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    • Vecino says:

      The decade-long drug war in Mexico pushed its murder rate to a record high of more than 31,000 in 2017, according to the Mexican National Institute of Statistics and Geography. (Newsweek 9/18/18) In Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco state, the morgue was so full that a trailer of 157 bodies was parked at a warehouse on the outskirts of the city, Reuters reported. Residents complained of a bad smell coming from the trailer, which was attracting flies. The state authorities moved it to a suburb farther from the city, but this sparked even more complaints.
      Jalisco is home to one of the country’s most violent drug gangs, Jalisco New Generation Cartel. According to the Mexican government, there were 1,369 homicides last year.

  1. Free Speech Zone says:

    State and federal agencies are training Montana law enforcement officers to surveil anti-Keystone XL pipeline activists’ social media and arrest protesters en masse, according to correspondence obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana and provided to Montana Free Press. While a federal lawsuit filed in Great Falls by environmental groups and indigenous rights organizations seeks to halt construction scheduled for next year by pipeline company TransCanada, the correspondence between various government agencies reveals that Montana’s police forces expect the lawsuit to fail, and that opponents will then take the fight to the streets of northeast Montana.
    “Trump suggests that protesting should be illegal” (9/4/18)

  2. Lumpy proletariat says:

    All consumers can now freeze and unfreeze their credit for free as a result of a new law that just took effect. The law received congressional approval in May – and was intended as a step toward helping consumers protect their sensitive information in the wake of the damaging 2017 Equifax breach. The legislation also makes it easier to check your children’s credit. Fraud using a minor’s information can have a higher likelihood of going undetected for a longer period of time. The Federal Trade Commission has the information about freezing and unfreezing credit, along with links to the three main credit bureaus, at

  3. Hey, Rube! says:

    “Coalitions, Trade Groups, and More Tell FTC We Need Platform Accountability in Big Tech. Here Are Eight Reasons Why.”
    “The Federal Trade Commission is about to kick off a historic series of Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century. This is bigtime, folks.
    After years of basically ignoring the growing impact of technology on our society – thanks to a lot of propaganda that “what’s good for Big Tech is good for the USA” – the FTC is finally getting around to conducting a serious examination of the impact of technology on our society. In the coming months, they will take a look at major internet platforms and possibly hold them accountable for the immense amounts of harm they have done to individuals and companies alike for too many years.”

  4. Boom sh-boom says:

    “You know lithium as the stuff that powers your iPhone, but you may not know that the lightest solid element also powers atomic bombs. Ignorance of lithium’s true nature once sparked a nuclear disaster. In 1954, the U.S. tested its first hydrogen bomb fueled with a lithium compound. What the weaponeers didn’t know about lithium almost killed them.

    • Fee-fi-fo-fum says:

      “Lithium giants feud over competition, brine in Chile’s Atacama Desert” “Two of the world’s biggest lithium producers, Albemarle Corporation and Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (otherwise known as SQM), are tangled in two disputes: the first over water rights in Chile’s Atacama desert and the second over ownership of SQM.
      Both Albemarle and SQM have significant operations in the Atacama desert, where some of the world’s best lithium resources exist. As electric vehicles with lithium-ion batteries become more popular, lithium resources are becoming more valuable. That has created some conflict in an industry that has long remained relatively quiet.”

  5. Law & Order says:

    “The Innocence of Abu Zubaydah,” by Joseph Margulies. (New York Review of Book 9/28/18)
    An extended reflection on the more-than-sixteen-year detention, and torture, of the man whom George W. Bush once called one of al-Qaeda’s “top operatives,” and the US government identified as a 9/11 planner and righthand man of Osama bin Laden. Except, as his legal counsel writes, none of those things were true—and the US has never laid charges against him.

  6. B&H Filmo says:

    The film “Dark Money” debuts tonight on PBS (includes links to trailers) Synopsis: “Dark Money, a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana—a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide—to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, Dark Money uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. Official Selection, 2018 Sundance Film Festival.”

  7. Mariah says:

    Climbers Wanted… on Wind Farms? A recent study by the Department of Energy showed wind to be the fastest-growing energy source in the world. Wind energy technician was the fastest-growing job in all sectors in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and numbers are still expected to double over the next ten years. Wind energy technicians do most of their work in the turbine’s nacelle, the area on top of the tower that houses the main controls. But maintenance work on the actual blades, which are open to the elements, is handled by rope-access technicians, who need advanced climbing and rope-rigging skills. As the demand for wind turbines grows, so will the need for people to fix them.

