Wednesday

‘Sustained and ongoing’ disinformation assault targets Dem presidential candidates
Politico
— A POLITICO review of recent data extracted from Twitter and from other platforms, as well as interviews with data scientists and digital campaign strategists, suggests that the goal of the coordinated barrage appears to be undermining the nascent candidacies through the dissemination of memes, hashtags, misinformation and distortions of their positions. But the divisive nature of many of the posts also hints at a broader effort to sow discord and chaos within the Democratic presidential primary.
>>>> Meanwhile, as the Russkies are focused on hacking America, in their own nation…
Toxic black snow blankets huge region of Siberia
The Guardian

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Taiwan president: China’s getting more aggressive every day
CNN

More walking, more biking, and more danger on US streets
The Conversation
— Across the nation, cyclist fatalities have increased by 25 percent since 2010 and pedestrian deaths have risen by a staggering 45 percent. More people are being killed because cities are encouraging residents to walk and bike, but their roads are still dominated by fast-moving vehicular traffic. As my research has shown, this shifting mix can be deadly.

——–> Why has Trump declared the NYT the “enemy of the people?”
Because they’ve finally nailed him. Here are:
7 main points of the NYT bombshell
Raw Story

Socialism a dirty word in America? Not anymore
Voice of America
— “There’s a nagging sense that we are being screwed here, that there are things that are not available to Americans that could be in a rich country like this,” Dr. Richard D. Wolff, an economics professor and author of “Understanding Marxism,” told VOA. “So that there are some people like (billionaire Amazon owner) Jeff Bezos … and the rest of us can’t figure out how to get our kids through their last semester of college.”

Fed asset seizure vs. 1st Amendment in Backpages case
Reason
— Since the defendants’ arrests in April 2018, prosecutors “have created constant interference with the Defendants’ ability to defend this case,” states a January 2019 status report filed by their lawyers. “Virtually all of the Defendants’ assets have been seized, virtually all of the money in their attorneys’ trust accounts designated to fund the defense has been been seized or is effectively frozen,” and defense lawyers “may expose themselves to criminal liability if they use those funds to pay fees” from the case.

Nurses accused of releasing cockroaches to discredit Italian hospital
The Independent
First clue something was amiss? They were Madagascar roaches.

Lunatic gets 45-year sentence, sucker punches his own lawyer
Cleveland.com
— A Warrensville Heights man shocked a courtroom full of spectators Tuesday when he sucker-punched his own defense attorney after a judge sentenced him to 45 years in prison, witnesses told cleveland.com.
— Cuyahoga County sheriff’s deputies took down David Chislton after the 42-year-old struck lawyer Aaron Brockler in the face with both of his handcuffed fists, the witnesses said. Chislton spurred an hours-long police standoff in 2017 when he pistol-whipped his girlfriend and set his apartment complex on fire.
— Brockler was visibly shaken up but seemed to be in good spirits as deputies and Cleveland EMTs wheeled him out of Common Pleas Court Judge Nancy Margaret Russo’s courtroom on a stretcher.

Thousands agree: Let’s sell Montana to the Canadians
Newsweek
— The United States passed the $22 trillion mark in national debt last week, and one person thinks they have a clever idea to shave a sliver of that debt. The concept is simple — sell the state of Montana to the nation of Canada for a cool trillion dollars. Sales from snow in the Rocky Mountains is not included.
— The petition on change.org says the U.S. debt is too exorbitant and that the great state of Montana is, well, useless. Many of the people from Montana who signed the petition and wrote comments agree with moving to Canada.
[-] Maybe a good idea because…
Huge torrents of bad water flowing from mines
RIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found.
— That torrent is poisoning aquatic life and tainting drinking water sources in Montana, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and at least five other states.

Oregon lawmakers: Lower voting age to 16
The Hill

FROM SCIENCE DAILY:
New therapeutic molecules developed at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health  show promise in reversing the memory loss linked to depression and aging.

ISIS wife dilemma: US-born citizens, even terrorists, can’t be barred from re-entry, experts say
Fox News
— She married into one of the most brutal terrorist outfits in history, but now Alabama native Hoda Muthana, 24, wants to come home along with the 18-month-son she had with an ISIS husband.
— The question is weighing heavily among American legislators, law enforcement and intelligence analysts. What to do with the wives of the ISIS fighters and what threat do they pose to the homeland?

Orlando to put self-driving buses on its streets
Orlando Sentinel
— Officials Tuesday revealed a glimpse of what could one day be the future of transit in Orlando by unveiling a small driverless bus that soon will maneuver around Lake Nona.
— The battery-powered vehicle, run by Beep software, is one of two that are expected to begin operating in southeast Orlando this spring. The shuttles are said to be quiet and smooth riding and can carry a maximum of 15 passengers, reaching speeds of 16 mph.

Clarence Thomas: Make it easier for politicians to sue for libel
Reuters
— Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its landmark 1964 ruling that made it harder for public figures to sue for defamation, a precedent that has served as powerful protection for the news media.
— Thomas took aim at the unanimous ruling in the libel case known as New York Times Co. v. Sullivan in an opinion he wrote concurring with the court’s decision to end a defamation suit against Bill Cosby filed by a woman who said the comedian raped her in 1974.
— Thomas, one of the high court’s most conservative justices, said the 55-year-old decision was not rooted in the U.S. Constitution. That ruling and subsequent ones extending it “were policy-driven decisions masquerading as constitutional law,” Thomas wrote, expressing views in harmony with President Donald Trump, who often attacks the media and has advocated making it easier to sue news organizations and publishers for defamation.
<> Supreme Court puts limits on states’ fines and seizures
WaPost
— The court ruled in favor of Tyson Timbs of Marion, Ind., who had his $42,000 Land Rover seized after he was arrested for selling a couple hundred dollars’ worth of heroin.

Philadelphia detective committed sex assaults
during interrogations, grand jury says

Philadelphia Inquirer

Arizona to begin demanding DNA from citizens
Arizona Republic

— No other state has anything this expansive in place, according to David Kaye, an associate dean for research at Penn State University who studies genetics and its application in law.
— Kaye said the proposed bill is one step away from requiring DNA from anyone who wants a driver’s license.
— Currently in Arizona, DNA is collected from anyone convicted of a felony or of a misdemeanor sex crime. If passed, the bill would expand the current database exponentially.

Cuba says US preparing to invade Venezuela
Reuters
— Cuba denied on Tuesday it has security forces in Venezuela and charged the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign of lies paving the way for military intervention in the South American country.
— U.S. President Donald Trump and members of the administration have charged that Cuba’s security forces and military control Venezuela’s and that troops are also on the ground there.

 

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