Weekend updates

Portland police declare riot, bust up left-right protests
The Oregonian


Recreational pot goes legal in Vermont
Burlington Free Press
>>> Nearly a year after pot legalized, Nevada traffic deaths drop

News4 Reno

Immigrant kids sue US, alleging abuse

Two weeks after Trump bullshit, N. Korea at work on nukes
NBC News
— U.S. intelligence agencies believe that North Korea has increased its production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months — and that Kim Jong Un may try to hide those facilities as he seeks more concessions in nuclear talks with the Trump administration.

TSA Octopus grows another arm:
Now they want to probe your snacks
Washington Post via Stars & Stripes
— TSA flack says the concern is not that people may be hiding explosives or other illicit material inside of food. Rather, it’s that the food itself can look similar to the components of an explosive  therefore making it more likely that bags with snacks would be flagged for a time-consuming manual search.

Pedestrian deaths on the rise, and SUV’s are to blame
USA Today / Detroit Free Press
— Federal safety regulators have known for years that SUVs, with their higher front-end profile, are at least twice as likely as cars to kill the walkers, joggers and children they hit, yet have done little to reduce deaths or publicize the danger.

Pissed about Net Neutrality, dude threatens to kill FCC boss’s kids
— A California man is charged with threatening to kill FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s children because he was “angry” about the repeal of net neutrality regulations, the Justice Department said today.
— Markara Man, 33, of Norwalk was arrested in Los Angeles and charged with threatening to murder an immediate family member of a U.S. official.

> Kentucky: No work, no Medicaid
> Judge: Not so fast, boys
— A federal judge blocked Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirements on Friday, ruling that the Trump administration did not adequately consider before approving the state’s proposal whether work requirements would violate the program’s purpose of providing health care to the most vulnerable Americans.

… And from Friday’s report …

California passes landmark data privacy law
The Guardian
— The new rules give Californians the right to see what information is being collected about them and to request that data be deleted, to find out whether their information is being sold to third parties including advertisers and to request that they stop doing so.

Immigrant who lives in White House
says separating kids is “very sad”
— though it was her husband’s policy

Group of ICE agents say kill the agency
The Hill
√ Apparently, they have better things to do than rounding up random migrants to appease Trump’s cult.

— At least 19 ICE investigators signed the letter to Nielsen, saying they were concerned that the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration was preventing them from carrying out the agency’s other duties.
— Investigators “have been perceived as targeting undocumented aliens, instead of the transnational criminal organizations that facilitate cross border crimes impacting our communities and national security,” the letter states.

575 arrested in DC protest against child separation
— Hundreds of women marched two miles down Pennsylvania Avenue to protest the Trump Administration’s family detention and separation policies, and demand the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The walk ended in the Hart Senate building, where hundreds risked arrest in an act of civil disobedience and Capitol Police has begun arresting them.
>>> Nationwide protests expected Saturday
The Hill
ice dc

What rights do immigrants have? Here’s a good explainer

It Can’t Happen Here?
India gov’t cuts internet in reaction to “smartphone lynchings”

Authorities in northeastern India have cut internet access after crazed mobs beat three people to death in lynchings sparked by rumors spread on smartphones, officials said Friday.

It Can’t Happen Here?
France considers bringing back compulsory national service
The Independent

How cities became the new unions
— The $15 minimum wage was just the beginning. Now Seattle is trying to build a whole safety net for workers—and triggering a war with its biggest companies.
>>> Nevada’s unions show how labor can thrive even in adversity
Courthouse News Service

Who’s draining the swamp?

√ You didn’t really expect anything honorable from these people, did you?

Was so-called Justice Kennedy bought off?
Politicus USA
kennedy— The fact is that there is a long history of “back channels” and very extensive financial dealings between Anthony Kennedy and Donald Trump, and their respective families.  It is not unreasonable for these connections to be more fully investigated.

The Kennedy, Kushner, and Trump Connection: A Curious Conversation and A Business Deal

Trump’s hidden backchannel to Justice Kennedy: Their kids

Trucking bosses moan as shortage reaches 63,000 drivers
√  (But won’t pay them enough or treat them well)
Washington Post via Savannah Now
— Already, delivery delays are common, and businesses such as Amazon, General Mills and Tyson Foods are raising prices as they pass higher transportation costs along to consumers. A Walmart executive called rising transportation costs the company’s primary “head wind” on a recent call with investors.

BitCoin just keeps collapsing, now down 70%
— Bitcoin’s meteoric rise last year had many observers calling it one of the biggest speculative manias in history. The cryptocurrency’s 2018 crash may help cement its place in the bubble record books.
— Down 70 percent from its December high after sliding for a fourth straight day on Friday, Bitcoin is getting ever-closer to matching the Nasdaq Composite Index’s 78 percent peak-to-trough plunge after the U.S. dot-com bubble burst.

Man charged in 5 newsroom killings …
… apparently had long nursed grudge
Baltimore Sun
— Jarrod Ramos’ long grudge with the Capital Gazette began in July 2011 after the paper ran a column about him harassing a former high school classmate on social media and the criminal case against him. He sued the columnist and the organization’s editor and publisher for damaging his reputation, but a court ruled in the newspaper’s favor and Ramos ultimately lost an appeal.
>>> Woman says she warned cops about nut-job Ramos
NY Post
— A woman who claimed that the Capital Gazette shooting suspect had stalked, harassed and sued her warned a former police official that “he will be your next mass shooter.”

Maxine Waters cancels appearance after 2 death threats
— “There was one very serious death threat made against me on Monday from an individual in Texas which is why my planned speaking engagements in Texas and Alabama were cancelled this weekend.”

Nobody knows what to do with all this plastic
now that we can’t dump it on the Chinese
— “Not one country alone has the capacity to take what China was taking.”

Prostitutes, kicked off Twitter, find new online home
USA Today
Why? Because Congress passed a bill known as FOSTA/SESTA which is aimed at curbing underage sex trafficking and holds internet service providers liable for what users might create on their platforms.

US must choose: Trade war or N. Korea deal
The National Interest
— China is always a convenient scapegoat for whatever ails America, but at this moment Beijing’s help is particularly badly needed.

Poll: Americans say 2-1, keep Roe v. Wade
Vice News
— So-called president Trump has promised to nominate only Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade, but about two-thirds of registered voters don’t want that, according a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Friday.
— The poll, which was conducted before Justice Anthony Kennedy announced Wednesday that he would retire, found that while 53 percent of Republicans support overturning Roe, 81 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of independents oppose it. And 74 percent of all American women between the ages of 18 and 44 say they want to keep the law as it is .
>>> Iowa Supremes reject 72-hour waiting period for abortion
The Hill


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