Thur 3.22

TODAY’S DOG AND PONY SHOW
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— Two doddering politicians claim they could beat the crap out of one another.
— Can’t wait for the YouTube video.
— We can only hope two ambulances are standing by.
> Now let’s get to the real news…


BREAKING:

Trump replaces McMaster with Bolton as National Security Adviser
The Hill
Trump’s decision to bring Bolton aboard signals he is seeking to move to the right on national security issues. Both Tillerson and McMaster were seen as moderates and both men urged Trump not to scrap the Iran deal.

Just spoke to @POTUS and Gen. H.R. McMaster – contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC.
Sarah Sanders, taxpayer-funded White House liar, 3/15/18

Trump’s Russia probe lawyer quits
Politico
John Dowd had been spearheading negotiations with Mueller for a potential interview with the president.

China hits back with $3 billion in tariffs
Bloomberg

Florida hospital allows tribal cops to snatch baby
Miami Herald
— A smiling baby with a thick head of black hair, Ingrid Ronan Johnson was born to a Miccosukee mother and a white father, inside Baptist Hospital in Kendall.
— Two days later, police detectives arrived at the hospital acting on a court order to remove the baby from the new parents.
— The order was not signed by a Florida judge, but by a tribal court judge on a reservation 32 miles away in the heart of the Everglades. The cops were from the Miccosukee police force, a department whose jurisdiction covers mainly the reservation and properties owned by the tribe.

MICCOSUKEE BABY 02 EKMRebecca Sanders, 28, who is part of the Miccosukee tribe, holds photos of her baby Ingrid Ronan Johnson. She and the girl’s father claim a Miccosukee tribal court issued a bogus order awarding custody of the child to the child’s grandmother, Betty Osceola, a high-ranking tribal member. PHOTO: Emily Michot emichot@miamiherald.com


The political divide
Gender, education gaps growing wider
Pew Research
— As the 2018 midterm elections approach, women and especially college graduates have moved toward the Democratic Party. By contrast, the Republican Party’s advantage in leaned party identification among white voters without a college degree has never been greater, dating back more than two decades.
— As recently as two years ago, partisan identification among white college graduates was split (47% Democrat, 47% Republican).

 

Berkeley researchers: Beer brewers can ditch the hops
Eureka Alert
beer— Hoppy beer is all the rage among craft brewers and beer lovers, and now UC Berkeley biologists have come up with a way to create these unique flavors and aromas without using hops.
— The researchers created strains of brewer’s yeast that not only ferment the beer but also provide two of the prominent flavor notes provided by hops. In double-blind taste tests, employees of Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California, characterized beer made from the engineered strains as more hoppy than a control beer made with regular yeast and Cascade hops.
— Growing hops uses lots of water, not to mention fertilizer and energy to transport the crop, all of which could be avoided by using yeast to make a hop-forward brew. A pint of craft beer can require 50 pints of water merely to grow the hops.

Courts have all but abandoned age bias laws
IBM, desperate to keep up, targets older workers for firings

Propublica
— ProPublica estimates that in the past five years alone, IBM has eliminated more than 20,000 American employees ages 40 and over, about 60 percent of its estimated total U.S. job cuts during those years.
— In making these cuts, IBM has flouted or outflanked U.S. laws and regulations intended to protect later-career workers from age discrimination.

It’s absolutely fine that 11 Turkish thugs
attacked American protesters in D.C.
The Daily Beast
— Charges were dropped against four individuals in November, and then against seven others on Feb. 14—the day before then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (remember him?) flew to Ankara for talks with Turkey’s Chief Thug Erdogan.
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Death by self-driving car
Arizona police release video
NPR (with video)
— Following the crash, Vasquez (the car’s “monitor”) reportedly told police “it was like a flash, the person walked out in front.” He said that “the first alert of the collision was the sound of the collision.”
— However, experts suggested that the technology employed in the Uber test vehicle should have been able to detect Herzberg and avoid a crash.

Sloppy or fabricated?
CDC director’s research questioned
NPR
— “Either he was egregiously sloppy with data or it was fabricated,” said former Air Force Lt. Col. Craig Hendrix, a doctor who is now director of  clinical pharmacology at Johns Hopkins. “It was somewhere on that spectrum, both of which were serious and raised questions about his trustworthiness.”

Anxious nation
City Lab

— America these days is not a happy place. Even though the economy is up, polarization is at an all-time high, and a feeling of malaise, or worse, grips the nation.

Astonishing 60,000% runup
South Africa publisher hits $175 billion venture capital jackpot
Bloomberg
— Naspers Ltd. might have remained an obscure publisher of South African newspapers and operator of pay-TV services if not for its decision in 2001 to invest $32 million in Tencent, a then little-known Chinese startup. The stake is now worth $175 billion.
— Tencent Holdings Ltd is the Chinese operator of the WeChat messaging service.

Trump to announce $50 billion Chinese tariffs
Bloomberg
— President Donald Trump is set to announce about $50 billion of tariffs against China over intellectual-property violations on Thursday, according a person familiar with the matter.
— The president is considering targeting more than 100 different types of Chinese goods, according to the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The value of the tariffs was based on U.S. estimates of economic damage caused by intellectual-property theft by China, the person said.
>>> Agriculture is most likely target for China’s revenge
Bloomberg

Pacific plastic dump now as big as France, Germany and Spain combined
AFP
Researchers based in the Netherlands used a fleet of boats and aircraft to scan the immense accumulation of bottles, containers, fishing nets and microparticles known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” and found an astonishing build-up of plastic waste.

“I’m not sure we shouldn’t be regulated.”
Mark Zuckerberg on CNN

> Score one for the police state
Israel deploys tear-gas drones over Gaza
Times of Israel
>>>Palestinian teen accepts jail term for slapping Israeli soldier
The Independent
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Ahed Tamimi, 17, became a hero to Palestinians after the footage emerged of her hitting the soldiers at the entrance to her home in the village of Nabi Saleh in the occupied West Bank. 

Day 13 of his wife’s trial
Pulse murderer’s wife, mom testify they didn’t know …
Orlando Sentinel
But FBI agent points to Noor Salman’s deleted phone messages.

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