November 16, 2017

House of Representatives passes resolution against U.S. involvement in Yemen’s civil war. “In a rare exercise of its war-making role, the House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly passed a resolution explicitly stating that U.S. military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war in Yemen is not authorized under legislation passed by Congress to fight terrorism or invade Iraq.”   https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/13/house-yemen-civil-war-authorization-244868

Man spends almost eight years in New Orleans jail awaiting trial. “Smith rejected a 10-year plea deal, which could have gotten him released in January 2015, but he insisted he was not guilty and wanted the case to be tried.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/new-orleans-man-jailed-nearly-8-years-awaiting-trial-on-drug-charge-and-judge-blames-delay-on-him/

IRS reportedly building a special safe to keep Donald Trump’s tax returns under wraps. “It’s in a locked cabinet in a locked room that nobody’s in. You’ll need a key to the room and the cabinet to get it,” Koskinen explained. “We’re in the process of turning that cabinet into a safe.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/the-irs-is-building-a-safe-to-protect-donald-trumps-tax-returns/

Witness tells Congress that the government needs to censor divisive messages to prevent civil war. “We all must act now on the social media battlefield to quell information rebellions that can quickly lead to violent confrontations and easily transform us into the Divided States of America.”   https://www.alternet.org/grayzone-project/clint-watts-fake-russia-expert

Wealthy donors seeking to weaken labor movement. “Cutting unions off at the knees to curtail their political power is the dream project of some of the nation’s biggest right-wing funders and activists, including the Koch brothers, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation ($845 million in assets in 2015) and the State Policy Network (SPN) a consortium of 66 ultra-conservative think tanks with a combined revenue of some $80 million.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/conservative-money-behind-attacks-labor-2614063

Democrats and Republicans put aside their differences to move forward on bank deregulation legislation. “Despite nonstop political caterwauling between Democrats and Republicans, nothing brings Congress together like following the banking industry’s wishes.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/11/14/bank-deregulation-bipartisan-senate-equifax/

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upholds Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. “It federalizes non-violent property crime and punishes it as terrorism – but only when the perpetrators are motivated by the belief that animals deserve to live free from violence.”   https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/15/i-released-2000-minks-fur-farm-convicted-terrorist

Ohio stops execution after executioner is unable to find a vein in 69 year-old prisoner’s body. “We had warned them for a long time that the vein access was going to be difficult as Mr Campbell is old and sick.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/nov/15/ohio-execution-called-off-alva-campbell-vein-lethal-injection

“People for Bernie” speaker reportedly refused to share stage with CIA whistle-blower. “Kiriakou, who spent two-and-a-half years in jail for exposing the CIA’s torture program in 2007, was invited to address the European Parliament on national security whistle-blowing Wednesday. However, he was bounced from the panel at the last minute, because one of the other panelists objected to his presence.”   https://popularresistance.org/our-revolution-kicks-us-whistle-blower-off-panel/

Attacks on U.S. Muslims rising. “Hate crime statistics from the FBI recorded 307 total incidents of anti-Muslim attacks in 2016, marking a 19 percent increase from 2015, which continues to build on the much larger 67 percent increase in anti-Muslim attacks recorded between 2014 and 2015.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/attacks-against-muslims-us-spike-highest-level-2001-2615181

Edward S. Herman dead at 92. “Herman and Chomsky stressed the concept of worthy and unworthy victims. In (their book) Manufacturing Consent, written during the Cold War, the idea was expressed thusly: One Polish priest murdered behind the Iron Curtain earned about a hundred times as much coverage as priests shot in Latin America by American-backed dictatorships.”   https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/matt-taibbi-on-the-death-of-edward-herman-w511766

 

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November 16, 2017

November 15, 2017

U.S. House passes $700 billion defense appropriations bill. “The defense bill for the 2018 fiscal year allots some $634 billion for core Pentagon operations and nearly $66 billion for wartime missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.”   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/14/house-passes-700b-defense-bill-amid-north-korea-threat.html   Imperialism is expensive. This is why Americans can’t have nice things like national health insurance, public preschools and bridges that don’t collapse.

