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Chickenpox in immigrant prison
Victorville prison also housing immigrants; now there's a varicella outbreak
disease  chickenpox  varicella  trump  politics  immigration 
12 minutes ago by nelson
Stephen Colbert quotes the bible back to Jeff Sessions over child separation policy (VIDEO).
An estimated 1,358 children have been taken from their families so far, with some officials reportedly telling their parents that the children were being taken away for a bath, only to never return them. “Clearly, no decent human being could defend that,” said Colbert. “So Jeff Sessions did.”

Colbert, who is devoutly Catholic, especially took issue with Sessions quoting the bible—specifically, Romans 13, the same passage used to defend slavery in the 1840s—to justify the policy as morally acceptable. Colbert suggested that Sessions might want to go back and reread that bible, and quoted Romans 13:10 to him. “Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law,” he recited, before ripping into Sessions’s use of the bible as a smokescreen: “I’m not surprised Sessions didn’t read the whole thing. After all, Jesus said, ‘Suffer the children to come unto me’ but I’m pretty sure all Sessions saw was the words children and suffer and said ‘I’m on it.’”
humanrights  policy  politics  decency 
18 minutes ago by rmohns
How My Father’s Ideas Helped the Kurds Create a New Democracy
My father saw ecological problems as inherently social problems—of hierarchy and domination—that had to be solved in order to address the environmental crisis. “Perhaps the most compelling real fact that radicals in our era have not adequately faced,” he wrote, “is the fact that capitalism today has become a society, not only an economy.”
bookchin  kurds  rojava  politics  society  democratic  confederalism  syria  öcalan 
39 minutes ago by markhgn
Smart City PDX: Using data and technology to improve people's lives.
Smart City PDX is partnering with the Portland community to make our city a place where data and technology are used to improve people’s lives, particularly in underserved communities. Together we'll proactively prepare for future technologies to promote community-driven goals and values. We'll use data and technology responsibly to support a healthy, safe, more affordable and prosperous Portland for everyone.
public  politics  civic  opendata  opensource  city  automation  iot  internetofthings 
44 minutes ago by cyberchucktx
Canadian shoppers still come, despite trade disagreement
Don't believe the MSM talking points, they are trying to distract from the reality of booming economy.
news  adirondacks  border  canada  newyork  shopping  economicdevelopment  politics 
1 hour ago by adirondacks
The Birth of the New American Aristocracy - The Atlantic
el in our bones that class works only for itself; that every individual is dispensable; that some of us will be discarded and replaced with fresh blood. This insecurity of privilege only grows as the chasm beneath the privileged class expands. It is the restless engine that drives us to invest still more time and energy in the walls that will keep us safe by keeping others out.
2018  america  economics  politics 
1 hour ago by avikbhattacharya
MaybeCooperativeHat on Twitter: "I've seen a lot of the excuses for the administration's new policy...
I've seen a lot of the excuses for the administration's new policy. They don't seem to rebut the core point. Okay. We cage people, including children, all the time, and treat them shamefully. We have under every administration. Most of the time nobody notices, nobody cares. /1
@popehat  twitter  politics  maybecooperativehat  immigration  children 
1 hour ago by coslinks

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