Wednesday, February 27, 2019

From Jenna Orkin

Open Letter to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Venezuela - Stan Goff

Green New Deal:  Scope, Scale and Implications

Concrete, the Most Destructive Material on Earth

In the time it takes you to read this sentence, the global building industry will have poured more than 19,000 bathtubs of concrete. By the time you are halfway through this article, the volume would fill the Albert Hall and spill out into Hyde Park. In a day it would be almost the size of China’s Three Gorges Dam. In a single year, there is enough to patio over every hill, dale, nook and cranny in England.
   [T]he amount of concrete laid per square metre in Japan is 30 times the amount in America, and that the volume is almost exactly the same. “So we’re talking about a country the size of California laying the same amount of concrete [as the entire US]. Multiply America’s strip malls and urban sprawl by 30 to get a sense of what’s going on in Japan...
   According to the watchdog group Transparency International, construction is the world’s dirtiest business, far more prone to graft than mining, real estate, energy or the arms market. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

From Jenna Orkin

Fresno's Freedom School Changing the Narrative on Farming for Black Youth

Former Aetna Medical Director Admits to Never Reviewing Patients' Records Before Denying Care

Fifty Million Gallons of Polluted Water Pours Daily from US Mine Sites

Secret Lives of Facebook Moderators
"The moderators told me it’s a place where the conspiracy videos and memes that they see each day gradually lead them to embrace fringe views.. One auditor walks the floor promoting the idea that the Earth is flat. A former employee told me he has begun to question certain aspects of the Holocaust. Another former employee, who told me he has mapped every escape route out of his house and sleeps with a gun at his side, said: “I no longer believe 9/11 was a terrorist attack.'

India-Pakistan War: Pakistan Army Prepares For Conflict, Tells Hospitals To Be Ready

A 24-year-old was shot dead for trying to hijack a Dubai-bound plane with a toy gun, but his motive remains a mystery

Thursday, February 21, 2019

From Jenna Orkin

You May Soon Have to Give Your DNA to the State and Pay $250 For the Privilege

Oregon Seeks to Lower Voting Age to 16

Barrett Brown

The Rest of Us Knew Churchill Was a Villain

Cannabis producer Tilray is making a big bet on the world's largest hemp food company

Scott Pelley Commits Career Suicide

"Whether you are a Trump cheerleader or not (I’m not), there is a reality-based chain of events behind the FBI’s actions from early 2016 on - and the actions of other official players in government - that can only be clarified now in the courts, and chances are pretty good that they will be."

Wednesday, February 20, 2019