July 8, 2018

White guy accused of calling police on black pool patron is identified. “The man, later identified as Adam Bloom by the Glenridge Homeowners Association, reportedly asked the woman, Jasmine Edwards, for her address and ID to prove she was a member…. ‘Nobody else was asked to (show) their ID’, Edwards tells officers in the video.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/white-man-calls-cops-black-woman-pool_us_5b3f7f21e4b07b827cbfd30b

Federal prosecutors dismiss charges against remaining 38 Trump inauguration protesters. “The charges from the beginning were overly broad, and filed against far too many people.”   https://www.npr.org/2018/07/06/626728667/prosecutors-will-drop-remaining-cases-from-inauguration-day-riots

Heat records set in southern California. “Among the places that set all-time records were Van Nuys Airport (117 degrees), Burbank Airport (114), UCLA (111), Santa Ana (114) and Ramona (115), according to the National Weather Service.”   http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-record-heat-20180706-story.html

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort reportedly requests permission to import 61 foreign workers. “The Mar-a-Lago club asked for 40 H-2B visas for servers and another 21 for cooks.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/07/06/mar-lago-foreign-worker-visas/764053002/

Ann Frank’s family tried to flee Nazis by legally emigrating to the U.S., but they ran out of time. “…an application that Mr. Frank said he submitted in 1938 languished in an American consulate in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, amid a swell of similar applications and was lost in a bombing raid in 1940.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/06/us/anne-frank-family-escape-usa.html

54 reported dead after heat wave in Quebec, Canada. “CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said the region has seen record high temperatures and high humidity since Sunday.”   https://www.abc15.com/news/national/blistering-heat-wave-claims-54-lives-in-quebec

EPA accused of delaying release of report linking formaldehyde to cancer. “In a Jan. 26 letter to top EPA officials, Kimberly Wise White, who leads the American Chemistry Council’s Formaldehyde Panel, wrote, ‘As stated in our meeting, a premature release of a draft assessment … will cause irreparable harm to the companies represented by the panel and to the many companies and jobs that depend on the broad use of the chemical’.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/06/insiders-admit-trumps-epa-burying-cancer-causing-chemical-study-unfriendly-industry

Amazon accused of allowing sales of racist merchandise on its website. “Hangmans (sic) Noose Lynching Decal Sticker… Made in the USA… 6 year outdoor grade vinyl…”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/amazon-hate-groups-racism_us_5b3f7d5be4b07b827cbfcd43

Woman who climbed Statue of Liberty is a former immigrant, now a U.S. citizen. “Michelle Obama – our beloved (former) first lady that I care so much about – said, ‘When they go low, we go high,’ and I went as high as I could.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/07/statue-of-liberty-protester-patricia-okoumou-interview

Trump administration stops Obamacare ‘risk adjustment’ payments. “When (risk adjustment schemes) work properly, the insurers with the healthy customers basically send money over to the ones with the sicker customers.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obamacare-sabotage-risk-adjustment_us_5b40e39ae4b09e4a8b2d96cb

Robert Kennedy’s grandson marries former CIA agent. “Robert Kennedy III and Amaryllis Fox tied the knot  on Saturday at the Kennedy Compound on Cape Cod.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5929603/Robert-F-Kennedy-III-former-CIA-operative-Amaryllis-Fox-say-beachfront-wedding.html   Sounds like a Romeo and Juliet scenario…. I don’t see any U.S. news coverage of this. Oh, it’s a local story on Boston.com   https://www.boston.com/culture/celebs/2018/06/28/robert-kennedy-iii-will-marry-a-former-cia-officer-at-the-family-compound-next-month

Mark Zuckerberg becomes third richest person in the world by micro-targeting Facebook users with ads by using their personal data. “Zuckerberg, with $81.6 billion, jumped ahead of Buffett, $81.2 billion, on Friday as Facebook shares rose by 2.4 percent, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/news/395931-zuckerberg-jumps-ahead-of-buffett-to-become-third-richest-person-alive

FCC plans to cut government communication subsidy for native Americans. “The FCC under Ajit Pai has taken particular interest in dismantling much of the Lifeline program, which helps to make broadband internet and both landline and mobile phone services available to low-income Americans.”   https://gizmodo.com/fcc-refuses-to-back-down-from-plan-to-strip-phone-and-i-1827418859

Thousand of anti-gun violence protesters in Chicago block interstate. “Last year more than 3,000 people were shot in Chicago, more than 600 of them fatally.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/07/chicago-gun-control-march   Most of the gun violence in Chicago is gang-related however, so there is not much that politicians can do. Gangsters don’t buy their guns at gun shows or gun shops and they don’t submit background checks. “Roughly 90 percent of this gun violence, police say, flows from gangs.”   http://www.newsweek.com/2016/12/23/chicago-gangs-violence-murder-rate-532034.html

Some companies claiming they use artificial intelligence to perform tasks are actually using low-paid humans. “In 2016, Bloomberg highlighted the plight of the humans spending 12 hours a day pretending to be chatbots for calendar scheduling services such as X.ai and Clara…. In 2017, the business expense management app Expensify admitted that it had been using humans to transcribe at least some of the receipts it claimed to process using its ‘smartscan technology’.”   https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jul/06/artificial-intelligence-ai-humans-bots-tech-companies

Turkish government fires 18,632 more public employees. “Turkey has dismissed thousands of state employees under an emergency decree for alleged links to terrorism groups.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/08/turkey-fires-thousands-of-public-servants-in-anti-terror-purge   And who is replacing these ‘terrorists’? Ruling party supporters?

