Friday Oct. 20

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Breitbart published fake news blaming immigrant for California fires >QuickRead

There may be some truth to evolution, New Mexico admits >QuickRead

In other warming periods, sea levels rose in bursts >QuickRead

Pollution to blame for 1 in 6 deaths >QuickRead

Chicago considers Uber, Lyft tax to fund public transit >QuickRead

pompeoCIA backs off director’s claim that Russia didn’t sway elections >QuickRead

Unpaid $7 Waffle House bill exposed ID theft ring, police say >QuickRead

Comcast, CenturyLink spent $50K on candidate who opposed municipal broadband >QuickRead

Severe nursing shortage has hospitals paying “travelers” >QuickRead

icelandVikings mowed down the forests. Can Iceland regrow them? >QuickRead

Young firms struggle to compete as giants Facebook and Amazon clone products and consolidate their power. > QuickRead

Encryption rules! MIT issuing “blockchain” diplomas >QuickRead

That bird isn’t singing, he’s cursing the other birds out >QuickRead


Thursday Oct. 19

Trump suggests FBI conspired with Russia The Hill

NJ leads dumb race to lure Amazon with $7 billion bribe Reuters

Should US restrict president’s nuclear authority? Christian Science Monitor
> Actually, checks are already in place. 

Rebecca Hersman

“The notion that a president could capriciously launch a nuclear first strike suggests that no one in the chain of command would raise a question or intervene. In practical terms I find that hard to believe,”
— Rebecca Hersman, former deputy assistant secretary of Defense

For $1000, anyone can purchase online ads
that track your location and app use
Eureka Alert
> “Anyone from a foreign intelligence agent to a jealous spouse can pretty easily sign up with a large internet advertising company and on a fairly modest budget use these ecosystems to track another individual’s behavior,” said lead author Paul Vines, a recent doctoral graduate.

Georgia pol holds “bump stock giveaway” … because?… Raw Story
… it endears him to “the base?”
Michael Williams claims there is “zero evidence” that banning bump stocks would make Americans safer and blamed “liberals and Hollywood elites” for what he sees as incursions on his rights as a gun owner.
Williams claims that the bump stocks Stephen Paddock used actually prevented more deaths in the Las Vegas mass shooting “due to its inconsistency, inaccuracy, and lack of control.”

Georgia State Sen. Michael Williams and friends.

McCain: Regulate Facebook Axios 
> Tech venture capitalist: “It wouldn’t surprise me if the sun is setting on the golden age of Silicon Valley … He adds that federal regulators may try breaking up tech giants like Google or Facebook,companies that are: “more powerful than AT&T ever was.”

Reasearch: Dogs are more expressive when a human looks at them Phys.Org
dog-2-min“We can now be confident that the production of facial expressions made by dogs are dependent on the attention state of their audience and are not just a result of dogs being excited. In our study they produced far more expressions when someone was watching, but seeing food treats did not have the same effect.”

Discovery of huge Moon cave might help people live up there The Guardian
… could be used as a base for astronauts and their equipment, because it would protect them from extreme temperatures – ranging from an average of 107C during the day to -153C at night – and radiation from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Weinstein story achieves absurdity as Howard Stern gets self-righteous USA Today
Yeah. You read that right. H-O-W-A-R-D  S-T-E-R-N. Moral giant and philosopher of the realm.

Hollywood’s next scandal: Powerful child molesters The Week
The outlines of this scandal have been hinted at for years.

Niger attack: what we know and don’t know NY Magazine
>>> Private contractor used to evacuate troops after ambush CNN
>>> 5-year-old news: Why US troops were deployed to Niger Reuters
Obama: “This deployment will provide support for intelligence collection and will also facilitate intelligence sharing with French forces conducting operations in Mali, and with other partners in the region.”

Russian trolls duped US activists into protesting Vanity Fair

Harvard students learning to lie from a master via Twitter
Is that former paid liar Sean Spicer sharing a styrofoam lunchpail with the leaders of tomorrow? Oh, the stories he could tell!






Wednesday 10/18

“President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband.”

Gold Star Mom confirms Trump’s stupid insults Raw Story
Congresswoman “This man has a brain disorder” Raw Story
Trump just keeps lying: Totally fabricated, he insists The Hill

“When it comes to DNA tests, don’t assume you have any rights.” Gizmodo
“Even though Ancestry says they don’t really own your DNA—which is true, because they can’t take it from you—they now own rights to it. They could test it in a 100 years from their freezer for whatever purpose they want.”

wall-street-panicMarkets will tank
without tax bill,
Treas Sec. says

Wall Street’s big runup following the election of Trump is largely based on expectations of Congress passing a major tax-relief bill, and failure to do so could have significant consequences. The Dow is now up about 25 percent since the election.

