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Clam Gardens | The Clam Garden Network
So much of what, to western eyes, appears to simply be "wild" is actually highly sophisticated agroecology. Indigenous Americans understood how to work with ecosystems in order to create food systems that are regenerative over generations. We ought to learn from them. https://buff.ly/2ujLuJ3
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6 hours ago by AaronLMGoodwin
FBI Investigated White Supremacists in Police – The Intercept
If you were a white supremacist and were looking for a way to kill black and brown people with impunity, it seems like law enforcement would be an obvious choice. This is yet another reason why the culture of policing is toxic and damaging to its own authority. 📰 White supremacists and other domestic extremists maintain an active presence in U.S. police departments and other law enforcement agencies. A striking reference to that conclusion, notable for its confidence and the policy prescriptions that accompany it, appears in a classified FBI Counterterrorism Policy Guide from April 2015, obtained by The Intercept. ... Although these right-wing extremists have posed a growing threat for years, federal investigators have been reluctant to publicly address that threat or to point out the movement’s longstanding strategy of infiltrating the law enforcement community. No centralized recruitment process or set of national standards exists for the 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, many of which have deep historical connections to racist ideologies. As a result, state and local police as well as sheriff’s departments present ample opportunities for white supremacists and other right-wing extremists looking to expand their power base. https://buff.ly/2kLjKHn
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6 hours ago by AaronLMGoodwin
Facebook, Google, And Twitter Stopped ISIS On Their Platforms. What About White Nationalists?
A very good question. 📰 While most mainstream social networks have become aggressive about removing pro-ISIS content from the average user’s feed, far-right extremism and white nationalism continue to thrive. Only the most egregious nodes in the radicalization network have been removed from every platform. The question now is: Will Christchurch change anything? https://t.co/akbo6uKymr
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6 hours ago by AaronLMGoodwin
It's Time To Stop Talking About a "National Divorce" - The Bulwark
The Right is permeated with violent secession fantasies. This is one reason I believe the party is completely irredeemable. The level of contempt you must hold for your countrymen in order to believe, no matter how casually, that violence and war are inevitable and animating just leaves me dumbfounded. https://buff.ly/2Yhr15c
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7 hours ago by AaronLMGoodwin
Bitly
As I've said before, it would take a LOT to convince me a former prosecutor would make a good fit for the office of President. Obviously there are good and decent people who are and were prosecutors, but it's almost as if the job is self-selecting for blindly driven people who care more about getting another point on the board than justice. No thanks. 📰 As chief prosecutor for Minnesota’s most populous county from 1999 to 2007, Klobuchar declined to bring charges in more than two dozen cases where people were killed in encounters with police. At the same time, she aggressively prosecuted smaller offenses such as vandalism and routinely sought longer-than-recommended sentences, including for minors. Such prosecutions, done with the aim of curbing more serious crimes, have had mixed results and been criticized for their disproportionate effect on poor and minority communities. “We were already a community in distress when she became Hennepin County attorney,” said Nekima Levy Armstrong, a civil rights attorney and former president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP. “Rather than taking steps to help mitigate some of those concerns and issues, during her tenure in office, her policies exacerbated the situation.” https://buff.ly/2YhkLKK
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8 hours ago by AaronLMGoodwin
Anti-immigrant Dutch party surges in regional election days after Utrecht attack
From what I’ve read, and from what folks in The Netherlands tell me, this guy is a fascist and this party are, at least, proto-fascist and this victory is a big deal. 📰 The Forum for Democracy supports “Nexit”, the Netherlands leaving the EU, and is virulently against immigration and anti-Islam. It is led by Thierry Baudet, 35, who has aped Donald Trump with “Dutch First” policies , blasted the “cartel” of establishment parties in the Netherlands and railed against the euro. ... “The voters in the Netherlands have spread their wings and shown their true power," Mr Baudet said last night, "We have been called to the front because we have to. Because the country needs us. " “We are standing in the rubble of what was once the most beautiful civilization in the world," he added. https://buff.ly/2Oju9ZM
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14 hours ago by AaronLMGoodwin
Trump says he was never thanked for John McCain's funeral - CBS News
