Wednesday

As US sucks up to the Saudis, Argentina prepares murder case against Crown Prince
The Guardian
^ So much for the uh City on a Hill

Google employees: Bring back don’t be evil
CNBC

— Google employees rip company over China search engine  43 Mins Ago | 02:06
Google employees are calling on the company to cancel Project Dragonfly, an effort to create a censored search engine in China.
— “Many of us accepted employment at Google with the company’s values in mind, including its previous position on Chinese censorship and surveillance, and an understanding that Google was a company willing to place its values above its profits,” an open letter signed by Google employees published Tuesday on Medium says. “After a year of disappointments including Project Maven, Dragonfly, and Google’s support for abusers, we no longer believe this is the case.”
— Eleven Google employees had signed the letter as of its posting, and the number of signatures quickly grew, amounting to more than 100 several hours after it published. By 5 p.m. West Coast time, the letter had 300 signatures.

Mexico resort served tainted alcohol, says lawsuit in student’s ‘tragic, senseless’ death
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
abbey connor— Calling her death “tragic, senseless and entirely avoidable,” the family of Abbey Conner filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday in Florida against the Mexico resort where Conner drowned last year and the U.S.-based website company that manages the resort’s bookings.
— The 24-page wrongful death complaint outlines the events that unfolded the afternoon Conner and her family arrived in Playa del Carmen at the upscale, all-inclusive resort for a vacation.
— It asserts that Iberostar and its website operator, Visit Us, “knew that alcoholic beverages being served at the Hotel Iberostar Paraiso del Mar were tainted, substandard, poisonous, unfit for human consumption and/or otherwise failed to meet bare minimum standards for food and beverage safety” and failed in their “duty to protect Abbey against risks of physical harm.”
……….. tried to warn future travelers by posting their stories to TripAdvisor, but the website had repeatedly deleted their posts.

L.A. home flippers’ average profit: $100,000
L.A. Times

Brit economists: Brexit will cause devastating economic slump
The Independent
— Every region of the country will be worse off in 15 years’ time, with London suffering the greatest damage, the analysis finds. But the analysis admits there are many unknowns.
“There will be a cost to leaving the European Union, because there will be impediments to our trade.”

Trumpets use California wildfires as an excuse to boost logging
The Guardian
–“Donald Trump and Ryan Zinke are being dangerously dishonest,” said Chad Hanson, a forest ecologist who was involved in a major 2016 study that found that logged areas with lower environmental protections have the most intense, fast-moving fires.
>>> Even Wing-Nut Rancher Bundy thinks Trump’s being too hard on immigrants
The Hill
bundyammon

Speaker Pelosi, yeah, that’s more and more likely
Politico
203 yea, 32 nay

Figures
Gun nut lobby slashes budget, but boosts exec pay
Mother Jones

Strange earthquake ripples around the world, yet, only one person knew it
National Geographic

How a future Trump Cabinet member
gave a serial sex abuser the deal of a lifetime 
Miami Herald
Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein, 54, was accused of assembling a large, cult-like network of underage girls — with the help of young female recruiters — to coerce into having sex acts behind the walls of his opulent waterfront mansion as often as three times a day, the Town of Palm Beach police found.
>>> Cops worked to put pervert in prison. Prosecutors worked to cut him a break
Any crime’s OK as long as you’re a rich white Republican. ANY CRIME.

Finally!
Network refuses to air Lying Sarah’s presser
Politicus USA
sarah sanders frown— MSNBC expanded their policy of not giving the White House a platform to lie by opting not to air the White House press briefing by Sarah Sanders.
— While other networks are still falling for the chasing of the shiny object that is the White House press briefing, MSNBC has decided to place facts first. They are simply not going to give this administration an unchecked platform to use to lie and deceive their viewers. The Trump administration has used journalism and journalistic principles as a weapon to spread false information.

Musk drops L.A. plan in mid-tunnel
Gizmodo
— No amount of flamethrower sales could save Elon Musk’s dream of building a tunnel beneath the 405 freeway in Los Angeles. On Thursday, Musk’s Boring Company announced that it had settled a lawsuit opposing the project and it will not move forward.
— The Boring Company has been a fly-by-the-seat-of-Musk’s-pants operation from the moment he was stuck in L.A. traffic and tweeted his epiphany that the solution is underground tunnels. Since then, it’s been hard to keep track of what’s real, what’s a pipe dream, and what’s a joke. Not only is the company working on tunnels in LA but it has deals for projects to whisk pedestrians and cars underground in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. But the cancellation of the Westside tunnel project is a major blow to Musk’s grand plan in the City of Angels.

Meth makes a gruesome comeback
NBC News
— The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug has largely been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids.
— Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped by about 245 percent from 2008 to 2015, according to a study published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Google’s new venture: Death to mosquitoes
Bloomberg
^ But birds and bats … oh, never mind.

Don’t touch that McDonald’s touchscreen
Metro (UK)
“We were all surprised how much gut and fecal bacteria there was on the touchscreen machines. These cause the kind of infections that people pick up in hospitals.”

And now … fake readers of real ads
The Hill
— The Department of Justice  on Tuesday unsealed charges against eight individuals in an alleged widespread digital advertising fraud that reportedly used botnets to give the appearance of billions of humans looking at online ads.

Judge Judy’s payday rises to $147 million
Forbes

Baseball rolls the dice on its future
ESPN
— NEW YORK — Major League Baseball became the latest U.S. sports league to partner with a gaming operator, with commissioner Rob Manfred announcing a multiyear deal Tuesday with MGM Resorts International.
— The partnership designates MGM as the first official gaming and entertainment partner of MLB. MGM sportsbooks will begin to utilize baseball’s official statistics feed and have access to enhanced stats on an exclusive basis.

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