Swiss bank says the 1% now own more than half the world’s wealth. “The top 1% now own 50.1% of the world’s wealth, up from 45.5% in 2001.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/11/14/richest-1-now-owns-half-worlds-wealth/862916001/

Possibly intoxicated Dallas prosecutor allegedly threatened Uber driver who ordered her out of his vehicle and then called the police when she refused to leave. “I want the cops to come so that they can [expletive] you up, that’s what I want.”   https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas/2017/11/11/listen-dallas-prosecutor-accuses-lost-uber-driver-kidnapping-rant-night-bar

Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau raised issue of extrajudicial anti-drug murders with Philippine leader Duterte, who Trump had praised. “I impressed on him the need for respect for the rule of law, and as always offered Canada’s support and help as a friend to move forward on what is a real challenge.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/trudeau-says-he-discussed-human-rights-with-filipino-leader/2017/11/14/7d98f916-c922-11e7-b506-8a10ed11ecf5_story.html

Australians vote “yes” in government gay marriage poll. “Thousands of people gathered in a central Sydney park, some wearing wedding dresses and sequined suits, broke into a loud cheer, hugged and cried as Australia’s chief statistician revealed live over a big screen that 61.6 percent of voters favored marriage equality, with 38.4 percent against.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-gaymarriage/australians-support-same-sex-marriage-in-survey-paving-way-for-legislation-idUSKBN1DE34L

Press freedom groups ask for charges to be dropped against journalists arrested while covering anti-Trump protest. “Threatening journalists with arrest both impedes their ability to (cover events of national importance) and sends a chilling message to others attempting to cover political dissent.”   https://rightsanddissent.org/news/defending-rights-dissent-press-freedom-groups-send-letter-demanding-charges-dropped-journalists-arrested-covering-inauguration-protest/

U.S. consumer debt continues to rise. “Total debt held by American families jumped by $116 billion or nearly one percent to just under $13 trillion in the third quarter, beating the April-June quarter which was the highest since the start of the global financial crisis in 2008.”   http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/us-household-debt-continues-steady-rise-ny-federal-reserve-bank

Stock market may be overheating say fund managers. “A full 48% of investors in BAML’s fund manager survey say stocks are overvalued – a record that even tops the level seen prior to the bursting of the dot.com bubble.”   https://seekingalpha.com/news/3311851-irrational-exuberance-back

Retail employment falling, non-performing loans rising. “Manufacturing… shed 5 million jobs between 2000 and 2015, but many of those individuals found work in other sectors, including retail.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/ubs-the-retail-apocalypse-is-killing-jobs-2017-11

Book profiles Americans over 50 who are living in RVs while doing temp work. “Few have chosen this life. Few think they can find a way out of it. They’re downwardly mobile older Americans in mobile homes.”   https://www.marketwatch.com/story/many-older-americans-are-living-a-desperate-nomadic-life-2017-11-06

Human rights group says some governments are manipulating online content to their political advantage. “Venezuela, the Philippines, and Turkey were among 30 countries where governments were found to employ armies of “opinion shapers” to spread government views, drive particular agendas, and counter government critics on social media.”   https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-net/freedom-net-2017

Baton Rouge police fatally shoot unarmed suspect in the chest while trying to subdue him. “The Louisiana State Police said 24-year-old Calvin Toney “attempted to flee on foot” when a state child welfare case worker and the city officer showed up Monday evening at an apartment complex and had a “lengthy struggle” with the officer, who used a stun gun on Toney multiple times.”   http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/police-dead-police-shooting-louisiana-51128925

Mesquite, Texas police drop “evading arrest” charge against man they suspected of burglarizing his own truck. “Within 10 seconds of their arrival, he had been shot (in) the stomach,” said Lee Merritt, another of (Lyndo) Jones’ attorneys. “While on the street suffering from his wound, officers attempted to perform a cavity search and he reacted to that, and he was shot a second time in (his) back.”   http://www.wfaa.com/news/crime/conflicting-stories-in-mesquite-officer-involved-shooting/491717808

