August 17, 2017

Trump dissolves White House business advisory councils after CEOs and labor leader quit. “Eight chief executives and other industry leaders on the president’s manufacturing and jobs initiative group had stepped down before his announcement disbanding the council, and a call of the remaining members had been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.”    https://www.ft.com/content/42884102-8290-11e7-a4ce-15b2513cb3ff

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters sentenced to prison. “This is a watershed moment for Hong Kong: it now has political prisoners.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/hong-kong-student-leaders-jailed-for-2014-pro-democracy-umbrella-protest/2017/08/17/ba7a92d4-8310-11e7-82a4-920da1aeb507_story.html

“Free speech” group cancels Google protests due to threats. “The rallies were announced by a conspiracy-theory promoter after a Google employee was fired for penning a highly controversial internal memo about gender differences, sparking uproar in the tech industry.”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/organizers-postpone-free-speech-march-at-google-due-to-left-wing-terrorists/

Steve Bannon turns on white nationalists, calls them “losers” and “clowns”. “Ethno-nationalism – it’s losers…. These guys are a collection of clowns.”   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40958329

Cloudflare CEO torn after booting white nationalist Daily Stormer website. “The internet that I’ve built a company around, and spent the last 20-plus years enjoying, was one where any idea could exist. I worry that that’s a little less true today.”   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40958499

Police in North Carolina have arrested four people for pulling down a Confederate statue, but still no arrests in gang beating of black counter-protester. “… (Charlottesville) police have yet to arrest anyone for viciously beating Deandre Harris, a 20-year-old black man, even though photo and video footage of five white men assaulting Harris has been virally circulated on social media and televised news for several days.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/16/four-arrested-toppling-confederate-statue-zero-neo-nazis-yet-arrested-brutal-beating

Trump compares Washington and Jefferson to Lee and Jackson. “So this week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/statues-make-definitive-statements-thats-why-confederate-memorials-must-come-down/2017/08/16/75755368-8293-11e7-b359-15a3617c767b_story.html

Mayor of New Orleans explains why he decided to take down the city’s Confederate statues. “These statues are not just stone and metal. They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy, ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, ignoring the terror that it actually stood for.”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6oPol68RCk

Funeral held for slain counter-protester. “Family members of the young woman mowed down while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville used her funeral as a rallying cry, telling mourners the best way to honor Heather Heyer is to continue her fight against injustice.”   http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/charlottesville-womans-family-fight-injustice-49267459

Journalist points out double standard in North Korea missile dispute. “Just as during the Cuban missile crisis, we start from the position that we must have the power to kill others, but it is illegitimate for them to have the power to kill us.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/08/17/the-north-korea-standoff-like-the-cuban-missile-crisis-exposes-the-reckless-u-s-worldview/

Company making police body cameras (formerly known as Taser International) reportedly using collected data to train artificial intelligence programs. “Imagine having one person in your agency who would watch every single one of your videos — and remember everything they saw — and then be able to process that and give you the insight into what crimes you could solve, what problems you could deal with.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/police-body-camera-company-axon-vacuuming-data-stoking-privacy-concerns-2579107

Investigators claim free virtual private network (VPN) service is misleading its users. “The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) filed its 14-page complaint Monday, in which the organization accuses Hotspot Shield and parent company AnchorFree of performing a number of undisclosed practices that may violate a user’s privacy including data sharing and traffic redirection.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/hotspot-shield-vpn-safe-privacy-group-files-complaint-against-vpn-2575462

Recently released Kennedy assassination documents reveal that CIA used diplomatic pouch to smuggle weapons into the Dominican Republic to assassinate country’s leader. “The Chief of Station returned to Washington for consultations in early April. He was able to convince his superiors that the pouch was the only feasible and secure means of getting the weapons into the Dominican Republic for delivery to the dissidents. The Deputy Director for Plans approved on April 10, and the pouch was sent on April 14 but with the restriction that the weapons not be passed without further approval.”   https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/08/15/cia-hid-rockefeller-committee/

 

August 17, 2017

August 16, 2017

Trump says not everyone at Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally was a racist. ““You had a lot of people in that group that were there to innocently protest and very legally protest,” the President said of the sea of people who chanted Nazi slogans, carried swastikas and wore combat gear.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/trump-blame-sides-charlottesville-article-1.3414369

Fifth member of Trump’s manufacturing council resigns. “We cannot sit on a council for a president who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism.”   https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2017-08-14/merck-under-armour-ceos-resign-from-trump-business-panel

