Category Archives: News

Kaepernick files grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding against him

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

"Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who remains unemployed after a 2016 season in which he began the movement of players protesting during the national anthem, has filed a grievance accusing NFL teams of improperly colluding to keep him out of the league, according to a person familiar with the case. Kaepernick reportedly has retained an attorney to pursue the collusion claim, and, according to the source, it will be Kaepernick’s outside legal representation and not the NFL Players Association primarily in charge of preparing and presenting his grievance. The collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players’ union prohibits teams from conspiring to make decisions about signing a player. But the CBA also says the mere fact that a player is unsigned and evidence about the player’s qualifications to be on an NFL roster do not constitute proof of collusion." (10/15/17)

Somalia: More than 300 killed in Mogadishu bombing

Source: US News & World Report

"The death toll from Saturday's truck bombing in Somalia's capital is now over 300, the director of an ambulance service said Monday, as the country reeled from the deadliest single attack it's ever experienced. … Saturday's truck bombing targeted a crowded street in Mogadishu, and about 300 others were injured. Somalia's government is blaming the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, which has not commented. Officials said more than 70 critically injured people were being airlifted to Turkey for treatment on Monday as international aid began to arrive." (10/16/17)

Trump given a subpoena for all documents relating to assault allegations

Source: BuzzFeed

"A woman who said Donald Trump groped her has subpoenaed his campaign for documents about 'any woman alleging that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately.' Trump has denied her accusations and is fighting the subpoena. … The previously unreported subpoena was issued in March but entered into the court file last month. The White House did not respond to a request for comment, nor did Trump’s attorney. … Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the Trump’s reality TV show The Apprentice, accused Trump of kissing and grabbing her when she went to his bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007 to discuss a possible job at the Trump Organization. After Zervos made the accusation last October, just weeks before the election, Trump denied her accusation and called it a lie. She responded by suing him for defamation." (10/15/17)

Gaza: Hamas relinquishes control to Palestinian Authority, official says

Source: Haaretz [Israel]

"As the Palestinian Authority made its first plans to begin ruling over both the West Bank and Gaza as part of a new reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah, the Islamist group said it had handed over control of the Strip to the PA. Hamas deputy leader in Gaza, Khalil al-Hayya, said in an interview with the Hamas-affilated Al-Aqsa television, that from his point of view, the Palestinian prime minister of both the West Bank and Gaza is Dr. Rami Hamdallah. Hamdallah is prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, led by Fatah and seated in Ramallah in the West Bank." (10/15/17)

Iraq: Regime troops seize parts of oil-rich Kurdish region

Source: CNBC

"Iraqi army units on Sunday seized positions in and around Kirkuk, a major oil city that's dominated by the country's Kurdish people and which voted for independence last month. The Iraqi national army has taken control of Kirkuk's industrial district and oil refinery, Reuters reported, citing a statement from the military. Reports indicated that the Iraqi troops had not faced any opposition from Kurdish peshmerga militia fighters in the area. The Iraqi units went on the move toward Kirkuk around midnight local time in order to 'safeguard' the area, military commanders said." (10/16/17)

Chelsea Clinton avoids questions about Harvey Weinstein's donations to Clinton Foundation

Source: Fox News

"As the sexual abuse scandal surrounding disgraced Hollywood megaproducer Harvey Weinstein intensifies, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton would not say what the Clinton Foundation would do with its donations from the major Democratic donor. Clinton on Saturday avoided talking to a reporter in Boston about what would happen to Weinstein’s donations. Instead of answering the reporter's questions outside a Clinton Global Initiative University event at Northeastern University, she bolted to her car, according to the website. According to the Clinton Foundation website, Weinstein donated between $100,001 to $250,000 through June 2017. The Daily Mail also reported it was blocked from asking former President Bill Clinton about Weinstein’s donations the previous evening. He's the chairman of the foundation's board of directors; Chelsea Clinton is the vice chair." (10/15/17)

Study: Psilocybin may help depression by resetting the brain

The Verge

Source: The Verge

"Magic mushrooms might help depressed patients by helping them 'reset' their brains, according to a new study that uses brain scans to look at the lasting effects of psychedelics. There has been a recent wave of research into the helpful effects of psychedelics for mental health. LSD microdoses make people feel sharper, while magic mushrooms have helped cancer patients cope with depression and anxiety. But most of these brain imagining studies focus on how the brain changes when you’re on the drug, while in a study published today in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers focused on the results before and after." (10/13/17)

Pentagon revamps program that puts immigrant recruits on path to US citizenship

Source: Fox News

"Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is revamping a program that puts foreign-born recruits on a fast-track to U.S. citizenship in exchange for military service as doctors, nurses and language experts. Mattis made the announcement Friday in regard to the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, or MAVNI, program, which was halted last year when the Pentagon assessed it did not have proper safeguards in place against potential insider threats, the Military Times reported. 'We are taking the steps obviously to save the program, if it can be saved,' Mattis told reporters Friday. 'If it can, you do due diligence for it to make sure what you are bringing in is what you think you are bringing in.' Since 2009, more than 10,000 recruits have entered the military through the MAVNI program, the paper reported." (10/15/17)

Survey: Teens think stoned driving is safer than drunk driving

Source: Smell the Truth

"Although it’s risky to drive a vehicle while impaired on any substance, more teens now understand that drinking and driving could be fatal compared to getting stoned behind the wheel. A survey recently conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance found that 88 percent of teens said drinking and driving makes someone drive worse, compared to 73 percent who said driving stoned makes for a worse driver, reports Forbes. The Liberty Mutual Study found that 93 percent of parents also agree that drinking makes for worse driving, while just 80 percent of parents felt the same way about marijuana. As for the perceived harm, 88 percent of teens said drunk driving was dangerous, 20 points higher than the 68 percent of teens who believe that driving under influence of pot is dangerous. 93 percent of parents agree with alcohol as dangerous, while 76 percent thought the same of marijuana." [editor's note:" Keyword is "sativa;" now that we know the different forms of cannabis, and how they affect perception and bodily functioning … – SAT] [additional editor's note: Previous editor's note makes no sense at all – TLK] (10/13/17)

Idaho candidates talk transparency in buildup to 2018

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"As the buildup to the 2018 election begins to accelerate, Idaho's 30-year-old ethics laws are facing scrutiny as top candidates wrestle with how much of their finances they should disclose to voters. Idaho is one of just two states that don't require elected officeholders to disclose any of their personal financial information. This means the state's elected officials can weigh in on public matters without sharing whether their wallets might benefit from them. Overhauling the system has become just as elevated as other traditional talking points (health care, education, job creation, …) in the race for governor. With Gov. C.L. 'Butch' Otter announcing he won't seek a fourth term, the race is expected to be Idaho's most competitive of 2018. Political newcomer and GOP gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist recently released his economic assets to fulfill a campaign promise that he would disclose any potential conflicts of interests. The release wasn't as detailed as federal economic disclosure requirements, but the move was still considered significant because Ahlquist is the first Idaho candidate in recent history to voluntarily hand over financial information. Ahlquist has vowed Idaho's lack of disclosure requirements will come to an end if he's elected." (10/15/17)