Weekender

Brit army plans for riots if no Brexit deal
The (London) Sunday Times
— A team of army planners has started drawing up emergency measures for deploying troops to respond to any chaos caused by the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal.
— About 20 officers who normally oversee Operation Temperer, the plan to provide soldiers to help police following acts of terrorism, were ordered last week to step up no-deal Brexit planning, according to a well-placed army source.
— They are focusing on how the military could help the police keep public order and on how medicines would be delivered to hospitals.
— The team, based in the army’s headquarters in Andover, Hampshire, are also drawing up plans for using troops to help ease traffic chaos in Kent, including creating a lorry park at an army training centre.

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Maybe the most important story of the week?
‘Nothing on this page is real’: How lies become truth in online America
Washington Post (link goes to RealNews page)

— What Christopher Blair had first conceived of as an elaborate joke was beginning to reveal something darker. “No matter how racist, how bigoted, how offensive, how obviously fake we get, people keep coming back,” Blair once wrote, on his own personal Facebook page. “Where is the edge? Is there ever a point where people realize they’re being fed garbage and decide to return to reality?”


Sky News
The CIA reportedly found that 15 Saudi agents flew on government planes to Istanbul and carried out the killing at the Saudi consulate.
>>> Trump casts shade on CIA
Bloomberg
# — One can well imagine how much dirt the Saudis have on Trump…
>>> Coward in chief doesn’t want to hear Khashoggi murder tape
AFP

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Today’s Dog & Pony Show?
Hmm. Cleveland Browns considering Condoleezza Rice as head coach?
ESPN
dog-pony-juggle— Smells kinda like a publicity stunt, eh? Methinks they want to flatter her and then offer her a front-office job. I mean, they something to happen, those Cleveland Browns.
—-Browns general manager John Dorsey says he is open to hiring a woman as Cleveland’s next head coach, and one prominent name is on the team’s wish list to interview.
— The Browns would like to interview former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their head-coaching job, a league source tells ESPN.
— If the Browns follow through on it, Rice would become the first woman to interview for an NFL head-coaching job.

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Lawsuit: ‘Predatory’ Dartmouth professors
plied students with alcohol, raped them

(CNN)  — Three former Dartmouth College professors turned the school’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences into a “21st Century Animal House,” where female students were subjected to rape and sexual harassment, a federal lawsuit alleges.
— Tenured professors Todd Heatherton, William Kelley, and Paul Whalen treated women as sex objects, the lawsuit from seven women claims. The men, who no longer are allowed on campus, coerced them into drinking and made the women feel as if their success depended on their willingness to go along with the “alcohol-saturated” culture the prominent researchers created, according to the complaint.

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Thousands block Thames bridges in climate protest

The Guardian

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NYPD ousts sex crimes chief who led Weinstein investigation

Yahoo News

The police commander who led the effort to arrest Harvey Weinstein has been removed as the chief of New York City’s special victims division, part of a shake-up that was months in the making after a city watchdog found the unit was stretched too thin to properly investigate sexual assault cases.

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The Well-Armed Militia
Toddler dead after shooting himself with gun found under a pillow
NBC News
# — I don’t care how stupid and careless you are, your right to own lethal weapons is absolute.

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Texas inmate says he’s killed 90 people
Sky News
samuel little— A man being held in Texas has confessed to the killings of as many as 90 people over the past four decades.
— Investigators in Louisiana and Georgia confirmed they were able to close four unsolved murder cases after Samuel Little, 78, who is already serving a life sentence for three murders in California, claimed to reveal all to officers.
— According to a police memo, officers said the man provided details on two killings in Houma, Louisiana, “that only the murderer would have known”.
— The confessions related to Dorothy Richard, 59, who was found dead in 1982, and Daisy McGuire, 40, whose body was found in 1996. They were both strangled.

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Abrams gives up

Atlanta Journal Constiution

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Cost of keeping Precious Betsy safe? About $20 million
NBC News
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Meanwhile, Devos proposes overhaul of campus sex misconduct rules
Bloomberg
… 
 adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate.
— Under the plan, schools would have to investigate complaints only if the alleged incidents occurred on campus or other areas overseen by the school, and only if they were reported to certain campus officials with the authority to take action.


Abrams may argue for a new vote in Georgia
AP
— Stacey Abrams’ campaign is preparing an unprecedented legal challenge in the unresolved Georgia governor’s race that could leave the state’s Supreme Court deciding whether to force another round of voting.
— The Democrat’s longshot strategy relies on a statute that’s never been used in such a high-stakes contest. It is being discussed as Georgia elections officials appear to be on the cusp of certifying Republican Brian Kemp as the winner of a bitterly fought campaign that’s been marred by charges of electoral malfeasance.
— Top Abrams advisers outlined her prospective case to The Associated Press, stressing that the Democratic candidate hasn’t finalized a decision about whether to proceed once state officials certify Kemp as the victor. That could happen as early as Friday evening.


Judge: White House must restore CNN reporter’s press pass
Axios

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Judge did not rule on the underlying case on Friday. But he granted CNN’s request for a temporary restraining order.

Pentagon spending so crazy it can’t be audited
Reuters
— The Pentagon has failed what is being called its first-ever comprehensive audit, a senior official said on Thursday, finding U.S. Defense Department accounting discrepancies that could take years to resolve.

