January 31, 2018

Trump’s State of the Union: Many threats to the country, including child migrants who murder Americans, and it’s going to cost taxpayers trillions to keep America safe by upgrading the military, developing new nuclear missiles, keeping the Guantanamo Bay prison camp open indefinitely and building the “Great Wall”. “Trump’s address Tuesday night blended self-congratulation and calls for optimism amid a growing economy with ominous warnings about deadly gangs, the scourge of drugs and violent immigrants living in the United States illegally.”   https://globalnews.ca/news/3997098/donald-trumps-state-of-the-union-address/   Trump calls for unity while bashing his opponents. “Between the long victory lap with Republicans over tax reform to the over-the-top demonization of immigrants, President Trump picked at pretty much every political scab that exists in Washington today.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-steep-challenge-in-his-first-state-of-the-union-address-uniting-a-fractured-country/2018/01/30/ecb51258-05c7-11e8-b48c-b07fea957bd5_story.html

Trump calls out “drug dealers” in State of the Union speech, completely overlooks where these drugs are actually coming from. “A congressional committee investigating the opioid crisis has discovered out-of-state drug companies shipped 20.8 million prescription painkillers over a decade to two pharmacies in a Southern West Virginia town with 2,900 people.”   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/30/drug-companies-flooded-west-virginia-town-2900-with-20-8m-pain-pills.html

More have allegedly died from U.S. drone strikes during the first year of the Trump administration than under entire eight years of the Obama administration. “The CIA’s own leaked documents concede that the US often does not know who it is killing, and that militant leaders account for just 2% of drone-related deaths. Over 250 children have been killed in Pakistan and Yemen.”   https://reprieve.org.uk/update/game-changer-trumps-new-attacks-on-human-rights/

Harley-Davidson to close Kansas City assembly plant. “The Milwaukee-based company said its net income fell 82% in its fiscal fourth quarter to $8.3 million, compared with a year earlier.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2018/01/30/harley-davidson-kansas-city-plant-motorcycle-sales-fall/1078008001/

Treasury Department based its Russian oligarch list on Forbes’ list. “Almost all of the 96 oligarchs listed in the government-issued report, who each have a net worth of $1 billion or more, appear in the Forbes ranking.”   https://www.buzzfeed.com/johnhudson/trump-administration-admits-it-cribbed-forbes-magazine-to

Airline refuses to let passenger fly with “emotional support peacock”. “In order to ensure we provide the best service to everyone onboard our flights, consistent with government rules we currently require these customers to provide documentation from a medical professional and at least 48 hours advance notice.”    https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/airplane-mode/emotional-support-peacock-denied-flight-united-airlines-n842971

Changing Stories Desk: Employee who sent Hawaii missile alert did so intentionally. “A federal investigation found that the employee believed there “was a real emergency, not a drill.” That directly contradicts earlier explanations from Hawaii officials, who have said the alert was sent when an employee accidentally hit the wrong button on a computer drop-down menu.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/01/30/heres-what-went-wrong-with-that-hawaii-missile-alert-the-fcc-says/

Former Governor of Mississippi stopped by TSA for attempting to fly with a loaded pistol in his briefcase. “(Haley) Barbour said he was not handcuffed by police and did not have a mugshot taken.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/371483-former-mississippi-gov-arrested-with-loaded-gun-at-airport

CIA director Mike Pompeo alleged to have held secret meeting with Russian intelligence officials. “Russian media is reporting those who met with Pompeo may have included the country’s sanctioned spy chief, Sergey Naryshkin.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/30/politics/cia-director-pompeo-russia-spies/index.html

Eastern Cougar declared extinct. “…on January 22, the Eastern cougar subspecies was officially declared extinct in the U.S. and removed from the endangered species list by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”   https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/north-american-eastern-cougar-mountain-lion-extinct-spd/

Trump administration may be considering first strike on North Korea. “Trump’s team stopped returning (short-listed ambassador candidate Victor) Cha’s calls in December after the strategist made his concerns known about attacking the North…. Cha was reportedly asked whether he could help manage the evacuation of American citizens from South Korea.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/31/south-korea-expert-victor-cha-warned-white-house-on-north-korea.html

