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'Crop artist' makes portrait of Kamala Harris in a Kansas field

'Crop artist' makes portrait of Kamala Harris in a Kansas field

//A portrait of VP nominee Kamala Harris has in a Kansas field. It's the work of artist whose bio reads, "The earth, my canvas."He writes:Began an earthwork of Democratic nominee Joe Biden in early March, days before COVID-19 news and stay-at-home orders would sweep the nation. The ground swallowed up the portrait a few weeks later.On the afternoon of August 11, Biden announced his running mate – Kamala Harris. Within minutes, I began work on her portrait intersecting the circle where Biden's image had been laid.The artwork was created on Juniper Hill Farms, north of Lawrence, Kansas and in...

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Electric vehicle company Nikola admits demo truck was just rolling downhill

Electric vehicle company Nikola admits demo truck was just rolling downhill

//In 2016, Nikola demonstrated a full-size electric truck flying along a desert highway. The company . The truck was simply rolling downhill.The trick ius not subtle: it appears they towed the vehicle to a subtle slope, hid the gradient with slightly curvilinear lenses and camera angles, and were careful to avoid making clear claims about power (the truck is "in motion") in their marketing copy. The company insists they did not lie about the truck, but no-one is fooled.Fred Lambert:The video was clearly fake. They can use their "in-motion" loophole, but this was undeniably a deceptive...

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New whistleblower complaint alleges that ICE is forcing hysterectomies on detainees

New whistleblower complaint alleges that ICE is forcing hysterectomies on detainees

//Dawn Wooten is a nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, a private prison owned by LaSalle Corrections that contracts with ICE. Wooten has filed a through the legal advocacy group Project South, alleging a variety of medical abuses, neglectful mismanagement, and other horrors. According to the complaint, LaSalle Corrections has been underreporting COVID-19 cases in the detention center; when Wooten questioned this, she was punished with a demotion.And then there's this, from :Multiple women came forward to tell Project South about what they perceived to be the inordinate...

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Sunday may have been the hottest day on Earth ever reliably recorded

Sunday may have been the hottest day on Earth ever reliably recorded

//On Sunday, the temperature in California's Death Valley National Park apparently hit 130F (54.4C), the hottest air temperature recorded on Earth in 89 years, and possibly ever. According to a statement from the National Weather Service, "As this is an extreme temperature event, the recorded temperature will need to undergo a formal review" by a Climate Extremes Committee formed to check the data. The last time a 130F temperature was officially observed was during a heatwave in July 1913 but that reading's validity has been questioned. From :…A  published in October 2016 by climatologist...

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Watch: Yesterday's Kamala Harris speech narrates this new "Prosecute Trump" ad

Watch: Yesterday's Kamala Harris speech narrates this new "Prosecute Trump" ad

//Yesterday Kamala Harris made her since becoming the 2020 vice presidential nominee, and in the blink of an eye came "Prosecute Trump," another delightful anti-Trump video by the progressive group Meidas Touch.Using parts of Harris's speech as the narration, the video presents an "open and shut" case as to why Trump is a criminal failure. We're reminded of the recent US catastrophes created by Trump's mismanagement and utter ineptness, including "a crisis of poverty, of homelessness, of hunger, more than 165,000 lives that have been cut short."And then we're reminded of why we were doing...

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Noted white nationalist and guy who got punched in the face Richard Spencer is "financially crippled" from lawsuit

Noted white nationalist and guy who got punched in the face Richard Spencer is "financially crippled" from lawsuit

//Self-proclaimed white nationalist and Richard Spencer has been bogged down in a for his part in helping to organize the "" rally in Charlottesville, Virgina, which resulted in much calamity, including the of activist Heather Heyers at the hands of another proud self-proclaimed white nationalist. Spencer is — perhaps, sadly, fittingly — the , and that privilege has helped him to finance his campaign of hate. But increasing legal (and marital) pressures have finally started to milk his racist wallet dry. From :Richard Spencer's attorney has asked for the court's permission to withdraw from...

