbyist-left-a-digital-fingerprint-on-a-campaign-by-patient-advocates/

Investors in Trump Tower Toronto reportedly all lost money, despite injection of cash from Russian bank. “The hotel and condominium complex opened six months behind schedule in 2012 and began to lose money immediately, in spite of injections of cash from Russia’s state-owned Vnesheconombank or VEB.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/all-the-investors-in-trump-tower-toronto-lost-money-but-trump-walked-away-with-millions-report/

EPA refuses to answer New York Times journalist’s questions about alleged relaxation of rules on releases of toxic chemicals, spokeswoman claims paper only interested in a hit piece. “No matter how much information we give you, you would never write a fair piece.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/trumps-epa-blows-off-new-york-times-request-for-information-you-would-never-write-a-fair-piece/

Man sues St. Paul, Minnesota police, alleges excessive force after he was hospitalized for three days after search of apartment he was visiting.  “(Michael) Fleming’s lawyers argue that he did not resist officers, but that (Officer Mike) Dunaski nevertheless hit him in the head with a shotgun. After Fleming fell to the ground, Dunaski and the other officers began to kick his head… The lawsuit also claims Fleming was struck by a flashlight and tasered…”   http://kstp.com/news/man-sues-st-paul-police-claims-officers-stomped-his-head/4641962/

Spain’s foreign minister claims some videos of police beating Catalan voters are “fake”. “I think by now many of those pictures have been proven to be fake pictures.”   https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/869592/Catalonia-news-Spain-Catalan-BBC-Andrew-Marr-independence-referendum-Barcelona-video

October 22, 2017

October 21, 2017

Study of D.C. police shows body cameras have no apparent effect on excessive force complaints. “We found essentially that we could not detect any statistically significant effect of the body-worn cameras.”   http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/20/558832090/body-cam-study-shows-no-effect-on-police-use-of-force-or-citizen-complaints   What the story doesn’t tell us is how many more excessive force investigations, news stories and successful lawsuits have occurred thanks to police body cameras. My educated guess, at least nation-wide, is “a lot”.

Three charged after man fired pistol during confrontation with Gainesville anti-Spencer protesters. “According to the Alachua County sheriff’s arrest report, Colton Fears, 28, and William Fears, 30, of Pasadena, Texas, encouraged Tenbrink to shoot, yelling, “I’m going to f– kill you,” “Kill them” and “Shoot them”.”   http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/3-charged-in-shooting-after-richard-spencer-speech-20171020.html

Judge hears evidence in lawsuit against St. Louis police department. “Lawyers have yet to argue their case in person in front of Perry, but the ACLU says in court filings that police improperly declare crowds to be unlawful assemblies and order them to disperse and the rules for doing that are unconstitutionally vague.”   http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-police-say-their-protest-response-lawful-and-appropriate/article_0a8cec3c-221c-56e1-92e9-18c689fc4200.html

Writer says industry switching to robots to cut labor costs, not to shorten your work week or to free humans from doing dirty, dangerous jobs. “They’re creating a robot economy in order to displace you and me with inexpensive machines that don’t demand higher wages or health care, don’t take sick days or vacations, and don’t organize unions, file lawsuits, or vote for pro-worker politicians.”   https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/10/20/are-you-ready-corporate-americas-robot-economy

Critics point out hypocrisy of George W. Bush’s concern about “cruelty and bigotry”. “The Iraq War was worse than anything Donald Trump has done (so far).”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/20/hypocritical-bs-critics-slam-establishments-applause-war-criminal-george-w-bush

Trump deserves our respect, says Vladimir Putin. “I believe that the president of the United States does not need any advice, because one has to possess (a certain amount of) talent and go through (a process) to be elected, even without having (experience in such an important) administrative (position).”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/putin-says-americans-dont-show-trump-enough-respect/   Let’s make Putin sound like a robot! Does CBS News use Google or Bing Translate?

Members of Congress press for more details on deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger. “Frustration over the lack of answers spilled into public view on Thursday, as the Arizona senator John McCain suggested the issue “may require a subpoena”.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/20/donald-trump-niger-ambush-frederica-wilson

Two NYPD detectives reportedly claiming that sex with detained suspect, who says she was raped, was consensual. “While it is against department policy to have sex on duty, the law does not preclude consensual sex between an arresting officer and a person in their custody.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/10/20/brooklyn-teen-police-rape-consent/   You gotta be kidding!

