WITH WEEKEND UPDATES
Racial dispute at century old bakery roils college town AP
OBERLIN, Ohio — Students at Oberlin College have long enjoyed pastries, bagels and chocolates from Gibson’s Bakery, a century-old, family-owned business near campus. That sweet relationship has turned bitter amid hotly disputed accusations of racism, roiling a school and town long known for their liberal politics.
> The dispute, which began in November 2016 with the arrest of three black Oberlin students who tried stealing wine from Gibson’s, is now a lawsuit in which the exasperated bakery owners accuse the college and a top dean of slandering Gibson’s as a “racist establishment” and taking steps to destroy the family’s livelihood.
FOX NEWS TURNS ON PAUL RYAN!
… Ryan is sounding like a guy who thinks he’s convinced the president to take a 180- degree turn on Medicare. Ryan has let the world know that he has been speaking privately with President Trump, and that the president has started to cotton to the idea of cutting entitlements.
As Ryan framed things: “I think the president is understanding choice and competition works everywhere, especially in Medicare.”
After 50 year quest, scientists discover new element: Excitonium Newsweek
Way too early to speculate on practical applications.
We’ll save you from clicking through USA Today’s click bait “slideshow.” Here’s the list of worst cities for drivers, according to the map app Waze:
(In order of increasing gridlock)
> San Francisco
> Portland OR
> Los Angeles
> San Diego
Days before the election, crazy Roy Moore disappears from campaign trail
> In the last few days before the Dec. 12 election for Alabama’s junior U.S. Senate seat, the Republican candidate has all but vanished from the public, continuing a pattern of absence that took hold after allegations of abuse, assault, harassment and misconduct with nine women surfaced against Moore in early November.
> “I think it’s extremely odd that for the better part of that campaign, we have seen his spokespeople, his campaign manager and his surrogates,” said Angi Horn Stalnaker, a Republican consultant who has run races against Moore in the past.
China doesn’t want US recyclables anymore. OMG! Now what? NPR
> “It just keeps coming and coming and coming,” says Rogue employee Laura Leebrick. In the warehouse, she is dwarfed by stacks of orphaned recycling bales. Outside, employee parking spaces have been taken over by compressed cubes of sour cream containers, broken wine bottles and junk mail.
> And what are recyclables with nowhere to go?
> “Right now, by definition, that material out there is garbage,” she says. “It has no value. There is no demand for it in the marketplace. It’s garbage.”
Judge halts Walmart plan to cut down rare forest. AP
“We are elated,” said Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director for the Center for Biological Diversity, which filed the suit with Tropical Audubon, the Miami Pine Rockland Coalition and the South Florida Wildlands Association. “The judge’s order has given these plants and animals and the residents of this community an opportunity for their day in court, an opportunity to have justice upheld, and a fighting chance at survival.”
AP FACT CHECK
Despite what Paul Ryan says, blue states DO subsidize red states
Ryan: “the rest of the country is “propping up profligate, big-government states.”
> Mississippi received $2.13 for every tax dollar the state sent to Washington in 2015, according to the Rockefeller study. West Virginia received $2.07, Kentucky got $1.90 and South Carolina got $1.71.
> Meanwhile, New Jersey received 74 cents in federal spending for tax every dollar the state sent to Washington. New York received 81 cents, Connecticut received 82 cents and Massachusetts received 83 cents.
<<< According to Politifact, Ryan’s statements are misleading about 68% of the time. There’s a 32% chance that anything he says is true or mostly true.
Antibiotics use in animals drops for the first time Reuters
> The sale and distribution of antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals in the United States decreased by 10 percent from 2015 to 2016, says a U.S. Food and Drug Administration report.
> It was the first decline in year-to-year sales since the FDA began collecting the data in 2009, according to food and consumer health groups
West Bank erupts CBS News
Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces in the West Bank on Friday in protests which were part of a so-called “Day of Rage” over U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize .
Ford moving electric SUV production from Michigan to Mexico Bloomberg
Moving production of the as-yet-unnamed electric SUV to Mexico will allow the carmaker to boost planned output of self-driving vehicles at its factory in Flat Rock, Michigan. Ford is boosting its investment by $200 million and adding 150 more jobs to the Michigan plant as part of the shift, Jim Farley, Ford’s executive vice president of global markets, said in an interview. The driverless car is to debut in 2021.
FORD’S MOVE TO MEXICO
“Just heard Ford is building a plant in Mexico. Hope Trump puts a gate in that wall so they can drive the cars back. ”
— Larry Stec on Twitter.
Strong report on jobs, wages Reuters
U.S. job growth increased at a strong clip in November and wages rebounded, painting a portrait of a healthy economy that analysts say does not require the kind of fiscal stimulus that President Donald Trump is proposing.
DNA has gone digital… What could go wrong? Live Science
>>> To say that all you need to create a dangerous human pathogen is internet access would be an overstatement – but only a slight one. For instance, in 2006, a journalist used publicly available data to order a fragment of smallpox DNA in the mail. The year before, the Centers for Disease Control used published DNA sequences as a blueprint to reconstruct the virus responsible for the Spanish flu, one of the deadliest pandemics of all time.
N. Korea seeks direct talks with US The Guardian
There was no immediate US response but the official position of the state department is that North Korea would have to show itself to be serious about giving up its nuclear arsenal before a dialogue could begin.
I’m a brain specialist.
I think Trump should be evaluated for a degenerative brain disease.
by Ford Vox, STAT
When President Trump slurred his words during a news conference this week, some Trump watchers speculated that he was having a stroke. I watched the clip and, as a physician who specializes in brain function and disability, I don’t think a stroke was behind the slurred words. But having evaluated the chief executive’s remarkable behavior through my clinical lens for almost a year, I do believe he is displaying signs that could indicate a degenerative brain disorder.
DAVID BROOKS @ NY TIMES
“The rot afflicting the G.O.P. is comprehensive — moral, intellectual, political and reputational. More and more former Republicans wake up every day and realize: ‘I’m homeless. I’m politically homeless.’”
Generation Z May Not Want To Own Cars.
Can Automakers Woo Them In Other Ways?
The Big Three U.S. automakers say they are no longer just automakers. Every major car company is trying to make a move, whether it’s car-sharing, ride-hailing or self-driving.
Pretty faces at Silicon Valley corporate parties?
Maybe they’re paid to be there Axios
… record number of tech companies are quietly paying $50 to $200 an hour for each model hired solely to chat up attendees.
Palau tourists forced to sign eco-pledge AFP
Editor’s note: The original headline said “sing” eco-pledge. Which, oh well, this story’s odd enough as it is.
> With crystal clear waters, pristine reefs and abundant sea life, Palau is regarded as one of the world’s best diving spots and was once a niche tourist destination.
> But visitor numbers have exploded in recent years, particularly from China, straining both infrastructure and the environment.
President Tommy Remengesau said it was about preserving the environment for future generations.
… Surpassing even the US Congress in mind-boggling hypocrisy.
Analyst: New tax code to hand billions to Facebook, Google, Amazon Business Insider
Arizona GOPper to quit over … you know. CNN
You can’t tell the fleeing Congressmen without a program.
Judge recuses himself from Michael Flynn case Washington Examiner
No explanation given.
Gender bias class action against Google dismissed Courthouse News Service
> California judge has dismissed with leave to amend a gender-bias class action against Google, ruling the women hadn’t sufficiently shown they performed the same work as their male counterparts for less pay.
> Kelly Ellis, Holly Pease and Kelly Wisuri sued in San Francisco County Superior Court in September, claiming Google violates California’s Equal Pay Act and other state labor laws by systematically paying them lower wages for the same jobs as their male counterparts.
> The women, who worked as a software engineer, former manager and former communications specialist, respectively, also accused Google of keeping women partitioned in compensation levels with lower ceilings and routinely promoting fewer women and at slower rates than men.
For fast-moving coverage of the SoCal fires, and no paywall, see
Los Angeles Daily News