SPLASH! News Recap of December 6, 2016

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Man Who Shot Joe McKnight Charged with Manslaughter

The Guardian – Ronald Gasser, the man who fatally shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight in an apparent road rage incident last week, was arrested on Monday on one count of manslaughter charge, Jefferson parish sheriff Newell Normand said.

Oil Industry Plea to Donald Trump

AP – Industry leaders are urging President-elect Donald Trump to make approval of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline a priority when he takes office next month, but a spokesman for Trump isn’t offering many clues about how the incoming president might act.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Standing Rock Sioux is calling on pipeline opponents to leave a camp in southern North Dakota where they’ve been protesting for months, as dangerous winter weather sets in. Many are vowing to stay, however.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Booed at Vigil

Buzzfeed – Schaaf’s initial response to the fire, which she called “an immense tragedy,” came on Saturday via Facebook. But a later appearance at a press briefing sparked local ire because of what some felt was unnecessary finger-pointing at those who were operating the warehouse space, which didn’t have permits for public performances or to be a residence. Many feel those who lived at the Ghost Ship, as the space was called, did so in part because, as artists, they couldn’t afford the cost of legitimate real estate in the Bay Area.

Germany Looks to Ban Full Face Veil

CNN – German chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a ban on full-face veils in the country, during a speech at her party’s conference on Tuesday. “The full veil is not appropriate here, it should be forbidden wherever that is legally possible. It does not belong to us,” she said at the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) gathering.

Her comments were met with sustained applause by the audience. It’s not the first time party leaders have proposed banning the Islamic dress, with Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere also calling for the veil to barred from public places in August.
However, as The Washington Post points out, it is unclear how many women in Germany even wear full-face veils, with some estimates as low as 200-300 people, or around 0.01 percent of the population of Germany.

Trump Tweet Caused Boeing Shareholder Loss

Market Watch – A 137-character tweet from President-elect Donald Trump could be costing Boeing Co. shareholders more than $550 million, as Wall Street got a firsthand look at how easily an incoming commander-in-chief can move markets.

Boeing’s stock BA, -0.10% was down 86 cents, or 0.6%, in midday trade, paring an earlier loss of as much as 1.4%. Based on 647.9 million shares outstanding as of Sept. 30, according to the aerospace giant’s third-quarter report, that implies about $557.2 million was lopped off Boeing’s market capitalization.

Trump Tweet Causes Sprint Shares to Rise

USA Today – Telecommunications giant Softbank Group plans to invest $50 billion into the U.S. economy, and add 50,000 jobs, president-elect Donald Trump announced in New York on Tuesday.

Trump made the announcement over Twitter after meeting with Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son at Trump Tower. It is unclear whether the Japanese company, which has a majority stake in Sprint, might make its investment in the form of a merger or acquisition.

Peter Vaughan Dies at Age 93

USA Today – Character actor Peter Vaughan, who played the wise healer-scholar Maester Aemon on HBO’s Game of Thrones, died Tuesday at age 93, surrounded by family, agent Sally Long-Innes says.

Vaughan’s face — if not his name — was familiar to generations of television viewers in Britain and around the world. His best-known roles included criminal Harry Grout in 1970s prison sitcom Porridge.

Google Will Hit 100% Renewable Energy Next Year

The Keyword – On a Google blog post on The Keyword, Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Technical Infrastructure, made the announcement that Google will run on 100% renewable energy for their global operations in 2017. That includes the company’s data centers and offices.

Google hopes to improve on this accomplishment by diversifying their energy sources and helping develop more green energy for their own use and the use of others around the world. They invite those interested in their next ideas to read their white paper.

Pentagon Buried Study Revealing $125 Billion in Wasteful Spending

The Washington Post – The Pentagon commissioned a study last year by the Defense Business Board to look into how to make their bureaucratic processes more efficient. The study revealed that almost a quarter of the Pentagon’s budget went to bureaucratic overhead costs, including over a million contractors and other personnel to carry out the jobs.

Fearing that the government would not give them additional funding as they have requested for years and might even cut their budget instead, some leaders at the Pentagon opted to bury the study instead.

Political Drama in Miami-Dade Could Fuel Race to Head Florida Democratic Party

Miami Herald – Patricia Mazzei and Amy Sherman discuss a contentious Democrat reorganizational meeting in Miami with a high dollar donor looming in the wings in an attempt to use back room deals to obtain the state chair of the Florida Democratic Party.

Written by Pamela Getz

Writer and Activist. Follow Pamela on Twitter @goddesspamela.

Pamela Getz is Editor of International Affairs for Progressive Army and a member of its Editorial Board.

Written by Raven Payne

Recently awakened progressive in pursuit of truth in all things.

Raven Payne is an Editor and Writer for Progressive Army, and a member of its Editorial Board.

Written by Andre Roberge

Father, Husband. Went to school for philosophy (university of WA) and now I work for a train company -- Interests include Labor Law, TILA, Unions, Paid Family Leave, Healthcare, Philosophy of Science, Fantasy Football and Open Government-- Fanboy of The Take Down with Nick Nowlin and The Way with Anoa. Follow Andre on Twitter @SubvertingPower.

Andre Roberge is a Researcher and Writer for Progressive Army.

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