Monday Nov. 27

Right-wing group set trap for Washington Post,
but couldn’t spring it.
NY Times

> A woman with ties to a right-wing activist group falsely claimed to The Washington Post that she had conceived a child with Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, when she was 15, the newspaper reported on Monday afternoon.
> The woman, identified by the paper as Jaime T. Phillips, claimed in recent interviews with reporters that she had an abortion after having sex with Mr. Moore in 1992. But The Post said that it had discovered inconsistencies in her account and evidence that the woman concocted the sensational claim to try to dupe reporters and coax them into discussing the political impact her story could have on Mr. Moore.
> A reporter with The Post confronted the woman about the holes in her story on Wednesday and then Post journalists saw her on Monday morning entering the offices of Project Veritas, a conservative group that films undercover videos. The organization, led by the activist James O’Keefe, has recently targeted journalists, trying to goad them into revealing biases or unethical schemes to discredit the news media.

Ex-Marine announces run against Roy Moore Politico
> A former top aide to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly intends to launch a last-minute write-in campaign in the race for Alabama’s open Senate seat.
> Retired Marine Colonel Lee Busby, 60, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., said Monday he plans to challenge Democratic candidate Doug Jones and embattled Republican Roy Moore for the state’s open seat. He also launched a bare-bones website counting down to the Dec. 12 special election.
> Busby said he saw an opportunity to run as a centrist independent who could fill the space between the Democratic and Republican nominees.

 

fake-newsDRUDGE MATCH !
Sharks and earthquakes and ISIS, oh my
A single day’s Drudge report contains 49 links to junk journalism
and 3 stories worth reading …  
Check it out and see if you agree.

Budget Office: Senate tax plan would increase deficit by $1,400,000,000,000. CNN
>>> AKA $1,400 Billion. Which works out to $4300 per man, woman and child in America.
>>> It would also cut the number of people with health insurance by 4 million.

Trump claims infamous “Access Hollywood” tape is fake ABC News
President Trump has privately questioned the authenticity of the now infamous “Access Hollywood” recording in which he was caught in a vulgar exchange in 2005 with Billy Bush, bragging about his ability to grope women because he’s “a star,” sources confirm to ABC News.
But the Trump cult does not care: Consider this from “Stonewall Jackson” on Twitter:
“We’re talking about the Access Hollywood tapes again? Hate to break it to you liberals but the same people who didn’t care then (you know, when you lost) still don’t care now. We don’t care if @realDonaldTrump has a dirty mouth. As a matter of fact, we rather enjoy it.”
Which misses the point by a mile but then, he is a Trump supporter.

Mexico creates giant sea reserve in Pacific The Independent
> Mexico’s government has created a marine park the size of Illinois in the Pacific, the largest ocean reserve in North America for the conservation of giant rays, whales and turtles, including dozens of species endemic to the area.
> President Enrique Pena Nieto designated on Friday the Revillagigedo Archipelago, located some 390 km (242 miles) southeast of the Baja California peninsula, as a national park.
> The four volcanic islands that make up the Revillagigedo Archipelago and the surrounding waters are home to hundreds of species of animals and plants, including rays, humpback whales, sea turtles, lizards and migratory birds.

Oh boy here we go
Oregon may kill sea lions to save Steelhead Trout Courthouse News Service
> Lone sea lions started showing up at Willamette Falls in the last five years. But last year their numbers jumped to between 40 and 60 animals per day. Each one can eat one to two steelhead per day, based on numbers from the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
> The increased predation couldn’t come at a worse moment. Numbers of returning Willamette winter steelhead have plunged over the last decade, largely due to drought and poor ocean conditions.
> In 1999, about 15,000 winter steelhead passed Willamette Falls. In 2016, scientists with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife counted just 512.

Koch bros. cash behind huge magazine deal The Guardian
> Meredith Corporation has announced that it is buying the Time Inc publishing group in a “transformative” $1.8bn deal that joins two huge magazine companies.
> Meredith, which owns a portfolio including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, allrecipes and Shape, will fund the deal with the help of the rightwing billionaire Koch brothers, who have contributed $650m of preferred equity.

