Weekend Aug. 17-18-19

The NFL’s first male cheerleader

(New Orleans Advocate) While NFL clubs — including the Saints — have had men and women perform cheerleading stunts together before, it is believed that Peron and Jinnies in late March became the first men in league history hired to perform dance routines with an otherwise all-female squad.


More Americans crowdfunding medical bills

(Yahoo Finance) “Despite the progress that’s been made in the last five years because of the Affordable Care Act, there are still almost 28 million people in the U.S. without [health] coverage. We are the only major industrial nation that doesn’t provide basic health insurance to all of its citizens. In some sense, failure is on Congress and its inability to find a way for everyone to be insured.”

Kevin Spacey movie earns $126 on abysmal opening day

(The Hollywood Reporter) The ensemble crime-drama Billionaire Boys Club quietly opened Friday in 10 theaters scattered in select states across the U.S. The indie film earned an abysmal $126 for the day, following its release on premium VOD last month, according to those with access to theater grosses.

Little contact lenses = big plastics disposal problem

(Inverse.com) According to the findings, presented Sunday at the 256th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, anywhere from six to 10 metric tonsof plastic lenses end up in United States wastewater annually. Because of the way wastewater is treated, all that plastic ends up contributing to microplastic pollution currently building up in waterways, which eventually makes its way into the food chain. It’s an especially timely problem as the use of contact lenses is steadily rising.

Conserving oil doesn’t matter, US gov’t sez

(AP via The Daily Herald) The Department of Energy announced the policy shift in a memo made public this month. The memo comes in support of an administration proposal to freeze car mileage standards.

The statement takes note of a shale oil boom that has made the country a contender for title of top global oil producer.

Trump wants race war, Omarosa claims

(The Hill) Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Sunday said President Trump is “disingenuous” in his efforts to help the African-American community, and accused the president of wanting to start a race war.

“We have a lot to lose right now,” Manigault Newman said on MSNBC’s “Politics Nation,” referencing Trump’s appeal to African-American voters during the 2016 campaign.

“I believe he wants to start a race war in this country,” she added.

White House lawyer flips

(NY Times) WASHINGTON — The White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, has cooperated extensively in the special counsel investigation, sharing detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice, including some that investigators would not have learned of otherwise, according to a dozen current and former White House officials and others briefed on the matter.

In at least three voluntary interviews with investigators that totaled 30 hours over the past nine months, Mr. McGahn described the president’s fury toward the Russia investigation and the ways in which he urged Mr. McGahn to respond to it. He provided the investigators examining whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice a clear view of the president’s most intimate moments with his lawyer.

(AP via the Toronto Globe and Mail) — Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was accused in court filings Friday of destroying evidence relevant to the case of families from Sandy Hook Elementary School, who are suing him for claiming the massacre was a hoax.
— Attorneys for two Sandy Hook victims noted that Mr. Jones said during a recent broadcast of his radio program that he’d told his staff to delete information from the website of his Infowars media company, after CNN cited content from it for violating Twitter policies.

60 intelligence pros slam Trump on security clearances
Reuters via Yahoo
— President Donald Trump faced an unprecedented outcry from former intelligence officials on Friday after stripping the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, but Trump defended his move and said he planned another one soon.
— The bipartisan group, which included Robert Gates, George Tenet, David Petraeus, James Clapper and Leon Panetta, lashed out at the president in a scathing letter released late on Thursday. By Friday evening, a separate group of 60 former intelligence officers added their voices in their own letter.

There are a heckuva lotta water planets out there, scientists say
Huge implications for possibility of life
— Now a new evaluation of data from the -hunting Kepler Space Telescope and the Gaia mission indicates that many of the known planets may contain as much as 50% . This is much more than the Earth’s 0.02% (by weight) water content.
— “It was a huge surprise to realize that there must be so many water-worlds”, said lead researcher Dr. Li Zeng (Harvard University),

> Welfare investigators track drivers to find fraud.
> Privacy group raises red flags.
Sacramento Bee

Facebook dupes advertisers, fakes numbers, lawsuit says
East Bay Times
— Facebook allegedly misled advertisers on its platform by demonstrating it had a far larger audience size in U.S. cities and states than it actually had, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
— The lawsuit, filed by a Kansas-based aromatherapy fashionwear business owner, alleged Facebook ballooned its “Potential Reach” number for how many users were targeted by an advertisement …

Amazon among the suitors of Landmark Theaters

The new employee perk that’s slowly taking hold:
Help for those caring for aging parents.
Chicago Tribune
— Employers most commonly accommodate caregivers with flexible hours, part-time schedules, counseling and services that help them find specialists or assisted-living facilities, Laengerich said. Some offer educational resources around how to navigate a loved one’s cancer treatment or have difficult conversations about wills and whether mom should stop driving.

Two dozen sad wing-nuts cost DC $2.6 million

Google workers fight plan to build censored search engine for China
Vice News
— Project Dragonfly, as the secret operation is known, raised “urgent moral and ethical questions” and the signatories asked Google’s leadership to be more transparent on the move.

starChina gains ability to strike US forces, Pentagon says
The Independent
“The (Chinese military) may continue to extend its operations, demonstrating the capability to strike US and allied forces and military bases in the western Pacific Ocean, including Guam,” the report said.

Musk admits he’s freaking out
musck-bwsketch— At multiple points in an hourlong interview with The New York Times, he choked up, noting that he nearly missed his brother’s wedding this summer and spent his birthday holed up in Tesla’s offices as the company raced to meet elusive production targets on a crucial new model.
— Asked if the exhaustion was taking a toll on his physical health, Mr. Musk answered: “It’s not been great, actually. I’ve had friends come by who are really concerned.”
>>> Tesla shares getting slammed

Feds push to cut SEC reporting in half, to twice a year
— Earlier this year, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Jamie Dimon urged companies to stop issuing quarterly earnings guidance. But moving away from reporting earnings every three months would be a much more dramatic change that would almost certainly trigger resistance from shareholders who want transparency from the companies they invest in.


NYU makes med school tuition free

Low-carb mania could shorten dieters’ lives
√ I know, I know. Yet another study that contradicts the other studies … still. Might be worth considering.

Good ol’ boy puts the brakes on science research
The Guardian
Prominent US climate scientists have told the Guardian that the Trump administration is holding up research funding as their projects undergo an unprecedented political review by the high-school football teammate of the US interior secretary.

Pentagon rains on Trump’s military parade
… The move came just hours after the Department of Defense released a new estimate projecting that the parade would cost $92 million, $80 million more than the original $12 million the Pentagon had estimated last month.
√ The bureaucracy has played the White House big time.
>>> DC mayor mocks Trump over canceled parade
“finally got thru to the reality star in the White House.”


dog-pony-juggle> Trump asks jailed pastor to be “patriot hostage” as U.S.-Turkey feud escalates

CBS news and other outlets fell for this one. It’s obviously a can of dog food to feed Trump’s rabid base. Imagine! A Man of God jailed by the Heathen Godless Moos-slams.

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