Category Archives: PND News

Trump regime will sue to block AT&T purchase of Time Warner

Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Department of Justice will file a lawsuit later on Monday to block AT&T Inc’s $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday. The legal challenge was expected after AT&T rejected a demand by the Justice Department earlier this month to divest its DirecTV unit or Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting (which contains news network CNN) in order to win antitrust approval. AT&T’s chief executive said then that he would defend the deal in court to win approval if necessary. The No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier struck a deal in October 2016 to buy Time Warner, which also owns the premium channel HBO and movie studio Warner Bros, in order to compete with emerging technology companies by bundling video entertainment on its mobile service.” (11/20/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-time-warner-m-a-at-t/u-s-to-sue-to-block-att-purchase-of-time-warner-source-idUSKBN1DK2HN

New allegation against Franken, this time met with silence

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A woman says Al Franken pulled her in tightly and put his hand on her buttocks in 2010 while posing for a picture at the Minnesota State Fair, the second allegation of improper conduct against the Democrat and first involving his time as a senator. Lindsay Menz told CNN last week for a report broadcast Monday that the interaction with the Minnesota senator made her feel ‘gross.’ She said she immediately told her husband that Franken had ‘grabbed’ her bottom and that she posted about it on Facebook. Menz’s story comes days after a Los Angeles broadcaster, Leeann Tweeden, accused Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour. Franken already faced a Senate ethics investigation over Tweeden’s allegation, but the Menz allegation is potentially more damaging for Franken because it would be behavior that occurred while he was in office. Franken, a Democrat, told CNN he didn’t remember taking the photo with Menz, but said in a statement to the network that he feels badly that she felt disrespected.” (11/20/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/2nd-woman-accuses-Sen-Al-Franken-of-12371178.php

Bizarre shape of interstellar asteroid

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“An asteroid that visited us from interstellar space is one of the most elongated cosmic objects known to science, a study has shown. Discovered on 19 October, the object’s speed and trajectory strongly suggested it originated in a planetary system around another star. Astronomers have been scrambling to observe the unique space rock, known as ‘Oumuamua,’ before it fades from view. Their results so far suggest it is at least 10 times longer than it is wide. That ratio is more extreme than that of any asteroid or comet ever observed in our Solar System. Using observations from the Very Large Telescope in Chile, Karen Meech, from the Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu, Hawaii, and colleagues determined that the object was about 400m long, rapidly rotating and subject to dramatic changes in brightness. These changes in brightness were the clue to ‘Oumuamua’s bizarre shape.” [editor’s note: take a look at the picture; is this a cosmic sign from the heavens to “legalize it?” – SAT] (11/20/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42053634

Tillerson issues statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance

Source: Raw Story

“The Trump administration honored transgender people with a well-meaning statement to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance on Monday, a rhetorical flourish that comes despite two dozen anti-LGBT rulings by President Donald Trump and his staff. ‘The United States remains committed to advancing the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons,’ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote in the statement. ‘Transgender persons should not be subjected to violence or discrimination, and the human rights they share with all persons should be respected. The United States honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence.'” (11/20/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/rex-tillerson-honors-transgender-people-in-statement

New York Times star reporter suspended after sex harassment claim

Source: Fox News

“The New York Times has suspended star White House correspondent Glenn Thrush amid allegations he sexually harassed co-workers, and the journalist is blaming his bad behavior on the bottle. Word of disciplinary action against Thrush, a frequent critic of President Trump who is also an MSNBC contributor, first came in an article detailing his alleged misconduct on the website Vox. Thrush, who made a name for himself at Politico before joining the Times in 2016, has been portrayed on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ by Bobby Moynihan. He told Vox that he hasn’t had any alcohol since June when he ‘upset’ one of his accusers after a night of ‘drinking heavily.’ … ‘I have not taken a drink since June 15, 2017, have resumed counseling and will soon begin out-patient treatment for alcoholism. I am working hard to repair the damage I have done,’ Thrush said.” [editor’s note: So “but I was drunk” is no longer being accepted as an excuse? This could go a lot deeper than a squeeze of the buttocks – SAT] (11/20/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/11/20/new-york-times-star-reporter-suspended-after-sex-harassment-claim-report-says.html