Turkish airstrike reportedly hit 3,000 year old Syrian temple. “According to (The American Schools of Oriental Research’s Cultural Heritage Initiatives)… the temple of Ain Dara just south of Afrin suffered ‘heavy damage’ after it was hit, sometime between Jan. 20 and Jan. 22.”   https://www.livescience.com/61569-airstrikes-syria-damage-temple.html

U.S. is now the world’s #2 tax haven. “Financial secrecy provided by the U.S. has caused untold harm to the ordinary citizens of foreign countries, whose elites have used the United States as a (hiding place) for looted wealth.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/30/us-surpasses-cayman-islands-become-second-largest-tax-haven-earth

Trump’s speech on North Korea eerily similar Bush’s pre-invasion speeches on Iraq. “To begin with, Trump claimed, the United States simply cannot accept a North Korea with weapons that could ‘threaten our homeland’. Moreover, the danger from Kim Jong Un is not just to America: His regime constitutes ‘a menace that threatens our world’.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/01/30/donald-trump-state-of-the-union-north-korea/

British court rules that UK mass surveillance practices are illegal. “Three judges at London’s Court of Appeal found that a sweeping data retention law, which allowed authorities to access people’s phone and email records, was not subject to adequate safeguards.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/01/30/u-k-court-finds-governments-surveillance-law-unlawful/

Congressman Nunes refuses to deny White House involvement in “shocking” surveillance memo. “His refusal came during a closed-door committee meeting, during which Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) asked Nunes if his staffers engaged with the White House as they wrote the memo alleging improper surveillance by the FBI during the 2016 presidential election.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/devin-nunes-refuses-say-crafted-anti-fbi-memo-concert-white-house/

Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force officer admits that car chases caused accidents which were not reported. “There were so many crashes.”   https://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/former-bpd-detective-breaks-down-while-on-the-stand-in-gttf-trial

Federal judge temporarily blocks Kansas state law banning boycotts of Israel, cites First Amendment. “U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree ruled Tuesday that the law should not be enforced while he judges a case involving a public school teacher who was denied a state contract because she admitted that she boycotts Israeli products.”   https://forward.com/fast-forward/393207/federal-judge-blocks-kansas-anti-bds-law/

 

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January 31, 2018

January 30, 2018

Big multinational banks fined for letting employees manipulate stock index and precious metal prices. “The traders named individually, ranging in age from 30 to 55, face accusations they manipulated various futures markets, including S&P index and precious metals, by placing hundreds, in some cases thousands, of “spoof” orders to induce other market participants to trade at prices, quantities or times they otherwise would not have traded, the Justice Department said.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/29/ubs-deutsche-bank-and-hsbc-to-pay-millions-in-spoofing-settlement.html

Turkish military claims to have killed 597 Syrian resistance fighters during Afrin invasion. “Forty-four targets have been destroyed in overnight airstrikes by jets, whereas the total number of PKK/PYD/YPG and Daesh terrorists killed in Operation Olive Branch has hit 597, the Turkish military said in a statement Monday.”   https://www.dailysabah.com/war-on-terror/2018/01/29/597-terrorists-killed-in-operation-olive-branch-military-says   Civilian death toll rises to an estimated 61. “The operation has claimed the lives of 61 civilians in Afrin, three in Turkish towns along the border, and five Turkish soldiers, according to the Observatory.”   https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2018/01/29/syria-violence-overshadows-russia-hosted-talks/lfoOXfWffdlrVlEcaF8gIJ/story.html   More than 300 arrested in Turkey for criticizing the invasion on social media. “Since launching its 10-day-old air and ground offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria’s northwestern region of Afrin, Turkish authorities have warned they would prosecute those opposing, criticizing or misrepresenting the incursion.”   https://www.theepochtimes.com/turkey-detains-300-people-over-criticism-of-syrian-offensive_2427595.html