How dead are the dead? Not very, it turns out Live Science
“They’ll describe watching doctors and nurses working and they’ll describe having awareness of full conversations, of visual things that were going on, that would otherwise not be known to them.”

Nina Dobrev
An image from the movie “Flatliners”

86 kids died in for-profit foster care, Senate confirms Buzz Feed
Fungus destroyed prisoner’s brain while for-profit prison did nothing  Kansas City Star

Dear Baby Connor: Sorry about your cancer. Your request for insurance coverage is denied. The Daily Beast

photos-ci-mississaugagrowth8Google to build futuristic city at Toronto BBC
It is likely to feature fast wi-fi availability, millions of sensors, sustainable energy and autonomous cars.

Climate change, volcanoes helped ruin reign of Cleopatra Motherboard
… the reign of the charismatic leader Cleopatra from 51 to 30 BCE as the last of the Ptolemies, was rocked by “famine, plague, inflation, administrative corruption, rural depopulation, migration, and land abandonment,” according to the paper. Some of this unrest was likely intensified by major eruptions in 46 and 44 BCE, which means those natural disasters may have directly contributed to the fall of the empire, though the authors warn against leaning on “environmental determinism” too heavily.

Uber meets Tesla in the sky? Newsweek
“Over a dozen companies, with as many different design approaches, are passionately working to make VTOLs a reality,” Holden stated in the paper. “From here, Uber will be reaching out to cities, vehicle manufacturers, prospective representative users, and community groups, along with key business, infrastructural and regulatory stakeholders to listen, learn, and explore the implications of this urban transportation movement.”uber-plane-eviation-aircraft

On and off fasting Eureka Alert
Through an analysis into the underlying biology involved, the researchers found that such intermittent fasting tempers an immune reaction in fat cells.

Veterans sue, say Big Pharma funded terror group CNS
Sixty-six families of U.S. troops killed or wounded in Iraq sued some of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies Tuesday, claiming they paid millions of dollars in bribes to officials in Iraq’s Health Ministry for lucrative contracts, which financed the Iran-backed Shiite Mahdi Army.

Ingenious approach binds CO2, improves soil Phys.Org
biochar> If 4,000 Norwegian farms and nurseries produced biochar and mixed it with the soil, we could halve CO2 emissions from the agricultural sector. This entirely natural approach also produces more robust and healthy plants.
> There is a new addition among the greenhouses at the Skjærgaarden nursery – Norway’s first biochar plant. Biochar is identical to charcoal (or barbecue coal), but can be manufactured not only from wood, but also from other kinds of organic material. The nursery is hosting the first biochar demo plant in Norway.

Tuesday 10/17

Pennsylvania Obamacare premiums to rise 30% The Hill
… primarily because of President Trump’s decision to stop paying key subsidies, the state’s insurance department said.

marinoAfter opioid revelations, Marino nixed as drug czar Politico
> Thank god TomMarino is out as drug czar. Maybe El Chapo is available? Demented failing Potus hires the best people. Lesley Abravanel on Twitter
> How is Rep.Tom Marino not facing jail time?He basically is a high dollar drug dealer.It’s amazing what elected officials get away with Eric McKinley on Twitter

More US troops to Somalia Stars & Stripes
World-wide military deployments:
US = 370,000
Rest of world: 174,000
Top 10 US troop deployments: 133,000 Iraq, 66,418 Germany, 53,360 Japan, 30,983 South Korea, 25,250 Kuwait,  19,500 Afghanistan, 11,841 Italy, 10,346, United Kingdom, 3,018 Guam, 1,942 Spain.  Source: Global Security

Resistance to Trump = new generation of California liberals The Hill

Spare me the Weinstein sanctimony, Hollywood. Everybody knew Deadline Hollywood
rosenbergBy Scott Rosenberg, producer and screenwriter
…  if Harvey’s behavior is the most reprehensible thing one can imagine, a not-so-distant second is the current flood of sanctimonious denial and condemnation that now crashes upon these shores of rectitude in gloppy tides of bullshit righteousness.
> Because everybody-fucking-knew.
> And do you know how I am sure this is true?
> Because I was there.

How Facebook became the assassin of good journalism The American Conservative
> Its algorithms allowed clickbait to smother valuable local coverage.

Kremlin troll factory’s secrets revealed Moscow Times
> “There was no task to support Trump” a troll-factory employee told RBC, adding that their orders were to “uncover and highlight existing problems and social issues in the United States.”
> Some 50 employees currently operate out of the St. Petersburg-based “American department” of the Internet Research Agency, but at the height of their operations in 2016 the department had between 80 to 90 employees.
> The campaign began in March 2015, when a night-shift vacancy for “internet operators” earning 40,000-50,000 rubles ($700-$870) monthly appeared on the job-search engine SuperJob, a former employee told RBC.
> The description listed writing on “any given topic of a news, informational, or analytical nature” as the primary task. Applicants had to be fluent in English and possess creative writing abilities.russiantrolls

How the NRA wields its power NPR
It wins by painting its opponents as out of touch with the values of their district. In 1994, Oklahoma’s Mike Synar was among the first to learn that.

