The Friday follies

Today’s top ten. Bot news sites seem to choose their links haphazardly.  But why would you want to read a Los Angeles story in the Pittsburg Gazette? Realnews aims to link not just to the best stories, but to the best sources. Happy Friday.

  1. Equifax CEO due $90 million in “retirement” Fortune
    … the main benefit of Smith “retiring” from Equifax, as opposed to being fired for cause, is that he’ll continue earning his unvested stock compensation, including options and performance-based awards, as though he were still working at the company, according to Equifax policy. That perk, however, could still be revoked.
  2. US cuts embassy staff, urges travelers to avoid Cuba AP
  3. Tax “reform” a $$$$$$$$$ windfall for 6 biggest banks Business Insider
    The six largest US banks — JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup,Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley — stand to reap a massive windfall that would boost net income by 7%.
    —- and Trump would benefit by $1 billion NY Times
    President Trump could cut his tax bills by more than $1.1 billion, including saving tens of millions of dollars in a single year, under his proposed tax changes, a New York Times analysis has found.
  4. San Juan mayor: “This is a people-are-dying story.” The Hill
    CARMEN-YULIN-CRUZ--1200x800San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz on Friday morning ripped into acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke for calling the government’s response to the devastation in Puerto Rico a “good news story.”
    After hearing Duke’s comments, Cruz told CNN it was “irresponsible” to spin the island’s devastation so positively.
    ——– Katrina general blasts Trump Puerto Rico response; millions without water. The Independent
  5. Air Force Academy: Racists get out NPR
    —- Who believes in white privilege? Pew Research
    —- “We need you to speak” Evangelicals urge Trump to denounce white supremacists Christianity Today
  6. Russia bought ads targeting protesters in Baltimore, Ferguson CNN
    The decision to target the ad in those two cities offers the first look at how accounts linked to the Russian government-affiliated troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency used geographically targeted advertising to sow political chaos in the United States.
  7. Brutal hit highlights NFL’s problem Newser
    The big chatter after Thursday night’s game between the Packers and Bears wasn’t about the national anthem, it was about a brutal hit to the head suffered by Green Bay’s Davante Adams in the second half.
    >>> “dirtiest hit I’ve seen in 30 years of watching football.” MacGregor Mann on Twitter
    >>> I can’t believe what I just saw!! A dirty hit like that and he’s not ejected or even taken outta game!? Praying for #DevanteAdams #NFL #TNF Keriana Correll on Twitter
  8. Feds arrest 500 in “sanctuary cities” The Daily Beast
    “Sanctuary jurisdictions that do not honor detainers or allow us access to jails and prisons are shielding criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and creating a magnet for illegal immigration,” ICE Acting Director Tom Homan said. “As a result, ICE is forced to dedicate more resources to conduct at-large arrests in these communities.”
  9. What do Americans fear most? AlterNet
    In order: Cancer, car crashes, heart disease, stroke, identity theft. Identity theft? Really? Next: Nuclear war, being murdered, being shot, being in a plane crash, drowning, colliding with a deer while driving …
  10. Mona Lisa study uncovered. Yes, and she’s uncovered. BBC
    A charcoal drawing housed in another art collection for more than 150 years may have been a sketch for the Mona Lisa, a French art expert says.
    The charcoal portrait of a nude woman, known as the Monna Vanna, was previously attributed only to Leonardo da Vinci’s studio.
    But experts have found enough clues to suggest the artist worked on both.
    After tests at the Louvre Museum in Paris, curators believe the sketch is “at least in part” by Leonardo.mona

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