July 18, 2018

Electronic voting company admits it installed remote access software on some of its systems. “Election-management systems are not the voting terminals that voters use to cast their ballots, but are just as critical: they sit in county election offices and contain software that in some counties is used to program all the voting machines used in the county; the systems also tabulate final results aggregated from voting machines.”   https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/mb4ezy/top-voting-machine-vendor-admits-it-installed-remote-access-software-on-systems-sold-to-states

Federal Reserve Board Chairman says sharp drop in economic growth being shared with employees is ‘very troubling’. “Testifying in front of the Senate Banking Committee, (Jerome) Powell expressed concern that the share of profits going to American labor had fallen ‘precipitously’ for more than a decade and was not reversing course.”   http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-federal-reserve-powell-20180717-story.html

Finnish security tackled journalist with sign at Trump-Putin press conference. “As I was shoved out of room. I think I shouted, ‘I wanted to ask about nuclear weapons!’ and ‘This is a free press in Finland?'”   https://www.thenation.com/article/came-journalist-ask-important-questions/

Only ‘visibly Muslim’ person in the audience was asked to leave Al Bihani v. Trump Guantanamo court hearing. “The hearing was about to begin, so I quickly sat in the front row. However, a courtroom security officer told me I had to move because that row was reserved for attorneys. After I moved… he then told me I needed to put my phone away, which I promptly did, though with some frustration. As a result, and after sitting in the courtroom for less than five minutes, I was escorted out, and once outside, the officer told me that when he gave me orders, I had to listen without giving him attitude. Then he told me I wouldn’t be let back in to observe the hearing.”   https://truthout.org/articles/white-supremacy-in-the-courtroom-booted-from-a-hearing-on-guantanamo/

Google hit with $5 billion fine by EU for Android restrictions. “Our decision stops Google from controlling which search and browser apps manufacturers can pre-install on Android devices or which Android operating system they can adopt.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/10/eu-hits-alphabet-google-with-android-antitrust-fine.html

Woman who tried to hang toddler and then ran over two men with a car sentenced to probation. Yes, she’s white. “‘This offense was aggravated, if not wholly caused, by abuse (by) Nataliia’s husband,’ defense attorney Brockton Hunter said.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/17/daycare-provider-who-hanged-toddler-sentenced-minneapolis/791189002/

Video of fatal police shooting of Chicago barber released without audio. “The material that everybody wants to see, when the investigation is wrapped up, when they’re complete, they’ll get that material,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said… “I think this material that the superintendent of the police department released provided for the right reasons of public safety the information but … it’s not complete. That will happen in due time.”   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-fatal-police-shooting-videos-augustus-20180717-story.html

Human rights group says child immigration detainees were severely mistreated. “We see a policy of enforced hunger, enforced dehydration and enforced sleeplessness coupled with routine insults and physical assaults.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/migrant-children-detail-experiences-border-patrol-stations-detention-centers_us_5b4d13ffe4b0de86f485ade8

House Republican accuses Google of blocking searches for information about Jesus. “Rep. Lamar Smith, R–Texas, accused Google of blocking searches to ‘Jesus, Chick-fil-A and the Catholic religion’, none of which are blocked by Google. ‘Jesus’ returns almost a billion results.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/house-republicans-float-online-conspiracy-theories-hearing-about-social-media-n892206

Animal rights group reveals abuse at corporate pig facility. “If pig factory farmers abused even one dog or cat the way they abuse thousands of pigs, they would be jailed for cruelty to animals.”   https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/07/17/animal-abuse-tosh-farms-pigs-undercover-video/788684002/

Judge sides with Trump administration, rules federal family planning funds can be earmarked for programs advocating abstinence and ‘natural’ methods of reducing the probability of pregnancy. “The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)… released a funding announcement in February, where they told interested parties they’ll be giving Title X dollars to groups who cooperate with faith-based organizations and have a “meaningful emphasis” on “stable, healthy marriages” and avoid “sexual risk.” The 60-page announcement made no mention of contraception, but instead, emphasized infertility services.”   https://thinkprogress.org/trump-appointed-judge-federal-family-planning-program-prioritize-abstinence-f0624cb629f8/   What do you call couples who use the rhythm method of birth control (aka calendar-based contraception)? Parents.

Lawsuit alleges Kushner Companies harassed tenants in rent-controlled apartments to encourage them to leave. “… over the past three years, more than 250 rent-stabilized apartments — 75 percent of the building — were either emptied or sold as the Kushner Cos. was converting the building to luxury condos.”   https://www.npr.org/2018/07/17/629966190/tenants-sue-kushner-cos-for-alleged-harassment-n-y-governor-launches-probe

‘No time limit’ on nuclear disarmament of North Korea. “(President Trump’s) latest comments on the timeline for denuclearisation appear to shift from his position ahead of the summit with Mr. Kim, when he said denuclearisation should start ‘without delay’. Following the meeting, he said the process would start ‘very quickly’.”   https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44868727

July 18, 2018

July 17, 2018

Trump says Putin’s denials of U.S. election hacking were very persuasive, Russia may not be responsible for U.S. election hacking after all. Media and Deep State go nuts. “At a news conference after the summit, President Trump was asked if he believed his own intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to the allegations of meddling in the elections. ‘President Putin says it’s not Russia. I don’t see any reason why it would be,’ he replied.”   https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44852812   I think it’s safe to say that the turmoil going on in the U.S. now has far exceeded Russia’s wildest dreams, as the politerati tear each other to shreds over what was actually a pretty run-of-the-mill attempt at election tampering (hacked and leaked emails, inflammatory Facebook ads, phishing attempts on election officials) which probably did not effect the outcome of the election. A bigger deal by far would be if they helped Trump get the Republican nomination, either as a planted Russia-friendly candidate or simply as a wild-card who would create political chaos. Mucho bonus points if they influenced James Comey (directly or indirectly) to announce the reopening of the Hillary Clinton email investigation right before the election. It seems likely that, whatever the extent of the political interference, that it’s payback for overthrowing the Russia-friendly government in Ukraine (which is Russia’s Canada). All that being said, better relations with Russia would not be the end of the world, and would save the U.S. (and Russia) trillions in nuclear and conventional military spending. After the disastrous and incredibly expensive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a little ‘peace dividend’ would be much appreciated by the taxpaying U.S. public. But you’re probably going to have to vote Green to actually get that, because Trump is just going to to blow it all on another war, probably in Iran this time.