Providence, Rhode Island councilwoman seeking answers about violent police chase. “LaFortune, a Democrat who represents Ward 3 on the city’s East Side, said there are still “unanswered questions” about a car chase that led nine Providence police officers and Rhode Island state troopers to fire more than 40 shots into a pickup truck on the I-95 North on-ramp by the Providence Place mall Nov. 9, killing 32-year-old Joseph Santos and injuring 37-year-old Christine Demers.”   http://wpri.com/2017/11/14/councilwoman-lafortune-many-unanswered-questions-after-police-shooting/

Man claims he was beaten by Raleigh, North Carolina police officer after closing the trunk of his car. “All I did was close my trunk. He immediately started to punch, kick, elbow,” (Kyle) Garcia said. “He slams me on the ground and he stomped my head repeatedly.”   http://abc11.com/raleigh-man-accuses-officer-of-excessive-force/2643138/

Bridgeport, Connecticut police to get dash cameras after violent arrest video shot by bystander emerges. “Police Chief Armando Perez said Tuesday that during a meeting with the state’s legislative delegation about last Friday’s confrontation between Officer Christina Arroyo and 18-year-old Aaron Kearney, he was told the state has the money to purchase the dash cameras for the city.”   http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Violent-video-prompts-Bridgeport-police-dash-cams-12357450.php   Video can be seen here:   https://twitter.com/Justice4JaysonN/status/929422665282211841/video/1

Jury awards $5.5 million to family of man who died after he was reportedly tasered six times in three minutes by Los Angeles police officers. “One officer testified that he used a Taser on Mears six times, at one point holding the trigger continuously for 32 seconds.”   http://abc7.com/jury-awards-$55m-to-man-who-died-after-lapd-encounter/2648902/

80% of suspects shot by Fresno, California police were black or Latino claims ACLU. “Though whites make up 29 percent of Fresno’s population, they accounted for only 8 percent of victims of officer-involved shootings (between 2001 and 2016).”   http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article184647463.html

ACLU accuses Bakersfield police and Kern County Sheriff’s department of “patterns and practices that violate civil rights”. “In addition to an examination of incidents where unarmed individuals were shot or beaten, the report also alleges the agencies have a practice of filing intimidating or retaliatory criminal charges against victims of alleged excessive force.”   http://kvpr.org/post/aclu-report-claims-bpd-kern-county-sheriffs-office-have-patterns-excessive-use-force

Attorney General Sessions doesn’t remember Trump advisor offering to set up meeting with Putin, but does remember saying it was a bad idea. “I do now recall the March 2016 meeting at Trump Hotel that Mr. Papadopoulos attended, but I have no clear recollection of the details of what he said during that meeting. After reading his account, and to the best of my recollection, I believe that I wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the Russian government.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/house/360410-sessions-denies-lying-to-congress-about-russia-contacts

November 15, 2017

November 14, 2017

Trump nominates former Eli Lilly president as Health Secretary. “President Trump, who has repeatedly assailed pharmaceutical companies for the high cost of prescription medications in the United States, nominated on Monday a former executive of one of the nation’s largest drug companies to be secretary of health and human services, which has responsibility for regulating the pharmaceutical industry.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/us/politics/alex-azar-health-human-services-trump.html   Draining the swamp – by adding water with a fire hose.

ASEAN summit sidesteps Rohingya crisis. “With Myanmar having ethnically cleansed 600,000 Rohingya Muslims in just two months, it’s time for ASEAN to transcend its do-nothing approach to atrocities among its members.”   http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2119704/asean-ignores-rohingya-exodus-myanmar-quietly-removes   Many Rohingya trapped in Myanmar, unable to reach Bangladesh. “When they started burning our homes and slaughtering us, we ran for our lives,” one man tells us. “We ran towards the beach and the soldiers guided us past the landmines down a path to the [shore], then they sealed the path behind us. Now we’re trapped here.”   https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/nov/14/when-they-began-slaughtering-us-we-ran-for-our-lives-rohingya-trapped-inside-myanmar

The battle of Raqqa ended differently than you thought it did. “The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city.”   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/raqqas_dirty_secret

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fails to ask Trump to return church bells stolen during U.S. occupation. “General Jacob Smith told his troops he wanted a “howling wilderness” and ordered any male over the age of ten killed.”   http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/11/12/the-bells-of-balangiga/   “Estimates of the (Filipino) death toll in the conflict vary from 200,000 to 600,000.”

