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  • Last seven years on track to be hottest on record: UN

    10/31/2021 9:37:30 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    France24 ^ | October 31, 2021
    Glasgow (AFP) - The years from 2015 to 2021 are on track to be the seven hottest on record, the World Meteorological Organization said on Sunday, warning that the planet was heading into "uncharted territory". The preliminary WMO state of the climate report, launched as the UN COP26 climate conference opens, said that global warming from greenhouse gas emissions threatens "far-reaching repercussions for current and future generations". “From the ocean depths to mountain tops, from melting glaciers to relentless extreme weather events, ecosystems and communities around the globe are being devastated," said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement...
  • NAACP links earthquake signs in Oregon to white supremacy

    01/05/2019 3:55:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 5, 2019
    A new city policy requiring public signs on brick buildings warning they might collapse in an earthquake is part of a long history of white supremacy aimed at forcing black people to move out of neighborhoods, the NAACP of Portland, Oregon, says. The group on Thursday decried the policy affecting some 1,600 unreinforced masonry buildings that are on average 90 years old, many in areas with a predominantly black population, The Oregonian/OregonLive reports. The policy “exacerbates a long history of systemic and structural betrayals of trust and policies of displacement, demolition, and dispossession predicated on classism, racism, and white supremacy,”...
  • U.S. Department of Justice Likely to File Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple

    10/26/2021 11:32:51 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 50 replies
    MacRumors ^ | Monday October 25, 2021 | Juli Clover
    The United States Department of Justice is accelerating its antitrust probe into Apple and there is increased likelihood that Apple will face an antitrust lawsuit, reports The Information. Citing internal sources with knowledge of the investigation, The Information says there has been a "flurry" of activity as the DOJ has continued to question Apple, its customers, and its competitors about Apple's control over the iPhone. The DOJ sent new subpoenas to Apple's business partners over the summer, and has assigned more staff to the probe. Specifics have yet to be nailed down, but The Information's sources believe that the investigation...
  • Restaurants Are Now Adding ‘Equity’ Charges to Customers’ Checks to Fight Oppression

    06/23/2021 5:25:01 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 110 replies
    Conservative Playhouse ^ | 06/22/21 | Fee
    “Where should we eat tomorrow?” my wife asked me excitedly as we sat on our deck Friday evening.She had locked down a babysitter for Saturday night, and we were both eager for our first dinner date alone together in months.“Broders’,” I answered without hesitation. Located in southwest Minneapolis, Broders Pasta Bar is a local gem. It has a great outdoor patio and the best Italian cuisine in the Twin Cities. We had not eaten there since the pandemic began.My wife nodded and started to make a reservation on her phone. Then her jaw dropped.“You’re not going to like this,” she...
  • Climate change protesters arrested outside Ted Cruz’s Houston home

    06/22/2021 8:26:59 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 18 replies
    breitbart ^ | 06/22/2021 | Mark Moore
    A group of climate protesters were taken into custody for trespassing outside Sen. Ted Cruz’s​ home in Houston — after they marched 400 miles to get there, refused to leave and “chose to be arrested,” according to law enforcement. ​ The eight who were arrested were part of a larger group of about 70 people protesting about climate change Monday morning. “The large majority of the group are extremely peaceful out there expressing the First Amendment rights​ ​​to protest against climate change,” Assistant Houston Police Chief Ban Tien said in a video​ posted on Facebook​. “Unfortunately, there was a small...
  • Indonesia: Climate change destroying world's oldest animal painting

    05/19/2021 5:09:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 19, 2021
    Indonesian rock art is decaying at an alarming rate due to the effects of climate change, researchers said. This includes a picture of a wild pig drawn 45,500 years ago on the island of Sulawesi - said to be the world's oldest animal cave painting. Other cave motifs in the region depicting hunting scenes and supernatural beings have also crumbled faster as temperatures increase. The findings signal that more needs to be done to preserve the priceless art. "[These pieces of art are] disappearing before our eyes," study lead Dr Jillian Huntley, from the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural...
  • Father of slain Ferguson teen demands $20M from BLM