Judge orders halt in deportations of reunited migrant families after allegations that parents are being forced to agree to deportation to get their children back. “The government gives reunited parents the option of being deported with their children or being deported alone while leaving their children in the USA to make their own claim to stay in the country (according to a lawyer representing the ACLU).”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/07/16/judge-halts-deportations-parents-separated-children/788276002/

Russian citizen charged with attempting to influence National Rifle Association and other conservative organizations on behalf of her government. “(Maria) Butina is accused of trying to cultivate relationships with American politicians to establish ‘back channel’ lines of communication and seeking to infiltrate U.S. political groups, including an unnamed ‘gun rights organization’, to advance Russia’s agenda.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/maria-butina-russian-gun-rights-advocate-charged-in-us-with-acting-as-russian-federation-agent/2018/07/16/d1d4832a-8929-11e8-85ae-511bc1146b0b_story.html   What timing!

‘Our Revolution’ fires its National Justice director Tezlyn Figaro after she points out that unlimited immigration hurts unskilled workers already in the U.S. “The (Democratic Party) claims to champion the economic well-being of black and Hispanic Americans. Yet it also supports unfettered immigration, which, according to a vast amount of economic literature—including a report by the National Academy of Sciences—depresses wages and reduces job opportunities for minority American workers.”   https://www.newsweek.com/democrats-immigration-dogma-damaging-african-american-communities-opinion-1026181

Treasury Dept. and IRS say social-welfare organizations that advocate for specific policies and similar ‘non-political’, non-charity groups will no longer have to provide ‘dark money’ donor information. “…the move frees labor unions, issue advocacy organizations, veterans groups and other nonprofits that do not receive tax-exempt money from meeting confidential disclosure requirements set in place decades ago.”    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tax-groups/us-treasury-moves-to-protect-identities-of-dark-money-political-donors-idUSKBN1K704F

Vineland, New Jersey police reportedly mauled unarmed suspect with attack dog AFTER shooting him three times. “After (Rashaun) Washington was shot he took a few steps and collapsed where a memorial now stands. But witnesses also said after Washington fell police released the K-9.”   http://6abc.com/neighbors-capture-vineland-police-involved-shooting-on-video-/3773131/

Drug store manager calls police on black woman trying to use a coupon. “I don’t take issue — not then, not now — with him not accepting the coupon,” she said. “It’s how he didn’t accept the coupon.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/cvs-apologizes-after-white-manager-calls-police-black-customer-over-n891596

Bernie Sanders CEOs vs. Workers Town Hall: “How does it happen that there are major corporations in America where CEOs receive extravagant compensation packages, who pay their workers wages so low that many of them are forced to rely on food stamps, Medicaid, and public housing—subsidized by taxpayers—to survive?”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/16/sanders-hosts-ceos-vs-workers-town-hall-take-extravagant-executive-pay-and-poverty

Inspired by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling that lifted caps on political donations, PBS documentary “Dark Money” hits theaters. “… you could just see political power slipping out of the hands of the average citizen and into the hands of a handful of super-rich people.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/13/dark-money-new-documentary-offers-close-and-harrowing-portrait-how-secret-corporate

Trump administration: mission accomplished in War on Poverty. “Anti-poverty advocates are rejecting a new Trump administration report that ridiculously declares the ‘War on Poverty is largely over and a success’.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/13/carefully-calculated-strategy-slash-safety-net-underway-white-house-claims-war

Israeli parliament to vote on ‘apartheid’ bill. “The proposed legislation would allow the state to ‘authorize a community composed of people having the same faith and nationality to maintain the exclusive character of that community’.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/15/israel-turmoil-bill-allowing-jews-arabs-segregated

Mexico’s new left-populist president cuts his own pay by 60%. ” Lopez Obrador said he will take home 108,000 pesos a month, which is $5,707 at current exchange rates…. The transition team calculates that current Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto makes 270,000 pesos a month.”   http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-mexico-president-salary-20180716-story.html

Amazon workers in Germany, Spain and Poland go on Prime Day strike. “The Verdi services union called the one-day strike to back its demand for labor contracts that guarantee healthy working conditions at fulfillment centers run by the world’s largest e-commerce company.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/amazon-workers-strike-germany-spain-poland-coincide-prime-day-n891691

Clayton, Missouri police reportedly accused black students of leaving IHOP without paying, even after they showed their receipts. “Even though some of the students had receipts showing they had paid for their meals, police made all of them walk three blocks back to the restaurant, with six squad cars following them…. the manager told officers the students were not those who had left without paying.”   https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/black-washington-u-students-stopped-by-clayton-police-falsely-accused/article_eb3ed781-3449-5124-b1a2-037d86f0082f.html   But they’re black!

International Criminal Court outlaws ‘crimes of aggression’. “Claims alleging that armed force has been used against the ‘sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence’ of another state can, from Tuesday, be taken to the tribunal in The Hague. The new offense cannot, however, be enforced retrospectively over conflicts such as the 2003 Iraq invasion.”   https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/jul/17/icc-crimeof-aggression-comes-into-effect-without-key-signatories-uk-law-war

Australian authorities release video of death of aboriginal man while in police custody. “Shocking video footage of the death in custody of an Indigenous Australian man has been aired in court for the first time, depicting five officers restraining a man who said 12 times that he could not breathe.”   https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/16/harrowing-video-footage-shows-death-in-custody-of-aboriginal-man   They were trying to stop him from… eating cookies in his cell.

