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    A major drug baron got arrested in West Virginia:

    U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart announced that a retired Cabell County deputy and his son were indicted on drug charges.

    Larry McCallister, 76, and Steven Dale McCallister, 45, were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
    Both suspects were present Monday at a home in Barboursville during the execution of the search warrant. Law enforcement seized about 1.2 kilograms of fentanyl, 300 grams of methamphetamine and more than $8,000 in cash. A revolver and a Cadillac also were seized.

    If convicted, Steven McCallister faces 10 years to life in prison. His father faces five to 40 years in prison if he is convicted.
    Edit: If you think that 1.2 kilos is not a lot, keep in mind that the lethal dose of Fentanyl is 2 milligrams. This was enough to kill hundreds of thousands of people.

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    Since this one might not have made the national news...

    - https://wgntv.com/2019/08/16/60-guns...o-police-raid/

    Chicago police recover 60 guns, father and son in custody

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    Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court To Legalize Firing Transgender Workers

    The Supreme Court is considering three cases that look at whether LGBTQ employees are protected under federal civil rights law. I've heard that transgenders are at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to inclusion in the LGBTQ community, so they might not get much in the way of support. For damn sure the Log Cabin Republicans won't give a fuck.

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    Migrant Kids Separated At Border Faced Abuse In Foster Homes

    After being split from their parents, some children were allegedly sexually, physically or emotionally abused in foster care. Show of hands if you didn't see that coming. Hmm! Didn't think so.

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    Ohio First-Graders Removed ‘School Safety Gun’ From Case In Administrative Office

    Incident raises serious concerns that concealed guns intended to protect students could kill them. First graders, people, FIRST graders! Imagine what high schoolers could've done! This is all the proof needed that guns in school are a seriously BAD idea!

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    Congress To Consider Domestic Terrorism Bill

    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would make it possible to prosecute white supremacist attacks, such as the shooting in El Paso, as acts of terrorism. I'm all for this. However, I suspect such a bill won't go anywhere, not if #MassacreMitch has anything to say about it.

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    Anthony Scaramucci Predicts Exact Month Donald Trump Will Abandon 2020 Race

    The former White House communications director also turned to “Game of Thrones” to explain why Trump should be primaried. Apparently Scary Tony hadn't heard that Trump needs to stay in office in order to avoid a trial on his dirty dealings from the Mueller Report and, most likely, prison. That's why Dolt45 won't drop out of the race.
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    Scaramucci is a Scaramouche as far as I am concerned, however it is interesting to see how he has turned against Trump.

    Normally I would agree that Trump is a Take the Money and Run kind of person, so dropping out of the race might make sense. However, there is the threat of legal prosecution if he does leave.

    Trump has gotten to the point of begging and threatening voters
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    Famous dugong dies after eating plastic

    An orphaned dugong, made famous after it was rescued earlier this year in Thailand, has died.

    The animal named Mariam died on Saturday from an infection that was exacerbated by bits of plastic lining her stomach, according to officials.

    Mariam became an internet star after images showed her nuzzling into rescuers when she became stranded on a beach in April.

    There are only a few hundred of the sea mammals left in Thailand.

    The eight-month-old dugong was found ill a week ago and refused to eat. She died around midnight on Saturday after going into shock. Efforts to resuscitate her failed.

    Chaiyapruk Werawong, head of Trang province marine park, told AFP: "She died from a blood infection and pus in her stomach."
    Plastic could be the death of all of us, yet it is hard to escape from.

    'Plastic recycling is a myth': what really happens to your rubbish?

    “We produce 200 to 300 tonnes a day,” says Jamie Smith, Green Recycling’s general manager, above the din. We are standing three storeys up on the green health-and-safety gangway, looking down the line. On the tipping floor, an excavator is grabbing clawfuls of trash from heaps and piling it into a spinning drum, which spreads it evenly across the conveyor. Along the belt, human workers pick and channel what is valuable (bottles, cardboard, aluminium cans) into sorting chutes.