  8. Hey, Rube! says:

    “An investigation by The New York Times has revealed that Donald Trump received the equivalent today of at least $413 million from his father’s real estate empire. What’s more, much of this money came to Mr. Trump through dubious tax schemes he participated in during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, The Times found.
    In all, the president’s parents transferred well over $1 billion in wealth to their children, which could have produced a tax bill of at least $550 million under the 55 percent tax rate on gifts and inheritances that was in place at the time. Helped by a variety of tax dodges, the Trumps paid $52.2 million, or about 5 percent, tax returns show.”
    See also “The GOP Gutted the IRS. The Rich Made Out Like Bandits.” (NY Magazine)

  9. League of Nations 10/19/33 says:

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations’ highest court on Wednesday ordered the United States to lift sanctions on Iran that affect imports of humanitarian goods and products and services linked to the safety of civil aviation.
    The ruling by the International Court of Justice is legally binding, but it remains to be seen if the administration of President Donald Trump will comply.

    • بوقلمون says:

      The Donald Trump administration on Wednesday pulled out of two international agreements after Iran and the Palestinians complained to the International Court of Justice about US policies, the latest withdrawal by Washington from multilateral accords. Tehran had argued that the US sanctions imposed since May by the Trump administration violated the terms their 1955 Treaty of Amity.
      In the nearly two years since being elected, President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from a nuclear agreement between six powers and Iran, pulled out of a global climate accord, left the UN cultural agency, and threatened NATO military allies that the United States would “go its own way” if members did not spend more on defence.
      US national security adviser John Bolton, citing what he called “Iran’s abuse of the ICJ,” said the United States would also withdraw from the “optional protocol” under the 1961 Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations.

  10. Och aye says:

    “Ban on putting Shetland in a box on maps comes into force” (BBC News Oct 4, 2018) According to a spokesman for the Ordnance Survey mapping agency; “The Shetland Islands are approximately 245km (152 miles) from the Scottish mainland, from the most northerly part of the Shetland Islands to John O’ Groats, and 690km (428 miles) from the most southerly point of the Scottish and English border.”

  11. Dittohead says:

    “It’s dinnertime in China, the evening news has just aired, and primetime TV-watchers are settling down for the real entertainment of the night.
    “Let’s listen to President Xi’s speeches and comprehend his thought,” enthusiastically declares the host of a game show called, yes, “Studying Xi in the New Era”.
    The “Xi” – in this instance – is a reference to China’s leader Xi Jinping who has steadily tightened his grip over the state. Just one year ago “Xi Jinping thought” – an articulation of his political philosophy – was enshrined in the constitution of the Chinese Communist Party. Nothing like that has happened in a very long time.
    Now it’s moved onto Hunan TV, China’s most popular entertainment channel aimed at young people, which means that it’s clearly time to ensure China’s Generation Z and millennials are on board.” (BBC News 10/4/18)

  12. Smash & grab says:

    “How Trump Is Trying—And Failing—To Get Rich Off His Presidency” (Forbes, Oct 2, 2018)
    “My father made a tremendous sacrifice when he left a company that he spent his entire life building to go into politics,” counters Eric Trump, who now co-manages the Trump Organization on behalf of the president, in a statement to Forbes. “Everything he does is for the good of the American people—he has zero involvement in the Trump Organization and quite frankly to suggest otherwise is outrageous.” (Eric Trump himself, however, told Forbes shortly after the inauguration that he would provide the president bottom-line updates “probably quarterly.”)”

  13. ¡Ay, Pobrecitos! says:

    “Hamptons millionaires build luxe panic rooms to hide from MS-13” (NY Post 10/6/18) “…“People used to open up their garages and show off their Lamborghinis, now they take guests to the wine bar in their safe room.” Herman Weisberg, managing director of the personal-security firm Sage Intelligence Group,
    Grocery tycoon John Catsimatidis, who, in addition to worrying about MS-13 has also had his home broken into, is installing infrared sensors at his place. But that’s nothing compared to the security measures that Al Corbi, president of SAFE (Strategically Armored & Fortified Environments), an architecture-focused security firm, has designed for customers, including Hamptonites.
    “I finished a system for $100 million,” he said of one West Coast project. “That sounds like a lot but there is nothing I know of, human or manmade, that could possibly harm this family for three generations, including global nuclear holocaust, a pandemic or a second Ice Age.” Plus, he added, “It’s like a Ritz-Carlton underground.”
    “In the Hamptons, it’s hard to know if someone is an oligarch and lots of security makes sense, or if somebody is just paranoid,” said an East Hampton resident of means, who asked to remain anonymous.