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Reporter to Trump: "Do you regret all the lying you've done to the American people?"

Reporter to Trump: "Do you regret all the lying you've done to the American people?"

//The question was asked by Huffington Post correspondent SV Dáte, who told :I don't know why he called on me, because I've tried to ask him before [in March] and he's cut me off mid-question. Maybe he didn't recognise me this time. You know, he has this group of folks that he normally asks questions of. […] I had always thought that if he ever did call on me, this is the one thing that is really central to his presidency.Image: Public Domain viaThis is quite an interesting public records find from Anna Massoglia (@annalecta) of the nonprofit Open Secrets. Years ago, Kamala Harris once...

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Prison labor in Massachusetts is used to manufacture Blue Lives Matter merchandise

Prison labor in Massachusetts is used to manufacture Blue Lives Matter merchandise

//As long as prisons exist, I've generally been a fan of the idea behind work release programs like the one in the , where incarcerated people learn skills like woodworking that will help them get jobs upon release. Or at least, it's the least worst work-related prison program I've come across. Most people who spend time in prison are usually driven there through a series of events complicated by poverty, so it makes sense to provide them with rehabilitative opportunities that they can keep them from experiencing the same depths of desperation after they've served their sentences.That being...

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Trump tweets imaginary law that doesn't exist to threaten protesters

Trump tweets imaginary law that doesn't exist to threaten protesters

//Impeached president Donald Trump today tweeted an imaginary law that does not exist.Anarchists, Agitators or Protestors who vandalize or damage our Federal Courthouse in Portland, or any Federal Buildings in any of our Cities or States, will be prosecuted under our recently re-enacted Statues & Monuments Act. MINIMUM TEN YEARS IN PRISON. Don’t do it! @DHSgovThere is no such law.It doesn't exist.Complete fiction.Here's the original tweet.Anarchists, Agitators or Protestors who vandalize or damage our Federal Courthouse in Portland, or any Federal Buildings in any of our Cities or States,...

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Texas AG probing Facebook over biometric data collection that may violate state law

Texas AG probing Facebook over biometric data collection that may violate state law

//“Texas is investigating Facebook for possibly running afoul of state laws on the collection of biometric data, according to June documents uncovered by a tech watchdog group,” reports .And the attorney general of Texas may just be on to something.Facebook users in Illinois recently secured a major settlement over the issue of biometric data collection.Excerpt:The Texas AG is investigating Facebook for possibly violating its Texas Deceptive Trade Practices — Consumer Protection Act by improperly collecting biometric identifiers, according to the documents, obtained by the Tech Transparency...

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Unidentified federal forces enter Portland, pull protestors into unmarked vans

Unidentified federal forces enter Portland, pull protestors into unmarked vans

//Numerous videos shot in the last two days show . The Department of Homeland Securuity admits they sent them in, but local authorities say they have had no contact with the armed men and are not coordinating with them.The Secretary of Homeland Security released a statement justifying the invasion of Portland, by a variety of federal agencies that refuse to identify themselves or speak with local officials, using a list of violent Antifa crimes. Only issue is it’s a list of graffiti incidents.— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash)Senator Jeff Merkley : "Authoritarian governments, not democratic...

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Pluto and five moons in our solar system have more water than Earth

Pluto and five moons in our solar system have more water than Earth

//There is less water on planet Earth than on Pluto, as revealed in this graphic by NASA's (). Moreover, five moons orbiting other worlds in our solar system—Europa, Triton, Callisto, Titan and Ganymede—have more. Ganymede has nearly 40 times as much water as planet Earth!The European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter satellite took this incredible image of the Sun, the closest photo ever taken of our star. It reveals tiny solar flares dotting the surface. The image above was captured at a distance of 77 million kilometers. From Nature: “When the first images came in, my first thought was this...

