Thursday Oct. 19

Trump suggests FBI conspired with Russia The Hill

NJ leads dumb race to lure Amazon with $7 billion bribe Reuters

Should US restrict president’s nuclear authority? Christian Science Monitor
> Actually, checks are already in place. 

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Rebecca Hersman

“The notion that a president could capriciously launch a nuclear first strike suggests that no one in the chain of command would raise a question or intervene. In practical terms I find that hard to believe,”
— Rebecca Hersman, former deputy assistant secretary of Defense

For $1000, anyone can purchase online ads
that track your location and app use
Eureka Alert
> “Anyone from a foreign intelligence agent to a jealous spouse can pretty easily sign up with a large internet advertising company and on a fairly modest budget use these ecosystems to track another individual’s behavior,” said lead author Paul Vines, a recent doctoral graduate.

Georgia pol holds “bump stock giveaway” … because?… Raw Story
… it endears him to “the base?”
Michael Williams claims there is “zero evidence” that banning bump stocks would make Americans safer and blamed “liberals and Hollywood elites” for what he sees as incursions on his rights as a gun owner.
Williams claims that the bump stocks Stephen Paddock used actually prevented more deaths in the Las Vegas mass shooting “due to its inconsistency, inaccuracy, and lack of control.”

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Georgia State Sen. Michael Williams and friends.

McCain: Regulate Facebook Axios 
> Tech venture capitalist: “It wouldn’t surprise me if the sun is setting on the golden age of Silicon Valley … He adds that federal regulators may try breaking up tech giants like Google or Facebook,companies that are: “more powerful than AT&T ever was.”

Reasearch: Dogs are more expressive when a human looks at them Phys.Org
dog-2-min“We can now be confident that the production of facial expressions made by dogs are dependent on the attention state of their audience and are not just a result of dogs being excited. In our study they produced far more expressions when someone was watching, but seeing food treats did not have the same effect.”

Discovery of huge Moon cave might help people live up there The Guardian
… could be used as a base for astronauts and their equipment, because it would protect them from extreme temperatures – ranging from an average of 107C during the day to -153C at night – and radiation from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Weinstein story achieves absurdity as Howard Stern gets self-righteous USA Today
Yeah. You read that right. H-O-W-A-R-D  S-T-E-R-N. Moral giant and philosopher of the realm.

Hollywood’s next scandal: Powerful child molesters The Week
The outlines of this scandal have been hinted at for years.

Niger attack: what we know and don’t know NY Magazine
>>> Private contractor used to evacuate troops after ambush CNN
>>> 5-year-old news: Why US troops were deployed to Niger Reuters
Obama: “This deployment will provide support for intelligence collection and will also facilitate intelligence sharing with French forces conducting operations in Mali, and with other partners in the region.”

Russian trolls duped US activists into protesting Vanity Fair

Harvard students learning to lie from a master via Twitter
Is that former paid liar Sean Spicer sharing a styrofoam lunchpail with the leaders of tomorrow? Oh, the stories he could tell!
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