### Doctors and scientists say that microwave weapons are the main suspect behind the mysterious ailments of dozens of American diplomats and family members in Cuba and China.

El Salvador said 3 separated kids were sexually abused at US “shelter”

How to blow $700 billion:
A tale of exploding US defense budgets and military failure

(A long read from Raw Story/Salon)
— Fifteen years in Iraq. Seventeen years in Afghanistan. There is no end in sight…
>>> US military to cancel $300,000,000 in aid to Pakistan
Why? Not enough done to fight terrorism

Who used N.C.’s secret drivers license office? Nobody’s talking

The Village Voice shuts up
Columbia Journalism Review

Canada considers “right to disconnect” from work
The National Post

Man-free music fest begins in Sweden
The Local

Canada talks shaky after Toronto Star prints Trump’s arrogant remarks
The Star
— He said, “off the record,” that he is not making any compromises at all with Canada — and that he could not say this publicly because “it’s going to be so insulting they’re not going to be able to make a deal.”
— In another remark he did not want published, Trump said that any deal with Canada would be “totally on our terms.” He suggested he was scaring the Canadians into submission by repeatedly threatening to impose tariffs on imports of Canadian-made cars.

NJ police chiefs admit “blue rats” face harsh reprisals
Asbury Park Press

Florida couple accused of selling drugs at “drive-thru” window
Fox News
Ocala Police said the couple had turned a kitchen window into a drive-thru so customers would not have to constantly enter and exit their home, potentially drawing unwanted attention, WFTV reported. The house had signs directing people where to drive and indicated whether it was open or closed, police said.
drive thru.jpg

Disneyland to serve alcohol to general public for first time
CNN Travel

### A Republican political consultant linked to Paul Manafort and Cambridge Analytica has admitted to funneling $50,000 from a Ukrainian oligarch to Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration committee.
Sam Patten used the money to buy tickets for the oligarch and a Russian associate to Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, according to a plea agreement made public on Friday. The inauguration fund was not allowed to accept money from foreigners.

Russia has Trump “over a barrel” ???
— A senior Justice Department lawyer says a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump “over a barrel,” according to multiple people familiar with the encounter.
— The lawyer, Bruce Ohr, also says he learned that a Trump campaign aide had met with higher-level Russian officials than the aide had acknowledged, the people said.

### An arbitrator advanced claims Thursday that all 32 NFL team owners colluded against quarterback Colin Kaepernick because he takes a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustice.

China, oh clever China, using Linked-In to recruit people to spy on US
… the Chinese campaign includes contacting thousands of LinkedIn members at a time …  declined to say how many fake accounts U.S. intelligence had discovered, how many Americans may have been contacted and how much success China has had in the recruitment drive.

Former Producer Accuses NBC of Trying to Stop Weinstein Reporting
### But … NBC News said Friday that claims it tried to stop journalist Ronan Farrow from investigating allegations of sexual abuse by Harvey Weinstein were“an outright lie.”

Judge blocks trophy hunts for grizzly
Yahoo News

Pay raises canceled for almost 2 million federal workers

### The Trump administration is cracking down on applications for passports by lifelong US residents whom they suspect of being born outside the country, according to attorneys working near the US-Mexico border. >>>The Independent

Neo-Con rally on UNC campus ends in pepper spray, arrests
Vice News
— Protesters carrying Confederate battle flags rallied around the site of the toppled “Silent Sam” statue Thursday night — until they were escorted to their cars by police who used pepper spray to keep counter-protesters at bay.

Coming soon to Facebook: Flood of extreme political ads
Wall Street Journal

With many candidates vulnerable, GOP thinking triage

Nation’s worst drivers? Baltimore, Boston, says Allstate
CBS Local

He’s been studying in the U.S. legally for 7 years. Bank of America froze his account anyway
Miami Herald

Thursday Aug. 30

Who cares about college football? Lots fewer people
> Wall Street Journal
— College football has an attendance problem. Average announced attendance in football’s top division dropped for the fourth consecutive year last year, declining 7.6% in four years. But schools’ internal records show that the sport’s attendance woes go far beyond that.
— The average count of tickets scanned at home games—the number of fans who actually show up—is about 71% of the attendance you see in a box score, according to data from the 2017 season collected by The Wall Street Journal. In the Mid-American Conference, with less-prominent programs like Central Michigan and Toledo, teams’ scanned attendance numbers were 45% of announced attendance.football-stands.jpg

PETA wanted memorial to lobsters killed in crash
> Portland Press Herald
— PETA argues that lobsters have feelings and “sophisticated” nervous systems – a belief that is at odds with scientists who say lobsters do not have well-developed nervous systems.
√ Editor’s note: This reads like a spoof, but here’s the actual PETA press release

