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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

As funny as the first time I watched it. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


The FCC today finally released the full details of its attack on net neutrality, in the hopes you're too busy preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday to actually read it. We'll save you a little time as you brine your turkey or drive to distant relatives: it's every bit as bad as everyone expected -- and in some ways, quite a bit worse.

The full, Orwellian-named "Restoring Internet Freedom" fact sheet (pdf) makes it clear that the FCC is pushing for a full repeal of not only net neutrality rules and protections, but the Title II classification of ISPs as common carriers that underpins the FCC's authority over broadband providers. It is, by any measure, a grotesque example of crony capitalism run amok, and a blatant hand out to the nation's uncompetitive broadband duopolies.

As we've long noted, net neutrality violations are just a symptom of a lack of competition in the broadband sector.

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A Minnesota man accused of committing war crimes when he commanded a Nazi-led unit during World War II contributed thousands of dollars to the Republican National Committee, a Daily Beast review of federal campaign records found.

Michael Karkoc is wanted for arrest in Poland after the country's war crimes prosecutors said they are "100 percent" certain that Karkoc commanded a SS company and that there was "no doubt" that his men razed two Polish villages, killing 40 civilians.
After the AP published its exposé, Karkoc made three separate contributions to the Republican National Committee totaling $3,850 between September 2013 and May 2014. These are the only federal campaign contributions he has made, according to available records.

The RNC did not respond to a request for comment.

Karkoc's son, Andriy Karkos, told The Daily Beast the contributions were made only because Karkoc has been a "lifelong Republican."


Texas Congressman Joe Barton has apologized for a leaked nude photo of him that is currently circulating online but says he no plans to resign over it.
The Republican from Ennis acknowledged the sexually explicit photo in a statement on Wednesday saying it was taken in recent years when he was separated from his second wife.
'While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women. Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended,' the 68-year-old said in a statement.
'I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.'

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We took a close look at data from past Black Friday incidents and where they occurred from 2006 to 2016. To figure out where they might happen this year, we combined past incident data with general FBI crime statistics for each state, and Google search trends that indicate which states are already on the hunt for Black Friday deals.

The states with the highest crime rates plus the highest interest in Black Friday -- especially if they've had Black Friday incidents in the past -- could be ripe for fights this year.

We're not psychic, so we can't say for certain which locations will have one too many over-eager patrons. But we can make a few educated guesses -- as well as give you some tips to stay safe out there and still get the goods.


The FCC received a record-breaking 22 million comments chiming in on the net neutrality debate, but from the sound of it, it's ignoring the vast majority of them. In a call with reporters yesterday discussing its plan to end net neutrality, a senior FCC official said that 7.5 million of those comments were the exact same letter, which was submitted using 45,000 fake email addresses.

But even ignoring the potential spam, the commission said it didn't really care about the public's opinion on net neutrality unless it was phrased in unique legal terms. The vast majority of the 22 million comments were form letters, the official said, and unless those letters introduced new facts into the record or made serious legal arguments, they didn't have much bearing on the decision. The commission didn't care about comments that were only stating opinion. Read more


Facebook Inc. will show people which Russian propaganda pages or accounts they've followed and liked on the social network, responding to a request from U.S. senators to address manipulation and meddling during the 2016 presidential election.

The tool will appear by the end of the year in Facebook's online support center, the company said in a blog post Wednesday. It will answer the user question, "How can I see if I've liked or followed a Facebook page or Instagram account created by the Internet Research Agency?" That's the Russian firm that created thousands of incendiary posts from fake accounts posing as U.S. citizens. People will see a list of the accounts they followed, if any, from January 2015 through August 2017.


The U.S. military has ordered its troops stationed in Japan to remain on their bases and to forgo drinking alcohol in response to a deadly crash reportedly caused by a drunk-driving Marine.

Okinawa resident Hidemasa Taira, 61, was killed Sunday in the prefectural capital of Naha when his minitruck was struck by a military vehicle driven by Marine Nicholas James-McLean, 21, whose blood alcohol content was found to be more than three times the legal limit. Taira reportedly survived the initial crash, but later succumbed to his injuries in a hospital, leading to an even harsher backlash against U.S. forces, whose presence in the country has already come under criticism from disgruntled locals. Read more


The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have met in Sochi to discuss strategy in Syria. Meanwhile, some parts of the Syrian opposition forces met in Saudi Arabia ahead of UN-backed peace talks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi on Wednesday. The leaders discussed a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria as the war against the "Islamic State" (IS) and Syrian rebel groups winds down.

