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Think federal cops in Portland are scary? Cops use 'jump-out boys' all the time
The Guardian, UK - Baynard Woods and Brandon Soderberg are the coauthors of I Got a Monster: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Corrupt Police Squad: we found that police units in unmarked cars have long used terror and confusion to destabilize communities ... Plainclothes police squads – “jump-out boys” – ride around in unmarked vehicles looking for citizens to tackle or throw against a wall, then search for guns or drugs ... Police departments officially call it “proactive policing.” ... In Portland, we are seeing the federal version of “proactive policing” sow confusion and chaos – and Trump is betting on the turmoil... Visit Website ]
Jul 29, 2020, 12:06pm

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Here are seven things you probably didn't know were connected to slavery
Amir Vera, CNN: Here are seven institutions that many people may not know are linked to slavery: ... New York Life Insurance Company: has admitted that their predecessor company insured the lives of enslaved people for their owners. ... Yale University: Elihu Yale was a slave trader who profited from the sale of human lives. ... CSX Transportation:... The Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad in Virginia -- acquired by CSX in 2003 -- owned and hired enslaved Black people from 1834, when it was chartered, until the end of the Civil War in 1865 ... Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey ... Wall Street ... Visit Website ]
Jul 19, 2020, 4:57pm

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Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours
Damian Carrington, The Guardian, UK: The enzyme, originally discovered in a compost heap of leaves, reduced the bottles to chemical building blocks that were then used to make high-quality new bottles. ... The company behind the breakthrough, Carbios, said it was aiming for industrial-scale recycling within five years. ... The team used the optimised enzyme to break down a tonne of waste plastic bottles, which were 90% degraded within 10 hours. The scientists then used the material to create new food-grade plastic bottles. ... Carbios has a deal with the biotechnology company Novozymes to produce the new enzyme at scale using fungi. It said the cost of the enzyme was just 4% of the cost of virgin plastic made from oil... Visit Website ]
Apr 8, 2020, 12:07pm

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Coronavirus: What could the West learn from Asia?
Helier Cheung, BBC News: Lesson one: Take it seriously - and act quickly ... Lesson two: Make tests extensive, and affordable ... Lesson three: Trace and isolate ... Lesson four: Early social distancing ... Lesson five: Keep the public well informed and on side ... Lesson six: It's also down to individual attitudes... Visit Website ]
Mar 21, 2020, 12:24pm

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America’s 'recycled' plastic waste is clogging landfills, survey finds
Erin McCormick, The Guardian, UK: Many plastic items that Americans put in their recycling bins aren’t being recycled at all, according to a major new survey of hundreds of recycling facilities across the US. ... The research, conducted by Greenpeace and released on Tuesday, found that out of 367 recycling recovery facilities surveyed none could process coffee pods, fewer than 15% accepted plastic clamshells – such as those used to package fruit, salad or baked goods – and only a tiny percentage took plates, cups, bags and trays. ... While the report found there is still a strong recycling market for bottles and jugs labeled #1 or #2, such as plastic water bottles and milk containers, the pipeline has bottomed out for many plastics labelled #3-7 ... “If manufacturers are going to make these products, they should be buying them back. They can be the ones closing the loop.”... Visit Website ]
Feb 19, 2020, 3:55pm

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Canada: protests go mainstream as support for Wet'suwet'en pipeline fight widens
Amber Bracken, The Guardian: Protesters have blocked railways and barricaded ports in wave of dissent – and the pressure on Justin Trudeau has increased ... The long-simmering conflict came to a head this week, as Canada’s national police force deployed helicopters, armed officers and dogs to enforce a court injunction and clear Indigenous activists who had been blocking work crews from the route of the C$6.6bn (US$5bn) Coastal GasLink project. ... In Alberta – a province whose economy relies on oil and gas – the conservative premier, Jason Kenney ... “This is not about Indigenous people. It’s not about carbon emissions. It’s about a hard-left ideology that is, frankly, opposed to the entire modern industrial economy”... Molly Wickham, a spokesperson for the Wet’suwet’en .., “Indigenous people see what’s happening to us and see what’s happening to our territory and our pristine waters – and to our people on the ground, having semiautomatic weapons aimed at us... Visit Website ]
Feb 14, 2020, 12:08pm

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50 Years Ago This Month First SWAT Team Used By Law Enforcement
Matthew Fleisher: In the early morning hours of Dec. 8, 1969, Bernard Arafat awoke to explosions rocking the library of the Black Panthers’ 41st and Central Avenue headquarters in Los Angeles. Above him, footsteps stomped across the roof. Then gunfire erupted. ... On that morning 50 years ago, the Panthers became the targets of the world’s first major raid by a Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT, team. More than 350 officers took on 13 Panthers, ostensibly to execute arrest warrants. The group they battled included three women and five teenagers. ... “SWAT uses Navy SEAL techniques to go on fishing expeditions,” ... “They bust down the door, throw flash grenades, handcuff everyone inside, ransack the place and leave. And these techniques are predominately used on communities made up of racial minorities.”... Visit Website ]
Dec 19, 2019, 12:01pm

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Landmark US case to expose rampant racial bias behind the death penalty
Ed Pilkington: The dark secret of America’s death penalty – the blatant and intentional racial bias that infects the system, distorting juries and throwing inordinate numbers of African Americans on to death row – will be laid bare next week in North Carolina. ... The court’s seven judges will be asked to address a simple question. Will they allow men and women to be condemned to die despite powerful evidence that prosecutors deployed racially discriminatory tactics to put them on death row? ... “We are taking an unprecedented look at whether the courts will tolerate proven racial bias in the death penalty,” said one of the case’s leading lawyers, Cassandra Stubbs, director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) capital punishment project. “We’re talking about fundamental rights that go to the integrity of the courts and the entire criminal justice system.”... Visit Website ]
Aug 25, 2019, 2:04pm

