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Algae Bioreactor As Efficient As an Acre of Trees

By : Mike Brown

Algae could play a surprising role in the fight against climate change.

On Tuesday, A.I.-focused technology firm Hypergiant Industries announced a machine that uses the aquatic organisms to sequester carbon dioxide. Algae, the company claims, is “one of nature’s most efficient machines.” By pairing it with a machine learning system, its developers hope to make these talents even more effective.

That’s not all. The team claims the device, which measures three feet on each side and seven feet tall, can sequester as much carbon as a whole acre of trees — estimated somewhere around two tons.

“We’ve been thinking about climate change solutions in only a very narrow scope,” Ben Lamm, CEO of the Austin-based firm, tells Inverse. “Trees are part of the solution but there are so many other biological solutions that are useful. Algae is much more effective than trees at reducing carbon in the atmosphere, and can be used to create carbon negative fuels, plastics, textiles, food, fertilizer and much more.”

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Hurricane Dorian Increase To Category 4

The National Hurricane Center announced today that Hurricane Dorian’s strength has increased to a Category 4.   Dorian’s maximum sustained wind speeds have increased to 140 mph  capable of causing “catastrophic damage” to homes, uprooting trees, downing power lines and rendering areas uninhabitable for weeks or months.

National Hurricane Center Posts On Hurricane Dorian:  https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

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Amazon Rainforest is On Fire

By: Jessie Yeung of CNN

Fires are raging at a record rate in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, and scientists warn that it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change.
The fires are burning at the highest rate since the country’s space research center, the National Institute for Space Research (known by the abbreviation INPE), began tracking them in 2013, the center said Tuesday. 
There have been 72,843 fires in Brazil this year, with more than half in the Amazon region, INPE said. That’s more than an 80% increase compared with the same period last year.
The Amazon is often referred to as the planet’s lungs, producing 20% of the oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere.

It is considered vital in slowing global warming, and it is home to uncountable species of fauna and flora. Roughly half the size of the United States, it is the largest rainforest on the planet.

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El Paso Texas Mass Shooting Kills 20, Injures 26

Compliments of CNN News, Harmet Kaur

Twenty people are dead and more than two dozen are injured following a shooting at a shopping complex in El Paso, Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said.

The suspect in the deadly shooting at an El Paso shopping center is Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, three sources tell CNN.

The information comes from two federal law enforcement sources and one state government source. The federal sources tell CNN that investigators are reviewing an online writing posted days before the shooting that may speak to a motive.

The online posting was believed to be written by Crusius, the sources said, but that has not been confirmed.

In a news conference, Sgt. Robert Gomez of the El Paso Police Department told reporters the suspect in custody is a white male in his 20s.

It is looking like this may be a hate crime as Crusius posted his concerns about Mexicans flooding across the Texas border in his manifesto less than an hour before the shooting.

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Must Read Op-Ed Co-signed by 148 African Americans Who Served in the Obama Administration

By Lady Hamilton

The following link to the Op-Ed Co-signed by 148 African Americans who served in President Obama’s Administration is a UC Netwotrk recommended must read.   It begins with;

“We are African Americans, we are patriots, and we refuse to sit idly by

Mr. Trump lead the birther campaign during the Obama Administration, constantly challenging the legitimacy of President Obama’s American birth, and eligibility to be President of the United States.  The Op-Ed authors stand with the the four Congresswomen; Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib,  who President Trump has publicly told to go back to where they came from if they do not like what is going on in America, even though three of them were born in the United States.

The Op-Ed authors state:

“We are proud descendants of immigrants, refugees and the enslaved Africans who built this country while enduring the horrors of its original sin. We stand on the soil they tilled, and march in the streets they helped to pave. We are red-blooded Americans, we are patriots, and we have plenty to say about the direction this country is headed. We decry voter suppression. We demand equitable access to health care, housing, quality schools and employment. We welcome new Americans with dignity and open arms. And we will never stop fighting for the overhaul of a criminal-justice system with racist foundations.”

Their example is one for all people to take a stand for what is right and righteous.

Stand for something, or fall for anything.

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Mueller Hearing’s Truth Results In Opposing Views And Outcomes

Featured image compliments of nationalreview.com

By Lady Hamilton

President Trumps unprecedented behavior has raised concerns about America’s future, democracy, and electoral process integrity.  Americans seeking the truth about what happened before, during, and after the 2016 Presidential election were provided the opportunity to find out what was submitted to Congress in Robert  Mueller Congressional hearing televised to millions.  Although truth is not an opinion, and the interpretation of the facts, based on truth, should not result in many opposing views; that was not the outcome of the hearing.  People receiving the same information had very different interpretations and outcomes.

Democrats who have been vocal about Impeaching President Trump hoped Mueller’s testimony would provide direct, unmistakable, confirming, justification, evidence and support for their movement.  The citing of numerous obstruction of justice claims seemed obvious during California Representative, The Hon. Karen Bass’ questioning of Mueller during the Congressional hearing:

Ohio Representative Hon. Michael Turner came to President Trumps defense with his observations that practically negated the investigation stating that neither Mueller or Attorney General Barr have the authority to exonerate the President in the first place.  It sounds like a valid argument until one factors in that Mueller’s report was an investigation that would provide the facts to be submitted before Congress who do have the authority to exonerate or Impeach the President.

Yet, after the hearing President Trump told the media that the investigation was a hoax, Mueller did a horrible presentation, and has stated there were no valid claims of obstruction or collusion with Russia in the 2016 election process.