Americans putting off marriage, having children, buying homes due to debt. “About 56 percent of 18- to 35-year-olds say they’ve put off a major life event because of their loan payments, compared to 45 percent of in-debt Americans overall, according to a Bankrate.com survey released Wednesday.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/millennials-student-debt-means-postponing-life-events-marriage-home-buying-2040044

Florida’s private schools reportedly receiving $1 billion in state guaranteed scholarships (aka “school vouchers”) with few rules and little oversight. “One Orlando school, which received $500,000 from the public programs last year, has a 24-year-old principal still studying at a community college.”   http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-florida-school-voucher-investigation-1018-htmlstory.html

Even conservatives want John Kelly to apologize for false FBI building accusation. “The president demands that the people who work for him go out and do his bidding at the expense of their own moral authority,” Hoover said. “This is where Kelly, sort of, lost that.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/even-conservative-erick-erickson-is-calling-on-gen-kelly-to-man-up-and-apologize-for-attacks-on-rep-wilson/

South Carolina police officer uses taser on unarmed, 86 year-old man, hospitalizing him. “Chatfield’s family’s attorney, Justin Bamberg, said that it simply defied belief that an 86-year-old dementia patient was such an apparent threat that he needed to be Tasered.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/cops-taser-86-year-old-unarmed-black-man-for-his-own-safety-leaving-him-in-intensive-care/

Struggle reportedly going on within Trump administration over release of JFK assassination documents. “A relatively small fraction—the 3,100 documents that the public has never seen, as well as the full text of more than 30,000 files previously released only in part—have been held back until now…. Under the law, however, everything must be released, in full, by next Thursday unless Trump decides otherwise.”   http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/10/20/trump-block-release-jfk-kennedy-assassination-files-documents-215732

Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer after coup, say researchers. “According to (his driver) Mr Araya, the day (Neruda) died he called to say he had been injected in the stomach while he was asleep, and to come to the hospital quickly.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41702706


October 21, 2017

October 20, 2017

Senate passes “reverse Robin Hood” budget plan. “”51 Republican Senators just voted to cut Medicaid by $1 trillion and Medicare by $500 billion so that millionaires and corporations can get a tax cut.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/19/51-gop-senators-just-voted-cut-15-trillion-medicare-and-medicaid-give-super-rich-and

Trump says his Puerto Rico hurricane rescue efforts rate a perfect 10. “Nurses have been going out into communities, where all they ask for is water and food. And when you have to make a decision of who’s going to get the food today or the water — we shouldn’t have to do that.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/19/people-are-dying-trump-gives-himself-perfect-10-puerto-rico-response

Democratic Party chairman Tom Perez accused of purging progressives from party’s national committee. “In a move that exacerbated the vast intra-party rift exposed during last year’s presidential primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has stripped a number of longtime party officials of their “at-large” delegate status or leadership positions, while appointing a slate of 75 new members that include Clinton campaign veterans, lobbyists, and neophytes.”   https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/10/tom-perez-dnc-shake-up    So much for “working within the Democratic Party”.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo reportedly tells audience at National Security Summit that the agency is taking off the gloves. “Speaking more broadly about his actions at the CIA, he said that it would “become a much more vicious agency” in fighting adversaries.”   http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/CIA-Director-Iran-deal-failed-to-permanently-cut-off-Irans-path-to-nukes-507909   So waterboarding prisoners and freezing them to death at secret “black sites” isn’t tough enough? Time for the power tools?

White nationalist Richard Spencer shouted down by audience at University of Florida. “Loud chants of “Say it loud! Say it clear! Nazis are not welcome here!” greeted white nationalist Richard Spencer when he took the stage Thursday for a controversial University of Florida speaking appearance.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/19/richard-spencer-shouted-down-university-florida-speech/781966001/

Fox News security contractor arrested at Richard Spencer speech in Gainesville, Florida, police say he was carrying a firearm on campus. “The man, identified as Sean Brijmohan of Orlando by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Oiffce, said he has all the necessary permits and was hired by Fox News for armed security for station WFOX in Jacksonville.”   http://www.abc15.com/news/national/armed-man-with-press-pass-detained-in-gainesville-prior-to-white-nationalist-richard-spencer-speech

Remarks at Chinese Party Congress hint at hidden power struggle. “On Thursday, the chief of China’s securities commissions, Liu Shiyu, listed names of six “high-ranking and powerful officials, who were hugely greedy and hugely corrupt, and who plotted to usurp the party’s leadership and seize state power”.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41691917

Iraqi and Iranian-backed forces retake Kirkuk province, oil fields after fierce fighting with Kurdish units. “Since Sunday, federal forces backed by allied paramilitary units have driven Kurdish peshmerga fighters out of Kirkuk as well as disputed areas of Niniveh and Diyala provinces.”   https://sg.news.yahoo.com/iraq-army-takes-last-kurd-held-area-kirkuk-082121917.html

