Camp Fire: PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for negligence in California’s worst wildfire

“The California utility agreed to pay a nearly $2 billion fine for causing the blaze, which killed dozens and destroyed the town of Paradise.”

Amazon to enforce social distancing in warehouses with AI surveillance software 'Distance Assistant'

Amazon says it will deploy an artificial intelligence surveillance system in warehouses that tells workers if they are too close to colleagues, as the coronavirus pandemic rages on and workers are placed at risk. Read the rest

Trump lies, 'They’ve come up with the AIDS vaccine'

Donald Trump, June 16, 2020: “They’ve come up with the AIDS vaccine.” Read the rest

Racial disparity in COVID cases far worse than you imagined, CDC data shows

We know Coronavirus is impacting Black, Latinx, and Native Americans at rates far higher than whites. New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control shows the racial gap is far worse than previously known. Read the rest

VOA to be run by Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Trump CEO pick Michael Pack, so two top VOA directors just quit

• Voice of America's director and assistant director resign

• White House April 10 newsletter falsely accused VOA of using taxpayer dollars to "promote foreign propaganda"

• Two miserably failed right-wing filmmakers are taking control of VOA, four months before the 2020 election, and they're bringing Sebastian Gorka in. What could possibly go wrong? Read the rest

Trump on coronavirus: If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any

Possibly his dumbest statement about COVID-19 ever

Peter Thiel's Palantir to IPO within weeks, start trading before election

Bloomberg News reports on Friday that the secretive big-data and surveillance technology firm Palantir is preparing to register an S-1 filing confidentially, and plans to go public in the coming weeks and start trading as early as fall 2020. Read the rest

GOP Ohio lawmaker: 'African Americans or the colored population' get coronavirus because they 'do not wash their hands as well as other groups'

In Ohio, a Republican state senator is receiving widespread condemnation today after asking aloud whether “African Americans or the colored population” (?!??!?!) are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic because -- wait for it -- they “do not wash their hands as well as other groups.” Read the rest

General Mark Milley sorry for posing with Trump in combat uniform after protesters gassed by goons

• "I should not have been there.” • Milley said his presence “created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”

America's top general said that showing up in combat fatigues with impeached President Donald Trump after a violent dispersal of protesters outside the White House last week was a "mistake." Read the rest

Seattle mayor to Trump: 'Go back to your bunker'

She's good. She's really good. Read the rest

Pentagon to remove Confederate names from military assets within 3 years

Some breaking news on this Thursday morning, as Black Lives Matter protests around the country tear down racist Civil War monuments in cities like Richmond, Virginia. Read the rest

Petition circulates to replace Richmond's Robert E. Lee statue with Oderus Urungus of GWAR

Perfect. A petition is being circulated on Change.org to replace Richmond, VA's Monument Avenue statue of Robert E. Lee with Oderus Urungus (aka the late Dave Brockie) of GWAR. Read the rest

In crazy tweet, Donald Trump claims police spied on him

Yes, it's that time again, the time when we ask: What hot garbage did impeached president Donald Trump spew on Twitter this morning. Read the rest

'Gone with the Wind' gone from HBO Max

The streaming service HBO Max has removed the Civil War racist fantasy film “Gone with the Wind” from its service. Read the rest

'I Have Waited for a Revolution My Entire Life' — Keke Palmer

Actor and activist Keke Palmer, who we saw in a video from recent protests that went viral, has an amazing guest column in Variety today: ‘I Have Waited for a Revolution My Entire Life.’ Read the rest

IBM to exit facial recognition business, opposes use of AI technology for mass surveillance

In a letter to members of Congress, IBM says it will abandon the general-purpose facial recognition business, and that the company opposes the use of facial recognition for mass surveillance. Read the rest

Amazon's Jeff Bezos proclaims support for Black Lives Matter

This is sure an interesting Friday, with Reddit and Facebook and now Amazon CEOs and founders speaking about Black Lives Matter and the protests surrounding the police killing of George Floyd. Read the rest

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