Trump executive order waives tougher flood risk standards. “Trump’s order “revoked an Obama-era executive order that required strict building standards for government-funded projects to reduce exposure to increased flooding from sea level rise and other consequences of climate change”.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/15/ignoring-threat-rising-seas-trump-eliminates-flood-risk-standards

Trump administration cut funding for “Life After Hate” non-profit targeting U.S. extremists. “Trump aides, including Katharine Gorka, were already working toward eliminating Life After Hate’s grant and to direct all funding toward fighting what the president has described as “radical Islamic terrorism”.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/15/ahead-charlottesville-trump-cut-funds-group-fighting-white-supremacy

Trump consortium was disqualified from Sydney casino bidding in mid-80’s due to alleged mafia connections. ““Atlantic City would be a dubious model for Sydney and in our judgment, the Trump mafia connections should exclude the Kern/Trump consortium,” a summary of the police board’s report said.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/16/trumps-bid-for-sydney-casino-30-years-ago-rejected-due-to-mafia-connections

Durham County deputies searching for activists who pulled down statue of confederate soldier, one arrested so far. “One of the speakers, Takiya Thompson, a student at the university and a member of the Workers World Party who said she had climbed the statue on Monday and put on one of the straps used to pull it down, was arrested by two uniformed sheriff’s deputies as she left the communications building.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/15/us/protester-arrested-in-toppling-of-confederate-statue-in-durham.html

More than 900 organized hate groups active in the U.S.  “While many white supremacists are associated with known hate groups, a majority of them [like Dylann Roof] are not formally affiliated with a particular organization.”    https://patch.com/virginia/across-va/hate-groups-america-map-tracks-groups-state-ideology

Fox Nation and Daily Caller websites reportedly posted compilation video of incidents where drivers hit protesters. “The 90-second clip highlights an increasingly violent series of collisions with protesters, many of whom appeared to be members of the Black Lives Matter movement.”   https://gizmodo.com/fox-news-and-the-daily-caller-posted-a-video-instructin-1797877837

Thai student sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for sharing BBC profile of country’s king on Facebook. “(Jatupat Boonpattararaksa), who had initially contested the charges, agreed on Tuesday to plead guilty. He was facing up to 15 years in prison if convicted.”   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40938914

Pro-democracy activist in Hong Kong arrested for making up “fake story” about being abducted and abused by pro-PRC agents. “(Howard) Lam said on Thursday, unknown Mandarin-speaking men abducted him from a busy street in Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong and rendered him unconscious. He said they beat him (, shot staples into his legs) and warned him not to follow through with his plan (to send a gift to Liu Xiaobo’s widow).”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/15/stapled-legs-activist-howard-lam-arrested-hong-kong

Troy, New York police shoot man twice during traffic stop, few details released. “Dahmeek McDonald of Troy was shot twice in the torso at 6:40 p.m. at 408 Eighth St. and he is expected to fully recover, Tedesco said at a 10:45 p.m. news conference at the police station.”   http://www.timesunion.com/7dayarchive/article/Possible-police-involved-shooting-in-Troy-11821752.php

Salt Lake City man fatally shot by police, few details released. “Brown would not say why (Patrick) Harmon was initially stopped, where he was wounded, how many shots were fired or what kind of weapon he pulled when three officers attempted to take him into custody Sunday night.”   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865686739/Man-dies-in-officer-involved-shooting-in-Salt-Lake-City.html

 

August 16, 2017

August 15, 2017

Trump says he may pardon Arizona sheriff convicted of criminal contempt of court after ignoring federal judge’s order to stop immigration dragnets. “(Arpaio’s) a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/14/trump-seriously-considering-pardon-for-sheriff-joe-arpaio.html

Mainstream media calls fatal attack on anti-fascist protesters a “clash”, does not identify who is responsible. “The BBC’s breaking news tweet, “One dead amid clashes between US white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville,” is an extremely odd way to describe a person driving a car into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters—as was AOL’s “1 Dead, 34 Injured in Clashes at Virginia Rally.”   http://fair.org/home/for-media-driving-into-a-crowd-of-protesters-is-a-clash/

Man who wanted to start a revolution to restore the public’s constitutional rights arrested in FBI bomb plot sting. “”We were controlling this situation from beginning to end,” (FBI agent Raul Bujanda) said.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/14/politics/fbi-oklahoma-jerry-drake-varnell/index.html   Suspect reportedly had a history of mental illness. “Varnell, who lives with his family in Sayre, never completed high school and has a history of mental illness, according to court records.”   http://newsok.com/article/5560070