Brett Kavanaugh allegedly screwed journalist’s lawyer out more than a decade of legal fees in JFK assassination case. “On the issue of compensation for successful FOIA litigants, (Senior Justice) Henderson said the prospective Supreme Court justice ignored the letter of the law while siding with a “recalcitrant” CIA over a working journalist — i.e., me — who had uncovered information of genuine public benefit.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/07/17/brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court-cia/

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposes a Democratic version of GOP’s Freedom Caucus. “The current (Congressional Progressive Caucus), made up of 78 members, is too amorphous to act as a united bloc, which saps it of its strength, Ocasio-Cortez argued.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/07/16/ocasio-cortez-floats-a-sub-caucus-of-progressives-willing-to-vote-together-as-a-bloc/

Colin Kaepernick still blacklisted for kneeling during national anthem in protest of police shootings. ” I believe that what has happened to Kaepernick is the single biggest injustice done to an athlete in my lifetime. It is on par with Muhammad Ali being stripped of his championship belt and being banned from boxing for three years because he was a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/07/14/colin-kaepernick-nfl-500-days/

Election software vendor VR systems claims it was never hacked by Russia, despite Robert Mueller indictment apparently claiming it was. “Compare that once more to the NSA report, which noted that Russian ‘cyber actors used the vr.systems@gmail.com account to contact U.S. email addresses 1 to 122 associated with named local government organizations’.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/07/13/a-swing-state-election-vendor-repeatedly-denied-being-hacked-by-russians-new-mueller-indictment-says-otherwise/

IS forces in Afghanistan ‘remarkably resilient’. “(General John) Nicholson admits that an insurgency that receives support from a neighboring country — not to mention sanctuary — is almost impossible to defeat.”   https://abcnews.go.com/International/isis-insurgents-afghanistan-prove-resilient-us-special-forces/story?id=56545752

Basra protests in Iraq spread to more cities as citizens protest unemployment and lack of basic services. “Protests have spread to more Iraqi cities after a week of violent demonstrations in the oil-rich city of Basra where at least seven people were killed, dozens wounded, and hundreds arrested, police and activists said.”   https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/iraq-deadly-basra-protests-spread-cities-180716161530993.html

Jailed Reuters journalist in Myanmar claims police arranged their meeting, handed him documents he had not requested. “At the time of their arrest, the reporters had been working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys in the village of Inn Din in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State.”   https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-myanmar-journalists/myanmar-police-insisted-on-meeting-gave-documents-reuters-reporter-idUKKBN1K50XS

Discrepancies noted between Zapruder and Nix films of John F. Kennedy assassination, and neither match testimony of Secret Service agent Clint Hill. “In the Zapruder film of the assassination, Jackie goes only just beyond the middle of the trunk before retreating. In the Nix film, Jackie goes noticeably further out on the trunk…. Hill said he saw JFK’s head come apart after he reached the car. But we know from all the films that JFK was shot in the head almost immediately after Hill got off the running board of the follow-up car.”   https://whowhatwhy.org/2018/07/12/jfk-assassination-film-proof-of-tampering/

Pussy Riot claims responsibility for invasion of playing field during World Cup final. “Protest group Pussy Riot, long a thorn in Vladimir Putin’s side, claimed responsibility Sunday for four people who brought the World Cup final to a brief halt by running onto the field dressed in police uniforms as the Russian president and a global audience watched.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2018/07/15/pussy-riot-claims-on-field-protest-at-world-cup-final/36888599/

Protesters in Helsinki urged action on human rights, environment and nuclear disarmament. “Basically, (Trump and Putin) care about themselves, their power, their future. And this is very, very irresponsible, because in every corner of the planet, we start to see that climate change is an existential threat to the people and the planet. And if these two leaders will not talk about it, then we will speak about these things in the streets and in the squares. And that’s what we’re doing. And secondly, we need to talk about human rights, because both are eroding human rights. Both are a danger to rule of law and democracy.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2018/7/16/mass_protests_meet_trump_putin_summit

July 17, 2018

July 16, 2018

DEA reportedly sold compromised cell phones to suspected drug dealers, which either contained surveillance software or used encryption codes known by the government. “… anyone who might accept such a tactic when the targets are suspected drug traffickers should consider a hypothetical scenario in which agents secretly gave such non-secure devices to journalists or activists.”   https://rightsanddissent.org/news/dea-finds-a-new-way-around-encryption-planting-spy-phones-with-suspects-raising-concerns-about-privacy-security-and-free-expression/

Roswell, Georgia police officer accused of flipping coin to decide whether to arrest speeding suspect. “The officer used a coin toss app on a cell phone, according to Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant.”   https://abcnews.go.com/US/officers-caught-video-flipping-coin-decide-arrest-driver/story?id=56572114

Indiana reportedly paid $21 million to clean up contamination left behind by closed Pence family gas stations, Kentucky and Illinois have paid about $1.7 million each.”The (Associated Press) found that Indiana has spent an average of $500,000 to clean up each site left behind by Kiel Bros. Oil Co., which went bankrupt and closed down in 2004.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/396988-indiana-has-spent-over-20-million-on-cleanup-of-failed-pence-family

Tens of thousands in London protest against Trump visit. “Donald Trump is president of one of the most powerful countries in the world and the message he is sending is that torture is OK.”   https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-44826146   Trump claims many of the Britons who turned about to protest during his visit were actually his backers. “Some of them are protesting in my favor, you know that? There are many, many protests in my favor.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/07/15/trump-insists-many-many-protests-in-the-u-k-were-in-my-favour_a_23482417/   You had one of the largest London protest turnouts ever Donald!

28 civilians reportedly killed by U.S. coalition airstrike in eastern Syria. “The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based monitor with ties to the Syrian opposition, reported that ‘at least 54’ people were killed in U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting ISIS near an ice factory at the Muzan junction, just east of Al-Soussa in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.”   http://www.newsweek.com/us-coalition-says-may-have-launched-syria-strikes-killed-scores-civilians-1023229   That’s about one civilian killed for every suspected member of IS killed!

Grand jury indicts 12 Russians for tampering with U.S. election just days before Trump-Putin summit. “The indictment lodged by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., accuses the Russian spies of hacking into the Democratic National Committee and the presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and of releasing emails obtained… with a goal of influencing the election.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/13/special-counsel-mueller-charges-12-russian-intelligence-officers-with-.html   The timing is interesting.

