November 30, 2017

Manila police caught on video executing drug suspects. “The security camera footage not only contradicts the police account of the Barangay 19 killings. It also provides further evidence of another drug-war tactic: the disabling of surveillance cameras at crime scenes by the police.”   https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/philippines-drugs-surveillance/

Trump retweets anti-Muslim hate videos. “The executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nihad Awad, said in a statement that Trump is ‘clearly telling members of his base that they should hate Islam and Muslims’.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-theresa-may-britain-first-20171129-story.html   Trump could be banned from Britain under UK law against fostering hate. “In (Theresa) May’s previous role as home minister, she added two Islamophobic American bloggers, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, to a list of “extremists” barred from travel to the country, on the grounds that their presence could ‘foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the U.K.'”    https://theintercept.com/2017/11/29/president-united-states-spent-morning-retweeting-british-fascists/

Air Force admits it failed to flag “several dozen” of its members for exclusion from gun purchases. “The Army chief of staff, Gen. Mark Milley, said in recent days that his service (also) failed in a “significant amount” of cases to alert the FBI to soldiers’ criminal history.”   https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2017-11-28/air-force-lapse-in-kelley-case-was-part-of-pattern

Coast Guard accused of holding men detained in international waters in chains for months without legal representation or family contact. “…they are detaining hundreds of suspected smugglers every year and then chaining those men aboard Coast Guard cutters by short chains, chains around their ankles, chained to the decks of these ships or along the side of these ships, and holding them aboard Coast Guard cutters for weeks or months while the ships continue their drug interdiction patrols, and eventually transferring these men back to the United States to face prosecution here.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/11/28/floating_guantanamos_how_the_coast_guard

Honolulu tells medical marijuana users to hand in their firearms. “Your medical marijuana use disqualifies you from ownership of firearms and ammunition.”   http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/11/28/breaking-news/honolulu-police-tell-legal-marijuana-users-to-turn-in-their-firearms/

Trump accused of lying about tax “reform” bill. “In 2019 the richest 1% of taxpayers would receive 60% of the pass-through tax breaks and 44% of the corporate tax breaks.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/29/here-are-four-biggest-lies-trump-told-his-final-tax-scam-sales-pitch

White House lawyer who justified takeover of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reportedly represented payday loan company before CFPB just last year. “CFPB alleged that NDG, which issues and collects payday loans online, made “false threats” to consumers that non-payment would result in wage garnishment, arrest, or imprisonment.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/11/27/white-house-memo-justifying-cfpb-takeover-was-written-by-payday-lender-attorney/

Atlanta police issued citations to groups feeding the homeless. “Atlanta police officers told charitable individuals that they can no longer feed the homeless without applying for and receiving a permit… for the ‘operation of a food service establishment’.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/11/29/atlanta-feeding-homeless-permit-police/

Department of Homeland Security taking bids for facial recognition scanners. “According to solicitation documents, the pilot program challenges bidding companies to accurately identify three individuals in a car traveling at roughly 25 mph through raised car windows and light rain, with one of the passengers in the vehicle’s backseat.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/11/29/facial-recognition-homeland-security-borders/

Trump accused of appointing “acting” directors to federal agencies to maintain control. “At key federal agencies that were designed to be insulated from political influence, he has refused to appoint officials to full terms, and instead appointed acting directors — a status that gives the officials fewer job protections, and allows Trump to more easily remove them if they displease him.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/how-trump-uses-acting-directors-give-himself-more-power-less-scrutiny-2621588

Large Chicago bakery forced to fire 800 illegal employees. “Cloverhill Bakery, which used an unnamed staff recruitment agency to hire its work staff and did not bother double-checking if all of them had proper documentation needed to work in the U.S., ended up losing 35 percent of its work staff after the raid.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/immigrants-food-industry-mcdonalds-bun-maker-fires-800-illegal-workers-now-struggling-2621792

Royal Oak, Michigan man files lawsuit claiming he was attacked by court officers when he tried to pay a $10 parking ticket in pennies to avoid a credit card fee. “Sevy, in his lawsuit, says the court officers assaulted him, unlawfully arrested him, and violated his right to free speech in what he considered a “symbolic protest” in paying an “unjustified” ticket.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/guards-choke-michigan-man-who-tried-pay-parking-ticket-pennies-2621782   Video report here shows attack:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RQbAp9BTpM

Political activists in the U.S. report receiving threatening robocalls in response to their social media activity. “Citizens for Trump has not yet responded to questions about whether it is behind the calls or, if it is, how it is choosing whom to target.”   https://gizmodo.com/people-are-getting-robocalls-about-their-derogatory-t-1820819203