As refugees are at historic lows, Trump presses forward as if we face a crisis
Dallas Morning News
— President Donald Trump’s Nov. 9 presidential proclamation forbids anyone crossing America’s southern border to seek asylum in the U.S. — no matter how legitimate the claim — unless they use a designated port of entry.
— Never mind that the law clearly states that “any alien” who arrives in the U.S. “whether or not at a designated port of arrival” may apply for asylum.


Florida orders first ever statewide hand-recounts as legal fights continue


TODAY’S GOOGLE NEWS BULLSHIT METER
80% CRAP


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Blue √ = No bullshit news
Red = Bullshit news

1– Acosta press pass restored √

2– Trump’s crazy crafty strategy (Salon think piece, obvious by now.)

3– Was it a wave? (Yes, and we don’t need this shoddy analysis.)

4– Why don’t utility companies bury power lines? (That’s news?)

5– Abrams may seek new Georgia vote √

6– Michelle Obama dishes on Melania (Celeb crap)

7– Adelson to get Medal of Freedom (Trump payback to sleazy friends is no longer news)

8– Florida recount, Day 7 (Process story produced by idle reporters while waiting for news to develop)

9– California fires: How to measure smoke in your neighborhood. (Great, except this was presented as “US News” and 96% of the audience doesn’t live on the SF Peninsula)

10– Spec. piece on who’d replace Pelosi (Abject speculation)

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Drudge bullshit headline: USA charges Assange
— Actual Wall Street Journal story: The Justice Department is preparing to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and is increasingly optimistic it will be able to get him into a U.S. courtroom, according to people in Washington familiar with the matter.
(Note the very squishy source attribution. Drudge readers been played again.)

Charge: Couple, homeless man conspired in $400,000 GoFundMe fraud
Vice

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Well, it was a heart-rending tale…

Gruesome toll rises in Paradise:
56 dead, 8,800 homes destroyed, 130 missing

AP
>>> From SF Chronicle: List of missing soars to 300
>>> CNN Update: 63 dead, 631 missing.


Facebook hired PR firm to slam, Apple, Google
CNBC
— Facebook expanded its relationship with a Washington-based public relations firm last year that wrote dozens of articles critical of rivals Google and Apple and pushed the idea that liberal financier George Soros was behind a growing anti-Facebook movement, according to a scathing Wednesday report by the New York Times.
^ Note to Zuck: First rule of holes. Quit digging.
>>> Facebook will soon rely on Instagram for ad revenue growth
Recode


Avenatti says he didn’t hit her
As told by TMZ (Too Much SleaZe)
Abuse of women seems to help Republicans, but Avenatti had ambitions as a Democrat. And so ends the brief political career of a churlish opportunist. Perhaps he can develop an act for the casino circuit?

BOTH OF AVENATTI’S EX WIVES SAY HE’S NO BRUTE
USA Today
— Avenatti’s first wife, Christine Avenatti Carlin, said on Twitter that Avenatti was always a kind and loving father and husband. “He has NEVER been abusive to me or anyone else,” she said. “He is a good man.”
— And his second wife, Lisa Storie-Avenatti, said she’d never been abused by Avenatti and never knew him to be violent.


West Coast crabbers sue Big Oil over water pollution
Courthouse News Service

QAnon nuts figure out cause of Calif. wildfires.
Raw Story
It’s ah, Jerry Brown, laser beams, UFOS, and high speed rail. Or something like that.


Federal judge: Election fumbling makes Florida “laughing stock of the world”
AP


The young Texans helping turn refugees into Americans
Politico

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It’s a tough time to be a new arrival in the U.S. But a program run by millennial women is accelerating the assimilation process for high school girls.

Startup CLAIMS they’d sequence your entire genome for free…
Yeah. Uh. Facebook is “free” too. And remember “don’t be evil?”
NPR
— Dude claims he’ll to give people complete control over who gets access to their data, and let individuals decide whether or not to sell the information, and to whom.


Bullshitting politicians may be real winners in “giveaways” to corporations
The Converstion
— … study demonstrates the electoral value to politicians of making a splashy bid for an investment, particularly when they have good reason to believe their locality has little chance of actually winning it. We suspect that this allows a politician to avoid the potential blame of losing a bid as well.


Google Daily News (Analyzed)

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This is what happens when you let an algorithm pick your stories.

Of their top ten stories, exactly one is genuine news. Five are Trump spew. That gives Google News a 90% bullshit rating.

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi murder
— A whole nation putting on a dog and pony show. Wow. The Crown Prince had the dude squashed. All the rest is desperate PR. But an algorithm can’t know that. The latest news has the US issuing sanctions, which is just more misdirection.

Theresa May says she’s got Brexit deal, even as ministers flee
For some reason Google sends you to the WaPost (paywall). Our link goes to The Sun, which is local and free.

Camp fire toll
Google points readers to absurd sources like the St. Paul Pioneer Press, which is only 1800 miles from N. Calif.

Struggle for Dem House leadership
Oh please. It’s a non-story until something actually happens.

Southwest adds 10 new routes
Let them buy an ad, then.

No additional troops sent to border.
This was never much of a news story, more of a paranoid fantasy blown up by you know who. And, Google, it’s even less of a news story if NOTHING HAPPENS.

Trump says Mueller investigators “nuts”
POTUS saying weird shit is not news.

Trump pushes back on reports of WH chaos
PR vs. PR

Trump accuses voters of wearing disguises
POTUS saying weird shit is not news.

Trump’s Middle East plan dealt another blow with Israel turmoil
Trump? And plan? In the same sentence? Really?

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