El Paso police officer pulls gun on gang of unarmed little boys. “In the video, a half-dozen young boys shout at the officer, who pulls out his handgun and points it at them, saying, ‘Back up! Back up, [expletive]!'”   https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas/2018/07/07/el-paso-cop-points-gun-kids-angry-altercation-posted-social-media

Self-defense key chains illegal in Texas. “Ninja swords, daggers and machetes are all allowed in public—so are AR-15 assault rifles, shotguns and pistols. But possessing a pink plastic keychain shaped like a cat (head) could lead to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine…”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/pink-plastic-kitty-keychain-get-year-texas-jail-even-ar-15s-ninja-swords-legal/

Western governments, including Israel, accused of arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine. “Under pressure from the Pentagon, a clause in the annually renewed defense bill banning US aid to Ukraine from going to the Azov Battalion was repeatedly stripped out.”   https://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-arming-neo-nazis-ukraine/24876

Acting director of the Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly a former coal industry lobbyist.  “(Andrew) Wheeler is a former coal industry lobbyist and the former chief of staff for Oklahoma Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, who is known as the most notorious climate-denying lawmaker in Washington.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2018/7/6/headlines/former_coal_lobbyist_andrew_wheeler_named_acting_epa_administrator

Asylum seeker reunited with her 8 year-old daughter after being separated for 55 days. “Gonzalez-Garcia says an immigration agent wished her a ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ before her daughter was taken from her without explanation and housed in a Texas detention center.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2018/7/6/headlines/guatemalan_immigrant_mother_reunites_with_daughter_after_55_days

At least 64 dead, millions displaced by massive flooding in southern Japan. “We’ve never experienced this kind of rain before.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/japan-flooding-rain-death-toll-july-2018_us_5b41b71ee4b07b827cc1583f

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July 8, 2018

July 6, 2018

Video shows LA police arresting unarmed black motorist at gunpoint. “Los Angeles police have responded after a video showing at least five officers with their guns drawn as they arrest a woman, who appears cooperative and unarmed, drew ire from the some in the community.”   https://ktla.com/2018/07/02/lapd-responds-to-cellphone-video-of-apparently-unarmed-woman-arrested-at-gunpoint-ids-her-as-kidnapping-suspect/

Resident calls police on black politician visiting her Oregon constituents. “Rep. Janelle Bynum, a Democrat who is running for a second term this fall in the state House of Representatives, said she was knocking on doors and talking to residents for two hours along Southeast 125th Avenue in Clackamas.”   https://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2018/07/black_oregon_state_rep_says_he.html

Evidence of a literacy crisis as a large number of people misspell ‘Independence Day’ on Twitter. “The incorrectly spelled #IndependanceDay was trending on Twitter Wednesday afternoon thanks to a slew of prominent users like First Lady Melania Trump, the city of Boston, the state of New Jersey, the U.S. Air Force and the Canadian Space Agency.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-news-melania-trump-twitter-misspell-independence-20180704-story.html

Attorney General Sessions withdraws Obama administration guidelines on encouraging racial diversity in higher education. “Rescinding the guidelines does not change official U.S. policy, but marks a return to the George W. Bush-era approach of “race-neutral” college admissions.”   http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/395496-sessions-announces-reversal-of-obama-era-guidelines-promoting

Polish Supreme Court justice defies new ‘mandatory retirement at 65’ law aimed at purging the court of ‘politically unreliable’ judges. “Through legislation and personnel changes, PiS (the Law and Justice Party) has already taken de facto control of much of the judicial system since taking power in 2015, including the constitutional court and prosecutors, who now report directly to the justice minister.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-poland-gersdorf/polish-eu-tensions-flare-again-as-new-law-requires-judges-to-quit-idUSKBN1JU0M1?il=0

Mexico’s new president promises to fight poverty, says people should not have to leave the country out of necessity. “An estimated 44 percent of Mexicans live below the poverty line and 7.6 percent in extreme poverty, according to Coneval, a Mexican social development agency.”   http://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/395501-mexicos-new-president-doesnt-want-mexicans-to-have-to-immigrate-to-the-us

President Trump wanted to invade Venezuela claims ‘senior official’. “Trump… continued to press Latin American leaders about the possibility, including on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly when he dined with many of those leaders — all of whom said they did not want a US invasion of Venezuela.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/04/politics/donald-trump-venezuela-invasion/index.html

35 reportedly injured during apparent ‘ethnic cleansing’ operation in Israel. “The Jahalin Bedouin community that lives in Khan al-Ahmar set up camp in the area as early as 1953, long before two Jewish-only settlements were built around it.”    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/israeli-forces-assault-palestinians-prepare-demolish-village-180704141245982.html

D.C. Metro workers hold wildcat strike, show up late for work. “Frontline members are reacting today to frustration with the WMATA General Manager [and] the arbitration of contract issues, including absentee policy and criminal background checks.”   https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Metro-Rail-Bus-Operators-Late-to-Work-Amid-Labor-Dispute-487336591.html

California billionaire reportedly backing Arizona ballot initiative to require the state to produce 1/2 its energy from renewable sources, power companies allegedly funding opposition. “(Arizona Public Service’s) parent company, Pinnacle West Capital Corp., funneled $1.18 million to Arizonans for Affordable Energy to oppose the initiative in the first three months of the year.”   http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-steyer-arizona-20180704-story.html

Statue of Liberty is not a ‘free speech zone’. “National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis told The Associated Press that at least six people were taken into custody for unfurling the (Abolish ICE) banner.”   https://www.npr.org/2018/07/05/626052069/activists-arrested-protesting-trumps-immigration-policies-at-statue-of-liberty

EPA director Scott Pruitt resigns. “It… comes two days after an exclusive CNN investigation revealed a former top aide alleged Pruitt and his staffers held regular meetings to ‘scrub’, alter or remove controversial events from his (public) calendar.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/05/politics/scott-pruitt-epa-resigns/index.html

Trump tells crowd that black member of Congress has a low IQ. “I said it the other day, yes, [Maxine Waters] is a low-IQ individual. Honestly, she’s somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe.”   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/05/trump-takes-fight-to-bitter-rival-jon-testers-home-turf-in-montana-rally.html   Yikes!

