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confidenceAmerica’s top ten fears

Not sure this is definitive, but it is interesting. Survey shows that the top 10 things Americans fear the most are:
1) Corruption of government officials (same top fear as 2015 and 2016)
2) American Healthcare Act/Trumpcare (new fear)
3) Pollution of oceans, rivers and lakes (new in top 10)
… for more see our QuickRead

Money to burn

While we’re on the topic, The Nation did a breakdown of the $600 billion Pentagon budget. This is not to imply that the Pentagon is a thoroughly corrupt institution, but with this much loose cash, there’s got to be at least some fraud and waste involved. And the award for biggest corporate beneficiary goes to …
Quick Read 

The Lockheed-Martin F-35. Developing this war plane has so far cost $406 Billion. (Source: Bloomberg)

“Moron” Trump sought 10-fold increase in nuclear weapons.
Raw Story
That request led to Tillerson calling him a “moron.” At least that’s the story leaking out of the White House.
Or is it the Leak House?

The EPA, a Canadian mining company, and a threat to the great American salmon fishery

It’s one of world’s most productive and valuable fisheries. After years of scientific review, it won US gov’t protection. But now…


Hidden camera, Air BnB Newser
airbbSee, there’s this guy in Florida who rented out his condo on Air BnB. The smoke detector in the bedroom somehow concealed a video camera. Alarmed renters call cops. Who seize computers …

Desperate NFL execs cite manual saying players “should” stand Business Insider
But can they enforce it? There’s already this challenge from labor unions.

64% back stricter gun laws Politico
>> Court: No constitutional right to sell guns Courthouse News Service

China, advancing as world leader,
sending more aid and loans around the world
The bulk of Beijing’s financing appears to be export credits and other measures aimed at promoting Chinese exports or other goals, which produced little measurable growth in recipient economies.

UN calls out US for “barbaric” use of death penalty The Independent
The 20 executions carried out in the US was the lowest number since 1991. This still put it in the seventh position, just shy of Egypt, and the only country in the Americas to impose the death penalty.
Five American states carried out executions last year but 31 still have the penalty on the books.

Study links PPI heartburn drugs, liver disease Eureka Alert
Researchers: “We found that the absence of gastric acid promotes growth of Enterococcus bacteria in the intestines and translocation to the liver, where they exacerbate inflammation and worsen chronic liver disease.”

Trumps election dude seeks to make it harder to vote Mother Jones
> Kobach’s proposal is modeled after a law in Kansas requiring citizenship documents to register to vote, such as a birth certificate, a passport, or naturalization papers.
> Since the law went into effect in 2013, one in seven Kansans trying to register has been prevented from doing so.
> Nearly half of those 30,000 people have been under the age of 30. A federal appeals court blocked a key part of the law last year, ruling that “there was an almost certain risk that thousands of otherwise qualified Kansans would be unable to vote in November.” Kobach has appealed that ruling.

Facebook, Twitter, Google may be regulated as news outfits in UK Axios
…  they would be responsible for the content that appears on their sites — so if there is anything that the British government deems illegal, like terrorist content, pornography, or perhaps one day fake news — these big companies could be fined. Currently, these companies are not legally responsible for what is distributed on their platforms.



Unemployment behaves like a virus The Week

Sheriff Joe’s tent jail closes KNAU 

Florida man sets self on fire after Cowboys loss to PackersWFTV

Supremes dismiss a challenge to travel ban The Hill

Did NBC killed Weinstein report? The Daily Beast
NY DA says Weinstein may face criminal charges

Nurse-dragging cop fired NPR

Missing matter found?  Newsweek






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