There's this thing that people (especially the news media) do with Donald Trump's words where they interpret them in the most hostile way possible and miss a much more likely, but less provocative, meaning. This is a shame because Trump says enough patently bad stuff. He's venal and mean and a liar. You don't need to dig deep to find something bad, folks. Trump was not wishing McCain would come back from the grave to thank him. He obviously meant that he had given permission for the funeral plans McCain requested before he died, but never got thanks. Engaging in this lazy reflexiveness only empowers his narrative of a crooked press and makes folks less likely to take the media seriously when it really counts. https://buff.ly/2unPV5r
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yesterday by AaronLMGoodwin
In Andrew Yang, the Internet Finds a Meme-Worthy Candidate - The New York Times
From what I can tell, Yang's campaign is basically coopted by alt-right and alt-right adjacent types in a deft way that I think traditional onlookers are incapable of understanding. 📰 Other candidates have become internet phenomena before. In 2016, Mr. Sanders’ campaign first took off on sites like Reddit and Facebook among young progressives who set out to make him internet-famous. (One such group, Bernie Sanders’ Dank Meme Stash, still has more than 400,000 members.) And Mr. Trump, who benefited from a surge among young, internet-savvy supporters early in his campaign, has been attentive to the internet’s rightmost fringes. Mr. Yang’s campaign feels different, though, in that it reflects the fractured nature of the modern internet. It has attracted economic wonks, tech-skeptic progressives, right-wing bigots, members of the so-called intellectual dark web and an assortment of half-serious trolls. (At times, watching the Yang Gang at work can feel like the political equivalent of the “Boaty McBoatface” episode — a group of bored internet mischief-makers seeing how far they can push a joke.) https://buff.ly/2Fh0Z9D
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yesterday by AaronLMGoodwin
U.S. Mercenaries Arrested in Haiti Were Part of a Half-Baked Scheme to Move $80 Million For Embattled President
I was wondering what was going on here. Crazy story. 📰 The Haitian president’s emissaries had told [the American mercenaries] that the mission would involve escorting the presidential aide, Fritz Jean-Louis, to the Haitian central bank, where he’d electronically transfer $80 million from a government oil fund to a second account controlled solely by the president. In the process, the Haitians told the Americans, they’d be preserving democracy in Haiti. It was too good a deal for the band of semi-employed military veterans and security contractors to turn down. But a day after the Americans landed in Haiti, they would find themselves in jail and at the center of a political uproar, with Haitians asking what a group of foreign mercenaries was doing at the central bank and who they were working for. Within three days, Kroeker and his team would be released and sent back to the U.S., having somehow managed to escape criminal charges in Haiti. Many details of the operation remain murky, but based on interviews with Haitian law enforcement and government officials, as well as a person with direct knowledge of the plan, a picture of the clumsy effort emerges. What at first resembled a comedic plot about a group of ex-soldiers looking for a quick and easy mercenary score was in fact a poorly executed but serious effort by Moïse to consolidate his political power with American muscle. https://buff.ly/2WbfMcU
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yesterday by AaronLMGoodwin
ICE Issued 420 Detainer Requests to Deport U.S. Citizens in Miami, ACLU Says | Miami New Times
ICE is an unaccountable, extralegal, group of thugs seeking to enforce their own sense of who deserves to be here, regardless of any law or common decency. It cannot be reformed—it needs to be abolished completely. Burn it down. 📰 According to a report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union, ICE erred in issuing 420 "detainer requests" for U.S. citizens in Miami-Dade from 2017 to 2019 alone. It's unclear how many of those 420 people were actually detained by county police or jails, but it's possible tens or hundreds of Americans have been sitting behind bars in the Magic City awaiting wrongful deportation. The ACLU obtained Miami-Dade's ICE detainer documents as part of Creedle's lawsuit against the county. According to the group's report, ICE voluntarily rescinded 83 of those requests after likely realizing the orders were mistakes. ... False positives have occurred in other cities, but seemingly not to the extent they have in Miami. In Rhode Island, ICE issued 462 detainers for U.S. citizens over a ten-year period. During that same decade, ICE issued 814 false detainers in Travis County, Texas, which includes the city of Austin. https://buff.ly/2WbPPKg
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yesterday by AaronLMGoodwin
Bitly
This is something everybody needs to read and understand. There's so much BAD popular notions about polls. 📰 [Q:] How can pollsters estimate how the country feels after talking to only 1,000 people? ...[A:] When you go to the doctor, does she have to remove all of your blood to conduct tests, or does she just take a sample? https://buff.ly/2TOcTC4
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