Military reportedly purging its ranks of foreign volunteers. “The service members affected by the recent discharges all enlisted in recent years under a special program aimed at bringing medical specialists and fluent speakers of 44 sought-after languages into the military.”  http://time.com/5331398/us-army-immigrant-recruits-discharged/

Aerospace engineer with a security clearance, working for a defense contractor, is allegedly a member of a violent, right-wing extremist group. “(Michael Miselis) is also part of an organization called the Rise Above Movement, or RAM, that espouses hateful views of Muslims, Jews, and immigrants. He was videotaped beating an African-American protestor in Charlottesville and attacking demonstrators at a Trump rally in Berkeley, California.”   https://qz.com/1321903/northrop-grumman-employs-a-white-nationalist-who-attacked-demonstrators-in-charlottesville-in-its-aerospace-division/

Former MSNBC host Ed Schultz, who left the network after reportedly being told NOT to cover Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, dies at 64. “It’s five minutes to air and I get a phone call from Phil Griffin, ‘You’re not covering this!'”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/05/large-heart-and-loud-voice-pro-labor-radio-and-tv-news-host-ed-schultz-dead-64

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development report claims U.S. employees’ share of national income is dropping. “Workers’ share of national income [in the U.S.] dropped about eight percentage points between 1995 and 2013, faster than anywhere but Poland and South Korea over that time.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/05/global-1-seize-economys-gains-unprecedented-wage-stagnation-everyone-else

48 Texas gas stations fined for price gouging during Hurricane Harvey. “The stations are accused of charging drivers $3.99 or higher for a gallon of gasoline or diesel after Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster…. Paxton said there were reports of some stations charging as much as $8.99 (a gallon) for gas.”   https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/texas-news/texas-gas-stations-to-pay-out-167k-for-price-gouging-during-hurricane-harvey/287-570967452   But… the free market!

Former computer hacking firm employee accused of stealing company’s malware. “A 38-year-old former NSO employee has been accused of stealing the firm’s malware and attempting to sell it for $50 million in cryptocurrency on the dark net, according to a widely reported indictment first published by Israeli press.”   https://gizmodo.com/ex-employee-of-security-firm-made-off-with-menacing-spy-1827360767

Investigation finds that black drivers in Missouri really are much more likely to be stopped by police. “A study published last month by the state attorney general’s office confirmed what many fear about ‘driving while black’ in Missouri. It concluded black motorists were 85% more likely to be pulled over in traffic stops last year.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/05/missouri-driving-while-black-st-louis

Lions suspected of eating rhino poachers. “An axe and three pairs of shoes and gloves were found later when police and an anti-poaching unit arrived.”   https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/05/suspected-rhino-poachers-killed-by-lions-at-south-african-reserve

Japan executes 7 members of extremist cult responsible for nerve agent attacks. “Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, confirmed (Shoko) Asahara’s execution. The justice ministry later confirmed that six other senior cult members were executed on the same day.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/06/japan-executes-sarin-gas-attack-cult-leader-shoko-asahara-and-six-members-reports

White man calls police on black woman using her community pool, even though she has an access card. “The racist man demands that the officer actually swipe the keycard to prove that it works.” It does. Too bad for her though – she’s just been detained and interrogated for ‘attempted swimming while black’ and her accuser just walks away.   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/watch-white-man-calls-cops-black-family-using-community-pool-demands-check-moms-id/

Mother of 1 year-old detained while seeking asylum is reunited with her son after almost three months, says the child appears to be traumatized and shows signs of having been neglected. “When I took off his clothes he was full of dirt and lice. It seemed like they had not bathed him the 85 days he was away from us.”   https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/my-son-is-not-the-same-new-testimony-paints-bleak-picture-of-family-separation

Border Patrol accused of boarding Canadian fishing boats in international waters. “Laurence Cook, chairman of the advisory board for Lobster Fishing Area 38, said Wednesday that some Canadian vessels were boarded by American agents who asked about possible illegal immigrants.”   https://www.thespec.com/news-story/8723281-u-s-border-patrol-agents-stopping-and-boarding-canadian-fishing-boats/

More than 5,2oo bodies recovered so far from beneath the rubble of Mosul, Iraq. “The total number of bodies retrieved during the past months reached 5,228, including 2,658 civilians and 2,570 bodies for the extremist Daesh (Islamic State group) militants…. we believe that there are 500 to 700 more bodies under the debris.”   http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-07/06/c_137304599.htm

U.S. harboring a Vietnamese opposition group accused of orchestrating bomb attacks in Vietnam. “(The group) received money from the California-based Provisional Government of Vietnam…. A U.S. embassy spokesman said at the time the group was not designated a terrorist outfit by the U.S. State Department.”   https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-vietnam-security-blast/vietnam-arrests-seven-terrorists-over-bombing-of-police-station-idUKKBN1JV138   Interesting that Reuters calls the bombers ‘terrorists’ instead of terrorists, and have you ever heard of a ‘terrorist outfit’ before?

July 6, 2018

July 4, 2018

China issues travel advisory for its citizens visiting the U.S. “The embassy warned Chinese tourists to be aware of issues including expensive medical bills, the threats of public shootings and robberies, searches and seizures by customs agents, telecommunications fraud and natural disasters.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-usa-politics/china-issues-us-travel-warning-amid-trade-tensions-idUSKBN1JT0T5

Facebook personal data sharing investigation widens. “Facebook discovered in 2015 that Cambridge Analytica, which wasn’t yet working for President Donald Trump’s campaign and other Republican candidates, had obtained Facebook data to create voter profiles. Yet Facebook didn’t disclose that information to the public until March (2018), on the eve of the publication of news reports about the matter.”   https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-facebook-investigation-broadened-20180702-story.html

29 protesters at Philadelphia ICE office arrested after failing to disperse. “The police surge cleared the way for access to a secure entrance to the building.”   http://www.philly.com/philly/news/abolish-ice-protest-philadelphia-immigration-berks-20180703.html

Governor of Massachusetts signs gun confiscation bill into law. “…the law… gives judges the power to issue an “extreme risk protection order” taking away a person’s guns after a family member, current or former romantic partner, housemate, or local police official signs an affidavit saying the person may pose a risk of causing bodily injury to themselves or someone else.”   https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/07/03/baker-signs-red-flag-gun-bill-into-law/SqiPzGFWjxHLcZWqnxMGRJ/story.html   Are they also going to take away their knives, motor vehicles, baseball bats, ice picks, scissors, box cutters, flammable liquids, wire, rope, neckties, pillows, fireworks/gunpowder, wine bottles, hammers and yard tools?

