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The I-66 Beltway toll hit $46.50 on Tuesday

The toll on Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway reached $46.50 for a solo driver during the Tuesday morning rush, just below a record of $47.25 set last month.

Michelle Holland, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation, said there wasn’t a specific cause for the spike in the toll price.

“Tolls are based on congestion,” she said. “The more congested it is, the higher the toll, and that’s how we manage demand for the lanes so people who are on the lanes have free-flowing traffic.”

The I-66 tolls, which are meant to encourage drivers to carpool or use public transportation inside the Beltway, have raised criticism among some drivers since they began in December. Solo drivers who travel on those 10 miles of I-66 at peak periods are charged based on a “dynamic pricing” system that changes every six minutes, depending on traffic volumes and speeds.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2018/02/13/the-toll-on-i-66-inside-the-beltway-hit-46-50-on-tuesday/?utm_term=.6a15bca84881

Sessions invokes 'Anglo American heritage' of sheriff's office

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday brought up sheriffs' "Anglo-American heritage" during remarks to law enforcement officials in Washington.

"I want to thank every sheriff in America. Since our founding, the independently elected sheriff has been the people's protector, who keeps law enforcement close to and accountable to people through the elected process," Sessions said in remarks at the National Sheriffs Association winter meeting, adding, "The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement."

"We must never erode this historic office," Sessions continued.

Invoking "Anglo-American heritage" seems to have been an impromptu decision by the attorney general. A written version of the remarks says that Sessions was supposed to say: "The sheriff is a critical part of our legal heritage."


Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/12/politics/jeff-sessions-anglo-american-law-enforcement/index.html

Grateful Dead Lyricist & Political Activist John Perry Barlow 1947 2018

Grateful Dead lyricist as well as Electronic Frontier Foundation and Freedom Of The Press Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow has died today at age 70. The sad news was first passed on by filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev, who featured Barlow in his 2017 Long Strange Trip Grateful Dead documentary, and confirmed by the EFF. John Perry Barlow had been dealing with one health issue after another in recent years and died in his sleep.

JPB became fascinated with the online world following his joining the WELL in 1986. Four years later he founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit digital rights group. Mitch Kapor and John Gilmore were Barlow’s co-founder of the organization, which to this day works to preserve civil liberties on the internet. The organization also provides tutorials and other services designed to promote safe online communications. John Perry Barlow more recently was part of the 2012 formation of the Freedom Of The Press (FPF) Foundation. The organization’s mission includes “promoting and funding aggressive, public-interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and law-breaking in government.”

John Perry Barlow is survived by his wife Elaine and their three daughters. The JamBase Team sends its condolences to the Barlows as well as JPB’s friends and family.

https://www.jambase.com/article/john-perry-barlow-grateful-dead-lyricist-died

“Brave the storm to come; for it surely looks like rain...”

Rest easy; dear friend...

Upstate NY man dies after winning lottery

SIDNEY, NY (WROC) - A Binghamton-area man has died weeks after winning the lottery.

According to WBNG, Donald Savastano, of Sidney, NY, won a million dollars off a Merry Millionaire ticket in early January.

Friends say Savastano was self-employed and didn't have insurance. They say he hadn't been feeling well recently and after winning the money he went to the doctor.

During the visit, he found out he had stage four cancer. He died last Friday, 23 days after winning.

http://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/upstate-man-dies-after-winning-lottery/945863952?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_News_8_WROC_Rochester

Is this where we’re at?

We can do so much better than this...

Trump ex-Campaign Chair Manafort sues Mueller, Rosenstein, and Department of Justice

Source: CNBC

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has sued special counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

The suit alleges that Mueller has strayed beyond the scope of the investigation he was authorized to pursue, and argues that the charges filed against Manafort have nothing to do with the 2016 presidential election that spurred Mueller's appointment.

"The actions of DOJ and Mr. Rosenstein in issuing the Appointment Order, and Mr. Mueller's actions pursuant to the authority the Order granted him, were arbitrary, capricious, and not in accordance with the law," the suit reads.

The appointment order authorizing Mueller as special counsel permits him to investigate any matters that "may arise directly from the investigation."

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/03/trump-ex-campaign-chair-manafort-sues-mueller-rosenstein-and-department-of-justice.html

Anyone watching Wormwood?

Netflix Original investigative documentary based on Frank Olson and his mysterious death in 1953 after becoming an unknowing participant in the CIA MK-ULTRA project...

The East Coast Is About To Get Hit by a Bomb Cyclone

The East Coast Is About To Get Hit by a “Bomb Cyclone”

Much of the eastern United States has been assaulted by brutally cold temperatures over the last week. New Year’s Eve revelers in New York City rang in 2018 in 9-degree weather—the coldest midnight temperature since 1907.

On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that a “bomb cyclone” is expected to batter the East Coast later this week. A weather system only earns that name by dropping in pressure rapidly—at least 24 millibars over 24 hours—in a process called bombogenesis. Winds could kick up to 55 mph just off the coast of New England, a prospect that has prompted local weather stations to warn of hurricane-force winds.

https://mobile.twitter.com/RyanMaue/status/948255400851378176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Finstant-articles%2F

In Boston, which is no stranger to cold weather and has suffered through brutally low temperatures this past week, the National Weather Service forecasts near-blizzard conditions, with just a quarter-mile of visibility.

https://mobile.twitter.com/NWSBoston/status/948302100852871170/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Finstant-articles%2F

But the snow won’t be limited to northern states. As far south as Georgia and Florida, forecasters are calling for potentially dangerous winter weather, with several inches of snow in some areas. 

https://mobile.twitter.com/NWSJacksonville/status/948311098595344384/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Finstant-articles%2F

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2018/01/the-east-coast-is-about-to-get-hit-by-a-bomb-cyclone/

55 Ways Donald Trump Structurally Changed America in 2017


http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/12/55-ways-donald-trump-structurally-changed-america-in-2017.html?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=s3&utm_campaign=sharebutton-t

Paul Ryan Slits Auto Mechanics Throat To Kick Off GOP Purge Of Working Class


WASHINGTON—Grinning proudly as blood gushed from his victim’s windpipe, House Speaker Paul Ryan reportedly slit an auto mechanic’s throat Wednesday to kick off the GOP purge of the working class. “With our tax reform bill giving us the mandate we have long desired, there’s nothing stopping us now—commence the bloodletting!” said Ryan, holding up the lifeless body of the local blue-collar worker as blood from his severed arteries sprayed reporters gathered at the press conference. “Now we can finally experience the sweet release of all our pent-up hatred of the parasitic working class without fear of punishment or retribution. The blood of the filthy proletariat will flow in the streets, and the families of truck drivers, nurses, and retail employees all over the nation will know our wrath. No one making under $50,000 a year is safe. Today, the American economy will be put back on the right track, and the liquidation begins!” At press time, blood-drenched Republican senators Bob Corker and Lisa Murkowski were seen sprinting into a Baltimore Walmart wielding machetes.

https://politics.theonion.com/paul-ryan-slits-auto-mechanic-s-throat-to-kick-off-gop-1821475569

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