  14. Smilin' Jack says:

    “The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has tested an implant that allows an operator to simultaneously control, with their mere thoughts, up to three unmanned aerial vehicles. The technology could one day lead to a direct interface between human beings and UAVs. But full mind-control for drones is still a long way off. Loosely controlling one small UAV is one thing. Directly controlling several sophisticated drones, with full two-way communication, is quite another.”

  15. Stranger than Fiction says:

    World’s fastest camera freezes time at 10 trillion frames per second The first time it was used, the ultrafast camera broke new ground by capturing the temporal focusing of a single femtosecond laser pulse in real time (Fig. 2). This process was recorded in 25 frames taken at an interval of 400 femtoseconds and detailed the light pulse’s shape, intensity, and angle of inclination.
    “It’s an achievement in itself,” says Jinyang Liang, the leading author of this work, who was an engineer in Caltech Optical Imaging Laboratory (COIL) when the research was conducted, “but we already see possibilities for increasing the speed to up to one quadrillion (10 exp 15) frames per second!” Speeds like that are sure to offer insight into as-yet undetectable secrets of the interactions between light and matter.

  16. HAR says:

    Trump’s tariffs on China are doing the exact opposite of what they’re supposed to (Quartz 10/12/18) Donald Trump’s tariffs on China are going great, the US president assured the world yesterday. “Their economy has gone down very substantially,” Trump said on Fox & Friends. The numbers tell a different story. In September, Americans bought $34 billion more worth of Chinese goods than they sold in return, according to data from China’s customs agency published this morning. That’s the biggest monthly trade surplus the Middle Kingdom has ever run with the US.

  17. Dogpile says:

    Stephen Miller’s third-grade teacher, who said earlier this week that the Trump aide was a glue-eating “loner,” has now been suspended. Newsweek 10/12/18) Miller, now 33, is a senior adviser to President Donald Trump. He is one of the few remaining staffers from Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, where he served as a senior policy adviser and speechwriter. After Trump won the election, Miller was appointed to the president’s economic policy team.
    Miller is cited as the driving force behind the Trump administration’s far-right immigration policies. In his time in the White House, he has played an integral role in enacting Trump’s ban on Muslims from certain nations and the administration’s crackdown on sanctuary cities. Most recently, Miller was instrumental in slashing the number of refugees allowed into the United States to its lowest level in 40 years.
    Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller was also blasted by his rabbi before the congregants at a synagogue on Tuesday during a Rosh Hashanah service. Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels of Beth Shir Shalom in Santa Monica, California, didn’t mince words when talking about Miller, who he said used to attend the synagogue. “The actions that you now encourage President [Donald] Trump to take make it obvious to me that you didn’t get my or our Jewish message,” Comess-Daniels said during his sermon, according to The Washington Post. “That notion is completely antithetical to everything I know about Judaism, Jewish law and Jewish values.”
    Stephen Miller’s Uncle Says ‘Dozens’ of Family Members Hate His Guts Too

  18. Hey, Rube! says:

    “Trump’s Patron-in-Chief: Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has never been more powerful. The Trump administration has advanced his ideological and financial interests, including an assist in his quest to build a casino in Japan.” (ProPublica 10/10/18) With a fortune estimated at $35 billion, Adelson is the 21st-richest person in the world, according to Forbes.
    Yesterday, Politico reported Adelson gave tens of millions of dollars to two dark money groups–the Congressional Leadership Fund and the Senate Leadership Fund, who are responsible for flooding the airwaves with attack ads against Democrats running for Congress

  19. Sad says:

    Melania Trump finally admitted that she intentionally wore a designer jacket with the words “I Really Don’t Care, Do You?” while en route to visit detained immigrant children who were separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border in June.
    During an interview with ABC News’ Tom Llamas, which debuted Friday, the first lady said the jacket was a deliberate choice directed at “the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me.”

  20. Yowza, boss says:

    LEBANON, Ohio — President Trump praised the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee while asking African American voters to “honor us” by voting Republican at an Ohio rally that featured an unexpected and provocative monologue on America’s Civil War history.
    Addressing an open-air rally of around 4,000 supporters, Trump appeared buoyant as he declared that Lee was a “true great fighter” and “great general.” He also said President Abraham Lincoln once had a “phobia” of the Southern general, whose support of slavery has made his legacy a heavily contested and divisive issue.

