White House giving Tillerson the boot Reuters
Next at State Dep’t, the guy, what’s his name, who ran the CIA for a few weeks.
CIA to be “led” by Sen. Tom “Waterboarding is legal” Cotton.
Conyers stressed out, goes to hospital Reuters
Why it’s okay to have sex with children
By Tully Borland, The Federalist
Here is one thing we know and should admit from the start: in his early thirties, Roy Moore had a penchant for dating teenagers. Apparently, this was not an uncommon occurrence during this time. In fact, this practice has a long history and is not without some merit if one wants to raise a large family.
To have a large family, the wife must start having kids when she is young. The husband needs to be well-established and able to support the family, in which case he will typically need to marry when older.
— Tully Borland is associate professor of philosophy at Ouachita Baptist University.
“We’ve reached the point where conservatives will tolerate their underage daughters being molested by GOP politicians as long as they receive a promise of an anti-abortion Supreme Court Justice.”
>>> Pe Resists on Twitter
“Something tells me that if you were writing about a Muslim grooming underage girls, you’d be singing a very different tune.”
>>> LC Smith, commenting on The Federalist.
Not science and not news, but widely reported
Smartphone addiction creates imbalance in brain …
Based on study of 19, yes 19! people.
Satellites show no progress in global warming for 23 years The Daily Caller
University of Alabama-Huntsville climate scientists John Christy and Richard McNider found that by removing the climate effects of volcanic eruptions early on in the satellite temperature record it showed virtually no change in the rate of warming since the early 1990s.
“We indicated 23 years ago — in our 1994 Nature article — that climate models had the atmosphere’s sensitivity to CO2 much too high,” Christy said in a statement. “This recent paper bolsters that conclusion.”
Get ready for concealed guns across America Bloomberg
> The House Judiciary Committee late Wednesday voted 19-11 for the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would amend the federal criminal code to allow the concealed transport of handguns across state lines, so long as both states allow it. States will not be able to impose their individual requirements for a concealed carry license on armed travelers from other states.
> One opposition group says the law “would effectively turn the weakest state’s laws into nationwide laws” because conceal carry laws vary state by state. For example, convicted stalkers are banned from concealed carry in some states, but not all, and the age for concealed carry also varies. In the event the bill passes, a Georgia permit, a state that allows abusive partners to carry hidden firearms, would become effective in New York, a state that currently doesn’t recognize any other state’s conceal carry permits.
Wind power surpasses coal as energy source in Texas Houston Chronicle
When a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas began commercial operation this month, it pushed the state’s wind power capacity to more than 20,000 megawatts, surpassing 19,800 megawatts of capacity from coal-fired power plants, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which oversees 90 percent of the state’s grid. One megawatt is enough to power 200 homes on a hot Texas day.
US special forces involved in death of 10 Somali civilians? The Daily Beast
THE U.S.-LED OPERATION on Aug. 25 would result in the death of 10 civilians, including at least one child … hundreds of people in the nearby town Afgoye flooded the city’s streets demanding justice for those killed, and survivors on the farm refused to bury their dead until the Somali government recanted its allegations that they were members Al Shabaab, and offered an apology.
Tax bill in Congress portends big changes to American life NY Times
“When you put all these pieces together, what you’re left with is we are squandering a giant sum of money,” said Edward D. Kleinbard, a former chief of staff at the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation who teaches law at the University of Southern California. “It’s not aimed at growth. It is not aimed at the middle class. It is at every turn carefully engineered to deliver a kiss to the donor class.”
>> … The meat of the package is a permanent lowering of the corporate tax rate, to 20 percent from 35 percent. “We’ve been bleeding corporate headquarters and production for a long time,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office and now president of the American Action Forum, a nonprofit that promotes smaller government.
>> …“In our boardroom, the number-one thing we’re talking about is not taxes,” said Jeremy Stoppelman, chief executive of Yelp, the online review platform. “Having a strong middle class out there spending money is what’s most important for our business.”
>> … The tax cut package, for instance, could trigger rules mandating cuts to Medicare, the government health care program for seniors, the Congressional Budget Office warned. Some 13 million people could lose health care via the elimination of a key plank of Obamacare. Insurance premiums are also expected to rise by 10 percent.
“This tax bill is a grand deception,” said Arnold Hiatt, the former chief executive of Stride Rite, which makes children’s shoes. “It hurts the most vulnerable, and hurts health care and education, which are essential for a healthy economy.”
>> … The House or Senate bill includes provisions ending the deductibility of tuition waivers for graduate students, repealing the deduction for interest paid on student loans and taxing university endowments. The endowment tax, in particular, threatens the ability of low-income students to pursue college and graduate studies, said Ron Haskins, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
Former “Hobby Lobby” attorney argues for seat on 5th Circuit
Courthouse News Service
The lawyer who led Hobby Lobby’s challenge to the federal health care law’s birth control mandate promised senators on Wednesday his past work for clients will not prevent him from being impartial if he is confirmed to a seat on the Fifth Circuit.
“Yeti” sightings were actually bears Eureka Alert
“Our findings strongly suggest that the biological underpinnings of the Yeti legend can be found in local bears, and our study demonstrates that genetics should be able to unravel other, similar mysteries,” says lead scientist Charlotte Lindqvist.
What was Guy Noir doing while we weren’t listening?
Garrison Keillor fired by MN. Public Radio! Behaving badly! AP
Garrison Keillor, the former host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” said Wednesday he has been fired by Minnesota Public Radio over allegations of improper behavior.
Keillor told The Associated Press of his firing in an email. In a follow-up statement, he said he was fired over “a story that I think is more interesting and more complicated than the version MPR heard.” He didn’t give details of the allegation.
Minnesota Public Radio didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
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.
Yellen: National debt should keep people awake at night The Hill
The fact that U.S. debt is about to soar past $20 trillion “is the type of thing that should keep people awake at night,” outgoing Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen said Wednesday in testimony to Congress.
She said expenditures on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security will grow more rapidly than tax revenues as the U.S. population ages.
“This should be a very significant concern,” Yellen told the Joint Economic Committee.
Yellen said the U.S economy was strong beyond the ballooning national debt, with the country near full employment and the financial system steadied by Dodd-Frank. She said that the Fed would likely raise interest rates soon to bring monetary policy back toward historic levels.
Supreme hint: Privacy protections on the radar Bloomberg
U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed concern about privacy intrusions in the digital age, hinting they may curb the power of law enforcement officials to track people using mobile-phone data.
In a spirited argument that went 20 minutes beyond its scheduled hour on Wednesday, the justices considered requiring prosecutors to get a warrant before obtaining mobile-phone tower records that show a person’s location over the course of weeks or months.
“This is highly personal information,” Justice Stephen Breyer said.
Trump says “investigate” 2001 death of Joe Scarborough’s intern Newsweek
An autopsy report found that she had been feeling unwell, and heart problems caused her to fall on her desk and hit her head. The medical examiner did not find signs of foul play. But Trump knows more than the medical examiners, so….
FDA warning: Bones and bone treats can be deadly for dogs FDA Consumer UpdateAccording 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.”
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.
>>> STUDY SUGGESTS THERE’S A BOT CAMPAIGN BEHIND NET NEUTRALITY COMMENTS. Pew Research
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.