Consortium News founder Robert Parry dead at 68. “The Reagan administration immediately began exploring ways to circumvent (Boland Amendment) legal restrictions, which led to a scheme to send secret arms shipments to the revolutionary and vehemently anti-American government of Iran and divert the profits to (Nicaraguan counter-revolutionaries, knows as the) contras. In 1985, Bob wrote the first stories describing this operation, which later became known as the Iran-Contra Affair.”   https://consortiumnews.com/2018/01/28/robert-parrys-legacy-and-the-future-of-consortiumnews/

Federal prison system allows chaplains to work in its prisons without pepper spray. “(Rev. Ronald) Apollo is a member of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, which calls on its members in its bylaws to renounce “the weapons of human strife.” Apollo argues that the spray — similar to what police use to control unruly crowds — is a weapon, a characterization the (Bureau of Prisons) disputes.”   https://www.themarshallproject.org/2018/01/26/the-bureau-of-prisons-yields-to-a-chaplain-s-conscience

7 year old arrested, handcuffed after altercation with elementary school teacher. “A 7-year-old Miami boy was taken into custody last week after police say he attacked a teacher at school by pulling her hair and repeatedly punching her in the back.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/video-shows-7-year-old-miami-boy-handcuffs-after-he-n842211

Trump administration decides not to impose additional sanctions on Russia for alleged election meddling. “…a State Department official said there is no need for them to be put into place now ‘because the legislation is, in fact, serving as a deterrent’.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/rich-russians-still-waiting-to-exhale/2018/01/29/7df459ca-052a-11e8-8777-2a059f168dd2_story.html

Connecticut police officer charged with hitting handcuffed suspect. “According to (New London) police, Officer Deana Nott, 50, was arrested on a warrant on Monday for hitting the man while he was sitting handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser.”   http://wtnh.com/2018/01/29/pd-new-london-police-officer-arrested-for-assaulting-prisoner/

Couple awarded more than $640,000 by jury in excessive force lawsuit against Prince George’s County, Maryland police. “(Rafael Holbrook) was detained and arrested by county police officers without cause over Memorial Day weekend three years ago.”   http://thedailyrecord.com/2018/01/29/prince-georges-county-police-excessive-force-verdict/   It would be interesting to know what the police did to Mr. Holbrook that resulted in such a large settlement, probable more than a false arrest one would imagine, but the rest of the story is behind a pay wall.

Florida police officers using state’s “stand your ground” law to defend themselves in excessive force cases. “Last summer, two Miami police officers successfully invoked Stand Your Ground immunity when they were sued for damages in the beating of a man in a wheelchair.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/28/us/florida-police-shootings-defense.html

Students protest after La Mesa, California police officer body slams female high school student twice. “At the rally students were demanding the officer be removed from his position and asking that policies be put in place to make sure a similar event does not happen again.”   https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/california/Helix-High-School-Student-Officer-Take-Down-LMPD-Investigation-470405473.html   NBC Los Angeles story overlooked mentioning that the student was handcuffed at the time. “An officer tried to get the student to leave voluntarily, then ordered her to do so. She refused to cooperate, Vasquez said, and the officer arrested her and placed her in handcuffs.”   http://www.kusi.com/17-year-old-girl-slammed-ground-helix-high-school-students-protest/

Julian Assange allegedly messaged wrong Sean Hannity on Twitter, said he had information on Sen. Mark Warner, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. “You can send me messages on other channels. Have some news about Warner.”   https://www.thedailybeast.com/julian-assange-thought-he-was-messaging-sean-hannity-when-he-offered-news-on-democrat-investigating-trump-russia   Just imagine you’re a government intelligence agency, and you have the capability of reading people’s private messages. But you don’t want to demonstrate that capability publicly. So instead you could bump someone off their account and then have someone who you know will go the press assume control of that person’s account. Make it look like an accident. Then that person could expose the private messages without embarrassing your agency! It’s possible!

