Tuesday

Even the GOP’s most accomplished liars admit
Saudi prince ordered journalist’s murder

ABC News
— Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, said “I have zero question in my mind that the Crown Prince MBS ordered the killing, monitored the killing, knew exactly what was happening. Planned it in advanced. If he was in front of a jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes. Guilty,” Corker said.
— South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said, “It’s not a smoking gun, it’s a smoking saw.”

 

 


— Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, said “I have zero question in my mind that the Crown Prince MBS ordered the killing, monitored the killing, knew exactly what was happening. Planned it in advanced. If he was in front of a jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes. Guilty,” Corker said.
— South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said, “It’s not a smoking gun, it’s a smoking saw.”


CONTINUING ITS TRADITION as America’s finest and most honorable banking institution, Wells Fargo’s computer system caused 545 people to lose their homes.
CBS News
—–> What’s in your wallet?
…. “my son and I had to move to the basement of a friend’s house and we stayed there for three months, and we had nothing. We had a couch and my son had a bed. I felt worthless. I felt like I had let my family down.”


Clean coal. Yeah. Uh-huh. Sure.
Little lab on the prairie is a gold mine for U.S. ‘clean coal’ investors

Reuters
— “Clean” coal is a rich vein for American investors to mine, thanks to a lucrative subsidy offered by the U.S. government. For many producers of the fuel, the path to profit leads through a laboratory at the University of North Dakota.


Names of 11 accused priests will be kept secret,
Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules

Vice News
— The 11 priests were kept anonymous because they contested the allegations against them as false. The Supreme Court decision said identifying these priests would raise due-process issues.


Gee, ya think?
Sec. Def. Mattis says maybe 40 years of killing people in Afghanistan is enough
The Hill
CNN revelation!
Trump has surrounded himself with liars. Huh!


Student threatens to kill professor for scheduling 7 a.m exam, police say
Local 10 News
— According to an Florida Atlantic University police report, a Twitter post published about 1 a.m. Tuesday read, “Bey I gern fucking kill dis professor bey this is my confession to a premeditated murder.”
——> Safe to assume, he’s not an English major?

Another advance in Artificial Intelligence means more “deep fake” videos
Motherboard
— Deepfakes raises a troubling question about how we will be able to trust video evidence when it’s relatively easy for anyone to create realistic fake video. Nvidia’s new research raises these stakes even higher since its AI can generate fake video based on simple sketches, and deepfakes require large libraries of images of the same person.
— Fortunately, there’s not much reason to worry about Nvidia’s new AI being used for nefarious purposes just yet. This mainly has to do with the limitations on consumer hardware. Nvidia’s new neural network requires a lot of computing power to generate these videos, and most people don’t have access to that many GPUs.

Florida deputy demoted after QAnon photo with Pence
Miami New Times

What is QAnon? (The Guardian)

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Insurance company, facing Paradise fire claims, goes broke
CNN

Parents are using GPS ankle monitors to track their teenagers
Quartz
— Frank Kopczynski, the owner of Tampa Bay Monitoring (in fact located in Clearwater, Florida), also runs Action Plus Bail Bonds. He said the biggest challenge in strapping an ankle monitor to teenage non-offenders is whether they can remove it themselves.
— “We provide a bracelet that is near-impossible to cut off,” Kopczynski told Quartz. “It also allows us to have two-way communication and gives us the option of sounding a piercing alarm.”
— Along with the 95-decibel siren, if a teen is out past curfew, their parents can call Tampa Bay Monitoring’s office, and Kopczynski or one of his employees will activate the ankle monitor’s speaker and tell the child it’s time to get home or the police will be called. Hearing “this god-like voice out of nowhere” is generally effective, said Kopczynski; since the system is two-way, staff can also monitor the teen covertly.

Tesla drove 7 miles using Autopilot as driver allegedly slept drunk behind the wheel
Tech Spot

Tumblr, long reliant on sex content, now bans porn
Tech Crunch
porn stars, “cam girls,” and others in the sex trade have long used the platform for publicity, and now they’re worried. “It was pretty much panic from all of us,” a 28-year-old sex worker tells the website. “[We’re] talking about if we’re going to be able to keep our blogs or if we’re going to have to just abandon Tumblr and work on different platforms.”

Bush 41’s sordid Saudi ties set template for Trump – he was just more subtle
The Guardian
… A key factor in Bush’s Middle East policies was his friendship with Prince Bandar, the Saudi ambassador to the US. The two men were so close that Bandar was known to pop in unexpectedly at Bush’s summer retreat in Kennebunkport, Maine. They went on hunting trips together. Later, when Bush was out of the White House, he even tasked Bandar with teaching his eldest son – George W, then a presidential aspirant with no experience in international affairs – all about foreign policy.

Oregon takes step toward legal magic mushorooms
The Sun

From $100 million valuation, another digital news outfit collapses
MySa
“the numbers were never really there. Eventually they were always going to disappear as fraudulent traffic and metrics fell apart.”
>>>Weekly Standard, too, is sinking
CNN
>>> Vice, Vox, and BuzzFeed, among other companies that once heralded the dawn of a new media age, are now grappling with decidedly old-media problems.
Vanity Fair
>>> Thomson Reuters to cut 3,200 jobs

Sconnies screwed again by beloved Republicans
ABC News
— Wisconsin Gerrymandered Republicans, just weeks away from losing control of both the governor and attorney general’s offices, planned dramatic lame-duck votes Tuesday on a sweeping attempt to limit the powers of incoming Democrats, a move that opponents decried as a last-gasp power grab and attempt to invalidate the election.

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Opponents of an extraordinary session bill submitted by the state’s Republicans chant outside the session at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. ………………….JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL………………..

France backs down in face of street anger
Reuters
“The French who have donned yellow vests want taxes to drop, and work to pay. That’s also what we want. If I didn’t manage to explain it, if the ruling majority didn’t manage to convince the French, then something must change

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