Scientists issue second warning to human race. “Humanity has failed to make sufficient progress in generally solving these foreseen environmental challenges, and alarmingly, most of them are getting far worse…. Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory.”   http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/thousands-of-scientists-issue-bleak-second-notice-to-humanity-20171114.html

Republicans reportedly having trouble finding enough votes to approve Trump’s chemical safety nominee. “Resistance to his nomination is coming from red states that have been directly harmed by chemicals Dourson has defended on behalf of industry.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/11/13/epa-michael-dourson-nomination-republicans/

Colin Kaepernick is GQ’s “Citizen of the Year” for his anti-brutality protests. “Approximately 90 men are currently employed as quarterbacks in the NFL, as either starters or reserves, and (still unemployed) Colin Kaepernick is better—indisputably, undeniably, flat-out better—than at least 70 of them.”   https://www.gq.com/story/colin-kaepernick-will-not-be-silenced

Detroit undercover police officers from different precincts, some playing drug dealers and some pretending to be drug customers, attempt to arrest each other, ends in brawl. “Sources say guns were drawn and punches were thrown while the homeowner stood and watched.”   http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/detroit-police-officers-fight-each-other-in-undercover-op-gone-wrong

Some locals reportedly claiming Senate candidate Roy Moore was banned from Gadsen mall in late 70’s, early 80’s for bothering teenage girls. “If you see Roy, let me know. He’s banned from the mall.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/locals-say-roy-moore-was-banned-from-the-gadsen-mall-in-the-70s-for-repeatedly-hitting-on-teen-girls/

German newspaper publishes names of 33,293 migrants who have died trying to reach Europe since early 90’s. “According to the U.N. International Organization for Migration, 2016 was the deadliest year to date for migrants attempting to reach Europe, with more than 5,000 deaths.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/11/13/headlines/german_newspaper_tallies_33_293_migrant_deaths

November 14, 2017

November 13, 2017

1/5 of Americans have less than $1 in accumulated wealth. “What’s more, an even greater share of African-American (30%) and Latino (27%) households are “underwater” financially.”   https://www.marketwatch.com/story/one-in-five-american-households-have-zero-or-negative-wealth-2017-11-11

Puerto Rico charged $319 an hour for power line workers paid $42 to $63 an hour. “…the Montana company that hired the workers, Whitefish Energy Holdings, had a contract that allowed it to bill the Puerto Rican public power company, known as Prepa, $319 an hour for linemen, a rate that industry experts said was far above the norm even for emergency work — and almost 17 times the average salary of their counterparts in Puerto Rico.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/12/us/whitefish-energy-holdings-prepa-hurricane-recovery-corruption-hurricane-recovery-in-puerto-rico.html

Number of foreign students in the U.S. drops an average of 7%. “The White House’s proposed travel bans and… reports of violence against immigrants had fueled fears of a sharp decline in students coming from abroad.”   https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-11-13/colleges-draw-fewer-foreign-students-but-avoid-crisis-so-far

South Korean government’s “Cyber Command” posted comments on social media on behalf of conservative government of President Lee Myung-bak. “The primary charges against Kim are using the military agency to interfere in politics by ordering Yeon Je-uk, then-Cyber Commander and an active-duty soldier at the time, to carry out activities supporting the ruling party and criticizing the opposition leading up to the general election and the presidential election in 2012…. Under the Lee administration, the NIS also created a “blacklist” consisting of 82 politically problematic individuals from five fields in Feb. 2009 and used this list to intimidate and sideline these people.”   http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/818605.html

Russia says Putin did not discuss U.S. election with Trump at APEC summit. “After Trump’s comments started making headlines Saturday morning, the Kremlin denied that the two leaders had even discussed the election allegations during their brief weekend meetings about Syria and ISIS, which took place on the sidelines of  the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Danang, Vietnam.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/11/trump-widely-rebuked-remarks-about-alleged-election-interference-russians   So who are you going to believe, the Russian government or Donald Trump?

