Mayday 5.1

Uber, Lyft and whole “gig” economy beware
Court ruling strikes at fiction of “contract” employee
Newser
“It’s a massive thing—definitely a game-changer that will force everyone to take a fresh look at the whole issue.”

Study links youth football to earlier onset of brain disorders
Courthouse News Service
YouthFootball— A new study illuminates the dangers of playing tackle football at an early age, finding those who play before age 12 experience an earlier onset of degenerative brain disorders.
— Researchers at the VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University found that among 211 football players whose brains were studied after their death, those who began playing before age 12 had an earlier onset of CTE by an average of 13 years.

Muller’s former aide says grammatical errors
prove Trump leaked “the questions”
The Hill
… “lawyers wouldn’t write questions this way, in my estimation. Some of the grammar is not even proper. So, I don’t see this as a list of written questions that Mueller’s office gave to the president. I think these are more notes that the White House has taken … ”

Doc says Trump thugs raided his office,
stole the Orange Clown’s medical files

NBC News
trumpydoc— In February 2017, a top White House aide who was Trump’s longtime personal bodyguard, along with the top lawyer at the Trump Organization and a third man, showed up at the office of Trump’s New York doctor without notice and took all the president’s medical records.
— The incident, which Dr. Harold Bornstein described as a “raid,” took place two days after Bornstein told a newspaper that he had prescribed a hair growth medicine for the president for years.

Synthetic drugs (e.g. Fentanyl) kill more Americans than true opiods
Stat

Israel seems to be preparing for open warfare
with Iran and is seeking U.S. support
Haaretz

Russia launches floating nuclear power plant
NPR
So they can sink it when it, you know, goes Chernobyl.
floatnuke

Life in the age of utter bullshit
The 3001 lies of a so-called President
Washington Post is keeping count
He’s repeated this one 97 times:
“We’re having a stock market like just about they’ve never had before. Ever before. We’ve picked up $8 trillion in value during the course of 12 months…”
FACT CHECK:
U.S. stocks haven’t rallied as robustly as their foreign equivalents. 
>>> Steel, aluminum tariffs? Forget about it.
NPR
>>> Investment boom from tax cut? Nah.
NY Times
… and, after all that hoo-hah
>>> US begins admitting some in refugee “caravan”
AP
It was a dog and pony show all along.

Some NBC women felt pressured into signing Brokaw good-guy letter
Page Six
“We felt forced to sign the letter supporting Brokaw. We had no choice, particularly the lower level staffers. The letter was being handed around the office and the unspoken threat was that if your name was not on it, there would be some repercussion down the road. Execs are watching to see who signed and who didn’t. This was all about coming out in force to protect NBC’s golden boy; the network’s reputation is tied to Brokaw . . . If more women come forward, that’s a big problem.”

Roy Moore sues women, claims their accusations cost him election
Courthouse News Service
… suffered financial and emotional distress “so severe that no reasonable person could be expected to endure it.”
Poor guy. It almost makes ya want to call up his GoFundMe page.

That Well-Regulated Militia…
>>> Mississippi rapper dies in a hail of bullets
USA Today
>>> Georgia school district to allow armed teachers
Atlanta Journal Constitution
>>> Vote to arm teachers rocks Cody, Wyoming
The Independent
>>> Father of Parkland victim sues cop who cowered outside
Vice News

Burger chain’s workers are first fast-fooders to unionize
CBS News
— After a two-year effort, workers at a Burgerville restaurant in Portland, Oregon, recently became the first fast-food outlet to vote to form a union.
— The chain, which prides itself on offering local produce and meats at its 42 restaurants in Oregon and southern Washington state, pledged to work with the new union.

Don’t confuse me with the facts
When college tuition goes up, diversity goes down
The Conversation
…  for every $1,000 increase in tuition at four-year nonselective public universities, diversity among full-time students decreased by 4.5 percent.
… The end result is the nation’s colleges and universities become less reflective of the ethnic diversity of the United States as a whole.

Heckuva job, Brownie
15 years after US invasion, some Iraqis nostalgic for Saddam
NPR
… Jabouri says in 2003, he had first thought that with Saddam gone and the Americans in charge, the new Iraq would be orderly, liberal and secular. “We thought we would breathe freedom, we would become like Europe,” he says.
iraqmay1

A lone voice in the wilderness
This expert says Kim really will surrender his nukes
The National Interest
— Reasons? (A) Kim’s scared of the Trumpers “fire and fury” threats (B) Sanctions are hurting.
Very few, if any, other N. Korea watchers buy it, but who knows?

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