Mark Zuckerberg Technology Unaimed 

Facebook to Create Independent Body to Process Deleted Content Appeals

United States (Sputnik) – Facebook is going to create an independent body that will consider users’ appeals against the social network’s decisions on deleting content that violate its rules, company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg said. “In the next year, we’re planning to create a new way for people to appeal content decisions to an independent body, whose decisions would be transparent and binding. The purpose of this body would be to uphold the principle of giving people a voice while also recognizing the reality of keeping people safe,” Zuckerberg said in a statement. The Facebook CEO pointed out that the body’s independence was crucial. “First, it will prevent the concentration of too Read More

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Wolf Environment 

Congress Approves Wolves for Slaughter

United States (Sierra) – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 196-180 to pass the “Manage our Wolves Act,” (H.R. 6784) which legislatively eliminates Endangered Species Act protections for the majority of gray wolves throughout the continental United States. In response, Jordan Giaconia, Sierra Club federal policy associate released the following statement: “No amount of false advertising would change the fact that this bill is a dangerous and inappropriate Congressional overstep that would not only undermine the recovery of the gray wolf but also the Endangered Species Act itself. “The return of the iconic gray wolf to the Great Read More

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Immigration Human Rights 

US Cracks Down on Visas for Immigrant Heroes

United States (HRW) – Linda Mendoza was opening her beauty salon in East Oakland, California, when a gunman pointed a gun at her pregnant belly and demanded cash. Mendoza, who had been brought to the US at age four and was undocumented, called the police after her assailant fled, ignoring objections of friends and family who worried that by drawing attention to herself she risked deportation. Because Mendoza came forward, police were able to prosecute and arrest the perpetrator and his accomplice who were responsible for a string of robberies in her neighborhood. By helping police, Mendoza became eligible for Read More

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Kitchen Knives A Woman's Guide to the Apocalypse 

20 Kitchen Items That Can Save Your Life

World Wide (SurvivalSullivan) – What will you do if you happen to be the unlucky one who gets trapped or attacked far from home such as in a hotel room, or even in your own kitchen? Your EDC may be able to help but, then again, maybe you can find something better to defend yourself. Plus, some of the items below may be able to help you survive other circumstances, some of which you probably never thought of. You’d be amazed at the number of kitchen items that can save your life in a SHTF or survival situation. We’ve listed Read More

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Gardening Environment 

Fight Climate Change in Your Own Garden

World Wide (Yes) – During World War I, Americans were encouraged to do their part in the war effort by planting, fertilizing, harvesting, and storing their own fruits and vegetables. The food would go to allies in Europe, where there was a food crisis. These so-called “victory gardens” declined when WWI ended but resurged during World War II. By 1944, nearly 20 million victory gardens produced about 8 million tons of food. Today, the nonprofit Green America is trying to bring back victory gardens as a way to fight climate change. That’s according to Jillian Semaan, food campaigns director at Green America, Read More

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Police Featured Violence Against Women 

When It Comes to Rape, Just Because a Case Is Cleared Doesn’t Mean It’s Solved

United States (ProPublica) – Andy Leisher didn’t like what he was seeing on the security cameras from his post at the front desk of the Ramada Inn in Janesville, Wisconsin. On the closed-circuit television in front of him, Leisher watched as a man in his 30s kissed what appeared to be a teenager in the motel hot tub. It put him on alert. “It just felt awkward,” Leisher said of the scene. “She just seemed really young, and he seemed really old. Or too old to be with her.” When Leisher, a part-time pastor, confirmed that the girl was Read More

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Missing Featured Violence Against Women 

Crimes against Native women vastly underreported in urban areas

United States (Cronkite) – On Nov. 14, 1992, a Native American woman was found murdered in Tucson, and 26 years later her name is still not known. That’s just one example of the lack of solid data that has led to the underreporting of hundreds of deaths and thousands of missing persons cases for Native American women and girls living in urban areas, a new report says. The report by the Urban Indian Health Institute pointed to the fact, for example, that there were 5,712 cases of missing indigenous women and girls to the National Crime Information Center in 2016, but Read More

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China Politics 

Pence Threatens China with ‘All-Out Cold War’

United States (Tasnim) – Relations between Beijing and Washington deteriorated in late May when US President Donald Trump announced that $50 billion worth of Chinese goods would be subject to 25 percent tariffs in a bid to fix the US trade deficit with China. Since then, the two countries have exchanged several rounds of hefty trade duties. If China fails to “fundamentally change its behavior”, it will face all-out cold war with Washington and its partners, US Vice President Mike Pence told The Washington Post. The remarks came ahead of the upcoming meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Read More

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Paul Ryan Politics 

‘What People Hate About Congress’: US Politicians Shut Down Debate on Yemen War

United States (Sputnik) – A month after US members of Congress from both parties claimed to be disturbed at the ruthless murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, Republican leadership in the House of Representatives prohibited a debate about ending US support for the Saudi coalition. The House voted 201-87 to shut down debate Wednesday on Rep. Ro Khanna’s (D-CA) resolution on the US role in Yemen under the War Powers Act. “In American history… never, never has the speaker of the House and the majority denied a member of Congress a vote on matters of war and peace,” Khanna said Thursday in remarks to Democracy Now. “This is basically rendering ineffectual the Read More

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Newt Gingrich Politics 

Getting Past Gingrich

United States (OW) – With the election over and a new Congress ready to be sworn in this January, I’m ready for a new, less toxic style of politics. Journalist McKay Coppins traces the toxic politics of today back to Newt Gingrich in the 1990s. Gingrich, he said, pioneered “strategic obstructionism.” Here’s what that means: Let’s say a bill was very popular with voters. Once upon a time, both parties might have compromised and passed the bill through Congress. Gingrich put a stop to that. According to Gingrich’s logic, the Democrats who controlled Congress in those days would get credit for Read More

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