FDA chief says he’s actually trying to SAVE the vaping industry
Jesus H. Christ! Fed minions finally admit they’re corporate enablers.
— FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says he still believes that e-cigarettes offer “a tremendous public health opportunity” to reduce the harm caused by smoking but felt compelled to impose restrictions on them because of a surprising surge in underage vaping. Had the FDA not acted, he said in an interview with Reason today, political pressure could have led Congress to intervene, presenting “an existential threat” to the vaping industry.
The digital divide
Silicon Valley techies prosper …
… all other workers getting screwed
— Nine out of every 10 Silicon Valley jobs pays less now than when Netflix first launched in 1997, despite one of the nation’s strongest economic booms and a historically low unemployment rate …
— While tech workers have thrived, employees in the middle of Silicon Valley’s income ladder have been hit hardest as their inflation-adjusted wages declined between 12 and 14 percent over the past 20 years, according to a study from UC Santa Cruz’s Everett Program for Technology and Social Change and the labor think tank Working Partnership USA …
— Technology workers saw a median wage increase of 32 percent over the past 20 years … Silicon Valley workers in virtually all other areas lost ground during that time. Across all jobs, wages for even the highest-paid 10 percent increased just under 1 percent…
— Meanwhile, the region’s economy has been booming. Since 2001, the amount of money generated per Silicon Valley resident has grown 74 percent, more than five times faster than the equivalent national growth.
Google all pissed off at EU plan for “link tax”
— Threatening to shut down their news service.
Legal marijuana in Mexico?
— Legislation submitted to Congress this month by the party of leftist President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador would regulate cannabis, allowing it to be grown, sold and consumed for recreational use.
— Proponents of legalization say it would reduce bloodshed in Mexico by weakening drug cartels and freeing up police officers and prosecutors to focus on more serious crimes. But the proposal has critics, including the Catholic Church, which holds significant sway in Mexican politics. A poll in Mexico last year showed a majority of respondents opposed legalizing marijuana.
Brit army plans for riots if no Brexit deal
The (London) Sunday Times
— A team of army planners has started drawing up emergency measures for deploying troops to respond to any chaos caused by the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal.
— About 20 officers who normally oversee Operation Temperer, the plan to provide soldiers to help police following acts of terrorism, were ordered last week to step up no-deal Brexit planning, according to a well-placed army source.
— They are focusing on how the military could help the police keep public order and on how medicines would be delivered to hospitals.
— The team, based in the army’s headquarters in Andover, Hampshire, are also drawing up plans for using troops to help ease traffic chaos in Kent, including creating a lorry park at an army training centre.
Maybe the most important story of the week?
‘Nothing on this page is real’: How lies become truth in online America
Washington Post (link goes to RealNews page)
— What Christopher Blair had first conceived of as an elaborate joke was beginning to reveal something darker. “No matter how racist, how bigoted, how offensive, how obviously fake we get, people keep coming back,” Blair once wrote, on his own personal Facebook page. “Where is the edge? Is there ever a point where people realize they’re being fed garbage and decide to return to reality?”
The CIA reportedly found that 15 Saudi agents flew on government planes to Istanbul and carried out the killing at the Saudi consulate.
>>> Trump casts shade on CIA
# — One can well imagine how much dirt the Saudis have on Trump…
>>> Coward in chief doesn’t want to hear Khashoggi murder tape
Today’s Dog & Pony Show?
Hmm. Cleveland Browns considering Condoleezza Rice as head coach?
— Smells kinda like a publicity stunt, eh? Methinks they want to flatter her and then offer her a front-office job. I mean, they something to happen, those Cleveland Browns.
—-Browns general manager John Dorsey says he is open to hiring a woman as Cleveland’s next head coach, and one prominent name is on the team’s wish list to interview.
— The Browns would like to interview former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their head-coaching job, a league source tells ESPN.
— If the Browns follow through on it, Rice would become the first woman to interview for an NFL head-coaching job.
(CNN) — Three former Dartmouth College professors turned the school’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences into a “21st Century Animal House,” where female students were subjected to rape and sexual harassment, a federal lawsuit alleges.
— Tenured professors Todd Heatherton, William Kelley, and Paul Whalen treated women as sex objects, the lawsuit from seven women claims. The men, who no longer are allowed on campus, coerced them into drinking and made the women feel as if their success depended on their willingness to go along with the “alcohol-saturated” culture the prominent researchers created, according to the complaint.
Thousands block Thames bridges in climate protest
NYPD ousts sex crimes chief who led Weinstein investigation
The police commander who led the effort to arrest Harvey Weinstein has been removed as the chief of New York City’s special victims division, part of a shake-up that was months in the making after a city watchdog found the unit was stretched too thin to properly investigate sexual assault cases.
The Well-Armed Militia
Toddler dead after shooting himself with gun found under a pillow
# — I don’t care how stupid and careless you are, your right to own lethal weapons is absolute.
Texas inmate says he’s killed 90 people
— A man being held in Texas has confessed to the killings of as many as 90 people over the past four decades.
— Investigators in Louisiana and Georgia confirmed they were able to close four unsolved murder cases after Samuel Little, 78, who is already serving a life sentence for three murders in California, claimed to reveal all to officers.
— According to a police memo, officers said the man provided details on two killings in Houma, Louisiana, “that only the murderer would have known”.
— The confessions related to Dorothy Richard, 59, who was found dead in 1982, and Daisy McGuire, 40, whose body was found in 1996. They were both strangled.
Abrams gives up
Meanwhile, Devos proposes overhaul of campus sex misconduct rules
… adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate.
— Under the plan, schools would have to investigate complaints only if the alleged incidents occurred on campus or other areas overseen by the school, and only if they were reported to certain campus officials with the authority to take action.