U.S. military still denies killing Somali villagers. “The August 25 massacre at Barire village in Somalia was a major problem for the Somali government, who initially denied that anything happened but then admitted that 10 civilians were killed in joint US-Somali operations against the village.”   http://news.antiwar.com/2017/11/29/despite-mounting-evidence-pentagon-denies-us-troops-killed-somali-civilians/

Mainstream media accused of overlooking roots of Libya’s slave markets. “…even the few news reports that do acknowledge NATO’s complicity in the chaos in Libya do not go a step further and detail the well-documented, violent racism of the NATO-backed Libyan rebels who ushered in slavery after ethnically cleansing and committing brutal crimes against black Libyans.”   http://fair.org/home/media-nato-regime-change-war-libya-slave-markets/

Ambassadors of United States, Britain and France to skip Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony this year. “The anti-nuclear (weapons) group (ICAN) which won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize accused the United States, Britain and France on Wednesday of snubbing its disarmament work by planning to send only second-rank diplomats to the award ceremony next month.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-norway-nobel/u-s-britain-france-accused-of-snubbing-anti-nuclear-nobel-prize-idUSKBN1DT37R

Journalism group files lawsuit to force government to reveal its surveillance of journalists. “Instead of the normal media guidelines, the FBI apparently had separate—and secret—rules for using National Security Letters to target journalists.”   https://www.cjr.org/watchdog/government-surveillance-journalists.php

29 “Dirty War” officials sentenced to life in prison in Argentina. “Human rights groups estimate Argentina’s (right-wing) military government killed up to 30,000 people during the (1976-1983) dictatorship.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/argentine-court-sentences-29-life-dictatorship-crimes-003210299.html

About 9,000 U.S. troops still stationed in Iraq says Pentagon. “In its quarterly report, the Pentagon said there were nearly 9,000 U.S. troops in Iraq—more than 3,000 more troops than the military has officially acknowledged.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/11/29/headlines/pentagon_admits_there_are_nearly_9_000_us_troops_in_iraq

Lawyers protest immigration arrests at courthouses. “In New York City, lawyers with the Legal Aid Society staged a walkout at the Brooklyn Criminal Court Tuesday, after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents snatched a man from the hallway of the courthouse and took him into ICE custody.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/11/29/headlines/lawyers_stage_walkout_at_brooklyn_criminal_court_to_protest_ice_arrests_at_courthouse

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November 30, 2017

November 28, 2017

Tobacco industry finally placing court ordered ads – after 11 year delay. “The “corrective statements” to be aired beginning 26 November are part of a 2006 judgment against tobacco companies, which found companies such as RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris broke anti-racketeering laws, lied about how cigarettes harmed health and denied their efforts to market cigarettes to children.”   https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/nov/26/tobacco-mea-culpa-companies-to-run-corrective-statements-on-smoking

Supreme Court to hear case involving privacy of “third party” records. “Visiting a website, sending an email, buying a book online – all of these things requiring sharing sensitive data with internet service providers, merchants, banks and others. If this kind of commonplace and unavoidable information-sharing is sufficient to extinguish constitutional privacy rights, the digital-age fourth amendment will soon be a dead letter.”   https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/27/supreme-court-cellphone-data-carpenter-first-amendment

Arizona judge orders press to conceal identity of prosecutor. “…if you ever go to court accused of a crime, you deserve to know that the identity of the person prosecuting the case will be public — not hidden behind a judge’s order of secrecy.”   https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2017/11/21/judge-bars-prosecutor-name-violates-right-to-know/882407001/

New York Times accused of blaming Edward Herman, in his obituary, for downplaying atrocities that happened after his book was published. “In the obituary, the Times’ Sam Roberts wrote of the classic book that Ed co-wrote with Noam Chomsky, ‘Manufacturing Consent was severely criticized as having soft-pedaled evidence of genocide in Cambodia, Rwanda and, during the Bosnia war, Srebrenica’. The problem with this statement is that Manufacturing Consent was published in 1988—years before the 1994 Rwandan genocide or the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.”   http://fair.org/home/nyts-obit-for-ed-herman-requires-a-correction/   Looks like the NYT has corrected their error.

Russia passes law categorizing foreign news media as “foreign agents”. “It will now allow Moscow to force foreign media to brand news they provide to Russians as the work of “foreign agents” and to disclose their funding sources.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-media-restrictions/russias-putin-signs-foreign-agents-media-law-idUSKBN1DP0I2

Supreme Court declines to hear case on Maryland law that bans military-style rifles. “The justices have previously declined to review other lower-court decisions that uphold bans passed by cities and states.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-wont-review-marylands-law-banning-sales-of-assault-weapons/2017/11/27/ad68ce42-d380-11e7-95bf-df7c19270879_story.html   Is speech that is too harshly critical of the government the next clearly protected constitutional right that will be quashed by the courts?