Judge order Los Angeles Times to remove material from story about police corruption trial. “The article described a plea agreement between prosecutors and 45-year-old detective John Saro Balian (who is accused of working with organized crime groups). But the plea deal, which was supposed to be filed under seal, was accidentally made available in a public online database of federal court documents, according to the Times.”   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/16/california-judge-forces-la-times-to-alter-story-about-detective-with-ties-to-mexican-mafia.html

Highest paid university presidents made more than $1 million in fiscal year 2017. “Here are the Top 10 highest paid in the country in 2016-17, based on base salaries, bonuses, deferred compensation and other forms of pay.”   http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-college-president-salaries-top-ten-20180713-story.html   I wonder if this has anything to do with the astronomical cost of higher education?

Facebook now says it will NOT be removing fake news stories from its news feed. “Instead, Facebook’s strategies against false information will push such stories down in the News Feed so fewer users see it, Facebook spokeswoman Lauren Svensson told CNN later in an email exchange.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/07/15/facebook-infowars-what-you-need-know/786388002/

72 year-old Florida man accused of attempting to burn down condominium after being evicted. “Stolper, who had lashed out at his neighbors and the building’s board of directors in the past, told witness Luis Diaz on Thursday that he was ‘going to burn down the building with all the f___ing Jews’, the Miami Herald reported.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/miami-beach-man-fire-condo-jews_us_5b4b92b7e4b022fdcc5a5e6b

Hillary Clinton back in the fight, takes a shot at Trump administration. “You know, I used to worry that they wanted to turn the clock back to the 1950s. Now I worry they want to turn it back to the 1850s.”   http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/07/14/hillary-clinton-rips-donald-trump-administration-american-federation-teachers-convention

ICE family detention facility had 886 empty beds. “ICE’s biggest facility in Dilley, Texas, can hold 2,400 parents and children — but on June 27 and 28 it was at just 63 percent capacity, with 886 beds empty, the detainee logs showed. Although the beds were empty, the government was still paying for them.”   https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jul/15/illegal-immigrant-family-detention-facilities-belo/

Steve Bannon and Sam Brownback argue British anti-Muslim activist ‘Tommy Robinson’, who was jailed for making a video outside a court where Muslims were on trial, which a judge ruled was prejudicial to the defendants, is being mistreated by the British government. “Sam Brownback, Trump’s ambassador for international religious freedom, reportedly raised the issue of Robinson’s treatment with the British ambassador to the U.S., and suggested that the Trump administration could publicly criticize the case if the U.K. did not treat Robinson more sympathetically.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/media/397080-london-radio-host-says-bannon-lashed-out-at-him-off-air-in-defense-of    Do people have a religious freedom to stir up hatred against members of other religions? It it possible that these defendants just happened to be Muslims, and that Robinson was interfering with them receiving a fair trial?

Plutonium reportedly stolen from backseat of government rental car. “While the Idaho National Laboratory depicted the site of the theft – a Marriott hotel parking lot — in a report to the Energy Department as a secure spot with high walls on two sides, a clear line of sight to the hotel’s front door, and patrolling guards, San Antonio police statistics show that theft was just one of 87 at the Marriott hotel or its parking lot in 2016 and 2017.”   https://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Plutonium-went-missing-in-San-Antonio-but-the-13071072.php

Ceasefire in Gaza after intense battle. “In a day of fierce fighting on Saturday, Israel carried out dozens of air strikes in Gaza, killing two people, and Gaza militants fired more than 100 rockets across the border, wounding three people in a southern Israeli town.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/gaza-ceasefire-largely-holding-after-day-intense-israel-hamas-fighting-n891506


July 16, 2018

July 13, 2018

Federal Protective Service officers mow down peaceful protestors at Portland ICE facility with pepper ball machine guns. “The video shows Department of Homeland Security agents firing non-lethal weapons at protesters. At one point, an agent jumps on a protester and (uses) a Taser to subdue the person.”   https://www.kgw.com/article/news/special-reports/at-the-border/occupy-ice-pdx-protesters-hit-with-pepper-balls-tasered-during-arrests/283-572787816

Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh defended Guantanamo military commissions, argued U.S. is not bound by international law. “The federal courts are not roving enforcers of international law. And the federal courts are not empowered to smuggle international law into the U.S. Constitution and then wield it as a club against Congress and the President in wartime.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/brett-kavanaugh-guantanamo-detainees-international-law_us_5b453053e4b0c523e263ca03

Republican bill targeting anti-fascist protesters would send disruptive, masked counter-protesters to prison for up to 15 years. “People should not go to prison for attending protests…. And 15 years is an extraordinary sentence for behavior, no matter how threatening; convicted murderers often aren’t incarcerated that long.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/house-republicans-unmasking-antifa-act_us_5b4527b1e4b0c523e263c2d5

Right-wing defenders of free speech silent on government’s failed prosecution of Trump inauguration protesters. “The attempt to put 234 people in prison for the action — including legal observers, reporters, and people who were simply hanging around watching the protest — would have had chilling implications for free speech, making it legally acceptable to arrest and prosecute nonviolent protesters on the sole basis that someone near them had carried out property damage during a protest.”   https://jacobinmag.com/2018/07/free-speech-first-amendment-j20-repression

Undercover police officer orders only black man at apartment complex pool to prove he lives there, and after he does she tells him to leave anyway. “She didn’t introduce herself, she didn’t say hello,” said (Shayne) Holland. “She says, ‘do you live here?’ I’m like, ‘yes, I live here, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t live here.'”   https://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/indianapolis/renter-confronted-at-apartment-pool-believes-he-was-was-the-victim-of-racial-profiling

Democrat who lost to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York’s 14th U.S. Congressional District primary will reportedly appear on the general election ballot as the candidate of the Working Families Party. “He chose not to show Ocasio-Cortez and the WFP respect by allowing us to put Ocasio-Cortez on our ballot line.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-accuses-joe-crowley-of-mounting-3rd-party-bid-2018-7

Man appointed by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to revitalize economy of upstate New York found guilty of bid-rigging. “… at the trial, the prosecution presented evidence that Dr. Kaloyeros and Todd R. Howe, a former lobbyist with ties to Mr. Cuomo, conspired to defraud Fort Schuyler Management Corporation, a nonprofit real estate arm of SUNY Polytechnic, by steering lucrative contracts to two firms whose executives were significant donors to Mr. Cuomo’s campaign.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/12/nyregion/kaloyeros-guilty-buffalo-billion-cuomo.html

