Thursday

Lunatic shoots school bus driver on Minneapolis freeway
WCCO (with video)
… Police say the bus driver was hit in the head but will survive. Dude has not yet been charged. Police said a minor crash may have led up to the shooting.
>>>> UPDATE: Details from the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Delta, Coke trying to spin flirty napkins
Newser
“This should not be on the list of things to be concerned about in America right now.”
— Anitra Johnson on Twitter

Screw the desperate worker, and hooray for payday loan sharks
NPR
— Critics say the consumer protection bureau is siding with the very industry it is supposed to regulate and is scrapping a rule that would have protected borrowers from skyrocketing interest rates.

Russian-style keptocracy spreads to the US
The Atlantic

— Eighteen years before Special Counsel Robert Mueller began his investigation into foreign interference in a U.S. election, Palmer warned Congress about Russian “political donations to U.S. politicians and political parties to obtain influence.” What was at stake could well be systemic contagion: Russian values might infect and then weaken the moral defense systems of American politics and business.

Green New Deal: The bold plan to fight climate change
The Guardian
… aims to develop a carbon-neutral economy in 10 years, which would require huge strides in reducing the US’s reliance on oil, gas and coal. It does not set a date for ending the use of fossil fuels.
— Specifically, the resolution says it is the duty of the federal government to craft a Green New Deal “to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions”. That includes getting all power from “clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources”
— The document also endorses universal healthcare, a jobs guarantee and free higher education – a huge shift in messaging from nearly a decade ago, when Democrats were advocating for a cap-and-trade system to limit greenhouse gases by allotting industry permits for pollution.
— Sixty members of the House and nine senators are co-sponsoring the resolution, including several presidential candidates, according to a fact sheet from congressional aides that did not include a list of supporters. However, any legislation would be dead-on-arrival with Republicans in control of the Senate and the White House, and would be difficult for Democrats to implement even if they controlled government.

Supposedly, Trump has “fixed” the VA;
meanwhile vets are committing suicide in VA parking lots

Raw Story

Amazon HQ2: Texas experience shows why New Yorkers should be skeptical
The Conversation

— But how often do companies that agree to build factories and create jobs in exchange for economic incentives back away from their promises? And when they do, do taxpayers ever learn about it?
— To shine light on these questions, we conducted a study of a Texas economic development program. Taxpayers in any American city considering luring a company with cash should take heed.

Google, Waze Must Stop Sharing DWI Checkpoints, NY Police Demand
NY Times
 “The posting of such information for public consumption is irresponsible since it only serves to aid impaired and intoxicated drivers to evade checkpoints and encourage reckless driving.”

Houston’s pretty much figured out how to house homeless vets
City Lab

Houston Homeless
Houston, which is held up as a model of success in finding permanent housing for homeless veterans, has in many ways an ideal team of people working to find solutions for the chronically homeless: an engaged police unit, a seasoned group of social and policy workers, and a city looking to innovate.

Pope acknowledges sex abuse of nuns is ongoing —
Here are the stories of two women
BBC
… the descriptions of their experiences will only serve to exacerbate a scandal that continues to rock the Catholic Church.

simpleline

—–> Just what America needs, bigger corporations. Meanwhile, Big Media thinks what’s really important is Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry claims … 
The biggest bank merger in a decade
CNBC

Walgreen’s “on notice” for selling cigarettes to kids
CNBC
Mighty US gov’t prepares slap on the wrist for its law-breaking corporate buddies…

iPhone apps secretly recording what’s on your screen
Tech Crunch
These session replays let app developers record the screen and play them back to see how its users interacted with the app to figure out if something didn’t work or if there was an error. Every tap, button push and keyboard entry is recorded — effectively screenshotted — and sent back to the app developers.

Millennials prefer music from earlier era, or so Brit study claims
Metro
— Scientists tested a group of millennials on their ability to recognise hit records from different decades. The 643 participants, typically aged 18 to 25, maintained a steady memory of top tunes that came out between 1960 and 1999. In contrast, their memory of 21st-century songs from 2000 to 2015 – while higher overall – diminished rapidly over time.

 

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