Real News rarely publishes opinion pieces, but this deserves a read:
Alabama women, say no to Roy Moore
By Peggy Noonan
… Alabama Republicans are accused of mere tribalism in sticking with Mr. Moore, who has been accused of repeated sexual predation on teenage girls. But serious policy issues are at play in the December election, including ones that have to do with our character as a nation …
Sex trafficking monster gets 472-year sentence IJR.Com
Brock Franklin, 31, was handed the sentence of a lifetime for his role in running a human-trafficking ring.
Frankin, a predator of the worst kind, recruited young girls and women off Facebook and turned them into sex slaves. He didn’t just force them into sex slavery. He got the girls addicted to drugs, and if they refused to cooperate with his twisted demands, he would assault them.
Franklin would choke, pistol whip, and beat his victims. Additionally, he would even bring minors to locations such as the person’s home. If the girls under his control got any ideas about fleeing, he tracked everything, via the GPS on their phones.
America’s seniors are a sick bunch CBS News
or see the highly readable summary at Commonwealth Fund
… seniors in the United States are sicker than their counterparts in 10 other high-income countries and face greater financial barriers to health care, despite the universal coverage that Medicare provides…
Olympic doctor faces 25 year term in sex assaults AP
> A former doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison.
> Larry Nassar, 54, admitted to abusing seven girls, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic. All but one of his accusers was a gymnast. He faces similar charges in a neighboring county and lawsuits filed by more than 125 women and girls. Nassar lost his license to practice medicine in April.
Slow-acting parasite from Vietnam may be killing veterans, VA study says CBS News
> A half a century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet — test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia.
Cybercriminals stole data on 57 million Uber customers
Uber then paid the criminals $100,000 in hush money Motherboard
> Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million Uber riders in 2016, and the company paid the cybercriminals $100,000 to keep the data breach under wraps.
Scrap ICBMs for a safer world, nuclear experts say Reuters
> Of all weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal, the ICBM is the one most likely to cause accidental nuclear war, arms-control specialists say. It is for this reason that a growing number of former defense officials, scholars of military strategy and some members of Congress have begun calling for the elimination of ICBMs.
> They say that in the event of an apparent enemy attack, a president’s decision to launch must be made so fast that there would not be time to verify the threat. False warnings could arise from human error, malfunctioning early warning satellites or hacking by third parties.
>Once launched, America’s current generation of ICBM missiles, the Minuteman III, cannot be recalled: They have no communication equipment because the United States fears on-board gear would be vulnerable to electronic interference by an enemy.
Google gathers Android users location even when phones turned off Quartz
> Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card?
> Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google when they’re connected to the internet, a Quartz investigation has revealed.
>>> No, you’re not paranoid. Web sites are monitoring your every move ArsTechnica
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How “Big Sugar” fudged the results on dangers of sweet Politico
> Researchers have uncovered evidence over the past few years that shows the sugar industry was heavily involved in muffling research that indicated its product was dangerous to health.