Calif. Dems crush Feinstein, 25-year veteran of Senate
… Progressive upstart= 65%, Feinstein = 7%
— The California Democratic Party endorsed progressive candidate Kevin de León for Senate late Saturday in a stunning rebuke of 25-year incumbent and establishment favorite Dianne Feinstein.
— De León, the state Senate president pro tempore, secured 65 percent of the party’s vote, while just 7 percent voted to endorse Feinstein.
— A candidate needed 60 percent of the vote to win the endorsement. Twenty-eight percent voted not to endorse any candidate.
Musk gives big to keep House in GOP hands
— Elon Musk—maker of a mini-sub that never got used, hypothetical savior of the Flint, Michigan water crisis, general over-promiser and under-deliverer—was one of the biggest donors to a political action committee with the primary goal of maintaining Republican control in the US House of Representatives.
Elon Musk’s House of Gigacards
MIT Technology Review
— No one has done more than Musk to spur demand for electric cars and residential solar power, disproving naysayers by reaching milestones once thought unattainable. But Musk’s Solar City and Tesla ventures are bleeding cash and spooking investors.
Cell phones and cancer — a whitewash?
Yes there is a possible link
— Not one major news organisation in the US or Europe reported this scientific news. But then, news coverage of mobile phone safety has long reflected the outlook of the wireless industry. For a quarter of a century now, the industry has been orchestrating a global PR campaign aimed at misleading not only journalists, but also consumers and policymakers about the actual science concerning mobile phone radiation.
— Indeed, big wireless has borrowed the very same strategy and tactics big tobacco and big oil pioneered to deceive the public about the risks of smoking and climate change, respectively. And like their tobacco and oil counterparts, wireless industry CEOs lied to the public even after their own scientists privately warned that their products could be dangerous, especially to children.
Trump golfs, and huge UK crowds protest
√ Leading some to wonder: Why aren’t Americans hitting the streets?
Russkies own Maryland voting system …
… but no worries, officials say
— The FBI has informed Maryland officials that the state’s voter registration system and other online systems operate on a software platform owned by a Russian-financed firm, state officials told the 11 News I-Team Friday afternoon. There is no indication of a breach.
√ No indication of a breach? Let’s all roll over and go back to sleep.
Tech workers pressure employers to drop ICE ties
— Tech workers from Salesforce, Microsoft, Amazon and Google have been putting pressure on their CEOs to cut ties and end contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, and other government agencies.
12 Russians indicted for US election hack
— A grand jury in the special counsel probe has returned the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking during the 2016 election — including hacking emails of the Democratic National Committee, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Friday.
— The Justice Department says the 12 defendants are all members of the Russian intelligence arm GRU, and attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. They allegedly did this by spearphishing volunteers and employees of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and were able to steal usernames and passwords, eventually hacking into the networks of the Democratic National Campaign Committee and Democratic National Committee.
— In another related allegation, the indictment claims Russian officers hacked a state election board’s website and stole the information of roughly 500,000 voters.
“The last words of my son were ‘Mommy, if they come for me, I’ll hold your feet tight and I will not let you go.”
FEMA admits they screwed up on Puerto Rico hurricane
… “did not anticipate the massive requirements to deliver electricity, telecommunications, and fuel sector utilities with air and sea movement” on Puerto Rico. Additionally, FEMA did not anticipate the “need to move critical pharmaceutical supplies off Puerto Rico to meet national demands.”
√ Heckuva job, Brownie
Why NATO is a great bargain for America
The National Interest
— In the pre-NATO era, defending against Europe cost America $4.5 trillion in the two world wars alone … the spending America did defending against the European powers that are now U.S. NATO allies would come to $40 trillion today.
Florida police chief told his cops: Frame blacks for crimes
— A former police chief and two officers in Florida were charged with federal civil rights violations after pinning a series of burglaries on an innocent black teenager.
— Biscayne Park police department’s former chief Ray Atesanio, as well as officers Raul Fernandez and Charlie Dayoub, plead not guilty this week to falsely charging a black Haitian-American teenager with burglary. But an internal probe of the department in 2014 found that, under the ex-police chief, officers were encouraged to charge blacks with reported crimes.
“If they have burglaries that are open cases that are not solved yet, if you see anybody black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglaries.“
And then there’s this:
Trade wars promise big boost for 3D printing
Even five years ago, using a 3D printer to create products at home could beat the costs of Chinese-manufactured products by 90 percent or more. A recent study I co-authored found that even inexperienced consumers could make their money back within six months after investing in a $1,250 3D printer. By printing just one product a week over the course of five years, a consumer could not only recoup all the costs associated with buying and running the printer: They would save more than $12,000. These savings only increase as trade wars raise prices higher.
>>> China’s trade surplus with US hits record in June
Big Brother WalMart to snoop on cashiers
— Checkout counter sensors, if implemented, could let managers monitor customer interactions and track employee performance,
— A patent filed this week described a system of sensors “distributed throughout at least a portion of a shopping facility.” Audio of both workers and customers could potentially be used to determine “if employees are performing their jobs efficiently and correctly” and aid in increased “cost savings” and “guest satisfaction”, the document said.
√ I have a few suggestions for increasing “guest satisfaction” at WalMart. Oh, never mind.
Meth comes roaring back
Atlanta Journal Constitution
— From 2011 to 2016, the Drug Enforcement Agency found the average price per gram in the U.S. fell from $98 to $58, though one user recalls the drug being even cheaper. Meanwhile purity rose from 85.5 to 93.5 percent, making it stronger and deadlier.
Bend Oregon: Last refuge of the Blockbuster store
— About a quarter of the customers at the last Blockbuster store are tourists. It’s a bit of a destination. It’s kind of a freak show. Some take photos.
Pea or potato based food linked to heart problems in dogs
“We are concerned about reports of canine heart disease, known as dilated cardiomyopathy, in dogs that ate certain pet foods containing peas, lentils other legumes or potatoes as their main ingredients,” said the FDA’s Dr. Martine Hartogensis.
Jury awards women $4.7 billion in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder case
— The St. Louis Circuit Court jury awarded $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to the plaintiffs, who said the company failed to warn about the cancer risks.
— Company will appeal, of course.
— “Johnson & Johnson remains confident that its products do not contain asbestos and do not cause ovarian cancer and intends to pursue all available appellate remedies.”
Charges against Stormy Daniels dropped
Courthouse News Service
— According to Columbus Police report, Daniels was arrested along with two other dancers in an undercover sting operation.
— The trio were arrested when they “illegally” touched three different undercover vice detectives, according to the statement by Columbus Police.
√ Columbus, Ohio, the crime-free city that can spare 3 detectives to spy on a strip show.
Americans wary of Putin; Most Russians like Trump
… and other findings of a recent survey.