Severely injured subway rider begs bystanders not to call an ambulance. “After a woman’s leg became trapped by a subway train in Boston, the bone exposed through her thigh, she reportedly pleaded with bystanders: Don’t call an ambulance. ‘Do you know how much an ambulance costs?’ she wept, according to The Boston Globe.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/03/video-rescue-woman-trapped-injured-boston-subway/756068002/

Trump accuses Obama administration of granting citizenship to Iranians as part of nuclear deal. “He had every opportunity to call people in his own Department of Homeland Security and State Department to ask whether or not this was true. And they would have told him it wasn’t. Instead, he relies on Fox News.”   https://money.cnn.com/2018/07/03/media/fox-news-trump-obama-iran-deal/index.html

FAA says no need to set minimum seating space on airliners. “FlyersRights.org challenged the FAA in court for allowing airlines and manufacturers to squeeze more passengers onto flights. As seating got more cramped, the group argued there is a safety risk for evacuations and a health risk for passengers who could develop deep-vein thrombosis.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/07/03/faa-airline-seating-regulations/755707002/   It’s called ‘regulatory capture’.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulatory_capture

App developer employees reportedly allowed to read some Gmail user’s emails. “… the news that third-party developers — and especially their employees — could read people’s emails may come as a surprise to people who didn’t quite understand what they were signing up for or the extent that human eyes would be involved.”   https://www.cnet.com/news/third-party-gmail-apps-reportedly-let-employees-read-peoples-emails/

Researchers say your Android phone is probably not recording and transmitting your audio to target you with ads, but it may be recording screen shots and sending them to third parties. “In other words, until smartphone makers notify you when your screen is being recorded or give you the power to turn that ability off, you have a new thing to be paranoid about.”   https://gizmodo.com/these-academics-spent-the-last-year-testing-whether-you-1826961188

Immigrants with children who are requesting asylum reportedly being given two choice – leaving the U.S. with or without their children. “Although a federal judge last week ordered the reunification of migrant children and parents forcibly separated under the Trump administration’s so-called “zero tolerance” policy, attorneys for detained migrants told journalists that their clients are being presented with a form that features only two options: 1) I am requesting to reunite with my child(ren) for the purpose of repatriation to my country of citizenship. Or 2) I am affirmatively, knowingly, and voluntarily requesting to return to my country of citizenship without my minor child(ren) who I understand will remain in the United States to pursue available claims of relief.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/03/ice-form-confirms-children-being-held-hostage-force-asylum-seeking-parents

64% of Americans want the Supreme Court to overturn its own Citizens United ruling, which lifted restrictions on corporate political donations. “Recent survey data has found that a large majority of Americans most certainly don’t agree with (Justice) Kennedy’s conclusion that unlimited corporate political expenditures do not corrupt politics.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/03/trump-readies-pick-70-democrats-and-67-republicans-want-supreme-court-overturn

Anti-ICE blockades spread to additional cities. “(In addition to San Francisco and Philadelphia) Occupy ICE demonstrations have also emerged in Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, Detroit and New York.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/03/occupy-ice-protests-immigration-families

Senate Intelligence Committee says more evidence that Russia boosted Trump during election. “A Republican-controlled Senate panel has said that further evidence has been found to support a US intelligence assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help elect Donald Trump…. No further detail was given.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/03/trump-russia-more-election-meddling-evidence-found-says-senate-panel

Police union lodges complaint over two books on South Carolina high school’s summer reading list. “Thomas’s book (The Hate U Give) was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, but also includes a character, the main protagonist’s uncle, who is a black police officer and positive role model. It has won prizes including the Waterstones children’s book award, while All American Boys is the recipient of the Walter Dean Myers award for outstanding children’s literature.”   https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/03/south-carolina-police-object-to-high-school-reading-list   Streisand effect! (When someone tries to censor something that is relatively unknown and it results in creating huge interest and curiosity, resulting in far more people seeking it out than ever would have if there had been no attempt at censorship.)   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect

Rioting in Nantes, France after police fatally shoot man attempting to flee traffic stop. “There were fires in the (dumpsters), the cars. They were breaking everything. It lasted ages,’ (a witness) said, adding that the situation later calmed down. Violence also broke out in two other areas, Dervallières and Malakoff, where cars were set on fire.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/04/french-police-clash-with-youths-in-nantes-after-man-shot-dead

U.S. may have become a ‘zombie democracy’. “Barack Obama was sometimes criticized for being a ‘celebrity president’ whose soaring, quasi-religious rhetoric masked what was essentially a standard [neo-]liberal-technocratic platform. But the subsequent election of Trump — a literal reality TV entertainer — seems to epitomize the extent to which democratic politics has been reduced to a pageant of entertainment and provocation.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/07/04/how-democracy-ends-david-runciman-review/

Chilean judge finds nine former soldiers guilty of murder of folksinger Victor Jara after 1973 right-wing coup. “He had been held, along with around 5,000 other political prisoners, in a sports stadium where he was interrogated, tortured and then killed.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/nine-ex-military-convicted-1973-murder-chile-folk-singer-victor-jara/

Norwich, Connecticut police issued court summons to white gang that jumped on the hood of a black woman’s car and smashed out her window after she reported them for attacking a black man in the street. “Police said five people were charged but were not taken to jail and no mugshots were taken.”   https://fox61.com/2018/07/03/exclusive-norwich-police-investigating-race-related-attack-on-mother-and-toddler/

Sexual abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq may have also been used against female prisoners. ‘You must come and kill me, because I’ve been defiled….  I’m no longer fit. I can’t be a wife… and I can’t be married.”   https://truthout.org/video/seymour-hersh-on-torture-at-abu-ghraib-and-secret-us-assassination-programs/