Turkey using German-made tanks in Syria invasion. “Turkey, a NATO partner of Germany, received 354 Leopard-2 tanks from Germany in the 1990s, with the only condition being that it did not sell or give them to any third party.”   http://www.dw.com/en/turkey-confirms-use-of-german-tanks-in-afrin-offensive/a-42358565

Judge releases immigrant rights activist while he awaits deportation. “Constitutional principles of due process and the avoidance of unnecessary cruelty here allow and provide for an early departure. Petitioner is entitled to the freedom to say goodbye. Accordingly, it is hereby ordered that petitioner shall be immediately released from custody.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2018/1/29/breaking_fed_judge_orders_immediate_release

ICE nabs immigrant dads while they are taking their kids to school. “On Thursday, Roby Sanger was detained by ICE after dropping his two daughters off at school, while Gunawan Liem was detained after he dropped his daughter off at the school bus stop.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2018/1/29/headlines/new_jersey_ice_detain_2_fathers_after_dropping_their_daughters_off_at_school

January 30, 2018

January 29, 2018

Testimony in Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force trial reveals troubling misconduct. “Honda Accords, Acura TLs, Honda Odysseys were among the “dope boy cars” that they would pull over, claiming the drivers weren’t wearing seat belts or their windows were too heavily tinted.”   http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/bs-md-ci-gun-trace-task-force-gttf-testimony-highlights-20180126-story.html

Lab working for German car makers reportedly exposed monkeys to diesel fumes to study health effects. “On Sunday, German daily Stuttgarter Zeitung reported that EUGT also sponsored scientific studies testing nitrogen dioxide, a gas found in exhaust fumes, on people.”   https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/volkswagen-monkeys-diesel-emissions-tests-toxic-fumes-inquiry-a8183111.html

Woman thrown off American Airlines flight after argument with flight attendant. “(Jen) Selter, known for posting photos of her toned body on social media, told the New York Post that after sitting in Miami on a delayed flight for more than two hours, she got up from her seat to stretch and put her coat away.”   http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/01/28/model-jen-selter-kicked-off-american-airlines-flight-after-flight-attendant-spat.html

Very few Americans report receiving bonuses or raises after large corporate tax cut. “Two percent of U.S. adults said they had gotten a raise, bonus or other additional benefits due to the Republican tax law enacted a month ago by President Donald Trump, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tax-poll/few-u-s-adults-report-bonuses-raises-from-republican-tax-law-idUSKBN1FI16Q

Cops in Oregon open fire on fleeing RV. “Four Salem police officers opened fire on a suspect who drove a large motorhome into two patrol cars Saturday, police said.”   https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2018/01/27/officer-involved-shooting-hawthorne-and-d-street/1072431001/   Luckily for the driver, they all missed.

Trump claims polar ice caps are “at a record level”. “The ice caps were going to melt, they were going to be gone by now, but now they’re setting records. They’re at a record level.”   http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/371129-trump-polar-ice-caps-are-at-a-record-level

Western tourists arrested in Cambodia for dirty dancing. “The photos show a group of people dressed but cavorting on the floor in what appear to be simulated sex acts.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/01/28/westerners-accused-of-singing-and-dancing-pornographically-could-face-a-year-in-cambodian-prison/

House Democratic leader accuses Trump of trying to “make America white again”. “Pelosi said (Trump’s immigration proposal) holds Dreamers ‘hostage to a hateful anti-immigrant scheme’.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/28/democrats-immigration-pelosi-manchin-trump

Hollywood war movie “12 Strong” guilty of rewriting history with American cavalry charge that never happened. “This scene is an amalgamation of the horse charges that the [Afghan] Northern Alliance made against the Taliban, and which the [American] horse soldiers themselves observed and assisted in.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/01/27/12-strong-war-movies-masculinity/

North Korean leader’s half brother Kim Jong Nam may have met with U.S. intelligence agent four days before his murder. “Wah Azirul was responding to questions from Gooi Soon Seng, Aisyah’s lawyer, who asked him to confirm a report by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun that Kim had met in Langkawi with a U.S. intelligence agent who was based in Bangkok.”   http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/police-witness-kim-jong-nam-met-american-murder-52677268

Navajo legislator reportedly accused of being an illegal immigrant by Trump supporters in Arizona. “I’m indigenous to these lands.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/get-country-navajo-lawmaker-harassed-arizona-trump-supporters-accusing-illegally/