Former White House communications director reportedly threatens to sue student newspaper editorial writer for defamation. “It’s not surprising that a Trump disciple who briefly led a virulently anti-media White House would try to shut down an opinion column critical of him. It is surprising, however, that the Fletcher School would keep such a person on the advisory committee.”   https://www.salon.com/2017/11/27/big-tough-anthony-scaramucci-threatens-to-sue-university-newspaper-over-op-ed/

New York Times widely criticized for profile of white nationalist. “The newspaper maintained that the story did not intend to “normalize” white nationalist views by giving Hovater a platform, but to reveal how such hateful views have become “far more normal” in the U.S.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/media/361866-nyt-regrets-offending-so-many-readers-after-profile-of-nazi-sympathizer

Dictionary website names “complicit” word of the year. “Dictionary.com defines “complicit” as ‘choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having partnership or involvement in wrongdoing’.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2017/11/27/complicit-is-the-2017-word-of-the-year-according-to-dictionary-com/

EU approves use of chemical found in herbicide Roundup for five more years. “Critics say it’s carcinogenic and negatively affects biodiversity, but many farmers say there is no viable, cost-effective alternative and that banning it will push food prices up.”   http://www.dw.com/en/weed-killer-glyphosate-eu-license-extended-for-further-five-years/a-41549110

Russian president unveils monument to victims of Stalinism (without mentioning Stalin). “With tears in her eyes, 78-year-old Zoya Puchkina described how her father was arrested in 1943 after a colleague at the factory where he worked reported him for saying the country had not been ready for war.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/putin-unveils-monument-victims-political-repression-154601051.html

Time magazine bought by group of investors which includes Koch brothers. “The deal was made possible, in part, by an infusion of $650 million from the private equity arm of Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers known for using their wealth and political connections to advance conservative causes.”   https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/11/26/business/dealbook/time-inc-meredith-corporation-koch-brothers.html

Wells Fargo traders may have cheated foreign exchange customers in pursuit of bonuses. “Of the approximately 300 fee agreements for foreign exchange trades reviewed internally by Wells Fargo, only about 35 firms were billed the price they had been quoted, the employees told the Journal.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/27/wells-fargo-bankers-overcharged-clients-for-higher-bonuses.html

Facebook announces use of artificial intelligence to detect suicidal posts. “The idea of Facebook proactively scanning the content of people’s posts could trigger some dystopian fears about how else the technology could be applied. Facebook didn’t have answers about how it would avoid scanning for political dissent or petty crime, with Rosen merely saying ‘we have an opportunity to help here so we’re going to invest in that’.”   https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/27/facebook-ai-suicide-prevention/

Apartment complex manager uses “abandonment” clause to evict single mom, throw all of the family’s belongings into dumpsters.  “The manager showed us an abandonment clause in the lease that she says gives her the authority to change the locks and take back the apartment, without having to go through the legal process of filing eviction.”   http://kfor.com/2017/11/21/family-comes-home-to-find-their-furniture-and-belongings-in-dumpster/

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has two bosses. “Two public servants — one a holdover from the Obama administration, the other a rushed temporary appointee by President Trump — messily and publicly vied to lead an agency that has fought for consumers while under political assault by Republicans. Its future as an independent agency rests on who leads it next.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/27/us/politics/cfpb-leandra-english-mulvaney.html

 

November 28, 2017

November 26, 2017

People around the world march against violence against women. “People in Turkey, France, Chile, Italy, Mozambique, Sweden, Spain and other countries marched this weekend in support of the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, commencing two weeks of campaigning for gender equality.”   https://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/thousands-of-demonstrators-across-the-world-protest-violence-against-women

German court approves plan to destroy ancient forest to expand coal strip mine. “Cries of protest erupted in the Cologne Administrative Court on Friday after the judge ruled that development plans for the Hambach open-pit mine did not breach environmental legislation and could go ahead as planned.”   http://www.dw.com/en/german-activists-lose-bid-to-halt-hambach-mine-expansion/a-41517134

Lutheran youth pastor fatally shoots his family on Thanksgiving. “A domestic dispute turned deadly when a man shot and killed his wife, her daughter, and the daughter’s boyfriend at their Virginia home on Thanksgiving evening, police said.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/virginia-pastor-guns-family-thanksgiving-triple-murder-article-1.3655061

Another Japanese company admits falsifying product specifications. “Buyers of Japanese industrial goods from Boeing Co. to Airbus SE were once again scrambling to confirm whether safety had been compromised after Mitsubishi Materials said three of its units had faked data on products that may have been delivered to more than 250 customers.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-23/mitsubishi-materials-says-two-of-its-units-falsified-parts-data-jaccl2us