Cuban environmentalist released from prison early after being sentence to 1 year for insulting forest rangers. “Amnesty International had called Ruiz Urquiola, who has a history of criticizing the government on environmental issues, a ‘prisoner of conscience’ after he was sentenced on May 8 for calling two forest rangers ‘rural police’.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/cuban-environmentalist-prisoner-conscience-says-free-parole-223900025.html

 

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July 3, 2018

Petition demands release of body cam video from Montgomery, Maryland police shooting of unarmed pedestrian. “The letter signed by the 600 individuals used (Robert) White’s case to broadly bring up concerns about training, the use of force, the handling of body camera footage and interactions with African-Americans, as well as interactions with mentally ill or developmentally disabled individuals.”   https://wtop.com/montgomery-county/2018/06/activists-and-police-still-have-questions-about-officer-involved-shooting-in-silver-spring/

Pfizer raises prices of about 100 of its drugs. “The increases, which took effect July 1, are just over 9 percent on average, well above the rate of inflation, which is about 2 percent.”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pfizer-hikes-price-of-viagra-and-100-other-drugs-report-says/

Kentucky’s governor cuts health insurance benefits of almost 1/2 million of the state’s Medicaid recipients after judge throws out work requirement. “The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services calls the cuts an “unfortunate consequence” of Friday’s ruling by a federal judge who said Kentucky can’t require (the state’s 460,000) poor people to get jobs to keep their Medicaid benefits.”   https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/kentucky-gop-cuts-dental-vision-500000-people-56313909

Mexico’s new leftist president Andrés Manuel López Obrador crushed his opponents in the election, winning with an estimated 53% of the vote. “López Obrador’s closest rival, Ricardo Anaya from the National Action party (PAN), received around 22% while José Antonio Meade, a career civil servant running for the Institutional Revolutionary party, or PRI, which ruled Mexico for most of last century, came in third with around 16%.”   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/02/mexico-election-leftist-amlo-set-for-historic-landslide-victory

Poll: 67% of Americans favor abortion rights for women. “The Kaiser Family Foundation poll of 1,492 Americans found that 67 percent support the ruling that legalized abortion rights for the whole country, while 29 percent would like the Supreme Court to overturn it.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/most-americans-want-roe-v-wade-stand-survey-shows-n887751

Companies using corporate tax cut windfall for record setting buy backs of their own stock. “Stock repurchases hit nearly $190 billion in the first quarter for the S&P 500, according to preliminary results from S&P Dow Jones Indices. The last time that record was set was just before the Great Recession, when companies bought up almost $172 billion of buybacks.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/business/economy/what-did-corporate-america-do-tax-break-buy-record-amounts-n886621

South Korea lowers its work hour limit to 52 hours a week. “South Korea has the third highest number of hours worked of 37 countries tracked by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development…”   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/02/health/south-korea-work-hours/index.html   United States has no limit on the number of hours an employee can be required to work. “There is no limit in the (Fair Labor Standards) Act on the number of hours employees aged 16 and older may work in any workweek.”   https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime_pay.htm

Border Patrol accused of coercing citizens to make statements at immigration checkpoints. “‘You can answer me if you are a U.S. citizen, you can sit here for the rest of the day, or you can pull over there and talk to somebody. . . . If you refuse to answer, that’s on you. We’re going to have you pull over there and wait it out. . . . You are not free to go until you talk and answer my question.’ CBP ultimately detained this man for over 30 minutes – a prolonged period of time that far exceeds the brief detention allowed under the law.”   http://www.concordmonitor.com/Time-to-stop-border-patrol-checkpoints-in-NH-18438279

Community with workshops for the blind disbanded after the fall of the Soviet Union, some former residents reduced to begging. “Natali’s parents used to work in Ponichala’s community facilities, but the definition of work has since changed for them. Now work is what Natali’s mother calls going to the train station to beg for money.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/02/europe/cnnphotos-blind-settlement-ponichala/index.html

Supreme Court’s Janus and Citizens United decisions are apparently at odds with each other; shareholders can’t opt out of funding corporate speech but those represented by unions can now opt out of funding union speech. “…when it came to collective corporate speech, Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Citizens United, was quick to dismiss the concerns of a shareholder objecting to corporate speech in favor of the important speech rights of the collective. If a dissident within the group could hold up group political speech with a veto right, as the court’s dire prognostication went, what fate awaits America’s media corporations and all the others who want to engage in cooperative speech?”   https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/07/janus-and-citizens-united-are-in-direct-conflict-with-each-other.html

White Catholic priest allegedly tells black family holding a funeral to take their casket and  ‘get the hell out of my church’ after someone accidentally knocked over a chalice. “Adding even further insult to the grieving family, (Pastor) Briese then also called the police, who arrived as the family was carrying Hicks’ casket out of the church.”   https://www.dailydot.com/irl/priest-calls-police-black-funeral-goers/   Would this EVER happen to a white family?

Ron Paul’s Twitter account reportedly tweets racial caricatures, he blames staffer. “So someone on your staff is a racist antisemite? Oh well, whew. That’s a much better explanation.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ron-paul-blames-racist-tweet-on-staffer_us_5b3ada27e4b07b827cba060b

Philippine mayor accused of drug corruption shot by sniper during ceremony. “The distance from the position was extraordinary. It could not be done by an ordinary person.”   https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44681855

Turkish police attempt to break up Istanbul gay pride march. “They fired tear gas on groups in some areas and were seen elsewhere pushing and shouting at participants.”   http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/police-disperse-lgbti-activists-trying-to-march-in-istanbul-134072

89 year-old black woman had to pee outside in the grass after Charlotte, North Carolina gas station allegedly refused to let her use their employee restroom. “Unfortunately, Ms. Redic was at one of our small kiosk stations that does not have a restroom accessible to the public.”   https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/evelyn-redic-bathroom-shell_us_5b3a83d5e4b09e4a8b262e8e

