Tue. Aug 7

Manafort trial:
Gates flushed millions through Cyprus accounts
AP


Corporate-friendly EPA opens the door to … breathe in now … asbestosArchpaper.com
— One of the most dangerous construction-related carcinogens is now legally allowed back into U.S. manufacturing under a new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On June 1, the EPA authorized a “SNUR” (Significant New Use Rule) which allows new products containing asbestos to be created on a case-by-case basis.

Entering the age of assassin drones?
Motherboard
—  “We will see more attacks, as the technology has a very low barrier to entry. “Indeed, it is harder to get the bomb than it is to get the drone.”

For most US workers, wages have barely budged in decades
Pew Research
… today’s real average wage (that is, the wage after accounting for inflation) has about the same purchasing power it did 40 years ago. And what wage gains there have been have mostly flowed to the highest-paid tier of workers.
realwagespew

National Academy of Sciences paper:
We may be headed for “hothouse earth”
EcoWatch
“We note that the Earth has never in its history had a quasi-stable state that is around 2C warmer than the preindustrial and suggest that there is substantial risk that the system, itself, will ‘want’ to continue warming because of all of these other processes—even if we stop emissions,” said study author Katherine Richardson from the University of Copenhagen.
>>> Caribbean states beg US to take climate change seriously
The Guardian

14,000 firefighters now battling 16 California wildfires
Mendecino fire becomes biggest ever in state
San Jose Mercury News
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Trump demands the world stop its business with Iran
The Guardian
√ Tune in tomorrow when he says Iranians are “great people” and “best friends” with the US

Woman to prison after selling son, 7, to pedophiles
Vice News
— A woman who sold her 7-year-old son to pedophiles on the darknet was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years jail by a German court Tuesday.
— Berrin Taha, 48, was sentenced in Freiburg alongside her husband, Christian Lais, 39, the boy’s stepfather. Lais, who had a previous conviction for pedophilia, was sentenced to 12 years in jail.
— The pair were part of a pedophile ring who traded children on the anonymous darknet — part of the internet where identities are hidden and criminal activity such as sharing child abuse images flourishes.
–The judge said Taha had agreed to go along with Lais’ abuse of her son because she feared losing him, and subsequently for financial gain. The pair charged several thousand dollars for each instance of abuse.
— The sessions with the boy were also filmed and posted online.

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DRUDGE WITHOUT THE FUDGE

Today Drudge is 81% bullshit.
These headlines are from the day’s Drudge report, hysteria, propaganda, and right-wing bullshit removed. Of 47 stories on this morning’s report, we tagged 38 as utter bullshit. Here are the 9 survivors.

Senate Dems Circulating Plans for Govt Takeover of Internet…

‘Survival of our democracy’ depends on banning sites…

CHINA USES APPLE AS BAIT!

‘WILL NOT SURRENDER’

NOW: LARGEST WILDFIRE IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY…

‘Man Camps’ of West Texas: Thousands of Oil Workers Fuel Boomtown…

STUDY: GOOGLE consumes one-third of our digital minds…

Hundreds of Movies Made Under Direct Influence, Supervision Of Pentagon…

Antidepressants change songbirds courtship rituals…

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