### The Department of Justice is throwing its support behind a group of Asian-American students who are suing Harvard University for allegedly discriminating against them in the school’s admissions process. >The Hill

Amazon hits $2000 per share

### A man has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill employees of the Boston Globe newspaper, in messages repeating Donald Trump’s claims that journalists are the “enemy of the people” and “fake news.” >The Guardian

“… the last acceptable prejudice in America…”
> USA Today
— “Even when companies get rid of their formal retirement age, you are informed with relentless repetition, starting at age 62, that you have reached your sell-by date and it’s time for you to look elsewhere.”

In Washington state, thousands of teachers strike
> Reuters

Bugged At Work: How Secret Recordings Are Changing The Workplace

What is Trump getting from all this Saudi ass-kissing?
> Politico
— Since Trump became president, the U.S. has enabled and supported a disastrous Saudi war in Yemen; watched as Riyadh launched a political and economic war against Qatar that’s split the Gulf Cooperation Council and enhanced Iran’s influence; stood by as the Saudis virtually kidnapped the pro-American Lebanese Prime Minister in a bungled attempt to weaken Hezbollah; remained silent while the Saudis under the guise of reform cracked down on journalists, bloggers, businessmen and anyone else who dared criticize the 30-something crown prince; and said nothing as Riyadh battered Canada—a close U.S. ally that dared challenge Saudi human rights abuses.

Trump personally lobbying Senators to fire Sessions
> Politico
— The willingness of Republican senators to turn on Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the result of a furious lobbying campaign from President Donald Trump, who for the past 10 days has been venting his anger at Sessions to “any senator who will listen,” as one GOP Senate aide put it.
— The president, who has spent a year and a half fulminating against his attorney general in public, finally got traction on Capitol Hill thanks to the growing frustration of a handful of GOP senators with their former colleague – most importantly, Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, who have been irritated by Sessions’ opposition to a criminal justice reform bill they support.

National Enquirer had decades of Trump dirt
… and he wanted to buy it all
> NY Times

Texas Congressman demands answers from ICE in toddler’s death
“I want to know what our government knew about this child”
> Vice News

### Detroit school officials shut off drinking water at all of the district’s schools after testing revealed some had elevated levels of lead and copper in their water, the superintendent announced Wednesday. >UPI



gillumGillum shocks Dems, chance to be first black gov. in Fla.
> Miami Herald

— Running to the left of his rivals and despite being vastly outspent, the charismatic and proudly liberal Gillum built a devoted statewide following of progressives. He had a well-received message of social justice and lifting up the downtrodden and an appeal to Florida’s growing diversity.

#~ Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) won a nasty Republican Senate primary in Arizona on Tuesday, setting up a marquee fight against fellow Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D) that could help decide which party controls the Senate.

#~ White House Counsel Don McGahn is poised to leave his position …. had cooperated extensively with special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the election, including on the line of inquiry as to whether Trump obstructed justice.

#~ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reportedly detained over 100 undocumented immigrants on Tuesday as part of a raid at a manufacturing company in Texas.

#~ As cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have surged, the CDC also warns one of the diseases is getting closer to becoming drug-resistant.

#~ California will become the first state in the nation to abolish bail for suspects awaiting trial under a sweeping reform bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday.

W. Virginia cop takes $10K from couple who were charged with no crime
Charleston Gazette-Mailmoney seized

#~ A Utah man is facing criminal charges after police say he threatened to carry out a mass school shooting using a 3D-printed gun.

Allegation: Vatican covered up for Pennsylvania pervert priests
The Vatican knew about a cover-up involving sex abuse allegations against priests, Pennsylvania’s attorney general said Tuesday. But he did not specify what evidence he had.
“I can’t specifically speak to Pope Francis,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro told NBC’s “Today Show.” But “we have evidence that the Vatican had knowledge of the cover-up.”
>>> Momentum builds for states probe of Catholic abuse
> The Hill

Why synthetic marijuana is so risky
The Conversation
— Natural marijuana does not comprise only THC. The other constituents in natural marijuana such as cannabidiol actually help to temper the negative impact of THC but are absent in synthetic cannabinoids. In addition to these myriad risks, there is also a risk that synthetic cannabinoids can be adulterated with other chemicals, ranging from opioids to rat poison.

