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Pennsylvania school bus driver tells students to “go fuck yourselves”
and then abandons them and her vehicle
The Independent

A school bus driver who told students to “go f*** yourselves” before abandoning them along with her vehicle has been charged with 26 counts of endangering children and one of drink driving.

Lori Ann Mankos was driving so erratically before she pulled over into a service station that many youngsters were screaming to be let off.

Footage filmed by the teenage pupils, in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, suggests at least one student was close to tears. “Call the school, this is not even funny, pull over” she can be heard shouting.

“There was a right-hand turn and when she took it, she was going far too fast – she ended up being halfway into the opposing lane of traffic,” youngster Mason Persiani told local news channel WFMZ News. “That was probably the scariest point of the ride, and at the point my heart was racing.”

The teenager added: “She told us ‘Go f*** yourselves’. And then flipped us off, you know, stuck her hand in the air and flipped us off.”

A Florida “Massage Parlor” Owner Has Been Selling Chinese Execs Access to Trump at Mar-a-Lago
Mother Jones

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On a page displaying a photo of Mar-a-Lago, Cindy “Happy Ending” Yang’s company says its “activities for clients” have included providing them “the opportunity to interact with the president, the [American] Minister of Commerce and other political figures.”

The company boasts it has “arranged taking photos with the President” and suggests it can set up a “White House and Capitol Hill Dinner.The overall message conveyed by the GY US Investments website seems clear: hire Cindy Yang’s company and she can get you close to Trump and his government—at Mar-a-Lago and in Washington. If the posted photos are authentic, she has been able to get Chinese clients at least into the Trump circle for a quick pic. They are a sign that this Chinese immigrant and Trump donor has used her contacts to go from massaging clients to massaging influence.

The Mar-a-Lago and Chinese “business executives” story isn’t simply about crony capitalism or foreign businesses buying access. Given that there’s zero chance these Chinese businesses aren’t enmeshed with China’s intelligence services, it’s a national security problem.
— William Kristol

US says OK to Franken-Salmon 
AP

U.S. regulators on Friday gave the green light to salmon genetically modified to grow about twice as fast as normal, but the company behind it may face legal challenges before the fish can be sold domestically.

The Food and Drug Administration said it lifted an alert that had prevented AquaBounty from importing its salmon eggs to its Indiana facility, where they would be grown before being sold as food. The agency noted the salmon has already undergone safety reviews, and that it lifted its alert because the fish would be subject to a new regulation that will require companies to disclose when a food is bioengineered.

Judge Says Government May Have To Reunite More Migrant Families Separated At Border
NPR

Jussie Smollett Indicted on 16 Counts in Attack Hoax Case
Variety

“I would still expect a period of probation, a psychological evaluation and restitution to cover costs of the investigation, I would still be surprised if he goes to prison.”

Americans will soon need “permit” for Europe travel
Politico

‘I can’t believe I did this’
Jayme Closs kidnapper writes letter from jail
NBC News

Jake Patterson is jailed while awaiting trial in Barron County on charges of kidnapping Jayme Closs and murdering her parents. In the letter, he says he plans to plead guilty and says he doesn’t want her family to worry about a trial.

He writes that he never returned to Barron after the kidnapping, and that he only followed the news of Jayme’s disappearance through news updates on his phone. When asked when he realized he was capable of doing something like this, he replied, “This was mostly on impulse. I don’t think like a serial killer.”

City raters revise list for housing affordability
— Here are their top places to live
Livability

We asked 1,000 millennials across the country in an exclusive survey.

Their #1 answer, by a landslide? Affordability.

So, for the first time ever, we instituted a cap on median home value. This year, no city on the Top 100 Best Places to Live list has a median home value above $250,000.

——-> Top of the list? Boise, Raleigh, Madison, Iowa City, Rochester MN … biggest city in the top 10 is Pittsburgh… But really, it’s pretty arbitrary to exclude cities soley on the basis of median housing price.

 

Trump Just Gave US More Power to Kill in Secret
The Atlantic

He reversed an Obama-era order requiring the annual publication of drone strikes undertaken by the United States.

The legislative branch has all but abdicated its war powers, and lawmakers on both sides have let successive presidents preside over secret kill lists. Without the reporting order in place, there is no way for the public to know what the Trump administration is up to, theoretically in its name.

Trump inauguration underwritten by sneaky foreigners
The Guardian

Creators of firms that donated revealed by Guardian as Indian financier, lobbyist with links to Taiwan and Israeli real estate developer

Mark Zuckerberg’s Plans to Capitalize on Facebook’s Failures
The New Yorker

“I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won’t stick around forever,” Zuckerberg tells us. “This is the future I hope we will help bring about.”

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“Facebook is changing. From now on, sharing is private. War is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength.”

Elizabeth Warren pushes to break up big tech companies like Amazon and Facebook
CNBC

—–> Generally, we’re not paying attention to the mud slinging that’s already started in anticipation of the 2020 madness. However, sometimes a candidate actually proposes policy … 

In a blog post, the Democratic candidate from Massachusetts wrote that she wants to make “big, structural changes to the tech sector to promote more competition.” Those overhauls would include “breaking up” Amazon, Facebook and Google — companies that have come under scrutiny for both their protection of user data and consolidation of services such as e-commerce and digital advertising.

“Today’s big tech companies have too much power — too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy,” Warren wrote. “They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else. And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.”

States with stricter gun control have fewer mass shootings
The Hill

—–> Guns don’t kill … oh wait. Wrong slogan.

Costco is raising its minimum wage to $15 as the war for talent rages on
Insider
<BUT> Job creation takes big fall  (CNBC)

Unvaccinated Oregon Boy Diagnosed with Tetanus, State’s 1st Child Case in 30 Years
Live Science
<Gizmodo> It took 6 months and nearly $1 million to save his life 

Trust Fund Squirrels That Inherit Food Hoards Succeed at Life, Study Finds
Motherboard

squirrel.jpegSquirrels, like humans, can be trust fund kids, benefitting from caches of spruce cones left behind by older generations, according to new research.

These privileged individuals are more successful in life, having the “time and energy” to bear more offspring—roughly 50 percent more than squirrels who didn’t receive a nutty inheritance.

Another for-profit college closes, as money disappears
Atlanta Journal Constitution

Federal officials say the situation has become so severe that some faculty members at one Argosy school in Phoenix were called out of their classrooms while teaching and told they were fired, documents show.

Trump cheered Kraft’s team to Super Bowl victory with founder of spa where he was busted
Miami Herald

—–> Will there be a happy ending?

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Philadelphia Is First U.S. City to Ban Cashless Stores
Wall Street Journal
Lawmakers move to maintain access to marketplace for lower-income consumers; Amazon and other businesses express concern about limits on innovation

Venezuela blackout: Government accuses opposition of ‘sabotage’ as country plunged into darkness by major electricity outage
The Independent

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