And It Gets Worse
Real News Daily. M.D. Creekmore provides a quick summary of the days ten most fascinating news stories…
1. SENATE REPUBLICAN HEALTHCARE BILL GETS WORSE
Senate Republicans have finally revealed their plan to revamp the Affordable Care Act. Now, they’re just trying to pass it. There will be lots of twists and turns along the path to an expected vote next week — and it’s by no means assured the GOP will get there. Senators. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Rand Paul of Kentucky — said outright they’d cast their votes against the bill without further rollbacks to Obamacare. Paige Winfield Cunningham reports in the Washington Post: The Health 202: McConnell will be a legislative wizard if health care passes.
+ It looks like women have been entirely left out of the new health care law – so much so that even the word “women” literally never appears in the US Senate’s 142-page health-care bill.
2. JOHNNY DEPP WANTS TO BE THE NEXT JOHN WILKES BOOTH
And another Hollywood moron speaks and threatens to kill an American President – this time it was Johnny Depp. Freedom of speech is great but publicly threatening to kill someone goes beyond free speech and threatening to kill the president of the united states is a class E felony and can carry up to a five-year prison sentence. Of course, Depp isn’t going to attempt to assassinate Donald or anyone else. He’s just another spoilt celebrity that’s starved for attention and stirring up controversy to get it, just like other before him. The danger is that other people who are dumb enough to look up to these idiot celebrities might try – think James Hodgkinson. What’s the solution? To make an example of one of these celebrities and the best way to do that is to prosecute and convict.
+ Meanwhile: Johnny Depp Apologizes for “Donald Trump Assassination Joke.”
3. GOOGLE SAYS THEY WILL STOP READING YOUR GMAIL
Google will stop its long-standing practice of scanning the contents of individual Gmail users for advertising purposes, the company announced in a blog post today. The practice, something Google has done nearly since the launch of its email service, allows the company to digest the contents of email messages and use them to deliver targeted ads within Gmail itself. The Verge: Google will stop scanning your Gmail messages to sell targeted ads.
+ I prefer CounterMail for my secure email communications but LifeWire details five other alternatives that are just as effective – Heinz Tschabitscher: Six Best Services for Secure Email. CounterMail is on the list.
+ And from Forbes: The Only Email System The NSA Can’t Access.
4. I’LL TRY TO REMEMBER THAT
Scientific evidence indicates that keeping your mind active through “cognitive training,” controlling your blood pressure and exercising more may pay dividends regarding brain health, researchers determined. CBS News Reports: Three lifestyle changes that may help guard against dementia. (Nothing breathtaking here, just stuff we should all be doing anyways for better overall health.)
5. GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER
A mistrial has been declared for the second time in the case of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black motorist in Ohio two years ago. Via The BBC News Service: Second US mistrial in Ohio police shooting of Samuel DuBose. (The guy was stupid for trying to drive away. However, it’s easy to see that he was no threat to the police officer or anyone else at that point when he was shot in the head by Officer Ray Tensing. The police should have to go by the same rules for using deadly force as the rest of us. I ask you what would happen to you if some guy stopped in the road as you were walking cursed you and then started to pull out and leave but you stop him from leaving by shooting him in the head. Yes, you would be serving a lengthy prison sentence. And the fact that the officer was white and the victim was black had nothing to do with it – no doubt the trigger happy officer would have just as quickly shot and killed a white man, but then most white men would have cooperated with the police and been on their way in a few minutes.)
6. OF COURSE, THEY DO
North Korea Denies Mistreatment of Otto Warmbier and says that they are the “biggest victim” in his death. With state’s official news agency denying Friday any mistreatment of Warmbier, insisting criticism of its “humanitarian” treatment was a smear campaign orchestrated by South Korea and the U.S. As reported by U.S. News: North Korean state-run media outlet says that the American detainee’s death remained a ‘mystery.’
+ And from RT News: N. Korea blames US student’s death on Obama policy, calls itself ‘biggest victim.’
+ And they continue with the threats – N. Korea to strike US bases in Asian Pacific & S. Korean presidential palace if US attacks.
7. ANOTHER CONTROVERSY
And another “controversy” to keep the American public occupied and dumbfounded – Trump Sued For Allegedly Violating Presidential Records Act, meanwhile, the US continues its war for control of Syria and the middle east while hiding behind the pretense of fighting ISIS via the “war on terrorism.” Next on the hit list will be Iran.
8. GIVE ME SOME ELBOW ROOM
If you think that the world is a crowded place now – just wait, it’s going to get worse. The UN Says World’s Population Will Reach 9.8 Billion By 2050. (Personally, I don’t think we will make it that long before a major pandemic or other disaster results in a significant reduction in the world’s population.)
9. COUNT ME IN… TWICE
What if we could expand ecstasy, reduce stress and lift depression, all by delaying and extending orgasm? Peter von Ziegesar in Aeon, The orgasm cure.
+Meanwhile – Snapchat filters could allow you to have virtual sex with whoever you want. People have sex on the brain. The big question is what’s next and where do we draw the line between what’s considered normal and what’s, well not normal?
10. THE BOTTOM OF THE NEWS
+ The happiest place on earth? Must be. Man Visits DISNEYLAND 2,000 Days in Row. Wow! He must love Mickey Mouse! For me once every two or three years is plenty enough but to each their own.
+ Venezuela’s economic collapse and shortages cause desperate people to travel 10 hours to buy food, supplies across the water in Trinidad.
+ I watch and enjoy both but Scott Coker explains why Bellator is ready to top UFC as the biggest company in cage fighting.
Have a great evening M.D. Creekmore