Medical marijuana pioneer Dennis Peron dies at 72. “At the height of the U.S. war on drugs in the early 1990s, he founded the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club, the nation’s first public marijuana dispensary.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/01/dennis-peron-father-medical-marijuana-california-dies-72/

Thousand demonstrate as new president is sworn in in Honduras. “Hernandez, a conservative supported by the United States, appeared set to lose the Nov. 26 election until an abrupt halt in the vote count and a shift in the results took victory away from his center-left rival, Salvador Nasralla.”   https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-honduras-election/honduran-president-sworn-in-amid-protests-after-election-chaos-idUKKBN1FG0T3

 

January 29, 2018

January 28, 2018

Death toll, civilian casualties and number of refugees from Turkish invasion of Syria rises. “The civilian death toll is believed to be 38 at present, with virtually all killed by Turkish forces, and two killed in neighboring Azaz by Kurdish artillery fire.”   https://news.antiwar.com/2018/01/26/as-turkeys-afrin-push-rages-death-toll-continues-to-rise/   Speaker of Turkish parliament reportedly calls the country’s invasion of Syria a “jihad”. “Look, we are now in Afrin. We are a big state. Without jihad, there can be no progress…”   http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/1f4b98cc-3304-4f26-9bf1-015736d7c283

Police break up huge pro-Kurdish rally in Cologne. “German police broke up a protest rally of more than 20,000 Kurdish immigrants after participants refused to take down flags and symbols of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party, German news agency dpa reported Saturday.”   https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/27/german-police-break-up-kurdish-protest/

Jackson, Mississippi police fatally shoot fleeing suspect. “The woman, identified by police as 21-year-old Crystaline Barnes, 21, was shot around 7:30 a.m. Saturday after she reportedly forced another motorist off the road…. When police stopped her, she tried to flee in her car, reversed direction, and then drove at the officers, according to the WJTV report.”   https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2018-01-28/motorist-shot-dead-after-trying-to-run-over-mississippi-police-officers

Police raid office of Russian opposition leader. “Russian police raided the Moscow headquarters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Sunday after his supporters began a day of nationwide protests, calling for a boycott of what they said would be a rigged presidential election in March.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-election-navalny-office/russian-police-raid-opposition-hq-as-election-protests-begin-idUSKBN1FH04Z

Lower house of Polish parliament passes bill outlawing claims that Poles participated in Holocaust, President of Israel protests. “… among the Polish people, there were those who aided the Nazis in their crimes.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/27/israel-criticises-poland-over-draft-holocaust-legislation

Japanese police force stranded Chinese airline passengers out of airport terminal when it closes at midnight, one arrested. “The embassy said the brawl erupted on Wednesday night at Narita International Airport after bad weather forced the cancellation of a budget airline’s flight to Shanghai, stranding 175 Chinese passengers.”   https://www.nst.com.my/world/2018/01/329526/watch-chinese-passenger-triggers-near-riot-tokyo-airport-over-cancelled-flight

Koch network planning to spend around $400 million to support pro-business, pro-tax cut candidates and their other policy priorities. “Last summer, the Koch brothers’ political network projected it would spend $300 to $400 million on politics and policy in the election, but now, spending will be on the “high end” of that.”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/david-koch-charles-koch-network-is-going-all-in-for-2018-midterms/

Hillary Clinton kept campaign advisor accused of sexual harassment. “The New York Times reported on Friday that Clinton chose not to fire the adviser, Burns Strider, despite the recommendation of her campaign manager.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/27/hillary-clinton-accusations-against-adviser-were-taken-seriously

 

 

January 28, 2018

January 27, 2018

ICE to begin monitoring the movement of vehicles in U.S. using license plate tracking cameras. “The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time location tracking, raising significant concerns from civil libertarians.”   https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/26/16932350/ice-immigration-customs-license-plate-recognition-contract-vigilant-solutions

