March 11, 2018

Trump tells crowd it may be time to start killing drug dealers, Democrats are blocking his appointments (just like Obama’s!) and his election was “one of the greatest nights in the history of television”. “I think (capital punishment for drug crimes) is a discussion we have to start thinking about. I don’t know if we’re ready — I don’t know if this country’s ready for it.”   Maybe Rodrigo Duterte is one of his new hires?

Steve Bannon tells right-wing party congress in France not be be ashamed of being racists. “Let them call you racists…. Wear it as a badge of honor.”

Afghanistan veteran kills three at veteran counseling non-profit in California. “(Albert Wong) joined the active-duty Army in 2010 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 for a year.”

Oklahoma teachers’ union threatens state-wide strike. “Earlier this week, (the Oklahoma Education Association) announced April 23 as the statewide teacher walkout date, but moved it up to April 2 just one day later in response to pushback within its own membership and nonmember teachers.”

Russian president Vladimir Putin suggests minority groups in Russia may have been responsible for U.S. election hacking. “Maybe they’re not even Russians. Maybe they’re Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship.”

Oakland coffee shop says “no cop” policy is to protect its customers. “Controversy erupted after Hasta Muerte Coffee in Oakland, Calif. refused to serve a Latino police sergeant citing its policy of ‘asking police to leave for the physical and emotional safety of our customers and ourselves’.”

Florida passes bill to ban child marriages. “(Sherry) Johnson was 9 when she was raped by a church deacon, 10 when she gave birth and 11 when she married the man. Johnson said her church pressured her mother to consent to the marriage and a judge approved it.”

ICE agents snatch California mom off the sidewalk in front of her traumatized daughters. “She is being held on suspicion of being in the country illegally.”   Video is here (if you don’t mind Google running javascript on your computer):

Special educators say students like Nikolas Cruz are not receiving needed counseling and treatment. “Experts say many schools are poorly trained at dealing with students with behavioral disabilities and mental illnesses, and they often focus more on disciplining students than providing them help.”

Sri Lankan government blocks social media due to ethnic violence. “These platforms are banned because they were spreading hate speeches and amplifying them.”

Thousands of demonstrators, led by indigenous community, march against oil pipeline plan. “The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would nearly triple the flow of oil from Alberta’s tar sands to the Pacific Coast.”

Costco targets the doomsday prepper market. “The wholesale superstore has rolled out a $6,000 food kit featuring 36,000 servings of food that can feed a family of four for a year, according to its online listing.”   “Packaged discreetly for privacy in shipping.” Wouldn’t want those pesky neighbors to get any ideas. “Sorry, no room in this lifeboat!”

House bill would ease rules on companies hit by data breaches, consumer group cries foul. “This is simply an attempt to set weaker laws as the ceiling for what states can do to protect consumers.”

Slow, expensive, burger-making robot loses job to humans. “In a statement Miso Robotics, which made Flippy, said it was testing the code that controls the robot to ensure that it can cook quickly enough to fulfill orders at peak times.”

Multiple state governments passing or considering gun control legislation. “Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, who faces a tough reelection bid, signed an executive order on Monday for a “red flag” policy that allows relatives or the police to ask judges to temporarily strip gun rights from those showing warning signs of violence. California, Connecticut, Indiana, Oregon and Washington state also have red flag laws and more than a dozen other states are considering similar measures, according to the Associated Press.”

Peace activist Medea Benjamin says Trump’s military parade has a hidden agenda. “…she argued the ‘real cost’ of Trump’s parade is how it ‘ramps up the glorification of militarism, priming the US public for continuing the endless wars we are already in as well as potential new wars. Perhaps Iran? Progressives must oppose the parade, wrapped up as a tribute to veterans, since we know that the best way to show support for veterans is to stop war. And we have to counter it with a massive peace parade’.”

Doctors in Quebec ask government to give their pay increases to nurses, hospital workers. “These increases are all the more shocking because our nurses, clerks, and other professionals face very difficult working conditions, while our patients live with the lack of access to required services because of the drastic cuts in recent years.”

Sanders tells Democratic Party not to intervene in primaries. “Having tasted what it feels like to have the Establishment-wing of the Democratic Party put its thumb on the scale when he ran for president in 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is telling the congressional campaign arm of the party to stop working against progressive candidates in contested primary races this election season.”

Philippine president accused of putting U.N. special envoy on terror watch list. “The attack against the special rapporteur is taking place in the context of widespread extrajudicial executions and ongoing attacks against voices who are critical of the current government, including human rights defenders.”

“Pharma bro” gets seven year sentence for securities fraud. “Shkreli rose to infamy in 2015 when, as the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, he raised the price of Daraprim, a lifesaving drug used by some AIDS patients, from $13.50 per pill to $750.”

Men push back against “toxic masculinity” messaging. “If you’ve always found men such as Weinstein despicable and pathetic, it’s disorienting to find yourself in the same category as him by virtue of also having a penis.”

Elizabeth Warren calls out Senate Democrats who voted to roll back banking regulations. “(The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act is) a cleverly misnamed bill that would peel back regulations on 25 of the 32 largest banks in the country, removing a slew of consumer protections while relaxing stress tests and other reporting requirements for a range of financial institutions that were developed in the aftermath of the Great Recession.”

Mom allegedly threatens school shooting over phone left at reception desk. “If I don’t get my phone back, I’m going to come back and shoot up the school!”

Black mom taken down by Pittsburgh area police officer after she complains about white theater manager calling her children “animals”. “A North Versailles police officer’s actions are being questioned after video of a controversial arrest went viral, gaining more than 1 million views on Facebook.”   You can watch the video here:

ACLU files class action lawsuit on behalf of migrants and asylum seekers separated from their children. “The class action seeks to represent all adult parents in immigration custody who have a minor child separated from them without a hearing to prove the parent is unfit to care for them.”

Trump supporter wins $876 million Pentagon contract. “(Peter Thiel’s) data-mining startup, Palantir Technologies Inc., won a much-contested contract to provide software to the U.S. Army.”

Turkish court says journalist should have been charged with espionage for publishing video of country’s intelligence agents smuggling weapons into Syria. “On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that the lower court should have sentenced (Can) Dundar on espionage-related charges, which carry a 15-20 year sentence, rather than the lesser charge of disclosing confidential information….”