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Cops charged with murder after tasing man 50 times

Cops charged with murder after tasing man 50 times

//Joshua Taylor and Brandon Dingman, two officers with Wilson Police Department in Oklahoma, . The New York Times reports that Jared Lakey, 28, "stopped breathing and became unresponsive" and died two days later.Court records said that “such dangerous and unnecessary tasing” was a “substantial factor” in bringing about Mr. Lakey’s death. ... Spencer Bryan, a lawyer for Mr. Lakey’s parents, Doug and Cynthia Lakey, said both officers had initially claimed that they used Tasers on Mr. Lakey only four times. He said the charges were appropriate given what was shown on Mr. Taylor’s body camera...

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Tesla denies reports of firing workers who chose to stay at home to avoid coronavirus risk in Elon Musk's factory

Tesla denies reports of firing workers who chose to stay at home to avoid coronavirus risk in Elon Musk's factory

//On Thursday, Tesla denied media reports that it fired employees who chose to stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic, rather than expose themselves to possible infection at Elon Musk's California factory.In a blog post today, “The Tesla Team” says it waived the company attendance policy for several weeks after obtaining approval to reopen factories, and offered employees "a window of time to stay home no questions asked".Read the Tesla post:The Tesla Team July 2, 2020yesterday that three Tesla employees were fired after they chose to stay home from the Fremont, California, factory....

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Trump "America First" Eagle design looks like the Nazi parteiadler emblem

Trump "America First" Eagle design looks like the Nazi parteiadler emblem

//America First was a protectionist movement in the early 20th century whose name ultimately became the slogan of those opposed to fighting the Nazis. Revived by the Trump campaign in 2016, its antisemitic associations galvanized supporters while alarming wavering Republicans; his use of the phrase was a key moment in the forming of the "Never Trump" movement among conservative pundits. To help win re-election, he's selling T-shirts with the phrase, using a design that's unusually close to the Nazi parteiadler emblem.The potential for similarity between generically patriotic "American...

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This Lincoln Project ad congratulating "Comrade Trump" is all in Russian

This Lincoln Project ad congratulating "Comrade Trump" is all in Russian

//Voiced by a Russian actor, "Fellow Traveler" is a Lincoln Project anti-Trump ad that is narrated in Russian."The most important endorsement Donald Trump received in 2016 was not from your Senate leader, Mitch McConnell," starts the ad. "And not from your Congressman, Paul Ryan...No, Donald Trump received the most important endorsement in 2016 from our great leader Vladimir Putin.""Our special services worked overtime to elect Comrade Trump," it continues. "We manipulated your voters to spread our glorious propaganda. And you, American dogs, were set against each other.""Comrade Trump's...

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The time a man held a news anchor hostage on live TV

The time a man held a news anchor hostage on live TV

//On May 28, 1982, Joseph Billie Gwin, then 28, took four people hostage at the KOOL-TV station in Phoenix, Arizona. He eventually surrendered but not until news anchor Bill Close read Gwin's 20-minute statement on live television with a gun pointed at his stomach under the table. Gwin watched a portable TV to make sure they were on air.From a 1982 :The message needed to be broadcast ''to prevent World War III,'' the police quoted Mr. Gwin as saying. In it were other predictions, such as that that Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, would become President, and that on July...

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Kentucky Election Board conveniently cuts 3,500 polling stations ahead of primaries

Kentucky Election Board conveniently cuts 3,500 polling stations ahead of primaries

//A record-breaking number of Kentuckians have this year, when Mitch McConnell is up for another term in the Senate. A slight majority of those voters are actually registered as Democrats, too. In fact, only of those registered voters are ineligible to participate in the because they are not affiliated with either party.Unfortunately, Kentuckians of all stripes will likely face some difficulty voting in the primaries this year, regardless of their political affiliation. As reports:In a typical election year, Kentucky has about 3,700 polling sites, according to most reports. When Election...