Black Arkansas judge reportedly barred from hearing death penalty cases after protesting death penalty on his own time, while white Arkansas judge who fled police while intoxicated is allowed to continue hearing DWI cases. “In the history of Arkansas, no white member of the Arkansas judiciary has ever been summarily banned from hearing an entire category of cases based on his or her exercise of the First Amendment protected freedoms of speech, peaceful assembly, religion, and exercise of religion.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/11/12/arkansas-death-row-executions-kenneth-williams/

$1.3 billion in legal marijuana sales in Colorado in 2016, $1 billion in first 8 months of 2017. “Colorado will pull in around $137 million in taxes and fees from the marijuana industry.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/marijuana-sales-colorado-hit-1-billion-8-months-2600730

Deported U.S. veterans protest in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. “They separated us from our families, and we are alone here with no healthcare or assistance of any kind.”   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/deported-veterans-protest-mexico-veterans-day-171112063017195.html

War on Terror fought with borrowed money, taxpayers will end up paying $8 trillion in interest. “(The Cost of War Project’s) latest annual report… calculates that the last 16 years have seen the United States spend $4.3 trillion on the wars.”   http://www.defenseone.com/politics/2017/11/paying-post-911-war-debt-could-cost-8-trillion-report/142412/

NSA hacking program damaged by hacks or leaks. “Some officials doubt that the Shadow Brokers got it all by hacking the most secure of American government agencies — hence the search for insiders. But some T.A.O. hackers think that skilled, persistent attackers might have been able to get through the N.S.A.’s defenses — because, as one put it, “I know we’ve done it to other countries.””   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/12/us/nsa-shadow-brokers.html

Army lowers the bar for recruits. “People with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.”   https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/army-lifts-ban-on-recruits-with-mental-health-history/ar-BBESFZU

Charges dismissed against Marine who urinated on corpse. “Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Chamblin was reduced in rank to sergeant and ordered to pay $500 after he pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the 2011 incident in Afghanistan, which became a national scandal after video of the Marines urinating on the bodies was posted on YouTube in January 2012.”   https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2017/11/09/marine-who-urinated-on-dead-taliban-wins-in-court/

Corporate media dissing Canadian health care system again as “Medicare for All” schemes attract more support in the U.S. “A reader of the (New York) Times report fails to learn that Canada’s universal coverage costs 55 percent what the US system does on a per capita basis. They don’t know Canada has better outcomes in key metrics like life expectancy and infant mortality. Waiting times are important, but in the US as many as 45,000 people die each year because they couldn’t get care due to a lack of insurance, a problem that doesn’t exist in Canada.”   http://fair.org/home/what-corporate-media-failed-to-learn-about-canadian-single-payer/

 

November 13, 2017

November 11, 2017

Rate of federal Obamacare enrollments almost doubles. “On average, roughly 150,000 people have signed up each day during the first week of enrollment, compared to 84,000 on average last year.”   http://wkrn.com/2017/11/10/obamacare-enrollment-breaks-record-in-1st-week/

Questions raised about death toll numbers in Puerto Rico after hurricane. “This September saw 472 more people die than the same month in 2016, up from 2,366 to 2,838. The storm hit September 20.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/deaths-spike-puerto-rico-question-maria-death-toll-article-1.3624592

First trial in 2015 Waco biker shoot-out declared a mistrial, jurors deadlocked. “Experts had been looking toward a verdict from the Carrizal trial as an indicator of how solid the government’s cases against other leaders and dozens of members might be.”   https://www.apnews.com/c29ac2d5552a44f2a8cf4244a9eeedfa/1st-trial-stemming-from-Texas-biker-fight-ends-in-mistrial   No apparent mention in the press about possible fatalities caused by law enforcement gunfire.

