By: Conrad Duncan
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.”
By: Joseph Cox of Motherboard
You gave them your data in exchange for a driver’s license. DMVs are making tens of millions of dollars selling it, documents obtained by Motherboard show.
Departments of Motor Vehicles in states around the country are taking drivers’ personal information and selling it to thousands of businesses, including private investigators who spy on people for a profit, Motherboard has learned. DMVs sell the data for an array of approved purposes, such as to insurance or tow companies, but some of them have sold to more nefarious businesses as well. Multiple states have made tens of millions of dollars a year selling data.
Motherboard has obtained hundreds of pages of documents from DMVs through public records requests that lay out the practice. Members of the public may not be aware that when they provide their name, address, and in some cases other personal information to the DMV for the purposes of getting a driver’s license or registering a vehicle, the DMV often then turns around and offers that information for sale.
Many of the private investigators that DMVs have sold data to explicitly advertise that they will surveil spouses to see if they’re cheating.
“You need to learn what they’ve been doing, when they’ve been doing it, who they’ve been doing it with and how long it has been going on. You need to see proof with your own eyes,” reads the website of Integrity Investigations, one private investigator firm that buys data from DMVs.
“Under this MOU [memorandum of understanding], the Requesting Party will be provided, via remote electronic means, information pertaining to driver licenses and vehicles, including personal information authorized to be released,” one agreement between a DMV and its clients reads.
By: Jon Queally of Common Dreams
Civil liberties groups are warning of a major threat to online freedoms and First Amendment rights if a leaked draft of a Trump administration edict—dubbed by critics as a “Censor the Internet” executive order that would give powerful federal agencies far-reaching powers to pick and choose which kind of Internet material is and is not acceptable—is allowed to go into effect.
“If these reports are a trial balloon from the White House, then it’s time to pop it.”
—Chris Lewis, Public KnowledgeAccording to CNN, which obtained a copy of the draft, the new rule “calls for the FCC to develop new regulations clarifying how and when the law protects social media websites when they decide to remove or suppress content on their platforms. Although still in its early stages and subject to change, the Trump administration’s draft order also calls for the Federal Trade Commission to take those new policies into account when it investigates or files lawsuits against misbehaving companies.”
While Politico was the first to report how the draft was being circulated by the White House, CNN notes that if put into effect, “the order would reflect a significant escalation by President Trump in his frequent attacks against social media companies over an alleged but unproven systemic bias against conservatives by technology platforms. And it could lead to a significant reinterpretation of a law that, its authors have insisted, was meant to give tech companies broad freedom to handle content as they see fit.”
Following reporting on the leaked draft, free speech and online advocacy groups raised alarm about the troubling and far-reaching implications of the Trump plan if it was put into effect by executive decree.
By: Jennifer Ruben of Washington Post
On Sunday morning, former congressman Beto O’Rourke spoke for millions of Americans.
For decades now, Republicans have insisted mass murders with semiautomatic weapons are not reflective of a gun problem. I can no longer comprehend how such a ludicrous assertion is remotely acceptable. But in one sense they are right: It’s not merely Republicans’ indulgence of the National Rifle Association that puts Americans’ lives in jeopardy; it is the support and enabling of a president that inspires white nationalist terrorists — and even denies white nationalism is a problem.
The Dayton, Ohio, mass killing is the 32nd“mass killing by firearms” this year. And while Trump continues to demonize Muslims and foreigners, the facts indicate white nationalists are responsible for more deaths than Islamic fundamentalist-inspired killings under this president. The Anti-Defamation League reported:
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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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.