Crackdown on migrant relief group highlights deaths of border crossers. “Since 2001, the remains of at least 2,832 migrants have been recovered in southern Arizona, according to the Arizona OpenGIS Initiative for Deceased Migrants.”   https://www.npr.org/2018/01/26/580802374/border-patrol-crack-down-shines-light-on-rising-number-of-migrant-deaths

After accusations of sexual misconduct emerge against casino tycoon Steve Wynn, will Republicans return his donations? “After allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein surfaced, GOP leaders and lawmakers called on the Democratic National Committee to return contributions he made to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/01/26/will-rnc-return-steve-wynns-donations-after-calling-on-dnc-to-return-harvey-weinsteins/

New refrigerators for Air Force One will cost taxpayers an estimated $24 million. “Before taking office, President Trump complained about the high costs of Air Force One, tweeting that the Air Force should ‘cancel order!’”   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/370924-refrigerator-upgrade-for-air-force-one-to-cost-24-million-report

Florida corrections officials have apparently quashed scheduled prisoner labor strike. “There were no reports of inmate work stoppages.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/01/24/are-florida-prisons-suppressing-an-inmate-strike-or-just-lying-about-it/

George Soros calls Facebook and Google “powerful monopolies”. “In a wide-ranging, scathing speech delivered at a dinner event at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Soros applauded the European Union’s heightened enforcement aimed at Web giants.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/01/26/facebook-and-google-are-doomed-george-soros-says/   Worries about Big Brother watching us. “There could be an alliance between authoritarian states and these large, data-rich IT monopolies that would bring together nascent systems of corporate surveillance with an already developed system of state-sponsored surveillance. This may well result in a web of totalitarian control the likes of which not even Aldous Huxley or George Orwell could have imagined.”   https://www.georgesoros.com/2018/01/25/remarks-delivered-at-the-world-economic-forum/

U.S. economy only grew by 2.3% in 2017. “The report on gross domestic product, a broad measure of economic activity, cut against the recent round of celebration by the president and his aides about the soaring stock market and U.S. companies delivering tax cut-inspired bonuses to their workers.”   https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/26/us-economy-grew-2-3-percent-in-2017-as-growth-slowed-in-fourth-quarter/

Child injured in drone strike disappears from Afghanistan. “Before she disappeared, Afghan President Hamid Karzai had visited Aisha at the French hospital during her stay. There, Karzai was confronted with a girl who had lost her sight, her nose, her lower lip, the skin on her forehead, the skin on her torso, her left hand, and nine members of her family, including her grandmother, her uncles, her aunts, her cousin, her mother, her father, and her baby brother.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/01/27/a-4-year-old-girl-was-the-sole-survivor-of-a-u-s-drone-strike-in-afghanistan-then-she-disappeared/

HBO documentary examines the final years of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. “We came up with the title of King in the Wilderness late in the editing of the film. And it was based on the fact that we were overcome by the fact that King was struggling in every possible way during those last three years, trying to find his way as he branched away, or in addition to his work on racism, to work on poverty, to work on moving his movement north to the Northern cities and to oppose the war in Vietnam. And as he did this, his support, that he had enjoyed all during the early part of the civil rights movement, vanished.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2018/1/25/mlks_radical_final_years_civil_rights

 

January 27, 2018

January 26, 2018

Trump claims he didn’t try to fire Robert Mueller. “The New York Times reported on Thursday that Trump ordered Mueller to be fired last June, one month after Mueller had been appointed.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-denies-bombshell-report-that-he-asked-for-mueller-to-be-fired-2018-1

World moves even closer to nuclear Armageddon.  “…the Doomsday Clock is as close to midnight today as it was in 1953, when Cold War fears perhaps reached their highest levels.”    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/doomsday-clock-now-just-two-minutes-away-midnight-n841001

FBI says it has recovered some of the missing text messages of two anti-Trump FBI agents. “(Michael) Horowitz’s letter did not indicate how many messages were recovered, and it said his effort to locate more was ‘ongoing’.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/inspector-general-says-he-has-recovered-fbi-officials-missing-texts-during-key-period-leading-up-to-muellers-appointment/2018/01/25/52ab8344-01f9-11e8-8acf-ad2991367d9d_story.html

