Tag: Validated Independent News

misuse-of-police-and-jails-to-respond-to-medical-and-economic-problems
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Dec
2019

Misuse of Police and Jails to Respond to Medical and Economic ProblemsMisuse of Police and Jails to Respond to Medical and Economic Problems

People who are imprisoned as repeat offenders are more likely to be poor, unemployed, or homeless, according to a study released by the Prison Policy Institute in August 2019. The study, titled “Arrest, Release, Repeat,” found that people in need of medical care and social services “cycle in and out of jail without ever receiving […]

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professor-sounds-alarm-on-democracy’s-self-cannibalism
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Dec
2019

Professor Sounds Alarm on Democracy’s Self-CannibalismProfessor Sounds Alarm on Democracy’s Self-Cannibalism

A new threat has risen against modern democracy: our minds. At the International Society of Political Psychologists conference in Lisbon in July 2019, Rick Shenkman of Politico reported on University of California, Irvine Professor Shawn Rosenberg’s presentation of his paper, “Democracy Devouring Itself: The Rise of the Incompetent Citizen and the Appeal of Right Wing […]

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white-supremacy-as-“patriotism”
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Dec
2019

White Supremacy as “Patriotism”White Supremacy as “Patriotism”

On August 3rd, 2019, twenty-two people, mainly from the lantinx community, were murdered while shopping in El Paso, Texas by 21-year-old white supremacist, Patrick Crusius. As ProPublica reported, members of the white nationalist group Patriot Front, which formed in the aftermath of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Virgina, expressed sympathy online in secret […]

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voter-suppression-widespread-as-1,688-polling-places-closed-since-2013
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Nov
2019

Voter Suppression Widespread as 1,688 Polling Places Closed since 2013Voter Suppression Widespread as 1,688 Polling Places Closed since 2013

Although elections analysts from both Democratic and Republican organizations anticipate that the 2020 elections will see unprecedented numbers of voters, there will be fewer polling places in 2020 than in previous elections. As Mike Ludwig reported for Truthout, a report from the Leadership Conference Education Fund (LCEF) found that at least 1,688 polling sites in […]

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senators’-fossil-fuel-investments-drive-conflicts-of-interest-on-climate-change
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Nov
2019

Senators’ Fossil Fuel Investments Drive Conflicts of Interest on Climate ChangeSenators’ Fossil Fuel Investments Drive Conflicts of Interest on Climate Change

Members of the US Senate are heavily invested in the fossil fuel companies that fuel the current climate crisis, creating a conflict between those senators’ financial interests as investors and their responsibilities as elected representatives. According to a September 2019 Sludge Climate report by Donald Shaw, twenty-nine senators and their spouses hold between $3.5 million […]

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Nov
2019

Rising Risks of Nuclear Power Due to Climate ChangeRising Risks of Nuclear Power Due to Climate Change

Nuclear power plants are unprepared for climate change. Rising sea levels and warmer waters will impact power plants’ infrastructure, posing increased risks of nuclear disasters, according to reports from the NRDC and Truthout from September 2019. “If nuclear power is going to have a role in addressing climate change,” Christina Chen wrote in the second […]

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nypd’s-secret-gang-database-targets-minorities-and-children
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Nov
2019

NYPD’s Secret Gang Database Targets Minorities and ChildrenNYPD’s Secret Gang Database Targets Minorities and Children

The New York Police Department has a rapidly-growing, secret database of almost 20,000 suspected gang members, which includes mostly minorities and many children as young as thirteen. As Nick Pinto reported for the Intercept, the NYPD touts its “Criminal Group Database” as a tool for “precision policing” that is intended to help officers find and […]

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police-officers-implicated-in-online-hate-groups-as-facebook-profits
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Nov
2019

Police Officers Implicated in Online Hate Groups as Facebook ProfitsPolice Officers Implicated in Online Hate Groups as Facebook Profits

According to an investigation by the nonprofit organization Reveal, hundreds of police officers are members of misogynistic, racist, anti-Muslim, or anti-government groups on Facebook. From a sheriff’s deputy in Missouri posting anti-Muslim rants to a Georgia officer who shared anti-Semitic memes, Will Carless and Michael Corey reported that “hundreds of active-duty and retired” officers “at […]

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the-fishy-business-of-seafood-fraud
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Nov
2019

The Fishy Business of Seafood FraudThe Fishy Business of Seafood Fraud

A 2019 study by Oceana, a non- profit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans, found that roughly twenty percent of fish bought and sold in the US are mislabeled. In other words, the fish sold are not the kind advertised—with vulnerable species like Atlantic halibut often falsely advertised as a more sustainable catch, for […]

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