March 14, 2018

New CIA director accused of running ‘black site’ in Thailand where prisoners were tortured, and of then destroying evidence.  “Had President Obama prosecuted (Gina) Haspel and other CIA torturers at the time, she would have gone to prison. But Obama, in his quaint timid way, said he wanted to look forward, not back.”   https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2018/03/13/instead-of-being-in-jail-haspel-is-cia-director.html

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson fired with a tweet. “Tillerson said Trump had called him around noon Tuesday from Air Force One, while en route to California — several hours after the president had publicly announced Tillerson’s firing on Twitter.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-replaces-secretary-state-tillerson-cia-director-n856091   Trump keeping it classy, as always.

Video of fatal 2014 courtroom shooting of defendant finally released. “Authorities have identified the U.S. marshal only as Jane Doe. An FBI investigation found the shooting was legally justified.”   https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900012690/utah-judge-releases-video-of-fatal-federal-courtroom-shooting.html

Hillary Clinton tells audience in India that many of the women who voted for Trump did so because they were pressured to by men. “At another point in the talk, Clinton, whose campaign slogan was “Stronger Together,” said that the reasons married white women voted for Trump was due to ‘ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should’.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/democrats-distance-themselves-from-hillary-clintons-backward-claim/2018/03/13/51cb1ba6-26e3-11e8-b79d-f3d931db7f68_story.html   Maybe where Hillary lives the men get to peek over the curtains at the polls?

ICE spokesman quits over inflated agency estimates of the number of fugitives who escaped Oakland raids. “We were never going to pick up that many (800) people.”   https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/ICE-spokesman-said-to-quit-over-officials-12748022.php

Armed teacher accidentally fires pistol in class, injuring three. “”I think a lot of questions on parents’ minds are, why a teacher would be pointing a loaded firearm at the ceiling in front of students.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/school-teacher-dennis-alexander-accidentally-fired-gun-classroom-injuring-3-students-2662427

Science teacher accused of feeding sick puppy to snapping turtle. “Police told FOX13 the dog was alive when it allegedly was presented as a meal for the turtle.”   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/13/science-teacher-fed-live-puppy-to-snapping-turtle-in-front-students-witnesses-say.html   I remember dissecting live frogs, pinned to a board, in biology class, one frog for each pair of students.

Dog dies after flight attendant allegedly ordered passenger to stow it in overhead bin. “Eventually, the pet owner, whom United declined to name, complied with the flight attendant.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/13/business/united-dead-dog.html   We all know what happens to airline passengers who don’t comply with the instructions of flight attendants.

Family of Seth Rich sues Fox News over stories that he leaked Democratic National Committee emails. “Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges that Fox, Zimmerman, and Butowsky created a “smear campaign” against the family and manipulated Rich’s parents by inducing them to hire Rod Wheeler, an independent investigator Fox used to back up its claim, to help solve their son’s murder.”   https://www.buzzfeed.com/briannasacks/seth-richs-family-is-suing-fox-news-for-creating-a

Trump administration accused of concealing data from the public, such as worker safety statistics. “Trump administration officials seem eager to dish off the record about the daily drama of a dysfunctional White House,” Alan Zibel, research director for Public Citizen’s Corporate Presidency Project, said in a statement. “But they routinely suppress far more consequential information about how Trump’s dangerous worker safety, public health, and environmental policies will impact Americans.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/03/13/report-details-trump-efforts-suppress-facts-dont-serve-his-corporate-agenda

New Zealand’s deputy head of mission in the U.S. is apparently worried about the possibility of a progress challenge to the Democratic Party establishment. “A Sanders-Warren ticket could win big in 2020,” declared the headline. “No it couldn’t,” responded Beresford in a tweet that was later deleted. “Please get your shit together or we will all die.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/14/new-zealand-diplomat-us-democrats-against-trump-or-we-all-die

Military commander tells Congress he has no idea what Saudi aircraft are doing after U.S. refuels them. ““General Votel, does CENTCOM track the purpose of the missions it is refueling? In other words, where a U.S.-refueled aircraft is going, what targets it strikes, and the result of the mission?” (Senator Elizabeth) Warren asked. “Senator, we do not,” Votel replied.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/03/14/yemen-war-centcom-elizabeth-warren/

Review of the movie “The Young Karl Marx”. “Raoul Peck, then, can’t really take credit for making Marx sexy again. Capitalism and all its attendant horrors did that for him. What he, Marx, and Engels offer are a few prescriptions for today’s young socialists looking to challenge capitalism: better theory, more practice, and maybe even a few wild parties along the way.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/03/13/the-young-karl-marx-a-film-whose-time-has-come/

11% of Disneyland workers surveyed say they were homeless part of last year. “Among ‘cast members’ who’ve worked more than 15 years, 52 percent don’t make above $15 an hour, and 67 percent ‘can’t afford to pay their monthly bills’.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/five-takeaways-disneyland-homeless-report-2660390

Company tracks customer returns for retail giants. “The Retail Equation has information on customer returns that date as far back as 2004.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/retail-equation-best-buy-other-retailers-using-third-party-company-block-returns-2662301

Atomwaffen, an American neo-Nazi group, is armed, dangerous and plotting a race war. “Just how many people belong to Atomwaffen is unknown. The ex-member told ProPublica that the group has enlisted about 80 members across the country, many of whom joined after the deadly events in Charlottesville last summer.”   https://www.propublica.org/article/atomwaffen-division-inside-white-hate-group

Farm workers on hunger strike to get Wendy’s to buy its produce from worker friendly farms. “In New York City, dozens of farmworkers with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers are in the middle of a five-day fast outside the Manhattan office of Nelson Peltz, the board chair and largest shareholder of Wendy’s.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2018/3/14/headlines/immokalee_farmworkers_on_hunger_strike_demanding_wendys_sign_fair_food_program

 

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March 14, 2018

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