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AP’s Today in History for November 29th
President Johnson names commission to investigate JFK’s assassination; U.N. passes resolution calling for the British Mandate of Palestine to be partitioned; First flight over the South Pole; Natalie Wood, Cary Grant and George Harrison die. (Nov. 29)
Something to Think about, Breakfast News & Blogs Below
Supreme Court justice blocks Native Hawaiian vote count
The Associated Press
A U.S. Supreme Court justice on Friday issued a temporary stay blocking the counting of votes in an election that would be a significant step toward Native Hawaiian self-governance.
Justice Anthony Kennedy’s order also stops the certification of any winners pending further direction from him or the entire court.
Native Hawaiians are voting to elect delegates for a convention next year to come up with a self-governance document to be ratified by Native Hawaiians. Voting ends Monday. …
Turkish human rights lawyer shot dead during press conference
The Associated Press
A prominent lawyer and human rights defender, who faced a criminal charge for supporting Kurdish rebels, has been killed in an attack in south-east Turkey in which a police officer also died, officials said.
Tahir Elci was shot on Saturday while he and other lawyers were making a press statement. Two policemen and a journalist were also injured.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack and there were conflicting reports about what led to the incident. …
Black Friday sales fall 10% from last year
The Associated Press
Total sales in the US on Black Friday fell 10% to $10.4bn this year, down from $11.6bn in 2014, according to research firm ShopperTrak.
The decline in sales on the traditional busiest shopping day of the year has been blamed on shops opening the day before. But this year, sales on Thanksgiving also dropped, and by the same percentage, to $1.8bn.
A big reason for the decline is increased online shopping, as Americans hunt down deals on their smartphones, tablets and computers. Many retailers are also offering bargains long before Thanksgiving, limiting the impact of Black Friday specials. …
Exposed: ‘Full Range of Collusion’ Between Big Oil and TTIP Trade Reps
Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams
Amid warnings that the proposed TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) could undermine global attempts to rein in runaway climate change, new documents reveal that EU trade officials gave U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil access to confidential negotiating strategies considered too sensitive to be released to the European public.
The documents, obtained by the Guardian, offer “an extraordinary glimpse into the full degree of collusion between the European commission and multinational corporations seeking to use TTIP to increase U.S. exports of fossil fuels,” said John Hilary, the director of the UK organization War on Want. “The commission is allowing the oil majors to write the proposed energy chapter of TTIP in their favor.”
According to the Guardian: “Officials also asked one oil refinery association for ‘concrete input’ on the text of an energy chapter for the negotiations, as part of the EU’s bid to write unfettered imports of U.S. crude oil and gas into the trade deal.” …
- Global Climate March 2015: Millions Take to Streets for Our Future
Common Dreams staff
- Have a coke and diabetes: The beverage giant’s shady research practices, exposed
Reynard Loki, AlterNet
- World’s Most ‘Adorable Drug Kingpin’ Is Actually the Daughter of Texas DEA Head Honcho
William N. Grigg, The Free Thought Project
- LA to Scan ALL Cars, Publicly Shame Anyone Who Drives Through a ‘Prostitution Area’
Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project
Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac
RIO DE JANEIRO- Brazilian police are hunting for a Sao Paulo Santa Claus who kicked off the Christmas shopping season by stealing a helicopter.
The thief rented the aircraft late Friday from an air taxi service at the Campo Marte airport in Sao Paulo for a Black Friday “surprise,” the Sao Paulo state security secretariat said on Saturday.
During the flight, the Santa forced the pilot to fly to a small farm outside of Sao Paulo city, where they were met by a third person, the secretariat said. …