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#NoDAPL: Dakota Access Pipeline Has Already Had a Leak Before It’s Even Fully Operational

The Dakota Access Pipeline is not yet fully operational and it has already had a leak. This is why people were protesting the construction of the pipeline. This is why no one wanted it.

The $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, which was the subject of international protests because of the threat it posed to both the environment and the indigenous people living along the Missouri River, has already had a leak more than a month before it’s scheduled to be fully operational.The April 6 leak spilled 84 gallons of crude oil at a South Dakota pump station, and although state officials said the leak was contained and quickly cleaned, The Guardian reports that critics of the pipeline say the spill raises new concerns about the potential hazards to waterways and Native American sites.

Source: #NoDAPL: Dakota Access Pipeline Has Already Had a Leak Before It’s Even Fully Operational

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Donald Trump Was Planning to Visit FBI Headquarters, But the FBI Was Like ‘Nah, Stay Home’

This is hilarious.

After firing James Comey on Tuesday, Donald Trump figured he would crawl go down to FBI headquarters for a visit. Too bad the FBI was like, that’s OK, Donald. We cool. You don’t have to come.

Administration officials said that idea was dropped later Thursday after the FBI told the White House “the optics would not be good,” according to NBC. Apparently, no one at the FBI was ready to make fake smiles and cheers for a photo opp with the man who had just “unceremoniously sacked a very popular director.”

Source: Donald Trump Was Planning to Visit FBI Headquarters, But the FBI Was Like ‘Nah, Stay Home’

This Civil War Re-Enactment Group is Made Up of Black Women

When I think of Civil War re-enactment groups, I think of crazy old men running around in period costumes waving bayonets and muskets at each other out in a field somewhere in east “We Don’t Kick It Over There,” Virginia.

Female Re-Enactors of Distinction is here to not only shake that image but to also educate you on the Black women you may never heard of.

We were not all slaves and mammies; this is a testament to that.

Female Re-Enactors of Distinction (FREED) was founded in 2005 in association with the African American Civil War Museum in D.C., and its goal is to bring to life characters from the 19th century who are the most overlooked in history books: Black women. According to the Washington Post, the group came together after a group of women donned period dress at a museum event that commemorated the establishment of the U.S. Bureau of Colored Troops during the Civil War.

Source: Black Women in D.C. Bring to Life the Untold Stories of Overlooked Black Women in Civil War History

“Jared Goes To Iraq!” is the picture story we all need in our lives

First son-in-law Jared Kushner has no business going to Iraq and meeting with U.S. military officials, yet here we are.

This offering from Task and Purpose is a hilarious take on Kushner’s visit with Gen. Joe Dunford in Iraq.

Share it with your friends.

Jared went to college at Harvard and business school at NYU. He went to the same business school as retired general Ray Odierno’s son! Ray Odierno’s son was also an Army officer who lost his right arm and one of his soldiers in Iraq.Jared never saw Iraq before; he was busy helping his dad buy a New York skyscraper with borrowed money. But now he’s going off to see the war!

Source: Jared Goes To Iraq! A Picture Story

TSA Agents May Be Getting a Little Closer to Airline Passengers During Security Pat-Downs

The next time you go through airport security, you may be getting felt up in an entirely different way by Transportation Security Administration agents if you decide to opt out of electronic screening and have to undergo the new full pat-down, and the new pat-downs are apparently so intrusive, the TSA felt it necessary to notify local law enforcement about its new methods.

Source: TSA Agents May Be Getting a Little Closer to Airline Passengers During Security Pat-Downs

House Republicans Release Long-Awaited Obamacare Replacement Plan Details

On Monday night, House Republicans finally revealed details of their long-awaited plan to repeal-and-replace Obamacare. The plan still has to pass through Congressional committees, but the details are out there ready to be discussed.

The wait is finally over. House Republicans have finally released their master plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known (to the shock of millions) as Obamacare, in the form of two bills that would replace federal insurance subsidies with individual tax credits and grants to help states create their own policies.

Separate House committees drafted the two bills, which would no longer penalize Americans for not having insurance but instead would encourage them to keep it by allowing insurers to impose a 30 percent surcharge for those who have a gap between health plans.

The biggest deal is that young adults would still be able to remain on their parents’ insurance plans until they turned 26 years old, and insurers would still be forbidden to deny coverage or charge more to people with pre-existing medical conditions. The downside is that Planned Parenthood would take a hit and would no longer be eligible for Medicaid or federal family-planning grants.