Marine Corps drill instructor sentenced to 10 years for terrorizing recruits. “Among other things, he taunted the Muslims as “terrorists” or “ISIS” and ordered two of them to climb into a clothes dryer, spinning one of them around until he renounced his faith, the jury decided.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/marine-drill-instructor-gets-10-years-abusing-recruits-n819816

Asian business deals touted by Trump look less impressive on closer examination. “Congress was notified of Japan’s request to purchase 42 F-35’s in May 2012. The first four planes were manufactured in Fort Worth, Texas, but the remaining 38 are being assembled in Japan.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/us/politics/fact-check-trump-asia-deals.html

Immigrant threatened with deportation for political activism allege her defenders. “(Her lawyer) told WCVB 5 that (Siham) Byah is a “freedom fighter. She believes in freedom and has been fighting the dictatorship in Morocco for many years.”   https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/ice-reportedly-detained-40-year-old-massachusetts-mother-political-reasons

Hyderabad, India officials accused of rounding up beggars ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Summit. “Since the order was given earlier this week, police have rounded up 198 people and have taken them to “structures” next to existing prisons, according to (the local prison director).”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/10/asia/india-beggars-ivanka-trump-visit/index.html

Possible radiation leak detected in Europe, likely source was southern Russia. “If it would have happened in France, we would have taken measures to protect the population in a radius of a few kilometers.”   https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/10/563286253/mysterious-radioactive-cloud-over-europe-hints-at-accident-farther-east

British labor agency rules Uber drivers are employees. “The Employment Appeal Tribunal upheld a lower panel’s decision, agreeing that the two drivers in this case were “workers” under British law and therefore should receive the minimum wage and paid holidays.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-britain-uber-drivers-rights-20171110-story.html

Republican Senate leader admits some middle-class Americans may see higher tax bills under tax reform plan. “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday acknowledged he “misspoke” when he said no middle-class Americans would see a tax hike under the Senate tax plan.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/10/mitch-mcconnell-says-he-misspoke-about-republican-tax-plan.html

Death from fentanyl residue left on shopping cart handles unlikely say experts. “It’s just like comparing the HIV epidemic in the ’80s when people claimed you could get AIDS from sitting on the toilet.”   http://beta.latimes.com/food/sns-dailymeal-1857467-healthy-eating-police-warn-drugs-shopping-carts-could-kill-you-111017-20171110-story.html

Veterans at higher risk of early death. “Suicide and drug overdoses are two of the biggest killers of veterans.”   http://fortune.com/2017/11/10/veterans-day-whats-killing-americas-veterans/

200 indigenous rights and environmental activists killed around the world in 2016. “…police and soldiers are suspected perpetrators in at least 43 recorded murders, and state actors are often behind land grabs in indigenous communities that lead to violent conflict and loss of life.”   https://www.alternet.org/environment/6-environmental-activists-killed-trying-protect-planet

Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte admits at APEC to stabbing man to death at 16 after stare down. “I was just 16 years old. It was just over a look.”   https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/duterte-murder-philippines-president-stabbing-killing-teenager-over-look-a8049041.html

Pope pushes for nuclear disarmament. “The pontiff’s speech came a week after he made a plea for an end to “useless massacres” in an anti-war speech at a military cemetery in Italy, in which he alluded to the rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, exacerbated in recent months by President Donald Trump’s bellicose threats in response to Kim Jong-un’s nuclear tests.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/11/10/pope-denounces-mentality-fear-caused-nuclear-regimes-urges-disarmament

Sanders lays out plan to revitalize Democratic Party. “The party cannot remain an institution largely dominated by the wealthy and inside-the-Beltway consultants. It must open its doors and welcome into its ranks millions of working people and young people who desperately want to be involved in determining the future of our nation.”   https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/10/bernie-sanders-how-to-fix-democratic-party-215813   Just as important, it has to sincerely champion policies that benefit the general public instead of the upper-middle class and upper class elite.

First LAPD body cam footage seen by the public shows officer apparently planting drugs on hit and run suspect. “(The officer) testified in court, as in the police report, that the cocaine was found in Shields’ left front pocket. But the videos shows a different story.”   https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/11/09/lapd-bodycam-video-appears-contradict-officer-testimony/

Then Republican National Committee employee Sean Spicer may have violated federal consent decree during election campaign by mingling with Trump staffers. “Judge Dickinson Debevoise, who died in 2015, presided over decades of litigation concerning racially targeted RNC voter suppression efforts. The Republican National Committee signed a consent decree promising to discontinue their practices.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/trump-advisors-flipped-out-when-sean-spicer-revealed-he-was-on-forbidden-floor-of-trump-tower-report/