British intelligence agencies believed Russia and China were reverse-engineering alien technology. “The UK spooks were of the belief the Chinese or Soviets were using the aliens’ secrets to develop fast aircraft that were invisible on radars.”   http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/07/02/does-china-have-ufo-british-x-files-indicate-uk-thought-so.html

Hong Kong residents hold their annual pro-democracy protest. “In the past, protesters have gathered on the main football pitches inside Hong Kong’s Victoria Park. But since last year, when China’s President Xi Jinping paid a visit to mark 20 years since the handover, that area has been given over to a pro-Beijing rally.”   https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/07/01/pictures-end-one-party-dictatorship-50000-join-march-democracy-hong-kong-say-organisers/

Rhode Island sues oil companies over climate change. “They have known for decades that those (climate) impacts could be catastrophic and that only a narrow window existed to take action before the consequences would be irreversible. They have nevertheless engaged in a coordinated, multi-front effort to conceal and deny their own knowledge of those threats, discredit the growing body of publicly available scientific evidence, and persistently create doubt in the minds of customers, consumers, regulators, the media, journalists, teachers, and the public about the reality and consequences of the impacts of their fossil fuel pollution.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/02/watershed-moment-climate-liability-rhode-island-files-historic-lawsuit-against-21

Former Obama administration Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner reportedly running firm that makes high interest loans to the poor. “This industry is a pipeline to transfer money from the poor to the ultra-rich.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/07/02/after-long-career-bailing-out-big-banks-obama-treasury-secretary-tim-geithner-now

Polish bill would reportedly allow the government to collect information on COP24 environmental summit attendees. “…the law empowers Polish authorities to solicit other countries for information on COP24 attendees coming from abroad, including any police records and intelligence gathered by state surveillance. This information can be collected “without the knowledge or consent” of the people it’s collected from, and stored through March 2019.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/07/02/cop24-poland-surveillance-law/   We all know how dangerous those environmentalists are!

It’s the vision thing. “Socialism is inextricable from Ocasio-Cortez’s success because it’s the secret behind her ability to do what the Democratic Party has long failed to do — articulate a holistic progressive vision for America.”   https://theintercept.com/2018/06/30/theres-an-easy-answer-to-why-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-won-socialism/

Walmart reportedly selling ‘Impeach Trump’ t-shirts. “…Walmart also sells “Donald Trump Superman”, “Trump 2016 Don’t Just Hope for Change Vote For It” and “Donald Trump Make America Great Again 2016 Presidential Campaign” t-shirts.”   http://www.ibtimes.com/walmart-selling-impeach-45-shirts-leads-boycott-campaign-social-media-2696924   It’s all about making a buck.

Federal judge blocks lawsuit against Michigan state officials, says kids do not have a right to literacy. “Filed on behalf of Detroit students, it sought to hold a dozen state officials — including Gov. Rick Snyder — accountable for what plaintiffs said were systemic failures that deprived Detroit children of their right to literacy.”   https://www.freep.com/story/news/education/2018/07/01/detroit-literacy-education-rights/748052002/

 

July 3, 2018

July 2, 2018

‘Bernie Sanders of Mexico’ wins presidential election by a landslide. “Lopez Obrador, 64, who was a losing candidate in the last two presidential contests, has championed a leftist, populist agenda that has resonated in a nation where many are fed up with corruption, rising crime and a slumping economy.”   http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-mexico-election-20180630-story.html

Portland State University police fatally shoot man trying to break up a fight. “(The) man was shot after a holstered handgun he was carrying fell onto the ground and he appeared to be trying to pick it up, according to the witness.”   https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/06/portland_state_names_officers.html

TSA screeners now reportedly asking passengers to remove snacks from their carry-on luggage. “Passengers at airports across the country are reporting that increasingly TSA agents are instructing them to remove their snacks and other food items from their carry-ons and place them in those ubiquitous plastic bins for separate screening.”   https://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/TSA-screeners-nibbling-away-at-travelers-13038574.php

Black senators introduce anti-lynching bill which would make it a federal hate crime. “The proposed legislation cites more than 4,700 lynchings reported in all but four states between 1882 and 1968, calling lynching the ‘ultimate expression of racism in the United States following Reconstruction’ and noting that ’99 percent of all perpetrators escaped punishment by state or local officials’.”   http://abc13.com/politics/proposed-legislation-could-make-lynching-a-federal-crime/3682384/

July 1st was the 50th anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. “Countries with nuclear weapons will move toward disarmament, countries without nuclear weapons will not acquire them and all countries can access peaceful nuclear energy.”   https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-ban-the-bomb-how-the-treaty-on-the-non-proliferation-of-nuclear/

Sweden becomes fifth European country to define rape as sex without consent. “Rape had previously been defined as a sexual act carried out with the use of violence or threat.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5906167/Swedens-new-law-sex-without-consent-rape-comes-effect.html

Even immigrants who request asylum at an official port of entry are being separated from their children. “Separations at ports of entry have happened ‘even when families have presented sufficient evidence of parentage, even where they do not have signs of neglect or abuse … even when the child is able to speak for themselves and say’ this is my parent, Ramos said.”   http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-port-of-entry-separations-20180701-story.html

Seattle, Washington bans plastic straws and cutlery. “Officials said the measure is needed as part of the city’s continuing efforts to reduce waste and prevent petroleum-based plastics from contaminating compost and polluting marine waters.”   https://www.seattlepi.com/local/komo/article/Seattle-becomes-first-major-city-to-ban-plastic-13041847.php

Carrying a balance on your credit card doesn’t improve your credit rating. “More than one in five credit card users have carried a balance to help improve their credit scores, according to a study released Monday by CreditCards.com.”   https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-02/millions-of-americans-make-a-costly-mistake-when-paying-credit-card-bills

Chinese scientists claim they have developed a portable laser rifle. “Ten years ago its capabilities would have been the preserve of sci-fi films, but one laser weapons scientist said the new device is able to “burn through clothes in a split second … The pain will be beyond endurance.”   http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2153310/china-brings-star-wars-life-laser-ak-47-could-set-fire

