Tue. July 3 & holiday updates


Senate Intelligence Committee: Yup, the Russkies tried to sway election
— The finding reveals Russia meddled in far more extensive ways than previously known, and is yet another strong rebuke to Trump and many of his allies who continue to cast doubt on the finding from the intelligence community that Moscow carried out an operation to help his candidacy and hurt Hillary Clinton.

Nutrition science just plain sucks,
that’s why all the contradictions
That Mediterranean diet? Just the latest flawed study.
— In an ideal world, diet studies would be conducted in a sterile lab, where everything from caloric intake to exercise and sleep of each participant is under the complete control of the scientists conducting the experiment. But nutrition research like the Mediterranean diet study takes years to tease out any health benefits or risks of a certain food. And each time you impose a new control, you take away a little bit of real-world applicability.

Judge: Detroit students have no “right” to decent education
Metro Times
jamarria— The lawsuit took pains to illustrate how Detroit’s schools — run under a state-appointed emergency manager — were a welter of dysfunction: overcrowded classrooms, lack of textbooks and basic materials, unqualified staff, leaking roofs, broken windows, black mold, contaminated drinking water, rodents, no pens, no paper, no toilet paper, and unsafe temperatures that had classes canceled due to 90-degree heat or classrooms so cold students could see their breath.
— The judge ruled that all the state has to do is make sure schools run. If they are unable to educate their students, that’s a shame, but court rulings have not established that “access to literacy” is “a fundamental right.”
Photo: Jamarria Hall, plaintiff in the literacy rights lawsuit.

Photographers screwed as court rules it’s okay to copy web photos
Peta Pixel
fair use— A Virginia federal court has made a decision that photographers won’t be happy to hear: the court ruled that finding a photo on the Internet and then using it without permission on a commercial website can be considered fair use.
… DISSENT: Ruling “has the potential to seriously erode the copyright protections afforded photographers.”

Moog says tariffs may force it to make synthesizers overseas
— Moog, the legendary synthesizer designer and manufacturer based in North Carolina, is the latest American company to sound an alarm over increased operation costs.
— Moog explains that it tries to make its circuit boards with U.S. suppliers when possible, sometimes paying up to 30 percent more than what it would cost to buy the same circuit boards overseas. Yet, even when Moog buys from domestic suppliers, most of the raw components still come from China.

A mural of Robert Moog in Asheville, N.C., where Moog Music is based.

China seeks to befriend Europe in fighting US tariffs
— China is putting pressure on the European Union to issue a strong joint statement against President Donald Trump’s trade policies at a summit later this month but is facing resistance, European officials said.
China warns its travelers of dangers in US
— The embassy warned Chinese tourists to be aware of issues including expensive medical bills, the threats of public shootings and robberies, searches and seizures by customs agents, telecommunications fraud and natural disasters.
>>> Tariffs could add $5,000 to cost of new car
USA Today

Mall vacancies hit 6-year high
Wall Street Journal

GOP’s Jim Jordan accused of ignoring sex abuse as Ohio State wrestling coach
NBC News
Jim+Jordan+Senate+Republicans+Hold+News+Conference+mRJ-keI6dsYl— “At the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn’t know what was going on,” a former Ohio State wrestler said.
… accused of  failing to stop the team doctor from molesting wrestlers and other students.
— Three former wrestlers told NBC News that it was common knowledge that  (team doctor) Richard Strauss showered regularly with the students and inappropriately touched them during appointments, and said it would have been impossible for Jordan to be unaware; one wrestler said he told Jordan directly about the abuse.
— Jordan, a founder of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of the most conservative representatives, is a staunch ally of President Donald Trump and is frequently mentioned as a possible replacement for the speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.

Obama’s Treasury Guy now making $$$ on dubious loans to the poor
√ Real News summaries aren’t just cut-and-paste. We do edit them for easy reading. Usually that editing is invisible to the reader, but in this example, we’ve shown what’s been taken out.
— After a lengthy government career defined by his central role in bailing out predatory Wall Street banks as former President Barack Obama’s Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner appears to have found his true calling in the private sector, where he now heads a large financial institution that exploits the economic struggles of poor Americans for profit.
— As president of Warburg Pincus—a major New York private equity firm—Geithner helps manage a lucrative predatory lending outfit called Mariner Finance, which mass-mails loan checks to low-income Americans, hides exorbitant interest rates in the fine print, and quickly sues those who fail to repay the loan and interest in time, according to a detailed Washington Post report published late Sunday.

“All humanity has left the area”
The Guardian
— Tesla’s battery factory brought high-paid tech jobs to Nevada – but is soaking up huge tax breaks that critics say have seriously depleted public services, and has pushed vulnerable people beyond the margins.

“A year ago I was the caretaker of an apartment building and my wife was a caregiver. Then I lost my job. We couldn’t afford to rent anywhere so now we live here,” said Kevin McCullough, 48, who like his partner, Pixie, was sunburnt from outdoor living. Home is a tent by riverbank reeds.

Former NATO commander sees danger
in Trump’s disregard for alliance
Stars & Stripes


Demented “President” seeks to hurt Harley, promote its competitors
Raw Story
√ Which is against the law … how many laws does this lunatic have to break before somebody has the guts to stop him?
>>> Polaris, only other US motorcycle maker, considering overseas move
Mpls/St.P Biz Journal
Polaris Industries Inc. is considering moving production of some Indian motorcycles to a facility in Poland.
— “The recent EU retaliatory tariffs have required us to expend time, energy and resources to evaluate mitigation plans, including the possibility of moving production of Indian Motorcycles destined for Europe from Iowa to our facility in Poland,

“President” to urge schools to use “race-blind” admissions
NY Times
√ That was before lunch. After two cheeseburgers, a bucket of KFC, a diet Coke and two scoops of Ben & Jerry’s, he’ll take a nap and forget.

If you believe the data, Justice Kennedy was no moderate
— Since he joined the court in 1988, Kennedy voted in a conservative direction about 57 percent of the time — a record that’s nearly identical to that of Chief Justice John Roberts and only slightly less conservative than Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.

San Francisco’s appalling street life repels residents, tourists, and now, a convention
San Francisco Chronicle
sf bum.jpg

— In a move that is alarming San Francisco’s biggest industry, a major medical association is pulling its annual convention out of the city — saying its members no longer feel safe.
— “It’s the first time that we have had an out-and-out cancellation over the issue, and this is a group that has been coming here every three or four years since the 1980s,” said Joe D’Alessandro, boss of the city’s convention bureau.

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