UN-backed peace talks are due to be held in Geneva later this month.

Russian support for Syrian President Bashar Assad has turned the tide in the six-year civil war in favor of the regime.

Turkey had been one of the main backers of the Syrian opposition but has turned its attention on pushing back gains made by US-backed Kurdish forces, who control 25 percent of Syrian territory after combatting IS.


Rep. Elizabeth Esty, usually at odds with gun rights groups over firearms legislation, is promoting a bill that the National Rifle Association likes too.

Esty, D-5th District, is a co-sponsor of the U.S. House version of the "Fix NICS Act of 2017," legislation that aims to prevent individuals like the shooter in Sutherland, Texas, from slipping through the cracks of the federal gun-buyer background check system.

Unlike other gun-related bills backed by Esty, the vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, this one has the support of the NRA and other gun rights groups. And unlike other gun bills introduced by Connecticut's Democratic lawmakers since the Newtown massacre nearly five years ago, the Fix NICs bill has Republican sponsors, Reps. John Culberson, R-Texas, and Ryan Costello, R-Pa.

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"Robby the Robot" – from the 1956 sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet" – was sold for $5.375 million – a record price for a movie prop, the Bonhams New York auction house said Tuesday.

That topped the previous marks of $4.6 million for both Marilyn Monroe's white dress from "The Seven-Year Itch" and the original 1966 Batmobile, Bonhams said.

The buyer's name wasn't released.

"One of the most iconic sci-fi figures to appear on the silver screen," Bonhams said, "seven-foot tall Robby the Robot captured the imagination of audiences everywhere in 'Forbidden Planet' as the devoted servant to Professor Morbius, one of the few inhabitants of the distant planet Altair IV. Conceived and built by a team of MGM designers for the 1956 film, including Mentor Huebner and Robert Kinoshita, Robby's groundbreaking appearance broke away from earlier clunky "tin-can" designs for movie robots."

Robby cost $100,000 to build – at the time, an unheard-of price for a movie prop, Bonham's said.


On the left, the concern with the rights of immigrants, documented and undocumented, contrasts with an apparent indifference to the fate of native-born Americans in places like Clearwater County, Idaho, or Superior, Montana. Disappearing are the debates environmentalists once had about immigration and the impacts of overpopulation. There is not enough discussion of how the millions of marginalized, hungry people in the labor market suppress wages and displace American workers. Some of the staunchest advocates for the public lands seem relatively uninterested in the future management of those lands. And two important questions go almost unasked: Why are so many rural Westerners, surrounded by public lands, some of the harshest critics of the Forest Service? And why are they among the loudest voices calling for transfer of federal lands to the states, or for their outright privatization?

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Former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic has been jailed for life for genocide and other atrocities in the 1990s Bosnian war.

Known as the "Butcher of Bosnia", Mladic led forces during the massacre of Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) in Srebrenica and the siege of Sarajevo. Read more


Teachers in Pennsylvania's capital city are asking for support after a series of violent altercations with students has led to multiple resignations. The Harrisburg Education Association says at least 45 teachers have resigned since July and October. Association President Jody Barksdale says more have resigned since then.


The campaign of embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused by multiple women of improper sexual conduct when they were teenagers, trumpeted President Donald Trump's support in a fundraising mailing Wednesday.

"We are thankful that his words before leaving the White House to celebrate Thanksgiving were the strong words of support for Roy Moore," according to an email from the campaign.

The pitch comes one day after Trump effectively backed Moore, 70, by attacking his rival in the race. "I can tell you one thing for sure: we don't need a liberal person in there, a Democrat," Trump told reporters as he prepared to board Marine One on his way to a Thanksgiving break in Florida.


Personal information belonging to about 57 million Uber customers and drivers was stolen by hackers last October, a breach the company kept hidden for a year and for which its chief security officer was fired this week.

The stolen data included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders and 7 million drivers. The drivers' stolen information also included 600,000 US. drivers' license numbers, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement. Read more


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