Travis Kalanick apologists sound a lot like Donald Trump supporters

June 25, 2017

… Uber’s under investigation by the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and numerous states. And it’s not to say Uber employees who liked Travis are repugnant for applauding his accomplishments, or remembering him fondly. He’s got plenty of Silicon Valley folks who’ve tweeted out that he’s not the monster that the media’s portrayed him as (more on that in a bit). His personal reputation in SV is relatively positive, and he clearly had a positive …


Grand Jury’s ‘Myth’ Report On A California Jail Snitch Scandal Draws Criticism

June 24, 2017

… Orange County Sheriffs Department and Orange County district attorneys office have long denied that their officials have cheated to secure convictions. And the grand jury indicated that they should be believed. Just Friday, an appeals court unanimously affirmed a ruling that the district attorneys office improperly withheld records on a jailhouse informant used in the 2005 double-murder trial of Henry Rodriguez, who was freed in May 2016 after spending 18 years in prison. His attorney told the …


Uber’s HR chief Liane Hornsey should be the next to go

June 23, 2017

… has parted ways with a large chunk of its senior leadership. Here’s a look at the few executives left: Image: Bob Al-Greene How Hornsey has remained at the company is something of a mystery. No other executive at the company has been as vocal in contradicting the claims of former employees as the leadership crumbled around her. Meanwhile, the failure of Uber’s HR Department to address claims from its employees occupied a crucial part of the company’s broader problem. Maybe …


Republicans Hold On To Mick Mulvaney’s Old House Seat In South Carolina

June 22, 2017

… Sachs. Before entering the private sector, he served as a tax attorney for the Department of Justice and staff director of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rather than shy away from his lucrative Hong Kong-based stint at Goldman Sachs, Parnell claimed that experience gave him the expertise needed to cut middle-class families taxes and close corporate tax loopholes. He even laughed about it on more than one occasion. I know enough about our crazy tax code to absolutely bore you to tears, …


Is it safe to live on a former landfill site? – BBC News

June 20, 2017

… control the waters and gases out of it. I was brought up around here so I care what we do.” The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs used to offer grants to local authorities to clean up contaminated land, via the Contaminated Land Capital Projects (CLCP) programme. This funding stream came to an end in March this year. Image caption Kellie Judson is leading the campaign against 200 new homes near a hazardous landfill site The development has twice been turned down by …


Overweight pregnancy increases risk of birth defects, study says

June 15, 2017

(CNN)Risks of major birth defects increased in step with the severity of a mother’s obesity or overweight, a study published Wednesday in the BMJ medical journal found. The study’s findings are not entirely new, but “expand on previous knowledge,” Persson said in an email. Past studies have shown an increased risk of congenital malformations among obese mothers. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. The …


Second Lady Pence Pushes Bee Conservation, An Effort One Critic Labels ‘Hypocritical’

June 8, 2017

… release, Pence highlighted the importance of pollinators not only bees, but butterflies, birds and bats to Americas food supply. Bees aloneadd at least $15 billionin economic value to the countrys agricultural industry. The number of managed honey bee colonies in the U.S., meanwhile, has plummeted from about 6 million in the 1940s to about 2.5 million today, according to the Agriculture Department. The decline has been attributed to several factors, including habitat loss, disease, the …


EPA Inspector General Probing Whether Agency Staffer Colluded With Monsanto

June 7, 2017

… previously a manager in the EPAs pesticide division, allegedly bragging to company officials in April 2015 that he could kill investigations into glyphosate. A Monsanto regulatory affairs manager sent an email to colleagues that said Rowland had told him, If I can kill this I should get a medal. At the time of the email, Monsanto was apparently seeking Rowlands help to shut down a review of glyphosate within the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a division of the U.S. Department …


Key Witnesses In A California Jailhouse Snitch Scandal Refuse to Testify

June 3, 2017

… sheriffs Department that it doesnt exist were pretty hard to swallow. This week, Seth Tunstall became the third sheriffs deputy to refuse to answer questions about his work with jail informants. Dekraais attorney, Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, was trying to question Tunstall about his involvement in a sheriffs Department unit called Special Handling, which dealt with jail informants. Deputies Ben Garcia and William Grover, who worked in Special Handling with Tunstall, refused to …


Senate introduces first bill to provide insurance for gig workers

May 26, 2017

… haven’t done much about it. (They’ve had other stuff going on, I guess.) Democratic Sens. Mark Warner and Suzan DelBene, of Virginia and Washington respectively, are looking to change that. On Thursday they introduced the first federal bill addressing the gig economy. The bill would establish a $20 million grant fund within the Department of Labor to incentivize states, local governments, and nonprofits to create “portable benefit models” that would provide benefits to …


Trump’s Budget Would Cut Planned Parenthood Out Of All Federal Programs

May 23, 2017

Andrew Cullen / Reuters The Trump administrations proposed budget specifically excludes Planned Parenthood from all Department of Health and Human Services programs, apparently the first time a presidents budget has done so, according to the leaked executive summary of the plan. Trumps proposed fiscal 2018 budget follows through on a campaign promise and prohibits any funding in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill for certain entities that provide abortions, including Planned Parenthood, the …