Post-turkey news, weekend of 11/24

Or maybe they just fell into a ditch?
Trump: Border agents attacked in Texas The Daily Beast
The president and other border hawks allege two U.S. border agents were assaulted by ‘bad hombres,’ but local law enforcement, medical personnel, and family members say otherwise.

Comcast, AT&T win in fight over Nashville broadband monopoly Ars Technica
Google, other ISPs were poised to move in.

2000 US troops in Syria, Pentagon ready to admit Reuters

Russian lawmaker: McDonalds a “foreign agent” Moscow Times
State Duma Deputy Boris Chernyshov said American fast food chains had contributed to the decline of Russian cuisine.

Students build skin cancer detector, win Dyson Award Futurist
Cancer affects the metabolic rate of skin cells, with cancerous cells heating up faster than their healthy counterparts following a shock of cold temperature. To make identifying these cells easier, the McMaster University team built a skin cancer detector with 16 thermistors that can track the rate of temperature increase following a cold shock from an ice pack.

Court upholds conviction arising from hand-holding at festival
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Appeal rejected …. dude serving 7 years for incest with sister, 18 … had previous conviction for sex with a child … arrested at Mushroom Festival when deputies saw him & young woman holding hands. Admitted she was his sister and they were in a sexual relationship … court rules the admission was enough to dispel reasonable doubt.

Amazon workers in Italy, Germany stage Black Friday strike AP
Harbinger of an inevitable labor movement at Amazon?

I’m on the FCC. Please stop us from killing Net Neutrality
By Jessica Rosenworcel via LA Times
jr> Net neutrality is the right to go where you want and do what you want on the internet without your broadband provider getting in the way. It means your broadband provider can’t block websites, throttle services or charge you premiums if you want to reach certain online content.
> Wiping out net neutrality would have big consequences. Without it, your broadband provider could carve internet access into fast and slow lanes, favoring the traffic of online platforms that have made special payments and consigning all others to a bumpy road. Your provider would have the power to choose which voices online to amplify and which to censor. The move could affect everything online, including the connections we make and the communities we create.

Sheer coincidence, say city leaders…
Cop murdered day before he was to testify against other cops
Baltimore Sun
The revelation brings together two cases that have sent shock waves through the Police Department and the city as a whole: the federal prosecutions of eight members of the department’s elite gun task force, who are accused of shaking down citizens and conspiring with drug dealers, and the killing of Detective Sean Suiter last week.

Overall, Americans turn to multiple sites for news but ….
Facebook users most likely to rely on it as single source Pew Research
pew1117>   Americans are more likely than ever to get news from multiple social media sites, according to a recent Pew Research Center report. About a quarter of all U.S. adults (26%) get news from two or more social media sites, up from 15% in 2013 and 18% in 2016. But there is considerable variation in the extent to which each site’s news users get news from other sites, and which sites those are.
>   Facebook claims the largest share of social media news consumers, and its news users are much more likely to rely solely on that site for news. Just under half (45%) of U.S. adults use Facebook for news. Half of Facebook’s news users get news from that social media site alone, with just one-in-five relying on three or more sites for news.
> By comparison, news users of LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp are particularly likely to get news on multiple social networks: Half or more of their news users get news on three or more social media sites.
>   In general, sites with a smaller number of news users also tend to have the most overlap with other social media sites for news. However, Reddit stands alone in having a small but more exclusive audience of news users. Only 4% of U.S. adults get news from this site, and of these users, just 38% use three or more social media sites for news.

George Takei saga illuminates murky world of pay-to-play “news”
>  Slate, Refinery29, viral site Upworthy, media brand Good and Futurism all confirmed that they had cut Takei out of their “social media influencer” networks of paid celebrities and other high-profile social media users who often have millions of followers.
>  “It’s hard for the reader to know where there is a material connection and where there is not, that’s why it’s important for the influencer, or celebrity, or blogger to disclose that. Top influencers can make $75,000 for a product post on Instagram and a staggering $185,000-plus for a plug on YouTube, according to a report in the New York Times.
>  It is unclear how much news websites pay for links to their articles.

Lawyers lobbying cities and counties for massive opiod lawsuits vs. Big Pharma Miami Herald
>  With some cities and states already in the lead in suing Big Pharma, lawyers are urging other governments to get into the action or risk being left out of the kind of landmark settlement that saw cigarette companies in 1998 agree to pay out $250 billion to states.



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