TX: Woman, 18, killed by non-drunk man taking breathalyzer test while driving

Source: USA Today

“A young Texas woman was killed by a man who told police he was taking a court-ordered breathalyzer test while he was driving. Alexis Butler, 18, of Arlington was exiting a driveway on Nov. 10 when her car was hit by a pickup truck, local TV station KXAS reported. According to a police statement quoted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the driver of the truck told detectives he didn’t see Butler’s car because he was performing a DWI test ‘for three to four seconds.’ The device, called an ignition interlock, prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. Police said he was not impaired at the time. The Arlington Police Department said its investigators didn’t find any track marks from the truck driven by the 31-year-old man, whom they did not identify. Such track marks would indicate that he tried to stop his vehicle.” [editor’s note: If the test must be taken ion order to start the car, it should not be happening while the truck was moving; I smell bullshit here – SAT] (11/20/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/11/20/texas-woman-18-killed-non-drunk-man-taking-breathalyzer-test-while-driving/879990001

TX: Woman with “F__k Trump” sticker adds new one: “F__k Troy Nehls”

Source: KHOU

“The owner of the truck with the controversial ‘F__k Trump’ sticker has added a new one: ‘F__k Troy Nehls.’ Karen Fonseca, the truck’s owner, says the photo of the new sticker is real and was made for her. The sticker is slightly smaller and was placed to the right of the Trump one. It states: ‘F__K TROY NEHLS AND F__K YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.’ Nehls serves as the sheriff for Fort Bend County. Fonseca originally made headlines after Nehls threatened to arrest her for the anti-Trump sticker on her pickup. … Fonseca was arrested shortly after for an outstanding warrant from 2014.The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said they made the arrest after getting a tip about the warrant. She was later released on bond. ‘I’m almost certain it does have to do with this,” she said. ‘People abuse the badge, and in my opinion, money talks. When you’re in politics, people know how to work the system.'” (11/19/17)

http://www.khou.com/news/local/woman-with-f__k-trump-sticker-adds-new-one-f__k-troy-nehls/493107553

US military bans troops in Japan from drinking alcohol

Source: USA Today

“The U.S. military has imposed an alcohol ban on all its troops in Japan after a U.S. Marine was involved in a fatal accident on the southern island of Okinawa that is suspected to have involved alcohol. The military also said its forces on Okinawa (home to about half the 50,000 American troops based in Japan) must stay on base or at home. Service members on Okinawa are banned from drinking in homes and in public places including bars, clubs, and hotels ‘until further notice.’ Troops on mainland Japan are prohibited from buying or drinking alcohol on or off base.” [editor’s note: I wonder how this will work out for them; hope there’s some good cannabis around – SAT] (11/20/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/11/20/u-s-military-bans-troops-japan-drinking-alcohol/879984001

Keystone XL pipeline gets Nebraska regime’s approval

Source: Washington Post

“TransCanada’s $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline got the go-ahead from the Nebraska Public Service Commission on Monday, clearing the last regulatory hurdle in a nine-year effort to build a line needed the carry thick crude oil from Alberta’s tar sands region to refineries on the Texas gulf coast. But the five-member commission rejected TransCanada’s preferred route and voted to approve an alternative route that would move the pipeline further east. The new pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels a day of crude. The 3-2 decision comes just four days after a rupture in the existing Keystone pipeline also owned by TransCanada leaked an estimated 5,000 barrels of crude oil in a rural part of northeast South Dakota.” (11/20/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/11/20/keystone-xl-pipeline-gets-nebraskas-approval-clearing-a-key-hurdle-in-9-year-effort-and-allowing-trump-to-claim-a-win/

Our ancient Neanderthal relatives went extinct much later than we thought

Source: Newsweek

“Our ancient relatives survived thousands of years longer than experts previously thought, according to a new study. The research — which is published in the journal Heliyon — found that after Neanderthals died in most regions of the world, some lived in what’s now Spain for an additional 3,000 years. … In other parts of Europe, the Neanderthals are believed to have become extinct between 40,000 and 42,000 years ago, the authors note in their published paper. But, the Neanderthals who lived in what was then called Southern Iberia, lagged behind.” (11/20/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/our-ancient-neanderthal-relatives-went-extinct-much-later-we-thought-716370