Protesters in Durham, North Carolina pull down confederate soldier statue. “The statue, which depicts a uniformed and armed Confederate soldier, stood atop an engraved pedestal that read, “In memory of ‘the boys who wore the gray.’ ”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/08/14/protesters-in-north-carolina-topple-confederate-statue-following-charlottesville-violence/

Trump returns to New York, is greeted by protesters. “Thousands of protesters rallied outside the iconic Trump Tower skyscraper where the President is staying, while another group nearby staged a mock “die-in” and funeral for American values before marching to the main event.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/anti-trump-rally-draws-thousands-president-return-nyc-article-1.3411491

Trump finally denounces white extremists. “Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”   https://in.reuters.com/article/virginia-protests-idINKCN1AU0VT

Support for charter schools falls sharply. “About 39 percent of respondents favor opening more charters — schools that are funded by public money, but usually operated independently of school districts — according to the survey by Education Next, a journal published by Harvard’s Kennedy School and Stanford University. That’s down from 51 percent last year.”   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/poll-support-charters-drops-markedly-past-year-49221778

Seattle police block anti-fascist protesters. “The anti-fascist protestors had planned to march to Westlake to face off against the right-wing demonstrators, but police stopped the march several blocks before Westlake Park to prevent a confrontation.”   http://nwpr.org/post/right-wing-and-anti-fascist-protesters-hold-separate-rallies-seattle

Elizabeth Warren tells Netroots conference that the Democratic Party must move to the left to remain relevant. “The Democratic Party isn’t going back to the days of welfare reform and the crime bill,” Warren said. “It is not going to happen.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/346420-warren-liberals-will-lead-the-democratic-party-back-from-the-wilderness

Chicago homeowner claims the three people he shot dead were burglars. “Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner said those killed in the shooting about 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the city’s East Side neighborhood include a 17-year-old boy, a 22-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman.”   http://fox2now.com/2017/08/14/police-investigating-after-3-shot-dead-in-southeast-chicago/

Trophy hunter trampled to death by angry elephant. “Jose Monzalvez, 46, was hunting in a group Saturday afternoon when he was trampled by an elephant in a private wildlife area 70 kilometers — or approximately 43 miles — from the town of Kalkfeld.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/argentinian-hunter-trampled-killed-elephant-namibia-2578405

Trump campaign advisor pushed for meetings with Russians. “The adviser, George Papadopoulos, offered to set up “a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss US-Russia ties under President Trump,” telling them his Russian contacts welcomed the opportunity, according to internal campaign emails read to The Washington Post.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-campaign-emails-show-aides-repeated-efforts-to-set-up-russia-meetings/2017/08/14/54d08da6-7dc2-11e7-83c7-5bd5460f0d7e_story.html

Holocaust memorial in Boston vandalized for second time this summer. “It’s shocking and it’s particularly shocking for us in the Jewish community, coming as it does in a week in which so many of us spent our weekend watching Nazis marching in Virginia.”    https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/08/14/holocaust-memorial-boston-damaged-for-second-time-this-summer/ujYan70j3kXzFWS3TGcZ0J/story.html

World Health Organization points finger and U.S. and Britain as cholera toll in Yemen hits 500,000. “In backing this war with billions of dollars of arms sales and military support, the U.S. and the U.K. are complicit in the suffering of millions of people in Yemen.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/14/yemen-cholera-cases-reach-500000-us-and-uk-condemned-complicity

Federal agencies say white supremacist groups are top domestic threat. “While President Donald Trump spent much of his campaign and the first six months of his presidency warning Americans about the dangers posed by immigrants from Central America, refugees from majority-Muslim countries, and the street gang MS-13, the joint intelligence bulletin compiled by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) notes that members of white supremacist groups were “responsible for 49 homicides in 26 attacks from 2000 to 2016, more than any other domestic extremist movement”.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/14/federal-agencies-warned-white-supremacist-threat-may

Alameda County Sheriffs Department in California allegedly retweets white nationalist Richard Spencer. “The retweet is a video of a press conference Spencer held earlier in the day, in which he panned assertions that President Donald Trump was disavowing a white supremacist rally that turned deadly on Saturday.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/alameda-county-sheriffs-department-retweeted-richard-spencer-2017-8

Justice Department reportedly demanding IP addresses, emails, photos and contact info of everyone who visited a Trump inauguration protest website. “According to DreamHost, the Justice Department has filed a motion to compel the company to release 1.3 million visitors’ IP addresses from disruptj20.org, a website belonging to a group of activists “building the framework needed for mass protests to shut down the inauguration of Donald Trump”.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/dreamhost-ip-address-justice-department-warrant-trump-inauguration-2017-8