Chinese bike share bubble bursts, billions had been invested. “…a mangled pile of bicycles covering an area roughly the size of a football pitch, and so high that cranes are need to reach the top; cast-offs from the boom and bust of China’s bike sharing industry.”   https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/25/chinas-bike-share-graveyard-a-monument-to-industrys-arrogance

Trump tweets that Egyptian mosque bombing just proves how much we need a Muslim ban and a wall along the Mexican border. “…. Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of Egypt.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/25/trump-uses-mosque-attack-promote-muslim-ban-death-toll-tops-300

Republicans spoofing themselves with their “tax reform” bill. “If Democrats were to write a bill to hyperbolically make fun of Republican positions, they might call it “The Take from the Poor to Help Billionaires Act of 2017″…. It’s currently making its way through Congress.”   https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/11/26/gop-tax-reform-caricature-becomes-reality/

Malibu church pressured to stop feeding homeless people. “…Malibu United Methodist Church — facing pressure from the city — in recent weeks took a U-turn, deciding twice-weekly dinners for homeless people would stop after Thanksgiving.”   http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-malibu-homeless-soup-kitchen-20171124-story.html

Man claims Amelia Earhart and her traveling partner were executed by the Japanese military. “The (Chamorro resident’s) uncle said that the two were in the Saipan prison for two or three days before they were killed.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/11/25/amelia-earhart-and-and-fred-noonan-were-prisoners-saipan-and-killed-according-uncles-tale/894412001/

Mall shuts down, seven arrested after police brutality protest in St. Louis. “The protest was part of an economic boycott effort announced in early November by African-American clergy and activists over issues from police treatment of blacks to bank loan practices to infrastructure neglect in the northern part of St. Louis.”   http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/st-louis-galleria-closes-after-protest-and-arrests-on-black/article_41c18a2b-9c2a-59d3-9fd6-211cd5d055bd.html

Human rights group estimates more than 340,000 killed during Syrian civil war. “…119,000 pro-government fighters (have been) killed, including Syrian troops, militia members, and Hezbollah fighters. On the rebel side, about 59,000 “rebels” were reported killed, along with 62,200 Islamists.”   http://news.antiwar.com/2017/11/24/observatory-estimates-340000-killed-in-syrian-war/

How many U.S. troops are in Syrian? It’s hard to say. “Less than a month ago, Gen. James Jarrard told reporters the US had about 4,000 troops in the country, though the Pentagon at the time claimed he was wrong and the real number was only 503.”   http://news.antiwar.com/2017/11/24/pentagon-to-admit-to-2000-troops-in-syria-number-likely-far-higher/

 

November 26, 2017

November 24, 2017

Still no apparent motive in Las Vegas mass shooting. “(Sheriff Joe) Lombardo says authorities found about 4,000 unused rounds (of ammunition) in the suite.”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/las-vegas-shooting-stephen-paddock-gunman-fired-over-1100-rounds-sheriff-says/

California man released after 38 years in prison after DNA evidence clears him of murder. “Coley’s first trial in 1979 resulted in a hung jury, with jurors unable to resolve an impasse that left them 10-2 in favor of guilt… He was tried again in 1980, found guilty and sentenced to life without parole.”   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/23/man-convicted-1978-california-double-murder-pardoned-after-dna-test.html   From the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution: “…nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb…”

Murdered detective was to testify in court the next day in case involving eight fellow officers accused of taking money from suspects and cooperating with drug dealers. “Slain Baltimore homicide Detective Sean Suiter was scheduled to testify before a federal grand jury in the case against a squad of indicted officers on the day after he was shot, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Wednesday evening.”   http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/bs-md-baltimore-detective-update-20171122-story.html

Baltimore neighborhood where detective was shot put on “lockdown” for days. “As police cars lined the perimeter of Harlem Park for days, residents were unable to enter their neighborhoods without showing IDs.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/11/23/baltimore-police-shooting-lockdown/

Few details released in D.C. area shooting by Park Police. “Did he have a weapon? Did he threaten the police? How many times was he shot? How many officers shot him? Who is he? What hospital is he in? What is he charged with? Did any body-worn or in-car cameras capture the event? Park Police won’t say.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/11/21/silence-again-surrounds-a-police-shooting-in-fairfax-county-this-time-by-u-s-park-police/  Reminds me a lot of the case of the “Otto Warmbier of Japan”, the American who went into a coma and died a month later after being arrested by Tokyo police in 2015. We still don’t know who he was or what happened to him, and I have been waiting for a response to my State Department FOIA request for 2 1/2 year now. Mainstream media are not interested in the story.