Villagers seek justice after Nigerian air force intervenes in grazing dispute, allegedly killing 78 in air raid. “Residents of the Adamawa villages described being fired upon by a fighter jet and military helicopter as they attempted to flee while, at the same time, hundreds of herdsmen were staging a revenge attack on the communities for earlier killings over grazing rights.”

New York Times tries to make amends for not running obituaries of notable women. “(The list) includes the pioneering anti-lynching journalist Ida B. Wells; the writer, the poet Sylvia Plath; Qiu Jin, who was known as China’s Joan of Arc; the groundbreaking photographer Diane Arbus; the woman who helped engineer the Brooklyn Bridge, Emily Warren Roebling; Charlotte Brontë, who wrote Jane Eyre; Henrietta Lacks, whose (cancer) cells led to a medical revolution; (and) Ada Lovelace, who is considered to be the world’s first computer programmer.”


March 11, 2018

March 9, 2018

Two U.S. senators introduce bipartisan bill to restrict searches of electronic devices of U.S. citizens when entering or leaving the country. “The Leahy-Daines bill includes provisions requiring reasonable suspicion or probable cause to search or seize Americans’ electronic devices at the border and forces the government to obtain a warrant before conducting forensic searches of such devices. It also requires the Department of Homeland Security to collect statistics on these searches and seizures and report them to Congress.”

Government moves forward with plan to destroy Guantanamo torture camp. “In the past two years, however, successive prison camp commanders dropped the (Camp X-ray) site from detention center media visits — along with the terms “legal and transparent” from its motto — declaring the site was no longer part of the story the Navy admirals in charge of the prison wanted reporters telling.”   It should be preserved as a site of historical importance.

Russia blamed for populist Italian election results. “(Blaming Russia) shows a disrespect for the plight of the vast numbers of people who have been immiserated by decades of neoliberal austerity policies. Are we really to believe Russian Twitter “bots,” Facebook ads, and RT factored in more than the rates of unemployment (Italy has a rate of 38 percent youth unemployment) and poverty as the main factors behind Brexit and the US and Italian elections?”

Women’s March leaders criticized for ties to Louis Farrakhan after one reportedly attends “Satanic Jews” speech. “That there appears to be no desire on the part of Women’s March to confront Jew-hatred specifically and substantively, even as most religious hate crimes target Jews and anti-Semitism stats rise, is something that should trouble anyone of genuine antiracist sentiment.”

Secretary of the Interior to get $138,670 office doors. “Meanwhile, (Ryan) Zinke has publicly supported cutting wasteful government spending and proposed slashing the department’s staff by 4,000 workers.”

Women around the world celebrate International Women’s Day. “Black glasses covering part of her badly burned face, a victim of an acid attack joined hundreds of activists who rallied in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi on Thursday to denounce violence against women and mark International Women’s Day.”   Police in Tehran break up Women’s Day rally. “The arrests came a day after Iranian news media reported that a woman had been sentenced to two years in prison for participating in a growing movement opposing the Islamic Republic’s law requiring women to wear the hijab, or headscarf.”

Former Asheville, North Carolina police officer found guilty of assaulting fleeing black jaywalker. “The video shows Hickman punching (Johnnie) Rush in the head repeatedly and then shooting him with a yellow stun gun.”

Singapore government report blames U.S. destroyer for collision. “Singapore investigators conclude that a sudden left turn by the USS John S. McCain caused the predawn Aug. 21 crash with a commercial vessel that killed 10 American sailors.”

U.S. facing shortage of construction workers. “Residential construction employment fell by 1.5 million during the housing crash, and payrolls have risen by just 786,000 since the recovery began in 2011. Many workers left the industry for oil, factory and trucking jobs during the meltdown.”   Factory jobs? Like in China? How about “whatever they could find”?

Recordings of truck stop executives repeatedly using racial slurs released by judge. “(Vincent) Greco turned mole when confronted by the FBI and IRS Criminal Investigation Division in 2011 as part of an ongoing probe that led to the April 2013 raid of Pilot Flying J’s Knoxville headquarters and has been granted immunity.”

Walmart employees receive one-time corporate tax cut bonuses instead of pay raises. “Walmart Inc. will be awarding one-time bonuses worth $200 to $1,000 to about 890,000 of its 1 million hourly employees.”   It would really interesting to know what percentage of the expected corporate tax cut windfall went to employees vs. management vs. shareholders, but the story doesn’t tell us that. It would also be interesting to know how many got $200 and how many got $1,000, but it doesn’t tell us that either.

California bill would require computer and cell phone manufacturers to sell parts and repair guides to public. “The (Right to Repair) Act would require tech titans to release repair guides and make official repair parts available to consumers and third-party repair professionals.”

Restaurant reservation service fires employee accused of making fake reservations through a competitor’s website. “All in all, Wesner said the false reservations affected 45 Chicago restaurants and amounted to more than 1,200 no-show guests.”   Hey, that’s capitalism!

Fake news gets more shares then real news say researchers. “On Twitter, false news stories are 70% more likely to be retweeted than true stories, and it takes true stories about six times as long to reach 1,500 people as it takes for false stories to reach the same number of people.”

At least 170 people in U.S. poisoned by salmonella-contaminated chicken salad. “There have been 62 hospitalizations so far, but no reported deaths.”   Centers for Disease Control estimates about 1 million cases of salmonella food poisoning a year in the U.S.

Los Angeles observes 50th anniversary of walk-outs by Mexican-American students from East L.A. public schools to protest unequal education. “Some local leaders at the time, including Mayor Sam Yorty, denounced the walkouts as a communist plot, and in the months that followed, law enforcement responded with undercover operations, raids and arrests.”

Qantas airlines asks employees to watch their language and not interrupt women. “(The information packet) contained what Qantas deemed potentially offensive terms (such as “husband” and “wife”) and warned men not to “manterrupt” women and speak over them in the workplace.”   How would women respond if a company were urging its supervisors not to “womanag” their employees?


Justice Department to investigate fatal shooting of white exterminator Daniel Shaver at his hotel by Mesa police. “The shooting, unlike other high-profile police shootings captured on video, didn’t prompt local protest like in other cities.”

