Weekend followup

Revisiting some of those news stories that just won’t go away…

Trip Advisor apologizes, admits hiding Mexican rape stories NY Post

Kristie Love

> The popular travel website admitted to scrubbing a cautionary tale penned by Kristie Love, 35, back in 2010 when she claimed to have been assaulted at the Iberostar Paraiso near Playa del Carmen and Cancún in Mexico.
> “We apologize to the sexual assault victim …. at the time, we had a policy whereby we judged content to be in breach of our guidelines if it did not adhere to family-friendly language,” TripAdvisor explained.
>>> And from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel …
> Since July, when the Journal Sentinel began investigating the mysterious death of a Wisconsin college student in Mexico — and found widespread problems with tainted alcohol, derelict law enforcement and price gouging from hospitals — more than a dozen travelers have said TripAdvisor muzzled their first-hand stories of blackouts, rapes and other ways they were injured while vacationing in Mexico.
> “To me it’s like censoring,” said Wendy Avery-Swanson of Phoenix. Her recent review of a Mexican resort — describing how she blacked out from a small amount of alcohol served at the swim-up bar — was removed from the website.

Didn’t collude against Kaepernick?
NFL owners asked for cell phone records

Spacey “seeking treatment” after being fired by House of Cards People
Could this mean he’s lawyered up? And been advised that if and when he stands before a judge, this move will soften the sentence?

Puerto Rico, the misery just won’t end Ad Age
Forty-five days after Hurricane Maria struck, only about 22% of Puerto Ricans have electricity in their homes, fewer than 50% have drinkable water, cellphone coverage is at about 40%, and 10,000 homes don’t have roofs.
This site Puerto Rico Recovery Index lets people search verified listings for ways to help.

Billionaire Guo Wengui, horrifying charges of kidnapping and rape, and America’s “pay-to-play” immigration The American Thinker
Unlike many other immigrant fugitives, he’s welcome in the US. Hmmm.
Guo_Wengui_-_VOA_Interview.jpgHis accuser claims that he raped her while the two were in residence in Guo’s $78-million apartment at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel.  Court documents describe in detail another assault that allegedly took place in London.
“After this violence concluded, Defendant Kwok left Plaintiff … bleeding in her bed,” says a document submitted to the New York Supreme Court.
Guo has been convicted of corruption charges in China.  In April, China issued an Interpol “red” notice for his arrest.

Fentanyl king Kapoor demands reporters back off Splinter
1004_john-japoor-4_400x28058Was it the part where his company had been defrauding insurance companies by claiming that patients had cancer when they didn’t?
Or where his sales reps were accused of pushing the strongest opioid on the market for minor injuries?
Or was it that Insys paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to two top prescribing doctors who were later sentenced to 20 years in prison for running a “pill mill” and participating in a kickback scheme?
Nope. John Kapoor was offended because he felt Splinter compared him to drug lord El Chapo Guzman.

Feds release suffering 10-year-old girl ACLU News
Apparently, she was no threat to America after all.
sickgirlRosa Maria Hernandez, who has cerebral palsy, was en route to gallbladder surgery from her home in Laredo, Texas, to Corpus Christi, when she was stopped at an immigration checkpoint. U.S. Border Patrol followed her to the hospital and camped outside her room until she was discharged. Agents then immediately seized Rosa Maria — who was still recovering in her hospital bed — and jailed her 150 miles away in a facility for children, alone and without her parents.

GOP tax plan filled with petty cruelties aimed at the vulnerable and the middle class. Here’s a list. LA Times.
Eliminates tax deductions for
> student loans and other schooling programs…
> medical expenses…
> adoption and parenting…
> property and casualty losses (as in storm damage!) …
> electric cars and renewable energy…
While the average American loses deductions for moving expenses, tuition, hurricane losses and adoption, owners of estates worth up to $22 million would be able to pass them on to their children tax-free.

Saudis hype plans for “Neom,”
a $500 billion “world-hub”
but skeptics abound
City Lab
FILE PHOTO: Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman waves as he meets with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in RiyadhThey’ve pretty much wasted the most valuable natural resource in human history. Can they develop a hipster-tech city even while they run an insanely repressive 17th-century monarchy?
Madawi Al-Rasheed, a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, wrote in Middle East Eye that though women will soon be able to drive, “perhaps [they will also] drive themselves to prison, should they question the regime’s economic policy or social agenda.” According to Al-Rasheed, the idea of Neom is “marred by repression.”



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