February 20, 2018

Russian bots taking both sides of gun debate, but CNN headline only mentions one: “Russian bots promote pro-gun messages after Florida school shooting”. But in the story’s seventh paragraph… “Hashtags calling for gun reform and gun control are also topping the list.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/16/us/russian-bots-florida-shooting-intl/index.html

Mercedes-Benz also suspected of using emission test evasion software. “Mercedes-Benz has equipped various diesel models with software which may have helped them pass emission tests, according to a report published by German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.”   https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/news/101599527/mercedesbenz-suspected-of-using-diesel-defeat-device

Minnesota sues 3M claiming water contamination. “(Attorney general Lori) Swanson argues that the (petro-fluorochemicals or PFCs) made and later buried by Maplewood-based 3M were consumed by 67,000 Twin Cities water drinkers and many more across the country…”   https://www.gomn.com/news/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-3m-vs-state-of-minnesota-trial-worth-5-billion

Poland’s prime minister defends country’s new anti-defamation law using example which suggests “Jewish perpetrators” may have also been responsible for the Holocaust. “Of course it’s not going to be punishable, not going to be seen as criminal, to say that there were Polish perpetrators, as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian, not only German perpetrators.”   http://www.newsweek.com/jewish-holocaust-perpetrators-comments-spark-outrage-israel-810331

U.S. ambassador to Israel warns of possible civil war within Israel if West Bank settlers are ever forced to leave. “A forced evacuation of West Bank settlements could spark a civil war in Israel, US Ambassador David Friedman told Jewish American leaders in Jerusalem, according to a report on Channel 10 news.”   http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Report-US-ambassador-warns-settlement-evacuation-could-spark-civil-war-543084   Oh no! I guess we’ll just have to accept them then, and give up on peace with Palestine.

Investigation reveals massive amounts of wage theft, especially from low wage employees. “…an estimated $15 billion in desperately needed income for workers with lowest wages goes instead into the pockets of shady bosses.”   https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/18/minimum-wage-not-enforced-investigation-409644

Speech by NRA leader not on this year’s official agenda for the Conservative Political Action Conference. “LaPierre’s name is nowhere to be found on the official agenda for CPAC, the conservative conference which begins in Maryland on Wednesday.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/19/nra-appearance-cpac-wayne-lapierre-gun-control-florida

Elizabeth Warren used to be a Republican, voted for Gerald Ford. “As the ’80s wore on and her research on bankruptcy progressed, Warren started waking up politically.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/02/19/elizabeth-warren-opens-up-about-her-choices-in-every-presidential-election-since-1972/

Bill Gates wants the government to raise his taxes. “I’ve paid more taxes, over $10 billion, than anyone else, but the government should require the people in my position to pay significantly higher taxes.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/gates-says-billionaires-pay-significantly-taxes/

Turkey says Syrian troops will not be able to stop its anti-Kurdish offensive in Afrin. “Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that Syrian forces could not stop the Turkish army’s advance.”   https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/turkey-says-syrian-army-cannot-stop-its-advance-in-afrin-1.705963

Many of Venezuela’s opposition leaders will not be able to participate in upcoming elections. ” Venezuela’s most popular opposition leaders are almost all sidelined from the country’s April 22 presidential election – jailed, in exile, or disqualified from holding office.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/factbox-venezuelas-jailed-exiled-barred-opposition-politicians-175043937.html

Post-hurricane Puerto Rico to privatize power company, introduce charter schools. “It almost seems like the perfect storm for disaster economics or what they call disaster capitalism.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2018/2/19/five_months_after_maria_san_juan

Palestinian teenagers reportedly killed by Israeli tank fire. “In Gaza, family members gathered for the funerals of two Palestinian teenagers who were killed after Israeli tanks opened fire during an air and ground assault this weekend.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2018/2/19/headlines/gaza_two_palestinian_teenagers_killed_by_israeli_tank_fire

Superhero film “Black Panther” breaks record for February release. “It was also the fifth-highest-earning opening weekend of any film in U.S. history.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2018/2/19/headlines/black_panther_film_smashes_opening_weekend_box_office_records


February 20, 2018

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