Lawsuit accuses ice cream company of shorting customers. “Two people from California filed a federal class-action lawsuit charging that Halo Top underfills its pints ‘dramatically so at times’.”   https://abcnews.go.com/US/lawsuit-charges-halo-top-ice-cream-cheating-customers/story?id=56231007

Giant tech firms receiving billions in tax breaks. “Giant technology companies in the US, which include some of the world’s most profitable firms, have been pledged at least $9.3bn in state and local subsidies over the last five years – much of it coming from the coffers of cities and states with failing infrastructure, struggling schools and broken budgets.”   https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/jul/02/us-cities-and-states-give-big-tech-93bn-in-subsidies-in-five-years-tax-breaks

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s father reportedly had his own architecture firm, and she actually grew up in a wealthy suburb of New York, attending Yorktown High School where only 2% of the students qualify for free or reduced price lunches. “When she was about five, Ocasio-Cortez’s family moved to the house in Westchester County, a detail that (her official) bio omits.”   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5905247/Girl-Bronx-Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez-actually-grew-wealthy-Westchester-County.html

Philadelphia cops zip-tied 85 year-old rabbi at immigration protest. “Identified by Twitter user @StanceGrounded, Rabbi Waskow can been seen sticking his hands out for the pull-ties to be placed on his wrists as the officer had to help him out of his chair and and hold him up so he could use his cane.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/watch-philly-police-place-protesting-85-year-old-rabbi-cane-restraints-arrest-outside-ice-facility/

 

 

July 2, 2018

July 1, 2018

Conservative Christians hopeful that Trump’s next Supreme Court appointment will lead to a reversal of abortion rights for women. “There is a high level of confidence within the community that overturning (Roe v. Wade) is actually, finally possible.”   https://apnews.com/c3ce142c486e41d2b14bfcea2cbfb59f/Evangelical-leaders-downplay-potential-Roe-v.-Wade-reversal

Protesters around the world march against President Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policies. “More than 750 “Families Belong Together” marches took place in all 50 US states and Twitter showed sister demonstrations in London, Munich, Paris, Hamburg, Tokyo, and others cities around the globe.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/06/30/hundreds-thousands-take-streets-protest-trumps-zero-humanity-policies

Rudy Giuliani addresses Iranian Islamic Marxist group (The People’s Mujahedin) in Paris, says they should replace the current government in Iran. “The mullahs must go, the ayatollah must go, and they must be replaced by a democratic government which Madam (Maryam) Rajavi represents.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/30/rudy-giuliani-mek-iran-paris-rally

Istanbul’s Gay Pride march banned due to ‘security concerns’, activists vow to hold it anyway. “Gay pride parades have been banned in Istanbul for the last three years.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-lgbt/istanbul-lgbt-pride-march-will-go-ahead-despite-ban-organizers-idUSKBN1JP2Y7

Former journalist and member of Turkey’s parliament charged with terrorism related offense for publishing leaked transcript of a phone call which included President Erdogan, which implicated the president in a corruption scandal,  in 2014. “Mr Erdem is accused of publishing illegal wiretappings, allegedly of Mr Erdogan who was premier at the time and other senior officials, when he was the editor of opposition newspaper Karsi in 2014.”   https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44662319

After looting Toys R Us and driving the company into bankruptcy, private equity firms stiff employees on severance pay. “The workers are owed roughly $75 million in severance. The company’s bankruptcy lawyers and advisers, by comparison, are expected to be paid as much as $348 million in fees.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/30/business/toys-r-us-closing.html   Capitalism at its finest.

Protester blocks Virginia pipeline construction project for one day, goes to jail. “According to police, (Emily) Satterwhite affixed herself to the boom of an excavator using a common protest device called a ‘sleeping dragon’…”   http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Blacksburg-woman-arrested-for–486956471.html

Because religion! Fox News host explains why denying gays wedding cakes is ok,  but denying a Trump administration official fried chicken is ‘left wing intolerance’. “That baker had no problem serving gays, he didn’t want to make the wedding cake because that was contrary to his religious beliefs!”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/fox-news-host-jeanine-pirro-screams-sarah-sanders-get-fried-chicken-gays-cant-get-wedding-cakes/   “It does strike me as remarkable that the apparent penalty for throwing someone out of a restaurant is to receive bomb threats and death threats and hate mail.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/06/26/red-hen-sarah-sanders-visit-leaves-lexington-virginia-reeling/733196002/

Conservative gadfly Dinesh D’Souza reportedly retweets message with ‘burnthejews’ hashtag. “I did not see the hashtag.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/rightwinger-dinesh-dsouza-retweets-burnthejews-promote-new-movie-comparing-trump-lincoln-later-deletes-tweet/

 

July 1, 2018

June 30, 2018

NSA deleting ‘hundreds of millions’ of electronic records of Americans it says may have been collected in error. “Under the Freedom Act, the agency took in 151 million call-detail records in 2016 and 534 million such records in 2017, according to government reports.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/29/us/politics/nsa-call-records-purged.html

Director of President Trump’s National Economic Council claims U.S. budget deficit is ‘coming down rapidly’, but Congressional Budget Office says otherwise. “The CBO said on June 7 that the federal deficit was $530 billion so far in the 2018 fiscal year — $97 billion more than it was at this point last year.”   https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/29/larry-kudlow-says-deficit-coming-down-rapidly-against-cbo-evidence.html

State Department official suggests changes to U.N. declaration on racism, says ‘nationalism’ is not bad, ‘xenophobia’ (fear of foreigners) is too vague and could mean anything, and that governments are not obligated to do anything about hate speech. “To refer to the ‘rise’ of racism resumes [sic] (1) there was some more innocent time when racism didn’t exist in the world; or (2) racism is increasing over some unspecified previous time,” Veprek writes. “Is there evidence for either of these assertions?”   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/29/politics/veprek-state-dept-un-racism/index.html

