St. Paul, Minnesota (TFC)— Following a not guilty verdict for the officer who shot 32-year-old Philando Castile, large-scale protests have swallowed St. Paul. As militarized police clear streets, independent outlets join them and marchers documenting the drama. Philiando Castile was…
The drug war’s casualties reach far beyond bloated penitentiary yards, fractured rehab facilities, and its own endless perpetuation. America’s opioid crisis, and its scale, is straining police, the policed, and the decades old rhetoric between them.
Heroin use and overdose in particular is climbing, indiscriminately rocking towns with barbaric fervor. Milwaukee Wisconsin is no stranger, nor its numerous nearby suburbs–like Wauwatosa. Perhaps now is the time for law enforcement to consider drug enforcement nuances cropping up elsewhere in the country.
“888 bodies and counting”, a morbid but fitting title to a recent report by Milwaukee’s alderman’s office. In 14 pages, the document presents detailed analysis of a overdose plague striking the city. “Milwaukee county alone has seen a 495% increase in heroin related deaths between 2005-2015”, it reads. As a point of perspective, Milwaukee’s opioid deaths, heroin and others, exceed deaths by car accidents and homicide.
The US government took a sharp turn down Orwell Avenue after issuing an arrest warrant for renowned journalist of Democracy Now! Amy Goodwin. Democracy Now traveled to North Dakota to cover protests against a massive pipeline project threatening Native American lands. The charges arrive as activists are detained, and concerns of political suppression germinate.
According to Democracy Now!, Goodwin is charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing. Her team traveled to North Dakota to cover the pipeline protests spearheaded by a coalition of Native American tribes. The charges come after Goodwin’s team filmed Dakota Access security guards unleash dogs on peaceful protesters.
Despite Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) being touted as saviors, nations worldwide restrict or outright ban their use. That gouges their champion corporation–Monsanto– with deep profit wounds. That paradigm forces the company to get creative, and test all manner of boundaries. As agra-advancement demand grows, with GMO’s failing to catch on, Monsanto turns to countries like Vietnam to welcome its product.
The agra-giant once found success in Vietnam during 20th century struggles against colonialism. During the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese countryside drowned in massive amounts of the toxin known as Agent Orange across lush jungles. It acted as a kind of augmented herbicide, officially used to clear dense bush for troops. It was also useful for destroying food supplies, and tainting drinking water. A Vietnamese man interviewed for the 1975 documentary Hearts And Minds, who built coffins of a living, claimed many countryside children died due to the poison.
Louisiana’s shores are once again swelling to devour homes and businesses, streets and roads. Record flooding interrupted the lives of thousands, killing at least 13 in the process. As rescue operations continue, onlookers realize that climate change can’t be closeted anymore. Will this most recent lash from nature shake Americans into responding to the crisis? Or is nothing to be learned?
Over two feet of rainfall drowned Louisiana last week, emptying over just three days. The “historic flooding” was spawned after a low pressure system combined with record amounts of atmospheric water vapor, Washington Post reports. The disaster has displaced untold thousands, and killed around a dozen people. Those figures are expected to rise.
The cryptic hacker Guccifer 2.0 continues to pour forth a diverse stream of ever evolving democratic party leaks. After revealing the party’s favoring of Hillary Clinton, emails now disclose messages from the alcohol lobby. Give you one guess what about–opposition to cannabis reform.
Mary Jane’s medical and recreational success in Colorado has opened up the airwaves to all sorts of debate. Even those pushing to peel the plant’s schedule 1 status away were curious if it could integrate into society. Driving laws came into immediate question, and how to detect and handle stoned drivers.
It’s been an interesting summer for presidential candidate Jill Stein and Green Party supporters. Excitement has grown around the campaign as polling numbers and fundraising have been on the rise. Multiple attempts were made, albeit unsuccessful, to reach out to Bernie Sanders in an offer of collaboration. Stein even charmed her way into the Democratic Nation Convention before marching with protesters outside after Hillary Clinton was awarded the nomination.
This past week has certainly been no exception.
