Tue May 29

Papua New Guinea to block Facebook for a month,
mulls state-run alternative
Gizmodo
— Papua New Guinea, a nation of over 8 million, has announced that it will shut down Facebook for a month. The PNG government says that the shutdown will give it time to assess the spread of objectionable content on the site like porn and fake news. The government also said it’s exploring the creation of its own social media site to replace Facebook.

Do not sell my personal information
California mulls data privacy law
NPR
… the proposed law would not prevent Facebook, Google or a local newspaper from collecting users’ data and using it to target ads to them. But users will have a right to stop companies from sharing or selling their data. And businesses would be required to disclose the categories of information they have on users — including home addresses, employment information and characteristics such as race and gender.

I wrote a negative Yelp review, and it made my life a nightmare
New York Post
052818levine14gpm.jpg— A Manhattan woman who gave one-star reviews on Yelp and ZocDoc to a Kips Bay gynecologist has spent nearly $20,000 defending herself against a defamation suit filed by the physician, according to her and court papers.
— And the litigation has only just started.
— “I gave an honest review of my experience to warn others, and he is trying to silence me. It’s a nightmare,’’ Michelle Levine told The Post.

US flight instructors kidnapped Chinese student to deport him
The Guardian
…Jonathan McConkey and his assistant, Kelsi Hoser showed up at Tianshu Shi’s apartment the evening of 24 May and told him he was going to be “shipped back” to China the following morning, said Redding (CA) police. The next day the pair returned to Shi’s apartment and told him to pack his bags.
— Shi told the Record Searchlight newspaper he recorded the confrontation. “I’ve got your [expletive] passport. You’re leaving now,” a male voice says in the recording. He later adds, “The United States government needs you out of this country right now, you understand?”

Flight instructors Hoser and McConkey

Britain cashes in on Brits who want out before Brexit
The Indepedent
$600 for a piece of gov’t paper.
>>> Soros: 2nd Brexit referendum coming
Politico
— “But the British public must express its support by a convincing margin in order to be taken seriously by Europe. That’s what the Best for Britain is aiming for by engaging the electorate. It will publish its manifesto in the next few days.”

The 3-step guide for tricking US into a war with Iran
The National Interest
— The same circumstances, policies and actions that let us into Iraq are repeating themselves.

Boozed-out Virginia Rep quits,
dog poop stories make rounds

Raw Story
— Thomas Garrett (R-Va.)is facing a tough challenge from writer Leslie Cockburn. Garrett said now is the time to get treatment for his alcoholism. Garrett has faced allegations that he used staffers to complete chores like driving his daughters and cleaning up his dog’s poop.

Purdue Pharma knew its opiods
were being crushed, used by addicts

NY Times
–Purdue Pharma, the company that planted the seeds of the opioid epidemic through its aggressive marketing of OxyContin, has long claimed it was unaware of the powerful opioid painkiller’s growing abuse until years after it went on the market.
— But a copy of a confidential Justice Department report shows that federal prosecutors investigating the company found that Purdue Pharma knew about “significant” abuse of OxyContin in the first years after the drug’s introduction in 1996 and concealed that information.
— Based on their findings after a four-year investigation, the prosecutors recommended that three top Purdue Pharma executives be indicted on felony charges, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, that could have sent the men to prison if convicted.
— But top Justice Department officials in the George W. Bush administration did not support the move, said four lawyers who took part in those discussions or were briefed about them. Instead, the government settled the case in 2007.
√ How many stories do you have to see like this before you conclude that the corporations are doing as they damn well please in this country?

Write up a corporate tax giveaway and then …
go to work for a lobbying firm. Of course!
The Hill
Republican aides in Congress who were instrumental in writing the sweeping tax law last year are hitting the exits to take jobs in the lobbying industry.

Big Tech’s other bias: Ageism
Axios
“older people have seen the fire drills more times and are less willing to buy in.”
… 
Many older tech workers have become higher paid managers and are natural targets as companies look to cut costs.
… older workers may be overly represented in legacy product areas, especially at large tech firms.

Blagojevich: Politicians will end up in jail with me if they keep raising money
Washington Examiner
blago_headteaser1-0f53b8cd–“I never accepted gifts, vacations, clothes, jewelry or flights on fancy jets in exchange for my political influence,” he wrote in the Wall Street Journal. “Whenever I went to a Chicago Cubs game, I paid for my own tickets. Yet here I am in my sixth year of a 14-year prison sentence for the routine practice of attempting to raise campaign funds while governor.”

TODAY’S DOG & PONY SHOWS

dog-pony-juggle> N. KOREA BLAH BLAH BLAH
> TRUMP BLAH BLAH BLAH
> STARBUCKS BLAH BLAH BLAH

A half-day of diversity training
won’t change much for Starbucks

538
… one of the biggest takeaways is that the skills and information that people get from a diversity training are forgotten quickly.

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