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MAD BOMBER?
Explosive devices sent to Obama, Clintons as CNN evacuated over suspicious package
ABC News
— Explosive devices addressed to the residences of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were intercepted, and the Time Warner Center that is home to CNN in New York City was evacuated after a suspicious package was sent there, officials said Wednesday morning.
— Investigators are working to determine whether the two devices addressed to Clinton and Obama are linked to a pipe bomb found earlier this week in the home mailbox of billionaire George Soros, near where the Clintons live in Chappaqua, New York, multiple law enforcement officials told ABC News.
>>> News4NewYork:
— All four “potential explosive devices” sent to Hillary Clinton, former President Obama, billionaire philanthropist George Soros and CNN at Manhattan’s Time Warner Center are thought to be linked, law enforcement officials say.
>>> Miami Herald:
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office evacuated after suspicious package found.
>>> San Diego Union-Tribune:
News staff, others evacuate after suspicious package spotted.
>>> Raw Story:
Bomb also sent to Eric Holder


Today’s Dog & Pony Show

The “migrant caravan”

dog-pony-juggleWhich is merely Trump’s update on the Willie Horton strategy. The “caravan” is a distraction timed to excite Trump’s lunatics and get them to the polls.
Yet the networks, the mega-news websites and even PBS keeps regurgitating this non-story.
For those who don’t remember Poppy Bush’s racist campaign strategy of 1988, here’s a refresher from The Marshall Project:
How did a single sadistic home invasion — one of many senseless crimes in the violent 1980’s — reshape the politics of criminal justice for a generation? It began with a 30-second television ad.


Inside China’s internment camps: tear gas, Tasers and textbooks
AFP
— On state television, the vocational education centre in China’s far west looked like a modern school where happy students studied Mandarin, brushed up their job skills, and pursued hobbies such as sports and folk dance.
— But earlier this year, one of the local government departments in charge of such facilities in Xinjiang’s Hotan prefecture made several purchases that had little to do with education: 2,768 police batons, 550 electric cattle prods, 1,367 pairs of handcuffs, and 2,792 cans of pepper spray.

UE Parliament votes for ban on single-use plastics
BBC
— The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans.
— MEPs backed a ban on plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink-stirrers and balloon sticks.
— The proposal also calls for a reduction in single-use plastic for food and drink containers like plastic cups.
— The measure still has to clear some procedural hurdles, but is expected to go through. The EU hopes it will go into effect across the bloc by 2021.
√ Apparently, the coming world order will be led by an enlightened EU and a Big Brother China … with the US fading into irrelevance along with its Saudi friends.

New fibre-optics spiral promises radical speed-up of Internet
The Guardian
— A new development in fibre optics could make internet speeds up to 100 times faster – by detecting light that has been twisted into a spiral.
— The research, published in the journal Nature Communications, can be used to easily upgrade existing networks and significantly boost efficiency, scientists say.
— Fibre optic cables use pulses of light to transmit information, but currently information can only be stored through the colour of the light, and whether the wave is horizontal or vertical.
— By twisting light into a spiral, engineers effectively create a third dimension for light to carry information: the level of orbital angular momentum, or spin. “It’s like DNA, if you look at the double helix spiral,” said Min Gu from RMIT University. “The more you can use angular momentum the more information you can carry.”

Apple’s Cook calls out giants in “data industrial complex”
Tech Crunch
— Cook has joined the chorus of voices warning that data itself is being weaponized again people and societies — arguing that the trade in digital data has exploded into a “data industrial complex”.
— Cook did not name the adtech elephants in the room: Google, Facebook and other background data brokers that profit from privacy-hostile business models. But his target was clear.

Report claims Amazon helping ICE track, deport immigrants
NY Daily News
— Amazon and other tech companies are raking in billions by selling services that aid President Trump’s deportation agenda, according to a report.
— The tech giant is among the Silicon Valley companies that provides technology to ICE that helps it track, detain, and deport immigrants, a group of nonprofits including Mijente, Immigrant Defense Project, NIPNLG and Empower LLC, concludes in its report entitled Who’s Behind ICE?
–“It’s time to hold Amazon accountable for its outsized share in building the deportation machine, and demand that they stop. It won’t be easy — Amazon makes billions from these contracts,” Mijente said.

Facebook collapse? This researcher sees it coming
Metro UK
… if Facebook stops being a virtual watercooler for friendly conversation, but a lair for trolls and misinformation – advertisers might find the service too dangerous to showcase washing tablets and shoes. Research earlier this summer suggested that young people are deserting Facebook.
>>>Raw Story:
Exxon and Ben & Jerry’s among buyers of $256 million in political ads on Facebook

Doctor ” borrowed” $300,000 from patient, then diagnosed her with dementia
The Tennessean
— A Tennessee doctor has retired her medical license after it was discovered that she borrowed a hefty loan from a longtime patient, then diagnosed the woman with dementia when she asked for her money back, according to state discipline records.
— But the doctor now insists she was “set up” by a vindictive patient, and said she only agreed to retire after state attorneys presented her with an unwinnable legal case.
— “It was all lies and I was told that if I fought it would be extremely costly to me,” said Dr. Suellen Lee on Tuesday. “And there would still be no benefit. There was no chance of reversal.”
— Lee, 79, an internal medicine specialist in Columbia, retired her license last month in a peculiar case before the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners, which is responsible for disciplining doctors throughout the state. Government attorneys said Lee borrowed $300,000 from a patient when her medical clinic fell on hard times, and when the patient later requested repayment, Lee diagnosed her with dementia in an apparent effort to escape the debt.

Apparently, somebody won absurd $1.5 Billion jackpot
USA Today
— The ticket was sold at a convenience store in Simpsonville, state lottery officials confirmed Wednesday. South Carolina, however, is one of several states that does not require lottery winners to publicly reveal their identities. The winner or winners can quietly claim the annuity, or more likely the cash option of $877.8 million, and disappear.

Discovered: Oldest intact shipwreck, 2,400 years ago in Black Sea
NPR
— More than a mile beneath the surface of the Black Sea, shrouded in darkness, an ancient ship sat for millennia unseen by human eyes — until the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project happened upon its watery grave last year.
— The team announced the find Tuesday, saying its discovery has been “confirmed as the oldest intact shipwreck known to mankind.” Radiocarbon-dated to roughly 400 B.C., the trading vessel plied the waves in the days of Plato and Sophocles, when the city-states of ancient Greece had scattered colonies all around the Black Sea.
… “”This will change our understanding of shipbuilding and seafaring in the ancient world.”

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