Monday

Disneyland raises cheapest ticket price >$100
LAist
— The galactic entertainment empire has struck again, raising ticket prices at its Disneyland resort (and other parks) yet again. It will now cost more than $100 for an adult ticket on the least busy days at the park. And the deals get worse from there.


Uber driver admits to murdering six people between fares
NY Post
— After Jason Dalton’s arrest, police quoted him as saying a “devil figure” on Uber’s app was controlling him on the day of the shootings. He was found competent to stand trial and last week dropped an insanity defense.
— Defense attorney Eusebio Solis said he advised Dalton not to plead guilty. But he said his client wanted to spare families more grief during a trial.
>>>> The details on Wikipedia


Appeals court: Politicians cannot block foes from their social media pages
Reuters
— A federal appeals court said on Monday a Virginia politician violated the Constitution by temporarily blocking a critic from her Facebook page.
— In a 3-0 decision, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Phyllis Randall, chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, violated the First Amendment free speech rights of Brian Davison by banning him for 12 hours from her “Chair Phyllis J. Randall” page.


Brits modeling post-Brexit chaos
AP
— It is widely expected that an abrupt departure would lead to the introduction of tariff and customs barriers that would slow fast-moving ferry and rail traffic that links Britain to continental Europe. There are concerns that major traffic jams leading in and out of ferry ports like Dover would greatly hamper trade and leave Britain without adequate food and medicine.


3D-printed guns may be more dangerous to their users than targets
The Conversation


The West has long militarized space. China plans to weaponize it. Not good.
McClatchy

— The Chang’e-3 bears an incredible resemblance to NASA’s Lunar Landing Module, complete with gold foil wrapping and a hopped-up surface four-wheeler Rover. Unlike the American version of Apollo 11, the Chang’e 3 softly touched down on the moon’s surface without a human or a round-trip return capsule. The People’s Republic of China showed that it has the payload, targeting and finesse to fly a lander to the moon.
— It is no small feat, but, by itself, also no big deal — except that the Communist-Party-led PRC has also been actively weaponizing what has otherwise evolved in both the United States and Russia as a globally collaborative civilian scientific program of space exploration and discovery.


California moves into the post-lawn future
City Lab
… But to see the Californian suburb of the future, you only have to travel a few miles north or southeast, where new developments are shooting up out of the farmland. These have closely-packed homes in coordinating sienna tones, each with only a little xeriscaped space out front and, often, pavement in the back.


Just so you know that the US isn’t the only religious-wing-nut nation…
BBC
— The head of a southern Indian university cited an old Hindu text as proof that stem cell research was discovered in India thousands of years ago.
— G Nageshwar Rao, vice chancellor of Andhra University, also said a demon king from the Hindu religious epic, Ramayana, had 24 types of aircraft and a network of landing strips in modern day Sri Lanka.
— Another scientist from a university in the southern state of Tamil Nadu told conference attendees that Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein were both wrong and that gravitational waves should be renamed “Narendra Modi Waves”.
— Dr KJ Krishnan reportedly said Newton failed to “understand gravitational repulsive forces” and Einstein’s theories were “misleading”


Hard as it may be to believe…
Zuckerberg hospital’s ER: a nasty surprise for many
Vox

dang-bike
Zuckerberg San Francisco General is the largest public hospital in San Francisco and the city’s only top-tier trauma center. But it doesn’t participate in the networks of any private health insurers — a surprise patients like Nina Dang learn after assuming their coverage includes a trip to a large public ER.

Massive lines at New York City airport
amid government shutdown, TSA callouts

ABC News
— “Please, everyone, have patience with the officers who came to work,” a Delta Airlines employee pleaded with travelers surrounding her. “Please.”

LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT
I am writing to urge you to take the necessary steps to immediately end the shutdown of government agencies that is adversely affecting the safety, security and efficiency of our national airspace system.
— Captain Joe DePete, Airline Pilots Association

Spacey to be arraigned in Mass. on sex charge
Wall Street Journal
— Actor Kevin Spacey is due in court in Nantucket, Mass., Monday for an arraignment on allegations he sexually assaulted a young man.
— The felony charge stems from an incident in 2016, when the “House of Cards” actor allegedly stuck his hands down an 18-year-old’s pants, grabbing his genitals, after buying him drinks at a Nantucket restaurant. The young man’s mother, former Boston television news anchor Heather Unruh, levied the allegations against Mr. Spacey at a news conference in late 2017.
>>>> Special treatment by Massachusetts courts?
Boston Globe


Lawsuit against Grindr seeks to make media companies
responsible for what happens on their sites
NBC News
pursuing an unusual legal theory as he continues to push back against Grindr, arguing that tech companies should face greater accountability for what happens on their platforms. His lawsuit alleges that the software developers who write code for Grindr have been negligent, producing an app that’s defective in its design and that is “fundamentally unsafe” and “unreasonably dangerous” — echoing language that’s more typically used in lawsuits about, say, a faulty kitchen appliance or a defective car part.
— If successful, the lawsuit could bring about a significant legal change to the risks tech companies face for what happens on their platforms, adding to growing public and political pressure for change.

US Withdrawing from Syria? Just another Trump con job
Wall Street Journal
— The Trump administration won’t withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria unless Turkey offers a firm commitment not to target America’s Kurdish allies, White House national-security adviser John Bolton said, underscoring the challenges in executing the president’s wishes to put an end to the military campaign.
— Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem on Sunday, Mr. Bolton said President Trump’s order to withdraw U.S. troops is a “cause and effect mission” that requires certain assurances from various players in the region before it can be executed.
— Mr. Bolton’s comments marked the first public acknowledgment from the White House that the safety of Kurdish allies is being considered as part of its pending withdrawal plan, but it also indicates that a quick withdrawal was unlikely given challenging regional dynamics.


China’s population to peak in 10 years, followed by “unstoppable decline”
BBC


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