    “Our main products are paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, mixed plastics, and wood,” says Smith, 40. “We’re seeing a significant rise in boxes, thanks to Amazon.” By the end of the line, the torrent has become a trickle. The waste stands stacked neatly in bales, ready to be loaded on to trucks. From there, it will go – well, that is when it gets complicated.

    You drink a Coca-Cola, throw the bottle into the recycling, put the bins out on collection day and forget about it. But it doesn’t disappear. Everything you own will one day become the property of this, the waste industry, a 250bn global enterprise determined to extract every last penny of value from what remains. It starts with materials recovery facilities (MRFs) such as this one, which sort waste into its constituent parts. From there, the materials enter a labyrinthine network of brokers and traders. Some of that happens in the UK, but much of it – about half of all paper and cardboard, and two-thirds of plastics – will be loaded on to container ships to be sent to Europe or Asia for recycling. Paper and cardboard goes to mills; glass is washed and re-used or smashed and melted, like metal and plastic. Food, and anything else, is burned or sent to landfill.

    Or, at least, that’s how it used to work. Then, on the first day of 2018, China, the world’s largest market for recycled waste, essentially shut its doors. Under its National Sword policy, China prohibited 24 types of waste from entering the country, arguing that what was coming in was too contaminated. The policy shift was partly attributed to the impact of a documentary, Plastic China, which went viral before censors erased it from China’s internet. The film follows a family working in the country’s recycling industry, where humans pick through vast dunes of western waste, shredding and melting salvageable plastic into pellets that can be sold to manufacturers. It is filthy, polluting work – and badly paid. The remainder is often burned in the open air. The family lives alongside the sorting machine, their 11-year-old daughter playing with a Barbie pulled from the rubbish.
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    A 25-Year-Old Man Was Arrested After Allegedly Texting His Ex-Girlfriend That He Wanted To Commit A Mass Shooting

    A 25-year-old Florida man has been charged with making threats to commit a mass shooting after allegedly sending text messages describing his desire to shoot as many people as he could in a crowd.

    Tristan Scott Wix of Daytona Beach was arrested Friday after the Volusia County Sheriff's Office was alerted to a series of text messages he sent saying he wanted to open fire on a large crowd of people, officials said.

    "A school is a weak target.. id be more likely to open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away.. I'd wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever," Wix wrote, according to the sheriff's office.
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    GOP Senator John Cornyn Torched Over ‘Dumbest’ Climate Change Explainer

    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) appeared to display a highly questionable understanding of climate change on Twitter, and promptly got dragged over the coals.

    The lawmaker on Friday was widely ridiculed for the way he responded to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) call for action on the climate crisis. Schumer had tweeted about July 2019 being “the hottest month ever, of any month, on record” and described climate change as “the greatest threat facing our planet.”
    Cornyn replied: “It’s summer, Chuck.”
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    America’s Exclusionary Past and Present and the Judgment of History

    On February 28, 1882, Senator John Franklin Miller, a Republican from California, introduced a bill to bar Chinese laborers from entering the United States. Miller had been a brigadier general in the Union Army. After the Civil War, he moved his family to San Francisco and later made his fortune as the president of a seal-hunting company. By the time he was elected to the Senate, in 1881, Chinese migrants in the U.S., who had mostly settled in California and other Western states, numbered over a hundred thousand. A movement to expel them from the country, fanned by racial animosity and the anxieties of white workers, had drawn widespread support. “If we continue to permit the introduction of this strange people, with their peculiar civilization, until they form a considerable part of our population, what is to be the effect upon the American people and Anglo-Saxon civilization?” Miller said. “Can these two civilizations endure, side by side, as two distinct and hostile forces? Is American civilization as unimpressible as Chinese civilization? When the end comes for one or the other, which will be found to have survived? Can they meet halfway, and so merge in a mongrel race, half Chinese and half Caucasian, as to produce a civilization half-pagan, half-Christian, semi-Oriental, altogether mixed, and very bad?”