Judge orders Chicago’s mayor Rahm Emanuel and police superintendent to testify in police shooting lawsuit. “First, (the family’s attorneys) allege that paramedics changed their statements after talking with city attorneys. Second, they say city attorneys attempted to upset the father of (Quintonio) LeGrier in a deposition by showing him graphic photos of his son’s body. Also, they said that City Attorney Barrett Boudreaux asked LeGrier’s mother whether she engaged in prostitution.”
Essex County, Massachusetts DA rules that fatal police shooting of unarmed man was justified. “Prosecutors said the shooting occurred after McInnis repeatedly refused police officers’ request to show hands following the robbery, walking toward police with his hands in his pockets.”
No charges for former LA police officer who shot unarmed homeless man in the back. “(Brendan) Glenn, 29, of Troy, New York, was on his stomach and trying to push himself up when Proctor shot him in the back, police have said.”
Six protesters sue Portland, Oregon police claiming excessive force was used to subdue demonstrators at multiple events. “The legal action is intended “to hold the Portland Police Bureau accountable for their violent response to protests in our city,” said Mat dos Santos, legal director for the ACLU of Oregon.”
South Bend, Indiana settles excessive force lawsuit for $15,000 after officer used stun gun and hit 59 year-old motorist during traffic stop for disobeying his orders. “The Seventh Circuit has held that failing to follow commands is not ‘active resistance’ and does not constitute the type of struggle that warrants significant use of force.”
Maywood, Illinois settles excessive force lawsuit for $60,000 after officer hit man with baton after telling him to leave the area. “(Andre) Thomas claims that (Officer) Daniels allegedly pulled out his nightstick and told him “we have to make an example out of you,” before striking Thomas in the head with the nightstick and throwing him to the ground.”
Legal experts and humanitarian activists testify on unauthorized U.S. military involvement in Yemen. “We strongly encourage you and your Senate colleagues to co-sponsor and vote for S.J. Res 54, which defends the constitutional linchpin of Congress’s sole authority to declare war and promises to help end what aid groups consider the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.”
Supporters say parents of California children found living in plywood shack are ‘guilty of being poor’. “The parents, Mona Kirk, 51, and Daniel Panico, 73, were charged with three felony counts of child abuse and the children were put in care of social services.”
NFL prospect Derrius Guice claims teams asked if he was homosexual and if his mother was a prostitute. “The former LSU running back said he wasn’t surprised by the questions. “It went exactly how everyone told me it would be.””
Alleged chemical attacks delaying delivery of aid in Syria. “We have no medicine, I wish the UN would get us some medicine so we can treat these wounded, they’re still here, come and interview them and investigate and test them.”
Irish government approves referendum on abortion. “Voters will be asked if they want to repeal article 40.3.3 – known as the eighth amendment – which since 1983 has given unborn foetuses and pregnant women an equal right to life, effectively enshrining a ban on abortion in the country’s constitution.”
Hamilton, Canada tattoo shop offers to remove racist and gang tattoos for free. “The procedure can normally be exorbitantly expensive and excruciatingly painful, more than the initial tattoo application, per CBC.”
Trump supporter reportedly threatened to burn down left-wing bookstore in Berkeley, California. “A male Trump supporter, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, called the staffer “commie scum” and told her that “we’re going to burn down your bookstore”.”
Donald Trump reportedly partied with Russian oligarch at Las Vegas ‘lewd acts’ nightclub. “A bombshell new report suggests Donald Trump consummated a deal to hold his Miss Universe pageant in Moscow while hobnobbing with Russian oligarchs at a Las Vegas nightclub later shut down over lewd performances involving women and urine.”
Ryan Bundy reportedly running for governor of Nevada. “The Nevada Independent reported Thursday that Ryan Bundy, who along with (others) orchestrated an armed takeover and occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in 2016, announced his candidacy for Nevada governor as an independent.”
Spanish women’s group declares general strike. “We call for rebellion and a struggle against the alliance of the patriarchy and capitalism that wants us to be obedient, submissive and quiet.”
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March 9, 2018

March 8, 2018

Former Democratic National Committee chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz reportedly coached Parkland students after shooting. “Democratic US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Broward County resident for nearly 30 years, told BuzzFeed News she has been in touch with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas since the day after the shooting…. because this is the first time many of the students have interacted with legislators, she advised them on communication strategy.”   Of course she has every right to do this, but why have the media failed to point this out?

Parkland gunman Nikolas Cruz did not use high capacity magazines during his attack. “The 19-year-old school shooter who killed 17 in Florida on Valentine’s Day had 150 rounds of ammunition in 10-round magazines.”

Syrian leftists pulling out of battle against Islamic State to repel Turkish invasion. “When it’s our interests, our people, our villages and our towns that are threatened, we’re forced to leave everything and head to defend our homeland.”

Russian election meddling being used to marginalize populists. “By an extraordinary coincidence, virtually all the “anti-system” movements and candidates that so terrified the political establishment two years ago have since been identified as covert or overt Russian destabilization initiatives, puppeteered from afar by the diabolical anti-Western dictator, (Vladimir Putin).”

CIA claims it can give some journalists unredacted documents but give redacted versions to others, agency has procedures for “leaking” information to “trusted journalists”. “In essence, the CIA would like to be able to selectively leak classified information while retaining the privilege of denying every other member of the public access to these leaks.”

After backlash, Maryland restores names of police officers involved in court cases to state’s legal database. “The officers’ names vanished without warning, drawing widespread criticism from attorneys, elected officials, journalists and advocates for transparency in government.”

President Trump’s lawyer wins restraining order to keep former porn actress from talking to the press. “On Tuesday, (Stormy) Daniels filed a lawsuit, claiming that a $130,000 settlement she reached with Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to keep quiet about the alleged relationship was no longer valid because Trump had not signed the document.”

Trump administration reportedly sought “back channel” with Russian government. “Erik Prince, founder of military contractor Blackwater and a supporter of President Donald Trump, told U.S. lawmakers last year he had discussed U.S.-Russia relations during a meeting in the Seychelles with a Russian business executive with ties to the Kremlin.”

UK police say nerve agent used against former Russian intelligence official and his daughter. “A police officer who was one of the first to attend to the pair after they were found slumped unconscious on a bench near a shopping mall in the picturesque cathedral city of Salisbury has also fallen ill and is currently in serious condition in a hospital intensive care unit.”