Former supervisor of church shooter Devin Kelley says he claimed to have bought dogs for target practice, admired Charleston church shooter Dylan Roof. “He would say he wished he had the nerve to do it, but all he would be able to do is kill animals.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/09/us/texas-church-shooting-former-colleague/index.html

Ocoee, Florida re-hires white police officer after he claims he used racial slur with a socioeconomic meaning, not a racial one. “During the September conversation, the officers were discussing Hurricane Irma when Wagner showed Riggins photographs of his damaged home on his phone. Riggins said Wagner called it “his n—– house.”   http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-william-wagner-ocoee-police-racial-slur-20171019-story.html

Senate hearings to examine presidential power to authorize nuclear strikes. “(Tension with North Korea) has already spawned legislation in both the House and Senate trying to bar the president from preemptive nuclear strikes without Congressional authorization.”   http://news.antiwar.com/2017/11/09/senate-to-hold-hearings-on-presidential-nuke-authority/

Saudi authorities claim billions stolen from government. “Based on our investigations over the past three years, we estimate that at least $100 billion has been misused through systematic corruption and embezzlement over several decades.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-arrests-attorney-general/saudi-says-208-questioned-in-graft-probe-at-least-100-billion-stolen-idUSKBN1D920A

Former Gitmo prisoner sues Canada for collusion with interrogators. “Canadian officials received and used information that their US counterparts obtained from (Djamel) Ameziane through the use of torture, the lawsuit alleges.”   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/gitmo-detainee-sues-canada-alleged-torture-role-171108145944170.html

Civil rights group tells black voters in Alabama to “vote or die”. “’Vote or Die’ is a campaign to heighten the awareness of people who have ordinarily given up on voting.”   http://www.wsfa.com/story/36765448/al-group-slogan-aims-to-push-people-to-vote

November 11, 2017

November 10, 2017

Federal appeals court rules that Americans don’t have a 2nd Amendment right to own military-style firearms. “In a 10-4 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said the guns banned under Maryland’s (“assault weapons” ban) aren’t protected by the Second Amendment.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/assault-weapons-not-protected-second-amendment-federal-appeals-court-rules-n724106   Constitution re-written by judges: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms can be infringed to insure that only agents of the government may possess military grade weapons.” The British monarchy wasn’t even this strict with the American colonists!

Venezuela bans “hate speech”, violators face up to 20 years in prison. “Venezuela’s all-powerful constitutional assembly passed a wide-reaching law on Wednesday that clamps down on social media and broadcasters alike by ordering prison sentences of up to 20 years for anyone who instigates hate.”   http://www.whig.com/article/20171108/AP/311089758   This includes “hate” against the government too, I assume.

Journalists harassed by cyber attacks after doing stories critical of alt-right. “The day after we were attacked, ProPublica was email bombed again, this time in response to a colleague’s article about pro-Russian Twitter bots supporting white supremacists and their violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.”   https://www.wired.com/story/how-journalists-fought-back-against-crippling-email-bombs/

 

November 10, 2017

November 9, 2017

Democratic socialist unseats senior Virginia House Republican. “(Lee) Carter ran openly as a socialist—he and his supporters crooned the union anthem “Solidarity Forever” after their victory—and he won with almost no institutional support from the state Democratic Party.”   https://newrepublic.com/article/145727/socialist-beat-one-virginias-powerful-republicans   His victory receives little national media coverage, unlike win by transgendered candidate Danica Roem.

USA Liberty Act a flawed solution to warrantless surveillance. “…the USA Liberty approach would introduce a new and dangerous principle into the law: the notion that Americans have lesser rights when the government is acting with a “foreign intelligence” purpose. Currently, if the government wants to target an American directly for surveillance, it must obtain a warrant regardless of its motive.”   https://www.usnews.com/opinion/civil-wars/articles/2017-11-06/the-usa-liberty-act-is-a-bad-compromise-on-american-privacy   It must? How about “it is supposed to”?