Sean Spicer calls President Trump ‘a unicorn, riding a unicorn over a rainbow’. “His high-wire act is one that few could ever follow.”   http://www.businessinsider.com/sean-spicer-the-briefing-book-trump-is-a-unicorn-riding-across-rainbow-2018-7

Biscayne Park, Florida police department accused of framing black people for unsolved crimes. “If they have burglaries that are open cases that are not solved yet, if you see anybody black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglary.”   http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/07/florida-cops-arrested-random-black-people-to-boost-stats.html

Neo-Nazi who stopped Nebraska train claims he was high on acid. “A search of Wilson’s home outside of St. Louis found ‘hollowed out’ portions of walls where he concealed ‘propaganda relating to the National Socialist movement, body armor, ammunition, and pressure plates that can be used to make an explosive device’…. a fully automatic machine gun and a short-barrel rifle…”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/white-supremacist-terrorism-amtrak_us_5b47c584e4b0bc69a785839a

Trump insists again at NATO press conference that he’s a ‘very stable genius’. “Trump in January defended his mental fitness for office…. “Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/396628-trump-calls-himself-a-stable-genius   Yes, that guy’s a regular Wile E. Coyote.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STeVTzWelns   Stable genius Donald Trump shares his profound views on Africa and world peace. “We are looking for peace. Africa, as you know, is on our very strong list. (?) But we are looking for peace. We want peace all over. We want to solve problems. We’re looking for peace. Africa right now has got problems that few people would understand. They have things going on there that nobody could believe in this room. If you see, some of the things I see through intelligence, what’s going on in Africa, it is so sad and so vicious and violent. And we want peace. We want peace for Africa. We want peace all over the world. That’s my number one goal, peace all over the world. And we’re building up a tremendous military because I really believe through strength you get peace. But, we’re going to have a military like we have never had before. We have given out orders for, you know, the best fighter jets in the world. The best ships, the best everything. But, hopefully we will never have to use them. That would be a dream. To buy the best stuff, to have the best stuff, to have the best equipment in the world, and to never have to use it would be a really great part of my dream.”   https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/07/trump-contradicts-his-entire-worldview-in-weird-remark-about-africa.html   Now honestly, if you didn’t know this was Donald Trump speaking, and I told you this was an essay written by a junior high school kid, you would believe it, wouldn’t you?

Wall Street has reportedly cost public employee pension funds more than $600 billion in lost returns due to high fees and questionable investments. “… most people (including policymakers) still have no idea that skimming fees off public employees’ retirement savings has become one of the largest sources of profits for Wall Street moguls.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/12/exploiting-and-mismanaging-public-pensions-wall-street-has-cost-taxpayers-600

Walmart reportedly patents employee surveillance technology. “A need exists for ways to capture the sounds resulting from the people in the shopping facility and (to) determine performance of employees based on those sounds.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/12/walmart-patents-big-brother-style-surveillance-technology-eavesdrop-workers

Rights groups ask federal court to intervene in Guantanamo ‘indefinite detention without trial’ cases, with some prisoners having been held for 16 years without being charged. “The government says my detention is legal because of the indefinite war against terrorism. When terrorism ends, the war will end. So, never.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/11/historic-habeas-corpus-hearing-guantanamos-dangerous-experiment-indefinite-detention

British government bars anti-Trump protesters in London from setting up a stage. “This arbitrary cancellation by the police can only mean some of the many voices speaking out against Trump will be denied a platform.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/11/ahead-trump-visit-organizers-accuse-uk-police-attempting-gag-protesters   Literally!

Federal tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans have reportedly cost the country $5.1 trillion in lost revenue. “At a time when tens of millions of Americans are suffering from ‘massive levels of deprivation’ and ‘appalling rates’ of poverty, the tax cuts rammed through by George W. Bush, extended in part by Barack Obama, and built upon by Trump ‘have mostly benefited those who are least in need of help’.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/11/rigged-new-report-details-how-combined-51-trillion-tax-cuts-bush-obama-and-trump

Trump visits ‘hot spot’ and throws a bomb at Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May. “I’m just saying I think (Boris Johnson) would be a great prime minister.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/13/politics/donald-trump-britain-brexit-theresa-may/index.html

Donald Trump calls Europe’s acceptance of millions of war refugees ‘very, very sad’. “I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad. I think you’re losing your culture.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-europe-culture-immigrants_us_5b47d65ae4b0e7c958f9b3c5

Ireland’s senate passes bill to ban imports from Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israel’s defense minister urges his government to close its embassy in Ireland. “Ireland has strongly condemned the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank — considered illegal under international law.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/12/middleeast/israel-ireland-bill-intl/index.html

Until recently, extensive personal information of ‘closed’ Facebook group members was reportedly accessible by third parties. “During his research, Trotter found that he could use Grouply.io or a manual process to download the personal details of members of other closed Facebook groups – including other sensitive circles, such as those meant for people recovering from drug addiction, men living with HIV or individuals identifying as gay in countries where same-sex partnerships are criminalized.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/11/facebook-private-groups-breast-cancer-privacy-loophole.html

Centers for Disease Control warns consumers not to eat Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal due to salmonella outbreak. “Do not eat this cereal.”   https://nypost.com/2018/07/12/cdcs-stern-warning-do-not-eat-this-cereal/

Spain establishes ‘truth commission’ to investigate Franco government’s crimes. “An estimated 140,000 people disappeared during and after the civil war, not including those killed in combat.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/12/spain-to-establish-truth-commission-for-franco-era-crimes

July 13, 2018

July 11, 2018

Civil libertarians concerned about Supreme Court nominee’s opinion on mass, warrantless NSA data collection. “(Brett) Kavanaugh wrote that the collection of these records did not constitute a “search” under the Fourth Amendment…. But he added that even if it was a “search” under the Fourth Amendment, the government was allowed to take the records because it had a ‘special need’ in preventing terrorism, overriding the privacy interests of people whose records were taken without a warrant.”   https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house/conservatives-civil-libertarians-supreme-court-brett-kavanaugh-nsa-ruling