Freedom of Information Act request reveals FBI has been using Best Buy employees as paid informants since 2008, tipped off agents when illegal material was found on customer hard drives. “The Bureau refused to confirm or deny if it has similar relationships with other electronics repair companies.”

Texas judge allegedly gave defendant electric shocks three times during trial because he wasn’t satisfied with the defendant’s answers to his questions. “After enduring the 50,000-volt shocks, (Terry) Morris was apparently too scared to return to the courtroom and actually did not attend the remainder of his own trial.”   I think I saw this in a movie – “Are you going to answer my questions, or do we have to use the stun gun again?”

Department of Housing and Urban Development wants to change its mission statement, drop part about building “inclusive” communities “free from discrimination”.  “HUD’s mission is to ensure Americans have access to fair, affordable housing and opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency, thereby strengthening our communities and nation.”

U.S. Holocaust Museum revokes Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s 2012 ‘Elie Wiesel Award’. “Since Suu Kyi’s political party took power in 2016, she has done little to prevent a military crackdown on the minority group, which escalated last year in retaliation for attacks by Rohingya militants.”   A female leader condoning evil? How is this possible?

Vatican announces canonization of slain El Salvadoran archbishop. “(Óscar Arnulfo) Romero, who had denounced a crackdown on leftist opponents of the country’s military government, was killed (by a right-wing ‘death squad’) while celebrating Mass in March 1980.”

Christian groups reportedly financing relocation of Jews to Israel. “Of the more than 28,000 Jews who immigrated to Israel in 2017, at least 8,500 arrived thanks to Christian donations, according to official figures and numbers provided by the Fellowship and Jerusalem’s International Christian Embassy, another prominent group that raises money from evangelicals.”

WWII Norwegian commando attack on German heavy water plant delayed Nazi atomic bomb program. “It put the German nuclear scientists months behind and allowed the United States to overtake the Germans in the quest to produce the first atomic bomb.”   In other words, the Nazis were ahead of the U.S. in the development of the atomic bomb. Wow. I guess this is how they declassify these things. Quick internet search….  ”The Nazis tested a crude nuclear device a few months before the end of World War II, killing hundreds of people in a massive explosion in southern Germany, a German researcher claims in a new book.”

U.S. Steel to expand production at partially idled Granite City, Illinois plant, recall 500 laid off union employees in response to Trump steel tariff. “Workers should start being recalled later in March and the restart process could take up to four months, ending more than two years during which the plant’s raw steel-making blast furnaces sat cold.”

MIT researchers walk back original findings on ride hailing app wages, say median wage is actually more like $8.55 or $10 an hour, depending on method used. “The MIT authors originally said 30 percent of drivers were losing money after taking into account vehicle expenses. Now, Zoepf says that number is either 8 percent or 4 percent.”

Nuclear weapons are big business. “(The International Committee to Abolish Nuclear Weapons’) ‘Hall of Shame’ shows the top 10 financial institutions with the biggest investments in nuclear weapons manufacturing—all U.S. firms—are: BlackRock, Capital Group, Vanguard, State Street, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Evercore, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs.”

West Virginia’s teacher go back to work with a 5% pay hike and a freeze on health insurance rates after nine day strike. “Last week, teachers in nearby Pittsburgh, which shares a media market with much of West Virginia, voted to strike within 96 hours unless their demands were met. ”

Senator Kamala Harris gives unscheduled speech of support to Israel lobby. “Harris, widely considered a 2020 presidential contender, spoke at a Monday session called “A Conversation with Senator Kamala Harris,” which was not listed on the (AIPAC) conference’s program or website.”

Construction company CEO reportedly arrested in connection with murder of environmental activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras. “Last fall, a team of five international lawyers issued a report charging that the assassination had been planned for months and included agents of the government, as well as company employees and executives.”

6th U.S. Court of Appeals rules in favor of fired transgendered employee. “A federal law banning sex bias in the workplace prohibits discrimination against transgender workers, a U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday, ruling in favor of a funeral director who was fired after telling her boss she planned to transition to female from male.”

Man accused of murdering his landlord over $30 rent increase. “Police say they questioned Tilley and that the ex-felon said he paid the landlord $560 in cash for rent but was told he owned another $30, which angered him.”

Guantanamo defense lawyers reportedly resigned after discovering microphone in client meeting room. “…the prosecution says the listening device that lawyers discovered in an early August inspection of their special meeting room was a legacy of past interrogations — and, across 50 days of ostensibly confidential attorney-client meetings, was never turned on.”


March 8, 2018

March 7, 2018

Broward County, Florida election officials destroyed 2016 Democratic Party primary ballots. “Despite the pending records requests and the ongoing litigation, (Broward supervisor of elections, Brenda) Snipes ordered the ballots and other election documents destroyed, according to papers filed in circuit court here.”

Lawsuit claims woman was stopped twice on the same day by the same Tennessee state trooper, was groped during drug search caught on dash cam. “Col. Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol issued a statement that said Lloyd ‘conducted this traffic stop in a professional manner in an effort to protect the motoring public’.”

San Francisco Arts Commission votes unanimously to remove “Early Days” statue depicting a British colonialist and Spanish missionary assisting a fallen native Californian. “I think some people may not understand how big of a symbol it is to be able to take this down.”

Trump golf club reportedly ordered tee markers with Presidential Seal. “Joseph Bates, the owner of Eagle Sign & Design, told Courier Journal he would not name his client but confirmed the tee markers were for a Trump International golf course.”

California restaurant buys $100,000 robot to flip burgers. “Eventually, you’ll save on labor, but it will take a long time to get there.”

Syria airstrikes by Russia and U.S. violated international law say U.N. investigators. “Vital civilian infrastructure has been decimated by repeated attacks on medical facilities, schools and markets.”

Court documents reveal that Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen was probably not targeting gays, used search term “nightclubs”. “Indeed, while inside Pulse, his extensive discussions with police negotiators, who continually asked him what he wanted, focused exclusively on demands that the U.S., along with Russia, cease air strikes and the killing of civilians in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.”

NYPD accused of not firing bad cops. “At least fifty employees lied on official reports, under oath, or during an internal affairs investigation. Thirty-eight were found guilty by a police tribunal of excessive force, getting into a fight, or firing their gun unnecessarily.”

