Luxembourg is set to become the first country in the world to make all its public transport free.
— Fares on trains, trams and buses will be lifted next summer under the plans of the re-elected coalition government led by Xavier Bettel, who was sworn in for a second term as prime minister on Wednesday.
— Bettel, whose Democratic party will form a government with the leftwing Socialist Workers’ party and the Greens, had vowed to prioritise the environment during the recent election campaign.
— On top of the transport pledge, the new government is also considering legalising cannabis, and introducing two new public holidays.
— Luxembourg City, the capital of the small Grand Duchy, suffers from some of the worst traffic congestion in the world.
— It is home to about 110,000 people, but a further 400,000 commute into the city to work. A study suggested that drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic jams in 2016.

GOP senators who love Yemen war took $$$$ from Saudis
But certainly that blood money political donation did not influence the decision of these upstanding men of the Senate. 

— On Wednesday, senators delivered a historic blow to the country’s relationship with ally Saudi Arabia, a country whose leadership has committed notable human rights violations, by voting to move forward a resolution that would end all U.S. military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
— But at least five of the Republican Senators who voted against the bill have received funding from lobbyists working for Saudi Arabia, a fact that illustrates how the kingdom uses its vast wealth to influence U.S. foreign policy.
— Republican Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri, John Boozman of Arkansas, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Mike Crapo of Idaho, and Tim Scott of South Carolina received financial contributions from lobbying firms that worked for Saudi Arabia, according to a report by the Center for International Policy.
>>> In Yemen, the choice is simple: stop the war and rebuild the country or leave millions to starve
The Independent

A Picture and its Story: Girl survives air strike that killed her family
America’s tax dollars at work.

Boeing has sent 737-MAX operators new instructions on how to control the plane in the event that random nosedives should occur.


Who writes this PR crap anyway?
“We take the safety and well-being of our guests incredibly seriously…”
So says hotel chain after woman sues for $100 million in case of nude shower blackmail
NY Daily News

NYT “Vows” writer, struck by tour bus, awarded $85M by jury
NY Post

Bizarre case of pill-pushing doc, who hired a thug to kill his radio host wife, ends in 30-year term for Pagans motorcycle gang member.

“I am no John Gotti.”


WaPost fact-checker blasts Ocasio-Cortez’s Pentagon budget claim
The Hill
Can’t we just wait until we’re seated in Congress before adding to Washington’s air pollution?

Wisconsin’s GOP burglars make off with the goods
— Wisconsin Republicans worked through the night to vote early Wednesday morning on a lame-duck bill that would diminish the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.
— Lawmakers in the state Senate voted 17-16 to approve a sweeping set of measures that would curb the authorities of the incoming Democratic administration and narrow the state’s window for early voting. Sen. Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay, joined Democrats in opposing the wide-reaching bill, which cleared the chamber around 6 a.m. The Assembly passed the bill on a 56-27 vote just before 8:30 a.m.
— The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has signaled that he is likely to sign it. Once signed, the measures are “virtually certain to end up in litigation,” Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul told reporters.
>>> One part of the package would prohibit municipalities from allowing more than two weeks of early voting. That would cut voter turnout, which generally helps Republicans.
>>> Other provisions would give the Legislature full control of a state economic development agency, block the governor’s ability to write regulations and allow the Legislature to hire its own lawyers to file lawsuits on behalf of the state.

Facebook’s face is red in Bikini Photo-Finder Fallout
— Zuckerberg’s lies coming back to haunt him as documents leak from court case.
— Documents show that anyone willing to spend $250K could grab Facebook’s user data.

So, Larry Nassar has brought USA gymnastics down with him.

Only a matter of time now….
Study: $$$$ from legal pot could fix screwed-up NY subway
NY Post
——> New Jersey can dig itself out of its pension hole with pot revenue, so that won’t be long coming … and no way is N.Y. going to let N.J. profit by selling dope to its millions….

Blood test to quickly detect cancer?
Telegraph (UK)
— A blood test can detect cancer within just 10 minutes, scientists have found, raising hopes that hard-to-spot diseases could be picked up early when treatment is most effective.
— Currently doctors use symptoms and a raft of tests and biopsies to determine if cancer is present which can sometimes take months.
— The new method from the University of Queensland looks for differences in the genetic code of cancerous and healthy cells.
— The team found that the DNA of cancer cells sticks strongly to nanoparticles of gold giving a quick indication whether disease is present or not to the naked eye.

Wisconsin is about to make a huge mistake
Opinion in the NY Times
— After eight years of relentless attacks on Wisconsin’s progressive political traditions, its state government has been transformed into something that is hard to recognize as a democracy. If these new bills pass, it will become harder still.

‘Retreat’ Is Not An Option As A California Beach Town Plans For Rising Seas
— “The feel-good here is gone. I thought they were going to bury me here, but if someone offered [to buy my house], I’d take it. I’d walk away.”
“What we learned from our community is that even the mere discussion of managed retreat, in the minds of some, completely devalues their property.”
“In Del Mar, market value of all the properties in the managed retreat zone is estimated at $1.5 billion. Who’s going to pay for that? Certainly not the city of Del Mar.”
“At some point you’re left with two options. You either organize a retreat, or you do what’s called evacuation and you call FEMA because you’re flooded out.”

John Dingell’s modest proposal: Abolish the U.S. Senate
— John Dingell was, before his 2015 retirement, a sitting congressman for nearly 60 years. He has a few ideas on how to repair our government and rebuild trust, like: automatic voter registration at age 18; the “elimination” of money in campaigns; an end to the Electoral College; and abolish the United States Senate.
— Today, in a nation of more than 325 million, not only is that structure antiquated, it’s downright dangerous. California has almost 40 million people, while the 20 smallest states have a combined population totaling less than that. Yet because of an 18th-century political deal, those 20 states have 40 senators, while California has just two. These sparsely populated, usually conservative states can block legislation supported by a majority of the American people. That’s just plain crazy.

Citing ‘substantial assistance’ to probe, Mueller recommends no prison time for Trump gofer Michael Flynn
ABC News

Pervert billionaire Epstein settles lawsuit, but troubles not over
CBS News
— A last-minute settlement was reached Tuesday in a long-running Florida lawsuit involving a politically connected financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls, clearing the way for the victims’ lawyers to try to unravel a once-secret agreement that prevented federal criminal prosecution of the financier.
— The non-prosecution agreement protecting Jeffrey Epstein was negotiated a decade ago by prosecutors in the South Florida U.S. attorney’s office, which was then run by current Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. It is the subject of a separate federal lawsuit in Florida filed by victims who say the deal trampled their rights to be heard.

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

ABC News

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