April 25, 2016

Denver police allegedly knock down small homes donated to the homeless. “People need to have hope that they can do something,” he said. “So to quash something like that in an instant is to rob them of a dream.” http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/10/25/homeless-advocacy-group-illegally-builds-micro-house-village-police-knock-it-down/

While politicians argue, Nepalese wait and wait for earthquake reconstruction to begin. “With reconstruction work at a virtual standstill and scores stuck in tents, numerous earthquake victims were reported to have perished during the country’s freezing Himalayan winter.” http://time.com/4305225/nepal-earthquake-anniversary-disaster/

Missouri reportedly rejects $8.3 million in federal Medicaid funding just to block Planned Parenthood from receiving funding. “They replaced it with money from Missouri’s general revenues, leaving the total unchanged at $10.8 million, and stipulated that none of it could go to organizations that provide abortions, as Planned Parenthood does.” http://www.kmbc.com/news/missouri-pays-millions-to-block-planned-parenthood-federal-funds/39189654

Bernie Sanders claims poverty in Baltimore rivals that of less developed countries, takes years off residents lives. “Sanders said that poverty in the worst areas of Baltimore rivaled conditions in “the West Bank in Palestine,” “North Korea,” and “distressed cities in Nigeria, India, China, and South Africa.” http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/04/24/bernie_sanders_in_baltimore_poverty_is_a_death_sentence_similar_to_palestine_or_north_korea.html

Rio de Janeiro police accused of rounding up homeless children prior to Olympics. “Specifics about Rio’s police roundups remain scarce and the  scale of official detentions unknown.” http://www.newsweek.com/rio-police-sweep-away-street-children-summer-olympics-449320?piano_d=1

FBI’s secret, warrantless, surveillance letters ruled legal as long as a judge gets to decide if disclosure would cause harm. “A Bay Area federal judge has upheld the FBI’s power to keep secret the tens of thousands of “national security letters” the agency issues each year demanding customer records from phone companies, banks and other record keepers.” http://www.sfgate.com/nation/article/Bay-Area-judge-upholds-FBI-s-secret-national-7295113.php According to another story, “Information sought in one case included a target’s complete Web browsing history, the IP addresses of everyone a person has corresponded with, and records of all online purchases, according to court documents unveiled in November following a six-year fight.” http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/04/in-a-reversal-judge-now-says-national-security-letters-are-constitutional/

Mass bleaching reveals Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is under threat from global warming. “(Terry) Hughes, who is also a professor at James Cook University specializing in the ecology of reefs, says northern portions of the Great Barrier are already seeing 50 percent mortality, with some portions possibly hitting 90 percent soon.” https://www.good.is/articles/great-barrier-reef-bleaching


April 25, 2016

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