Police van driver in fatal Freddie Gray incident cleared of all charges. “In addition to charges related to Gray’s safety, Goodson was charged with making false statements to the county detectives, and failing to properly document his actions on the day of Gray’s arrest.”   http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/bs-md-ci-goodson-tuesday-20171107-story.html

Anti-police brutality candidate wins in Philadelphia district attorney race. “The city police union and the Philadelphia Inquirer, both of which often back Democrats, endorsed (Republican candidate) Grossman.”   http://www.phillymag.com/news/2017/11/07/larry-krasner-wins-district-attorney-general-election/

USA Today video shows “possible modifications” to rifle used in Texas church shooting. “In the clip, the outlet explains what gun the shooter used, what rounds it takes, and what modifications can be added, which included a “chainsaw bayonet”.”   https://www.mediaite.com/online/twitter-mocks-usa-today-for-ar-15-chainsaw-bayonet-gaffe-cant-believe-this-isnt-illegal/   In case you aren’t frightened enough yet to give up your constitutional rights.

British cabinet official resigns after attending unreported meetings with Israeli officials. “The latest revelations followed the news that Patel had visited Israel in August this year for a “family holiday” in which she had also held 12 unauthorised meetings with senior Israeli figures, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”   http://uk.businessinsider.com/priti-patel-resigns-theresa-may-israel-international-development-secretary-2017-11

Driverless Las Vegas shuttle bus involved in accident two hours after launch. “Police determined that the shuttle came to a stop when it sensed the (delivery) truck was trying to back up. The truck, however continued to back up until its tires touched the front of the shuttle.”   https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-las-vegas/downtown/human-at-fault-in-accident-with-las-vegas-driverless-shuttle/

Schools closed due to life-threatening levels of air pollution in Delhi, India. “When (the air quality index) exceeds 300… “everyone should avoid all outdoor exertion” to prevent “serious aggravation” of the heart and lungs. Any values above 500 are considered beyond the index… On Wednesday afternoon, the AQI topped 1,000.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/delhi-health-emergency-smog_us_5a0323d6e4b04e96f0c6fe5a

Scientists implant human brain tissue in mice. “We are entering totally new ground here,” said Christof Koch, president of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle in an interview with STAT News. “The science is advancing so rapidly, the ethics can’t keep up.”   http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/11/08/scientists-implant-tiny-human-brains-into-rats-spark-ethical-debate.html

Oklahoma police taser man with gasoline can, fatally igniting him. “Hewett said the fire burned the man beyond recognition.”   http://newsok.com/article/5571292

Salem, Oregon area law enforcement agencies pay $700,000 to settle fatal police shooting of unarmed suspect who refused to exit his vehicle. “Deputy Casey Gibson fired one shot at (Joshua) Bolster, who continued to move in his car. He fired another round, striking Bolster in the head.”   http://www.kgw.com/news/local/willamette-valley/700k-settlement-ub-polk-co-police-shooting/490229076

Pueblo, Colorado police release video of fatal February shooting of fleeing suspect. “(Andrew) Byrd then tried again to drive down the street, away from police, when Officer Robinson fired his pistol once through the driver’s window, killing Byrd.”   http://www.koaa.com/story/36795695/pueblo-police-release-video-of-fatal-officer-involved-shooting

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over fatal Tupelo, Mississippi police shooting of unarmed suspect. “The dog eventually flushed (Antwun) Shumpert out, when (Officer) Cook says the fugitive tackled him.”   https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2017/11/06/judge-tosses-lawsuit-over-mississippi-police-shooting/838535001/

Iowa judge hears case over withheld records in fatal police shooting incident. “McCormick argued if Iowa law is interpreted to allow confidentiality of the police records, the state could end up as other jurisdictions have across the country where police records were found to be wrongly withheld.”   http://iowapublicradio.org/post/judge-hears-open-records-arguments-burlington-police-shooting

Lawsuit alleges Sacramento, California police used excessive force during seven officer arrest of loitering suspect. “Medical records showed he was without oxygen for about 10 minutes, leaving him with severe brain damage, kidney failure and other injuries.”   http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article182666446.html

Appeals court rules Orange County, California deputy can be sued for using excessive force. “Video on the department dashboard cameras revealed that Higgins initially fired nine shots. Once Zion was on the ground, Higgins fired nine more times, emptying his gun. Then Higgins walked in a circle, took a “running start” and stomped on Zion’s head three times, the court said the video showed.”   http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-oc-sheriff-shooting-court-20171101-story.html

November 9, 2017