Source: House Republicans Release Long-Awaited Obamacare Replacement Plan Details

They hurried up and charged that Black Amtrak officer who killed an unarmed Black man

Do you need me to say it for you? Because I will. They hurried up and charged this officer because he’s black, in my opinion. If he were white, the “investigation” would have dragged on forever.

An Amtrak police officer was ordered held on $250,000 bail Friday and charged in the Feb. 8 shooting death of an unarmed Minneapolis man outside of Chicago’s Union Station.The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said that LaRoyce Tankson, 31, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old Chad Robertson, who died Wednesday.

Source: Amtrak Officer Shoots and Kills Unarmed Man at Chicago’s Union Station

Scott Pruitt is the new head of the EPA, and he will probably dismantle it from within

In the latest round of disappointing but expected news, Scott Pruitt was confirmed as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

As if this shit show of an administration couldn’t get any worse.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 18: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Capitol Hill January 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. Pruitt is expected to face tough questioning about his stance on climate change and ties to the oil and gas industry. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Scott Pruitt used his position as Oklahoma’s attorney general to repeatedly sue the Environmental Protection Agency for its efforts to regulate mercury, smog and other forms of pollution, and on Friday, he was sworn in as the agency’s new leader, bringing into question the future of the EPA under Trump’s administration.

Source: Scott Pruitt, Who Opposed the EPA Every Chance He Got, Has Been Confirmed as the Agency’s New Leader

Donald Trump calling the media ‘the enemy of the American people’ is propaganda

Donald Trump has been consistently attacking the media, and his hyperbole reached a frenzy point Friday when he said the media is “the enemy of the American people.”

While the president has been hypercritical of the news media, until now, he has not gone on record as saying the media is an enemy of the country. He seems to take issue with the media not being his public relations machine but rather doing its job as the watchdog of society, providing important information to the public on an administration that has had a rocky first four weeks.

Source: Trump’s Attempts to Create A Common Enemy Out of the American Media Are Very Orwellian

I have a lot more thoughts forming on this and why it’s extremely dangerous, but I will say that making a declaration such as this is essentially censure and it could lead to actual censorship.

This man has got to be stopped.

Report: Flint Water Crisis Connected to Systematic Racism 

“We are not suggesting that those making decisions related to this crisis were racists … (but the) disparate response is the result of systemic racism that was built into the foundation and growth of Flint, its industry and suburban area,” the report says. “Would the Flint water crisis have been allowed to happen in Birmingham, Ann Arbor or East Grand Rapids? We believe the answer is no, and that the vestiges of segregation and discrimination found in Flint made it a unique target. The lack of political clout left the residents with nowhere to turn, no way to have their voices heard.”

Source: Report: Flint Water Crisis Connected to Systematic Racism 

Don’t get me wrong; it’s not as if the commission said anything we didn’t already know, but now that it is officially documented for what it is, can we finally get the people of Flint some help? Please?

White Fragility Leads to White Violence: Why Conversations About Race With White People Fall Apart

A piece I wrote for The Root earlier this week on the difficulty of having conversations about racism with white people.

“It just so happens that the political category of whiteness means nothing but ‘I am better than something else,’” he told me in a recent conversation on racism. “What whiteness means is that I’m not black and I’m not nonwhite, and therefore I deserve extra privileges.”

What those privileges mean is being above reproach and critique and being able to feel safe and comfortable in all spaces, wrapped within a bubble of whiteness. And because that hold on whiteness and white supremacy is so important, the unpleasant side effect of white fragility often rears its ugly head.

“What is important to remember about white fragility and white discomfort is that when white people are scared, people die,” Ciccariello-Maher said. He cited the example of Jordan Davis, who dared to sit in a car with music loudly playing as a white man was present.

Source: White Fragility Leads to White Violence: Why Conversations About Race With White People Fall Apart

Clapper Resigns As Director Of National Intelligence

NPR National Security Editor Philip Ewing says Clapper’s resignation “was expected and does not appear to indicate that Clapper is in any trouble or is being forced out.”

Saying “it felt really good” to step down, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, 75, tells a House panel that he has submitted his letter of resignation.