Chicago police officer sentenced to 5 years in shooting of fleeing teens. “(Marco) Proano, 42, who was convicted of excessive force for firing 16 times into a moving vehicle filled with teens in December 2013, became the first Chicago police officer in decades, if not ever, to be sentenced to federal prison for an on-duty shooting.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-cop-shooting-sentencing-20171120-story.html

Chicago police officer criticized by civilian oversight board for allegedly advocating civil war on Facebook, vilifying Muslims. Officer Brian Hansen allegedly posted “countless horrific images and posts espousing the belief that all Muslims should die.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-cop-facebook-comments-20171121-story.html

U.S. is one of only three countries to vote against condemning fascism at U.N. “The resolution called (for combating) the “glorification of Nazism, Neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance”.”   http://www.newsweek.com/trump-administration-doesnt-care-about-nazis-us-voted-against-un-resolution-720489

Man who shut off pipeline found guilty, was not allowed to mention climate change in court. “I was disappointed and surprised by the verdict, but even more disappointed that I was not allowed a ‘necessity defense,’ and that I wasn’t allowed to talk about climate change as it related to my state of mind.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/22/blocked-discussing-climate-change-valve-turner-faces-10-years-prison-after-felony

New York’s attorney general accuses FCC of not cooperating in investigation into fake comments opposing internet neutrality. “For six months my office has been investigating who perpetrated a massive scheme to corrupt the FCC’s notice and comment process through the misuse of enormous numbers of real New Yorkers’ and other Americans’ identities…  yet the FCC has refused multiple requests for crucial evidence in its sole possession that is vital to permit that law enforcement investigation to proceed.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/22/fcc-under-fire-ignoring-massive-scheme-corrupt-net-neutrality-comment-process

More than 1/3 of women surveyed say they have been sexually harassed at work. “A survey conducted in mid-November by PBS NewsHour, NPR, and Marist found that 35 percent of women and 9 percent of men have “experienced sexual harassment or abuse from someone in the workplace”.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/21/out-spotlight-and-across-industries-surveys-reveal-pervasive-sexual-harassment-women

Trump’s “full schedule of meetings and phone calls” apparently took place at his golf course. “Just over an hour (after the White House press office announcement that Trump would be busy working all day), the Trump motorcade set off from Mar-a-Lago, arriving at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach at 9:26 a.m.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/22/donald-trump-golf-mar-a-lago-thanksgiving-meetings

Many Android apps include user tracking programs. “Exodus security researchers identified 44 trackers in more than 300 apps for Google’s Android smartphone operating system.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/11/24/staggering-variety-of-clandestine-trackers-found-in-popular-android-apps/

Republicans and Democrats reach across the aisle to enable payday lenders to evade state interest rate limits. “The bill would allow lenders to ignore state interest-rate caps by partnering with a national bank.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/350-percent-interest-rate-senators-bankrolled-payday-lenders-can-live-2616276

RT interviews Dick Russell on JFK files. “…what happens then, the very next day that this cable arrives (at CIA headquarters, from its Mexico City office, about Oswald’s meeting at the Soviet embassy), the FBI, for some unknown reason yet, takes Oswald, removes his name, from their watch list as a ‘person of interest’.”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM_kl-nW5bI   This is the RT that Google doesn’t want you to find.

 

November 24, 2017

November 23, 2017

JFK files: U.S. considered framing Soviet Union as a pretext for war. “The memo shows that the department, along with the CIA, considered buying Soviet aircraft to stage the attacks, even getting estimates from the Air Force on how long it would take and how much it would cost to produce the planes domestically and covertly.”   http://www.newsweek.com/us-soviet-aircraft-jfk-docs-cover-operations-717460

JFK files: Anonymous caller tipped off British paper 25 minutes before JFK assassination. “The caller said only that the Cambridge News reporter should call the American Embassy in London for some big news and then hung up.”   http://www.newsweek.com/jfk-documents-reveal-cambridge-news-knew-assassination-694850

FBI purged about 500,000 names of fugitives from gun purchase screening list. “After Trump was inaugurated, the Justice Department further narrowed the definition (of “fugitive from justice”) to those who have fled across state lines to avoid prosecution for a crime or to avoid giving testimony in a criminal proceeding.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/tens-of-thousands-with-outstanding-warrants-purged-from-background-check-database-for-gun-purchases/2017/11/22/b890643c-ced1-11e7-9d3a-bcbe2af58c3a_story.html

Mystery aircraft eludes National Guard fighters over Oregon. “…the 142nd Fighter Wing operates F-15Cs upgraded with the most capable air-to-air radar set in the world (AN/APG-63V3) and Sniper advanced targeting pods for long-rang visual identification. Their pilots are some of the best in the world and are highly trained in the homeland air defense mission. The fact that they “didn’t find anything” is surprising to say the least.”   http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/16079/airliners-and-f-15s-involved-in-bizzare-encounter-with-mystery-aircraft-over-oregon

