Drug and Alcohol Testing Association of Canada: FMCSA prepares to launch Clearinghouse database

Drug and Alcohol Testing Association of Canada: FMCSA prepares to launch Clearinghouse database. It’s a little confusing because I’m using a Canadian news source, but the FMCSA is a United States government agency, not Canadian. “The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has created a website which provides answers for frequently asked questions regarding the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, a national online database which will list, in real time, the names of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers who have failed drug and alcohol tests. “

Huffington Post: Bureau Of Land Management Scrubs Stewardship Language From News Releases

Huffington Post: Bureau Of Land Management Scrubs Stewardship Language From News Releases . “The Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency that oversees more than 245 million acres of public land, has stripped its conservation-focused mission statement from agency news releases.”

Washington Post: White House declines to back Christchurch call to stamp out online extremism amid free speech concerns

Washington Post: White House declines to back Christchurch call to stamp out online extremism amid free speech concerns. “The United States broke with 18 governments and five top American tech firms Wednesday by declining to endorse a New Zealand-led effort to curb extremism online, a response to the live-streamed shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 51. White House officials said free-speech concerns prevented them from formally signing onto the largest campaign to date targeting extremism online. But it was another example of the United States standing at odds to some its closest allies.”

The Verge: White House launches tool to report censorship on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter

The Verge: White House launches tool to report censorship on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. “On Wednesday, the White House launched a new tool for people to use if they feel they’ve been wrongly censored, banned, or suspended on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.” The privacy policy on this form is kind of eeeeeeesh.

NBC News: Just how much is $250 billion in tariffs?

NBC News: Just how much is $250 billion in tariffs?. “To show the economic stake of each of the $250 billion in items already being taxed, NBC compiled a searchable database of the tariffs along with their import values for 2015-2017. The bigger the dollar amount, the more the U.S. economy spends on these goods.”

Wired: Why Is Facebook Abetting Trump’s Reckless Foreign Policy?

Wired: Why Is Facebook Abetting Trump’s Reckless Foreign Policy?. “When I first read that Facebook has an employee whose title is ‘global head of counterterrorism policy,’ I was surprised. I had always thought of counterterrorism policies as things that governments, not companies, had. But it turns out this distinction isn’t always as meaningful as I’d thought. One job of Facebook’s global head of counterterrorism policy—a national security expert named Brian Fishman—is to do what the US government wants done. This subservience would raise questions even if we didn’t have a president with a famously reckless foreign policy. But we do, and so far Facebook seems willing to abet it.”

Big U.S. news media Twitter accounts amplify Trump’s lies uncritically 19 times a day: Study (Boing Boing)

Boing Boing: Big U.S. news media Twitter accounts amplify Trump’s lies uncritically 19 times a day: Study. “The study found that major U.S. media outlets amplified Trump’s lies and disinformation over 400 times during the three-week study period, or 19 times per day, without identifying in the same moment that the information is just total bullsh*t and shouldn’t be taken as truth.” [Asterisk added by me.]