    • Smallpox blankets says:

      Many Native IDs Won’t Be Accepted At North Dakota Polling Places (NPR 10/13/18) “North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, is trailing her Republican opponent in her race for re-election. Native Americans tend to vote for Democrats.”
      Heitkamp called the ID law “burdensome” and once again called for a law to protect the voting rights of Native Americans. She and other legislators have introduced such a bill year after year, unsuccessfully.
      “Given the number of Native Americans who have served, fought, and died for this country, it is appalling that some people would still try and erect barriers to suppress their ability to vote,” Heitkamp said in a statement. “Native Americans served in the military before they were even allowed to vote, and they continue to serve at the highest rate of any population in this country.”
      The American Civil Liberties Union said the Supreme Court’s decision “enables mass disenfranchisement.”
      “In an election that may wind up being decided by just a few thousand votes, the court’s decision could be deeply consequential for the country, not just those who live in North Dakota,” ACLU staff reporter Ashoka Mukpo wrote on Friday.

  21. Malthus says:

    “A simple and inexpensive new test developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, can diagnose patients with antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria in a matter of minutes. The technique could help doctors prescribe the right class of antibiotics for each infection, and could help limit the spread of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” that kill as many as 700,000 people worldwide each year.”–ntr101518.php
    Also: “Researchers engineer dual vaccine against anthrax and plague” (American Society for Microbiology)

  22. By any means says:

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says the Trump administration could use military bases to ship fossil fuels from the West Coast and circumvent environmental opposition. In an interview with The Associated Press, Zinke cast it as a matter of national security to ensure U.S. allies have access to affordable fuels. The Trump administration also has cited national security as justification for keeping domestic coal-burning power plants online to prevent disruptions of electricity supplies.
    Also: “Secretary Zinke’s calendar omissions date to his very first day in office” (CNN 10/13/18) “The meetings are coming to light now only because of internal memos and other notes, released through a Freedom of Information Act request, that reveal these meetings and others that were not noted on his calendar, glaring omissions from what is supposed to be a complete record of the secretary’s activities.’
    “Critic Of Federal Public Lands Management To Join Department Of The Interior” (NPR 10/15/18) See “Will Trump put a ‘hired gun’ for ranchers in top BLM post?
    The president is considering a BLM director who has continually fought the agency.” (HCN Jan 2018)

    • Evilly says:

      “A brawl outside a Republican club in Manhattan involving a far-right group and anti-fascist activists spurred calls over the weekend for an investigation into the violence and whether the police handled it properly. Some Democratic politicians, including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, also criticized the club for inviting the founder of the far-right group, the Proud Boys. Mr. McInnes’s group, the Proud Boys, is a self-proclaimed fraternity of “western chauvinists,” which the Southern Poverty Law Center has deemed a hate group.

  23. Shell game says:

    U.S. refiners are getting stung by President Donald Trump’s efforts to keep consumer prices from rising in the runup to the 2020 election. The Trump administration is seeking to slow the implementation in 2020 of tighter fuel restrictions on the global shipping industry. The rules, which would slash by more than 80 percent the sulfur allowed in fuel burned by the biggest cargo ships, are expected to increase the cost to move everything from soybeans to Apple iPhones across the oceans, with some of that cost potentially passed on to consumers. Shares of refiners slumped the most in over two years.
    The move risks alienating an industry that supported Trump, and which stands to gain from the increase in demand for cleaner-burning diesel fuel. U.S. refineries are more sophisticated than many competitors in other parts of the world, and American companies have invested billions in upgrading their facilities to produce fuel that meets the new rules. It would be the second setback for refiners this month, after Trump decided to allow gas stations to sell fuel with 15 percent ethanol all year.

  24. CRM 114 says:

    “When to Shoot a Nuclear Bomb With Your Gun : Chilling government film addresses apocalyptic questions of atomic safety” (2015) “Always/Never: The Quest for Safety, Control and Survivability is a 2010 film that chronicles efforts to solve one of the most delicate conundrums of the nuclear age—how to ensure that nuclear weapons will always work when needed, but would never work in an accident or when stolen.
    William Burr, a senior analyst with The National Security Archive at George Washington University, which obtained the film, said that Always/Never’s was meant for government insiders and experts within the Department of Energy, Sandia and the national security bureaucracy.
    The film covers both the history of the nuclear age and the quest for weapons safety and security in meticulous detail—and sometimes surprising candor.
    Always/Never even has moments of wry humor. The film also calls the always/never problem “the Dr. Stangelove problem” and uses clips from the Kubrick film to make certain points about real safety issues.”
    See also National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 498 (Dec 2014)

  25. Filmer says:

    “They Shall Not Grow Old” – Official Trailer (2018)
    How ‘Lord Of the Rings’ director Peter Jackson transformed 100 year old WW 1 film footage In His New Film “They Shall Not Grow Old”
    Additional interview, includes discussion of interpolation and colorization also use of forensic lip readers for reconstructing dialogue

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