Thurs. May 31

typewriter-realnews.inkThe Roseanne Barr show was watched by 7 percent of Americans who watch TV. Which means that at least 95% of all Americans didn’t see it. Roseanne Barr wants to act like an asshole. ABC no longer wishes to employ her. Both are perfectly within their rights. Moving on …

5,000 die after Puerto Rico hurricane, but …

> MSNBC devoted 21 minutes of airtime to more than 5,000 deaths from the mega-storm.
> CNN 10 minutes
> Fox 48 seconds
>>> But … coverage of “Roseanne” controversy ate up 8+ hours of combined cable programming
Eco Watch
>>> $3.8 billion spent, and Puerto Rico’s grid still sucks
— After an eight-month, $3.8 billion federal effort to try to end the longest blackout in United States history, Puerto Rico’s public electrical authority is almost certain to collapse when the next hurricane hits. “It’s a highly fragile and vulnerable system that really could suffer worse damage than it suffered with Maria … ” Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello says.

puerto rico

Drugs surpass booze as top killer on US roads
US News

Quiet poverty seeps into America’s suburbs
The Conversation
– Good-paying jobs that don’t require advanced training have started to disappear in suburbs, just as they did in central cities more than a quarter century ago.

Facebook fading fast among teens
Pew Research

Also interesting from Pew Research:


Report claims:
Brit newspaper sold favorable coverage to Uber, Google
— The Evening Standard told corporate partners they would not just get the usual, clearly labeled “advertorial” content, but also news and comment pieces “that will appear to readers as routine, independently written editorial.”
— Newspaper’s owners issue denial.

Just out: 8 of top 10 universities are in US
World University Rankings
— Led by Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Berkeley…
Surprise low rankers in US:
— Amherst, Hunter, Howard, SF State, Wesleyan, Creighton

Should you kill spiders in your home?
An entomologist says, best not to.

The Conversation

Sears obituary just about written
— Sears Holdings Corp., which controls Sears and Kmart, says it has “identified approximately 100 non-profitable stores, 72 of which will begin store closing in the near future.”

Court awards 4 cents to family of man killed by cop
Raw Story
hill— The family of Gregory Vaughn Hill Jr. was awarded $4 in compensation by a jury this week, although that was knocked down to four cents on the grounds that the Lucie County Sheriff’s Office was “only 1 percent at fault in the death.”
— The shooting of Hill occurred in January 2014, when sheriff’s deputies responded to a noise complaint about Hill playing music in his garage.
— According to the accounts of the two deputies, Hill was intoxicated when they opened up his garage door. The officers also claim that Hill was pointing a gun at them.
— However, the facts surrounding the shooting paint a very murky picture.

California Senate votes to bring back net neutrality
The Verge
— Bill heads to state Assembly.

More evacuations as lava crosses Hawaii highway
USA Today

Fast-moving lava flows on Hawaii’s Big Island from the Kilauea volcano have blocked one major evacuation route and are headed toward the crossroads of another, prompting a new round of evacuations for rural neighborhoods in the area.

Cops bring suicidal man to hospital, beat the crap out of him
— After attempting suicide in March, a Paterson man called police in search of help. But when he arrived at the hospital, federal authorities say, he got brutal assaults at the hands of two city police officers who injured the man so badly he required surgery for one of his eyes.
— After the victim insulted one of the cops from his hospital bed, the officer pulled on medical gloves and struck the man twice across his face, according to the FBI.
— As his partner hit the cowering man — warning him: “I ain’t (expletive) playing with you” — Officer Roger Then recorded video of himself smiling into the camera of his cellphone.
–Investigators allege the officers never mentioned the attacks in their official report and concealed the cellphone video from law enforcement authorities.
— Federal agents arrested Then, accusing him of conspiring to violate the man’s civil rights and deliberately concealing the assault.

Florida brewery makes six-pack rings that don’t kill turtles, might feed them
Saltwater-Edible-Six-Pack-Rings— You’ve probably seen the heart-wrenching photos of the damage plastic six-pack rings can do to marine life. They tangle the wings of sea birds, choke seals and warp the shells of growing sea turtles.
— A Florida brewery has a solution: six-pack rings that that can either biodegrade or  serve as a snack for wildlife. After years of research and development, the rings – made of wheat and barley – are now popping up in south Florida stores.
— Saltwater Brewery, a craft microbrewery in Delray Beach, developed the rings.

MormonLeaks site claims LDS church owns $32 Billion in stock
KUTV-Salt Lake
— Which amounts to about $2,000 for each of its 16 million members.

American Bible Society tells workers: You can only screw your spouse
(But feel free to do anybody for the next 7 months.)
— The American Bible Society, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that translates and distributes Bibles around the world, wants employees to agree to abstain from sex outside marriage — or resign.
— In a policy recently made public, the organization also defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.
— Employees who don’t commit to the terms by Jan. 1, 2019, will be told to resign.

The Well-Regulated Militia
Girl, 12, killed by gunfire at shooting range
— Sydney Darnell, 12, was target practicing with a lever action 22 rifle along with her mother’s boyfriend, Sean Frick, 52. Deputies say Sydney had just shot the rifle and wanted to check the target so she had laid the rifle down on the deck railing. Frick noticed she had left the rifle loaded with the hammer cocked back so he attempted to make the rifle safe.
>>> Dude accidentally shoots another dude in parking garage

Trump issues another practice pardon
Buzz Feed
— So-called President Trump said Thursday he would grant a “full pardon” to far-right commentator and conspiracy theorist Dinesh D’Souza, the second time he’s rewarded a vocal supporter with clemency. D’Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 to campaign finance fraud.
>>> Trump: Tariffs, bans, pronouncements, lies, today’s bullshit, blah blah blah, and remember Mexico’s going to pay for The Wall and he hires the best people except that Jeff Sessions sucks.


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