Third CEO resigns from Trump advisory council. “Intel CEO Brian Krzanich joined the leaders of Merck and Under Armour in resigning from the Trump administration’s American Manufacturing Council.”   https://venturebeat.com/2017/08/14/intel-ceo-leaves-trump-council-over-divided-political-climate/

Amnesty International presses South African government to prosecute police officers who opened fire on striking Marikana platinum miners. “On Aug. 16, 2012, riot police killed 34 people and more than 70 others were injured.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-15/south-africa-must-prosecute-2012-marikana-deaths-amnesty-says

Proposed state laws, backed by law enforcement unions, would shield drivers who hit protesters. “The right to peacefully demonstrate is a cornerstone of American democracy; however, with this bill North Carolina Republicans are threatening that right by giving certain drivers a free pass to run over protesters without any fear of civil liability.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/08/14/backed-by-police-unions-legislators-standby-laws-to-protect-drivers-who-kill-protesters/

You can thank politicians and federal bureaucrats for high prescription drug prices. “(Rep. Billy Tauzin’s) contributions to the Medicare expansion included ensuring the government couldn’t use its expanded drug buying power to negotiate for cheaper drug prices on behalf of American seniors.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/why-are-drug-prices-so-high-these-politicians-might-have-answer-2577597

Video allegedly showing Harris County, Texas deputies performing roadside search of woman’s vagina, after stopping her for running a red light, is released. “When (Charneshia) Corley protested, “the deputies forcibly threw Ms. Corley to the ground, while she was still handcuffed, pinned her down with her legs spread apart, threatened to break her legs, and without consent penetrated her vagina in a purported search for marijuana,” according to the suit.”   http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Lawyer-for-woman-suing-Harris-County-over-2015-11817477.php

Trump reportedly has a long history of calling out people for racism on Twitter – but most of them have been black, although a few were white liberals. “Three of the seven tweets Trump has posted accusing white people of being racists were directed at well-known liberals — Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren and David Letterman.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/trump-willing-to-call-out-racists-on-twitter-as-long-as-theyre-black-people-or-liberals/

Residents of Guam, at risk of nuclear attack, don’t get to vote in presidential elections. “…what is our situation in terms of our American citizens who can’t vote for a president who takes us to war?”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/north-korea-spat-renews-push-change-guams-government-223859139.html

Trump tells Guam’s governor to expect huge surge in tourism after threats of nuclear attack by North Korea. “I have to tell you, you have become extremely famous all over the world.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/12/world/asia/trump-guam-governor-phone-call.html

Thousand march in support of anti-fascist protesters. “On Sunday, thousands poured into the streets of Seattle, Denver, Baltimore, Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Miami and in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest white supremacist violence and mourn the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was killed in the attack.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/14/headlines/thousands_march_nationwide_to_condemn_neo_nazi_violence_in_charlottesville_va

Charlottesville ramming victim Heather Heyer was reportedly a member of the IWW. “On Saturday night, (San Diego area) members of the Industrial Workers of the World labor union and other left-wing and socialist groups gathered in El Cajon to honor Heyer, who was a member of the IWW.”   http://www.cbs8.com/story/36125344/local-march-and-vigil-held-in-response-to-deadly-charlottesville-protests

August 15, 2017

August 14, 2017

Trump condemns political violence and hate “on many sides” after fatal attack by white nationalist on protesters. “Trump made the remarks shortly after it was confirmed that one person had been killed and more than a dozen others injured after a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting against white nationalist and Nazi groups marching Saturday in Charlottesville.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/346329-trump-condemns-violence-and-hatred-on-many-sides

Florida junior high drops its offer to let kids go to the front of the lunch line if their family donates $100 to PTSA. “With middle school already being a very contentious age, with hormones and everything else, the last thing you really want to do is add a food hierarchy on top of that.”   http://people.com/human-interest/parents-principal-angry-skip-lunch-line-pass/   Sort of like the TSA’s $85 PreCheck program?

Man who spits on alt-right gathering organizer at news conference is arrested and charged with “misdemeanor assault and battery”.   http://www.newsplex.com/content/news/VSP-arrests-Charlottesville-man-for-spitting-on-Kessler-440205813.html   Men who beat black counter-protester unconscious with poles near police station, leaving him with a concussion and multiple injuries, were not stopped or arrested.   http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/aug/13/black-man-brutally-beaten-white-supremacists-poles/

Berkeley fast food restaurant fires employee for participating in torchlight protest rally, but claim they support rights to “individual freedom and voluntary association”. “Effective Saturday 12th August, Cole White no longer works at Top Dog. The actions of those in Charlottesville are not supported by Top Dog.”   http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/08/13/popular-berkeley-hot-dog-chain-fires-worker-seen-in-virginia-protest-photos/   Things like this used to happen to people who attended Vietnam War era peace rallies….

