Billionaire Joe Ricketts vaporizes DCist and its related network of local news sites

They were good news sources – he is just an anti-union a-hole – has nothing to do with any business model other than not wanting to honor labor law and his employees. m398301*100xx1368-1371-17-0.jpgThe billionaire owner of DNAinfo, Gothamist and its affiliates, including DCist, abruptly shut down the network of local news sites at 5 p.m. Thursday, citing a business model he said could not support the product.

All traffic to DCist, Gothamist and its sister sites in Chicago, Los Angeles and elsewhere redirected Thursday afternoon to a statement from Joe Ricketts, the founder of TD AmeriTrade and DNAinfo, who had acquired Gothamist only a handful of months ago. The sites’ collective archives…

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US Attorney General Jeff Sessions faces perjury claims | News | DW | 02.11.2017

Papadopoulos told Mueller that not only was Sessions at the meeting on March 31, 2016, he opposed the idea that Trump sit down with Papadopoulos’ contacts.According to sources close to Sessions, the attorney general suddenly remembered this meeting on Thursday. An anonymous Sessions affiliate told NBC News that the “March 31 comments by this Papadopoulos person did not leave a lasting impression,” and that the attorney general had forgotten the matter by the time of his conformation hearing.”Papadopoulos was some 29-year-old that nobody had ever heard of and who struck people in the room as someone who didn’t have a lot of credibility,” the source said.Franken demands answersThe revelations that Sessions may have made false statements under oath riled many top Democrats, especially Franken. The Senator wrote up an eight-page letter to the attorney general, demanding answers to some 30 questions

Source: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions faces perjury claims | News | DW | 02.11.2017

Big news! Clovis is out | Pesticide Action Network

Sam Clovis — controversial nominee for the top scientist post at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — withdrew his name from consideration today. Clovis has come under increasing scrutiny for his inflammatory statements and lack of science credentials, going so far as to decry climate change research as “junk science” that is “not proven.” On top of being clearly unqualified for the position, news came to light this week that Clovis may also have contributed to Russia’s interference in last year’s presidential election.

Source: Big news! Clovis is out | Pesticide Action Network

Far Right ‘Journalist’ Banned From Uber & Lyft After Making Racist Tweets About Muslims

grin – more guts than twitter. Far Right 'Journalist' Banned From Uber & Lyft After Making Racist Tweets About Muslims

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s terror attack on the Hudson River Greenway bike path, city officials preached tolerance and unity. But, of course, white supremacist trolls gonna troll, and one far-right activist trolled so hard she got herself kicked off Uber and Lyft for targeting Muslim drivers in her tweets. Sad! [ more › ]

Iceland’s president asks opposition Left-Greens to form coalition

President takes unusual step of asking leader of second largest party to form coalition following Saturday’s snap general election

Iceland’s president has asked the leader of the Left-Green Movement, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, to form a new government, although it came second in Saturday’s snap general election.

The mandate deals a blow to the prime minister, Bjarni Benediktsson of the Independence party – who called the election in September after less than a year in office as a scandal involving his father prompted a government ally to drop out of his ruling coalition.

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Why is Twitter Protecting Violent Islamophobes While Banning Everyone Else?

Loomer, in contrast, has actively threatened the Muslim community with her tweets: wanting to deprive them of their citizenship and their livelihood – clear steps, regardless of her intent, upwards on the pyramid of hate leading up to eventual genocide. This is in a climate where the Muslim community in the United States already faces threats ranging anywhere from surveillance to vigilante and state violence. Loomer is using a public platform with which she speaks to over 100,000 followers to make comments that have a high likelihood of inciting physical violence. In addition – far more dangerous than a phone number – Loomer has tweeted pictures and videos (which are still up!) without consent, of course, of Muslim Americans in hijabs walking out in New York City, making them or other women in hijabs in New York clear targets of violence from any fanatical right-wing followers she might be radicalizing.Twitter’s selective use of the ban tool in order to suppress activists and prop up white supremacists is well documented, and it is clear the platform has a harassment problem. But this is just one more obvious instance where the company has shown what is laziness at best and active complicity in white supremacy at worst in how they chose to moderate their platform. After the McGowan controversy went down, CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted what seems – then and now – a hollow apology and a claim that the company is aiming to counteract the silencing of marginalized voices on their platform and strengthening their policy against abusers and bullies. Laura Loomer’s tweets and verified account – standing loud and proud on the internet – are a marker of proof that Dorsey and Twitter are full, apologies for the language, of horseshit.

Source: Why is Twitter Protecting Violent Islamophobes While Banning Everyone Else?

Thursday Open Thread | Ex-Trump aide on Mueller indictment: Trump is “f-cked” | 3CHICSPOLITICO

A former campaign aide to President Trump said the president is “f–ked” now that his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been indicted.“Here’s what Manafort’s indictment tells me: Mueller is going to go over every financial dealing of Jared Kushner and the Trump Organization,” Sam Nunberg told Vanity Fair.“Trump is at 33 percent in Gallup. You can’t go any lower. He’s fucked.”

Source: Thursday Open Thread | Ex-Trump aide on Mueller indictment: Trump is “f-cked” | 3CHICSPOLITICO

WHO | Plague – Madagascar

While the declining trend in new plague case reports and reduction in hospitalizations due to plague is encouraging, WHO expects more cases of plague to be reported from Madagascar until the typical plague season ends in April 2018. Sustaining ongoing operations, including active case finding and treatment, comprehensive contact identification, follow-up and antibiotic treatment, rodent and flea control, and safe and dignified burials is crucial during the outbreak and through the plague season as it is critical to minimize bubonic plague infections and human-to-human transmission of pneumonic plague.Based on available information and response measures implemented to date, WHO estimates the risk of potential further spread of the plague outbreak at national level remains high.

Source: WHO | Plague – Madagascar

Hit list exposes Russian hacking beyond US elections


WASHINGTON (AP) — The hackers who upended the U.S. presidential election had ambitions well beyond Hillary Clinton’s campaign, targeting the emails of Ukrainian officers, Russian opposition figures, U.S. defense contractors and thousands of others of interest to the Kremlin, according to a previously unpublished digital hit list obtained by The Associated Press….