It is critically important that everyone is informed about the issues that impact America’s future so they can vote for leaders who represent what is aligned with their beliefs.  It is no longer enough to just rely on what is on the news, or what parents, family, neighbors, friends, co-workers, and colleagues say.  It is everyone’s responsibility to pay attention to what is being said and done to know that they know for their-self.  Every vote matters and it is important more than ever for 2020.  Vote for truth and keep our elected officials accountable.

Truth is established when actions and words match.

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Tropical Storm Barry Threatens Louisiana With Epic Flooding

Compliments of CNN

Tropical Storm Barry presents New Orleans with an unprecedented problem, according to the National Weather Service. The Mississippi River, which is usually at 6 to 8 feet in midsummer in the Big Easy, is now at 16 feet, owing to record flooding that’s taken place this year all along the waterway.

In the meantime, Barry is spinning away in the Gulf of Mexico, threatening a storm surge of 2 to 3 feet at the mouth of the river, said Jeffrey Graschel, a hydrologist with the weather service’s Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center in Slidell, Louisiana.

The unusual confluence of factors adds up to a forecast that has the river cresting Saturday at 19 feet, a level not seen since February 1950 and about 2.3 feet shy of the record set in April 1922, the weather service said Thursday.

“Look, there are three ways that Louisiana floods: storm surge, high rivers and rain,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday. “We’re going to have all three.” States of emergency have been declared in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes. Jefferson Parish and Plaquemines Parish have instituted mandatory evacuations as a precaution in low-lying areas or those outside major levees.

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Mitch McConnell and Slavery – A Dark Fable of Americas Past and Present

Compliments of Chauncy Vega, Salon Media

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell believes that reparations for the crimes done to black Americans, both during centuries of white-on-black chattel slavery and then 100 years of Jim Crow American apartheid are not deserved. On this point, McConnell said last month, “I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, when none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea. We’ve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, by passing landmark civil rights legislation. We’ve elected an African American president.”

McConnell can try to outrun history and thus escape its grasp. But America’s ignoble history is looking him (and many other white people) in the face every day when he looks in the mirror. Researchers working with NBC News have discovered that McConnell’s great-great-grandfathers were slave-owners who held at least 14 black people as human property.

NBC News provides these details:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said recently he opposes paying government reparations to the descendants of American slaves, has a family history deeply entwined in the issue: Two of his great-great-grandfathers were slave owners, U.S. census records show.

The two great-great-grandfathers, James McConnell and Richard Daley, owned a total of at least 14 slaves in Limestone County, Alabama — all but two of them female, according to the county “Slave Schedules” in the 1850 and 1860 censuses.

The details about McConnell’s ancestors, discovered by NBC News through a search of ancestry and census records, came in the wake of recent hearings on reparations before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

 

CHAUNCEY DEVEGA

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon. His essays can also be found at Chaunceydevega.com. He also hosts a weekly podcast, The Chauncey DeVega Show. Chauncey can be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

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July 4th Holiday Earthquakes Roll & Rock Southern California

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake on July 4th, 2019 in the Mojave desert was widespread and felt from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.  This earthquake was followed by a magnitude 7.1 on July 5th in the same community, 11 miles north of Ridgecrest.  Shaking was felt from Monterey to San Diego and from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

The July 4th event affected a small community in the Mohave desert with multiple fires reported and buildings knocked off their foundations.  Fortunately no reports of bodily injury were reported.  The July 5th earthquake was more intense and felt over a wider region.  Residents throughout the region report a rolling and rocking experience that lasted up to one minute.

These events are reminders for all communities to check their emergency supplies, review emergency plans, update family communication, evacuation, and re-connection plans.

Visit the UC Network #911 DAPP (Disaster Awareness Preparedness and Planning) channel  for more emergency preparedness information.

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Sharing Economy Helping or Hurting?

By: Ephrat Livni of QZ

No kid ever dreamed of growing up and driving for Uber or styling for Stitch Fix. In part, that’s because none of those companies existed when most of today’s adults were young. It’s also because, besides its much-touted “flexibility,” the gig economy isn’t much of a place to build a career. Instead, over the course of less than a decade, the self-described “tech companies” that connect people to gig work have managed to erode hard-fought labor protections in place for a century.

In Hustle and Gig, to be published in March by University of California Press, sociologist Alexandrea Ravenelle interviews 80 gig workers who are struggling, striving, and succeeding. She analyzes their stories in the context of US employment history and concludes that “for all its app-enabled modernity, the gig economy resembles the early industrial age…the sharing economy is truly a movement forward to the past.”

Although gig work was initially seen as a way to maximize worker freedom and create opportunities, it has, in its short history, proven corrosive. Ravenelle notes that a small percentage of people are making lots of money via side hustles, but they tend to be those who need it least. For example, she speaks to independent hoteliers in New York renting out rooms and apartments via AirBnB, including a corporate lawyer and a man with a chain of laundromats. Because they already had capital, have steady sources of income apart from their side gigs, and are willing to skirt rental laws, these two individuals are able to invest heavily in their “gigs” and create lucrative businesses.

Sadly, those who most need to work can find themselves trapped in a cycle of struggle. Ravenelle interviewed men and women signed up to do tasks on Task Rabbit—prior to its acquisition by IKEA—and who drove for Uber, for example. They were not employees and so had no health insurance, workers’ compensation protections, employer contributions to Social Security and payroll taxes, paid time off, family leave protections, discrimination protections, or unemployment insurance benefits.

Sometimes, this gig work also requires an initial outlay of capital. (My own neighbor just traded in her old vehicle for a new car, taking on thousands of dollars in debt so that she can make extra money driving for Lyft.) At the very least, a potential worker needs a smartphone and wi-fi service. Ravanelle’s book boasts an image inside of a young man in a park panhandling for $30 to activate his phone service so that he can start picking up work.

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