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PBC News & Comment: Wild Theories Floated as California Fires Are Being Contained

Major progress in controlling Wine Country wildfires, but wild speculation from self-styled experts, pseudo scientists precede investigations, and real evidence….–on Facebook, theories are floated by people who expose their ignorance about the local conditions that likely started, and drove massive firestorms

–Mike Davis offers sensible, high altitude look at fires in California

–corporate media starts to note some of the inconsistencies and contradictions in Las Vegas investigation

–in rare case that doesn’t involve FBI informants, New Jersey man is convicted of Chelsea bombing in September 2016

–state Sen. Kevin de Leon is second Democrat to challenge Feinstein in 2018, after lawyer Pat Harris, who joined us here last Friday

–Iraqi forces took over Kirkuk from Kurds in effort to squelch independence move

–reporter Joe Lauria, who has been living in Iraq, filed this report as the takeover was underway

–Catalonia leaders are ignoring Madrid’s demand to clarify its intentions, and Madrid is ignoring Barcelona’s call for dialogue

–Islamic State forces are leaving Raqua, as some surrender and the future of Syria is unclear

–after being called a “dirty rotten traitor” by Trump, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl takes guilty plea

60 Minutes and Washington Post expose Trump’s “drug czar” nominee, Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) as architect of law that protects opioid industry

–promoting her book in Australia, Hillary Clinton says Trump’s use of Twitter is dangerous, unloads lies about WikiLeaks and Assange

–as Weinstein scandal continues to grow, Trump’s predatory behavior is focus of lawsuit by former contestant on “Apprentice”

–Trump promised return of “moral clarity” to evangelical group