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Cartoonist Kayfabe takes a look back at James O'Barr's The Crow

Cartoonist Kayfabe takes a look back at James O'Barr's The Crow

//In this nearly an hour and half video, Ed and Jim of take a deep dive into James O'Barr's The Crow, the hugely influential late-80s indie comic book.As usually for a Cartoonist Kayfabe, they point out many interesting details as they do a page-by-page deconstruction of the book. They point out, for instance, the widespread distribution of The Crow through bookstore chains way before other indies. And how The Crow also showed up in mainstream comic book magazines and collections at the time, bringing readers from the superhero market into the indies. The also point how inspiring it was for...

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Public Enemy releases new anti-Trump protest video

Public Enemy releases new anti-Trump protest video

//Public Enemy has released a new track and video, "State of the Union (STFU)." Produced by legendary DJ Premier, the track is described in the press release as “a fiery return to the frontlines as they take on Donald Trump and his fascist regime.”The press released included the lyric sheet for the track.Image: YouTube screengrabStop, collaborate, and listen: Amazon’s complicit in ICE’s extraditions (plus other abuses of human rights enabled by that agency’s authoritarian agenda) That’s why hundreds of musicians—nearly 500, at the time of this writing, though it was just over 100 when news...

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Patagonia joins advertising boycott against Facebook

Patagonia joins advertising boycott against Facebook

//Outdoor apparel brand Patagonia said it is joining the #StopHateForProfit boycott against Facebook (and Instagram, owned by Facebook) because Facebook continues to promote "hateful lies and dangerous propaganda." Last week three other major brands, The North Face, REI, and Upwork, joined the boycott and suspended all advertising on Facebook.On Sunday, Patagonia tweeted, "Patagonia is proud to join the Stop Hate for Profit campaign. We will pull all ads on Facebook and Instagram, effective immediately, through at least the end of July, pending meaningful action from the social media...

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Award-winning duck eats yeast, explodes, and blinds a man

Award-winning duck eats yeast, explodes, and blinds a man

//On January 4, 1910, the reported on a wildly tragic incident that had occurred in Des Moines, Iowa.The strangest accident recorded in local history occurred here when Rhadamanthus, a duck which had taken prizes at the recent Iowa poultry show, exploded into several hundred pieces, one of which struck Silas Perkins in the eye, destroying his sight.The cause of Rhadamanthus' untimely explosion was a pan of yeast. This, standing upon Perkins' back porch, tempted the duck, which gobbled it all up. Upon returning from church, Mr. Perkins discovered his prize duck in a loggy condition....

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U.S. Supreme Court blocks release of Mueller Russia grand jury material

U.S. Supreme Court blocks release of Mueller Russia grand jury material

//The Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked the Democrat-led House of Representatives from access to secret grand jury testimony from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.From :In a brief order, the justices put on hold a March ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that the material must be disclosed to lawmakers.The order gave the administration until June 1 to formally appeal that ruling, meaning that if the justices decide to hear the case a final resolution may not be...

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North Dakota's COVID-19 contact tracing app leaks location data to Foursquare and a Google Ads ID: Report

North Dakota's COVID-19 contact tracing app leaks location data to Foursquare and a Google Ads ID: Report

//Your concerns about the privacy and security risks of using state-run coronavirus contact tracing apps? They're reasonable concerns.from says the official North Dakota contact-tracing app is sharing location data with Foursquare and an advertising ID with Google.Writes :The app, called Care19, and produced by a company called ProudCrowd that also makes a location-based social networking app for North Dakota State sports fans, generates a random ID number for each person who uses it. Then, it can “anonymously cache the individual’s locations throughout the day,” storing information about...

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Facebook helps launch American Edge, lobbying group in DC to fight antitrust regulators

Facebook helps launch American Edge, lobbying group in DC to fight antitrust regulators

//• Facebook is one of the big-tech entities behind American Edge, a new lobbying group in DC to fight antitrust regulators and push back against lawmakers trying to rein in Big Tech.“Facebook is working behind the scenes to help launch a new political advocacy group that would combat U.S. lawmakers and regulators trying to rein in the tech industry, escalating Silicon Valley’s war with Washington at a moment when government officials are threatening to break up large companies,” reportsThe organization is called American Edge, and it aims through a barrage of advertising and other...

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