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UC Davis releases 3 studies on gun violence prevention
Over the past 10 years, ending with 2017, U.S. civilian fatalities from firearm violence exceeded U.S. combat fatalities in World War II.
guns  america  death  murder  abuse  policy 
3 days ago by conner
Not just Amazon: 60 big companies paid $0 under Trump tax law
In 2017, the effective corporate tax rate was 13.6%. In 2018, corporations paid just 7% of their profits as federal taxes, according to data provided to Yahoo Finance by research firm Oxford Economics.

That’s the lowest effective tax rate since at least 1947.
taxes  amazon  business  corruption  government  GOP  policy  ugh 
10 days ago by conner
Farmers Say Trump’s $28 Billion Bailout Isn't a Solution - Bloomberg
During the almost seven-minute call the president defended his handling of the trade conflict with China, which has cut off American farmers from one of their most important export markets. Yet he was quick to remind them that he’s tried to salve their pain. “I sometimes see where these horrible dishonest reporters will say that ‘oh jeez, the farmers are upset.’ Well, they can’t be too upset, because I gave them $12 billion and I gave them $16 billion this year,” said Trump, who then added, “I hope you like me even better than you did in ’16.”
GOP  trade  idiots  agriculture  government  budget  policy 
23 days ago by conner
The New American Homeless | The New Republic
Nationwide, the hourly earnings of high-wage workers rose 41 percent between 1979 and 2013; those of middle-wage workers grew only 6 percent. The pay for low-wage workers, meanwhile, decreased by 5 percent. Contrast these figures to the 138 percent annual wage growth among the top 1 percent of earners.
economics  poverty  homelessness  america  capitalism  policy  ugh  cities  georgia 
6 weeks ago by conner
Maria Soto Was Born in the U.S., yet the Trump Administration Won't Give Her a Passport. We're Suing. | ACLU of Oregon
"Last summer, the Trump administration created a “Denaturalization Task Force” to attempt to strip some naturalized citizens of their citizenship, and the Washington Post reported on a surge of passport denials for Latino Americans who were born along the border. And just last week, President Trump again told reporters he was investigating whether he could issue an Executive Order ending birthright citizenship as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. ( Spoiler alert: he can’t.)"
racism  GOP  assholes  policy  constitution  america 
6 weeks ago by conner
In Bolsonaro’s Brazil, a Showdown Over Amazon Rainforest
In the last half-century, about one-fifth of this forest, or some 300,000 square miles, has been cut and burned in Brazil, whose borders contain almost two-thirds of the Amazon basin. This is an area larger than Texas, the U.S. state that Brazil’s denuded lands most resemble, with their post-forest landscapes of silent sunbaked pasture, bean fields, and evangelical churches. This epochal deforestation — matched by harder to quantify but similar levels of forest degradation and fragmentation — has caused measurable disruptions to regional climates and rainfall. It has set loose so much stored carbon that it has negated the forest’s benefit as a carbon sink, the world’s largest after the oceans. Scientists warn that losing another fifth of Brazil’s rainforest will trigger the feedback loop known as dieback, in which the forest begins to dry out and burn in a cascading system collapse, beyond the reach of any subsequent human intervention or regret. This would release a doomsday bomb of stored carbon, disappear the cloud vapor that consumes the sun’s radiation before it can be absorbed as heat, and shrivel the rivers in the basin and in the sky.
amazon  rainforest  longread  climatechange  climate  agriculture  capitalism  policy  ugh  anthropocene 
7 weeks ago by conner
Warren Logan Wants the Bay Area to Plan With Him - CityLab
"Research shows that the people who speak in City Hall forums are generally whiter and wealthier homeowners, who are likely to oppose things like new development. But in Oakland, Logan is working with the city administration to create new pathways for folks from all backgrounds to participate."
cities  government  policy 
8 weeks ago by conner
Extreme climate change has reached the United States: Here are America’s fastest-warming places - Washington Post
"Tony Loura bought his cottage nearly 15 years ago. It used to be 1,000 feet from the water. Now, it’s only about 150."
climatechange  humansaredoomed  america  policy  climate  weather  oceans  environment 
9 weeks ago by conner
The Leaks That Threaten the Clean Image of Natural Gas - WSJ
About 18% of the gas produced on BP’s acreage in the Permian was either flared or released directly into the air during this year’s first quarter, compared with an average of 5% across the region,
methane  gas  oil  policy  law  pollution  climatechange  environment  GOP  EPA  capitalism 
9 weeks ago by conner
Amazon deforestation accelerating towards unrecoverable 'tipping point' | World news | The Guardian
"He has weakened the environment agency and effectively put it under the supervision of the agricultural ministry, which is headed by the leader of the farming lobby. His foreign minister has dismissed climate science as part of a global Marxist plot. The president and other ministers have criticised the forest monitoring agency, Ibama, for imposing fines on illegal land grabbers and loggers. The government has also moved to weaken protections for nature reserves, indigenous territories and zones of sustainable production by forest peoples and invited businesspeople to register land counter-claims within those areas."
brazil  environment  rainforest  policy  assholes  climatechange  nature  agriculture 
11 weeks ago by conner
What happened with West Virginia’s blockchain voting experiment?
"But numerous election technology experts sounded the alarm over what they said was the enormous potential for glitches and security risks on people’s mobile devices, the networks that hosted them, and the servers that held their information. Amid the words and phrases they used to describe West Virginia’s experiment: “horrible,” “horrific,” “completely nuts,” “high-flying blockchain promises,” “the Theranos of voting,” and “no.” Some pointed to the lack of transparency around the app, others to the inherent weaknesses of conducting an election over the internet at all. "
voting  technology  westvirginia  capitalism  security  hacking  policy  elections 
july 2019 by conner
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