Two U.S. senators introduce bipartisan bill to restrict searches of electronic devices of U.S. citizens when entering or leaving the country. “The Leahy-Daines bill includes provisions requiring reasonable suspicion or probable cause to search or seize Americans’ electronic devices at the border and forces the government to obtain a warrant before conducting forensic searches of such devices. It also requires the Department of Homeland Security to collect statistics on these searches and seizures and report them to Congress.” https://vtdigger.org/2018/02/28/leahy-daines-introduce-legislation-protect-americans-privacy-border/
Government moves forward with plan to destroy Guantanamo torture camp. “In the past two years, however, successive prison camp commanders dropped the (Camp X-ray) site from detention center media visits — along with the terms “legal and transparent” from its motto — declaring the site was no longer part of the story the Navy admirals in charge of the prison wanted reporters telling.” http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/guantanamo/article203645719.html It should be preserved as a site of historical importance.
Russia blamed for populist Italian election results. “(Blaming Russia) shows a disrespect for the plight of the vast numbers of people who have been immiserated by decades of neoliberal austerity policies. Are we really to believe Russian Twitter “bots,” Facebook ads, and RT factored in more than the rates of unemployment (Italy has a rate of 38 percent youth unemployment) and poverty as the main factors behind Brexit and the US and Italian elections?” https://www.thenation.com/article/should-western-elites-blame-russia-for-the-populist-surge/
Women’s March leaders criticized for ties to Louis Farrakhan after one reportedly attends “Satanic Jews” speech. “That there appears to be no desire on the part of Women’s March to confront Jew-hatred specifically and substantively, even as most religious hate crimes target Jews and anti-Semitism stats rise, is something that should trouble anyone of genuine antiracist sentiment.” https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/03/womens-march/555122/
Secretary of the Interior to get $138,670 office doors. “Meanwhile, (Ryan) Zinke has publicly supported cutting wasteful government spending and proposed slashing the department’s staff by 4,000 workers.” https://www.marketwatch.com/story/interior-dept-spending-nearly-139000-on-doors-for-ryan-zinkes-office-2018-03-08
Women around the world celebrate International Women’s Day. “Black glasses covering part of her badly burned face, a victim of an acid attack joined hundreds of activists who rallied in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi on Thursday to denounce violence against women and mark International Women’s Day.” http://www.wowt.com/content/news/Women-strike-protest-as-the-world-marks-International-Womens-Day-476254363.html Police in Tehran break up Women’s Day rally. “The arrests came a day after Iranian news media reported that a woman had been sentenced to two years in prison for participating in a growing movement opposing the Islamic Republic’s law requiring women to wear the hijab, or headscarf.” http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-iran-women-20180308-story.html
Former Asheville, North Carolina police officer found guilty of assaulting fleeing black jaywalker. “The video shows Hickman punching (Johnnie) Rush in the head repeatedly and then shooting him with a yellow stun gun.” http://abcnews.go.com/US/fbi-launches-probe-police-beat-taser-alleged-jaywalker/story?id=53621568
Singapore government report blames U.S. destroyer for collision. “Singapore investigators conclude that a sudden left turn by the USS John S. McCain caused the predawn Aug. 21 crash with a commercial vessel that killed 10 American sailors.” http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sd-mccain-probe-20180308-story.html
U.S. facing shortage of construction workers. “Residential construction employment fell by 1.5 million during the housing crash, and payrolls have risen by just 786,000 since the recovery began in 2011. Many workers left the industry for oil, factory and trucking jobs during the meltdown.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/03/08/exclusive-home-depot-donate-50-m-train-construction-workers-address-severe-shortage/403659002/ Factory jobs? Like in China? How about “whatever they could find”?
Recordings of truck stop executives repeatedly using racial slurs released by judge. “(Vincent) Greco turned mole when confronted by the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation Division in 2011 as part of an ongoing probe that led to the April 2013 raid of Pilot Flying J’s Knoxville headquarters and has been granted immunity.” https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/crime/2018/03/08/unsealed-records-reveal-graphic-details-ex-pilot-flying-j-execs-repugnant-football-party/406974002/
Walmart employees receive one-time corporate tax cut bonuses instead of pay raises. “Walmart Inc. will be awarding one-time bonuses worth $200 to $1,000 to about 890,000 of its 1 million hourly employees.” http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2018/03/walmart_employees_in_michigan.html It would really interesting to know what percentage of the expected corporate tax cut windfall went to employees vs. management vs. shareholders, but the story doesn’t tell us that. It would also be interesting to know how many got $200 and how many got $1,000, but it doesn’t tell us that either.
California bill would require computer and cell phone manufacturers to sell parts and repair guides to public. “The (Right to Repair) Act would require tech titans to release repair guides and make official repair parts available to consumers and third-party repair professionals.” https://www.engadget.com/2018/03/07/california-right-to-repair-bill/
Restaurant reservation service fires employee accused of making fake reservations through a competitor’s website. “All in all, Wesner said the false reservations affected 45 Chicago restaurants and amounted to more than 1,200 no-show guests.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/03/08/opentable-employee-fired-after-making-300-fake-restaurant-reservations/406218002/ Hey, that’s capitalism!
Fake news gets more shares then real news say researchers. “On Twitter, false news stories are 70% more likely to be retweeted than true stories, and it takes true stories about six times as long to reach 1,500 people as it takes for false stories to reach the same number of people.” https://www.marketwatch.com/story/fake-news-spreads-more-quickly-on-twitter-than-real-news-2018-03-08
At least 170 people in U.S. poisoned by salmonella-contaminated chicken salad. “There have been 62 hospitalizations so far, but no reported deaths.” https://www.buzzfeed.com/carolinekee/samonella-outbreak-chicken-salad Centers for Disease Control estimates about 1 million cases of salmonella food poisoning a year in the U.S.
Los Angeles observes 50th anniversary of walk-outs by Mexican-American students from East L.A. public schools to protest unequal education. “Some local leaders at the time, including Mayor Sam Yorty, denounced the walkouts as a communist plot, and in the months that followed, law enforcement responded with undercover operations, raids and arrests.” http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-eastside-13-walkouts-20180308-story.html
Justice Department to investigate fatal shooting of white exterminator Daniel Shaver at his hotel by Mesa police. “The shooting, unlike other high-profile police shootings captured on video, didn’t prompt local protest like in other cities.” https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa/2018/03/08/mesa-police-confirm-justice-department-investigating-shooting-officer/409331002/