Green Party to be removed from Montana ballot after Democrats sue. “To qualify for the ballot, the Montana Green Party needed to gather 5,000 signatures from at least 34 of the state House districts…. But Montana Democrats, in a court filing, argued the Green Party gathered enough signatures from only 30 of the state House Districts, not the 34 required.”   https://helenair.com/news/government-and-politics/judge-orders-montana-green-party-removed-from-november-ballot/article_145ad8f9-8fe7-5891-a2bc-304cdb6ed50d.html

91 year-old Mexican man beaten near Los Angeles in apparent hate crime. “She was yelling at him, ‘Go back to your country,’ or ‘Go back to Mexico,’” Borjas told the Times. “It was racist.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/10/go-back-mexico-grandfather-beaten-brick-woman-july-4/771596002/

FBI agent accused of accidentally shooting man at nightclub gets his gun back, ‘no additional charges’ after lab results. “(Chase Bishop) had his protection order modified at Tuesday’s hearing to allow him to carry his service weapon in accordance with FBI rules—which typically require agents to carry while working and while off duty.”   https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/crime/judge-fbi-agent-accused-of-accidentally-shooting-man-in-denver-nightclub-can-carry-weapon-again

Only 4 of 102 migrant children under 5 have reportedly been reunited with their parents. “In total, the administration said it expects to ultimately reunite 75 of the 102 children with their parents.”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/feds-say-just-4-of-102-young-migrant-kids-reunited-with-parents-as-court-deadline-looms/

Anti-ICE protester files excessive force lawsuit against Philadelphia anti-terrorism officer. “The suit also criticizes ‘the improper deployment of paramilitary police units, including the Counter Terrorism Unit, to confront peaceful protesters’.”   http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/occupy-ice-protester-assaulted-police-officer-william-gress-20180710.html

Resident calls cops on black paperboy after he retrieves newspaper delivered to the wrong home. “I noticed they were walking up to houses with nothing in hand and one of them came back with something. It seemed kind of suspicious.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-news-ohio-child-police-delivering-newspapers-20180710-story.html

Chinese pro-democracy activist sentenced to 13 years in prison. “Qin Yongmin, 64, has already spent a total of 22 years behind bars.”   https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-44789492

Overworked Japanese nurse admits to poisoning patients. “… (Ayumi) Kuboki told investigators that informing families of a patient’s death was a burden…. In order to avoid the responsibility, Kuboki said she targeted patients near death so that they would die at a time when another nurse would have to tell the family…”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/07/10/nurse-japan-poisoned-least-20-ailing-patients-avoid-work/773071002/

38 more Nicaraguans die amid political violence. “Thirty-one anti-government and three pro-government protesters were among those killed. Four police officers also died in the clashes.”   https://thinkprogress.org/nicaragua-death-toll-protests-4ebd79eb64e1

Couple married 9 years considering divorce so they can afford health care for disabled daughter. “… Maria could become a single, jobless mother of two on paper — and qualify for Medicaid.”   https://nypost.com/2018/07/10/army-vet-and-wife-consider-divorce-to-afford-daughters-health-care/

FCC proposal: Staff would only look at the complaints of people who can afford to pay. “If the consumer isn’t happy with the outcome of the informal complaint, their only other option would be filing a formal complaint and paying the $225 to do so.”   https://gizmodo.com/ajit-pais-fcc-doesnt-want-to-hear-your-complaints-unles-1827500381

Black farmers accuse seed company of selling them inferior soybean seeds. “After losing millions of dollars, the farmers took the seeds to experts at Mississippi State University to have them tested. They say the tests show the seeds sold to the black farmers were not certified Stine seeds.”   http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/38610463/black-farmers-intentionally-sold-fake-seeds-in-memphis-lawsuit-says

Reddit user apparently banned for suggesting that Redditors contact the news media when they see hate speech, in order to force the platform’s hand. “Remember Anderson Cooper’s piece on /r/jailbait? Immediately banned. I say we start flooding news tip lines every time we see egregious hate speech that isn’t being banned.”   https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/07/reddit-ceo-tells-user-we-are-not-the-thought-police-then-suspends-that-user/

Apple fixes iPhone glitch that crashed some phones when messages included the word ‘Taiwan’ or the country’s flag emoji. “…  iOS contains code that hides the Taiwanese flag emoji on devices set to the China region. Apparently the code worked for iOS devices set to China, but caused crashes on devices set to other regions.”   https://www.macrumors.com/2018/07/11/apple-fixed-ios-taiwan-emoji-bug/

Federal judge green-lights Roundup herbicide lawsuits. “Lawsuits by more than 400 farmers, landscapers and consumers who claim Roundup caused them to develop non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of blood cell cancer, have been consolidated before (Judge) Chhabria.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-monsanto-glyphosate/u-s-judge-allows-lawsuits-over-monsantos-roundup-to-proceed-to-trial-idUSKBN1K02ME

Rumor that Trump struck retirement deal with Justice Kennedy gains traction after White House deputy press secretary refuses to deny it. “White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah on Tuesday declined multiple opportunities to deny a report that President Donald Trump struck an undisclosed agreement with outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy over replacing him with Brett Kavanaugh—Kennedy’s former law clerk.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/10/white-house-spokesman-repeatedly-declines-deny-report-trump-and-kennedy-struck

Former ICE detainees sue, claim they were mistreated while in custody. “Immigration authorities in California shackled nine women in a hot windowless van for hours, causing them to struggle for breath, faint and vomit, according to a new lawsuit…. the women were also denied food and water for roughly 12 hours during a 24-hour journey.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/10/us-immigrant-women-ice-van-california

Drug company accuses Nevada prison officials of obtaining execution drug ‘through subterfuge’. “The company said the license (of the state’s chief medical officer) was used on a purchase order in a deliberate attempt to dupe a drug wholesaler, Cardinal Health, into believing that the 90 vials of the medicine were to be used by a doctor in legitimate medical treatment.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/11/nevada-prison-illegally-bought-execution-drugs-pharma-company-alleges

Kentucky’s governor meets chess club in predominantly African American neighborhood of Louisville and says something stupid. “Not something you necessarily would have thought of when you think of this section of town.”   https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2018/07/10/kentucky-governor-matt-bevin-comments-west-louisville-chess-club-spark-outrage/772315002/

