December 30, 2018

Fulton county, Georgia district attorney sues federal government for information on deadly police/U.S. Marshals raid in which a black man named Jamarion Robinson was shot 59 times. “(A lawsuit filed by the man’s family) accused police of knocking at the apartment door, then immediately breaking it down and “spraying” with 9 mm and .40 mm submachine guns and .40 mm Glock pistols.”   https://www.ajc.com/news/crime–law/fulton-suing-feds-for-records-after-police-shoot-man-times/2lqXeQbfdo78DJtv870iJN/   The medical examiner’s report says Jamarion’s body was dragged down the stairs after the raid – the family’s lawyer accuses law enforcement agencies of a cover up.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSPqJGdFLDg

President Trump tweets that Democrats are responsible for the deaths of migrant children in U.S. custody. “Any deaths of children or others at the border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and their pathetic immigration policies that allow people to make the long trek thinking they can enter our country illegally.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/29/us/politics/trump-immigrant-children-deaths.html

California bans retail sales of most pets. “(The law) says pet stores can only sell cats, dogs and rabbits that come from local rescue groups, shelters or animal control agencies.”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-to-become-first-state-to-ban-retail-sales-of-cats-and-dogs/

Saudi government accused of assisting one of its citizens to jump bail and return to Saudi Arabia, to escape a manslaughter charge in Oregon. “Officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Marshals Service now believe (Abdulrahman Semeer Noorah) left his southeast Portland neighborhood in a black SUV and later used an illicit passport and private plane — likely provided by the Saudi government — to flee the country.”   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6537271/Senator-demands-action-Trump-admin-Saudi-helped-man-21-killed-girl-15-flee-US.html

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo brings an alien mask to news conference at which he tells New Yorkers aliens were NOT involved in ‘blue glow’ incident. “The governor said Friday the incident that caused power outages and grounded some flights at LaGuardia Airport on Thursday night was an electrical malfunction.”   https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-news-andrew-cuomo-blue-light-alien-mask-queens-20181228-story.html

Wells Fargo agrees to pay $575 million to settle state lawsuits. “Instead of safeguarding its customers, Wells Fargo exploited them, signing them up for products – from bank accounts to insurance – that they never wanted.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/wells-fargo-pay-575-million-settle-state-investigations-n952846

UK’s Royal Mail botches D-Day commemorative stamp by using picture of U.S. troops landing in New Guinea. “Wrong theatre; wrong date; wrong vessel; wrong troops.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/29/world/europe/uk-d-day-stamp.html

Lawyer for illegal migrant caught working at Trump golf course claims her supervisor provided her with a fake green card and Social Security number. “(Anibal) Romero said he turned over fake green cards and Social Security numbers that supervisors at the golf club allegedly gave one of his clients, Victorina Morales, a 44-year-old Guatemalan national.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/fbi-new-jersey-investigators-gather-employment-documents-of-immigrants-without-legal-status-who-allegedly-worked-at-trump-golf-course-lawyer-says/2018/12/29/58125620-0ba6-11e9-a3f0-71c95106d96a_story.html

1979 documentary on Vietnam anti-war protests re-released. “Michael Moore recently praised (The War at Home), calling it ‘one of the best documentaries ever made’.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2018/12/28/the_war_at_home_1979_film   Trailer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9ZhCZogKsk

Is Facebook censorship the result of incompetence or political pressure? “Facebook ‘is intervening into political and social matters the world over’, acting ‘like an unseen branch of government’, and ‘is doing this all on the cheap, shipping disorganized PowerPoint slides to outsourcing companies it can barely control. And it is making many, many mistakes along the way.'” Versus…. “Facebook has been aggressively deleting the pages of Palestinians and pro-Palestinian voices for at least 18 months, obeying the demands of the Israeli govt. Congrats to those who thought it was a good idea for Silicon Valley to act as paternal censor & guardian of the internet.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/12/28/facebooks-secret-censorship-manual-exposed-platform-takes-down-video-about-israel

Federal appeals court rules in favor of whistle-blower who was fired by United Airlines over aircraft maintenance complaints. “By declining to review claims by relators like (David) Grant, we close the courthouse doors to allegations of dangerous misconduct, including in this case the egregious example of military aircraft allegedly receiving sub-standard or nonexistent maintenance services.”   https://www.courthousenews.com/fired-air-base-tech-gets-new-shot-at-pleading-retaliation/

 

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December 30, 2018

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