Monday Aug. 6


Manafort’s main dufus testifies that yup,
they hid foreign bank accounts,
knowing it was illegal

Rick Gates also admits he stole lotsa money from Manafort.
> Prosecutor: “Were you involved in any criminal activity with Mr. Manafort?”
> Gates: “Yes.”
> Prosecutor: “Did you commit any crimes with Mr. Manafort?”
> Gates: “Yes.”

US turns Iran sanctions back on
The Hill
EU to protect its businesses affected by Iran sanctions

— Our analysis shows that risk of police-involved death is two times higher than indicated by official data sources.

China is Waging a Maritime Insurgency in the South China Sea.

It's Time for the United States to Counter It
The National Interest — The rule of international law will stand or fall on the confidence of civilian mariners to operate where and how they please within the boundaries of their international legal rights.ship-china

Former Education Secretary: U.S. schools “not top 10 in anything”
CBS News

Mendocino Complex fire now second-largest in California history
LA Times

US wildfires: smoke billows and we’re stuck indoors – this is how we live now
The Guardian
— The pool is closed, the kids can’t play outside – we’re all trying to avoid harmful smoke from wildfires burning far away.
— Klamath Falls kids have been spending a lot of time inside this summer – days and days indoors, sweating and playing with Lego and watching TV. The outdoor pool has been closed. Our baseball team, the Klamath Falls Gems, cancelled the rest of the season.

Suspicions grow that Q-Anon conspiracy theory
started as a prank on gullible wing-nuts
Raw Story
… this prank may nonetheless have taken off a life of its own that its creators can no longer control — and they worry that, even if the prank’s creators reveal the entire conspiracy theory as a hoax, its followers simply won’t believe them.

Here’s a selection from the day’s Drudge report, bullshit removed

Gone are the reports of people having sex with animals, the breathless brink- of-disaster crap, extreme right-wing propaganda, and the latest shark attacks.

(UK Telegraph — Strong paywall)

The Hill

SHOWTIME Series Kills Off Actress Who Complained About Pay Parity…
Showbiz 411
“I definitely get less money than a male in my situation would. Definitely.”
— Ruth Wilson, actress on “The Affair”

Boycott USA Movement Starts in Canada…
Wall Street Journal (Paywall)
— Ticked-off Canadians, irked by U.S. metals tariffs and President Trump’s harsh words for their prime minister, are boycotting American products and buying Canadian.
— “Usually we don’t pay that much attention to it,” said Garland Coulson, an entrepreneur from Spruce Grove, Alberta. “You tend to buy the products that taste good or you buy the products that are low in price where taste isn’t an issue.”

Bankruptcy Booms Among Older Americans…
NY Times (Paywall)
— For a rapidly growing share of older Americans, traditional ideas about life in retirement are being upended by a dismal reality: bankruptcy.
— The signs of potential trouble — vanishing pensions, soaring medical expenses, inadequate savings — have been building for years. Now, new research sheds light on the scope of the problem: The rate of people 65 and older filing for bankruptcy is three times what it was in 1991, the study found, and the same group accounts for a far greater share of all filers.

3 Dudes arrested, refused to abandon pot crop as wildfires approached …
CBS Local, Sacramento

NKorea urges US to drop sanctions…
North Korea’s state media called on Monday for the United States to ditch crippling economic sanctions as a reward for Pyongyang’s SUPPOSED show of good faith in ending its nuclear weapons testing and transferring the remains of American troops killed in the Korean War.

CHICAGOLAND: 63 shot over weekend…
ABC Chicago
A violent weekend in Chicago left 12 people dead and dozens more wounded, police said.
Chicago police said a total of 66 people were shot from 6 p.m. on Friday to midnight on Sunday and 12 of those victims have died.
At a press conference Monday morning with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said more needs to be done to hold repeat gun offenders accountable.

Gangs using summer crowds for cover…
Chicago Tribune

Women poised to gain if Dems win majority…
The Hill
If Democrats win the House in November, 35 women are poised to lead committees and subcommittees in the next Congress — an historically high figure that would put female lawmakers in the driver’s seat for some of the most pressing issues facing Congress and the country.

Amish man starts ‘Uber’ ride service with horse and buggy…

Lyme disease now in all 50 states…
SF Gate

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