It started off with a disappointing announcement from a potential vice presidential candidate. In an attempt to garner more disaffected Bernie Sanders supporters, Dr. Stein had offered the spot to former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner. However, even after being stripped of her convention credentials and denied the opportunity to speak at the DNC, Turner declined. She explained in an interview, “I’m going to keep fighting in the party, even though I’m disappointed. I’m a Democrat, and that’s worth fighting for”.
Sanders intended on starting a political revolution, and he succeeded beyond his wildest dreams – they are continuing on without him. Behind this unrest, not just on the Left, but the Right as well, is a sense that the political machine is rigged in the favor of the capitalist class – the rich. This is something that seems to be almost an intuition, something that was felt by everyone I spoke with. The rise of the Internet and independent media, as well as the obvious crumbling of the system as a whole, has pulled back the curtain and the machinery has been revealed. In a time when the young are facing crippling debt with few job opportunities, when technology has allowed everyone to see the discrimination and brutality that people of color face in their communities in real time, when the prisons are owned and operated by private entities seeking to incarcerate for profit, when the entire world seems to be at war with itself, and when the planet is spiraling rapidly into an unfixable cycle of climate change, the only answer many seem to have is to embrace any potential, any real change. Not ideology; desperation – a sense, right or wrong, that this could be the last chance, and they seem motivated to seize it.
Signs reading “Bernie or Bust” created a sea of blue throughout Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park and the streets of Philadelphia last week during the Democratic National Convention. Supporters of Sanders refuse to unite with the Democratic Party behind official candidate Hilary Clinton; but will Bernie’s marginalized supporters find it in themselves to unite with the rest of the left? Or was the Sanders movement just a flash-in-the-pan?
Sanders’ supporters have cried-foul nearly the entire course of his campaign– and now rightfully so. Voters across the board already knew Bernie’s grassroots campaign barely stood a chance against the establishment candidate and money thrown behind her. But emails recently leaked via Wikileaks proved what everyone pretty much already knew all along: Hillary was the presumptive Democratic nominee as far back as May of 2015. The events that transpired throughout the campaign since have reflected that fact. But enough about corruption in the Democratic Party. Let’s take a look at the Sanders supporters: a group who has the potential to help the Left become a significant force in American politics. So will they seize the opportunity? Or will they simply fizzle back into obscurity until another major election rolls around?
Hacktivist Guccifer 2.0 strikes again, sending a steaming hot cache of DNC documents to WikiLeaks. While some documents indicate internal skepticism of the Iran agreements, others are more jarring. Leaks outline how DNC officials literally conspired against Senator Bernie Sanders’ run for president. These new leaks offer a panoramic view of the party’s augmentation of Clinton’s campaign, while exploiting the weakness of others.
At least some of the material to pertaining to the Iran agreements were sent to The Hill. The deal was mentioned in notes sent between DNC political consultancy partners discussing tactics. Certain politicians were described as “wobbly democrats” who wanted to “scratch this thing.” Other notes on immigration called the current congress “the most anti-immigration” by far.
The FBI’s decision to not indict Hillary Clinton has been largely overshadowed by ongoing police killings and reputed retaliation. If it were getting appropriate media attention, then perhaps more of us would’ve heard of an unusual feature of the Clinton case. FBI investigators were ordered to sign irregular non-disclosure agreements forcing them into silence, unless called to testify. The latter, of course, isn’t happening, much to public and FBI suspicion alike.
Anonymous FBI officials who commented on the agreements felt they resulted from an “inside deal.” “This is very, very unusual”, said one unnamed official, claiming to never have signed or distributed one before. Some even felt the so-called “deal” may have had something to do with Loretta Lynch’s controversial meeting with Bill Clinton. No, this isn’t the talk of conspiracy theorists. According to Free Thought Project, a massive delay in a batch of Clinton emails came just days following the meeting. The specific form agents signed, New York Post reports, is dubbed a “Case Briefing Acknowledgement”.
It’s official. Bernie Sanders has thrown his weight behind the eventual Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. In a joint appearance on July 12, 2016, Sanders conceded that, “Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nomination”. He then congratulated her, and went on to say that he intended “to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States”. The process of uniting the party has begun. But what does that mean for the millions of people who believed they were fighting for a “political revolution”, echoing the battles cries of “Never Hillary”, and “Bernie or Bust”? Are they expected to disappear back into the fold of the establishment Democratic Party?
Jill Stein doesn’t think so.