Trump's EPA Says Glyphosate is OK ; India's Holiest River Is Drying Up ; and More Picks 8/12

Critical US Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials (Chris) 

From Motherboard: “The top voting machine company in the country insists that its election systems are never connected to the internet. But researchers found 35 of the systems have been connected to the internet for months and possibly years, including in some swing states.”

SF Activist Shot in Philippines — Friends Accuse Duterte’s Government Forces (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “A San Francisco native living and working in the Philippines as an advocate for indigenous people and environmental protection is fighting for his life after being shot in what relatives and colleagues believe was a political attack by government forces to silence him. Brandon Lee, 37, was shot outside his home Tuesday in the Ifugao province of the northern Philippines, according to friends and family who are calling on San Francisco’s congressional delegation to order the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines to offer Lee protection and conduct an investigation into the shooting.”

FBI Hesitant to Clarify Situation Regarding Domestic Terror Investigations (Russ)

From ProPublica: “Four days after asking for information on the FBI’s claims of 90 domestic terrorism arrests, we are still waiting.”

Trump’s EPA Defies California Rules, Says Glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup Is OK (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “In a direct challenge to California regulators and Bay Area environmentalists, the Trump administration Thursday ordered companies to ignore state requirements that businesses warn customers if their products contain glyphosate, a weed killer that has been linked to cancer. The decision flies in the face of three California court rulings against Monsanto, which markets the chemical as Roundup.” 

India’s Holiest River Is Drying Up (Mili)

The author writes, “At a nature sanctuary on the Ganges, both dolphins and humans are in trouble.”