Abrams may argue for a new vote in Georgia
— Stacey Abrams’ campaign is preparing an unprecedented legal challenge in the unresolved Georgia governor’s race that could leave the state’s Supreme Court deciding whether to force another round of voting.
— The Democrat’s longshot strategy relies on a statute that’s never been used in such a high-stakes contest. It is being discussed as Georgia elections officials appear to be on the cusp of certifying Republican Brian Kemp as the winner of a bitterly fought campaign that’s been marred by charges of electoral malfeasance.
— Top Abrams advisers outlined her prospective case to The Associated Press, stressing that the Democratic candidate hasn’t finalized a decision about whether to proceed once state officials certify Kemp as the victor. That could happen as early as Friday evening.
Pentagon spending so crazy it can’t be audited
— The Pentagon has failed what is being called its first-ever comprehensive audit, a senior official said on Thursday, finding U.S. Defense Department accounting discrepancies that could take years to resolve.
As refugees are at historic lows, Trump presses forward as if we face a crisis
Dallas Morning News
— President Donald Trump’s Nov. 9 presidential proclamation forbids anyone crossing America’s southern border to seek asylum in the U.S. — no matter how legitimate the claim — unless they use a designated port of entry.
— Never mind that the law clearly states that “any alien” who arrives in the U.S. “whether or not at a designated port of arrival” may apply for asylum.
TODAY’S GOOGLE NEWS BULLSHIT METER
Blue √ = No bullshit news
Red = Bullshit news
1– Acosta press pass restored √
2– Trump’s crazy crafty strategy (Salon think piece, obvious by now.)
3– Was it a wave? (Yes, and we don’t need this shoddy analysis.)
4– Why don’t utility companies bury power lines? (That’s news?)
5– Abrams may seek new Georgia vote √
6– Michelle Obama dishes on Melania (Celeb crap)
7– Adelson to get Medal of Freedom (Trump payback to sleazy friends is no longer news)
8– Florida recount, Day 7 (Process story produced by idle reporters while waiting for news to develop)
9– California fires: How to measure smoke in your neighborhood. (Great, except this was presented as “US News” and 96% of the audience doesn’t live on the SF Peninsula)
10– Spec. piece on who’d replace Pelosi (Abject speculation)
Drudge bullshit headline: USA charges Assange
— Actual Wall Street Journal story: The Justice Department is preparing to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and is increasingly optimistic it will be able to get him into a U.S. courtroom, according to people in Washington familiar with the matter.
(Note the very squishy source attribution. Drudge readers been played again.)
Facebook hired PR firm to slam, Apple, Google
— Facebook expanded its relationship with a Washington-based public relations firm last year that wrote dozens of articles critical of rivals Google and Apple and pushed the idea that liberal financier George Soros was behind a growing anti-Facebook movement, according to a scathing Wednesday report by the New York Times.
^ Note to Zuck: First rule of holes. Quit digging.
>>> Facebook will soon rely on Instagram for ad revenue growth
Avenatti says he didn’t hit her
As told by TMZ (Too Much SleaZe)
Abuse of women seems to help Republicans, but Avenatti had ambitions as a Democrat. And so ends the brief political career of a churlish opportunist. Perhaps he can develop an act for the casino circuit?
BOTH OF AVENATTI’S EX WIVES SAY HE’S NO BRUTE
— Avenatti’s first wife, Christine Avenatti Carlin, said on Twitter that Avenatti was always a kind and loving father and husband. “He has NEVER been abusive to me or anyone else,” she said. “He is a good man.”
— And his second wife, Lisa Storie-Avenatti, said she’d never been abused by Avenatti and never knew him to be violent.
West Coast crabbers sue Big Oil over water pollution
Courthouse News Service
QAnon nuts figure out cause of Calif. wildfires.
It’s ah, Jerry Brown, laser beams, UFOS, and high speed rail. Or something like that.
Startup CLAIMS they’d sequence your entire genome for free…
Yeah. Uh. Facebook is “free” too. And remember “don’t be evil?”
— Dude claims he’ll to give people complete control over who gets access to their data, and let individuals decide whether or not to sell the information, and to whom.
Bullshitting politicians may be real winners in “giveaways” to corporations
— … study demonstrates the electoral value to politicians of making a splashy bid for an investment, particularly when they have good reason to believe their locality has little chance of actually winning it. We suspect that this allows a politician to avoid the potential blame of losing a bid as well.
Google Daily News (Analyzed)
This is what happens when you let an algorithm pick your stories.
Of their top ten stories, exactly one is genuine news. Five are Trump spew. That gives Google News a 90% bullshit rating.
Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi murder
— A whole nation putting on a dog and pony show. Wow. The Crown Prince had the dude squashed. All the rest is desperate PR. But an algorithm can’t know that. The latest news has the US issuing sanctions, which is just more misdirection.
Theresa May says she’s got Brexit deal, even as ministers flee
For some reason Google sends you to the WaPost (paywall). Our link goes to The Sun, which is local and free.
Camp fire toll
Google points readers to absurd sources like the St. Paul Pioneer Press, which is only 1800 miles from N. Calif.
Struggle for Dem House leadership
Oh please. It’s a non-story until something actually happens.
Southwest adds 10 new routes
Let them buy an ad, then.
No additional troops sent to border.
This was never much of a news story, more of a paranoid fantasy blown up by you know who. And, Google, it’s even less of a news story if NOTHING HAPPENS.
Trump says Mueller investigators “nuts”
POTUS saying weird shit is not news.
Trump pushes back on reports of WH chaos
PR vs. PR
Trump accuses voters of wearing disguises
POTUS saying weird shit is not news.
Trump’s Middle East plan dealt another blow with Israel turmoil
Trump? And plan? In the same sentence? Really?