Mar. 8th, 2017

solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)
Bit of a mix today - no particular theme. It's been interesting watching Trumpcare/Republicare/Chumpcare withering already on the vine - and rumours already are appearing about a replacement for the replacement. (4 GOP senators demand to keep Obamacare Medicaid expansion, House GOP releases plan to repeal, replace Obamacare, House, Senate conservative Republicans plan own Obamacare repeal bill)

Apparently it's supposed to be a BIG SHOCK!!!1! that the intelligence groups have ways to hack phones and televisions and stuff. I have no idea why, but there you go. The Russians and various rightists (including our favourite pederast) are now alleging that it wasn't Russia who hacked the DNC's computers - it was the CIA. Sure. Why not. (WikiLeaks publishes CIA trove alleging wide scale hacking, CIA Has an “Impressive List” of Ways to Hack Into Your Smartphone, WikiLeaks Files Indicate)

TSA's new "pat-down method" is so "invasive" that they're telling local agents to meet beforehand with local POLICE so that when people report BEING MOLESTED that police blow it off as just new patdown. Of course, this will never be used to cover up sexual assault or anything else. Seriously: I won't get on another US airplane in the US. Somebody will ram their hands up my vag and I will punch them in the face and then _I'll_ go to jail, and it's just not worth it (TSA Introducing New, More Invasive Pat-Down Method).

Trump administration halts California's plans for high-speed rail and infrastructure improvements pretty much speaks for itself. It's not a 100% shutdown, but it's a real attempt to kneecap the state's transit efforts. Because fuck California, apparently.

LGBT issues: Study: Statewide legal same-sex marriage reduced suicide attempts for gay, bisexual youth; Texas conservatives launch massive anti-transgender misinformation campaign,

Alt-Facts: Spokane County sheriff blames Obama for cop deaths, The EPA’s Science Office Removed “Science” From Its Mission Statement

Canada: The Alt-Right Has Eaten the Conservative Leadership Race (This is very discouraging.)

And finally, Russia and Trump Administration Insanity:

Blumenthal: Special prosecutor must probe Trump/Russia ties
A Conspiracy Theory’s Journey From Talk Radio to Trump’s Twitter
Trump's Wiretap Tweets Raise Risk of Impeachment
Russia: The Conspiracy Trap
GOP refuses to back Trump's wiretap claim
Top Trump Ally Met With Putin’s Deputy in Moscow
Before Elections, Dutch Fear Russian Meddling, but Also U.S. Cash

It's March 8, 2017; this is the news )

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