White woman allegedly tells black teen he doesn’t belong at their community pool, threatens to call the police, hits him. “No child including mine or anybody else’s ever, ever, deserves that type of abuse or treatment or to be struck not once, not twice, but three times by someone that is upset because of the color of someone’s skin, and they feel as though they don’t belong at their swimming pool.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/29/us/pool-patrol-paula-south-carolina-trnd/index.html

Police reportedly ID’ed newspaper shooting suspect using facial recognition technology. “Anne Arundel County police chief Timothy Altomare told reporters Friday that police sent an image of Jarrod Ramos to the Maryland Combined Analysis Center, which compared his photo to others in the Maryland Image Repository System (or MIRS), which is stocked with millions of images of known offenders as well as driver’s license photos.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/06/29/capital-gazette-gunman-identified-using-facial-recognition-technology/744344002/

Jury awards $17 million to man held in prison for 21 years after detectives used false testimony to convict him. “Jacques Rivera filed the lawsuit against former CPD detective Reynaldo Guevara, two other detectives and the City of Chicago, alleging that the officers manipulated a key witness who was only 12 years old.”   http://abc7chicago.com/society/jury-rules-against-former-cpd-detective-guevara-awards-$17m-to-victim/3676850/

Lancaster, Pennsylvania police officer tasers man after he sits down as ordered but doesn’t extend his legs the right way. “Williams sat down on the curb, but when he did not stretch his legs as instructed, the officer shocked him in the back — prompting the town’s mayor to launch an investigation into the cop’s use of force.”   http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-news-lancaster-police-taser-sitting-man-20180629-story.html

700 protests against the Trump administration’s ‘zero humanity’ immigrant detention policies planned around the country on Saturday. “Dozens of social justice groups were mobilizing their ranks to participate in the Families Belong Together protests this week, including Planned Parenthood, Win Without War, and National Nurses United.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/06/29/700-events-planned-saturday-nationwide-rallies-will-demand-end-trumps-zero-humanity

Food safety testing finds antibiotic resistant ‘super bugs’ on U.S. meat. “Specifically, the federal testing detected antibiotic resistant bacteria on: 79 percent of ground turkey; 71 percent of pork chops; 62 percent of ground beef; and 36 percent of chicken breasts, legs, things, or wings.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/06/29/aaack-new-analysis-shows-superbugs-lurking-three-fourths-us-supermarket-meat

Bernie Sanders invites CEOs to discuss income inequality. “In four separate letters delivered on Thursday, Sanders invited Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Steve Easterbrook of McDonald’s, Doug McMillon of Walmart, and Bob Iger of Disney to ‘sit on a panel with their own employees and explain why it’s acceptable that they receive huge compensation packages while their very own workers are struggling to put food on the table’.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/06/28/town-hall-invite-sanders-dares-top-ceos-have-guts-face-their-struggling-workers

North Korea accused of secretly ramping up nuclear weapons production by U.S. intelligence agencies. “There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the U.S.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/north-korea/north-korea-has-increased-nuclear-production-secret-sites-say-u-n887926

Five people removed from SkyWest flight after dispute between woman and flight attendant over putting her phone in ‘airplane mode’. “What followed was a mutiny by other passengers. ‘She was complying!’ said one male passenger.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/passenger-tossed-flight-dispute-flight-172307762.html

Nine arrested outside Portland, Oregon ICE office. “Officers moved in at sunrise and were able to unblock the entrance to the facility that had been closed for more than a week, said Rob Sperling, spokesman for Federal Protective Service, which is responsible for protecting federal buildings.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/federal-officers-move-reopen-immigration-office-oregon-174832885.html

Facebook quiz app allegedly exposed users’ personal data, for years. “Since NameTests displayed their user’s personal data in javascript file, virtually any website could access it when they would request it.”   https://medium.com/@intideceukelaire/this-popular-facebook-app-publicly-exposed-your-data-for-years-12483418eff8

Shopping for a new cell phone while black: Fresno, California police force man to crawl out of T-Mobile store at gunpoint, on his stomach. ““What are you guys doing in there?” one officer asks. “Just trying to get a new phone,” Vincent replies.”   https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article214080189.html

Comedian who pranked Donald Trump with phone call on Air Force One reportedly gets late night visit from the Secret Service. “Alright, I didn’t answer & they have left, but my neighbors said they showed their badges. — John Melendez (@stutteringjohnm) June 30, 2018”   https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/comedian-pranked-trump-phone-call-claims-late-night-visit-secret-service-now-hes-run/

Black suspect charged with hate crime for calling cops ‘Nazis’ during his arrest. “(Robbie) Sanderson is not the only Pennsylvania resident to face ethnic intimidation charges for what appears to be simply making comments to the police that could be considered racist. The Appeal identified at least three other such cases in the state in 2016.”   https://theappeal.org/a-black-man-called-the-cops-nazis-and-was-charged-with-a-hate-crime/

Boy throwing stones reportedly fatally shot in the head by Israeli troops on border of Gaza. “The 13-year-old was fatally shot in the head and a 24-year-old man died of gunshot wounds to his leg and abdomen, the Gaza Health Ministry said. More than 130 wounded were evacuated to hospitals for treatment with at least three in serious condition, the ministry said.”   https://www.yahoo.com/news/palestinians-13-old-killed-along-border-israel-165051465.html

Some journalists still blaming decades of job market collapse on robots. “… the reason millions of manufacturing workers lost their jobs in this period was decisions on trade policy by leaders of both political parties, not anything the robots did. That changes the story of the collapse of political parties (the theme of (Thomas) Friedman’s piece) a bit.”   https://fair.org/slider/soaring-cost-of-clues-leaves-thomas-friedman-apparently-unable-to-buy-one/

Young, detained migrants are reportedly appearing in court alone. “One immigration lawyer in California described a 3-year-old child separated from their family climbing a table during a deportation proceeding, saying, ‘It really highlighted the absurdity of what we’re doing with these kids’.”   https://www.democracynow.org/2018/6/29/headlines/young_children_ordered_to_appear_alone_in_deportation_proceedings

June 30, 2018