Elon Musk seems on the verge of psychosis
The Independent
muskElon Musk has revived his strange claim that one of the heroes of the Thai cave rescue is a “pedo.” Musk made the unfounded accusation after Vern Unsworth, one of the divers involved in the rescue, mocked the Tesla founder’s attempt to help out with the recovery effort. But Musk apologised soon after, in a public comment posted to his Twitter account.
Now he has re-stated that accusation, saying that Mr Unsworth would have sued him if it were not true. While he did not state the wording explicitly, he refused to deny that he still believed the accusations about the diver.



How many every year in US?
Dopey Education Dep’t says 240
NPR finds that number way, way too high.

Toddler dead after ICE jail, lawyer charges
> The Hill

Courts again deflate N.C. gerrymandering
> Slate 

Agriculture Dep’t US Taxpayers to shovel $4.7 Billion at farmers hurt by trade war

Scientists: Climate change will cause failure of capitalism
> Motherboard
… “capitalism and mainstream economics simply cannot deal with these problems,” namely, the systematic depletion of planetary ecosystems and environmental resources.
… “The replacement cost of the copper, phosphate, oil, and soil—and so on—that we use is not even considered. If it were, it’s likely that the last 10 or 20 years (for the developed world, anyway) has seen no true profit at all, no increase in income, but the reverse.”

North America’s first sex doll brothel to open in Toronto
> The Inquisitor
]]]]]]“We operate similar to a brothel where guests come in, they have their own room. We have a TV monitor that plays adult entertainment and a doll … will be ready and waiting for you in your room.”]]]]]]

Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, study says
> The Guardian
Impact of high levels of toxic air ‘is equivalent to having lost a year of education’

Czech PM calls for no illegals in Europe
> The Local

Drugs, booze, suicide now cause more deaths than diabetes
> ABC News

Study: Almost half of Americans can’t pay for their basic needs
> CBS News

China Won’t Share Its Samples of a Deadly Flu Virus.
Here’s Why That’s a Problem
> Live Science
“Jeopardizing U.S. access to foreign pathogens and therapies to counter them undermines our nation’s ability to protect against infections which can spread globally within days.”
— Dr. Michael Callahan, infectious-disease specialist, Harvard Medical School

Judge to decide whether to allow 22 grizzlies to be hunted
> USA Today

Wall Street Journal horrified by Trump’s dopey half-NAFTA
> Raw Story

Moron googles self, hates results
Vice News
> Neuroscientist Bobby Azarian in Raw Story:
“As Donald Trump begins to feel more and more like his downfall is imminent, we should expect his behavior to become progressively chaotic, and a total meltdown is likely. When this happens, in a desperate attempt to regain control, he will likely call on his remaining loyal supporters to wreak havoc on the nation in his name.”


Aug. 27

A Buzz Feed Report
The orphanage where nuns tortured and even killed children
— Barquin in the early 1950s, when he was a young boy, spent a few years in an orphanage called St. Joseph’s in Burlington, Vermont. It had been a dark and terrifying place run by an order of nuns called the Sisters of Providence. Barquin recalled a girl who was thrown down stairs, and he remembered the thin lines of blood that trickled out of her nose and ear afterward. He saw a little boy shaken into uncomprehending shock. He saw other children beaten over and over.
— A nun at St. Joseph’s had dragged Barquin into an anteroom under the stairs and forcefully fondled him, and then she cut him with something very sharp. He didn’t know what it was; he just remembered that there was blood everywhere

noads-lineA  note on the Jacksonville shooting: There really is no point to reporting on the “gun debate” in a nation that refuses to implement reasonable, sane gun laws.

Top student loan official quits, citing White House hostility to borrowers

McCain, from the grave, raises middle finger at Trump

China thinking: Let babies happen
… get rid of a one-child policy enforced through fines but also notorious for forced abortions and sterilization.

US, Mexico reach preliminary deal on NAFTA, Canada awaits
> The Hill

Bloggers claim 400% jump in black business ownership

> Politifact
” … everything that I have seen from Census and BLS data does not show that kind of growth.”
— Robert Fairlie, economics professor, UC Santa Cruz
>>> Facebook’s war on bullshit is kinda … bullshit

Roger Stone begs suckers for cash, says Bogey Man Mueller’s after him
” … the ‘deep state’ liberals want to silence me and pressure me to testify against my good friend, President Donald J. Trump.”

Survey confirms that Americans are nuts
> Pew Research
The idiot 30% of America believes that Trump has:
— Improved the way government works
— Set a high moral standard for the presidency
— Improved US standing around the world.

~ What’s the Matter With Kansas? Maybe its the dry-cleaning chemicals in the drinking water. 