Some Federal Reserve members worried stock market bubble may pop. “In light of elevated asset valuations and low financial market volatility, several participants expressed concerns about a potential buildup of financial imbalances. They worried that a sharp reversal in asset prices could have damaging effects on the economy.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/22/fomc-minutes–fed-officials-fear-market-imbalances-possible-effects-of-sharp-reversal-in-prices.html

 

November 23, 2017

November 22, 2017

Trial of Trump inauguration protesters opens, observer says prosecution’s case appears to be weak. “I just thought looking at the totality of the evidence, you have video of what looks to me like a march and then you have an admission by the prosecution that there was no property damage committed by these particular individuals.”   http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=20514

Lawyer sues over warrantless SWAT arrest and forced testimony without legal representation. “Do U.S. military commissions have the power to arrest Americans without showing them a warrant, fly them hundreds of miles away from their homes, lock them up without access to legal counsel, and force them to testify?”   https://www.thedailybeast.com/lawyer-arrested-and-forced-to-testify-on-guantanamo-case-sues-us-marshals

Homeland Security has used cell tower simulators more than 1,800 times. “In 2015, DHS implemented a new policy that required all of its law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before using a cell-tower simulator…. after Congress expressed concern that DHS was using non-disclosure agreements to impede oversight over how it uses the devices.”   https://www.buzzfeed.com/adolfoflores/this-is-how-many-times-the-department-of-homeland-security

Google has reportedly been collecting Android phone user’s location data, even when owners disable location tracking. “Even devices that had been reset to factory default settings and apps, with location services disabled, were observed by Quartz sending nearby cell-tower addresses to Google.”   https://qz.com/1131515/google-collects-android-users-locations-even-when-location-services-are-disabled/

Puerto Rican funeral homes report far more deaths after Hurricane Maria than official death toll. “CNN surveyed 112 funeral homes across the US territory (about half) and funeral home directors identified 499 deaths they claimed were related to Hurricane Maria. That’s nine times the official death toll, which is 55.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/21/health/pesquera-responds-puerto-rico-death-count-invs/index.html

Eighth child reportedly killed by IKEA dresser. “The death of a California toddler, who was found trapped underneath an Ikea Malm dresser in May, has raised questions about whether Ikea has effectively spread the word about the recall, which was first announced in June 2016.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/retail/2017/11/21/ikea-again-announces-dresser-recall-after-death-8th-child/884148001/

Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic sentenced to life for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. “(The International Criminal Tribunal) found that Mladic “significantly contributed” to the genocide in Srebrenica in 1995, where more than 7,000 Bosniak men and boys were murdered, the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42080090   Still waiting for someone to charge George Bush for invading and occupying Iraq…

President of Zimbabwe steps down after 37 years in power. “This nation of 16 million people now faces a deeply uncertain period, with a fragmented opposition, no clear path to elections and a controversial heir to power, but the nation was at least momentarily united by the removal of its despotic leader.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/breaking-with-military-zimbabwe-ex-vp-calls-for-mugabe-to-step-down-now/2017/11/21/a580b3fc-ce67-11e7-a87b-47f14b73162a_story.html   Demand free and fair elections now!

Hackers stole data on Uber’s customers and drivers, Uber employees reportedly paid them off and covered up the hack. “Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world, the company told Bloomberg on Tuesday. The personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-21/uber-concealed-cyberattack-that-exposed-57-million-people-s-data

Secretary of State Tillerson removes Iraq, Afghanistan and Burma from list of countries using children as soldiers. “All (three) were included on an original list compiled by senior officials within the State Department and embassies around the world and passed along to Tillerson with the recommendation they be included.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/state-department-employees-split-with-tillerson-on-child-soldiers-list/2017/11/21/ea906b8b-6d72-4e88-bb57-197a38baf164_story.html

One killed, four injured after car chase. “A 3-year-old was killed Tuesday afternoon after a teenage driver lost control of his vehicle on South Main Street while fleeing Waterbury police, police said. The 18-year-old also struck three other pedestrians and another car, police said.”   http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-br-waterbury-pedestrains-vehicles-struck-after-chase-20171121-story.html   No mention of what this teenager was wanted for that justified a high speed chase.