 

Source: Clapper Resigns As Director Of National Intelligence

Judge orders release of ‘Making Murderer’ subject Brendan Dassey

When I watched “Making a Murderer on Netflix last year, I felt the greatest miscarriage of justice in that documentary happened to Brendan Dassey, the then 17-year-old nephew of Steven Avery who was railroaded into a confession by two overzealous law enforcement officers who wanted a way to pin a murder on Avery and used his naive and mentally confused nephew to do so.

A federal judge in Wisconsin has ordered the supervised release of Brendan Dassey.

Dassey was convicted of being a party to the first-degree murder, mutilation of a corpse, and second-degree sexual assault of Teresa Halbach. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 2048.

In August, U.S. Magistrate Judge William E. Duffin of Milwaukee, Wisc., overturned Dassey’s conviction on the grounds that his confession was involuntary and coerced. The federal judge has issued a new ruling that states a U.S. Probation Officer must ensure a smooth release for Dassey, who is now 27 years old.

The conditions of Dassey’s release include a requirement that Dassey obey the law, appear in court, abstain from using a gun or weapon, avoid possessing controlled substances, and not have any contact with Avery or the Halbach family.

Source: Judge orders release of ‘Making Murderer’ subject Brendan Dassey – NY Daily News

Clinton, Obama urge disappointed backers to reconcile themselves to Trump’s win

President Obama and Hillary Clinton have both come out to ask that everyone fall in line, accept President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, and support his transition into power as the White House is set to become Republican for the first time in eight years.

The calls for a national political reconciliation underscored the seismic political realignment now underway in Washington after Clinton’s crushing loss to the New York businessman. Both the president and his former Secretary of State told their supporters not to despair as Republicans rejoiced at the idea that they will control both the legislative and executive branch in two and-a-half months.

I’m not sure how we are all supposed to function in the wake of what is happening in the country right now. Sure, the government won’t officially change hands for another two months, but the writing is already on the wall — we’re doomed.

The Clinton loss exposes the national divide along the lines of race and class, and still she encourages those who supported her to give Trump “a chance to lead.”

She also called on women to pick up where she left off and continue to make the push for the White House, an indication that she will not run again in four years.

“We need you to keep up these fights,” Clinton said in New York, making special mention of the many women who hoped she was on her way to become the first female president.

“I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too,” said Clinton, less than 24 hours after calling the president-elect to concede after his history-shaping run that defied pollsters and galvanized legions of aggrieved voters in a loud repudiation of the status quo. “This is painful, and it will be for a long time.”

Indeed it is. Clinton is encouraging her female supporters to continue the push to the White House in a world where a xenophobic misogynist just won the presidency. A man who had no shame in admitting he sexually assaults women and sees nothing wrong with it is the leader of our country, and young women and girls are supposed to believe that they can comfortably ascend to that position.

As if.

President Obama made his remarks at the White House in front of reporters in the Rose Garden.

“Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage,” Obama said, vowing to work to ensure a smooth transition for the president-elect.

“That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law, and respect for each other.”

It is disingenuous for both Obama and Clinton to encourage us to embrace ideals that are the complete antithesis of what won Trump the election. He campaigned on everything that divides us as a nation, but most especially race and class. To pretend otherwise is to do a disservice to us all, and to expect those of us left in the trenches to do all the work of putting it back together again is akin to telling the abused to go back and make up with their abusers.

That shit just won’t happen anytime soon.

 

 

Source: Clinton, Obama urge disappointed backers to reconcile themselves to Trump’s win – The Washington Post

Campus Cop On Trial For Shooting Death During Routine Traffic Stop : NPR

Ray Tensing’s trial for the murder of Sam Dubose starts today. The family reached a $5 million settlement with the university. Ray Tensing still needs to go to jail. The defense is asking for a change of venue, but that hasn’t happened in Hamilton County since 1899.

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing’s body camera was on when he pulled over Sam DuBose last year for a missing front license plate. From the footage, it is clear that Tensing is asking DuBose for his driver’s license, and DuBose says he doesn’t have it.

Tensing, who is white, then asks DuBose, who was African-American, to get out of the car. The officer starts to open the car door, but DuBose pulls the door closed and moves his hand toward the car’s ignition. Tensing then reaches inside the car as it starts to move. Seconds later, the officer pulls out his gun with his other hand and shoots DuBose in the head.

Source: Campus Cop On Trial For Shooting Death During Routine Traffic Stop : NPR

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