    03/04/2021 6:49:01 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 35 replies
    One America News ^ | March 4, 2921
    The father of Michael Brown Jr. accused Black Lives Matter of abandoning the city where the movement first garnered national attention. In a statement Tuesday, Michael Brown Sr., along with other activists, demanded BLM provide millions of dollars for Ferguson, Missouri.
  • Chief of Cherokee Nation Says 'It's Time' for Jeep to Stop Using Name

    02/23/2021 1:29:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 141 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | 2/20/2021 | Annie White
    Jeep has been using Cherokee as a model name since the mid-1970s, but its next generation of vehicles arrives during a heightened national discussion of racial and social justice issues. Jeep sells vehicles named Cherokee and Grand Cherokee. It also uses Mojave, the name of a Native American people and a desert in the American Southwest, as a trim designator on the Gladiator. The Cherokee Nation has commented on the record several times since Jeep started using the name in North America in 2013 after a 12-year hiatus. A representative of Cherokee Nation said that until recently it had been...
  • Community group joins Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition to discuss Floyd trial

    02/23/2021 5:03:13 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 12 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 2/23/2021 | Eric Chaloux
    The Minnesota Rapid Response Coalition planned to join Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition in a virtual meeting Tuesday evening to discuss the upcoming trial of Derek Chauvin charged in George Floyd’s death. “I have to be frank: It’s been traumatic, you know. It’s been an experience that no one should have ever had to endure. It’s unfortunate, but it’s a harsh reality,” said Alexander Bourne, MRRC founder and lead strategist for the Floyd case. “I think for us we’re just trying to continue to be proactive.” The Tuesday evening meeting is the first of many these groups said they...
  • McDonald's to slash executive bonuses if they fail to place more minorities in senior leadership

    02/19/2021 6:22:08 PM PST · by lowbridge · 99 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | February 18, 2021 | Jake Dima
    Executives at McDonald's may not be lovin' it if they don't get their full McBonuses in accordance with new company policy. The fast-food company announced on Thursday it would be reducing the bonuses of top brass if they fail to staff more minorities in senior leadership roles. "We’re implementing policies that hold our leaders directly accountable for making tangible progress on our [diversity, equity, and inclusion] goals," McDonald’s Corp. said in a press release titled "Allyship through Accountability." McDonald's, pushing to achieve "gender parity" by 2030, said it "expects to increase representation of historically underrepresented groups in leadership roles (Senior...
  • Black franchisee claims McDonald's forced him to sell locations to white owners, law firm says

    02/16/2021 6:50:25 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Feb. 16, 2021 | Nancy Dillon
    A former pro baseball player who built one of the largest Black-owned McDonald’s franchises claims the company forced him to sell stores to white owners in a squeeze play that violated his civil rights.
  • Settlement between city, Breonna Taylor's family includes $12 million payout, police reform

    09/15/2020 12:08:45 PM PDT · by Severa · 93 replies
    WLKY.com ^ | Sept 15, 2020 | WLKY.com
    A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death civil lawsuit between the family of Breonna Taylor and the city of Louisville. The deal includes $12 million for the family and more "significant" police reforms, including new drug testing rules for LMPD officers, an incentive for officers to live in specific neighborhoods and a new level of scrutiny over search warrants. Mayor Greg Fischer announced the changes at 2 p.m. with Taylor's family, attorneys Lonita Baker and Ben Crump, and others.
  • Corruption's in the Air; Sharpton Returns

    09/12/2020 12:06:09 PM PDT · by dmam2011 · 7 replies
    Clarksvillian Underground ^ | September 11, 2020 | Dave McGuire
    (CU) - The Reverend Al Sharpton is the man FBI agents referred to as “CI-7”, short for confidential informant #7, in secret court filings. In those documents, investigators confidently vouched for him as being a reliable, productive, and accurate source of private information regarding investigations into illegal activities. Today Sharpton continues to straddle the corporate and street cultures while maintaining the unofficial position of America’s senior spokesman for civil rights issues. Our collective memories don’t appear to be as strong as needed or the left side of the political aisle simply assumes short memories have washed clean Sharpton’s reputation.
  • Al Sharpton Says ‘Latte Liberals’ Want to Defund the Police

