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Canadian Oil Crisis Continues As Prices Plunge

Authored by Nick Cunningham via Oilprice.com, Canadian oil producers are once again suffering from a steep discount for their oil, causing the largest spread between Canadian oil and WTI in years. Western Canada Select (WCS) recently fell below $40 per barrel, dropping to as low as $38 per barrel on Tuesday. That put it roughly $31 per barrel below WTI, the largest discountsince 2013. The sharp…

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In Texas, marginalized communities are still fighting for federal aide post-Harvey | LIBERAL.GUIDE

Contention over long-term recovery funds meant to assist Texans still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey sparked a pre-emptive lawsuit this week, only one day after federal funds were finally approved. With this year’s hurricane season in full-swing, southeastern Texas is still reeling from Harvey last year, with the impact disproportionately felt among low-income communities and…

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In Texas, marginalized communities are still fighting for federal aide post-Harvey | LIBERAL.GUIDE


US housing secretary proposes tripling of rent for the poor

The Trump administration’s latest proposal would impose even greater suffering on families already beset by hunger, poor housing and lack of medical care. VISIT THE SOURCE ARTICLE Author:

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Artificial intelligence may be more humane than people

Artificial Intelligence (AI) appears to be suffering … so with unconscious bias, limited intelligence and are frequently driven by … so with unconscious bias, limited intelligence and are frequently driven by … clearly aware of his own intelligence. The engineer doth protest too … VISIT THE SOURCE ARTICLE Author:

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National Enquirer reportedly paid hush money to protect Trump while facing financial hardship

American Media Inc. (AMI), The National Enquirer’s parent company, has been suffering “ballooning debt, falling revenue and shrinking newsstand sales at its print magazines,” a Wall Street Journal report revealed on Thursday. However, that financial hardship didn’t affect its ability to pay alleged hush-money to individuals who reportedly had damaging information about President Trump. According…

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NHS email failure ‘not a cyber attack’

… been the victim of a cyber attack after suffering email problems since … VISIT THE SOURCE ARTICLE NHS email failure ‘not a cyber attack’

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‘We the People’…Good Friday National Holiday Campaign supports senate bill to establish Good Friday as a holiday in NYS. | WARFAREWEB.COM

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Good Friday National Holiday Campaign Prayerfully Supports New York State Senate Bill Number S.6937, to Establish GOOD FRIDAY as a public holiday in N.Y. State.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, January 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Good Friday National Holiday Campaign has announced that it is prayerfully supporting the State Senate Bill S. 6937 to designate Good Friday as a public holiday in New York. The Bill S. 6937 is an act to amend the general construction law and the education law, in relation to the designation of Good Friday as a public holiday.

The campaign has humbly asked the Trump Administration to please give Good Friday commemorative status in the USA. This is particularly so as Good Friday is a national holiday in over 135 countries across the globe, and in only 12 states in the U.S., as well as in 3 US Territories.

We humbly ask the Trump Administration to please give Good Friday commemorative status in the USA. The “One Million Signatures” Campaign is an effort designed to raise awareness among the public, through a series of dialogues with our elected officials, and collection of signatures of our supporters on a petition addressed to the White House.

The State of New York has already demonstrated an interest in the subject both in the private and public sectors, with Wall Street, New York’s secular entity that trades in billions of dollars closing on Good Friday. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ, as well as other equity and options platforms, also close for business on Good Friday. This also applies to public schools, as they all close their gates on Good Friday.

According to the director and spokesperson of the Good Friday Campaign, Sharon Jones, “We have been advocating for several years now having Good Friday established as a National Holiday in the USA, and we are certainly planning to take this campaign all the way to the White House.” Jones added, “Bill S. 6937 in New York State is a great start to 2018; it is a New Day for us. In these upcoming months, we will be heavily focused on how this glorious, moveable feast day set aside for Our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ is extremely important in the United States.”

As an individual citizen, there is no conflict whatsoever between the church and the state and the subsequent signing of the petition. It only shows The White House that real people are signing the petition to make Good Friday a national holiday in our USA. The Good Friday National Holiday Campaign seeks to establish Good Friday as a commemorative day in the United States of America.

We, the undersigned, seek to enshrine Good Friday as a Federal holiday under Title V of the United States Code (5 U.S.C, § 6103) due to its long-standing tradition in American culture and history.

Supporting and signing the New York Senate Bill S. 6937 takes only a few minutes, requiring backers to simply click on the following link: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2017/S6937.

More information can be found on the Good Friday National Holiday website at http://www.goodfridaycampaign.com, or get in touch through [email protected]

The Good Friday National Holiday Campaign is a 501(c) (4) non-charitable organization founded by Sharon Jones, a British, born and raised in the United Kingdom.