French shoppers go crazy after supermarket cuts price of popular chocolate spread by 70%. “Until now, this type of hysterical behaviour has been viewed in France as a mostly American Black Friday phenomenon and evidence of the perils of rampant free-market consumerism.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/26/ce-nest-pas-normal-french-shoppers-bra-over-discounted-nutella

New home sales drop, unemployment claims rise. “The Commerce Department said new home sales declined 9.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 625,000 units last month.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-unemployment/u-s-new-home-sales-post-largest-drop-in-16-months-jobless-claims-up-idUSKBN1FE1WD

Exception to rule allows Pentagon to hide human rights abuses from Congress. “The exemption—called the notwithstanding clause—was first cited under the Obama Administration in 2014 by then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.”   https://www.districtsentinel.com/pentagon-allowed-keep-congress-dark-afghan-human-rights-abuses/

FBI agents investigating Hillary Clinton’s emails worried about upsetting her. “One more thing: she might be our next president. The last thing you need [is] going in there loaded for bear. You think she’s going to remember or care that it was more [DOJ] than [FBI]?”   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/01/25/fbi-officials-worried-about-being-too-tough-on-hillary-clinton-during-email-investigation-texts-show.html

Whistle-blowers claim Lyft employees view users personal information without permission. “I definitely looked at my friends’ rider history and looked at what drivers said about them. I never got in trouble.”   https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/25/lyft-god-view/

60% of Americans support legalization of marijuana. “Nearly three-quarters of people ages 18 to 34 supported legalization according to the new poll. While support was lower among those ages 35 to 49 and 50 to 64, majorities in both age groups said the substance should be legalized.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/25/support-marijuana-legalization-grows-60-percent-americans-now-favor

 

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January 25, 2018

156 women come forward to testify against former Olympic doctor Larry Nassar over decades of sexual abuse prior to his sentencing. “… Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina dismissed an apology from Nassar as hollow and sentenced him to 40 to 175 years in prison. “I signed your death warrant,” she said.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/army-women-fights-gymnastics-doctor-larry-nassar-words-n840481

NSA changes its “mission statement”. “Since at least May 2016, the surveillance agency had featured ‘honesty’ as the first of four ‘core values’ listed on NSA.gov, alongside ‘respect for the law’, ‘integrity’, and ‘transparency’…. Now, the parts about honesty and the pledge to be truthful have been deleted…”   https://theintercept.com/2018/01/24/nsa-core-values-honesty-deleted/

Four Americans killed in Afghanistan hotel attack. “We can confirm that there were four US citizens killed and two injured.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/24/politics/glenn-selig-killed-kabul-hotel-attack/index.html

Turkish military incursion into Syria named “Operation Olive Branch”. “The Turkish operation aims to oust from Afrin a militia made up of an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 fighters affiliated with the People’s Protection Units or YPG, a Syrian Kurdish group that has controlled territory in northern Syria and proven effective in fighting the Islamic State group.”   http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ap-explains-turkeys-operation-olive-branch-afrin-52531420   “War is peace.”

Trump administration official calls journalist “Miss Piggy”. “Lynne Patton, a top official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, extended an apology to journalist April Ryan after calling her “Miss Piggy” and a “bankrupt blogger” on Twitter.”   http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/top-hud-official-apologizes-to-journalist-april-ryan-after-calling-her-miss-piggy/article/2647017

Pakistan complains after U.S. executes drone strike on its territory. “Such unilateral actions, as that of today, are detrimental to the spirit of cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism.”   https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-condems-unilateral-us-drone-strike/4221956.html

Bill Richardson resigns from Myanmar panel on Rohingya refugee crisis, calls it a “whitewash”. “The Advisory Board for the Committee for Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State was set up by Ms Suu Kyi’s government last year.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42810776

Al Gore says Trump should not get the blame (or credit?) for solar panel tariff. “This was a trade action brought by private companies.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/25/al-gore-defends-trump-says-hes-not-to-blame-for-tariffs-on-solar-panels.html