About 1/2 of American workers polled said they have to take work home to meet the demands of their employer, 55% say they must endure “unpleasant and potentially hazardous” working conditions. “(Study’s author, Nicole) Maestas wonders whether toxic working conditions are keeping Americans out of the labor force.”   http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-not-so-friendly-american-workplace/

Elon Musk tweets that artificial intelligence is “vastly more” dangerous than North Korea. “…Michael Vassar, chief science officer of MetaMed Research, stated: “If greater-than-human artificial general intelligence is invented without due caution, it is all but certain that the human species will be extinct in very short order.”   https://futurism.com/elon-musk-reminds-us-of-the-possible-dangers-of-unregulated-ai/

Mayor of Charlottesville blames Trump for rise of white nationalist movement. “Look at the campaign he ran. I mean, look at the intentional courting, both on the one hand of all these white supremacists, white nationalists, a group like that, anti-Semitic groups, and then look on the other hand the repeated failure to step up, condemn, denounce, silence, you know, put to bed all those different efforts, just like we saw yesterday.”   http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/13/charlottesville-mayor-trump-241587

President of Washington State University College Republicans admits addressing Charlottesville extremist rally. “(James Allsup) said the rally organizer unexpectedly asked him to make a few remarks.”   http://www.krem.com/news/local/whitman-county/wsu-college-republican-president-attends-unite-the-right-rally-in-charlottesville/464115260

Investigators claim DNC emails were leaked, not hacked. “On the evening of July 5, 2016, 1,976 megabytes of data were downloaded from the DNC’s server. The operation took 87 seconds. This yields a transfer rate of 22.7 megabytes per second…. No Internet service provider, such as a hacker would have had to use in mid-2016, was capable of downloading data at this speed.”   https://www.thenation.com/article/a-new-report-raises-big-questions-about-last-years-dnc-hack/

 

August 14, 2017

August 13, 2017

1 dead, 34 injured after suspected white nationalist drives car into crowd of Charlottesville counter-protesters. “(James Fields Jr.) was photographed earlier in the day holding a shield aligned with Vanguard America, a hate group that uses the nationalist slogan “blood and soil” and believes the U.S. is for the “White American peoples”.   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/white-nationalist-rally-virginia-triggers-state-emergency-article-1.3405906

Drunken American punched after doing Nazi salute in Dresden. “German police say a drunken American male tourist was punched by a passer-by as he gave the stiff-armed Nazi salute multiple times in downtown Dresden.”   http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/drunk-american-tourists-nazi-salute-sparks-german-punch-1634824

Clothing made in North Korea allegedly being sold around the world labelled “Made in China”. “We will ask the Chinese suppliers who work with us if they plan on being open with their client — sometimes the final buyer won’t realize their clothes are being made in North Korea.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-labour-china-insight-idUSKBN1AT00Q

2016 was the hottest year on record. “The 298-page report, prepared by a team of scientists led by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, affirms that 2016 was the hottest year in 137 years of recordkeeping.”   http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/2016-hottest-year-on-record-climate-environment-spd/

Charlottesville police accused of allowing violent clashes. “We walked the streets beginning in the early morning hours and repeatedly witnessed instances in which authorities took a largely laissez faire approach, allowing white supremacists and counter-protesters to physically battle.”   https://patch.com/virginia/across-va/police-stood-mayhem-mounted-charlottesville

Euclid, Ohio police officer caught on video repeatedly punching black suspect after traffic stop. “Richard Hubbard III, 25, was driving a 2011 Hyundai when he was pulled over on East 228th Street before 10:30 a.m, according to a news release.”   http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/08/euclid_police_reviewing_violen.html   Video here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvP8zm6WYnw

 

August 13, 2017

August 12, 2017

Rural California county to install mass surveillance system. “Project Skynet (!) would install 160 (automated license plate readers) and 124 surveillance cameras at 66 locations throughout Solano County.”    https://www.cehrp.org/solano-county-sheriff-gets-initial-funding-for-project-skynet/   “Skynet” was the rogue artificial intelligence that attempted to destroy humanity, which it perceived as a “security threat”, in the “Terminator” movie series.