Kelly, while Homeland chief, ordered immigrants portrayed as criminals The Intercept
“Please put together a white paper covering the three most egregious cases,” for each location, the acting chief of staff of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations wrote in the email. “If a location has only one egregious case — then include an extra egregious case from another city.”

Thief, hidden in a suitcase, ransacked luggage in Paris AFP

Teens crazy about Snapchat Axios
That service focuses on just the users’ best friends.

US tech giants may see future shaped by EU AP
> Germany recently passed a law imposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($59 million) on websites that don’t remove hate speech within 24 hours. British Prime Minister Theresa May wants companies to take down extremist material within two hours. And across the EU, Google has for years been obliged to remove search results if there is a legitimate complaint about the content’s veracity or relevance.

Daphne-Caruana-GaliziaPanama Papers reporter Caruana Galizia killed by car bomb   Newser
> Exposed Malta’s ties to tax havens.

> Recently, Galizia had been following up leads from information in the so-called Panama Papers.

> She was tracing alleged links between Maltese officials and offshore banks and companies used as tax havens.

> Half an hour before the explosion, Galizia wrote on her blog: “There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate.”

Her son denounces “mafia state”  BBC

> Ms. Caruana Galizia ran a blog that was so popular and influential that it helped cause a political crisis when she accused Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s wife of benefiting from a secret Panamanian shell company that was used to deposit unexplained payments from Azerbaijan’s ruling family. Mr. Muscat, who has denied wrongdoing, called a snap election in June, which his Labour Party won, giving him a second term.
> In a statement on Monday, Mr. Muscat said he was shocked by the killing. New York Times

Filed a police report 15 days ago saying she felt threatened  
Police sergeant celebrates her murder
Local Source: The Times of Maltacarbomb

Her last story and headline:
> Mr Schembri is claiming that he is not corrupt, despite moving to set up a secret company in Panama along with favourite minister Konrad Mizzi and Mr Egrant just days after Labour won the general election in 2013, sheltering it in a top-secret trust in New Zealand, then hunting round the world for a shady bank that would take them as clients.
> (In the end they solved the problem by setting up a shady bank in Malta, hiding in plain sight.)







Real news Monday 10/16

Ex-DEA agent: Opioid crisis fueled by Big Pharma and Congress 60 Minutes

joer-interviewIn the midst of the worst drug epidemic in American history, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to keep addictive opioids off U.S. streets was derailed — that according to Joe Rannazzisi, one of the most important whistleblowers ever interviewed by 60 Minutes. Rannazzisi ran the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control, the division that regulates and investigates the pharmaceutical industry. Now in a joint investigation by 60 Minutes and The Washington Post, Rannazzisi tells the inside story of how, he says, the opioid crisis was allowed to spread — aided by Congress, lobbyists, and a drug distribution industry that shipped, almost unchecked, hundreds of millions of pills to rogue pharmacies and pain clinics providing the rocket fuel for a crisis that, over the last two decades, has claimed 200,000 lives.

“This is an industry that allowed millions and millions of drugs to go into bad pharmacies and doctors’ offices, that distributed them out to people who had no legitimate need for those drugs.”

Neutron star smashup “transforms understanding of universe”  NPR
Gravitational wave detection by LIGO … Einstein was right, gravity waves travel at speed of light … offers astronomers a new way to observe Universe.

“There are rare occasions when a scientist has the chance to witness a new era at its beginning—this is one such time.”
— Elena Pian,  astronomer, National Institute for Astrophysics in Rome

California requires pet shops to only sell rescued animals QuickRead

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All WiFi can be hacked, researcher says Axios
Here’s what you can do now …

House Speaker Ryan:
Congress has its own Harvey Weinsteins Washington Examiner
“It would be naive to suggest that doesn’t happen.”

GOP candidate claims she talked with space aliens Raw Story
Among other things, she says the aliens informed her that there is a cave in the island of Malta that contains 30,000 skulls that are “different from humans”; that the world’s “energy center” is located somewhere in Africa; and that the limestone Coral Castle tourist attraction in Florida is actually an ancient Egyptian pyramid.

China, Russia laughing at US Politico
… says China’s dissident artist-in-exile Ai Weiwei … we’re entering a time when “history has stopped” … an age of selfishness and fear.