Is free speech for everyone, or just the alt-right? “The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against Arizona State University, accusing the school of violating Muslim students’ right to free speech and rights to equal protection by enforcing a ban on speakers who call for boycotting Israel.”   Academic study that accused Israel of apartheid removed from U.N. website. “A people cannot be permanently repressed in these various ways without viewing the structure that has emerged as an apartheid regime.”

17 Democrats, including Hillary Clinton’s running mate, vote for “Bank Lobbyist Act”. “There is simply no excuse for a Democrat to add their name to Wall Street deregulation.”   Ha-ha-ha-ha! Oh, he wasn’t joking.

Ted Cruz warns conservatives about “extreme left” voters who may turn out for 2018 mid-terms. “The extreme left, they’re angry. They’re filled with rage. They hate the president. And mark my words, we are going to see historic turnout from the extreme left in November, which means if conservatives stay home…we could lose both houses of Congress.”

State of Washington enacts its own ‘net neutrality’ law. “Today we make history: Washington will be the first state in the nation to preserve the open internet.”

The Guardian lists its pick of the best articles on alt-right movement in the U.S., like this Huffington Post article about the Daily Stormer’s style guide for contributors. “The goal is to repeat the same points over and over and over and over again…. The basic propaganda doctrine of the site is based on Hitler’s doctrine of war propaganda outline in ‘Mein Kampf’, Volume 1, Chapter IV. If you have not read this please do so immediately.”

Royal Bank of Scotland settles “toxic mortgage” securities lawsuit for $500 million. “As part of the New York settlement the bank admitted to selling residential mortgage-backed securities that failed to comply with underwriting guidelines.”

Australia accused of persecuting whistle-blower. “In 2004, Witness K was involved in a covert mission to listen in on the Timor-Leste cabinet aimed at giving Australia the upper hand during negotiations to carve up oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea, estimated to be worth about $53bn.”

Google reportedly involved in military drone targeting project. “The military contract with Google is routed through a Northern Virginia technology staffing company called ECS Federal, obscuring the relationship from the public.”

Facebook accused of using its VPN for data mining, even when user turns it off. “Security researcher Will Strafach dove into the code behind the Protect VPN app for iPhone and discovered the service sends a significant amount of data back to Facebook that provides the company with insight into how users are making use of the application.”

Leaked video reportedly shows Muscogee County Jail employees in Georgia beating and continuously tasering black inmate. “A tooth was knocked out, according to reports from the Sheriff’s Office, and officers restrained him using leg shackles and handcuffs during the altercation.”

Woman was reportedly arrested for criticizing her ex-husband on Facebook. “A mother posted on her private Facebook page her frustration when her ex-husband, a Washington County deputy sheriff, refused her request to pick up medicine for their sick son.”–law/facebook-post-gets-wife-washington-county-deputy-arrested/5mwSCvfPYDH6gzGOz0sVLO/

800 civilians reportedly killed in attacks on Eastern Ghouta. “Eight hundred civilians — including at least 177 children — have been killed since Russia-backed regime forces launched an assault on the besieged enclave outside Damascus on February 18, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in its latest death toll.”

Military’s JROTC rifle teams actually regulated by Civilian Marksmanship Program says activist. “…there are 565,000 children that are in the JROTC program. That’s all four branches. The military is attempting to put as many adolescent fingers around as many triggers as possible.”

State Department accused of not using funds allocated to fight foreign interference in U.S. elections. “The New York Times is reporting the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million allocated since late 2016 to counter alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections.”

Protesters arrested at Capitol after expiration of DACA program. “On Capitol Hill, 87 people were arrested on Monday protesting the expiration of DACA, the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants legal permission to live and work in the United States.”

Protesters arrested at Michigan State University during clashes between alt-right and anti-fascists. “At Michigan State University in East Lansing, at least two dozen people were arrested on Monday amid clashes between white supremacists and hundreds of anti-fascist students and activists, who were trying to stop white nationalist Richard Spencer from speaking on campus.”

March 7, 2018

March 5, 2018

Trump jokes about becoming President for Life. “(China’s President Xi Jinping is) now president for life…. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”

Apps are probably collecting your location data 24/7 and selling it to advertisers and the government. “Data brokers are the companies that track, buy and sell the information to advertisers, government agencies or other groups. Exactly how the information is used is not revealed to the general public.”

New Orlean’s police department is using software to map social networks and predict criminal activity, but some members of the city council didn’t know about it until they were contacted by journalists. “The structure of city government in New Orleans is predicated on a “strong mayor” model where the council does not have approval authority over contracts or policies for the city police department.”   I think I’d call that the “Il Duce” (Benito Mussolini) model.

Louisiana environmental group reportedly “under surveillance”. “James Waskom, the director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, forwarded an email on January 4 that included details on the Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s “2018 focus areas.” It was from Buren Ric Moore, an intelligence analyst at the Louisiana State Analytical & Fusion Exchange Liaison.”

Many Uber and Lyft drivers are reportedly making around $3.37 an hour after expenses and depreciation of their vehicles, 30% are actually losing money. “On an hourly basis, the median profit was $3.37 per hour, with 74% of drivers earning less than the minimum wage in the state where they operate.”

United Airlines replaces employee bonuses for hitting targets with a lottery. “In order for an individual employee to be eligible for the lottery, he or she needs to record perfect attendance.”

The charity “Philando Feeds the Children”, named for school employee Philando Castile, who was shot to death during a traffic stop in 2016, pays off the school lunch debts of all of the city’s children. “The student lunch debt has been wiped out for all 56 schools in the Saint Paul Public Schools district in Minnesota, the district Castile worked for…”

West Virginia teachers’ strike continues without union approval. “Many doubted that the legislature would actually sign off on the governor’s agreement to raise their pay by 5 percent, and they weren’t happy that the deal created a task force to address escalating health costs in lieu of a concrete solution.”

China reportedly censoring any mention of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” or “1984” on social media. “The China Digital Times, a California-based site covering China, reports a list of terms excised from Chinese websites by government censors includes… Orwell’s novels Animal Farm and 1984…”

The military-industrial complex has captured our government, claims author. “Items that snagged billions in new funding in Trump’s proposed 2019 budget included Lockheed Martin’s overpriced, underperforming F-35 aircraft, at $10.6 billion; Boeing’s F-18 “Super Hornet,” which was in the process of being phased out by the Obama administration but is now written in for $2.4 billion; Northrop Grumman’s B-21 nuclear bomber at $2.3 billion; General Dynamics’ Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine at $3.9 billion; and $12 billion for an array of missile-defense programs that will redound to the benefit of… you guessed it: Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Boeing, among other companies.”