About 160 Applebee’s and IHOP restaurants to close due to poor sales. “DineEquity noted that the numbers are revised expectations – the number of Applebee’s restaurants set to close is more than double what was previously expected.”   http://wgntv.com/2017/08/11/more-than-100-applebees-ihop-restaurants-to-close/   If the working class burns, retail burns with us.

ACLU sues Washington, D.C. public transport agency over ban on “advertisements that are intended to influence public policy”, while accepting ads “for alcoholic drinks… Squirt.org, an online service for gay and bisexual men looking for casual sex… casinos (and) military aircraft.”   https://www.courthousenews.com/d-c-metro-sued-rejecting-ads-left-right/

Hackers may have compromised some North Carolina voting systems in 2016 election. “Voters were going in and being told that they had already voted — and they hadn’t.”   http://www.npr.org/2017/08/10/542634370/russian-cyberattack-targeted-elections-vendor-tied-to-voting-day-disruptions

Walmart spokesperson claims “back to school” gun promotion was a prank, but does not provide details. “Crowson wouldn’t say what proof the company had…. He acknowledged only that the photo wasn’t taken at a store in Evansville, Indiana, as had been originally suggested.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-walmart-gun-back-to-school-display-20170811-story.html

Winner in Kenyan presidential election used same election strategy advisor as Trump. “No doubt trying to influence the vote was the incumbent government’s strategy advisor, the “big data” firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) owned by American billionaire Robert Mercer.”   http://www.thedailybeast.com/kenyatta-wins-big-in-kenyabut-us-style-election-skullduggery-taints-the-results

Top Republicans reportedly accepted huge donations from Ukrainian-American oligarch with ties to Russian government. “Donald Trump and the political action committees for Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich and John McCain accepted $7.35 million in contributions from a Ukrainian-born oligarch who is the business partner of two of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s favorite oligarchs and a Russian government bank.”   https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/08/03/tangled-web-connects-russian-oligarch-money-gop-campaigns

Residents of Guam urged not to look directly at atomic blast or fireball. “…for those who survive the initial blast and avoid the heaviest radiation, the government suggests not going outside for at least 24 hours to avoid any possible radioactive material, unless otherwise told by authorities.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/08/11/guam-government-imminent-missile-threat-warning/558553001/

Trump threatens military action in Venezuela, without any suggestion of hidden weapons of mass destruction. “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-12/trump-warns-of-potential-u-s-military-option-in-venezuela   If this is about democracy, are Saudi Arabia and China next?

China further tightens internet censorship. “China’s Cyberspace Administration accused internet users of “spreading violence, terror, false rumors, pornography and other hazards to national security, public safety, social order”…   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-40896235   Like stories about pro-democracy activists?

Hundreds of white nationalists reportedly march in torchlight parade in Charlottesville, Virginia. “Video showed protesters also chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “white lives matter”.   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/torch-wielding-white-supremacists-march-university-virginia-n792021

Judge approves search warrants for police department cell phones of Minneapolis officers involved in Justine Damond shooting. “The application says the information “may more clearly define” the officers’ actions before and after 40-year-old Justine Damond was killed on July 15.”   http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Judge-OKs-search-warrant-for-officers-phones-439901853.html

Pace of deportations during Obama administration far exceeded those by Trump. “In (Obama’s) final year in office, about 240,000 people were removed. ICE statistics show removals in the first six months of this year… at about 103,000 removals.”   https://www.dallasnews.com/news/immigration/2017/08/11/immigration-arrestsup-obamas-still-deporter-chief

68% of Republicans believe there is widespread voter fraud and 52% say they would be ok with Trump postponing the 2020 election if necessary to prevent non-citizens from voting. “Postponing the 2020 presidential election is not something that Trump or anyone in his administration has even hinted at, but for many in his constituency floating such an idea may not be a step too far.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/10/slippery-slope-dictatorship-majority-gop-would-back-trump-postponing-2020-elections   Don’t give them any ideas!

16 civilians reported killed in U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan. ” It was the second time since July 24 that an airstrike in that district killed civilians, according to Afghan officials.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/11/world/asia/afghanistan-civilian-deaths-us-airstrikes.html

Lockheed Martin to be paid $8 billion to supply special forces troops. “The U.S. military often relies on outside contractors to perform support services including logistics at warehouses and depots as well as maintenance, modifications and repairs on equipment like airplanes and vehicles.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lockheed-pentagon-idUSKBN1AR2E3?il=0

CIA allegedly spent $20 million on project to surgically wire a cat as a listening device. “It thought that a cat wired to record sound would be able to come and go unnoticed, and with the use of audio cues, could be controlled to go where it would record interesting sounds–like talks between Soviet leaders.”   http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cia-experimented-animals-1960s-too-just-ask-acoustic-kitty-180964313/   Unfortunately, the first “Acoustic Kitty” was hit and killed by a taxi during its first “mission”.

