dog-pony-juggleIs it okay if we don’t get real, real excited over the prospect of federal workers being forced to take time off? It has happened before and the Republic has survived. The “news” about this has the stench of a Dog & Pony Show.

Trump Moves to Deport Vietnam War Refugees

(The Atlantic) The White House again wants to expel certain groups of protected immigrants, a reversal after backing away from the policy months ago.
— In essence, the administration has now decided that Vietnamese immigrants who arrived in the country before the establishment of diplomatic ties between the United States and Vietnam are subject to standard immigration law—meaning they are all eligible for deportation.
— The new stance mirrors White House efforts to clamp down on immigration writ large, a frequent complaint of the president’s on the campaign trail and one he links to a litany of ills in the United States.

15,000 Migrant Children Now Held At Nearly Full Shelters Prisons
———-> Dear NPR: If you can’t leave, it’s a prison.
… “Detention is never in the best interest of a child, especially when it’s extended,” said Jennifer Podkul, senior director for policy and advocacy at Kids In Need of Defense. “It’s bad for the child’s mental and physical health.”

Teen suspect shot dead at Indiana school
— A teenage suspect is dead after a shooting outside an Indiana middle school Thursday morning, police said. The single shooter exchanged gunfire with police before killing himself, according to Indiana State Police Sgt. John Bowling. No other students were injured in the incident at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond, police said.

Parents wait to pick up their children after students were bused from Dennis Intermediate School in Indiana.

Russkie spy suspected in NRA, election intrigue pleads guilty
butina-booking— A woman accused of acting as a Russian agent to infiltrate a powerful gun lobby group and influence U.S. policy toward Moscow pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy in federal court on Thursday in a deal with prosecutors that could give them insight into Russian meddling in American politics.
— Maria Butina, a Russian former graduate student at American University in Washington who publicly advocated for gun rights, entered the plea at a court hearing in Washington before U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan. She also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Oklahoma Senator pumped Pentagon spending, then bought defense stock
— Republican Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, purchased thousands of dollars in defense stock after successfully pushing the Trump administration for more Defense Department spending.
— According to his Senate financial disclosure report, Inhofe listed a purchase of $50,000-$100,000 in stock in US defense contractor Raytheon. Inhofe’s communications director said he canceled the transaction when he became aware of it.
— The purchase will raise conflict of interest questions because Inhofe is now the leader of the Senate committee that approves the Pentagon’s budget.

They broke into a coal mine to steal copper —
— it took four days to rescue their sorry asses
NY Post

Thousands of Asian girls vanishing into sex slavery
Many leave their villages only to return in coffins
— In deeply Christian East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, the church has become one of the few advocates for the dead and disappeared. With the impoverished province home to the highest number of trafficking cases in the country, nuns and priests have transformed themselves into counter-trafficking crusaders.

Employees at Amazon’s New NYC Warehouse Launch Union Push
— A committee of employees at Amazon’s recently opened Staten Island fulfillment center is going public with a unionization campaign, a fresh challenge to the e-commerce giant in a city where it plans to build a major new campus.

The Guardian: FBI spies on peaceful climate change protesters

1,000 groups have yanked cash from fossil fuels
A coalition of environmental groups who monitor divestment released a report at the Poland climate talks showing that the number of groups pulling their money out of fossil fuels had reached 1,000. Together, these groups manage nearly $8 trillion worth of funds.

PRI: Judge halts Keystone XL pipeline,
citing ‘complete disregard’ for climate

Cash-grab frenzy on NJ highway as armored car spills its load
Fox News

‘They don’t care’: Facebook fact-checking sucks, journalists flee
The Guardian
> Journalists paid to help fix Facebook’s fake news problem say they have lost trust in the platform
— “They’ve essentially used us for crisis PR,” said Brooke Binkowski, former managing editor of Snopes, a fact-checking site that has partnered with Facebook for two years. “They’re not taking anything seriously. They are more interested in making themselves look good and passing the buck … They clearly don’t care.”

Hmmm. Turns out, it’s in the interest of dating apps not to find you a mate, but to keep you single and searching. Whoda thought?
LMT Online hop over WaPost paywall

‘Lesbian’ most searched term on big porn sites
NBC News
— Women were 151 percent more likely than men to watch “lesbian” videos, according to Pornhub, which boasts 92 million daily visitors.

Apple announces new $1 billion Austin campus ….
…. Without resorting to a theatrical, year-long city auditioning process
The Verge

‘Idiot’ trends on Google after CEO explains why Trump’s photo appears in searches
NY Daily News

Taylor Swift used facial recognition software to detect stalkers at LA concert
Rolling Stone
— Taylor Swift fans mesmerized by rehearsal clips on a kiosk at her May 18th Rose Bowl show were unaware of one crucial detail: A facial-recognition camera inside the display was taking their photos. The images were being transferred to a Nashville “command post,” where they were cross-referenced with a database of hundreds of the pop star’s known stalkers, according to Mike Downing, chief security officer of Oak View Group, an advisory board for concert venues including Madison Square Garden and the Forum in L.A.

Environmental changes wrecking the livelihoods of Great Lakes fishers
… By this summer, Akiwenzie had had enough. Fishing was becoming difficult, unprofitable and unsafe. There was little reason to go out anymore. When his boat’s motor broke, it was going to cost him at least $12,000 to replace it. Instead, he packed up his nets.
… “For the past two months, I’ve spent a lot of time grieving,” said Akiwenzie. “For 15 years, I’ve fed 150 families, and I got to know people and faces. All of a sudden, to not do that anymore is like losing 150 people in your family all at once.”

Tax cuts putting US in a hole
Yahoo/Moody’s Investors Service
— The deficit rose from $666 billion in 2017, before the tax cuts, to $779 billion in 2018, when the tax cuts had been in effect for eight months. The deficit is likely to approach $1 trillion this year, an unprecedented gap for an economy that’s supposedly booming. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, unemployment was roughly as low as it is now, but the government ran a budget surplus for four years in a row.

Mutiny fails … Captain May steers SS Brittania toward the rocks of Brexit
The Guardian

US says China behind Marriott mega-hack

US keeps drifting toward a cashless society
Pew Research

National Enquirer takes federal immunity deal
— More trouble for Trumpty Dumpty

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