huffTrump Says He Will Sign Short-Term Deal

To Reopen Government After 35-Day Shutdown
But he’s lied before, hasn’t he?

Conservatives rip the Wimp-in-Chief
— “Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States,” tweeted conservative commentator Ann Coulter.
— “Nancy Pelosi is alpha,” tweeted conservative film maker Mike Cernovich.
— And right wing commentator Michael Malice opined: “Apparently a wall isn’t as good as a cave.”
— Conservative outlets, from the Drudge Report to Breitbart News, also blasted headlines in dramatic font declaring Trump caved with “NO WALL.”

Trump’s diseased brain keeps conjuring up images of taped-up women
The Hill
— “They can’t come through the port because if they come through a port people will see four women sitting in a van with tape around face and around their mouth.”

If this study is right, global warming’s a lot worse than we thought
Science Daily
— If the aerosols indeed cause a greater cooling effect than previously estimated, then the warming effect of the greenhouse gases has also been larger than we thought, enabling greenhouse gas emissions to overcome the cooling effect of aerosols and points to a greater amount of global warming than we previously thought,” he shared.
— The fact that our planet is getting warmer even though aerosols are cooling it down at higher rates than previously thought brings us to a Catch-22 situation: Global efforts to improve air quality by developing cleaner fuels and burning less coal could end up harming our planet by reducing the number of aerosols in the atmosphere, and by doing so, diminishing aerosols’ cooling ability to offset global warming.

US unions gotta quit wasting money on politics
Opinion … The Guardian
The AFL-CIO has long operated on the theory that pouring money into national electoral politics will result in power. The past 40 years of history show that’s not the case. During that time, union membership has fallen by more than half, economic inequality has exploded, and Republicans hostile to the working class have steadily accrued more political and legal influence. All of these things are related. A strong labor movement should not have allowed any of them to happen.

Link discovered: Alzheimer’s and chronic gum disease
Fox News
— This same bacteria were also found in 51 out of 53 brain autopsies of Alzheimer’s disease patients, according to new research by Dr. Stephen Dominy and Casey Lynch, founders of the pharmaceutical firm Cortexyme. The pharmaceutical company, which is focused on developing therapeutics to alter the course of Alzheimer’s disease, funded the research.

A quick look at JUST A FEW of today’s American Shootings:
2 dead, 2 hurt near Penn State
Police: 2 men killed while in car with shooter in Philly
Flagstaff man killed in officer-involved shooting
2 killed in shooting at Birmingham lounge
18-Year-Old Dies in Dallas Shooting
Ohio: One killed in Circle K shooting

Could High-Speed Rail Ease California’s Housing Crisis? See Japan.
City Lab
… Japan’s rail network allowed lower-wage workers to access exurban areas where housing development is less expensive. While areas close to stations experienced price increases, in general prefectures linked by rail were more affordable than they would have been without rail. “What happens is you have effectively increased the size of the city,” Nickelsburg said. “The size of the city expands, and you get urbanization moving out.”

Japan India

E-scooters = head injuries = trips to emergency room
Who says so? The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Youth on green march as Germany decides on coal

Flights delayed at major US airports because of staffing, FAA says

“I know banks are working along if you have mortgages, the mortgagees, the mortgage, the folks collecting the interest and all of those things they work along and that’s what happens in times like this.”
— So-called Trump commenting on unpaid federal workers

Trump trickster Roger Stone arrested following Mueller indictment
roger-stone-defamation-lawsuit— Roger Stone, a longtime aide and confidant of so-called President Trump, was arrested Friday by the FBI after being indicted for allegations he lied to and obstructed the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
— The seven-count indictment suggests Stone misled lawmakers on the committee about his efforts to communicate with Wikileaks and his contacts with the Trump campaign. It also alleges he attempted to intimidate another witness: radio host Randy Credico, who was in contact with Wikileaks head Julian Assange in 2016.
… Stone, who is based in South Florida, has long been known for his work in the political “dark arts.” He was one of the youngest members of Richard Nixon’s infamous 1972 reelection bid, which launched the Watergate scandal. Stone has also been one of the most outspoken advocates to have urged Trump to make the jump from business into presidential politics.
>>> FORMER CIA DIRECTOR: Mueller will soon indict ‘a significant number of names quite familiar to the average American’
>>> (THE ATLANTIC) … The public and the press, conditioned by the Nixon tapes, have searched for a “smoking gun” that would prove that Trump’s behavior was either illegal or worthy of impeachment. Yet because so much of the most shocking behavior happened in public years ago, it can seem like old news. It’s unclear what else Mueller might reveal before his probe concludes, but in the meantime, the smoking guns are sitting out in the open—right where they’ve been since the summer of 2016.

