Wed. Aug. 8

New Mexico wackos were training kids to commit mass murder
— The five suspects accused of abusing 11 children at a New Mexico compound were training them to commit school shootings, prosecutors said Wednesday.
— A foster parent of one of the children also said, “The defendant had trained the child in the use of an assault rifle in preparation for future school shootings,” according to the court filings.

NY City puts limit on permits for Uber, Lyft cars
NY Daily News
… a yearlong pause on new for-hires while the Taxi & Limousine Commission studies the impact of the vehicles on the city’s streets, whether their total number should ultimately be capped, and whether to regulate how often the cars are allowed to drive without passengers — a practice that helps reduce wait times compared to dispatching from a base, but which increases congestion.


Russia_US_49478Rand Paul hand delivers letter from Trump to Putin

(McClatchy) — Sen. Rand Paul, one of the few Republicans who has championed President Trump’s outreach to Russia, has gone even further to solidify ties: he’s delivered a letter from Trump to Russian president Vladimir Putin’s administration.
— On a trip to Russia this week aimed at boosting engagement with the U.S. adversary, Paul said Wednesday he was “honored” to deliver the missive which he said “emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges.”

China strikes back with $16 billion new tariffs

Wildfire smoke spreads from Great Lakes to Baja

Hate Sells: Ban Alex Jones, a clone will pop up
The Conversation
— Audiences love the anger.
— Confrontational characters spouting conspiracy theories and promoting fringe ideas have been with us since the invention of American broadcasting. First on radio, then on television, the American audience has consistently proven eager to consume the rants of angry and bitter men.
— Before Alex Jones and InfoWars, there was Glenn Beck.
— A decade ago, Beck was hawking his conspiracy theories on HLN and Fox News. Beck eventually left HLN and lost the Fox News job, just as the inflammatory Morton Downey Jr. lost his lucrative syndicated broadcast decades earlier.
— And before Morton Downey Jr., there was Joe Pyne, the war hero who eventually ended up railing against “hippies, homosexuals and feminists” on the airwaves in the 1960s.alex-jones-making-money-by-playing-a-character>>> Twitter CEO defends decision not to ban wing-nut Jones

Girl, 11, in hospital after cop tazed her
Raw Story

What mattered most in Ohio, Kansas elections
A sensible take from the numbers folks.

NFL payouts for Parkinson’s and ALS hint at link between football and neurodegenerative diseases
LA Times
… the number of players with a Parkinson’s or ALS diagnosis who have applied for and received payments under the NFL’s concussion settlement is significantly larger than projected, raising the possibility that professional football players may be at greater risk of developing the neurodegenerative diseases than previously believed.

Well I’ll be damned…
Congressman charged with insider trading

Sessions pressures immigration judges for more, faster deportations
Vice News

Union-busting law goes down hard in Missouri
— Voters in Missouri have overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work law passed by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature that would have banned compulsory union fees — a resounding victory for organized labor that spent millions of dollars to defeat the measure.

Michigan set to send first Muslim woman to Congress
The Hill
— Former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic nomination for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, paving the way for her to become the first Muslim woman elected into Congress.

Gynecologist scandal brings down USC head honcho
— University of Southern California President CL Max Nikias stepped down Tuesday in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal involving a campus gynecologist in which school administrators faced criticism they ignored decades of complaints

Wrigley, the chewing gum heir, bets big on medical pot


Today Drudge is 87% bullshit.
These headlines are from the day’s Drudge report (hysteria, propaganda, and right-wing bullshit removed). Of 54 stories on this morning’s report, we tagged 48 as utter bullshit. Here are the 6 survivors.


Cortez strikes out: All endorsed candidates lose primaries…

On Planes, Dogs Are Winning…

Senate Intelligence Committee calls Julian Assange to testify…

Jurors mull ‘day of reckoning’ in ROUNDUP cancer trial…

39 seconds per case: Grand jury’s 900 indictments challenged…

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