Sexual harassment scandal spreads to news media. “Glenn Thrush of The New York Times, Charlie Rose of CBS, author Mark Halperin, NBC’s Matthew Zimmerman, NPR’s Michael Oreskes, Vox’s Lockhart Steele, the New Republic’s Hamilton Fish and the Atlantic’s Leon Wieseltier have all been suspended or fired in the last month over varying degrees of alleged harassment or assault.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/media/361422-harassment-allegations-shake-political-media

Google executive says company will bury Russia-based news media in search results. “I am strongly not in favor of censorship. I am very strongly in favor of ranking.”   http://www.nasdaq.com/article/google-to-derank-russia-news-outlets-20171122-00046

Sugar industry accused of manipulating health research. “Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at U.C.S.F. and an author of the new report, said that even though the newly discovered documents are 50 years old, they are important because they point to a decades-long strategy to downplay the potential health effects of sugar consumption.”    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/well/eat/sugar-industry-long-downplayed-potential-harms-of-sugar.html

FCC chairman proposes deregulating internet industry. “Relying more heavily on Internet providers’ own promises on net neutrality is a departure from the current rules, which lay out clear, federal bans against selectively blocking or slowing websites, as well as speeding up websites that agree to pay the providers a fee.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/21/internet-defenders-urge-mass-revolt-fight-fccs-scorched-earth-attack-net-neutrality

Republican Party offers donors the chance to win a stay for two at… the Trump International Hotel. “Get an all-expenses paid trip and stay in Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. for a weekend of Christmas magic.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/20/latest-ethics-offense-nrcc-offers-supporter-stay-trumps-hotel-exchange-donation

FDA cracks down on imported prescription medication. “For years, bipartisan efforts in Congress to lower drug costs and allow Americans to import drugs from Canada and overseas have been thwarted by lobbying by drug companies and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), a top drug industry trade organization.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/20/fda-raids-florida-suggest-trump-admin-policy-change-benefits-big-pharma

Trump says if you deny sexually harassing someone, it didn’t happen. “[Moore] denies it. Look, he denies it. I mean, if you look at what is really going on, and you look at all the things that have happened over the last 48 hours, he totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen. You’re talking about … he said 40 years ago this did not happen.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/21/donald-trump-roy-moore-sexual-misconduct-allegations

What about sexual harassment in prisons? “According to a 2012 Justice Department report, an estimated 200,000-plus people are sexually abused in U.S. detention centers every year, with nearly half of all reported instances citing prison guards or staff as the alleged abuser…”   https://theintercept.com/2017/11/21/prison-rape-sexual-assault-violence/

iPhone X production workers reportedly included teenage interns obtaining “work experience”. “Apple and its supplier Foxconn allegedly employed teenaged Chinese students to assemble the iPhone X for up to 11 hours a day, according to a report Tuesday by the Financial Times.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/was-your-iphone-x-built-illegally-teens-working-overtime-foxconn-2617941

Journalists successfully bought Facebook rental ads that were hidden from black, Spanish-speaking and Muslim users. “ProPublica produced a similar investigation last year, in which they showed housing ads could be bought that target a white-only audience. In February, Facebook introduced new measures that they said would prohibit discriminatory ads.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/facebooks-housing-rental-ads-can-be-hidden-black-latino-users-2618133

Gadsden, Alabama police were reportedly instructed to keep Roy Moore away from the high school cheerleaders. “Faye Gary, who for 37 years was an officer at the Gadsden Police Department, explained to Mitchell that Moore’s reputation for pursuing underage girls was widely known throughout the community.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/alabama-ex-cop-says-she-was-tasked-with-keeping-roy-moore-away-from-cheerleaders-at-high-school-games/

New York City police union tweets that campus it mistakenly believed had banned cops from using its restrooms maybe deserves something like a mass shooting. “Active shooters, acts of terrorism on campuses and now remove the police. Maybe it’s time people get what they ask for.”   https://lawandcrime.com/police/police-union-suggests-university-should-suffer-mass-shooting-after-students-snub-officers/

New nuclear arms race putting the world at peril, diverting resources. “Perry told Reuters that both the United States and Russia have upgraded their arsenals in ways that make the use of nuclear weapons likelier.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-nuclear-modernize-specialreport/special-report-in-modernizing-nuclear-arsenal-u-s-stokes-new-arms-race-idUSKBN1DL1AH

 

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November 20, 2017

New York City councilman suggests building owners are gaming the system after scaffolding collapse that injured six. “He said temporary scaffolding structures are often left up indefinitely because it’s cheaper to leave it up than to fix the issue.”   http://abc7ny.com/call-for-new-safety-measures-after-scaffolding-collapse/2672969/

Secret video revealed nursing home workers ignoring dying man. “The nursing home’s attorneys attempted to stop media news outlet WXIA-TV from getting the video but a DeKalb County Judge ruled to unseal the footage.”   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/18/wwii-veteran-calls-for-help-and-dies-as-nurses-laugh-video-shows.html

Anti-gay Republican congressman reportedly led secret life. “An anti-LGBT Ohio lawmaker who resigned this week over “inappropriate behavior” with another man at his legislative office had a history of aggressively pursuing gay men during his time in Washington D.C.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ohio-lawmaker-craigslist-men-article-1.3643680

