July 16, 2019

President Trump accuses his critics of ‘hating America’. “These are people who in my opinion hate our country. All I’m saying is, if they’re not happy here, they can leave.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-demands-radical-left-congresswomen-apologize-him-u-s-israel-n1029831   You have two choices, submit to Trump’s agenda or leave. Can you imagine President Obama telling Republicans that if they oppose Obamacare they must hate America, and should just leave?

Jeffrey Epstein’s attorneys submit financial disclosure revealing that their client is only a 1/2 billionaire. “The total assets listed are $559,120,954.”   https://nypost.com/2019/07/15/court-papers-reveal-how-much-jeffrey-epstein-actually-is-worth/

Man who drove into crowd of anti-fascist protesters is sentenced to a second life sentence (plus 419 years), this time by a state court. “Last month, a federal judge sentenced the 22-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of parole.”   https://www.npr.org/2019/07/15/741756615/virginia-court-sentences-neo-nazi-james-fields-jr-to-life-in-prison   While I’m certainly not a fan of nazis, it does seem unconstitutional to try someone for the same crime twice. Some Supreme Court justices agree. “On one side: defenders of the Constitution’s original meaning, such as Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, and individual rights, led by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. To them, double jeopardy seems unjustified and unfair.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/05/supreme-court-double-jeopardy-federal-state-prosecutions/2165392002/

Native Hawaiians protest project to build giant telescope on sacred mountain. “The protesters gathered in response to an announcement by the state that officials would close the road to the summit of Mauna Kea on Monday so they could begin bringing equipment to the construction site in coming days.”   https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/hawaii-activists-ready-hawaii-telescope-convoys-64334056

Man killed during attack on Tacoma migrant detention center apparently appeared in the May 5th episode of ‘United Shades of America’.  “CNN featured the Puget Sound John Brown Gun Club in an episode of its ‘Shades of America’ series.”   https://www.theepochtimes.com/extremists-glorify-slain-antifa-terrorist-who-firebombed-immigrant-detention-center_3003038.html   You can watch it here:   https://archive.org/details/CNNW_20190506_050000_United_Shades_of_America/start/2760/end/2820

Italian police seize missile, guns, bayonets and Nazi memorabilia during raids on neo-nazi sympathizers. “Monti, 42, and Bernardi, 51, were arrested for allegedly possessing and trying to selling a French-made Matra air-to-air missile, while Bergiolo, 60, was arrested for allegedly acting as an intermediary to sell weapons, a Turin police statement said.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/15/europe/italy-nazi-weapons-missile-seizure-intl/index.html

Puerto Ricans outraged by leaked chat messages of ruling party politicians. “Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of San Juan, a candidate for governor and a critic of (current Gov. Ricardo) Rossello, said on Puerto Rican radio Saturday that she had filed a police complaint against Rossello and his former chief financial officer, Christian Sobrino, over a leaked message in which Sobrino had written in Spanish about Cruz: ‘I am salivating to shoot her’.”   https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2019/jul/15/puerto-ricans-rally-for-governor-to-qui/

Puerto Rican police use teargas to disperse protesters calling for the governor’s resignation. “Puerto Ricans organized smaller protests in solidarity outside of the island, including in New York and Washington.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/us/puerto-rico-protests-rossello-governor.html

Radiation levels up to 1,000 times higher than near Chernobyl and Fukushima discovered on Marshall Islands, say researchers. “The 67 nuclear bombs the United States detonated between 1946 and 1958 left widespread contamination on the Marshall Islands, a set of 29 atolls halfway between Australia and Hawaii.”   https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-marshall-islands-radiation-20190715-story.html

Uber and Lyft accused of paying drivers to attend a protest at the California state capitol in support of maintaining their independent contractor status. “Your voice had an impact and the Legislature heard loud and clear that you want to keep your flexibility and control over your work! Please expect a driver credit in the next five business days for your travel, parking, and time.”   https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-ab5-uber-lyft-rally-sacramento-pay-20190715-story.html

Amazon employee says the work pace at the Shakopee, Minnesota fulfillment center is exhausting. “(William Stolz) says he has to pick an item about every eight seconds, or 332 per hour, for a 10 hour day.”   https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48990482

Next Day deliveries result in higher environmental costs, say experts. “I don’t think the average consumer understands the environmental impact of having something tomorrow vs. two days from now. The more time you give me, the more efficient I can be.”   https://www.wraltechwire.com/2019/07/15/delivery-now-or-later-your-next-day-demands-come-at-an-environmental-cost/

Boeing customer has the ‘Max’ dropped from 737 paint job. “Photos have emerged of a 737 Max in Ryanair colours outside Boeing’s manufacturing hub, with the designation 737-8200 – instead of 737 Max – on the nose.”   https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/15/boeing-737-max-ordered-by-ryanair-undergoes-name-change

Palantir Gotham user’s manual shows shocking amount of personal data now available to law enforcement agencies. “If police have a name that’s associated with a license plate, they can use automatic license plate reader data to find out where they’ve been, and when they’ve been there. This can give a complete account of where someone has driven over any time period.”   https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9kx4z8/revealed-this-is-palantirs-top-secret-user-manual-for-cops   It’s unclear from the article if a search warrant is needed or if police can just ‘dragnet’ suspects until they find something.

Bahrain accused of contracting out killings of pro-democracy activists to al-Qaeda. “Bahraini intelligence officers and Al-Qaeda commanders coordinated attacks on the Bahraini opposition, according to the Al-Jazeera documentary, which was entitled Those who Play with Fire.”   https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2019/7/15/bahrain-king-recruited-al-qaeda-to-assassinate-opposition-activists

Congressman wants military to investigate allegations that it had a program that used ticks to deliver biological weapons. “With Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases exploding in the United States—with an estimated 300,000 to 437,000 new cases diagnosed each year and 10-20 percent of all patients suffering from chronic Lyme disease—Americans have a right to know whether any of this is true.”   https://taskandpurpose.com/military-ticks-biological-weapons

400 Wisconsin National Guard members deploy to Afghanistan. “…Gov. Tony Evers told the soldiers and their families that their sacrifice and courage helps ensure the liberties and freedoms enjoyed by Americans.”   https://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Hundreds-of-Wisconsin-guard-soldiers-deploying-to-Afghanistan-512725221.html

Bernie Sanders addresses crowd at Philadelphia hospital at risk of being turned into a property development project. “As private equity vultures move toward closing Hahnemann University Hospital, which serves as a lifeline for tens of thousands of poor Philadelphians, Sen. Bernie Sanders joined a rally outside the facility on Monday and condemned the effort to shutter the hospital as corporate greed at its worst.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/15/human-life-more-important-corporate-profits-sanders-joins-community-stop-financial

Sen. Lindsey Graham reportedly calls progressive Democrats ‘communists’. “During Graham’s appearance on ‘Fox and Friends’, one of President Donald Trump’s favorite shows, the senator called Ocasio-Cortez and fellow members of  ‘The Squad’, Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), ‘communists’ who ‘hate Israel’ and America.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/15/aoc-slams-lindsey-graham-comments-akin-1950s-mccarthyism-battle-between-progressive

 

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