Real news Thursday

  1. Mountains of aid languishing on Puerto Rico docks Bloomberg
    “There are plenty of ships and plenty of cargo to come into the island,” said Mark Miller, a spokesman for port operator Crowley Maritime. “From there, that’s where the supply chain breaks down — getting the goods from the port to the people on the island who need them.”
    ……. Cargo restrictions waived AP
    > “We expect foreign adversaries to take us seriously when we can’t even get truck drivers into PR? Pathetic.” Richard W. Painter on Twitter
  2. DNA surgery on embryos removes disease BBC
    > Precise “chemical surgery” has been performed on human embryos to remove disease. The team at Sun Yat-sen University used a technique called base editing to correct a single error out of the three billion “letters” of our genetic code.
    > They altered lab-made embryos to remove the disease beta-thalassemia. The embryos were not implanted. The team says the approach may one day treat a range of inherited diseases.
  3. China orders N. Korea businesses to close The Independent
    or at the Daily Caller
    China is North Korea’s main trading partner, making the success of UN sanctions dependent upon Beijing’s cooperation, and the latest sanctions are a clear indication of China’s growing frustration at Kim Jong Un’s regime.
  4. Russian troll Twitter accounts stoked anthem debate CNET
    Researchers find 600 accounts linked to Russian influence operations pushing both sides of the debate.
    ……. Russians impersonated Americans to cause chaos
    The Daily Beast
    Kremlin trolls stole the identity of an authentic U.S. Muslim organization—first to smear John McCain and Hillary Clinton, then to sing her praises.
    > Everyone on social media is in an echo chamber. The algorithms are designed to connect you w/similar ppl. Look at this map of Twitter. Countercheckist on Twitter

  5. Hack of Sonic burger joint = credit cards for sale on Dark Web
    Krebs on Security
    The accounts apparently stolen from Sonic are part of a batch of cards that (Dark Web seller) Joker’s Stash is calling “Firetigerrr,” and they are indexed by city, state and ZIP code. This geographic specificity allows potential buyers to purchase only cards that were stolen from Sonic customers who live near them, thus avoiding a common anti-fraud defense in which a financial institution might block out-of-state transactions from a known compromised card.jokers
  6. U/Georgia profs sue over guns on campus Courthouse News Service
    Guns had been prohibited on University of Georgia campuses since 1810. Lawsuit says U. administration, not state, should control weapons policy.
  7. “Retail apocalypse” spreads beyond US as Amazon grows Axios
    Amazon’s international sales up 16%  this year … Amazon responsible for one-third of all new retail sales in Britain and Germany.
  8. Economic forces make men less marriageable, researchers claim CNN
    … when towns and counties lose manufacturing jobs, fertility and marriage rates among young adults go down, too. Unmarried births and the share of children living in single-parent homes go up. 
  9. Trade war US, Brits, Canada? Newser
     Boeing says unfair subsidies from Canada and the UK allowed Bombardier to sell its C-Series jets at below cost in the US, leading to a $5.6 billion contract with Delta. Bombardier says the complaint is “absurd” given that Boeing didn’t even bid for the contract.
    ……. Brits threaten to side with Canada  The Telegraph
  10. Secrets in pantyhose?
    Alleged leaker Reality Winner said she stuffed NSA report in her pantyhose
    ‘I wasn’t trying to be a Snowden or anything,’ she told FBI.

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