Trump suggests that news media “licenses” should perhaps be “challenged” over “fake news” stories. “A call to challenge the licenses of news organizations for doing their jobs is genuinely shocking. This is the language of an autocrat, not the elected leader of a democracy.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-escalates-threats-against-press-calls-news-coverage-frankly-disgusting/2017/10/11/32996dba-ae9c-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html Uh-oh, where do I get one of those free press licenses?
Kansas education contractor challenges state’s ban on Israel boycotts. “The lawsuit asks the court to strike down the law and bar the Kansas Department of Education from requiring contractors to certify that they are not participating in boycotts of Israel.” https://www.aclu.org/news/aclu-free-speech-case-challenges-law-aimed-anti-israel-boycotts
Facebook declines to answer questions about ad policies. “You recently told advertisers that new ad campaigns that involved “politics, religion, ethnicity or social issues” would be reviewed by humans before being approved. What guidelines will reviewers be given about which ads to allow and which to reject? Will these guidelines be made public?” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/technology/facebook-election.html
Hundreds missing after northern California wildfires. “More than 550 people were still reported unaccounted for in Sonoma County on Wednesday morning, said Jennifer Laroque, a county emergency operations center spokeswoman.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-california-fire/at-least-23-dead-hundreds-missing-as-winds-fan-california-wildfires-idUSKBN1CG124
Louisiana State University police arrest 10 in connection with death of fraternity pledge during hazing ritual. “The pledges were… asked questions by fraternity members and if they answered incorrectly, were made to take “pulls” of 190-proof Diesel liquor.” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/police-arrest-10-on-hazing-charges-in-death-of-lsu-frat-pledge-maxwell-gruver/
Senate candidate Roy Moore allegedly received $180,000 from his Christian charity for part-time work. “In total, Moore was paid more than $1 million by the charity from 2007 to 2012, when he was the organization’s president…. The charity has also employed two of Moore’s children, and Moore’s wife, Kayla, serves as its current president and has been paid $195,000 over three years.” http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/10/11/senate_candidate_roy_moore_received_undisclosed_thousands_in_salary_from.html
News organizations force release of congressman’s mugshot. “Rep. Greg Gianforte’s mugshot, taken after assaulting a reporter on the eve of his election, was released to the public Wednesday on the order of a Montana judge.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/10/11/congressman-greg-gianforte-mugshot/756343001/
Florida Airbnb host arrested for hidden video camera in bedroom. “Starnes explained he saw a black hole on the smoke detector and took it down. That’s when he found a camera recording onto an SD card and called the police.” http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article178012796.html
Las Vegas shooting timeline still not determined. “…neither the police account of the ensuing moments nor publicly transmitted police radio traffic indicate when the hotel security office dialed 911.” http://abcnews.go.com/US/questions-persist-initial-response-vegas-massacre/story?id=50427462
Major international bank says no loans for fossil fuel projects. “In concrete terms,” writes Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, director and CEO of BNP Paribas, “these decisions mean that we will cease providing finance to a number of companies and organizations that are not making an effort to be part of the transition to a less greenhouse gas-emitting economy.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/11/great-news-climate-banking-giant-ditches-tar-sands-arctic-drilling Oh, no – that sounds like a boycott! Is that legal?
