Neither the “royal” wedding nor the “Yanny-Laurel” fad qualify as real news. We keep looking for news that shapes the nation’s future. Let’s see …
5 truths about mass shootings in America
Frederick Lemieux, criminologist
— These facts are not opinions.
Radical idea: Kids, parents boycott schools until gun laws change
“Maybe it’s time for America’s 50 million school parents to simply pull their kids out of school until we have better gun laws.”
… removes “don’t be evil” clause from code of conduct
… Maybe because they’re “rigging the game”
“Google wields enormous power across the industry. And they set the rules. The question is who’s watching Google?”
— Jeremy Stoppelman, founder, Yelp
Elections have consequences …
Supreme Court screws workers
— The Supreme Court says employers can prohibit their workers from banding together to complain about pay and conditions in the workplace.
— The justices ruled 5-4 Monday, with the court’s conservative members in the majority, that businesses can force employees to individually use arbitration to resolve disputes. The outcome is an important victory for business interests.
— An estimated 25 million employees work under contracts that prohibit collective action by employees who want to raise claims about some aspect of their employment.
— The Trump administration backed the businesses, reversing the position the Obama administration took in favor of employees.
√ The Court’s conservatives are paying back the corporations that fund the Republican right wing. Round and round it goes as the United States government becomes more and more a captive of its corporations.
New York City mayor: No more pot arrests
NY Daily News
— Mayor de Blasio will tell the NYPD to stop arresting people for public pot smoking — and launch a new group to officially prepare the city for the outright legalization of marijuana in New York.
— De Blasio, who has long opposed making recreational pot legal, now says he thinks legalization is inevitable and is creating an official task force to get ready for the day when that happens.
Desperate airlines sucking up every pilot they can find
Stars & Stripes
— Airlines’ insatiable demand for pilots threatens to sabotage flight schools’ ability to train new ones. Carriers are raising wages and hoarding every available pilot – including the instructors schools rely on to teach incoming students.
— The very pilot pipeline that is supposed to meet decades of projected labor shortfalls is being squeezed. Some schools have been forced to scale back operations or turn down qualified students because they do not have enough instructors.
$90 million of liquid meth found in semi’s fuel tank
Fayettville (NC) Observer
— Raul Topete Arreola, 49, and from California, was the driver of a 2009 Peterbuilt semi-truck where authorities discovered 120 gallons of liquid methamphetamine stored in the driver’s side fuel tank, police said.
“Dark Overlord” hackers shrug off reports of arrest
— How does it feel to be a wanted cyber-criminal?
— “We all sleep like babies,” says a member of The Dark Overlord, an infamous hacking group that continues to elude law enforcement.
— On Wednesday, Serbian authorities said local police and the FBI had arrested a possible member of the group in Belgrade. But The Dark Overlord is shrugging off the news, claiming on Twitter that law enforcement got the wrong man.
— For the past two years, The Dark Overlord has been preying on medical providers, schools, and businesses by stealing their sensitive data and threatening to sell it on black market, unless they pay up, usually in Bitcoin.
Michigan mom banished to Albania as kids sob
— A Michigan mother with no criminal record was deported to Albania without being offered the opportunity to say goodbye to her three children or husband, family members say.
– ICE notified family members of Cile Precetaj’s impending departure and told them to pack her bags 10 days ago. Her husband said that he did not learn that his wife was deported until 4 a.m. Thursday, when she called him from Germany telling him that she was en route to Albania with two ICE agents.
… plan to replace US as world power
While America dawdles and bickers, China is thinking long-term — and acting now, everywhere. There is no U.S. equivalent of a plan for 2025 or 2050 — or really for next year.
… short of workers, may end birth limits
— China is planning to scrap all limits on the number of children a family can have, a historic end to a policy that spurred countless human-rights abuses and left the world’s second-largest economy short of workers.
— The State Council, China’s cabinet, has commissioned research on the repercussions of ending the country’s roughly four-decade-old policy and intends to enact the change nationwide. The leadership wants to reduce the pace of aging in China’s population and remove a source of international criticism.
>>> Are students paying attention? The camera knows
Pope opens the Church door to gays
— A survivor of clerical sexual abuse has said Pope Francis told him that God had made him gay and loved him, in arguably the most strikingly accepting comments about homosexuality to be uttered by the leader of the Roman Catholic church.
— Juan Carlos Cruz, who spoke privately with the pope two weeks ago about the abuse he suffered at the hands of one of Chile’s most notorious pedophiles, said the issue of his sexuality had arisen because some of the Latin American country’s bishops had sought to depict him as a pervert as they accused him of lying about the abuse.
Mugshots.com dudes charged with extortion, money laundering
Courthouse News Service
— Two men alleged to be the co-owners of Mugshots.com had their own booking photos taken on Wednesday after South Florida police arrested them following a warrant issued by California’s attorney general.
— Sahar Sarid, 44, and Thomas Keesee, 60, face criminal charges for extortion, money laundering and identity theft in connection with Mugshots.com, which publishes arrest records gleaned from law enforcement websites. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra accuses the men of demanding money if an individual wants the records removed from the site.
— Sarid has denied any ownership interest in the site.
Donald Trump yada yada yada
— Trump said something that will turn out to be hot air. No link needed.