December 28, 2017

Man accused of plotting San Francisco terror attack became a suspect solely due to his Facebook activity, reportedly told the FBI informants coaching him that he couldn’t go through with it. “I also don’t think I can do this after all. I’ve reconsidered.”   https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20171224/17211038879/fbi-celebrates-taking-down-terrorist-who-told-undercover-agents-he-couldnt-go-through-with-attack.shtml

Cities cracking down on people feeding the homeless. “About 40 cities nationwide had active laws to restrict food sharing as of November 2014, and a few dozen more had attempted such restrictions, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.”   http://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article191556484.html

Financial distress and stress at work dramatically increase risk of heart attack says study. “The odds of myocardial infarction was 5.6 times higher in patients with moderate or severe work stress compared to those with minimal or no stress. Patients with significant financial stress had a 13-fold higher odds of having a myocardial infarction.”   https://www.escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/significant-financial-stress-associated-with-13-fold-higher-odds-of-having-a-heart-attack

“Minnesota Protocol” for law enforcement and war crimes investigations has been updated and continues to be widely used  – outside the U.S. “(Project director Stuart) Maslen says technology has changed, but the purpose of the guidelines has not. It is to protect individuals against abuse of human rights.”   http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2017-12-27/human-rights-racial-justice/mn-protocol-adopted-worldwide-but-not-in-us/a60784-1

Los Angeles public school students being subjected to random searches, which are conducted daily at most schools. “The (randomly) chosen students, Kevin among them, were taken to a nearby office, he said, where they were instructed to open their backpacks slowly to allow administrators to look inside. The administrators used sticks to move items around, he said. They also waved the metal-detector wands up and down the students’ bodies.”   http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-random-searches-school-20171226-htmlstory.html

Broward County, Florida voter registration records are a mess, and include some of the country’s oldest voters, include one 131 year old. “During much of the past decade, Broward has had more voters listed on its registration rolls than there are citizens eligible to vote in the county. In 2016, there were an estimated 61,000 more registrants on the rolls than eligible voters living in Broward.”   https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/1103/Securing-the-vote-Could-Henny-Nelson-age-131-help-Russia-rig-an-election

Suspected Guatemalan war criminal arrested after 25 years of living openly in the U.S. “(Juan Samayoa Cabrera’s) detention raises questions about the priorities of immigration enforcers and the presence of other accused war criminals living in US.”   https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2017/1127/After-25-years-in-US-alleged-war-criminal-may-finally-face-justice-at-home

Russia alleges U.S. is re-purposing former IS fighters. “(General Valery) Gerasimov told the daily Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper on Wednesday that the United States was training up fighters who were former Islamic State militants but who now call themselves the New Syrian Army or use other names.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-usa/russia-accuses-u-s-of-training-former-islamic-state-fighters-in-syria-idUSKBN1EL0KZ

Myanmar refuses to release journalists covering Rohingya massacre story. “The journalists, U Wa Lone, 31, and U Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were arrested while reporting on Rakhine State, where Myanmar’s military has taken part in a campaign of killings, rape and arson that has sent more than 655,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing into Bangladesh.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/27/world/asia/myanmar-reuters-journalists.html

Rich got much richer in 2017. “The richest people on earth became $1 trillion richer in 2017, more than four times last year’s gain, as stock markets shrugged off economic, social and political divisions to reach record highs.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-27/world-s-wealthiest-gain-1-trillion-in-17-on-market-exuberance

Korean government reportedly had secret negotiations with Japan over “comfort women” settlement. “Among the talks kept in secret, Japan told Seoul to refrain from supporting relevant civic groups disagreeing with the deal and to stop using the phrase ‘sexual slavery’.”   http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20171227000797

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December 28, 2017

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