Drunken U.S. solider kills Japanese civilian in traffic accident. ““It’s the same thing over and over again every time. I’m speechless,” (said) Takeshi Onaga, Okinawa’s governor…”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/us-military-imposes-alcohol-ban-across-japan-after-fatal-okinawa-crash/2017/11/19/a8ce40f8-cd98-11e7-8447-3d80b84bebad_story.html

Texas Rangers demand that Apple unlock church massacre gunman’s phone. “When the (FBI?) forensics lab couldn’t crack it, Texas Rangers filed the warrant in question, dated Nov. 9.”   http://www.techtimes.com/articles/215904/20171120/law-enforcers-serve-apple-search-warrant-for-texas-gunman-s-iphone-it-s-apple-vs-fbi-all-over-again.htm

Trump says NFL player should be suspended if he sits through national anthem again. “…Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.”   http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/11/20/trump-calls-on-nfl-to-suspend-marshawn-lynch/

Man claims he found reflected image of possible stagehand in Apollo 17 moon landing photo. “What we appear to have here is a figure of a human not wearing a spacesuit, circa early 70s…”   http://www.newsweek.com/fake-apollo-moon-landing-photo-claims-show-proof-mission-was-hoax-716221

Radio host releases photo of herself being groped by Al Franken during USO tour. “He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep.”   http://www.kabc.com/2017/11/16/leeann-tweeden-on-senator-al-franken/

Bernie Sanders says Republican tax reform efforts are all about repealing the estate tax. “There is a reason why the billionaire class provides hundreds of millions of dollars in campaign contributions to Republicans. And now is payback time.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/19/sanders-trump-spewing-total-nonsense-over-gop-tax-giveaway-billionaires

GOP corporate tax cuts would reportedly benefit foreign investors more than U.S. taxpayers. “The reason that foreign investors are the biggest winners is that they own about 1/3 of the shares of U.S. corporations.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/18/under-gop-plan-wealthy-foreign-investors-benefit-nearly-three-times-more-us

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes releases compilation of women accusing President Trump of sexual harassment. “Yes, the ground has shifted, but some still stand high enough on it to escape the cold, swirling waters of justice.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/18/powerful-men-fall-renewed-focus-trumps-many-accusers-and-his-disgusting-admission

Experts warn world about dangers of military “killer robots”. “These will be weapons of mass destruction.”   https://phys.org/news/2017-11-mount-action-killer-robots.html

Navy pilots draw giant penis in the sky. “U.S. Navy officials have issued a statement acknowledging that one of its aircraft was used in the drawing of male genitalia in the sky over a county in Washington state.”   http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/360874-navy-acknowledges-pilot-drew-male-genitalia-in-the-sky

Death toll from U.S. airstrikes in Iraq 31 times the official rate say journalists. “While the coalition claims civilians have died in only 89 of its more than 14,000 airstrikes in Iraq, Khan and Gopal’s on-the-ground reporting suggests the civilian death toll from coalition bombings (is) well into the thousands.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/17/investigation-reveals-us-led-bombings-iraq-kill-31-times-more-civilians-reported

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute accused of attempting to ban political activity supporting student control of student union. “FIRE estimates one in 10 American colleges has some sort of free speech-zone policy — whereby a university strictly dictates where students are allowed to hold demonstrations and express themselves.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/11/16/rensselaer-rpi-student-union-protest-free-speech/

U.S. forces told to ignore sexual abuse of children in Afghanistan. “American troops were told to ignore the rape and abuse of children by Afghan security forces they were partnered with, according to a report released Thursday by the Pentagon’s inspector general.”   https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-army/2017/11/17/dod-ig-us-troops-were-told-to-ignore-child-sex-abuse-by-afghan-forces/

Unsuccessful migrants reportedly being sold as slaves in Libya. “A new investigation has revealed people are being sold as modern-day slaves for as little as £300 ($400).”   http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/starved-mutilated-blackmailed-migrants-auctioned-off-slaves-by-smugglers-libya-1647428

U.S. military apparently amassing huge amounts of data via internet surveillance, some of it from Americans. “Among those (1.8 billion posts of scraped internet content) are many apparently benign public internet and social media posts by Americans, collected in an apparent Pentagon intelligence-gathering operation, raising serious questions of privacy and civil liberties.”   https://www.upguard.com/breaches/cloud-leak-centcom

Keystone pipeline leaks more than 200,000 gallons of oil. “Environmental and indigenous groups have long warned about the dangers of pipeline leaks.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/11/17/headlines/keystone_pipeline_spills_210_000_gallons_in_south_dakota

Myanmar military accused of using rape against Rohingya minority. “Human Rights Watch has accused the Burmese military of committing widespread rape against women and girls as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/11/17/headlines/burmese_military_accused_of_widescale_rape_against_rohingya

 

November 20, 2017