December 26, 2017

Trump saves America from “War on Christmas”. “In recent weeks, (Trump) has told cheering crowds it is safe to say “Merry Christmas” once again.”   But will he pardon all the political prisoners who were jailed under the Obama administration for saying “Merry Christmas”?

White House predicts $4,000 to $9,000 wage increase per household due to tax reform bill, a few employees are actually getting $1,000 of that. “Corporate CEOs have made clear that the massive tax giveaways in the Republican plan will not be passed on to workers but to rich investors.”

Santa Barbara, California agency has set up night time parking lots for people living in their vehicles. “Cassie Roach, the program coordinator, said 40% of the clients are employed, 35% are seniors and 30% are disabled.”

Vice employees report rampant sexual harassment. “Many of the 100 other current and former Vice employees interviewed by the Times agreed that sexual misconduct — including unwanted kissing, groping, lewd remarks, and propositions for sex — at the company was widespread for years and that top executives did little about it.”

Edward Snowden wants you to be safe. “If you leave your laptop at home or at an office or in a hotel room, you can place your Haven phone on top of the laptop, and when Haven detects motion, light, or movement — essentially, anything that might be someone messing with your stuff — it logs what happened.”

Court rules that voter fraud commission must let all its commissioners participate in the group’s activities. “In the Court’s view, (the commissioner’s) assertion that he will be unable to fully participate without the information contained in relevant documents that the Commission has not shared with the public has merit.”

Russia bars opposition candidate from presidential election. “The Central Electoral Commission has said Mr. Navalny was ineligible because of a corruption conviction, which he says is politically motivated.”

Third state government bans Down Syndrome abortions. “American women choose to terminate pregnancies 50% to 85% of the time after receiving a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome, according to a study published in 2012 in the medical journal Prenatal Diagnosis.”

Julian Assange’s Twitter account deactivated, reactivated. “WikiLeaks founder and notorious Ecuadorian embassy resident Julian Assange has seemingly deleted his Twitter account, throwing his supporters into a frenzy of speculation on Christmas Day.”   Navy accidentally tweeted only Assange’s name on the same day. “The inadvertent tweet was sent during routine monitoring of trending topics.”

Chinese anti-corruption activist known as ‘Super Vulgar Butcher’ sentenced to 8 years in prison. “The activist, whose real name is Wu Gan, became renowned among rights advocates for helping organize boisterous protests outside courthouses and government offices to support plaintiffs and defendants who accused officials of abusing their power.”

Turkey refuses to release journalists held for 14 months. “A Turkish judge ordered four prominent journalists and senior staff from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper to remain in jail for at least two more months during their trial on Monday, accused of supporting the organizers of last year’s failed coup.”

United Airlines accused of downgrading passenger, giving her first class seat to Congresswoman. “Passenger Jean-Marie Simon, a 63-year-old teacher from Washington, D.C., claims the airline showed preference towards Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and threatened to remove her from her Dec. 18 flight after snapping a photo of the Houston Democrat in her seat.”

Corporate employees apparently swept up in Seattle area prostitution sting. “Among the emails, which were obtained through a public records request to the King County Prosecutor’s Office, were 67 sent from Microsoft employee email accounts, 63 from Amazon accounts and dozens more from companies like Boeing, T-Mobile, Oracle and local Seattle tech firms.”

“Gaming disorder” to be added to World Health Organization disease manual. “This change will officially recognise addiction to video games, allowing doctors to use it as a diagnosis for treatment.”

Trump to Mar-a-Lago members: “You all just got a lot richer.”

Small Connecticut town of Enfield reportedly paid out $792,500 in excessive force settlements. “Spinella, who represented all 10 people who sued the police department, said the settlements should serve as a “spark” for changes including improving the internal affairs process, a better review of citizen complaints when they come in and a better screening of potential police officers.”

Trump accused of spending almost 1/3 of his first year in office at his resort properties. “The Wall Street Journal  found  that the president has spent more than 100 days at one of his properties, including more than a month each at his golf course in New Jersey and at Mar-a-Lago in Florida.”

Congressional panel finds that Republican tax cuts won’t even come close to paying for themselves. “(The Joint Committee on Taxation)… found that, even after accounting for economic growth, the tax bill President Donald Trump just signed into law Friday will add $1.1 trillion to the federal deficit over the next decade.”

Jeff Sessions clears local courts to reimpose huge fines on low-level offenders. “Civil rights advocates accused Attorney General Jeff Sessions of “turning back the clock” on criminal justice reforms after the Department of Justice rescinded Obama-era guidance that protected low-income defendants from being forced to pay gratuitous fees to local courts.”

Trump lets the cat out of the bag as he touts his “middle class” tax cut bill. “Corporations are literally going wild over this, I think even beyond my expectations.”

“Kremlin troll” who Washington Post accuses of being part of a “disinformation campaign” was reporting the same stories as U.S. media. “There’s no denying the emails that Julian Assange has picked up from inside the Democratic Party are real.”

As Congress moved forward with huge “job creating” corporate tax break, AT&T laid off hundreds of employees. “About 600 workers across a variety of positions, from retail sales clerks to satellite technicians, were notified of the layoffs last week, according to sources close to the situation.”

Bible verses for Republicans boldly celebrating Christmas. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”


December 26, 2017

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