NRA-backed bill would dictate hunting rules for National Parks QuickRead

A pair of grizzly bear cubs play in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve, in Port Alsworth, Alaska. Congress is considering allowing hunting of bears in their dens, including cubs, in Alaska’s national preserves, by prohibiting the National Parks Service from restricting such practices. 

Apprentice contestant subpoenas Trump
in sex harassment case
Washington Examiner
> A former contestant on “The Apprentice” who accused President Trump of sexual misconduct has filed a subpoena for documents about “any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.”
> The subpoena was issued against the Trump campaign in March but entered into court last month, BuzzFeed News reported Sunday.

States sue to keep Obamacare subsidies Courthouse News Service

Airline passenger pissed on, now pissed off Courthouse News Service

Puerto Rico drinking water pumped from hazardous waste site The Independent

Somalia truck bombing toll >300 AP

Michigan pot proposals go to voters Detroit Metro Times

Oh, these cities are crazy for Amazon NPR

Bergdahl on guilt trip  Stars & Stripes

rushmore-hero-1024x598An old-fashioned essay:
Make America Great Again.
No, really. 

We’re wasting our time debating the “great issues” like immigration, gun control and national health care.




Real News weekend

chi-sciChina leads the world in fake science
Since 2012, the country has retracted more scientific papers because of faked peer reviews than all other countries and territories put together …


>>> Out of control Chinese space station
about to fall to Earth

The Independent

Solar powered Dutch car wins race, hailed as “the future.” Phys.Org
“This is the future of solar electric vehicles. When your car is parked at home it can be charging and supplying energy back to the grid.”

Pythons invading Florida Popular Science
Reads like a Drudge headline, doesn’t it. But it’s true, the fish are invading, and these scientists  are fighting it.

Alaska voters reject local bans on marijuana SF Gate

Which murders matter? For TV news, here’s a formula AlterNet


Google “top stories” featured fake news about “antifa civil war.” PBS News Hour

The Iran deal is working Fact Check We take no position on Trump’s desire to renegotiate aspects of the Iran deal that he does not like. The issue, though, is whether Iran has complied with the existing agreement, and even those within his own administration have said that Iran is in compliance.

In September, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Iran is in “technical compliance” with the deal, and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress that “Iran is adhering to its JCPOA obligations,” and the agreement is working as intended.

“The JCPOA,” Dunford said, “has delayed Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.”

Tillerson: Let’s stay in Iran deal The Hill

The NFL is getting massive tax breaks: Mostly True, says Politifact.

Brookings Institution took a closer look at these numbers in a 2016 study and estimated that over a 15-year period since 2000, the federal government lost a potential tax revenue of $1.11 billion on bonds issued by local governments to finance NFL stadiums.

Police arrested Mandalay Bay security guard as second shooter. Snopes
Nope. Fake News.


rushmore-hero-1024x598An old-fashioned essay:
Make America Great Again.
No, really. 

Why we’re wasting our time debating the “great issues” like immigration, gun control and national health care.


Real News Friday

executive-order-trump-obamacare-2Trump slashes medical subsidies for the poor The Daily Beast
>>> Urges Democrats to fix it.
>>> 12 ways Trump has undermined Obamacare NY Times Interactive 

“Important: if Trump stops paying insurers, rates for EVERYBODY go up – not just for people on ACA exchange plans. Get ready, America!!”

Chris Murphy on Twitter

  “I don’t have a schedule, but if I did have a schedule, I would say we are substantially ahead of schedule.”
— Trump

empblastCongress is warned N. Korea EMP bomb could cause collapse of US
But what effect would such a weapon have, really? No, really, come on.

Scientists denounce NASA nominee Futurism

Come on, people, he did an excellent job at The Weather Channel … or was it AccuWeather? Or was it …

The NCAA won’t penalize UNC for putting athletes in classes that never met and often required only one final paper. This one got an A-minus.
Bryan Armen Graham on Twitter

zinkeflagInterior sec’y Zinke demands his flag be flown when he is on site Alternet
Each time Zinke is scheduled to enter a building, a security staffer takes an elevator to the top floor and climbs to the roof where his special flag is raised. When he is not in the building, the security staffer must, once again, climb the steps to the top and take the flag down.
The flag is a royal blue with a seal that features a bison and seven stars on it. It’s remarkably similar to the flag for Montana’s Chippewa Tribe Zinke was seen holding as a U.S. Representative.

Equifax screws up again, and IRS suspends $7 million gig Politico
Suspends. That’s the key word.

If you’re going to defraud the Dep’t of Defense, maybe don’t brag about it online Gizmodo

Magic mushrooms for the depressed brain? The Guardian

Weinstein’s contract allowed for sexual harassment Newser

Mighty whiteys freak out after Vikings/Muslim discovery Raw Story

Parents of bullies may do jail time AP

Trump popularity and the economy 538
Maybe he’s far less popular than you’d think …