White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly confirms that Trump made remarks to soldier’s widow that Trump claimed he didn’t make. “…Kelly, who was in the room when Trump made the call, confirmed Wilson’s quotes, though he cast them as Trump expressing “his condolences in the best way he could”.”   https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/john-kelly-whose-son-died-in-combat-defends-trumps-call-to-widow/

Cub scout reportedly kicked out of scouting group after asking state legislator pointed questions during event where scouts were asked to prepare questions to ask their legislator. “I was shocked that you co-sponsored a bill to allow domestic violence offenders to continue to own a gun. Why on Earth would you want someone who beats their wife to have access to a gun?”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/cub-scout-dismissed-state-senator-gun-policy-article-1.3574785

After Supreme Court allows Alabama “drug cocktail” execution to proceed, prisoner reportedly moving around during execution. “(Torrey) McNabb appeared to be breathing for the first 20 minutes of the 35-minute long procedure. He later appeared to move his head, grimace and raise his arms after two consciousness checks in which a guard pinches his arm, says his name and pulls back his eyelid — before eventually becoming still.”   https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/alabama/articles/2017-10-20/alabama-inmate-defiant-before-his-execution-for-killing-cop

Dickson, Texas residents must promise not to boycott Israel to receive hurricane relief aid. “By executing this Agreement below, the Applicant verifies that the Applicant: (1) does not boycott Israel; and (2) will not boycott Israel during the term of this Agreement.”   https://www.dallasnews.com/news/harvey/2017/10/19/get-harvey-relief-funds-residents-dickinson-must-vow-boycott-israel

Another child killed by flawed furniture design. “An eighth child has been killed by an Ikea dresser that was recalled more than a year ago because of its propensity to tip over.”   http://abcnews.go.com/US/eighth-child-reported-killed-recalled-ikea-dresser/story?id=50593972

Upscale California restaurant caught reselling fast food at higher prices. “The restaurant’s troubles started after a customer allegedly saw Sweet Dixie employees carrying Popeyes boxes into the kitchen.”   http://abc7.com/food/long-beach-restaurant-under-fire-for-serving-popeyes-chicken/2548021/

IRS moves to enforce collection of Obamacare “no insurance” penalty. “That penalty is the higher of 2.5 percent of adjusted gross household income or $695 per adult and $347.50 per child under age 18.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/19/irs-to-block-suspend-tax-returns-that-lack-obamacare-disclosures.html

Researchers say 9 million lives shortened by exposure to pollution. “In 2015, nearly one in six deaths, an estimated nine million worldwide, was related to pollution in some form — air, water, soil, chemical or occupational pollution, according to a new report published Thursday in The Lancet.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/10/19/health/pollution-1-in-6-deaths-study/index.html

Trump Obamacare cuts throw insurance plans into confusion. “In all but a handful of states, (insurers) submitted two sets of premium rates – a lower rate to use if the subsidies remained, and a higher rate to use if the funding was cut.”    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-insurers/obamacare-whiplash-leaves-states-insurers-with-dueling-price-plans-idUSKBN1CP14U


October 20, 2017

October 19, 2017

Trump campaign retweeted “Russian troll” posts. “Members of Trump’s family and campaign staff, including Donald Trump Jr. and Kellyanne Conway, promoted tweets affiliated with a Russian “troll farm” during the 2016 election…. An account that claimed to be the unofficial Twitter account of Tennessee Republicans used the username @Ten_GOP and was run by the Russian-backed Internet Research Agency…”   http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/members-of-trump-family-and-campaign-retweeted-content-from-russian-troll-farm-right-before-the-election/article/2637982

Chinese leader Jinping Xi continues to claim China is a socialist country, despite capitalist economic system and huge gap between the poor and the incredibly wealthy. “Through a long period of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era; this is a new historical direction in our country’s development.”   http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-18/china-acknowledges-its-economic-woes-in-landmark-address/9063096   Animal Farm? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Farm#Plot_summary

Jackson, Mississippi school board votes to rename elementary school named after Confederate leader Jefferson Davis. “…by the time the 2018-2019 academic year rolls around, the school will be renamed Barack Obama Magnet IB Elementary School.”   https://www.ajc.com/news/national/school-named-after-confederate-president-renamed-after-barack-obama/qGgY8BStoYwLQiEm5CYjjJ/

NFL asks players to stand for national anthem, but does not plan to punish those who refuse. “…the attempt by President Trump to cow “son of a b—h” players into submission (is) as banana-republic thuggish as it gets.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/standing-bully-nfl-respects-protest-article-1.3572594   Well actually, having the players beaten and harassed by thugs, arrested, tortured or even assassinated would be as banana-republic thuggish as it gets, but we haven’t fallen that far yet.

