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UN gives Trump The Finger on Jerusalem move
Haaretz News
US loses 135-9. 

Life expectancy falling in US as overdose deaths climb Stat
The report also found death rates — calculated from the number of deaths per 100,000 people — actually rose among young adults between 2015 and 2016. And while the authors didn’t draw a direct link, another report also released Thursday by the CDC found an estimated 63,600 people died of drug overdoses in 2016. Two-thirds of those deaths were caused by opioids. Adults between the ages of 25 and 54 had the highest rate of drug overdose death.

“Half of his high school class is dead. Drugs, alcohol, pills and heroin.”
— Dr. Daniel Ciccarone, researcher, University of California, San Francisco
> Via Newsweek.

Scientists laugh at NYT story about “alien alloys” Live Science
“There are no alloys that are sitting in some warehouse that we cannot figure out what they are. In fact, it’s pretty simple, and any reasonably good metallurgical grad student can do it for you.”

Could a metropolis of 30 million sink into the sea?
It might be only a matter of time for Jakarta
NY Times
Jakarta is sinking faster than any other big city on the planet, faster, even, than climate change is causing the sea to rise — so surreally fast that rivers sometimes flow upstream, ordinary rains regularly swamp neighborhoods and buildings slowly disappear underground, swallowed by the earth. The main cause: Jakartans are digging illegal wells, drip by drip draining the underground aquifers on which the city rests — like deflating a giant cushion underneath it. About 40 percent of Jakarta now lies below sea level.

Workers repairing a seawall in Jakarta.

Get out of town: The ticket to nowhere. The Guardian
A really interesting presentation, text and graphics, focused on the policy of paying the homeless to go somewhere else.

Once US murder capital, NY City is now as safe as South Dakota AP
“You can feel the change. More people are out walking the streets at night, they’re out talking to their neighbors, they’re not rushing their kids home, you know, with their heads down,” said Rashaud Carmichael, 36, a construction worker and father of three who lives in Brooklyn. “I’ve lived here all my life. And man, I can tell you, it’s a different world now.”
There were 126 killings in Brooklyn’s 75th precinct in 1993. Last year, there were 23. This year, through Dec. 17, there have been 11.

US soldiers training to capture N. Koreas scariest weapons Newsweek
Maybe this is something or maybe it’s a hype of routine training.

Video footage of the drill shows camouflaged soldiers moving around and through buildings in close formation, and other scenes in snow-covered woodland. It appeared to suggest that the American and South Korean militaries were preparing for operations in an urban or subterranean setting.

Judge tweaks numbers, so now Virginia election declared a tie NPR
Democrats responded with a statement that the panel’s decision “was wrong, and Delegate-elect Shelly Simonds should have been certified the winner.” Party leaders said they are assessing their legal options, pointing out that “[t]he Republicans themselves had affirmed that this result was accurate yesterday before changing their minds today.”

Ice Tea changes name to Long Blockchain, shares soar Bloomberg
Long Island Iced Tea Corp. shares rose 238 percent after the company rebranded itself Long Blockchain Corp. It’s the latest in a near-daily phenomenon sweeping the stock market, where obscure microcap companies reorient to focus on some aspect of the mania sparked by bitcoin’s 1,600 percent rally this year.

Apple admits it slows older iPhones. CNET
.. says the practice deals with problems — like unexpected shutdowns — caused by aging batteries or cold conditions.

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 Amazon, Goldman Sachs, Target and Facebook itself — that placed recruitment ads limited to particular age groups, an investigation by ProPublica and The New York Times has found.
>>> Communications Workers union files age bias lawsuit Courthouse News Service

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.
>>> USA Gymnastics denies paying Maroney The Daily Beast

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.”

That woman killed by Minneapolis police …
Family demands answers in slow-moving investigation

Even as rules weaken, for-profit colleges face “continued collapse.” NPR
There are now a group of big nonprofit and public institutions targeting working adults with workforce-focused, on-demand learning. In other words, these companies are following the playbook laid out by for-profits, but with a better reputation — at least for now.

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