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.)







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