Mensa agrees to administer Trump vs. Tillerson IQ test. “American Mensa would be happy to hold a testing session for President Trump and Secretary Tillerson.” http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/354718-mensa-offers-to-host-iq-test-for-trump-and-tillerson
UN accuses Myanmar of intentional ethnic cleansing campaign. “Some of those interviewed said that before and during attacks, megaphones were used to announce: “You do not belong here — go to Bangladesh. If you do not leave, we will torch your houses and kill you.”” https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-10-11/un-myanmar-violence-a-deliberate-strategy-to-expel-rohingya
Japanese railway companies find substandard parts on their high speed trains. “Kobe Steel Ltd.’s fake data scandal penetrated deeper into the most hallowed corners of Japanese industry as iconic bullet trains were found with sub-standard parts supplied by the steelmaker.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-12/bullet-train-wheel-parts-made-by-kobe-steel-failed-quality-tests
Malfunctioning Google Home Mini recorded owner’s activity continuously and transmitted the data to Google. “Needless to say, if a listening device records almost every minute of every day and stores it remotely, we’re talking about a huge privacy violation.” http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/10/10/google-nerfing-home-minis-mine-spied-everything-said-247/
NBC accused of quashing Harvey Weinstein story. “In August, according to four sources familiar with the conversations, Farrow was repeatedly told by the network that he didn’t have enough reporting done to go to air but that he should also stop reporting on Weinstein’s story, putting him in an untenable position.” https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nbc-harvey-weinstein_us_59de5688e4b0eb18af059685
Flu shots given to healthy people are to protect the lives of people at risk – the elderly, pregnant women, children and people with weakened immune systems. “Statistically, you’re not likely to know anyone who landed in the emergency room—much less someone who passed away. But you might have passed one on the street, or touched a door handle before one, or sneezed in the same bus.” https://www.popsci.com/you-should-get-flu-shot
Social Security Administration releases latest wage report. “In 2014, 51 percent of all workers in America earned less than $30,000 per year…” http://www.kansan.com/opinion/van-dyke-despite-american-s-supposed-wealth-inequality-remains-high/article_64ac92e0-a84e-11e7-a07d-875a83e17391.html 34% of Americans have no savings at all, while 14% have a negative net wealth due to debts. https://www.fool.com/retirement/2017/05/14/166-million-us-households-have-a-negative-net-wort.aspx
Trinidad and Tobago knock United States out of World Cup playoffs. “…we’ve developed a lot of highly trained but mediocre rich kids while missing out on training lots of potentially fantastic poor kids.” https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/10/usmnt-world-cup-qualifying-spending/542658/ Of course this only applies to soccer. In the field of politics, we are definitely blessed with excellent leadership, no matter how rich or mediocre our politicians may be.
FEMA officials say not enough food for Puerto Rico’s hurricane survivors. “Officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency say that the government and its partners are only providing 200,000 meals a day to meet the needs of more than 2 million people. That is a daily shortfall of between 1.8m and 5.8m meals.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/11/puerto-rico-food-shortage-hurricane-maria
55% of deaths resulting from encounters with law enforcement officers were miscategorized in Centers for Disease Control reports. “(Researchers) found that a majority, 599 deaths, were classified as resulting from something other than “legal intervention” – principally “assault”…. accuracy varied wildly by state, with just 17.6% misclassification in Washington, but a startling 100% in Oklahoma.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/11/police-killings-counted-harvard-study
Bomb dog thwarts apparent “homegrown” terror attack at Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina, captured suspect claims he is a veteran, was preparing to “fight a war on U.S. soil”. “(Michael) Estes described how he created the device using ammonium nitrate… Estes admitted to putting the nails in the device as well.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/10/north-carolina-airport-bomb-suspect/749938001/ Authorities have apparently declined to release information about his motive.
Pro-corporate lobbying group to hold conference at Trump International Hotel. “The American Legislative Exchange Council, a controversial group that brings corporate lobbyists together with state legislators to formulate business- and Republican-friendly policies, will host its 45th anniversary gala at the Trump International Hotel next year.” https://theintercept.com/2017/10/11/alec-conference-trump-hotel/
Lead likely responsible for rise and fall of crime rates in America. “Only gasoline lead, with its dramatic rise and fall following World War II, can explain the equally dramatic rise and fall in violent crime.” http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2016/02/lead-exposure-gasoline-crime-increase-children-health/
Israeli prime minister approves expansion of West Bank settlements. “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved building plans for 3,736 new units in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, in what activists say is part of a new wave of construction spurred by the Trump administration’s more accommodating stance.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-approves-plans-for-thousands-of-new-settlement-units-in-the-west-bank/2017/10/10/a3fd5058-ad29-11e7-9b93-b97043e57a22_story.html