Adaptation to rising seas is thwarted by the constant replenishing of eroded beaches

 Nourishing beaches and building seawalls signal to individuals and businesses that their risks are lower. This makes them more likely to build long-lasting structures in risky areas and renovate and maintain existing structures. As a result, their property values increase, which reinforces economic and political arguments for more risk-reduction engineering.

Pittsburgh becomes largest city without daily print newspaper…

Lane’s Rains Topple Records, Inundate Big Island…

More floods…

ANOTHER hurricane?

Weekend …


Vatican insider: Pope Francis covered up abuse
> National Catholic Register
… former Vatican ambassador to U.S. … told Pope Francis in 2013 about sexual abuse against a prominent priest …  Francis took no action … calling for Francis to step down.
>> CBS News version

Judge slaps down White House union busters

What happens to McCain’s Senate seat?
> Politico

Vietnam: Monsanto must pay for Agent Orange damage
> The Independent via Yahoo

Surprise! China’s first “homegrown” web browser a fake
> Shanghaist
Software startup a laughing stock on social media … claiming to develop China’s first  homegrown browser … exposed for copying Google.

In French city, it’s bloody war of butchers vs. vegans
> The Telegraph via Yahoo

Red Tide Update
> Anna Maria Island Sun
“The water is still reddish, brown and ugly looking. We’re still getting about the same level of (dead) fish each day as well. The occasional tarpon keeps coming up each day also.”
red tide.jpg
Pharmacist traded Oxy for blow jobs
> Tech Times
…. 64-year-old Richard Hiller … a licensed pharmacist in Towson, Maryland, admitted to filling out fraudulent opioid prescriptions … would direct women to back area of the pharmacy …. intercourse or other sexual acts in exchange …



[Weisselberg] knew where every nickel went to, he knew where every nickel came from,” said Travis Snell, a former assistant attorney general for New York state who worked on the Trump University case.
“And anybody who would want to know more about any of Trump’s finances, Weisselberg is going to have knowledge about all of that.”

Martin London, a lawyer who represented former Vice President Spiro Agnew, said that President Trump should resign from office to keep federal prosecutors from prosecuting his family.  “It’s only going to get worse.”

Pence shuts his yap (CNN)

Airport thugs sued … seized cell phone (The Register)

POLL: 70% support Medicare for all
The Hill
… also showed majority of Americans supports free college tuition … Forty-one percent of Republican … 79 percent of Democrats.
>>> ObamaCare more popular than GOP tax law…

STUDY: No amount of alcohol safe…
Even an occasional glass of wine or beer increases the risk of health problems and dying… major study on drinking in 195 nations … 2.8 million premature deaths worldwide each year.
“There is no safe level of alcohol,” says … lead author for a consortium of more than 500 experts. … Presumably THIS study wasn’t funded by brewers, vintners and distillers. (Actually, the cash came from Gates Foundation.)

Uh-oh. Trump Org’s finance guy flips
Raw Story
— Weisselberg has detailed information about all of  business and finance operations. … Trump granted Weisselberg and the two eldest Trump sons financial control over the organization after he was elected president.
>>>Trump Sought Advice on Pardoning Manafort…
“I am not aware of any conversations regarding that at all,” says press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. 
>>>Nat’l Enquirer boss granted immunity…
 >>> Trump’s dirty secrets in a safe

Those anti-vaxxers on Twitter were Russian trolls
Vice News

My wife did it, says indicted Congress dude

Georgia racists lose bid to close polling places

John Lennon’s killer denied parole 10th time

Scientists puzzled by weird algae bloom in Lake Superior
Minnesota Public Radio

What is this weird Twitter army of Amazon drones cheerfully defending warehouse work?
Tech Crunch

San Francisco “robo-burger” wows the crowds
— Creator is not the only restaurant to feature a food-making robot while also making an effort to retain its humanity. Cafe X has three San Francisco locations. Each features a robotic coffee-making arm that can produce drinks in 30 to 40 seconds. Customers retrieve their beverages by punching in a texted code sent to their phone.

mcsaladMcSalad McParasites make hundreds Mcsick
McNBC New York
 CDC reporting 507 people in 16 states … diagnosed with  intestinal illness after consuming salads at McDonald’s … a 16 percent increase in cases in two weeks … 731 percent increase since the first announcement mid-July … raw food from McD? I think not.

Election handicapper Sabato moves 10 races toward Dems…
The Hill

Magic mushrooms to treat depression gets FDA okay…

NASA Chief Wants to Send Humans to Moon — ‘To Stay’…
“If you go back to 2009 … NASA made a critical discovery… moon has hundreds of billions of tons of water ice.  … that should have changed our direction immediately.”

