Posts Tagged 'Louisiana'

Sarah Lazare – The Scandal of Chemical Weapons in U.S. Prisons

Originally launched as a tool of trench combat during World War I, tear gas has been used around the world over the past century to enforce colonial rule, quell popular protests and aid in ethnic cleansing of civilians. This “riot control agent” was banned as a “method of war” by the Chemical Weapons Convention, an arms control treaty that went into effect in 1997 and now binds nearly 200 countries (although numerous states are in ...

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Lorraine Chow – Big Oil Cheers as Trump Plans to Open National Parks for Drilling

America’s national parks are already under threat, but will our beloved public lands survive Donald Trump‘s incoming presidency?

The president-elect plans to open up federal lands for more energy development and, according to Reuters, energy companies and industry lobbyists are already expecting a flurry of new federal drilling and mining leases with the incoming administration.

“This opportunity is unique, maybe once in a lifetime,” Jack Gerard, ...

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ANNALEE NEWITZ – Finding North America’s lost medieval city

A thousand years ago, huge pyramids and earthen mounds stood where East St. Louis sprawls today in Southern Illinois. This majestic urban architecture towered over the swampy Mississippi River floodplains, blotting out the region’s tiny villages. Beginning in the late 900s, word about the city spread throughout the southeast. Thousands of people visited for feasts and rituals, lured by the promise of a new kind of civilization. Many decided to stay.

At the city’s apex in 1100, the population exploded to as many as 30 thousand people. It was the ...

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Aaron Mehta – Trump Proposes Lifetime Ban on Defense Firms Hiring DoD Contracting Officials

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump has put forth the idea of banning the defense industry from hiring former Pentagon contracting officials, just days after creating a stir in the defense industry by saying Boeing’s contract for an Air Force One replacement should be cancelled.

According to a Reuters news service report, Trump told a rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that “I think anybody that gives out these big contracts should never ever, during their lifetime, be ...

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Pam Martens and Russ Martens – U.S. Journalists and Professors Appearing on RT America Get Blacklisted

Some independent journalists and university professors in the United States who have appeared on RT television to criticize either runaway corruption on Wall Street or in Washington, have landed on two newly created blacklists. RT is a Russian state-financed news network formerly known as Russia Today. Its English-language RT America unit broadcasts from Washington, D.C.

A shadowy group called PropOrNot, that has not disclosed either its funders or its principals, has created a blacklist of 200 independent media web sites ...

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Mary Lou Shaw – Preparing Fruit Trees for Winter

You’ve pruned your fruit trees in early spring then harvested fruit through the summer and autumn. Before heading into the warm indoors, take time to prepare your fruit trees for winter. This includes giving them protection from cold temperatures, rodents, infections and even the sun. The following three steps will help insure healthy trees for your next year’s harvest:

Mulching fruit trees with a thick layer of organic material will protect the roots from severe cold weather. Because fruit trees naturally grow ...

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Christopher James Marshall – Small-House Kitchen Design Ideas

If you’re the one who cooks and your partner is the one who washes and builds, be sure to let it be known that you want a fully function small-house kitchen. You want track lights to focus on the work-space, a vent fan to remove vapors, have several ways to cook, a full-size refrigerator and freezer, and of course the kitchen window is above the sink. In a small-house kitchen you have the convenience of doing every task standing in ...

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Glenn Greenwald – Glenn Greenwald: Trump will have vast powers. He can thank Democrats for them.

Liberals are understandably panicked about what Donald Trump can carry out. “We have a president-elect with authoritarian tendencies assuming a presidency that has never been more powerful,” Franklin Foer wrote this past week in Slate. Trump will command not only a massive nuclear arsenal and the most robust military in history, but also the ability to wage numerous wars in secret and without congressional authorization; a ubiquitous system of electronic surveillance that can reach most forms of human ...

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A KING FOR JESUS: WHAT THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT SEES IN TRUMP

What does the love of Jesus have to do with Trump? How to explain his overwhelming support from evangelical voters, who—for more than three decades—have formed the bastion of the Christian right? According to a Pew June 2016 survey 89% of evangelical voters wanted a President with strong religious beliefs. Trump cannot even pretend to qualify.

A number of analysts, particularly liberal ones, see it as the big reveal, that the Christian right is right, not Christian. The political right has ...

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JESSICA KANTOR – Ava DuVernay Shares Her Advice for Women to Break Glass Ceilings: “Focus on Your Work”

Ava DuVernay is a woman who’s used to being first. The first African American woman director to have a film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar (2014’s Selma). The first woman of color to direct a $100 million film (Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, out next summer). The trailblazing creator, writer, director, and co-executive producer of OWN’s new hit series Queen Sugar is smashing glass ceilings—and helping other women do the same. Here’s how.

Glamour: Every episode of Queen Sugar ...

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