With the Help of Federal Aid, Small Tribes Jumpstart Recycling Programs
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by Taylar Dawn Stagner / Grist
15h ago
This story was originally published by Grist. Sign up for Grist’s weekly newsletter here. Allie “Nokko” Johnson is a member of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, and they love teaching young tribal members about recycling. Johnson helps them make Christmas ornaments out of things that were going to be thrown away, or melts down small crayons to make bigger ones. “In its own way, recycling is a form of decolonization for tribal members,” Johnson said. “We have to decolonize our present to make a better future for tomorrow.“ The Coushatta Reservation, in southern Louisiana, is smal ..read more
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Seven Steps to Repression University
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by Michael Gould-Wartofsky / TomDispatch
15h ago
The academic year that just ended left America’s college campuses in quite a state: with snipers on the rooftops and checkpoints at the gates; quads overrun by riot squads, state troopers, and federal agents; and even the scent of gunpowder in the air. In short, in the spring semester of 2024, many of our campuses came to resemble armed camps. What’s more, alongside such brute displays of force, there have been congressional inquisitions into constitutionally protected speech; federal investigations into the movement for divestme ..read more
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Samuel Alito Isn’t Fooling Anyone Anymore
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by Bill Blum
1d ago
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has been lying in public for a long time. His attempt to blame his wife for flying an upside down American flag, a symbol of MAGA defiance, at his Virginia home shortly after the Jan. 6 insurrection is only the latest in a series of high-profile prevarications dating back to his 2006 Senate confirmation hearing.  Nominated to the Supreme Court by George W. Bush to replace the retiring Sandra Day O’Connor, Alito’s confirmation was all but guaranteed as Republicans held a 55-seat majority in the upper chamber. Yet despite taking an oath to tell “the truth ..read more
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Elon Musk and Peter Thiel’s War on Democracy
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by Robert Reich / Substack
2d ago
Elon Musk and entrepreneur and investor David Sacks reportedly held a secret billionaire dinner party in Hollywood last month. Its purpose: to defeat Joe Biden and reinstall Donald Trump in the White House. The guest list included Peter Thiel, Rupert Murdoch, Michael Milken, Travis Kalanick, and Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s Treasury secretary. Meanwhile, Musk is turning up the volume and frequency of his anti-Biden harangues on his X platform. Since January, Musk has posted about Biden at least seven times a month, attacking the president for everything from his age to his polic ..read more
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The Attack on Rafah Subverts All International Laws and Rulings
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by PD Staff / Peoples Dispatch
2d ago
At least 40 people, mostly women and children, were killed and scores of others were injured when Israel bombed a tent camp for displaced Palestinians in Rafah late in the evening on Sunday, May 26.  The tent camp in Tal al-Sultan was recently built by UNRWA to shelter the Palestinians forced to move by Israeli forces from other parts of Rafah, and was a designated “safe zone,” Wafa News Agency reported. At least eight Israeli missiles struck the camp in the late evening, when most were sleeping in the tents, causing a massive fire. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Soci ..read more
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Peace May Be at the Door—Why Is Biden Ignoring the Bell?
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by Branko Marcetic / Responsible Statecraft
2d ago
There is a dearth of hopeful possibilities coming out of the Ukraine war these days, so it’s important to make the most of them when they do emerge. Case in point: last week, Reuters published a report based on four sources “who work with or have worked with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin at a senior level in the political and business world” and are “familiar with discussions in Putin’s entourage,” who told the outlet Putin was ready to negotiate an end to the war on the current battlefield lines. Significantly, when asked about the report at a press conference, Putin said to “l ..read more
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The Pentagon Refuses To Be Held Accountable for the Lives They’ve Ruined
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by Nick Turse / TomDispatch
4d ago
There are constants in this world — occurrences you can count on. Sunrises and sunsets. The tides. That, day by day, people will be born and others will die. Some of them will die in peace, but others, of course, in violence and agony. For hundreds of years, the U.S. military has been killing people. It’s been a constant of our history. Another constant has been American military personnel killing civilians, whether Native Americans, Filipinos, Nicaraguans, Haitians, Japanese, Koreans, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, Afghans, Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenis, and&n ..read more
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How a Hotel Developer Won Favors From City Hall
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by GEORGE JOSEPH, YOAV GONEN, BIANCA PALLARO, APRIL XU, HAIDEE CHU, KATIE HONAN / THE CITY
6d ago
This story was originally published by THE CITY. Sign up here to get the latest stories from THE CITY delivered to you each morning. It was already dark when Mayor Eric Adams and his security detail pulled up to the curb of the Wyndham Garden, a drab hotel next to a strip mall in Fresh Meadows, Queens. At the time, his administration was paying for the hotel to shelter more than 100 formerly incarcerated New Yorkers integrating back into society after their release. But the mayor wasn’t here to check in on one of his criminal justice initiatives. On that November evening nearly two y ..read more
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How Plants Experience the World
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by Katie L. Burke / Undark
6d ago
In 1973, the bestselling book “The Secret Life of Plants” was published, captivating the public with questions about plant sentience and communication. Even if you haven’t read the book, you’ve probably heard of the experiments it describes: playing classical music and rock and roll to plants, for instance, or hooking them to a polygraph. The book even inspired a film with a soundtrack by Stevie Wonder. The experiments were fun ideas, but poorly designed. Scientists strongly rejected the book and distanced themselves from its views. “According to botanists working at the time, t ..read more
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Unspent Federal Money Could Have Prevented Jackson’s Water Crisis
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by Lylla Younes / Grist
6d ago
This story was originally published by Grist. Sign up for Grist’s weekly newsletter here. Late in the summer of 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency sent the Mississippi state government a routine report assessing its use of federal funding for water infrastructure. The agency concluded with the words “no findings” — that is, the EPA found no issue with how Mississippi was spending its money. The very next day, on August 29, as many as 180,000 residents in the Jackson area lost access to clean drinking water and Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves and Jackson Mayor Chokwe ..read more
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