Death of Guatemalan toddler. Jamal Khashoggi’s last words. Facebook employees are paranoid [r/news, Episode #9]


Death of Guatemalan toddler detained by ICE sparks $60 million legal claim

A Guatemalan toddler who died weeks after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border with her mother is at the center of a wrongful death claim that’s seeking $60 million from the federal government.

* Yazmine traveled to the US from Guatemala to seek asylum with her daughter Mariee.
* Upon getting caught, Yazmine and Mariee were detained for 20 days in an ICE detention facility located in Dilly Texas.
* While in custody of ICE Mariee contracted a respiratory infection. Medical records somewhat corroborate the infection occurred while in the facility, but typically respiratory infections last at most 8 days and can incubate for up to 8 days as well. Timeline wise the child was going through RSV, and there is no treatment for it beyond immunization prior to infection. More than likely, the child developed bronchiolitis which can’t be treated directly. Only symptoms can be treated which includes clearing the child’s nasal passages and cough syrup. Mariee was treated by multiple medical staff for what was assumed to be acute bronchitis.
* Upon being released, Yazmine took Mariee on a plane to New Jersey/ New York. The location changes depending on the article source.
* Upon arrival or perhaps a day later(different sources claim different timespan), Yazmine took Mariee for treatment for respiratory failure. Bronchiolitis and bronchitis typically do not cause respiratory failure unless the child has a pre-existing condition.
* After 6 weeks of treatment, Mariee died in the hospital.
* Yazmine’s lawyers are suing for $40 -$60 million (different sources claim different amounts).

Redditors say Mariee’s case is not an isolated one. Human Rights Watch, the prominent international research, and advocacy organization obtained medical records for 52 ICE detainees who’ve died since 2010, and their experts concluded that almost half of that death were linked to substandard healthcare.


‘I can’t breathe.’ Jamal Khashoggi’s last words disclosed in a transcript

These were the final words uttered by Jamal Khashoggi after he was set upon by a Saudi hit squad at the country’s consulate in Istanbul, according to a source briefed on the investigation into the killing of the Washington Post columnist.
The source, who has read a translated transcript of an audio recording of Khashoggi’s painful last moments, said it was clear that the killing on October 2 was no botched rendition attempt, but the execution of a premeditated plan to murder the journalist.
During the course of the gruesome scene, the source describes Khashoggi struggling against a group of people determined to kill him.

CNN asked Saudi officials to comment on the contents of the transcript as described by the source and to provide comment from those named in it. A Saudi official said: “The relevant Saudi security officials have reviewed the transcript and tape materials through Turkish security channels and nowhere in them is there any reference or indication of a call being made.”

Graham, who was among a group of senators to receive a classified briefing on the Khashoggi case, said earlier this week that he agreed with the conclusions of the US security services that bin Salman was implicated in the case.
“There’s not a smoking gun, there’s a smoking saw,” he said.


Facebook Employees Are So Paranoid They’re Using Burner Phones to Talk to Each Other

Facebook’s reputation has only continued to get more sullied in recent weeks, and it’s taking a toll on employees. According to a new report Wednesday from BuzzFeed News, things over at the old FB are, well, kind of grim.
“People now have burner phones to talk shit about the company — not even to reporters, just to other employees,” one former employee said. Another described the current scene as a “bunker mentality,” meaning that after nearly two years of continuous bad press some people are, to borrow a phrase, leaning in as hard as they can to cope. “It’s otherwise rational, sane people who’re in Mark’s orbit spouting full-blown anti-media rhetoric, saying that the press is ganging up on Facebook,” said the former employee.
Employees also referenced Dara Khosrowshahi, the current CEO of Uber who was brought in to take over for Travis Kalanick and clean up his mess. The suggestion here is that bringing in somebody new, somebody who isn’t Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg could help fix Facebook. This, of course, seems highly unlikely and, as BuzzFeed notes, loyalty to leadership at Facebook runs deep. But, to Khosrowshahi’s credit, the strategy seems to be working at Uber thus far. Maybe there’s something to that idea.


Nobel laureates dismiss fears about genetically modified foods

Winners of this year’s Nobel prize for chemistry say overblown fears about genetically modified foods risk preventing society benefiting from the technology.
Prof Frances Arnold, from the US, and Sir Gregory Winter, from Britain, made the comments on Friday ahead of Monday’s presentation of the prize.
“We’ve been modifying the biological world at the level of DNA for thousands of years,” Arnold said at a news conference, citing examples such as new dog breeds. “Somehow there is this new fear of what we already have been doing and that fear has limited our ability to provide real solutions.”
Arnold argued that genetically modified crops could make food production more environmentally sustainable and help feed the world’s growing population. Genetic modifications can make crops drought and disease resistant.

Redditors add that We live in the most food abundant time in the history of the earth due to selective planting and modified crops. As long as it’s done in a responsible way, it’s amazing for our world.