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Growing number of horses bolting after being spooked by low flying drones | DRONEPETS.ORG

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Increasing numbers of riders are being thrown from their horses and suffering injuries after their steeds have been spooked by low flying drones

Around a dozen incidents of drone horse scares have been reported over the past year, but the actual figure is feared to be far higher – with many riders not reporting their experiences.

The British Horse Society has now called for the law to be strengthened to allow police to clamp down on drone owners who fly them close to horses.

The society has said the 11 incidents of drone scares reported to it between 2016 and 2017 is “just the tip of the iceberg” and that it has received numerous from members worried about the increased use of drones.

Alex Hiscox, the BHS’ director of Safety, told The Telegraph: “We’ve received dozens of calls from concerned members, who are worried about the increase in drones.

“Many drone users may not realise that they can frighten horses, causing them to quickly move away from what they perceive as a threat. This can cause them to run and injure themselves, or if they are being ridden, could result in serious injury of the horse and rider.

“We are asking drone users to be mindful and not set off drones around horses. Avoid flying a drone near stables or bridleways. We have met with the Department of Transport to discuss this issue and will continue to raise awareness.”

A drone being flown safely above Goodwood Motor Circuit in Sussex

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Riders have told how their horses have been spooked by drones, throwing them off or bolting and only being brought under control after a struggle.

Joanna Jeans said she was lucky to avoid a serious accident when a drone came within yards of of the horses she and her husband Simon were untacking after a ride in the Mendip Hills last November.

She told Horse & Hound: “Both horses went into full flight mode. Simon’s mare is very spooky, but luckily he managed to hang on to her.”

Ms Jeans said the drone operator appeared to be indifferent. “He could have caused a serious accident, as well as killing one of our horses,” she said. “But he was completely deadpan. I don’t think he had any understanding of what he’d done.”

The Government is currently drafting a new bill to allow police to order drone owners to ground their machines and force the owners to register their drones before being able to fly them.

The BHS said it had lobbied for tougher legislation on the use of drones, with heavy penalties for owners who fly their machines near riders, above fields where horses are tethered and above stables.

A BHS spokesman said: “Our members are increasingly concerned about the use of drones where they ride. FLying drones near horses can have consequences. Users should avoid flying over horses – in fields or ridden.”

The CLA, which represents rural land and business owners, has joined the call for tougher rules.

“An increase in recreational drones with cameras is a worry to farmers and landowners over privacy, potential for damage to property and the safety of people with livestock.

“We will continue to push for change to the Civil Aviation Act, so users would need landowners permission to fly over their land.”

Baroness Sugg, the aviation minister, said the new legislation would “strike a balance”, allowing the majority of users to carry on flying responsibly while still allowing drone technology to be used by businesses and public services.

She added however: “If we are to realise the full potential of this incredibly exciting technology, we have to take steps to stop illegal use of these devices and address safety and privacy concerns.”


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Erica Garner is on life support, but her tireless pursuit of justice for police murder lives on | LIBERAL.GUIDE

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Erica Garner is on life support after suffering massive brain damage due to oxygen deprivation during a severe heart attack, her family said Thursday.

Garner, 27, has been a dogged advocate for change in the systems that allow police to systematically deprive black Americans of their rights, dignity, and even lives. Her father, Eric, was killed by New York Police Department (NYPD) officers in 2014 after they determined his agitation at being harassed for selling untaxed cigarettes on the street required a forceful, violent police response. The elder Garner’s dying words — “I can’t breathe” — became a powerful mantra for the reform advocates and street protesters who organized under the banner of “Black Lives Matter.”

In the years since her father was killed, Garner struck a potent and sometimes contrasting figure within the movement. Women like Sybrina Fulton, Geneva Reed-Veal, Maria Hamilton, Lucy McBath, and Garner’s own grandmother Gwen Carr were dubbed the Mothers of the Movement, and embraced by mainline Democratic Party officials and events. That position made them hugely influential to a mass audience, but imposed some trade-offs with regard to the tone of their speech (though not the content of their critiques).

Garner chose a different path for wielding the unwanted fame and influence her father’s killing afforded her — establishing a vituperative edge that arguably expanded society’s definition of what a black woman who loses family to police abuse is allowed to be, how she is allowed to process her pain and anger.

To call Garner “unafraid” would be both backhanded cruelty to those survivors of black pain who make different choices, and damnably faint praise of her own style. A better word, perhaps, is “brusque.” Her unvarnished public mode suggests a woman living in conscious defiance of American life’s crushing tendency to bottle up women of color. When she’s decided something needs to be said, and that she ought to be the one to say it, the contents-under-pressure reality of that societal bottling is often on immediate display.