Half of Facebook’s 2 billion accounts are fake?
— Its customers purchase advertising on Facebook based on the fact that it can supposedly target advertisements at more than 2 billion real human beings. To the extent that users aren’t real, companies are throwing their money down the drain.
— Fake accounts click on advertising at random, or “like” pages, to throw off anti-fraud algorithms. Fake accounts look real if they do not follow a clear pattern.
— This kind of activity defrauds advertisers, but rewards Facebook with revenue.
— Fake accounts often defraud other users on Facebook, through scams, fake news, extortion, and other forms of deception. Often, they can involve governments.

Senate GOPpers tell Pence: Get a shutdown deal done, damn it
The Hill
— “McConnell talked about how we need to bring this process to a close; we should never have had a shutdown; they don’t work; I’ve said this numerous times; I don’t know how many times I’ve told you there’s no education in the second kick of a mule.”
(GIZMODO)  Union leaders representing the workers warned in a joint statement late Wednesday that the extraordinary circumstance bears incalculable risks for aviation professionals, who are “being asked to work without pay and in an air safety environment that is deteriorating by the day.”

Texas Border Sheriffs: There is No Crisis and We Don’t Want Trump’s Wall
Texas Observer
— Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra, who is in charge of policing the largest and most populous county in the Rio Grande Valley, said that crime rates in his county are at record lows, and that illegal immigration has very little effect on the safety of residents. Meanwhile, Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson, who is responsible for policing the largest county in Texas, said he doesn’t support the construction of a wall along any part of the 192-mile stretchof border in Brewster County, which includes Big Bend National Park.
— “Because we’re on the border, the perception is that there’s murders every day and there’s shootings every day. Yet here in our county, we don’t have that going on. It’s very, very safe,” Guerra told the Observer.

PG&E says fire prevention plan would boost
Californians’ monthly bill to $835
Mercury News

Google’s plan to quash ad blocking pisses off developers
— Top developers behind ad-blocking and anti-tracking browser extensions say they’re alarmed by potential changes coming to Chrome recently disclosed in a public Google document. As a result, at least one company is now threatening possible legal action.
— The proposed design changes would replace the API relied upon by privacy extensions like uBlock and Ghostery with another designed to “diminish the effectiveness of content blocking and ad blocking extensions,” the Register reported on Tuesday. The proposal would leave functional basic filters employed by Adblock Plus, which, the site noted, Google has reportedly paid to whitelist its own ads.

Little kid accidentally blasts mom with shotgun
KABC-Los Angeles
NORWALK, Calif.  — A mother in Norwalk was hospitalized after her child accidentally shot her while he was in the backseat of their car Wednesday.
— Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and crime scene tape surrounded Ramona Preschool in the afternoon hours following the shooting in the parking lot.
— “We received a call of an assault with a deadly weapon gunshot victim. When deputies got there, they found an adult female Hispanic with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to her upper torso,” Deputy Marvin Crowder said.
— The woman was shot while sitting in the driver’s seat of a black Honda outside the school. Her children were in the backseat when her son, who is under the age of 5, somehow got hold of a shotgun.

Big Headline: Walmart needs truckers, paying 90K a year
USA Today/Yahoo
— The reality:
“What they don’t tell you is that $90K salary is for drivers who own their own truck. A $100K truck at that. And you’re pulling Walmart trailers. And that you have to drive 200 miles without a trailer, without pay, on your own time and gas, to pick up the next trailer to go somewhere else. Sounds great on paper but when your expenses equate to $40K of that $90K, it ain’t so great.”
— “Andrew” commenting on Yahoo

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