After Oklahoma voters approve medical marijuana, state health department proposes many restrictions. “…the requirement to put a pharmacist in every dispensary will be financially impossible to comply with except for a limited number of dispensaries owned by pharmacists.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/oklahoma-health-department-puts-75-pages-regulations-medical-marijuana-voters-didnt-approve/


July 11, 2018

July 10, 2018

Trump pick for Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, opposed prosecution or questioning of sitting presidents in journal article. “…in a 2009 Minnesota Law Review article, he wrote that “Congress might consider a law exempting a President — while in office — from criminal prosecution and investigation, including from questioning by criminal prosecutors or defense counsel.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/09/politics/kavanaugh-on-the-issues/index.html

Republican candidate for governor of Georgia explains state’s primary race. “This primary felt like it was who had the biggest gun, who had the biggest truck, and who could be the craziest.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/396085-gop-gubernatorial-candidate-republican-primary-was-about-who-could-be

Detained migrants claim they suffered miscarriages during detention. “The women were allegedly denied medical care, shackled around their bellies, and abused while locked up at various detention centers across the Southwest operated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”   https://nypost.com/2018/07/09/pregnant-women-in-ice-custody-claim-they-miscarried-due-to-inhumane-practices/

Former Trump chauffeur sues for overtime pay. “Noel Cintron, who is listed in public records as a registered Republican, sued the Trump Organization for about 3,300 hours of overtime that he says he worked in the past six years.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-09/trump-s-personal-driver-for-25-years-sues-for-unpaid-overtime

FBI closely tracked folk singer due to his political activities. “Van Ronk was not kept from having a career as a folk singer, much in the way that Pete Seeger was ‘allowed’ to play colleges and smaller venues while having his national career torpedoed.”   https://truthout.org/articles/newly-unearthed-fbi-file-exposes-targeting-of-folk-singer-dave-van-ronk/

Manhattan’s DA wants access to police disciplinary files. “Whether an officer has a disciplinary record — such as lying on an official report — could lead prosecutors to drop criminal charges. Furthermore, without information about an officer’s past misconduct, prosecutors cannot fulfill their legal obligation to hand over evidence that might help exonerate a defendant.”   https://www.buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/nypd-cops-lying-discipline-disrict-attorneys-prosecutors   Does this happen fairly often?

Re-elected Turkish president reportedly appoints his son-in-law finance minister. “A clap of thunder sounded the moment after Mr. Erdogan took his oath (of office), and rain descended upon the crowd gathering to celebrate the inauguration across town in the gardens of the presidential palace.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/09/world/europe/turkey-erdogan-sworn-in.html

Widow of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo leaves China for Germany. “She (had) been under de-facto house arrest since 2010 after her husband, Liu Xiaobo, was awarded the Nobel peace prize in absentia for his activism in China.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/10/liu-xia-nobel-laureates-widow-allowed-to-leave-china-for-europe

Four-mile long stretch of glacier in Greenland plunges into the sea. “The total amount of ice that fell into the ocean was about 10 billion tons, as the break rippled across the entirety of the glacier’s ice face in half-mile-deep water…”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2018/07/09/watch-10-billion-tons-of-ice-fall-into-the-ocean/   Goodbye Mar-a-Lago!

Romanian government fires anti-corruption investigator. “Prosecutors have secured a spate of convictions in recent years against lawmakers, ministers and mayors, exposing conflicts of interest, abuse of power, fraud and awarding of state contracts in exchange for bribes.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-romania-corruption/romanias-president-removes-chief-anti-corruption-prosecutor-idUSKBN1JZ0N3

Extreme income inequality in India increasing as the number of billionaires hits the mid-80s. “… in 2016, to be counted among its richest 1% required assets of just $32,892, according to research from Credit Suisse. Meanwhile, the top 10% of earners now take around 55% of all national income – the highest rate for any large country in the world.”   https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jul/10/the-staggering-rise-of-indias-super-rich   Or maybe not… “The report also found that the three richest people in the U.S. own the same amount as the bottom half of America’s population.”   http://time.com/money/5112233/oxfam-wealth-of-worlds-richest/   It sounds as if wealth in the U.S. is more concentrated than in India!

Nissan admits some emissions and fuel economy data were fabricated. “The company did not say how many cars were affected by the falsifications, which were uncovered during voluntary tests of all parts of Nissan’s operations conducted in the wake of last year’s scandal.”   https://www.news18.com/news/auto/nissan-admits-to-deliberately-altering-emission-and-fuel-economy-related-data-1806901.html

Attorney generals of ten states and District of Columbia investigating agreements among restaurant franchisees not to steal each other’s employees. “The U.S. Justice Department has said that no-poach agreements are illegal under antitrust law since they restrict competition for employees and potentially deprive workers of better job opportunities.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-restaurants-probe/u-s-states-probe-fast-food-franchise-deals-not-to-poach-workers-idUSKBN1JZ2NX

Los Angeles area postal worker found dead in her delivery vehicle in 117 degree heat. “Salvatore said that when it’s 100 degrees outside, it can be 10-15 degrees hotter inside the mail trucks, which do not have air conditioning.”   https://www.dailynews.com/2018/07/09/us-postal-worker-found-dead-in-woodland-hills-amid-record-breaking-heat/

Apple releases hack-resistant iOS update, security firm claims it has already figured out how to crack it. “Apple released iOS 11.4.1 this morning, and with it came a new software mechanism that blocks passcode cracking tools favored by law enforcement…. However, researchers at cybersecurity firm ElcomSoft have found a loophole that resets the one-hour counter so long as you plug a USB accessory into the iPhone’s Lightning port…”   https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/9/17550970/apple-ios-usb-restricted-mode-iphone-passcode-cracking-bypassed-usb-accessory

55% of American doctors surveyed say they are ‘burned out’. “…most doctors are saddled with huge student debt, make far less than they did before, but are being asked to do more than ever, to work harder than ever, in an environment filled with information overload.”   https://consumer.healthday.com/general-health-information-16/doctor-news-206/doctor-burnout-widespread-helps-drive-many-medical-errors-735560.html