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Thousands of Goldminers Invade Yanomami Territory
Survival International: Up to 10,000 goldminers have invaded Yanomami lands in northern Brazil, spreading malaria in the region and polluting many of the rivers with mercury. ... Although most Yanomami are in contact with non-indigenous society, one uncontacted group is known to live in the area being invaded, and authorities are investigating signs of up to six other uncontacted communities living there. ... The massive influx has been blamed by local indigenous leaders for the deaths of four children already. They say the miners are building settlements and airstrips, emboldened by President Bolsonaro’s support for land invaders, and constant attacks on indigenous people... Visit Website ]
Jul 2, 2019, 11:27am

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A China Food Crisis More Danger Than Trade War?
F. William Engdahl: China faces a threat to its agriculture that could do far more damage to her political stability and economy than the escalating USA tariff war. In recent months cases of deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) among the pig population of the world’s largest pig producer have forced drastic killing off of the pig population since cases were first detected last August. On top of that, more recently, Chinese grain producers have been hit by what can only be called a plague of a dangerous pest called “Fall Armyworms”, that devastates corn, rice and other grain crops. ... The combination hitting China as its leaders are in the midst of an escalating major trade war with the United States, could affect the world geopolitical map in ways few can imagine... Visit Website ]
May 20, 2019, 2:45pm

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US coup bid pushes Venezuela closer to invasion or civil war
Bill Van Auken:Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro, speaking at a press conference in the Miraflores presidential palace, declared that his government was confronting “an advancing coup d’état promoted and financed by the United States of North America.” He charged that Guaidó was a puppet of Washington ... Washington, meanwhile, has escalated its offensive against the Maduro government. National Security Adviser John Bolton announced that the US will divert all assets held by the Venezuelan government in the US to the so-called “interim government” of Guaidó. ... Goldman Sachs reported that the corporate coup would be carried out in conjunction with the proclamation of a new National Law on Hydrocarbons, which would open up Venezuela’s oil reserves to more direct and comprehensive foreign exploitation... Visit Website ]
Jan 26, 2019, 11:50am

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Washington Ups The Stakes In Ongoing Attempt To Overthrow Venezuelan Government
Jorge Martin: The United States claims it is going to bring democracy to Venezuela by replacing a legitimately elected president with an unelected president. ... This is part of a never-ending coup and economic war against Venezuela that began with the election of Hugo Chavez. Last September it was confirmed that Trump administration officials met with renegade Venezuelan military officers planning a coup against the government. In August an assassination attempt against Maduro, coordinated with US ally Colombia, was foiled. ... On Thursday, the military high command of Venezuela ratified its support for President Nicolas Maduro. Padrino in a statement from the ministry and in the company of the military leadership said that the United States and other governments are executing a war against Venezuela... Visit Website ]
Jan 24, 2019, 4:20pm

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Matamoros, Mexico strike of over 70,000 workers enters sixth day (Amid Media Blackout)
Alex González and Andrea Lobo: Over 70,000 “maquiladora” workers from 45 factories in the US-Mexico border town of Matamoros, Mexico have entered the sixth day of their courageous struggle as more and more plants are paralyzed throughout the city. ... The strike could very soon disrupt global supply chains in the United States, Canada and Asia. ... The strike is affecting major suppliers to the "Big Three” automakers—GM, Ford and Fiat-Chrysler—as well as other manufacturers. Factories that are on strike include Autoliv, Inteva, Starkey, Edemsa, Aipsa, Cepillos, STC, Polytech, Kemet, Tyco, Parker and AFX. ... The workers are sharing information through Facebook ... The strike at Matamoros has been completely ignored by the corporate media. There is not a single article about the Matamoros strike in any of the major Mexican or international news outlets... Visit Website ]
Jan 18, 2019, 2:15pm

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Stacey Abrams’ Allies Sue Georgia, Alleging an Unconstitutional Election System
Pema Levy: The lawsuit cites an extensive list of voting problems in Georgia, including voter registration issues and Election Day snafus that prevented an unknown number of people from voting. It argues that the secretary of state and state board of elections systematically disenfranchised some voters and effectively disenfranchised others by creating conditions that made it harder for people of color to vote. ... The lawsuit asks a federal judge to force Georgia to change how the secretary of state and elections board administer elections in Georgia. The long list of requests include blocking the state’s current practice of purging infrequent voters from the rolls; ending the use of electronic voting machines without a paper trail; and ensuring that local election officials are properly trained so that inadequate equipment and misinformation do not not disenfranchise Georgia voters... Visit Website ]
Nov 27, 2018, 3:23pm

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Apocalyptic images show the unfathomable devastation caused by California’s deadly Camp Fire
Lindsey Bever, Washington Post: The worst wildfire California has ever seen has destroyed the once-lush forest town of Paradise, leaving an unfathomable trail of death and destruction in its wake. ... By Tuesday morning, 42 people had been confirmed dead in and around Paradise, making the Camp Fire the deadliest wildfire in state history. Dozens of people are still missing, so the death toll is likely to rise. The fire also destroyed nearly 7,000 structures, most of them homes. No California wildfire has ever done more damage. ... Visit Website ]
Nov 13, 2018, 2:37pm


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