Park Police fired nine shots into D.C. area driver’s jeep, video released. “Ghaisar’s lawyers said medical records now show he was shot four times in the head, not three as previously reported, and once in the wrist…. The video shows the officers were not in any apparent danger of being struck when the Jeep moved forward.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2018/01/24/video-shows-park-police-fired-nine-shots-into-bijan-ghaisars-jeep-at-close-range-killing-him/

Governor of New York signs executive order required state ISP contractors to observe net neutrality. “(Andrew) Cuomo’s executive order unequivocally states that in order to receive a state contract, ISPs cannot ‘block, throttle, or prioritize internet content or applications or require that end users pay different or higher rates to access specific types of content or applications’.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/24/denouncing-fccs-dangerous-ruling-cuomo-signs-order-protect-net-neutrality-new-york

Koch brothers spent $20 million promoting Republican tax bill, are projected to save more than $1 billion in taxes. “…the analysis, the group explained, ‘does not count how much the brothers might save in taxes on offshore profits or how much their heirs will benefit from weakening the estate tax’.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/24/after-spending-20-million-pass-goptaxscam-koch-bros-save-more-1-billion-year

Bernie Sanders chairs on-line town hall on Medicare for All health insurance plan. “Although 53 percent of Americans now support government-funded healthcare for all, he said, corporate media outlets hardly cover the issue.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/01/24/bypassing-major-networks-16-million-tune-sanders-medicare-all-town-hall

Baltimore protester awarded $75,000 in lawsuit against police. “During the (trial), it was proven that police doused (Larry) Lomax with CS spray, the chemicals used in military-grade tear gas.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/tear-gas-victim-freddie-gray-rally-awarded-75g-article-1.3777774

Democratic Party accused of blocking progressive, grassroots candidates. “For the first time since 2006, the Blue Dog Coalition, the right-leaning Democratic group that prides itself on promoting socially conservative, business-friendly lawmakers, has worked with the DCCC to select the party’s candidates for the 2018 midterms.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/01/23/dccc-democratic-primaries-congress-progressives/

Homo sapiens’ brain changed less than 100,000 years ago say anthropologists. “…(researchers analyzed) 20 crania of Homo sapiens fossils from different geological periods and concluded that the present-day configuration of our brains was reached only between 100,000 and 35,000 years ago.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/modern-rounded-human-brains-evolutionary-step-less-100000-years-old-2645168

Patient apparently dumped by hospital was arrested by police, later found unresponsive in jail, died soon afterwards. “I just got a message from my supervisor that we’ve got a patient out in our waiting room that’s wigged out and they need some assistance.”   http://kfor.com/2018/01/23/body-camera-video-to-be-released-after-inmate-dies-hours-after-being-arrested/

Doctors say Julian Assange’s health is at risk due to confinement. “Our assessment reveals that he has had no access to sunlight, appropriate ventilation or outside space for over five and-a-half years. This has taken a considerable physical as well as psychological toll.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/julian-assange-embassy-stay-dangerous-health-doctors-223946460.html

Author claims Israel’s defense minister Ariel Sharon approved shooting down commercial airliners if Yasser Arafat was discovered to be on board. “Bergman reports that from November 1982 to January 1983, four F-16s and F-15s were on alert in case Arafat was spotted. They were scrambled ‘at least five times to intercept and destroy airliners believed to be carrying Arafat, only to be called back soon after takeoff’.”   https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/idf-ordered-to-shoot-down-passenger-planes-to-kill-arafat-in-1982-1.5763575

Indonesia uses anti-communism law against environmental protester. “Environmentalist Heri Budiawan was accused of spreading communist ideology by displaying symbols like the hammer and sickle during a protest against a gold mining company in East Java province. The maximum penalty is 12 years in jail.”   https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-indonesia-communism/indonesia-jails-activist-under-controversial-anti-communist-law-idUKKBN1FD18H

Thousands protest Davos summit. “In Switzerland, thousands of protesters took to the streets of Zurich Tuesday to protest against the World Economic Forum in Davos and President Trump’s planned visit.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2018/1/24/headlines/thousands_protest_capitalism_trump_during_world_economic_forum_in_davos

 

January 25, 2018