    The following day, Senator George Frisbie Hoar, a Massachusetts Republican, delivered a stirring rebuke. Hoar was the grandson of the Founding Father Roger Sherman and a committed abolitionist who also fought on behalf of women’s suffrage. In response to Miller, he pointed out that, in 1881, more than seven hundred and twenty thousand immigrants arrived in the United States. Of these, fewer than twenty-one thousand were Chinese. “What an insult to American intelligence to ask leave of China to keep out her people, because this little handful of almond-eyed Asiatics threaten to destroy our boasted civilization,” he said. “We go boasting of our democracy, and our superiority, and our strength. The flag bears the stars of hope to all nations. A hundred thousand Chinese land in California and everything is changed. God has not made of one blood all the nations any longer. The self-evident truth becomes a self-evident lie. The golden rule does not apply to the natives of the continent where it was first uttered.”

    Despite Hoar’s eloquent oration, Miller’s bill passed, with the support of Southern Democrats and senators from both parties in Western states. Several months later, President Chester Arthur signed an amended version into law. Although the measure had an innocuous-sounding description—“an act to execute certain treaty stipulations relating to Chinese”—it banned new Chinese workers from entering the United States for ten years and prohibited Chinese immigrants already here from becoming citizens. The law, which later became known as the Chinese Exclusion Act, was renewed in 1892 and made permanent in 1904, until its repeal, in 1943. It marked the first time in American history that federal law restricted a group from entering the country on the basis of race and class. More importantly, as the historian Erika Lee argues, the law fundamentally altered America’s relationship to immigration and ushered in a new governing framework for the country’s borders, premised around the need to keep certain types of foreigners out. “Beginning in 1882, the United States stopped being a nation of immigrants that welcomed foreigners without restrictions, borders, or gates,” Lee writes, in her book “At America’s Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943.” “Instead, it became a new type of nation, a gatekeeping nation.”
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    It's Gotten Too Hard to Strike It Rich In America

    Many of the traditional ways of accumulating wealth are out of reach.
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    The Great Western Public Land Robbery

    Imagine if the head of Philip Morris were put in charge of the American Cancer Society. Imagine he had spent his career trying to fight cancer cures, while promoting one of the world’s leading carcinogens. For good measure, he mocked the mission of his new employer and insulted the prayers of those looking for hope.

    No, I’m not talking about Ken Cuccinelli, the acting chief of federal immigration services, who wants to rewrite the poem on the Statue of Liberty to say something like: Keep out, wretched masses. Only well-off whites are welcome here.

    The gallery of awful human beings, monumental incompetents, wife-beaters, frauds and outright criminals appointed to high positions in the Trump administration is large and varied. As wanted posters, they would fill an entire post office wall.

    But you have to go pretty deep into the ranks of the Worst People to find someone equal to the man Donald Trump has now put in charge of your public lands — William Perry Pendley. This is another Onion headline that writes itself: Trump’s pick for public lands doesn’t believe in public lands.
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    Over with the president, he opens today with this:

    Like it or not, Tlaib and Omar are fast becoming the face of the Democrat Party. Cortez (AOC) is fuming, not happy about this!
    Her response? Simply this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by numberthirty View Post
    Since this one might not have made the national news...

    - https://wgntv.com/2019/08/16/60-guns...o-police-raid/
    And they probably got them from here in Indiana or Wisconsin. The FOP in Portage, Indiana is even holding a $5 a ticket raffle for a top prize of an AR-15, 2nd prize a 9mm handgun and third prize of a knife. In fact if you google FOP gun raffle, you will get a scary number of hits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InformationGeek View Post
    Over with the president, he opens today with this:



    Her response? Simply this:
    I think Trump assumes others are petty, needy, narcissists like him.
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    Never defend Andy Ngo

    "Far-right forces will converge on Portland tomorrow, incited by the right-wing provocateur Andy Ngo. Though he poses as a journalist, the purpose of his platform is to sow harassment and violence against his targets on the Left and the mainstream media have fallen for it."

    https://jacobinmag.com/2019/08/andy-...rtland-bigotry

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