Damn near Solstice news

Companies using Facebook to discriminate against older workers
ProPublica & NY Times
verizonad> A few weeks ago, Verizon placed an ad on Facebook to recruit applicants for a unit focused on financial planning and analysis. The ad showed a smiling, millennial-aged woman seated at a computer and promised that new hires could look forward to a rewarding career in which they would be “more than just a number.”
> Some relevant numbers were not immediately evident. The promotion was set to run on the Facebook feeds of users 25 to 36 years old who lived in the nation’s capital, or had recently visited there, and had demonstrated an interest in finance. For a vast majority of the hundreds of millions of people who check Facebook every day, the ad did not exist.
Verizon is among dozens of the nation’s leading employers — including AmazonGoldman SachsTarget and Facebook itself — that placed recruitment ads limited to particular age groups, an investigation by ProPublica and The New York Times has found.

Gold Medal gymnast charges …
USA Gymnastics paid >$1 million for silence on sex scandal
The Guardian
Mckayla_Maroney_Hot_8-560x840.jpgOlympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney filed a lawsuit Wednesday against USA Gymnastics, alleging that officials for the national governing body paid her to sign a confidential financial settlement to remain silent on the sexual abuse she suffered by team doctor Larry Nassar.

Lawuit claim:
Woman leaves bad review, so hotel dings her for $350. CBS News
Between September 2015 and November 2016, Abbey Inn had a policy in place that allowed them to charge customers $350 for negative reviews, according to the lawsuit. The state alleges the hotel violated Indiana’s Deceptive Consumer Sales Act by enforcing a customer review policy that is “unfair, abusive, and deceptive.”

In Europe, Uber will be regulated like taxi companies Reuters
> The European case had been widely watched as an indicator of how the burgeoning gig economy, which also features the likes of food-delivery company Deliveroo, would be regulated in Europe.
> The ECJ said Uber “exercises decisive influence over the conditions under which the drivers provide their service” and that without the Uber mobile app “persons who wish to make an urban journey would not use the services provided by those drivers.”

Wall Street wary after loss in court decision Courthouse News Service
The plaintiffs claim the major stock exchanges received substantial kickbacks for providing high-frequency traders preferential access to trading data via proprietary trading products.

Victim’s family quite pissed
Man who had sex with girl, 12, gets only probation NBC-San Diego
A spokeswoman for the victim’s family rejected that punishment as inadequate, noting that defendants routinely go to prison for simple possession of child pornography. She said Jeff Calica drove to Solana Beach twice from Oxnard, and had sex with the girl both times.

ATF agent suspected of taking photos of women using college dorm restroom Madison.com
Dude, check the internet. It’s full of nude photos. You don’t need to take your own.

Many EU citizens quitting on Britain. “It’s getting ugly.” Reuters
> It’s too late to keep German nurse Daniela Jones in the chronically short-staffed National Health Service (NHS), where she worked for 35 years.
> It’s too late for French psychotherapist Baya Salmon-Hawk, who after 40 years in Britain has moved to Ireland to remain in the EU.
> It’s too late for French accountant Nathalie Duran, who is planning early retirement in France because after 31 years as a taxpayer in Britain she objects to being told she has to pay a fee and fill in forms to be granted a new “settled status”.
> “I will have to regretfully decline your generous offer for settled status and oblige your lovely countrymen’s wishes and go home,” she wrote on Facebook.

Japanese media reports:
N. Korea testing whether it can deliver anthrax via missile Newsweek

… would have to survive 7,000 degree re-entry temps, though.
>>> Notorious N. Korea hacker group targeting Facebook users Newsweek
… the Lazarus Group hackers used personal profiles to pose as other people in order to develop relationships with potential targets.
> These exchanges may have allowed the hackers to trick Facebook users into installing malware that would allow them to hijack victims’ computers.

Price of storming Mosul? 9,000 civilian deaths AP
US coalition may be responsible for 3,200. It originally reported only 10 percent of those.

US issues veiled threats ahead of UN vote on Jerusalem. Vice News

“On Thurs there’ll be a vote criticizing our choice. The US will be taking names.”
— Nikki Haley, so-called Ambassador to the UN




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