Prosecutors claim neutrality while fighting criminal justice reform. “In state after state, we’ve seen DA associations hold back reforms that are supported by Democrats and Republicans alike.”   https://www.thenation.com/article/prosecutors-are-banding-together-to-prevent-criminal-justice-reform/

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin warns that not passing Trump tax cut for the rich could crash the stock market. “…there is no question in my mind if we don’t get it done you are going to see a reversal of a significant amount of these gains.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-18/turns-out-it-ll-be-congress-s-fault-if-the-stock-market-crashes

28% of 2017 cars were delivered with “inflator kits” instead of spare tires. “It has the goo that you shoot inside there once you get a flat and then inflate.”   http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/new-cars-sold-wihtout-spare-tire/484387539

Stockton, California to test “basic income” scheme by giving selected residents $500 a month. “Skeptics often claim a basic income could sap people of their drive to work, or cause them to spend more on vices, while advocates say the extra cash will help people go back to school, start businesses, and otherwise become more productive members of society.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/stockton-california-launching-the-first-us-experiment-in-basic-income-2017-10   Or you could achieve full employment by productively employing everyone – by adopting Jill Stein’s “Green New Deal” idea.

German researchers discover 75% decline in flying insect population. “Most of the 63 nature preserves in the study are surrounded by agricultural lands.”   https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/10/18/German-nature-preserves-have-lost-75-percent-of-their-flying-insects/2781508351856/

Police shoot at fleeing suspects in Hampton, Virginia, killing one and wounding two. “They drove towards the officers and the unmarked vehicle at which time officers fired shots towards that vehicle (hitting) three of the occupants.”   http://wavy.com/2017/10/18/officer-involved-shooting-investigation-at-hampton-convenience-store/

Police officer lied about warning man approaching her vehicle before shooting him. “The city of Des Moines is acknowledging that a former police officer falsely told investigators she warned an unarmed man who approached her patrol car before she fatally shot him.”   http://www.kwqc.com/content/news/Des-Moines-Police-Officer-didnt-warn-man-before-shooting-451468783.html

Six protesters killed by Mexican police gunfire during 2016 teacher protest. “Commission investigator Enrique Guadarrama Lopez said it wasn’t conclusively clear who fired first, but that the first three people wounded by gunfire were civilians.”   http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/report-excessive-force-mexican-teachers-50568488

Sheriff’s deputy who put elementary school children in handcuffs used excessive force says judge. “The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit on the children’s behalf, said last week’s ruling vindicates its position that schools should not use police officers to deal with misbehaving students, particularly children with disabilities.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/10/17/excessive-force-judge-rules-in-favor-of-children-who-were-handcuffed-at-school/

Euclid, Ohio police officer fired after dashcam catches beating of motorist. “The man who was seen on video being beaten by a Euclid police officer said he’s “glad” city officials decided to fire the cop to ensure similar incidents won’t happen again.”   http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/10/man_in_euclid_police_beating_v.html

47 year-old woman who refused to leave Florence, Oregon hospital after being discharged dies after being arrested by police. “Once in police custody, Gallauher’s health deteriorated rapidly and, despite efforts by hospital workers to save her, Gallauher died.”   http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/36060738-75/florence-woman-who-died-at-hospital-in-police-custody-identified.html.csp

Jeff Sessions now says he does not recall if he discussed Trump administration policies with Russian ambassador. “I’m not sure about that.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/18/jeff-sessions-russia-senate-shifts-ground

Senate report finds 86 foster children placed by for-profit company died over 10 years. “…(The MENTOR Network’s) death rate among foster children was found to be 42 percent higher than the national average.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/10/18/foster-care-children-deaths-mentor-network/

Mobile phone ads can give advertisers information about your physical location, sexual preferences, app usage. “The notification (to the advertiser) comes within 10 minutes of when a person sees the ad and can identify the person’s location within eight meters of where they are.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/mobile-ads-invade-privacy-advertisements-can-track-your-location-2603324