“Just cause you love black pussy don’t mean you love black lives,” Garner once said to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) on Twitter.

De Blasio, whose wife Chirlane McCray is African-American, had for years stymied the release of police disciplinary records on Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the cop who applied a choke hold to Garner’s father as he was being interrogated for selling loose cigarettes.

The hold and subsequent violence triggered a sequence of medical crises that killed the elder Garner while Pantaleo and fellow officers looked on. Civilian Complaint Review Board records showing Pantaleo had been kept on the street despite residing in the top 5 percent of NYPD disciplinary complaints for years were later obtained and published by ThinkProgress.

Both city and federal investigations into the killing of Garner’s father stretched on for years without producing clarity or accountability to either the family or the general public. After meeting with Department of Justice officials earlier this year, Garner said Trump administration officials told her they had made more progress on her dad’s case in six months than the Obama administration had in nearly three years.

As is her general habit, Garner grappled with that news openly, for anyone to see. “I dont understand how #obama and #lynch could hold my dads case for 2.5 years and not make it a priority … Dog, I hope this is fake news,” she wrote in one tweet.

In others, she said Trump officials were threatening to charge her with a crime if she released a recording of the staffers’ claims to have outdone the Obama team in pursuing justice for the Garner family — an outlandish thing to hear coming from employees of a man who has repeatedly encouraged police to seek revenge against critics, slandered black America, and thrown his lot in with the right-wing backlash against the Black Lives Matter movement to which Garner was such a crucial icon. (Obama told Garner face to face that he wanted to avoid appearing to politicize the investigation, something Trump would likely be less averse to.)

Garner has been no less pugnacious and direct on matters further afield from the investigations into her own father’s killing.

“If our lives really mattered, we’d have equal access to decent jobs, good schools and affordable housing. If our lives mattered in this country, we’d have equal access to clean air, clean water and real investment in black neighborhoods,” Garner wrote in a Washington Post op-ed urging people to choose Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary.

Noting that activists had forced almost everyone in the country to at least know names like Tamir Rice and Rekia Boyd, Garner blasted political exploitation of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I resent politicians who speak their names without confronting the underlying problem,” she wrote. “I trusted establishment Democrats who claimed to represent me, only to later watch them ignore and explain away the injustice of my father’s death.”

Though doctors have declared Garner brain dead, she remains on life support. If this is to be her way of passing, it will add another tragic underscore to the causes and ideas she advocated so radically in recent years.

There is ample and clear evidence that merely trying to exist as part of America’s vast underclass causes quantifiable psychological harm. Beyond the well-understood reality that underfed children will struggle to reach their intellectual and social potential, there is now evidence that the stress of living in poverty — even apart from nutritional issues — imposes roughly the same mental health costs as pulling an all-nighter every night, forever.

Black Americans of all economic classes suffer a special, separate socio-psychic pricetag. Suspicious white citizens, wary store clerks, and trigger-happy cops make day-to-day life additionally stressful — whether you’re a man like Eric Garner trying to make ends meet on a Staten Island street corner, or an Ivy League professor like Henry Louis Gates getting cuffed on your own front porch because a nosy neighbor assumed you didn’t belong in such a ritzy neighborhood.

Dubbed “racial battle fatigue” by the academic William Smith more than a decade ago, this pattern of low-lying anxieties and traumas actively damage the mental and even physical health of men and women who look like Eric and Erica Garner. Though the American Heart Association may assert that you can always control your blood pressure, the research Smith and others have conducted indicates that’s not quite true if your mere presence prompts people to clutch their purses tighter, lock their car doors, or punch “9-1-” into the phone and then wait with their finger on the keypad.

The kind of massive coronary that put Garner on life support days before Christmas can have any number of physical causes. But to be black in America is to live with higher stress levels, higher blood pressure, worse overall health outcomes, and greater risk of premature death. It also, as researchers like Smith have demonstrated, means a much higher risk of living with “generalized anxiety disorder” — an acute but prolonged set of harmful mental stressors that have serious physical repercussions.

After multiple news outlets reported that Garner has no chance to recover from her condition, representatives for her family rejected that prognosis and began retweeting prayers from her Twitter account. They asked her fans and supporters not to contribute financially to any fundraising efforts in her name for the time being.

On the day of her heart attack, Garner reminded her audience of the long legacy of racist exploitation in American politics with tweets about GOP strategist Lee Atwater and the ugly “southern strategy” he crafted alongside Fox News founder Roger Ailes when the two worked on George H. W. Bush’s successful 1990 presidential campaign.

Garner outlived both Ailes and Atwater, but never let anyone forget that America still lives in their shadow.


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