Monday

THE OPPORTUNITY ATLAS
Does the place you grew up have much to do with your opportunities?
This map says it does…

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This map, a screenshot from The Opportunity Atlas, shows household income in 2014-2015 for people born between 1978 and 1983 to low-income parents. In areas that are more red, people who grew up in low-income households tended to stay low-income. In areas that are more blue, people who grew up in low-income households tend to make more money.

A coupla stupid things Congress did during the Kavanaugh distraction
Reason
— While much attention was diverted by the political circus surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday and Friday, Congress passed a massive spending bill and another round of tax cuts that will combine to blow an even bigger hole in the federal budget. Lawmakers also found time to pass a bill restricting Americans’ access to prescription painkillers, something that’s likely to force people who are dependent on or addicted to opioids (a distinction seemingly lost on legislators) to seek out more dangerous alternatives.

Supremes won’t take California beach case, a win for free access
LA Times

Hundreds of jailed migrant kids moved, in the night, to tent city
NY Times
— In shelters from Kansas to New York, hundreds of migrant children have been roused in the middle of the night in recent weeks and loaded onto buses with backpacks and snacks for a cross-country journey to their new home: a barren tent city on a sprawling patch of desert in West Texas.
— Until now, most undocumented children being held by federal immigration authorities had been housed in private foster homes or shelters, sleeping two or three to a room. They received formal schooling and regular visits with legal representatives assigned to their immigration cases.
— But in the rows of sand-colored tents in Tornillo, Tex., children in groups of 20, separated by gender, sleep lined up in bunks. There is no school: The children are given workbooks that they have no obligation to complete. Access to legal services is limited.

typewriter-realnews-lineA classmate speaks:

ludington“deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale.” …

“I do believe that Brett’s actions as a 53-year-old federal judge matter. If he lied about his past actions on national television, and more especially while speaking under oath in front of the United States Senate, I believe those lies should have consequences. It is truth that is at stake, and I believe that the ability to speak the truth, even when it does not reflect well upon oneself, is a paramount quality we seek in our nation’s most powerful judges.”

When Kavanaugh denied “the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking, and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth.”

— Charles ‘Chad’ Ludington, Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s

Flake: If Kavanaugh lied under oath, he’s finished
USA Today

ACLU breaks policy, says nix Kavanaugh

White House looking to limit FBI probe
Vice News

‘Little lies point to bigger lies’:
James Comey on the Kavanaugh probe
WaPost
— “F.B.I. agents know time has very little to do with memory,” Comey wrote. “They know every married person remembers the weather on their wedding day, no matter how long ago. Significance drives memory. They also know that little lies point to bigger lies. They know that obvious lies by the nominee about the meaning of words in a yearbook are a flashing signal to dig deeper.”


US sues California for daring to protect net neutrality
Motherboard
[ Suggesting once again that the federal government is pretty much owned by the corporations.]

Netflix will let viewers choose among show endings
Yahoo Entertainment
— Streaming giant Netflix Inc will now allow users to choose how a TV episode or movie will end as it pushes further into Interactive TV, Bloomberg reported on Monday.
— The Los Gatos, California-based company is developing specials that will let its users decide the next storyline, Bloomberg said, citing people familiar with the matter.
— Netflix had earlier released the animated programme “Puss in Book” where viewers could choose alternate endings of the same show.
— The first project of the new lineup is expected to be released by the end of this year, and Netflix’s popular sci-fi show “Black Mirror” will feature an episode under this project.

Ninth Circuit Revives ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Copyright Fight
Courthouse News Service
— Music journalist Michael Skidmore brought the lawsuit on behalf of the late guitarist Randy California, born Randy Wolfe, from the LA-based progressive rock group Spirit. Skidmore sued Led Zeppelin’s guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant and the other members in federal court claiming they copied the 1968 song “Taurus,” written by Wolfe.

US, Canada reach NAFTA deal
AP
[So what was all the bullshit about? We paid very little attention to this story, sensing that it was all a game of chicken anyway. In the end, it’s all about how the corporations divide up the pie … so we move on.] 

EPA prepares a major weakening of mercury emission rules
NYT
— The Trump administration has completed a detailed legal proposal to dramatically weaken a major environmental regulation covering mercury, a toxic chemical emitted from coal-burning power plants, according to a person who has seen the document but is not authorized to speak publicly about it.
— The proposal would not eliminate the mercury regulation entirely, but it is designed to put in place the legal justification for the Trump administration to weaken it and several other pollution rules, while setting the stage for a possible full repeal of the rule.

No Cash Needed At This Cafe.
Students Pay The Tab With Their Personal Data
NPR
— To get the “free” coffee, university students must give away their names, phone numbers, email addresses and majors, or in Brown’s lingo, concentrations. Students also provide dates of birth and professional interests, entering all of the information in an online form. By doing so, the students also open themselves up to receiving information from corporate sponsors who pay the cafe to reach its clientele through logos, apps, digital advertisements on screens in stores and on mobile devices, signs, surveys and even baristas.
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KellyAnne Conway flaps lips, will regret it
Politico
“I’m a victim of sexual assault,” Conway said on “State of the Union” as part of an extended statement in defense of both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the rights of those who have been victims of assault. “I don’t expect Judge Kavanaugh or Jake Tapper or Jeff Flake or anybody to be held responsible for that. You have to be responsible for your own conduct,” she continued.

Palin’s dip-shit son jailed for smacking someone around
Alaska Dep’t Public Safety

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