Tuesday … News day

Harvard: Millennials now biggest voting group, and they’re Dem by 2-1.
Washington Examiner
> The latest youth poll from Harvard’s influential Institute of Politics found that America’s 18-29-year-olds prefer Democrats 65 percent to 33 percent, in part because they don’t like President Trump and are “fearful” about the future.
> Also driving their concern is a worry that blacks and Hispanics “feel significantly under attack” in the U.S., and that issues younger voters care about such as global warming and gun control are being ignored in Washington.

Docs design radical diet, trials show it reverses adult diabetes BBC

Irish proposal: Spreading fake news punishable by prison time The Irish News
> Promoting ‘fake news’ using social media sites will be made an offence under proposals to be brought before the Dáil.
> New laws tabled by Fianna Fáil would also see the use of internet ‘bots’ to influence political debate punished with five years in jail or fines of up to €10,000.

Make America Grate Again
US trade gap soars as imports hit record high Politico
> The U.S. trade deficit jumped 8.6 percent in October as imports from China and other suppliers hit a record high ahead of the holiday shopping season, a Commerce Department report released Tuesday showed.
> The monthly trade gap totaled $48.7 billion, the highest level for a full month since President Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20.
> Ahead of the election, a Trump campaign adviser asserted they could eliminate the deficit in one or two years. Instead, the 2017 deficit is on track to exceed the 2016 level of $505 billion.

Why the hell should we trust Facebook to moderate its new kids app?
Opinion: Melanie Ehrenkranz, Gizmodo
Messenger Kids has parental controls and policies in place to ban inappropriate content and cyberbullying, but that doesn’t make the service exempt from Facebook’s pattern of moderation failures or the broader evils of the interweb.

How Portugal made its drug-addiction crisis go away The Guardian
Portuguese approach worked brilliantly … why hasn’t the world copied it?

>In 2001, Portugal became the first country to decriminalise the possession and consumption of all illicit substances. Rather than being arrested, those caught with a personal supply might be given a warning, a small fine, or told to appear before a local commission – a doctor, a lawyer and a social worker – about treatment, harm reduction, and the support services that were available to them.
> The opioid crisis soon stabilised, and the ensuing years saw dramatic drops in problematic drug use, HIV and hepatitis infection rates, overdose deaths, drug-related crime and incarceration rates. HIV infection plummeted from an all-time high in 2000 of 104.2 new cases per million to 4.2 cases per million in 2015.

Trump family bank accounts subpoenaed in Mueller probe Reuters

Analyst: Somebody photoshopped those N. Korea missile images CNN
“So, I just discovered that the North Koreans DID tamper with their launch photo’s! Two images from clearly same viewpoint, but dramatically different star backgrounds! Orion (Southeast) versus Andromeda (Northwest)!
— Dr. Marco Langbroek on Twitter

Military buildup plan would cost $683 billion EXTRA
Stars & Stripes
> The military buildup proposed in the Trump administration’s 2018 budget would cost a total of $683 billion over the next 10 years, culminating in a Pentagon base budget a decade from now that would dwarf peak Cold War-era spending, a report said.
> Between 2018 and 2027, efforts to increase the readiness and size of the force would drive the budget 12 percent higher than the costs laid out for those same years under the Obama administration’s final budget plan for the same period, said the Congressional Budget Office report, which was released on Monday.
> President Donald Trump’s goals for the military “would result in steady increases in costs so that by 2027, the base budget (in 2018 dollars) would reach $688 billion, more than 20 percent larger than peak spending during the 1980s,” the CBO said.

Fire rages in SoCal city, 50 mph winds, 27,000 evacuated (LA Times)


Trump’s private spy network?The Intercept
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal — to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials and others familiar with the proposals. The sources say the plans have been pitched to the White House as a means of countering “deep state” enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Trump’s presidency.

Trump’s support triggers $1 million ad buy for Moore Washington Examiner President Trump’s endorsement of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore triggered a flood of financial support, as America First Action invested $1.1 million in advertising on television and other venues just days before a crucial special election.The super PAC, affiliated with Trump’s official outside group, the political nonprofit America First Policies, saw the endorsement as a signal to enter the race on Moore’s behalf

Emergency rooms are monopolies
And patients are paying bills that are whoppers.
The doctor checked his blood pressure, asked about the pain, and gave him a muscle relaxant. The visit was quick and easy, lasting about 20 minutes. The bill totaled $2,429.84.

Feds want to seize guns from 4,000 who failed background checks USA Today

5 native tribes to sue Trump over Utah monuments Axios

85% of Yahoo is crap: A REALNEWS ANALYSIS
The reason I started this blog was frustration with the junk being promoted by the biggest news aggregators, including Drudge, Google and Yahoo. Here’s a quick shit-vs-shinola report on today’s Yahoo front page.

Shit: 85%
Shinola: 15%

  • Celebrity and sports stories are usually thinly disguised promos, and between them account for half of Yahoo’s top  content today.
  • Pointless crap and deliberate spin, combined, account for a quarter of the content.
  • Ten percent is crime reporting, and that may count as news until you realize how often editors select stories for sheer sensation, especially if the victim is female.
  • News is about change, or the prospect of it. The remaining fifteen percent of Yahoo’s stories are legitimate news, meaning that they give us some sort of clue as to where American society is heading.

— Tim Mahoney


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