Progressive groups ask Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to stop intervening in primary elections. “Progressive activists believe the DCCC’s intervention in contentious primaries ― which has largely consisted of promoting moderate candidates and cautious campaign rhetoric ― reflects misguided political strategy and contempt for the Democratic base.”

Trump insider allegedly sold $31 million in crane company stock before tariff was announced. “On Friday morning Manitowoc’s shares had fallen 5.48% to $26.37. The fall was in line with drops seen by other companies dependent on cheap steel imports, including Boeing and Caterpillar.”   A strange stock to sell with Trump’s huge, privatized infrastructure plan on the horizon.

“Smart Cities” are watching you. “In the eastern (Netherlands) city of Enschede, city traffic sensors pick up your phone’s wifi signal even if you are not connected to the wifi network. The trackers register your MAC address, the unique network card number in a smartphone. The city council wants to know how often people visit Enschede, and what their routes and preferred spots are.”

Oscars awarded using ranked choice voting system. “If “Phantom Thread” doesn’t get a majority of first-preference votes — which is extremely likely! — your second-preference vote will be taken into account, and so on (until one movie has majority support)…. If the voting were to instead operate like the majority of U.S. elections, in a nine-nominee election, a movie could conceivably win with a 12 percent plurality vote.”

Police bodycam footage reportedly never released to the public in 40% of shootings. “Upturn, a Washington, D.C.-based policy think tank, reviewed more than 100 cases where body cameras were present and found that in 40 of the reviewed incidents, footage was never made available to the public.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham reportedly says war with North Korea would be “worth it” in the long run. “Graham’s position on the deaths of literal millions isn’t necessarily shared broadly among US politicians, though President Trump has long favored a narrative suggesting that he is on the verge of launching such an attack, and that has necessarily kept Graham’s hopes up.”

Turkish police break up women’s rights demonstration. “Turkish police on Sunday fired tear gas to break up a women’s rights march in Ankara with some 15 protesters reportedly detained.”

Garden Grove, California police fatally shoot man wanted for violating the terms of his probation. “Investigators contacted the man in his vehicle in the parking lot, which is when the officer-involved shooting occurred, Whitney said. It wasn’t clear what prompted officers to shoot the suspect.”

New Jersey prosecutor forced to release portion of 911 call in police shooting incident, pay legal expenses of news media who sued for it. “An edited version eventually was released after a judge denied the request to keep the tape private.”

Concord, California to pay $1.2 million to settle fatal police shooting. “The suit alleged officers killed (Charles) Burns “intentionally and maliciously” while he was attempting to surrender, by shooting him (10 times) and mauling him with a police dog.”

Alameda County District Attorney’s Office rules that officers were justified in accidentally shooting 16 year old pregnant woman while shooting at fleeing armed robbery suspect. “Deputy District Attorney Robert Graff said in a 30-page report that the death of Elena “Ebbie” Mondragon of Antioch “was unintended and tragic” and he believes that Fremont Detective Joel Hernandez and Sgt. Jeremy Miskella “acted in lawful” self-defense when they fired shots at suspect Rico Tiger, 19, and struck her instead.”

Schenectady, New York police lieutenant accused of showing photo of injured suspect to other officers and boasting about what happens to prisoners who resist. “The woman’s head was split open when she was picked up and slammed down onto a station bench by two officers, and then charged with a crime that portrayed her as the aggressor.”


March 5, 2018

March 2, 2018

Russia announces deployment of new generation of hard-to-stop nuclear weapons. “The weapons, Putin said, were a direct response to the US’s withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and its continued development of ballistic missile defenses—which the Russian government has argued undermine the strategic deterrent value of Russia’s existing nuclear force.”

Syria cease-fire not allowing aid to reach civilians. “I know of no humanitarian actor … who thinks that five hours is enough for us to be able to deliver relief into eastern Ghouta and to organize orderly medical evacuations out.”

YouTube accused of excluding white and Asian males from job interviews by former human resources employee. “Last spring, YouTube recruiters were allegedly instructed to cancel interviews with applicants who weren’t female, black or Hispanic, and to “purge entirely” the applications of people who didn’t fit those categories, the lawsuit claims.”

Law enforcement agencies received multiple, specific tips about the possibility of Nikolas Cruz committing a school shooting. “More than once, Mr. Cruz was identified by those around him as someone capable of carrying out a school shooting.”

Authorities in New Zealand accused of covering up 1981 assassination attempt on Queen Elizabeth. “On October 14, 1981, teen criminal Christopher John Lewis hid in a deserted toilet cubicle on the fifth floor of a building overlooking the Royal parade in Dunedin. He wanted to assassinate the Queen but his gunshot missed.”

Philippine president tells police and army not to cooperate with investigations into drug murders. “Western countries and rights groups have expressed alarm over the killing by police of more than 4,000 Filipinos since Duterte took office in June 2016, plus hundreds more killings of drug users by unknown gunmen.”

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina police officer ejected homeless man and man who bought him a meal from McDonalds at management’s request. “(In the video) Gallo argues with the officer and an employee of the restaurant, saying he had brought the man into the restaurant himself and bought him a meal.”

NRA accused of giving Republicans ‘green light’ on gun control measures in hopes of boosting gun sales. “Gun manufacturers, who along with the NRA’s grassroots members help fund the organization, are in the midst of the worst business crisis in decades, with sales drops driving some to seek bankruptcy protection.”

Trump announces plan to impose tariffs on cheap imported steel and aluminum to protect American companies, free trade supporters horrified. “It also elicited a swift and severe response from Republican lawmakers, who said the action would ultimately hurt American companies, workers, consumers and the economy.”

FBI accused of opening investigations on activists based on their First Amendment protected activities. “FBI Special Agent Aaron Keighley told the court during Daniels’s December 15 detention hearing that Daniels had come under his scrutiny after a video of his appearance at a Texas State Capitol rally to protest police brutality and promote armed self-defense for Black communities was broadcast on the right-wing conspiracy site InfoWars, in March of 2015.”

