Thursday

Roundup for breakfast, phase two
CNN
— General Mills, whose products were cited in the report, maintained that glyphosate levels in its foods do not pose any health risks. “The extremely low levels of pesticide residue cited in recent news reports is a tiny fraction of the amount the government allows,” the company said.

Google reportedly paid Android creator millions after sex misconduct claim
NY Post
— Google is about to pay Andy Rubin, the creator of Android, the last installment of his $90 million exit package — a golden parachute he received despite his being credibly accused of coercing a female employee into performing oral sex, it was revealed today.
— Google had investigated the woman’s claims and found them credible,


Retiring US general:
Europe should focus on restraining Russia
because US likely to be at war with China
Military Times

FDA OKs research into “magic mushroom” therapy
Inverse.com
— The US Food and Drug Administration has given a group of psychiatrists its blessing to dose patients with magic mushrooms in therapy sessions. This week, the FDA granted “Breakthrough Therapy” designation to COMPASS Pathways’ psilocybin-assisted therapy for treatment-resistant depression. The London-based life sciences company, backed in part by Peter Thiel, will use the psychedelic drug psilocybin, the active chemical in most psychedelic mushrooms, to treat patients in Europe and North America in a Phase 2b trial to determine the optimal dose of the drug.
— For scientists that study psychedelic drugs, the FDA’s move is welcome news. The Breakthrough Therapy designation, first established in 2012, allows the FDA to closely assist researchers in the development of a promising drug to treat serious conditions or diseases.

FDA approves new single-dose flu treatment Xofluza
Axios
… the first novel treatment approved for the flu in almost 20 years, which targets the virus at an earlier stage in its development in the human body in the hopes of lessening recovery time.


migrants
Staged photos of migrants on the move suggest that the US is threatened by waves of newcomers. But the actual data says those numbers are down — way down.

Is the US in an illegal immigration crisis?
Politicians say yes, data says no
The Guardian
— According to the latest statistics from US Customs and Border Protection, 396,579 undocumented people were apprehended after entering the country illegally in 2018.
— Another 124,511 people presented themselves at ports of entry, many seeking humanitarian protection, but immigration officials found them inadmissible.
— In 2000, however, more than 1.6 million illegal border crossers were apprehended. In 2001, the figure was 1.3 million.

Migrant Caravan Top Of Mind For Voters In Tennessee
NPR
“Our people are wanting jobs. Our citizens want jobs. And they’re going to others.”


WIFE OF SUPREME COURT JUSTICE GOES FEAR MONGERING

And is it really appropriate for the wife of a SUPREME COURT JUSTICE to be posting misleading images like this on Facebook? Supposedly, the policeman below was bloodied by immigrants. Here is her comment: “The media won’t share THIS, will they? It is an invasion, and thank GOD for President Trump.”
>>> THE PHOTO IS SIX YEARS OLD. THE COP IN THE PHOTO IS NOT AN AMERICAN.
Facebook commenter George Smiley’s reaction: “You should be embarrassed to spread falsehoods and misinformation like this, Ms. Thomas.”

bloddied cop


The Weekly Standard: “The security codes we have on lottery tickets are far better than anything we have on the paper ballots that are used in any of the states,” Mercuri said. It is much more difficult, she explained, to defraud the lottery than it is to fake a ballot or alter vote totals.


Girls, 11 and 12, plotted to stab classmates, drink blood
Newser


Georgia town will hold sex offenders in city hall on Halloween
USA Today
the 25 to 30 offenders will be overseen by the Georgia Department of Community Supervision and a local police officer.
— If you’re wondering if this is legal, the answer is yes.
— The Georgia Department of Community Supervision has the option of requiring paroled sex offenders to check into a specific location on Halloween night or at any time.


World’s first all-robot restaurant to open in Beijing
Bloomberg
— Asia’s biggest listed restaurant chain by market value is partnering with Japan’s Panasonic Corp. to open what the two companies say is the world’s first eatery with a fully automated kitchen Oct. 28 in Beijing. At the new Haidilao restaurant, robots will take orders, prepare and deliver raw meat and fresh vegetables to customers to plop into soups prepared at their tables.
— Haidilao became Asia’s first eatery chain to surpass $10 billion in market value when it held its initial public offering in Hong Kong last month. The company has more than 360 locations around the world including Japan, the U.S. and Taiwan.

When Trump Phones Friends, the Chinese and the Russians Listen and Learn
NY Times
— When President Trump calls old friends on one of his iPhones to gossip, gripe or solicit their latest take on how he is doing, American intelligence reports indicate that Chinese spies are often listening — and putting to use invaluable insights into how to best work the president and affect administration policy, current and former American officials said.
— Trump’s aides have repeatedly warned him that his cellphone calls are not secure, and they have told him that Russian spies are routinely eavesdropping on the calls, as well. But aides say the voluble president, who has been pressured into using his secure White House landline more often these days, has still refused to give up his iPhones. White House officials say they can only hope he refrains from discussing classified information when he is on them.

Latest bomb target: Robert DeNiro
CNN
— Police are examining a suspicious package addressed to actor-director Robert De Niro at a building in Lower Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, two law enforcement sources said early Thursday.
— The package has markings similar to the pipe bomb packages recently mailed nationwide to top Democrats, the sources said.
— The address, 375 Greenwich St., matches that of Tribeca Enterprises, De Niro’s film and television production company and organizer of the Tribeca Film festival. The site also contains De Niro’s Tribeca Grill restaurant.
>>> The Guardian: And now, Biden


POLICE RELEASE PICTURE OF CNN BOMB:
pipe bomb ny

Trump decries “political violence” after six years of encouraging it
Politico
— The president cast himself as a uniter after bombs were sent to several top Democrats, infuriating critics and touching off an argument about America’s political discourse.

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