Magazine article attacks “conspiracy theories”, forgets to mention those embraced by the mainstream media. “Goldberg and Co.’s theory that Saddam was working with Al Qaeda—which was floated by Goldberg everywhere from Slate (3/2/02, 10/3/02) to NPR (2/4/03) to the New Yorker (3/25/02) in the build-up to the Iraq War—was a textbook example of a conspiracy theory, complete with cherry-picked evidence, dubious inferences, rejection of contradictory evidence and ideological blinders.”   http://fair.org/home/conspiracies-pushed-by-atlantics-editor-excluded-from-atlantics-denunciation-of-conspiracy-theories/

Trump advisor suggests Minnesota mosque bombing may have been staged by leftists. “We’ve had a series of crimes committed, alleged hate crimes, by right-wing individuals in the last six months, that turned out to actually have been propagated by the left.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/11/headlines/trump_adviser_sebastian_gorka_calls_mosque_attack_a_false_flag

Greenland is on fire. “…a massive and unprecedented wildfire continues to burn nearly two weeks after dried peat first caught fire on the island’s southwest.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/11/headlines/greenland_defrosting_drying_tundra_burns_in_unprecedented_wildfires

Russian journalist jailed for “extremism”. “In a report last month (the) Human Rights Watch organization called the legislation “vague and overly broad” and used to prosecute critics.”   http://www.news24.com/World/News/russian-court-jails-journalist-for-extremism-20170810

 

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August 10, 2017

Senator reasserts Congress’s constitutional power to declare war. “If one of the military options that the administration is looking at is a preemptive war on the Korean peninsula launched by the United States, that would require the authorization of Congress.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/345835-gop-senator-trump-needs-congress-to-approve-strike-on-north-korea

FBI conducts 5 a.m. raid on home of former Trump campaign manager. “In order to get a search warrant, FBI agents had to swear to their belief that fruits of a crime would be found in Manafort’s home.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-paul-manafort-home-raid-russia-probe-2017-8

Russia flies surveillance plane over Washington, D.C. for “treaty verification”. “The United States carries out similar surveillance flights through the treaty while using an OC-135B, an Air Force observation jet.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/08/09/russian-surveillance-plane-soars-over-the-pentagon-capitol-and-other-washington-sights/

Trump reportedly asked a foreign policy advisor why the U.S. doesn’t use nuclear weapons more often. “Donald Trump asked a foreign policy expert advising him why the U.S. can’t use nuclear weapons, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said on the air Wednesday, citing an unnamed source who claimed he had spoken with the GOP presidential nominee.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/03/trump-asks-why-us-cant-use-nukes-msnbcs-joe-scarborough-reports.html

Canada to set up border camp for asylum seekers fleeing the U.S. “Heated tents will accommodate up to 500 people as Canadian border officials process mainly Haitians walking into Canada from the United States.”   https://in.reuters.com/article/usa-immigration-canada-haitians-idINL1N1KV1J2

Protesters demanding the release of Trump’s tax returns inflate 30 foot Trump rooster balloon across from White House. “The Trump Chicken, which was parked on the Ellipse facing 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has been used before by organizers of the Tax Day March to pressure President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, CBS News reported.”   http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/white-house-finds-itself-showdown-giant-inflatable-trump-chicken-1634351

Indiana may be model for Trump’s plan to rebuild national infrastructure using private money. “It is clear to anyone who has driven on the (Indiana) toll road that conditions have worsened, and continued state or local ownership could have avoided this situation.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/if-pence-shapes-trumps-infrastructure-plan-who-would-profit-who-would-pay-2568586

Trump spiritual advisor Robert Jeffress reportedly says God supports regime change in North Korea. “God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-un.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/08/09/megachurch-pastor-says-trump-has-gods-approval-start-nuclear-war

Proposal to “privatize” war in Afghanistan being pitched by security contractor with links to Chinese government. “(Erik) Prince became the chairman of FSG in 2014, and he’s currently its largest shareholder, according to the company’s 2016 annual report. Another substantial shareholder is CITIC Group, a state-owned Chinese conglomerate.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/erik-princes-afghanistan-plan-could-boost-his-company-china-2576492

Supreme Court case to decide if police can obtain cell phone location data from service providers without a warrant. “The government holds such actions are lawful as cell-site data is considered a business record not a personal record.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/can-police-track-your-phone-without-warrant-aclu-warns-yes-2576562