Senators introduce joint resolution calling U.S. intervention in Yemen’s civil war illegal. “(Bernie) Sanders and (Mike) Lee later in a press conference argued that the American intervention — which includes selling the Saudis weapons, providing limited intelligence and helping with air refueling — has never specifically been approved by Congress.”

Amazon reportedly paid no federal tax on $5.6 billion in 2017 profits. “Although the corporate tax cuts came into effect on January 1, the law includes a grandfather clause for companies that have managed to defer tax liabilities from previous years, according to ITEP.”

New Snowden documents reveal secret international coalition of spy agencies, who apparently decided not to locate their headquarters in Europe at least in part due to “European human rights laws”. “The core participants of the Seniors Europe are the surveillance agencies from the so-called Five Eyes: the NSA and its counterparts from the U.K., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. As of April 2013, the other members were intelligence agencies from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden.”

In wake of 2005 Underground Bombing in London, Five Eyes countries shared the metadata they had collected on their citizens. “The aim of the Alice Springs Resolution was to “enable unfettered access to metadata repositories among our five agencies,” according to an NSA document. The agreement was personally signed off by the director of each agency, presumably during a meeting held in the Australian town of Alice Springs, which hosts a large surveillance facility.”

Study shows school shootings have dropped sharply since 1990’s. ““There is not an epidemic of school shootings,” (James Alan) Fox said in a statement about the research, noting that there were four times as many children shot and killed in schools in the early 1990s as today.”

Trade group presentations dissed Trump administration, one used image of dumpster fire. “Trump, the presentations state, is an “autocratic leader” who regularly “humiliates [his] senior team” and is running the administration “like a bad family owned small business”.”

Minneapolis $15 minimum wage law survives legal challenge. “Minneapolis became the first Midwestern city to adopt a $15 minimum wage, when the City Council last year approved an ordinance that phases in the wage hike over several years.”

Permafrost preserving “doomsday” seed storage site has melted, renovations needed. “In an unexpected development, the permafrost, which was meant to help keep the temperature inside the vault at a constant -18 Celsius (-0.4 Fahrenheit), melted in 2016.”

Asheville, North Carolina police officer allegedly beat black pedestrian for jaywalking. “In the video Officer Chris Hickman is shown beating Johnnie Jermaine Rush with punches to the head while Rush was being restrained, and then Rush was Tasered twice when he fell to the ground.”

Massachusetts state trooper who shot fleeing ATV driver with his rifle reportedly linked to abusive social media comments. “In another 2013 post, about members of an unruly crowd who threw beer cans and bottles at police, he wrote that anyone who threw a bottle at him would need two things: “a real good dentist” and “a physical therapist AFTER you start walking again”.”

Iceland to stop weapons shipments being routed through its airport en route from Eastern Europe to Saudi Arabia. “In the wake of this reporting, RÚV reports, the Icelandic government has halted the latest request from (Air Atlanta Icelandic) to fly further weapons through the country.”

How did Republicans get more than 1/2 of Americans to back tax cuts that disproportionally favor corporations and the wealthiest Americans? Mainstream media stories touting $1,000 bonuses? “The degree to which congressional Republicans and business leaders coordinated on this messaging—either directly or through trade organizations like the Chamber of Commerce—is unknown. But every element of the rollout reeks of public relations: exact same figure, exact same messaging, staggered announcements to keep the drumbeat going and the “$1000 Bonus!” headlines in the news.”

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley meets with Juan Orlando Hernández, the recently re-elected president of Honduras who is facing widespread allegations of election rigging. “In Honduras, police injured at least six demonstrators outside the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa on Wednesday as they protested a visit by Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.”

March 2, 2018

March 1, 2018

Judge refuses to dismiss class action lawsuit against Facebook over biometric data harvesting. “The lawsuits claim Facebook’s analyzing and storing of facial data for its “Photo Tag Suggest” function violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), enacted in 2008.”

Twenty red states argue in court that without tax penalty for not having health insurance, Obamacare program is illegal. “‘Once that falls, then Obamacare falls,’ Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said at a news conference in Washington Tuesday. ”

Federal agency responsible for programs benefiting the homeless and poor finds itself embroiled in “furnituregate” scandal. “The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has agreed to spend $165,000 on “lounge furniture” for its Washington headquarters, in addition to a $31,000 dining set purchased for housing secretary Ben Carson’s office.”

Georgia Republican tells CNN that groups like Planned Parenthood also get airline discounts, just like NRA members did, news anchor pushes back. “Where are you getting that?”

Little progress in desegregation or reducing poverty in the 50 years since the Kerner Report says former commission member. “There are far more people who are poor now than was true 50 years ago. Inequality of income is worse.”

Chinese censors allegedly removing posts containing the letter N. “The letter is used in China to represent unknown numerical values, like the letter X in algebra… ‘N’ = ‘n terms in office,’ where possibly n > 2.”

Trump is going to get his military parade. “The Pentagon confirmed to CBS News’ David Martin that it has a received a memo from (Trump’s) National Security Adviser to plan a military parade for Veterans Day, Nov. 11….. Mr. Trump’s budget director estimates such a parade will cost between $10 million and $30 million.”   But will he wear a military uniform when he reviews the troops?

Colorado school district reportedly tracking former students it feels are security risks. “Is he engaging in looking at weapons online?” Mr. McDonald said. “Are they writing a hit list?”   And how do they know this?

Supreme Court rules that detained immigrants do not have a right to periodic bond hearings to request their release. “The ruling is a defeat for immigration advocates, who argued that immigrants should not be held for more than six months at a time without such a hearing.”

Russian election interference not an act of war says columnist. “Bots are not bombs. Facebook ads are not the equivalent of planes flying into the World Trade Center.”

Florida doctor misdiagnoses stage 4 cancer as the flu. “Hunter Brady’s exhaustion and shortness of breath was actually from stage IVB Hodgkin lymphoma that the Tampa boy had been living with for months, Tampa Bay’s WFTS reports.”