    09/08/2020 5:11:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 8, 2020 | Kenneth Garger
    The Rev. Al Sharpton on Tuesday slammed the nationwide call to defund the police as a “latte liberal” ideology. Sharpton made the comments on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” during a discussion about policing and a recent spate of violence in the Big Apple. “To take all policing off is something that I think a latte liberal may go for as they sit around the Hamptons discussing this as some academic problem,” Sharpton said.
  • Al Sharpton: 'Defund Police' Is Nonsense for Latte Liberals in the Hamptons

    09/08/2020 6:19:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    How dangerous have things gotten in the New York City under Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo? So bad that even Joe Scarborough has to grudgingly admit that things were a lot safer under Mayor Rudy Giuliani. So dangerous that even Al Sharpton has to oppose defunding the NYC police, saying that notion is something for "latte liberals" sitting around in the Hamptons. Those surprising statements were heard on today's Morning Joe. NYC resident Willie Geist was left as the sole defender of the city, claiming that, unlike others, he feels safe. But in a bit of unintended gallows humor,...
  • Teachers’ Union Won’t Go Back to School -- But Will Go to Sharpton’s 50,000 March

    09/03/2020 10:35:21 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 24 replies
    FPM ^ | 9/3/20 | Daniel Greenfield
    The American Federation of Teachers union boss Randi Weingarten claimed at the union's annual convention that teachers were so terrified of going back to school that they were "quitting in droves" and "making their wills". The AFT threatened that its members would go on strike if they were expected to go back to actually doing their jobs and teaching in a classroom. In New York City, the United Federation of Teachers, which is affiliated with the AFT, marched with cardboard coffins and fake body bags. Some union teachers wore skeleton t-shirts. A Halloween skeleton attached to a garbage bag held...
  • Louisville Black Lives Matter Using 'Mafia Tactics' on Hispanic Business Owners

    08/02/2020 4:28:48 PM PDT · by grundle · 46 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August, 2020 | Rick Moran
    The Louisville cadre of Black Lives Matter activists sent a letter to many downtown businesses demanding they “diversify” their employees. But at least one Cuban-American business owner objected to the threatening tone of the letter and posted his displeasure on Facebook. Fernando Martinez owns a restaurant group with several Hispanic eateries. He accused BLM of using “mafia tactics” and explained his position. “There comes a time in life that you have to make a stand and you have to really prove your convictions and what you believe in,” Martinez wrote in a public Facebook post. “… All good people need...
  • Customer’s Black Lives Matter button prompts ‘civil disturbance’ at NC ice cream shop

    07/23/2020 3:08:51 PM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 16 replies
    Charlotte Observers ^ | 7/23/20 | Mark Price
    An ice cream shop is at the center of ongoing protests in Gastonia. The ongoing protests are centered around Tony’s Ice Cream on East Franklin Boulevard. When police responded Wednesday night, they closed all roads near the business. Thursday, Tony’s Ice Cream was closed. People came by to write supportive messages on their door. Police say the protests happened following some “civil disturbances” there at Tony’s Ice Cream on Monday and Tuesday. The crowd was being dispersed by police.
  • Biden and DNC outraise Trump and RNC during blockbuster fundraising month

    07/01/2020 11:03:49 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 01 2020 | Paul Steinhauser, Nick Givas
    President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden both set eye-popping fundraising records last month – but Biden’s records were larger. The former vice president’s campaign announced on Wednesday night that they, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and their joint fundraising committees hauled in a combined $141 million in June, which was by far the campaign’s best monthly figure to date. Biden’s campaign called it a “jaw-dropping sum of money”
  • Starbucks to allow baristas to wear Black Lives Matter attire and accessories after backlash (socially responsible coffee)

    06/12/2020 7:21:28 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 67 replies
    msn ^ | today | Amelia Lucasstarbucks
    Starbucks said Friday that the chain would allow workers to wear attire and accessories highlighting the Black Lives Matter movement, reversing its prior stance after social media users called for boycotts of the company. Buzzfeed first reported on Wednesday that the coffee chain would not allow its employees to wear Black Lives Matter clothing or accessories, and management justified the decision by saying that such items could be misunderstood and incite violence. While Starbucks has a policy against wearing personal, political or religious clothing or accessories, workers told Buzzfeed that the company hands out buttons and attire celebrating LGBTQ rights...