February 23, 2019

Almost 12,000 civilians have reportedly died in U.S. coalition airstrikes in Syria and Iraq since 2014. “(Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights) spokesman Dr. Ali A. Al-Bayati said on Saturday that ‘about 11,800 civilians, including 2,300 children and 1,130 women, were killed in addition to 8,000 wounded by the bombing of the coalition in Iraq and Syria’.”   https://brettwilkins.com/2019/02/21/ihchr-11800-civilians-killed-in-us-led-air-strikes-in-syria-iraq/

Fox News guest tells Tucker Carlson that reparations for the descendants of slaves has become ‘ridiculous’. “Slavery was abolished a century and a half ago, nobody alive today has a grandparent who was a slave, and in that sense I think you reach a point where, you know, you need to move on.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/tucker-carlson-fox-news-host-145504129.html   Unlike reparations for the slave laborers of the Nazis or the Japanese military.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft not the only prominent person alleged to have been caught in Palm Beach county Florida prostitution sting. “(ESPN’s Adam) Schefter told a WEEI radio host on Friday that Kraft was not the biggest name involved.”   https://ntknetwork.com/report-200-people-involved-in-florida-prostitution-sting-prominent-members-of-society/

Organizations that provide abortions or refer women for abortions now blocked from receiving federal family planning funds, Planned Parenthood to lose an estimated $60 million. “The change means federally funded family planning clinics can no longer refer a patient for abortion and must maintain a ‘clear physical and financial separation’ between services funded by the government and any organization that provides abortions or abortion referrals.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2019/02/22/trump-administration-bars-family-planning-clinics-that-provide-abortion-referrals-million-program/

Patagonia, Arizona marshal accused of asking reporter for ID, threatening to jail her for following him around. “I don’t want to hear about any of that freedom of the press stuff…. I can have you arrested, do you understand?”    https://orangestreetnews.com/2019/02/18/patagonia-marshal-theatens-to-arrest-osn-publisher-see-the-video/

Young constituents urge Dianne Feinstein to support the Democratic Party’s version of the Green New Deal, she tells them there’s no way to pay for it and they are too young to vote, so tough luck. Kid: “We have tons of money going to the military, half of our, a lot of ours is going to the military.” Feinstein: “Well I understand that…. I’ve been doing this for thirty years, I know what I’m doing.”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp2045Q-fOE

Judge drops criminal charges against water park officials over decapitation of boy on Kansas waterslide. “Wyandotte County Judge Robert Burns cited improper evidence in dropping second-degree murder charges against Schlitterbahn owner Jeff Henry, designer John Schooley, and general contractor Henry and Sons Construction Co. The judge also dismissed an involuntary manslaughter charge against operations manager Tyler Miles, The Kansas City Star reported.”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/schlitterbahn-lawsuit-charges-dropped-in-kansas-water-slide-death-where-boy-was-decapitated/

Tens of millions of Chinese with low ‘social credit’ scores, due to unpaid fines or minor offenses, reportedly blocked from traveling. “The penalties are part of efforts by president Xi Jinping‘s government to use data-processing and other technology to tighten control on society.”   https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-social-credit-flight-travel-plane-tickets-xi-jinping-blacklist-a8792256.html

Government of Botswana may lift ban on elephant hunting, report suggests using the meat for pet food. “The number of elephants in Botswana is estimated to be about 130,000, which some argue is too many for the ecosystem – there is increasing conflict between wildlife and people.”   https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47330414   Perhaps some of these elephants could be moved to other African countries where the population has been wiped out?

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly ok with China’s prison camps for Muslims. “China has the right to carry out anti-terrorism and de-extremisation work for its national security.”   https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/22/saudi-crown-prince-defends-chinas-right-put-uighur-muslims-concentration/

U.S. biotech firm cutting off sales to China. “Two years ago, Human Rights Watch reported that China had placed an order for equipment to expand its DNA sequencing capacity, with Thermo Fisher later named by a scientific industry publication as the supplier.”   https://www.foxnews.com/world/us-tech-company-says-it-will-no-longer-sell-equipment-to-china-to-expand-uighur-dna-tracking-capability

Microsoft employees protest $480 million sale of company’s ‘augmented reality’ glasses to the military. “… we refuse to create technology for warfare and oppression…. We did not sign up to develop weapons, and we demand a say in how our work is used.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/we-did-not-sign-develop-weapons-microsoft-workers-protest-480m-n974761

Some apps caught sending personal information to Facebook. “… you don’t even have to be a Facebook user to find out you’ve been unwittingly handing over data to the tech giant.”   https://gizmodo.com/these-apps-reportedly-shared-sensitive-personal-informa-1832827887

The seat-back entertainment screen on your next flight may include a camera pointed at you. “Cameras are a standard feature on many in-flight entertainment systems used by multiple airlines.”   https://ktla.com/2019/02/22/smile-some-airliners-have-cameras-on-seat-back-screens/

Soybean exports to China fall by 90%. “(USDA Chief Economist Robert) Johansson said sales of U.S. soybeans to the European Union, Egypt, Argentina, and others had risen, but that has ‘not been enough to make up for the lost exports to China’.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-agriculture/us-farm-exports-expected-to-fall-19-billion-in-2019-led-by-china-usda-idUSKCN1QA1TK

Last Chevy Volt hybrid leaves the factory due to low demand. “I’ve been really surprised at the lack of marketing. I would not have an electric car if I did not have that gas engine.”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/chevy-volt-discontinued-chevrolets-last-volt-rolls-off-the-assembly-line/

Sales of sugary drinks down 52% three years after Berkeley imposed a 1 cent per ounce tax. “While the excise tax is levied on distributors, rather than directly on consumers, subsequent studies have shown that retailers incorporated the higher costs into the shelf price of the drinks.”   https://www.berkeleyside.com/2019/02/22/sugary-drink-consumption-in-berkeley-down-more-than-50-since-introduction-of-soda-tax   Was it the price hike or increased consumer awareness?

President of Sudan declares ‘national emergency’. “The state of emergency will give the security forces a free hand in cracking down on protesters and carrying out detentions and it places heavier restrictions on the press and opposition parties.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/23/state-of-emergency-declared-in-sudan-by-under-fire-president

Justice Department did not announce arrest of Coast Guard officer accused of plotting white nationalist terror attacks. “Instead, the news broke to the public through the Twitter feed of Seamus Hughes, a deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, a D.C.-based counterterrorism think tank…. Hughes found Hasson’s case because he habitually checks court filings.”   https://theintercept.com/2019/02/21/white-nationalist-coast-guard-terrorism-justice-department-christopher-hasson/

New election to be held in North Carolina after Republican voter fraud scheme revealed. “You know the folks who cry ‘crime’ when two people named John Smith vote in the same state? Their silence in the face of seemingly serious election fraud reveals their fundamental bad faith and hucksterism.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/22/new-election-ordered-north-carolina-over-actual-real-life-voter-fraud-allegedly

Iran still in compliance with 2015 nuclear deal says U.N. nuclear body. “(The International Atomic Energy Agency) noted that Iran’s stocks of heavy water and low-enriched uranium still were under the limits set in the 2015 pact.”   https://www.courthousenews.com/iran-kept-nose-clean-on-2015-nuke-deal-un-watchdog-reports/

February 23, 2019

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