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

 

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November 20, 2017

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