Number of deaths from opioids and heroin under-reported since drug causing overdose is frequently unspecified on death certificates. “The study found opioid deaths nationwide were 24 percent higher than reported rates, while heroin fatalities were 22 percent greater.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/study-number-opioid-heroin-overdose-deaths-far-higher-recorded-2576630

Little change in police tactics or legal accountability three years after death of Michael Brown. “…since Michael Brown’s death, police killings have continued at an alarming rate, with 1,134 in 2015 and 1,093 in 2016.”   https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/09/michael-brown-death-three-years-later-no-change

After Trump threatens attack on North Korea, North Korea threatens attack on staging area for possible U.S. strike. “The Department of Defense would deploy B-1B bombers in a pre-emptive attack on North Korea if the commander-in-chief ordered such a strike, NBC News reported Wednesday, citing two current and two former senior military officials.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/09/pentagon-plan-for-pre-emptive-strike-on-north-korea-would-reportedly-launch-from-base-in-guam.html

Monsanto accused of editing scholarly article that downplayed risks of using Roundup. “Monsanto’s internal emails… (show) the company’s chief of regulatory science, William Heydens, and other Monsanto scientists were heavily involved in organizing, reviewing, and editing drafts submitted by the outside experts.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-09/monsanto-was-its-own-ghostwriter-for-some-safety-reviews

Some doctors received kick-backs for prescribing powerful pain medication to their patients. “Researchers at Boston Medical Center found that from 2013 to 2015, 68,177 doctors received more than $46 million in payments from drug companies pushing powerful painkillers.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/08/09/study-doctors-received-more-than-46-million-from-drug-companies-marketing-opioids/

U.S. policy lobbying group allegedly funded by huge foreign donations. “The United Arab Emirates is on pace to contribute $20 million over the course of 2016 and 2017 to the Middle East Institute, one of Washington’s leading think tanks, according to a document obtained by The Intercept.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/08/09/gulf-government-gave-secret-20-million-gift-to-d-c-think-tank/

Fox News host reportedly sues journalist for $50 million over “dick pic” story. “Bolling was accused of sending pictures of male genitalia to multiple female colleagues at Fox Business and Fox News. The reporting cited 14 sources in and out of the two Fox cable networks.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/suspended-fox-news-host-bill-bolling-sues-reporter-for-dick-pic-reporting/

Walmart store accused of touting rifles as “back-to-school” items. “Own the school year like a hero.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/walmart-apologizes-for-back-to-school-gun-display-urging-students-to-own-the-year-like-a-hero/

Security contractor reportedly billed U.S. for luxury cars, “executive assistants” in connection with Afghanistan contracts. “Under Imperitas, NCC billed the government for Porsches, Alfa Romeos, a Bentley, an Aston Martin and a Land Rover and paid the significant others of senior staff an average of $420,000 as “executive assistants” that worked from home, auditors found.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/us-contractor-bilked-the-american-military-out-of-50-million-spent-on-luxury-cars-on-afghanistan-deal/

Man who detained theft suspect called Yuba City, California police, got punched in the face by officer. “In video taken at the scene… an officer can be seen punching Ybarra twice in the face as Ybarra stands with his hands behind his back against a patrol car.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/watch-california-man-calls-police-after-being-robbed-and-cop-ends-up-punching-him-in-the-face/

Trump threatens North Korea with nuclear annihilation then hits the golf course. “Working hard while Hawaii finalizes its nuclear attack evacuation plan.”   http://www.rawstory.com/2017/08/make-america-golf-again-internet-slams-trump-for-playing-18-holes-after-threatening-nuclear-war-with-north-korea/

U.N. war crimes investigator resigns, cites lack of will to prosecute violators. “Justice must do its work because without justice there is no real peace.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/headlines/war_crimes_expert_quits_un_syria_inquiry_citing_lack_of_political_will_for_justice

Assad regime reportedly executed cyber activist. “(Bassel) Khartabil was an open-source software programmer who fought for an open internet and helped Syrians evade regime censorship and surveillance.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/headlines/syrian_palestinian_internet_activist_bassel_khartabil_killed_by_assad_regime

Red Cross denounces Yemen air strikes. “The International Red Cross has issued a rare statement saying it is “extremely alarmed” by the recent wave of airstrikes in Yemen, which have killed dozens of civilians and hit homes and public spaces such as markets.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/9/headlines/red_cross_extremely_alarmed_by_us_backed_saudi_led_airstrikes_in_yemen

 

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