Wed 4.4


Looks like
I picked the wrong day
to quit reading the news.

“Extremely dangerous to democracy”

Sinclair Broadcast Group finds criticism of
its scripted news “curious”
The Independent
The You-Tube clip below shows how Sinclair television stations have spread propaganda.

(Sinclair Broadcast Group owns or operates 193 TV stations in more than 80 markets. It reaches an estimated 38% of American households. Sinclair is trying to acquire Tribune Media and its 42 stations for $3.9 billion. )

Wisconsin snowflake Scotty Walker scared silly by Dem win
The Hill
Future headline: GOP uses Dem win to extract more $$$ from the Koch Bros.
— Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday warned that his state could see a wave of Democratic victories in the 2018 midterm elections and pressed supporters to “counter” the “Far Left.”
— Walker’s comments came after liberal Judge Rebecca Dallet overcame conservative Judge Michael Screnock in the race for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat on Tuesday night.

Scary Liberal Rebecca Dallet has got Gov. Scott Walker’s undies all bunched up.

Michigan okays Nestle water extraction,
despite 80,000 public comments against it
The top 3 concerns:
> Corporate greed versus people and the environment;
> Water is not for profit;
> Worries about privatizing water

Reacting to MIT snub, company backs off on
plan to digitize, upload peoples’ brains
Live Science
When a news article makes you exclaim: Oh My God! it’s time to post it.
— Nectome’s founders said their goal is to preserve the brains of dying people in incredible detail. To that end they had developed a process that could turn a brain into a shelf-stable version of itself, with all the links between its neurons visible under a scanning electron microscope. Those links, Nectome suggested, could one day be used to revive dead people’s consciousnesses.

Suicidal woman who shot up YouTube HQ
was angry about “censorship”

SF Chronicle
“Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!”
— Nasim Aghdam, now deceased.

China’s business practices are hurting the US,
— a crackdown is long overdue
Richard Lawless in The American Interest
— The requirement for an “active defense” of the U.S. industrial base in the face of distortive Chinese trade practices is obvious. This is a long-delayed and wholly-legitimate reaction to the Chinese state’s open manipulation of its export policies and the fine-tuning of Chinese investments in selected U.S. industries. These practices are designed to dominate selected markets while systematically acquiring critical technologies and production processes.
   (Lawless is the former Pentagon deputy undersecretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs.)
China announces new tariffs on 106 US products, including soy, cars and chemicals CNBC
>>> US fights back Reuters
— The Trump administration on Tuesday raised the stakes in a growing trade showdown with China, targeting 25 percent tariffs on some 1,300 industrial technology, transport and medical products to try to force changes in Beijing’s intellectual property practices.

Rogue cell-tower simulators appearing in DC,
and nobody knows who’s using ’em
— Spy kits that can track mobile phones and intercept calls and messages have been discovered in Washington and beyond, the US government has said.
— The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it has observed “anomalous activity” consistent with the use of so-called stingrays.
— They could be used by foreign spies or criminals, although the DHS said it did not know who was using them.

Russia debuts post-office drone, which immediately crashes into wall

Russian spy chief says US, Brits conspired to poison spy
Vice News
— Sergei Naryshkin, director of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, told an audience in Moscow that the March 4 attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia had been “crudely concocted by U.S. and British security services.”
— “Washington has become fixated with the fight against a non-existent, so-called Russian threat.”

Baltimore cops seize >$10 million from suspects … where does it go?
The Baltimore Sun
— Baltimore police have seized more than $10 million from people during drug and gambling investigations over the past five years — but rarely return it.
— Data presented to the Baltimore City Council this week showed that police keep about 94 percent of the cash they seize from residents, even though conviction rates are much lower.
— From 2013 until 2017, Baltimore police seized more than $10.3 million, but only returned about $643,000.
— In District Court, about three times as many people are cleared of criminal charges as are convicted. In Circuit Court, about half of those charged are convicted.

Trump’s twisted attacks on Amazon are appalling but …
the company poses a serious anti-trust dilemma
The Weekly Standard
Valid questions:
> Whether Amazon’s market share in specific product categories is sufficient to give it market power that might not be in consumers’ long-term interests.
> Whether it uses financial muscle, rather than mere efficiency, to nip would-be competitors in the bud.

Don’t go Georgia, his mom said.
But he had to know who lynched his great-grandfather

USA Today
lynch— On April 10, 1936, Lent Shaw, a 42-year-old black farmer, was accused of attacking Ola Franklin, an 18-year-old white woman, with the intent of raping her along a road in Colbert, Georgia. Eighteen days later, a mob stormed the jail where he was being held, dragged him to a tree-lined creek bed near Mill Shoal Creek and killed him.
— Evan Lewis, Shaw’s great-grandson, is the first in his family to defy three generations of warnings and go back to Georgia, driven by a longing for a better sense of where his family comes from and to no longer be afraid.

Obviously not …
“Panera takes data security very seriously “
Krebs On Security
— leaked millions of customer records — including names, email and physical addresses, birthdays and the last four digits of the customer’s credit card number — for at least eight months before it was yanked offline.
— KrebsOnSecurity learned about the breach from researcher Dylan Houlihan, who said he initially notified Panera about the leak back on August 2, 2017.

New “lethal force” rules promoted in California
Courthouse News Service
— Backed by the family of an unarmed black man killed by Sacramento police last month, California lawmakers and civil rights groups on Tuesday called for sweeping reforms to the state’s “reasonable force” rule.
— Under the proposal by state Democrats, officers would only be able to use deadly force after considering all other nonlethal alternatives. If an officer doesn’t follow the proposed guidelines or use nonlethal techniques before shooting, they could be fired or even face criminal charges.

Zuckerberg agrees with European privacy laws but …
only “in spirit” 
Mark Zuckerberg— Facebook Chief Cherub Mark Zuckerberg said  Tuesday he agreed “in spirit” with a strict new European Union law on data privacy but stopped short of committing to it as the standard for the social network across the world.
— The European law, called the General Data Protection Regulation, is the biggest overhaul of online privacy since the birth of the internet, giving Europeans the right to know what data is stored on them and the right to have it deleted.

Warming temps can turn Monarch butterflies’ food into poison
— LSU researchers have discovered a new relationship between climate change, monarch butterflies and milkweed plants. It turns out that warming temperatures don’t just affect the monarch, Danaus plexippus, directly, but also affect this butterfly by potentially turning its favorite plant food into a poison.
… when they and their larvae feed on certain species of this plant, particularly the non-native milkweed, Asclepias curassavica.
monarch– By laying their eggs on milkweed plants that contain levels of cardenolides that are toxic for their predators, monarchs protect their caterpillar offspring from being eaten. After hatching and chowing down on milkweed leaves, the caterpillars are full of cardenolides that make them taste nasty to most predators, such as birds. Monarch butterflies also sequester this compound in their wings. Their contrasting bright orange and black wings signal “do not eat me” to birds such as blue jays.
— But if a milkweed plant produces too much of this toxic chemical, caterpillars that feed on the plant’s leaf tissue may inadvertently poison themselves.

States, cities sue to block citizenship question on Census

Not again …
Deadly fire breaks out at Russian children’s mall; 600 evacuated
Moscow Times

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