Conyers steps aside amid women’s accusations The Hill
> The Ethics Committee opened an investigation into Conyers after BuzzFeed News reported last week that Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was fired because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.”

180 women have reported sex assaults at Massage Envy BuzzFeed
> These claims represent only a sliver of the tens of millions of services Massage Envy says its franchises have provided. Still, lawyers for aggrieved spa clients told BuzzFeed News that there are more cases where women report abuse by massage therapists to police but no arrest is made, and that Massage Envy spas sometimes offer a settlement before a suit is filed, leaving no public record.
>>> You might wonder if Massage Envy is simply a big target. Is it any better or worse in this regard than its competitors? This story can’t answer that question.

Egypt, under terrorist assault, seems out of options AP via Stars &  Stripes
> The military has thrown tanks, fighting vehicles, fighter-jets, warships and helicopter gunships along with tens of thousands of security forces in three years of conflict with extremists, including an affiliate of the Islamic State group in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.
> The area has been under emergency law for several years and the entire country since April. Security forces have forcibly evacuated areas adjacent to the border with Gaza, razing residents’ houses and farmlands. They have blown up underground tunnels that authorities believe jihadis used to smuggle weapons and fighters in from neighboring Gaza, ruled by the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
> These measures have shown few tangible results.

Court to decide on  who will head consumer watchdog agency NPR
> The person appointed to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by its outgoing head, Richard Cordray, has filed suit to block the Trump administration’s rival appointment of Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to the post.
> Leandra English, who was appointed by Cordray on Friday, his last day as director, has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., hours before English and Mulvaney were to set to show up to work on Monday morning for the same job.
>>> CHUCK SCHUMER: “The process for succession laid out in Dodd Frank is clear: Leandra English, not Mick Mulvaney, is the acting dir of @CFPB. By attempting to install Mr. Mulvaney as director, the Trump admin is ignoring the established, legal order of succession that (Congress) purposefully put in place.”
>>> Tweeter who calls herself RMC: “Looks like another executive order may be on the horizon. And soon, I hope. Do away with the obuma bullshit.” 
>>> Tweeter Catherine Rampell:  “Legality of CFPB succession plans aside: US govt will run out of money & hit the debt ceiling on Dec. 8. Why exactly is now the right time for OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to take on a 2nd full-time job?”
>>> Mulvaney’s opinion of Consumer Protection Agency: “A sick, sad joke.” Vanity Fair. 

The ice-pocalypse may be upon us Grist
> In a remote region of Antarctica known as Pine Island Bay, 2,500 miles from the tip of South America, two glaciers hold human civilization hostage.
> Stretching across a frozen plain more than 150 miles long, these glaciers, named Pine Island and Thwaites, have marched steadily for millennia toward the Amundsen Sea, part of the vast Southern Ocean. Further inland, the glaciers widen into a two-mile-thick reserve of ice covering an area the size of Texas.
> There’s no doubt this ice will melt as the world warms. The vital question is when.
> The glaciers of Pine Island Bay are two of the largest and fastest-melting in Antarctica. > Together, they act as a plug holding back enough ice to pour 11 feet of sea-level rise into the world’s oceans — an amount that would submerge every coastal city on the planet. For that reason, finding out how fast these glaciers will collapse is one of the most important scientific questions in the world today.
pine_island_bay


Galapagos finches caught in the act of becoming new species BBC
finch
> This is the first example of speciation that scientists have been able to observe directly in the field.
>Researchers followed the entire population of finches on a tiny Galapagos island called Daphne Major, for many years, and so they were able to watch the speciation in progress.
> The research was published in the journal Science.
> The group of finch species to which the Big Bird population belongs are collectively known as Darwin’s finches and helped Charles Darwin to uncover the process of evolution by natural selection.

joe-barton-closeupDo we really want to body shame
Joe “Junk” Barton?

Real News Editorial
Joe didn’t intend for the world to see his “junk,” so what does all this hullaballoo amount to?

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