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Gaythia Weis
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How to Respond to Hate Speech

I think that the mayor of Louisville Kentucky did an excellent job here:
The city's mayor felt compelled to issue a public apology.
"I am sad and disappointed to see conduct like this, when one person so dehumanizes another human being," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement to CNN affiliate WDRB. "This is not who we are, and on behalf of our community, I apologize to the two women who were treated in such a horrible way. I hope this video prompts many discussions among families as they gather for the holidays this week -- discussions about basic human values, dignity and respect. As a country of immigrants, we must understand that we only move forward through peace, acceptance and embracing those who are different from us. These are basic American values protected in our Constitution, values embraced in this welcoming, compassionate community.""

And the mall has stated that the shopper will be banned once identified.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/22/us/mall-racist-rant-trnd/index.html


A woman's racially charged rant at a Kentucky mall has gone viral.
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Corpus Cristi Water Contamination Crisis

The issue stems from a backflow incident at an asphalt plant chemical tank at a facility apparently owned by Valero. (This tank is not the sort of thing that should be connected to a public drinking water system). This released a mixture of a proprietary asphalt emulsifying agent (Indulin AA-86) and hydrochloric acid into the city drinking water system. The material is corrosive.

http://www.caller.com/story/news/2016/12/17/tceq-update-follow-water-restrictions-illnesses-reported/95565024/


Texas and federal environmental and health officials released an advisory about Corpus Christi's ongoing water crisis.
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Iowa: Oil Pipeline and Eminent Domain

"*“In order for there to be a public purpose or a public use there’s got to be a measurable public benefit. Here we think that the majority of the benefit goes to the nine contract shippers on Dakota Access [Pipeline]. And that those shippers are not the public, for no other reason than it’s permissible now to export the crude oil.”"*

"*“This sets a precedent that eminent domain can be used for anything,” says Ed Fallon, a former state representative, now representing Bold Iowa, a group opposing the pipeline. “If they can come in and take your land for a private oil company’s pipeline, what can’t they take it for? What rights do you have anymore to your own property?”"*

http://www.boulderweekly.com/news/the-other-dapl-protest/

Protesters in North Dakota claimed victory in their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on Sunday, following the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ refusal to issue an easement to drill under the Missouri River at Lake Oahe. But the issue is far from over as Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the controlling partner to Dakota
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If you're in the habit of looking down at your phone during your commute, you might want to look up the next time you're near West Oakland BART.
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"She was an environmental lab owner who was particularly vocal about protecting poor African-American communities. "

https://theintercept.com/2016/11/25/did-the-epa-prosecute-and-jail-a-mississippi-lab-owner-because-of-her-activism/
Tennie White's work as an activist forced big corporations to clean up the messes they made in African-American communities. So the EPA put her in jail.
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A scholar of American Indian studies shares the lesser-known, true story of two men who stood up and spoke out against the murder of American Indians, and how they are celebrated as heroes today.
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The Oskar Schindler of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Ok, the math wouldn't work out quite this way for most of us, but still, what can we do?

"So he did some math. He checked Kijiji to find out how much apartments in Guelph were renting for, googled child tax benefits and GST/HST rebates in Ontario, and formulated a monthly food budget. He estimated that $30,000 could support a family of five for one year. He multiplied that number by 50 and realized the total cost—$1.5 million—was one he could easily afford."

"Mr. Jim Estill,” one man began, “we are Syrian family now we are in Jordan as refugee we want help to get in Canada we have 2 cousin was killed by Syrian government and we have 1 brother missing and 2 brothers detained…please Help us.”"

And he did!

http://torontolife.com/city/life/jim-estill-the-man-who-saved-200-syrian-refugees/

How a mild-mannered appliance company executive became the Oskar Schindler of the GTA
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Kill Lions and Bears, will that help Deer? Or is habitat loss to blame?

"State wildlife officials this year did not oppose plans to allow up to 15,000 new oil and gas wells in the heart of critical deer habitat in northwestern Colorado, even though agency researchers have acknowledged oil and gas development hurts deer.":

http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/14/colorado-wildlife-predator-control-experiment-kill-lions-bears/

Colorado wildlife commissioners on Wednesday unanimously voted to proceed with a controversial predator control experiment to euthanize mountain lions and bears to try to revive the state’s dwindli…
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WalMart and the "Dark Store Loophole"

I'd also point out that in many cases, when Big Box corporations relocate to a newer site, some would rather leave an old store vacant rather than rent it out to a different company that they view as a competitor. That can drastically drive down property values and destroy adjacent small businesses. Now to turn around and use those low tax valuations to mark down taxes on the thriving new sites? Seems outrageous to me.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-08/how-big-box-retailers-weaponize-old-stores
The loophole might have big implications for your town’s budget.
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"Trump has endangered the jobs of workers who were previously safe in the United States. Why? Because he has signaled to every corporation in America that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business-friendly tax benefits and incentives."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/12/01/bernie-sanders-carrier-just-showed-corporations-how-to-beat-donald-trump/

We need a president who can stand up to big corporations, not fold to their demands.
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Plus, he and Pence were about 50% successful. People will still be laid off.
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Meanwhile, in New Zealand: "The principles underpinning our National Curriculum include supporting students to have a focus on issues such as ecological sustainability and globalisation. The theme of climate change can span a number of learning areas from Social Sciences to English, Science, Art or Technology."
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I'm a chemist with a background in groundwater geochemistry, semiconductor industry quality assurance, Auger Electron Microscopy, and environmental monitoring.

My current passions are science policy, risk analysis and water resources.



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