Hong Kong pro-democracy activist stabbed while passing out leaflets. “The man suddenly rushed to my friend and slashed (him) in the neck. Then my friend ran away towards this direction. After that he fell down and was stabbed in the abdomen with a knife.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/20/hong-kong-activist-stabbed-handing-out-pro-democracy-leaflets-at-lennon-wall
Bernie Sanders receives endorsements from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Michael Moore, author suggests a Sanders-Warren ticket. “Will pushing in tandem for policies like Medicare for All and student debt forgiveness scandalize the pundit class and alienate some moderate voters? Undoubtedly. But moderates are not the future of the Democratic Party…” https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/bernie-sanders-scores-aoc-michael-moore-endorsements-clash-warren-inevitable-ncna1068806 Actually, centrists/moderates are likely to be the future of the Democratic Party, because of its deeply entrenched, pro-corporate leadership, which means it’s going to keep losing elections to right-wing fake populists. How about Sanders and Warren running as Greens, after they get cheated out of the Democratic Party’s nomination?
New Orleans Hard Rock hotel collapse survivor arrested for fishing without a license, will be deported. “Delmer Joel Ramirez Palma, a native of Honduras, is one of five laborers who filed a lawsuit at Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Friday seeking damages for injuries they said they suffered…. his deportation… was set in motion by an arrest that occurred within 24 hours of his ‘making a statement about the tragic events’ at the collapse site to a Spanish-language news network.” https://www.nola.com/news/courts/article_4a375132-f1c8-11e9-9a58-d76da7c8e09e.html
An estimated 70,000 California wildfire victims have failed to apply for compensation for lost homes, wages and emotional distress. “A man who said his house in Paradise was destroyed by fire three months after he bought it said he learned through social media that he could recover money from PG&E for his losses.” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/california-fires-70000-victims-may-miss-out-on-payments/
Man reportedly left paralyzed from the waist down after expired license plate traffic stop in Maryland. “NBC Washington identified the man as Demonte Ward-Blake and relatives said he is partially paralyzed from the waist down from injuries to his spinal cord. He also had a broken nose.” https://wtop.com/prince-georges-county/2019/10/mans-injury-during-arrest-a-horrible-accident-prince-georges-co-police-say/ “When (police) tried to search him, he allegedly struck an officer in the head with his elbow and tried to run away. That’s when one of the officers did a ‘takedown procedure’ to stop him from fleeing…” https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Prince-Georges-Police-Use-of-Force-Traffic-Stop-563403451.html
King County, Washington authorities seize man’s firearms, citing the state’s ‘red flag’ law, apparently because he admitted belonging to an extremist group during an airport interview that occurred last year. “At the end of 2018, (Kaleb) Cole went on a 25-day trip that took him throughout Eastern Europe…. officials wrote that Mr. Cole identified himself as an Atomwaffen member who had (a) fascist ideology and that he had been carrying the group’s flag.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/us/atomwaffen-kaleb-cole.html “It wasn’t anything super-secret that we had to tell the judge. It was just: ‘Here’s what this guy’s about, he’s leading other people in practicing and informing a potentially violent cell that would act on their white supremacist views…. So that was enough to the convince this judge that at least temporarily — let’s take a time out. Let’s take these guns out and see what we’ve got here.” https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-arsenal-seized-neo-nazi-leader-red-flag-law-20191019-bo2ml7mcjfgrjhj5xhkez2n7cy-story.html I thought ‘red flag’ laws were for situations where a person was strongly suspected of being an imminent threat, based on some kind of actual evidence like making threats or plans to carry out specific acts of violence. But apparently just vague suspicion that someone who is engaged in questionable but lawful behavior is possibly plotting something is sufficient to override their constitutional rights.
Amazon has reportedly spent $1.45 million to influence local elections in Seattle area. “Amazon has donated huge sums to the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce PAC. The Amazon-backed PAC is backing challengers against all but one of the three incumbents running for reelection, which has left many predicting that the City Council is going to look a lot different next year.” https://www.thenation.com/article/seattle-amazon-kshama-sawant/
Police in Azerbaijan round up pro-democracy protesters. “Police detained (Popular Front leader Ali) Kerimli soon after he began walking to the venue of the protest rally in central Baku. More than 80 other protesters were detained after him, a Reuters witness at the scene said.” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/azerbaijan-police-detain-protesters-ali-kerimli-popular-front-a9163006.html
Australian news organizations run blacked-out front pages to protest government secrecy laws and police raids on journalists. “The campaign, by the Australia’s Right to Know Coalition, follows raids on the ABC’s Sydney headquarters and the home of a News Corp journalist in June, the legality of which is being challenged in the high court.” https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/oct/21/australian-newspapers-black-out-front-pages-to-fight-back-against-secrecy-laws
Fifth day of anti-corruption protests in Lebanon. “Demonstrators took to the streets of most urban centres on Sunday to rail against officials who they say are preventing badly needed reforms that would cut into the pockets of the ruling class, and are instead trying to recoup state revenues by taxing the poor.” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/20/lebanons-mass-revolt-against-corruption-and-poverty-continues
Chilean military deployed against protesters. “It marks the first time the army marched through the streets of Santiago, AP noted, since 1990, when the brutal dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet, who ousted Salvador Allende in a U.S.-backed coup, ended.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/20/so-awful-military-returns-streets-chile-unrest-simmers
Non-profit group Food & Water Watch seeks to educate consumers about the differences between sustainable and industrial agriculture. “Sustainable farmers protect soil by rotating crops and avoiding pesticides and other soil pollutants,” the website explains. However, with industrial operations, “the same crops are often grown on wide expanses of land year after year, leading to loss of soil nutrients.” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/18/combat-dishonest-marketing-new-farm-vs-factory-website-contrasts-industrial-and
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