JFK’s physician repeatedly not called to testify about assassination, despite being present at Parkland Hospital after shooting and during autopsy. “(In 1964) thousands of people were called to testify, but (Rear Admiral George G.) Burkley was not…. In 1976, the US House of Representatives established the Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) to investigate the murders of Kennedy and Martin Luther King…. Dr. Burkley advised (the Committee) that although he, Burkley, had signed the death certificate of President Kennedy in Dallas, he had never been interviewed and that he has information in the Kennedy assassination indicating that others besides Oswald must have participated.”   https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/10/17/kennedy-assassination-evidence-seen-jfks-doctor-suppressed/

Unanswered questions surround deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger. “Republican Senator John McCain, widely regarded as the top authority on military matters in the Senate, said Wednesday the Trump administration is not being upfront about what happened in Niger.”   http://www.newsweek.com/niger-trumps-benghazi-four-us-soldiers-died-and-it-took-him-12-days-respond-688082

Clark County, Nevada judge accused of encouraging defendants to vote for Trump in 2020. “…if you do everything I tell you to do you’ve got an opportunity to do some great things and possibly depending on the time you might be able to vote for Trump in the next presidential election.”   https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/las-vegas-judge-tells-felons-if-they-meet-probation-requirements-they-likely-can-vote-for-trump-in-2020

Inmate pleads for medical treatment, doesn’t get it, dies. “A 27-year-old inmate in Hutchinson, KS died of a fungal infection after months of pleading in vain with prison guards and medical personnel for help, says a lawsuit filed by the inmate’s mother and daughter.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/10/kansas-inmate-died-of-fungal-infection-after-months-of-begging-for-help-something-is-eating-my-brain/

West Bank settlers caught stealing olive crop from Palestinian groves. “(Israeli police) detained four settlers over the past week on suspicion of involvement in stealing olives from Palestinian farmers’ groves in the northern West Bank, but all of them were released. An NGO provided documentation that shows settlers in the act…”   https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/1.817989

U.S. assisted Indonesian military in 60’s slaughter of Communist Party members. “U.S. officials also provided detailed lists of thousands of PKI members for the military and anti-communist civilians, with American officials reportedly checking off who had been killed or arrested.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2015/12/02/50-years-ago-today-the-u-s-embassy-endorsed-mass-killings-in-indonesia-heres-what-that-means-for-today/

Judge will reportedly allow climate activists to present “necessity defense” in pipeline sabotage trial. “The activists, who say their decision to break the law was necessitated by the clear and present danger posed by global warming, will be allowed to call expert witnesses on climate change.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/10/18/headlines/minnesota_judge_to_allow_necessity_defense_at_trial_of_climate_activists

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October 18, 2017

Two judges rule against Trump travel ban, one saying it’s clearly a Muslim ban. “(U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang) said the president’s own words cast his latest attempt to impose a travel blockade as the “inextricable re-animation of the twice-enjoined Muslim ban”.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/second-judge-rules-against-latest-travel-ban-saying-trumps-own-words-show-it-was-aimed-at-muslims/2017/10/18/5ecdaa44-b3ed-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html

Russian paper claims “troll factory” spent more than $2 million to stir up trouble in U.S. during election campaign. “RBC identified 118 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts linked to the (Internet Research Agency’s) meddling in US politics.”   http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/10/russian-journalists-just-published-a-bombshell-investigation-about-a-kremlin-linked-troll-factory/

Newly released documents suggest that 1965 slaughter of 500,000 communists in Indonesia may have been the result of a power struggle between President Sukarno and the military. “The documents… reveal that Indonesian army intermediaries told Western embassies they were considering toppling then president Sukarno less than (two weeks) after the killing of six generals by rebel military personnel that sparked the bloodletting.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-massacre/us-knew-of-indonesian-anti-communist-massacre-as-it-unfolded-idUSKBN1CN1C7   “In the event of such a coup, (U.S. ambassador Marshall) Green (said) the United States could help with “anything from covert operations and assistance [to] transport, money, communications equipment, or arms”.” I would bet there is a lot more to this story that has yet to be revealed.

Trump’s “fake news” smoke screen seems to be working. “According to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll out Wednesday, 46 percent of all people surveyed believe that news stories about Trump are “fabricated”, while 76 percent of Republicans say the media publishes made up stories about Trump.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/18/beware-nearly-half-voters-think-media-fabricate-anti-trump-stories

Tom Marino, accused of protecting prescription opiod trade, withdraws himself from consideration for “drug czar” post. “On Sunday, Marino was the subject of a joint report by the Washington Post and 60 Minutes about his role as the sponsor of a bill that critics say undermined federal enforcement efforts against the opioid epidemic.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/17/trump-pick-for-drug-czar-tom-marino-withdraws


October 18, 2017