After immigration reform disaster, Trump now trying to do a gun control deal. “In an extraordinary televised meeting with lawmakers of both parties at the White House, Trump called for quick action on expanding background checks, increasing the gun-buying age and empowering law enforcement to confiscate firearms from potentially unstable people — even without a court’s approval.”   Trump’s proposal to arm teachers hits a snag as one armed teacher in Georgia apparently loses his temper and shoots out a window. “The incident began about 11:30 a.m. when Randal Davidson, a 53-year-old social studies teacher, refused to let students into his classroom while he was in his planning period, Frazier said. When the principal put a key in the door in an attempt to enter, Davidson fired a shot from a handgun through an exterior window of the classroom…”   “Anyone who thinks its a good idea to arm teachers has obviously never been to a staff meeting.” (That’s a joke going around, not a quote from the story.)

Mayor of Oakland, California warns illegal immigrants of ICE raids, is called a “gang lookout” by the agency’s director. “Over the weekend, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf alerted residents that she had heard from multiple sources that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents would be conducting operations there imminently; she urged those in the country illegally to take precautions.”

Trump reportedly putting pressure on Attorney General Sessions to politicize FBI investigation of Trump campaign, Sessions pushing back. “As long as I am the attorney general, I will continue to discharge my duties with integrity and honor, and this department will continue to do its work in a fair and impartial manner according to the law and Constitution.”

Trump loses his third White House communications director. ” She… reportedly acknowledged during the (House Intelligence Committee) hearing that she told “white lies” on behalf of Trump, an admission that would cast doubt on future statements on behalf of the White House.”   Like the one about the Russians who met with the Trump campaign to discuss resuming adoptions….   “Aboard Air Force One on a flight home from Europe last July, President Trump and his advisers raced to cobble together a news release about a mysterious meeting at Trump Tower the previous summer between Russians and top Trump campaign officials.”

Congress holds hearing on “endless war”, but it receives little press coverage. “(The) 2001 AUMF has become a blank check for any president to wage war anytime, anywhere, anyplace without the consent or oversight of Congress.”

West Virginia teachers get 5% pay raise after strike, still want health insurance premiums lowered. “The (Public Employees Insurance Agency’s) shortfall came as reports surfaced showing that coal companies linked to (Governor Jim) Justice owe the state $2.9 million in property taxes.”

Only 6% of huge corporate tax cut has trickled down to workers according to report. “Peeking beyond the PR, our analysis finds that major corporations are planning to spend more than 30 times what they are putting in the wallets of employees on buying back their own stock.”

Murdered Slovakian journalist was investigating mafia ties to country’s politicians, possibly including the prime minister. “A CCIJ reporter who knew Kuciak told the Guardian the investigation revealed that Italian organised crime members had “entered into business with regional politicians”, forming what was effectively a mafia syndicate.”

Veracruz, Mexico police accused of operating “death squads”. “Police in Mexico’s corruption-plagued state of Veracruz set up units that used death squad-style tactics to abduct, kill and dispose of at least 15 people who they suspected of being drug cartel informers and drug runners, according to charges filed by state prosecutors.”

San Francisco police reportedly fired 65 shots at RV, didn’t hit anyone. “…the barrage of gunfire put civilians at risk, including the three people who came out of the RV.”

Video of police shootings should be released within 20 days says New Jersey’s attorney general. “…North Jersey Media Group, requested several police files and dashboard-camera videos related to the 2014 police chase, and subsequent fatal police shooting, involving 23-year-old Kashad Ashford, but authorities declined to release the information.”

Florida police officer sentenced to probation in videotaped beating of unarmed black motorist and his passengers after two other officers were found not guilty. “The video showed several of the officers beating, kicking, kneeing, punching and using stun guns on the driver and two passengers.”

Lawsuit claims Pueblo County deputies injured prisoner during jail house beating, engaged in cover-up after he died. “(Joseph) Jaramillo was taken to a Denver hospital. His life support was removed and he was pronounced dead on Feb. 29, 2016, the lawsuit says.”   Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office claims the man died of natural causes. “A medical examiner’s report concluded the death of the former Pueblo County Jail inmate, who died at a Denver hospital, was the result of natural causes.”

Video reportedly shows Gwinnet, Georgia police officer beating handcuffed suspect. “One (video) shows the driver with his hands up. But then, Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Mike Bongiovanni appears to punch him in the face. The other video from a few minutes later shows the driver on the ground and handcuffed and Officer Robert McDonald kicking him in the head.”

Mumbai, India’s poor complain of toxic environment after relocation from razed slums. “Mahul is ‘critically’ polluted, according to India’s central pollution control board.”

South Korean government limits working hours. “South Korea’s National Assembly overwhelmingly passed the law which cut the maximum weekly work hours to 52, down from 68.”

ACLU accuses courts and law enforcement agencies of operating “debtors’ prisons”. “‘A Pound of Flesh: the Criminalization of Private Debt’… sheds light for the first time on the frequency of modern-day debt imprisonment, estimating that courts are issuing tens of thousands of arrest warrants each year for debtors owing as little as $30.”

After 6 month extension of JFK assassination files release deadline, the number of files still not released is strangely unclear. “Hundreds of withheld-in-full documents targeted for release in a 2016 NARA listing remain withheld, and have magically vanished from a 2018 NARA listing.”

Republicans trying to steer Russia investigation away from Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank. “Deutsche Bank is a German bank — I don’t see the nexus.”

Louisiana woman arrested for negligent homicide after the death of her child, because she failed to correctly secure her infant’s car seat. “Brittany Stephens wasn’t driving when the Baton Rouge police officer wrecked into their car at 94 mph, but police said she failed to properly secure the 1-year-old in her car seat…”

Jurors unable to reach a verdict in trial of police officer who shot an unarmed bus passenger in the back after argument over bus fare. “He refused to exit without getting his $3 back so Kraemer and Leeman each took one of his arms and walked him off the bus.”

Villain in ‘Black Panther’ movie is the guy who wants to liberate the world’s oppressed. “(Killmonger’s) ultimate goal is to provide oppressed people the world over with the weaponry to overthrow their oppressors.”

Saudi activist reportedly sentenced to six years in prison for tweets criticizing government. “Instead of engaging with activists on reforms, the authorities are going after them one by one, with almost all of the country’s human rights activists now silenced or imprisoned.”

Police arrest forty religious leaders during protest inside congressional office building. “The faith leaders and immigrant rights groups are demanding a permanent immigration solution for so-called DREAMers that does not include funding for the border wall and other anti-immigrant measures in exchange for their protections.”

March 1, 2018