Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Lies You’ve Been Told About the Pacific Garbage Patch

Why is the world’s biggest landfill in the Pacific Ocean?

National Geographic–Great Pacific Garbage Patch Pacific Trash Vortex

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Wesley Lowery Describes His Arrest In Ferguson

Originally posted on News One:

On Thursday, “Washington Post’s” Wesley Lowery shared the harrowing details of his arrest in Ferguson Mo. with Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” panel. Lowery was detained after Ferguson police officers ruffed him up in a local area McDonald’s claiming he was resisting arrest. Listen to all of the disturbing details of his arrest and release below.

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Be sure to listen to “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 7 a.m. EST and watch at 9 a.m. EST on TV One. 

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Woman displays wound she received from rubber bullet fired by Ferguson police

Originally posted on The Daily Lede blog:

This woman was helping keep the calm when she was fired upon by Ferguson police using rubber bullets.  Here is the result of her injury.

source Antonio French

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FAA Shuts Down Ferguson Airspace, Effectively Blocking Aerial Press Coverage Of Mike Brown Protests

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

The Federal Aviation Administration has shut down the airspace over Ferguson, Missouri in a radius of 3 nautical miles beginning today and ending on August 18th. The official reason for the shutdown is “TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES” because of “Hazards” which consist of a police helicopter being shot at two nights ago on Sunday.

Shut down, in this case, means “No pilots may operate an aircraft in the areas covered by this NOTAM (except as described). ONLY RELIEF AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS UNDER DIRECTION OF ST.” This means that only authorized helicopters will be allowed within that three miles and that doesn’t include news helicopters. [tc-mark]

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Obama: Remember Michael Brown Through Reflection, Understanding

Originally posted on CBS St. Louis:

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - President Obama has issued the following statement on the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown last weekend in Ferguson.

“The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed.

“I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding.

“We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American…

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R.I.P Robin Williams

I dont know…the first thing I thought of when I heard the news was this quote from Alan Moore’s “Watchmen”

“Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. Says, “But doctor…I am Pagliacci.”

― Alan Moore, Watchmen

then I stumbled across this…

Robin Williams. It’s time for a convoluted stream of consciousness. Ask Me Anything! : IAmA

One of the few movie to make me cry! Not sure why but something came over me when I first watched this movies, years ago. Still gets me a bit but I fight the tears back!

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Lyft’s new creative director: Trim the pink mustache or leave it alone?

Originally posted on Fortune:

Ride-hailing service Lyft is bringing in top talent with its recent hire of Jesse McMillin, the former creative director at Virgin American who had helped to transform that company’s image.

Lyft announced the hire in a blog post on July 29, giving McMillin a platform to introduce himself and his mission for the company. “It’s not every day that all of the ingredients for an amazing brand perfectly align and create a space where the potential and opportunity is entirely limitless,” he wrote. “To be a part of shaping the path for where such an exciting brand will go is not only a special opportunity, it’s the chance of a lifetime.”

During his tenure at Virgin America, McMillin was responsible for projects including a new in-flight safety video that drew praise for its entertainment value. In fact, the video went viral, and was viewed nearly 10 million times on YouTube.

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The GOP Is Using Support For Uber As A Fundraising Pitch

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

The GOP is cool, guys, and they want you to know it.

Out today from the Republican party is a petition in support of Uber. The petition is predictably partisan, blaming “liberal government bureaucrats” alongside “taxi unions” for “setting up roadblocks” and “issuing strangling regulations” to the detriment of Uber. Cities, according to the GOP, “need Uber.”

I don’t disagree.

Why is the GOP pushing for Uber now? Aside from the petition being a pretty simple attempt to collect email addresses and dollars (after you sign, you are presented with a large donation page for the GOP) there is legislation on the desk of Illinois governor Pat Quinn that would restrict ride-sharing services like Uber in the area.

So the call to support Uber by the GOP, cynical and self-serving as it undoubtedly is, does fit into the narrative of a Democratic governor faced with a regulatory decision of real import…

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Free undocumented immigrants from incarceration: Stop the corporate prison industry’s influence on politics

Originally posted on Prison Divestment Campaign:

How the For-Profit Corporate Prison Lobby Killed Immigration Reform

To free undocumented immigrants from the threat of incarceration, the focus has to be on reducing the corporate prison industry’s influence on Congress.

Most national leaders are telling their constituencies that bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform is not a possibility this year. Acts of civil disobedience and militant, grassroots efforts to stop deportations are spreading across the country. Missing in the strategy is the power of the for-profit corporate prison industry. To win, the immigration reform movement has to weaken the private prison corporate lobby.

The immigrant rights movement made major headway in the fight for human rights and equal justice in 2013. Worker centers and several key unions stepped up their efforts by organizing popular support to pressure Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE and local sheriffs to free detained immigrants. The movement…

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