Update Wed 11/29

FDA warning: Bones and bone treats can be deadly for dogs FDA Consumer Update
According to Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at the FDA, “Giving your dog a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet.”

Trump wins first round in battle over consumer protection agency Fox News

The Internet is dying, along with Net Neutrality NY Times
Commentary by Farhad Manjoo
The internet is dying.
Sure, technically, the internet still works. Pull up Facebook on your phone and you will still see your second cousin’s baby pictures. But that isn’t really the internet. It’s not the open, anyone-can-build-it network of the 1990s and early 2000s, the product of technologies created over decades through government funding and academic research, the network that helped undo Microsoft’s stranglehold on the tech business and gave us upstarts like Amazon, Google, Facebook and Netflix.
Nope, that freewheeling internet has been dying a slow death — and a vote next month by the Federal Communications Commission to undo net neutrality would be the final pillow in its face.
Net neutrality is intended to prevent companies that provide internet service from offering preferential treatment to certain content over their lines. The rules prevent, for instance, AT&T from charging a fee to companies that want to stream high-definition videos to people.
Because net neutrality shelters start-ups — which can’t easily pay for fast-line access — from internet giants that can pay, the rules are just about the last bulwark against the complete corporate takeover of much of online life. When the rules go, the internet will still work, but it will look like and feel like something else altogether — a network in which business development deals, rather than innovation, determine what you experience, a network that feels much more like cable TV than the technological Wild West that gave you Napster and Netflix.
If this sounds alarmist, consider that the state of digital competition is already pretty sorry. As I’ve argued regularly, much of the tech industry is at risk of getting swallowed by giants. Today’s internet is lousy with gatekeepers, tollbooths and monopolists.

N. Korea says new missile puts US mainland in range Reuters
North Korea’s first missile test since mid-September came a week after U.S. President Donald Trump put North Korea back on a U.S. list of countries it says support terrorism, allowing it to impose more sanctions.
MIT expert reads the tea leaves in N. Korea’s cup …. AP
North Korea’s test could indeed indicate that the country will soon consider its nuclear program “done” and focus on its sluggish economy, said Vipin Narang, a nuclear strategy expert at MIT. “But there are many things that can intervene to accelerate or decelerate it,” he says.

There goes another one….
NBC fires Matt Lauer over sexual misconduct in workplace NBC
Matt Lauer, the anchor of “Today” for two decades, was fired by NBC News after a detailed complaint about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.
Every one of these guys who are fired mean a chance for other journalists to move up, and hopefully will end this kind of crap in the newsroom. 

Families of Navajo Code Talkers
dumbfounded by Trump’s Pocahantas remark
Families of Navajo war veterans who were honored Monday at the White House say they were dumbfounded that President Donald Trump used the event to take a political jab at a Massachusetts senator, demeaning their work with an unbreakable code that helped the U.S. win World War II.
“It’s too bad he does put his foot in his mouth.Why he does it? I don’t know.”

Wages, productivity are stagnant, and here’s why Bloomberg
… being held back by persistently low inflation expectations, workforce demographics, and the shift in the payrolls distribution in the economy in favor of lower-wage sectors.

Judge: Doctor, 84, who doesn’t use her computer can’t practice STAT
doc84A New Hampshire judge has denied an 84-year-old doctor’s request to regain her license to practice, which she had surrendered partly over her inability to use a computer.
The state challenged Dr. Anna Konopka’s record keeping, prescribing practices and medical decision making. It said her limited computer skills prevent her from using the state’s mandatory electronic drug monitoring program, which requires prescribers of opioids to register in an effort reduce overdoses.
Konopka surrendered her license in October, but later requested permission to continue her practice.

Studies: Xenophobia the primary fear behind Brexit Courthouse News Service
Grain of salt: These aren’t really definitive studies, but the researchers’ comments are worth considering.
… three personality traits were independently related to both xenophobia and support for Brexit. These include right-wing authoritarianism (“obedience and respect for authority are the most important virtues children should learn”), social dominance orientation (“we should not push for group equality”), and collective narcissism (“I will never be satisfied until my national group gets all it deserves”).

Supreme Court cellphone case
has implications for privacy, free speech
The Guardian
In a brief, 19 leading technologists explain how easy it is to use a person’s location data to learn about her beliefs and associations. With very few data points, the technologists observe, an analyst can learn whether a given person attended a public demonstration, attended a political meeting, or met with a particular activist or lawyer. With more data, an analyst can identify social networks and learn not only whether a given person was at a public demonstration but who else attended the demonstration with her.

Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Siemens developing a hybrid plane AP
…  passenger plane would use a single electric turbofan along with three conventional jet engines running on aviation fuel … aim to build a flying version of the E-Fan X technology demonstrator plane by 2020.

Below: the Congressional Budget Office estimate of tax effects on various income categories in the Senate bill under consideration:

… the total distributional effect of the bill was calculated by subtracting the estimated change in federal spending from the change in federal revenues allocated to each income group. The resulting changes in the federal deficit allocated to each income group are reflected in the following table.


You Tube kills ads on 50,000 channels
as advertisers flee over disturbing child content
Adidas, Mars, Hewlett-Packard, and a host of other big brands have all paused advertising on YouTube in the wake of articles revealing their ads were showing up alongside sexually explicit comments under videos of children. The tools used to screen such comments, volunteer moderators told the BBC, haven’t been working properly for over a year, allowing between 50,000 and 100,000 “predatory” accounts to remain on YouTube.

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.

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