The Athletic:  Sports Site Hiring Spree Becomes Story in Itself…
NY Times

8-year-old walks dog, mom gets visit from cops, social workers

Thurs. Aug 23

Poll: 70% of Americans support “Medicare for all”
The Hill
— The Reuters–Ipsos survey found 85 percent of Democrats said they support the policy along with 52 percent of Republicans.
— The poll also showed that a majority of Americans supports free college tuition. Forty-one percent of Republicans said they supported the policy, pollsters found, compared with 79 percent of Democrats.

Leaker gets 5 years in federal pen
Atlanta Journal Constitution
— Reality Winner on Thursday received a record-setting prison sentence —five years and three months behind bars — for leaking a top-secret government report about Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
— Winner, 26, harmed national security last year when she mailed a copy of a NSA document to The Intercept, an online publication, prosecutors said. The Intercept published an article based on the report, saying Russian military intelligence sent spear-phishing emails to more than 100 local election officials and launched a cyberattack against a Florida-based voting software supplier that contracts in eight states.
>>> Reality Winner, the 26 year old who exposed the truth that officials lied about not being warned about Russia, has been sentenced to 5 years in prison. Meanwhile, the man who conspired with Russia to rig the election is still sitting in the Oval Office. >>>
— Amee Vanderpool on Twitter.

Let’s just gun down reporters, shall we?

World’s Largest Shipping Company to Send First Ship Through Melting Arctic

Enquirer’s Chief Dirt Bag cooperating with probe of Trump
Raw Story
[Turns out, Trump only thought he had friends.]

American Media Chairman and CEO David Pecker is cooperating with federal prosecutors investigating Michael Cohen’s payments to women alleging affairs with President Donald Trump.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Pecker has knowledge of what Trump knew and when he knew it and he’s giving that information to the prosecutors.

1 juror kept Manafort from being convicted on all 18 counts

Verizon Incompetence, Greed Leaves Firefighters Throttled During Wildfire
…  throttled the “unlimited” data connection of the Santa Clara County Fire Department as it struggled to battle the Mendocino Complex Fire, one of the largest in California’s history. 

Tired of dirty dishes and “hacker houses,” millennials rewrite rules for living 
Co-living’ offers more affordable rent, a cleaning service and even the occasional happy hour. And no more psycho roommates.

Would you eat “meat” from a lab?
Lotsa people aren’t sold yet
The Conversation
culturedmeatOpinion polls seem to indicate that public attitudes about cultured meat are currently all over the place, depending on who’s asking and who’s being asked. Overlooking the details may spell trouble for its acceptance in the U.S. and internationally.

“We then have very direct evidence – almost caught in the act, so to say – of mixing with each other,” says Svante Pääbo, a geneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, who led the research.

Hawaii’s Big Island locks down as hurricane hits
Big Island Now



Leaving out his ridiculous stories about Hollywood PR events (aka “scandals”), sharks, earthquakes, extraterrestrials, we find the following.
A √ means it’s a fairly reported story.


√ (CNBC)  SEARS closing 46 more stores…

 √ (AP) STUDY: Many feel tethered to phones…

Our link redirected from Fox News to BBC

√  Sex robot maker ‘staggered’ by demand across globe…

√ Chicago predatory funeral homes cashing in on relentless crime wave…
 They zero in on people receiving money from the Illinois Crime Victim’s Compensation fund.
The state – along with the federal government – provides eligible victims of violent crime with up to $27,000 in financial assistance for out-of-pocket expenses. The families of murder victims get $7,500 for funeral costs.

√  (Yahoo News/AP) Cancun Travel Warning Issued After Bodies Found in Taxi, Hammock and Bags…

√  (NBC) Trans gubernatorial nominee says she’s getting death threats…


The Welfare Generation? 52.1% of Kids Live in Households Getting Gov’t Assistance…
(Actually this counts households where at least 1 person gets gov’t assistance. Does not mean 52% of American kids get gov’t assistance … by which they include even the school lunch program, so. … way, way overstated by the untrustworthy Conservative News Service)

Pressure mounts on pope for tougher action on abuse scandals…
(No evidence that the pressure is mounting.)

Life expectancy declines in USA…
(Implies only in America, but it’s happening in other wealthy nations)

San Fran ‘Poop Patrollers’ Make $185,000…
(Misleading. They might cost the city that much, but their pay is $71,760 a year, which supposedly swells to $184,678 with mandated benefits. And folks, $36 an hour is not a great wage in San Francisco.) (Source, San Francisco Chronicle)

Major prison strike spreads across USA, Canada as inmates refuse food…
(It’s not major, only 3 locations confirmed.)