Tue. Aug 14

Vermont nominates first transgender candidate for govermor
AP

Kansas governor concedes squeaker to Trump-backed Kobach
Politico
— Kobach stretched his narrow primary lead to 345 votes as late ballots were tallied for a week after the August 7 primary.

New Mexico judge grants bail for 5 in notorious child abuse case, then gets threats
Albuquerque Journal
“One caller said she wished someone would come and smash the judge’s head.”
About 3 p.m. Friday, the Taos government and courthouse complex was closed because of the threats.

Manafort defense rests without calling witnesses
The Hill
— Attorneys for one-time Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort rested their case Tuesday without calling any witnesses or presenting any further evidence to defend their client, who faces charges of tax evasion and bank fraud that could land him in prison for decades.
— Manafort briefly spoke in the courtroom without the jury present, saying he did not wish to testify on his own behalf.

Grand Jury: Pennsylvania priests abused > 1000 children
AP
“Priests were raping little boys and girls and the men of God who were responsible not only did nothing: They hid it all.”

Researchers predict extreme heat for next 4 years
The Guardian
— Researcher cautions that this should not be seen as a prediction that Europe will definitely have more heatwaves, the US more forest fires, South Africa more drought or the Arctic more ice melt. The likelihood of these events will increase, but his model is on a broad global scale. It does not predict which part of the world will experience warming or in which season.

We are guinea pigs in a worldwide experiment: microplastics
The Conversation

albatross
A black footed albatross chick with plastics in its stomach lies dead on Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Midway sits amid a collection of man-made debris called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the paths of Midway, there are piles of feathers with rings of plastic in the middle – remnants of birds that died with plastic in their guts.

Yep, folks like their small, locally owned ISPs
Motherboard
— … in countless parts of the country, consumers are increasingly turning to community-run broadband networks as an alternative to this cavalcade of dysfunction. More than 750 communities around the country have now either built their own broadband networks or built local cooperatives in a quest for better, cheaper service.

Even an 11-year-old hacker can change votes at Florida voting machine
Alternet


Charge: Mayor hit kid on bike, then took off
Raw Story

Complaint: Commerce Sec’y Ross engaging in self-enrichment
Alternet

China tries, can’t mute, Hong Kong nationalist
CNBC

China’s econ cools, so gov’t plans spending spree
Reuters
— With its trade war with the United States threatening to pile more pressure on China’s economy, Beijing on Tuesday reported downbeat economic data, rolled out a $14 billion urban railway plan and pushed local governments to speed up issuance of special bonds for funding infrastructure projects.

Surveilance tech spreading quickly across China
Reuters
surveil-china

— The officers took Liu’s iPhone, hooked it up to a handheld device that looked like a laptop and told him they were “checking his phone for illegal information”.
— Liu’s experience in Urumqi, the Xinjiang capital, is not uncommon in a region that has been wracked by separatist violence and a crackdown by security forces.
— But such surveillance technologies, tested out in the laboratory of Xinjiang, are now quietly spreading across China.
— Government procurement documents collected by Reuters and rare insights from officials show the technology Liu encountered in Xinjiang is encroaching into cities like Shanghai and Beijing.
— Police stations in almost every province have sought to buy the data-extraction devices for smartphones since the beginning of 2016, coinciding with a sharp rise in spending on internal security and a crackdown on dissent, the data show.

“Stand your ground” guy who killed another in parking dispute is charged
Vice News
— The white man who shot and killed a black man over a parking space in Florida will be charged with manslaughter after all, despite the sheriff’s office previously declining to pursue  charges due to the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
— Michael Drejka, the 47-year-old who killed Markeis McGlockton after he parked in a disabled spot outside a Circle K convenience store and gas station in Clearwater in July, was charged with manslaughter Monday.
√ Ah yes, another satisfied member of the Well-Armed Militia. Even if this guy wins his case, the legal process will bankrupt him. How many times will he wish he’d never bought that gun? How many times will he wish he’d just passed that parking spot without opening his big stupid yap?

Mexican border radio station bought by China co. for … propaganda?
Free Beacon

Cops say lunch ladies stole half a million bucks
NBC Connecticut

Political spending at Trump properties balloons from $35K to $3500K
McClatchy
— “Rather than fully divest his properties, Trump has raised the art of the self-deal to unprecedented heights, allowing political campaigns to effectively pay tribute to the most powerful person in today’s Republican party through spending at Trump’s own properties,” said Alan Zibel, research director at Public Citizen’s Corporate Presidency Project.

Trump aides hope to “spin” his use of racial slurs
Bloomberg
… Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson is heard saying she is trying to find out the context “to help us maybe try to figure out a way to spin it.”
— But the audio also makes clear that Pierson and other top Trump officials had not actually heard the alleged recording, and that Trump denied its existence at the time.

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