Antisemitic letter written by Protestant reformer Martin Luther up for auction. “For these Jews are not Jews, but devils incarnate who curse our Lord.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/martin-luther-facts-500-year-old-letter-calling-jews-devils-incarnate-auction-2698487   And then there are his comments about the peasants who rose up against feudalism. “…murdering, thieving hordes of the peasants…. must be knocked to pieces, strangled and stabbed, covertly and overtly, by everyone who can, just as one must kill a mad dog.”   https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/45612/Martin+Luther+and+peasants+rebellion

American woman keeps her maiden name, gets pulled aside at U.S. border for interrogation, receives unsolicited advice. “Then they asked why if she was my daughter I didn’t have the same last name. I told them I had already established my career and earned my doctorate with my last name Acosta so I had decided not to change it.” The officer then said “maybe you should have taken your husband’s last name so you could prove you were her mom.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/vacation-turns-handmaids-tale-us-customs-demands-know-woman-didnt-take-husbands-last-name/

Puerto Rican flag shirt sets off clueless nationalist, who refuses to admit that Puerto Rico is an American territory. “If you’re an American citizen, you should not be wearing that shirt in America!”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/angry-racist-berates-woman-wearing-puerto-rico-shirt-america-without-realizing-part-us/

Pregnant woman arrested for driving on a suspended license claims she was put in restraints and then viciously beaten by a jail employee after they exchanged insults. “She said other officers watched as she was hit and pepper-sprayed while defenseless on the ground.”   https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/jacksonville/pregnant-woman-beaten-while-shackled-gets-high-profile-attorney

Wife of conservative supreme court justice claims Jim Jordan sex abuse cover-up allegations are part of a conspiracy. “Jim Jordan is under attack, with false accusations, because he threatens the elite.”    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/clarence-thomas-wife-defends-rep-jim-jordan-says-sex-abuse-allegations-emerged-threatens-elite/

Iranian woman says she’s been sentenced to 20 years in prison for anti-hijab protests. “Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer who represented (Shapark) Shajarizadeh and other women, was arrested last month.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/iranian-woman-protested-headscarf-gets-20-sentence-193706701.html


July 10, 2018

July 9, 2018

Update on Green Party’s election integrity efforts. “In Wisconsin, we are in a protracted legal battle to examine a critical piece of voting software that controls the actual counting and tallying of votes, referred to as ‘source code’…. After the recount effort revealed the failure of Detroit’s voting machines, state officials announced that voting machines across the state would be replaced by the 2018 primaries…. In April 2018, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State ordered all counties to replace their aging voting machines by the 2019 elections with voting systems that use paper ballots.”   https://www.votingjustice.us/with_midterms_approaching_the_recount_fight_continues_for_elections_we_can_trust

Woman confronts Steve Bannon in Richmond, Virginia bookstore, reportedly calls him ‘a piece of trash’, store’s owner calls the police. “On Saturday, the reaction to Black Swan Books was swift…. one woman accused the owner of turning the store ‘into a safe space for white nationalists’.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2018/07/08/bookstore-owner-defends-calling-police-on-woman-who-told-steve-bannon-he-was-a-piece-of-trash/

Nearly 100 immigrant children under 5 still waiting to be reunited with their parents. “U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw ruled that the administration had until late Saturday to release the list and until Tuesday to define its plans for reuniting those children with their families.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/396019-aclu-says-trump-admin-has-turned-over-names-of-children-under-5

ICE now reportedly targeting immigrants for ‘driving without a license’. “By far the most commonly cited offenses in the ICE data were DUI and other, largely unspecified traffic tickets — some dating back decades. While the data did not elaborate on the non-DUI traffic offenses, driving without a license likely accounted for the lion’s share, according to John Sandweg, who headed ICE as an acting director during the Obama administration.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ice-arrest-data-details-increasingly-indiscriminate-arrests_us_5b40e791e4b05127ccf2af63

Most Trump Foundation donations in Palm Beach County allegedly went to groups that held fundraisers at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. “Nearly all of the $706,000 in donations made by the Donald J. Trump Foundation in Palm Beach County since 2008 went to charities that hosted lavish fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago — the president’s highest-profile business in the county.”   https://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/national-govt–politics/trump-foundation-donated-charities-that-booked-galas-mar-lago/mfh5YFm3bK8iUOVQ8UnXKN/

California deputy district attorney criticized over his alleged social media posts. “‘Being a loud-mouthed c*** in the ghetto you would think someone would have shot this bitch by now …’ (Michael) Selyem commented on a video of Congresswoman Maxine Waters in June according to The San Bernardino Sun.”   http://www.newsweek.com/san-bernardino-prosecutor-maxine-waters-ghetto-michael-selyem-posts-1013216

Defense contractor accused of leasing office space to house immigrant children. “Reveal reporters confirmed that according to the lease, ‘the building is not allowed to be used for sleeping or cooking and can be used only for general business office purposes’.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/08/defense-contractors-use-vacant-office-building-house-children-underscores-perverse

Tourist vents about Egypt on Facebook, is sentenced to eight years in prison. “In her viral video clip, Mazbouh complained about sexual harassment she experienced from young men in the streets as well as from taxi drivers.”   http://www.newsweek.com/tourist-gets-eight-year-prison-sentence-egypt-1013235   I’m sure jailing tourists who complain is just what the country needs to revive its struggling tourism industry!

Iraqi police accused of shooting protesters near Basra. “Police sources said eight protesters were wounded in the shooting while a local mayor said one demonstrator was killed and three were wounded.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-energy-protests/iraqi-police-open-fire-on-protesters-near-southern-oilfields-idUSKBN1JY0AE   Nice to see that all those years of fighting and trillions spent to bring democracy to Iraq have paid off!

Elderly New Jersey woman on oxygen dies after power company disconnects her for falling behind on her electric bills. “We put one ice pack by her side and one on the other side. We were fanning her. It was so hot in here, she couldn’t breathe – it was unbearable.”   http://6abc.com/health/woman-dependent-on-oxygen-tank-dies-after-power-cut-off-following-overdue-bill/3729096/

Indian chemist has developed a method of using waste plastic to pave roads. “When molten plastic was added to stone and bitumen mix, Dr Vasudevan found that, true to its nature, plastic stuck fast and bound both materials together.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/09/the-man-who-paves-indias-roads-with-old-plastic



July 9, 2018