Military has spent $184,000 at President Trump’s Scottish golf resort over two years. “That sum included $124,579 in lodging and $59,730 in unidentified additional expenditures between August 9, 2017 to July 26, 2019.” https://www.nbcnews.com/news/military/pentagon-says-it-spent-124k-trump-hotel-scotland-n1056091
Canadian prime minister who once corrected a town hall questioner, asking her to say ‘peoplekind’ instead of ‘mankind’ is embarrassed after ‘brownface’ photo emerges. “(The photo) shows (Justin) Trudeau, then the 29-year-old son of the late former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, wearing a turban and robes with his face, neck and hands completely darkened.” https://time.com/5680759/justin-trudeau-brownface-photo/
In hypocritical challenge to states’ rights to make their own laws, Trump administration revokes California’s auto emission and gas mileage standards. “(California) has long pushed automakers to adopt more fuel-efficient passenger vehicles that emit less pollution. A dozen states and the District of Columbia also follow California’s fuel economy standards.” https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-administration-revokes-californias-authority-to-set-auto-mileage-standards States have the power to make their own laws, except when those laws are more progressive than federal law!
California’s governor signs employment bill that reclassifies many gig workers as employees. “(Gavin) Newsom had argued that when workers are misclassified as independent contractors rather than as employees, they lose basic benefits such as minimum wage, paid sick days, and health insurance.” https://www.npr.org/2019/09/18/762108954/california-governor-signs-law-protecting-gig-economy-workers
Two men from the Netherlands arrested 3 miles inside Area 51. “(Ties) Granzier informed deputies that he was a YouTuber and they seized a number of cameras, a phone, a laptop, and a drone.” https://www.foxnews.com/us/dutch-nationals-area-51-jailed
President Trump makes 27 false claims during 95 minute speech in Rio Rancho, New Mexico (an average of 1 falsehood every 3 1/2 minutes). “Trump said Venezuela was ‘one of the wealthiest countries in the world’ 15 years ago, when it wasn’t. Venezuela was 67th in the world in GDP per capita in 2004.” https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/17/politics/fact-check-trump-makes-at-least-26-false-claims-at-new-mexico-rally/index.html
Former George W. Bush administration official says Republican Party ‘lost control of the monster they helped create’, urges Latino voters to vote Trump out of office. “Abel Guerra, who served as an associate director of public liaison in the Bush White House, also characterized the GOP as a party that condones racism…” https://www.foxnews.com/politics/former-bush-official-urges-latinos-to-vote-trump-out-saying-gop-has-lost-control-of-the-monster-they-helped-create
Bernie Sanders announces national affordable housing plan. “Sanders’s plan seeks to invest $1.48 trillion over 10 years in the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund to build and maintain 7.4 million ‘quality, affordable and accessible housing units’ that he says will eliminate the gap in affordable housing for the lowest-income renters.” https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/461942-sanders-unveils-25-trillion-housing-plan
Judge denies bail to unionized aircraft mechanic accused of sabotaging plane’s navigation system, prosecutors claim he may have links to terrorism. “(Abdul-Majeed Alani) said he was upset about an impasse over a union contract and wanted the flight to be delayed or canceled so he could get overtime work.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/18/us/american-airlines-mechanic-isis.html If an airline mechanic wanted to bring down a plane, he could bring down a plane. Instead, he wanted the pilot to get an error warning and return to the gate, which is what happened.
Diary of ‘Polish Anne Frank’ published. “The more pages (of Renia’s Diary that) were translated, the more obvious the diary’s literary quality and historical relevance became….” https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/09/18/before-anne-frank-there-was-renia-spiegel-ominous-message-long-forgotten-world-war-ii-diary/
CBS discovers Americans being held in prison for IS members in Syria. “President Trump has https://www.cbsnews.com/news/isis-suspects-in-overcrowded-syria-prison-tell-cbs-news-theyre-american-sdf-says-needs-help-2019-09-17/to bring home their nationals who joined ISIS in Syria, so it was a surprise for (CBS correspondent Holly) Williams to find prisoners who said they were American.”
Japanese electric company executives found not guilty of failing to take appropriate tsunami precautions at Fukushima nuclear power plant. “In the much-anticipated verdict, a Tokyo court found all three (former TEPCO executives) not guilty of professional negligence resulting in death and injury…. The prosecution argued that as far back as 2002, the bosses had been warned that a large tsunami of more than 15 metres could hit the plant…” https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49750180
Recurrence of a 1918 ‘Spanish flu’ type epidemic could kill up to 80 million people in our more connected modern world. “The (World Health Organization) report encouraged the creation of systems that would effectively detect and control disease outbreaks, in a proactive move that would create global preparedness.” https://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/ny-global-pandemic-80-million-world-unprepared-who-20190918-ihhernd7rbgahpxrgnnefhev3u-story.html
Just over 6% of women surveyed say they were coerced to have sex their first time. “Almost half of those women who said intercourse was involuntary said they were held down and slightly more than half of them said they were verbally pressured to have sex against their will.” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/1st-sexual-experience-rape_n_5d81db23e4b070d468c3c92a
Spokesman for Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte says apparent boast about assassination attempt on Mayor Vicente Loot was a translation error. “In a statement Wednesday, spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte meant to say ‘you were ambushed’ (instead of ‘I ambushed you’), attributing his phrasing to the fact that Duterte is a native speaker of the Visayan language of the southern and central Philippines rather than the national Filipino language.” https://thehill.com/policy/international/asia-pacific/461960-duterte-misspeaks-in-admitting-assassination-attempt It could happen!
Many governments using artificial intelligence to track their own citizens, including 51% of ‘advanced democracies’, say researchers. “At least 75 out of 176 countries globally are actively using AI technologies for surveillance purposes, it said, adding the nations use so-called ‘smart city’, facial recognition systems, and smart policing.” https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/researchers-warn-increased-china-style-ai-surveillance-190917194651465.html
Chicago releases additional video of 2018 police shooting of man stopped on suspicion of carrying a firearm. “On August 30, more than 13 months after the incident and only after we made repeated freedom of information requests, dashcam video footage that shows Officer Dillan Halley in the act of shooting Harith Augustus was released.” https://theintercept.com/2019/09/19/harith-augustus-shooting-chicago-police/ Video can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/360914942 This does not appear to be the recently released dashcam video however, and I don’t see a link to it in the news story.
U.S. senators heavily invested in the stock market. “An analysis of personal financial disclosure data as of 16 August has found that 51 senators and their spouses have as much as $96 million personally invested in corporate stocks…” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/19/us-senators-investments-conflict-of-interest
Federal judge blocks South Dakota anti-protest law. “In his ruling on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol wrote: ‘Imagine that if these riot boosting statutes were applied to the protests that took place in Birmingham, Alabama, what might be the result?'” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/19/applause-federal-court-blocks-unconstitutional-south-dakota-law-would-hit-pipeline
Memphis police shooting victim Martavious Banks files excessive force lawsuit. “According to the lawsuit, the officers used excessive force when they ‘shot the Plantiff over 20 times causing him to suffer great physical, mental and emotional injuries’. They also ‘took actions to conceal the true nature of events and what occurred by causing the In-Car Camera System and Body Worn Camera to be turned off prior to the shooting and assault’.” https://wreg.com/2019/09/18/martavious-banks-files-lawsuit-against-city-officers/