EPA to dump just about all rules Courthouse News Service
In Washington, it’s 1899 again.
>Virtually all federal energy policies will be overhauled, as will “burdensome” environmental protections, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said this week in a report on how he will “streamline” domestic energy production.
> The 44-page “Final Report: Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy” was released Wednesday. It takes broad swipes at the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, fracking regulations, Arctic oil and coal mining rules, and outlines a number of Secretarial Orders Zinke has signed or will sign.
Trump changes his mind, allows Chinese refugee accused of rape to stay in US
— because he was a Mar-A-Lago member
It’s not that easy to find suckers to pay the membership fees
> Donald Trump reportedly changed his mind about deporting a Chinese fugitive accused of rape after learning he was a paying member of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
> Guo Wengui, a billionaire real-estate developer, fled China in 2014 after learning he was about to be arrested on charges of rape, bribery and kidnapping, allegations he denies.
> At a meeting to discuss foreign policy with China in June, Mr Trump told aides he knew of at least one “Chinese criminal” the US needed to deport immediately, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Conspiracy nuts threatening Las Vegas shooting victims Newsweek
Great! Millions getting their news from Alex Jones etc.
> Las Vegas shooting victims recovering from the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history earlier this month now face death threats from conspiracy theorists convinced that the massacre was a hoax, and that wounded individuals were crisis actors.
> “You are a lying piece of shit and I hope someone truly shoots you in the head,” a Facebook commenter wrote on the page of Braden Matejka, a 30-year-old concertgoer from British Columbia who took a bullet to the back of his head and survived. Posts like this began to populate quickly alongside messages of support from friends and family, forcing Matejka to delete both his Facebook and Instagram accounts.
America mourns continued decline of beloved cable giants The Street
“We’re thrilled to pay $160 a month to watch commercials,” says homeowner.
> Comcast and Charter Communications added to the tally of third-quarter cord cutting in Thursday earnings reports. Comcast lost 125,000 video subscribers while Charter’s pay-TV rolls declined by 105,000, reflecting the broader trend of Netflix and other streaming companies luring traditional cable customers.
Trust us, says CIA, Oswald done it all by his lonesome BuzzFeed
Just a coincidence that Oswald was gunned down by Chicago Mafia flunky
> The cache of documents does not include all of the files pertaining to the 1963 assassination, senior administration officials said. Requests were made by multiple government agencies for redactions related to national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns, the officials said. The “vast majority” of redaction requests came from the FBI and CIA, they added.
Trump pledges a generous $58,000 federal dollars to curb opiod addiction BBC
That works out to 2/1000s of a cent per American. That oughta do it.
> Trump signed a presidential memorandum directing his acting health secretary to declare a nationwide public health emergency and ordering all federal agencies to take measures to reduce the number of opioid deaths, according to senior White House officials.
The order will also ease some regulations to allow states more latitude in how they use federal funds to tackle the problem.
But the White House plans to fund the effort through the Public Health Emergency Fund, which reportedly only contains $57,000 (£43,000).
America’s desperate billionaire class finally to get tax break NY Times
Relief as most can keep yachts, Lear Jets.
> The Republican race to overhaul the tax code broke into a sprint on Thursday, with House members narrowly clearing a budget blueprint that would allow a tax bill to pass Congress without any Democratic votes, and Senate leaders signaling that the bill could be introduced, debated and approved in both chambers by the end of November.
SHOCK! DISBELIEF! MY GOD!
Drug mfg. bribed docs to prescribe opiods Newsweek
Obviously, DEA dudes, this has been going on for years.
> The CEO of drug giant Insys Therapeutics bribed doctors to prescribe more opioids to patients who didn’t even need them, according to federal authorities who arrested the executive after a raid on Thursday.
> John Kapoor, the billionaire founder and CEO, led “a nationwide conspiracy to profit by using bribes and fraud to cause the illegal distribution of a fentanyl spray intended for cancer patients experiencing breakthrough pain,” the Department of Justice said in a statement.
“[T]hey do not need to be good speakers, they need to write a lot of…[prescriptions for the fentanyl spray],”
Hard to believe, but: US anti-drug campaigns have been utter failures AP
Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No” somehow failed to catch on.
> Between 1998 and 2004 the U.S. government spent nearly $1 billion on a national campaign designed to discourage use of illegal drugs among young people, particularly marijuana.
> A 2008 follow-up study funded by the National Institutes of Health found the campaign “had no favorable effects on youths’ behavior” and may have actually prompted some to experiment with drugs, an unintended “boomerang” effect.
Rolling Stone mogul Wenner wanted to be president (of something, anything)
Imagine him in the White House?
Save your money and read 10 highlights from the book
At more than 500 pages, Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine, traces Wenner’s life from his early years nearly to the present day. Here are 10 things we learned from the book, out this week.
American Zombie: The company that sells the dead Reuters
You might call the company: McDeath
> 2008, a thriving company named Science Care Inc developed a 55-page national expansion plan. The internal document projected the yield on raw material to the decimal point and earnings to the dollar.
The goal: to maximize profits from the sale of human bodies donated to science. The company’s model for ensuring quality: McDonald’s Corp.
Dems ask: Should we allow Trump to nuke world? The Guardian
Well, gee, maybe not, because uh uh uh we have kids and grandkids?
> Congressional Democrats have introduced legislation aimed at preventing Donald Trump from launching a pre-emptive attack on North Korea, as concerns grew about the administration’s failure to explore talks with Pyongyang.
> The “No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea” bill is the second legislative attempt to curtail’s Trump power to start a war unilaterally. Earlier this year, a bill was introduced to prohibit the president from ordering a nuclear first strike against a foreign adversary without a declaration of war by Congress, amid concerns over Trump’s belligerent language, erratic behaviour and frequent tweeted threats against other countries.
Like Energizer Bunny, totally phony controversy
over Steve Avery murder keeps going Newser
Netflix to blame for stirring up waste of time, energy
ICE slams hundreds more evil awful rotten criminal rapist immigrants into posh jails NPR
Federal agency cites “market research.” Thank God, government is finally being run like a business.
>Amid the Trump administration’s efforts to arrest people living in the country illegally, the Department of Homeland Security is looking at locations for five new detention centers around the country that could hold thousands of detainees.
> According to a request for information posted to a federal contracting website on Oct. 12, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is considering sites near four cities where it has offices: Chicago, Detroit, Salt Lake City and St. Paul, Minn. Last month, the agency put out a similar request to identify a possible detention site in South Texas.
> In a statement to NPR, ICE said the postings are part of its regular “market research” and that it was soliciting feedback on possible vendors, locations and facilities.
US kicks out sick girl, says she was illegal disgusting alien NPR
They stopped an ambulance and found yet another criminal immigrant. She was a threat to America’s Christian values!
> Rosa Maria Hernandez was brought to the United States illegally from Mexico in 2007 when she was 3 months old, according to her mother, Felipa de la Cruz, to get access to better medical care. The family lives in Laredo, Texas, and all are undocumented.
> The girl was traveling in an ambulance — accompanied by her cousin — to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi on Tuesday when federal immigration officers stopped the vehicle at a checkpoint.
And while we’re preserving our Christian values
Mom goes to jail after beating daughter who didn’t quite recite Bible verses correctly. PennLive
> Rhonda Shoffner, 41, was sentenced by Dauphin County Judge John F. Cherry after she pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault, strangulation, child endangerment and making terroristic threats.
>”This was an extremely scary situation for this young victim to have to endure. Fortunately, she is doing well now and is in a safe place,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Sean McCormack said Thursday.