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As Dakota Access Pipeline Fight Grows, Where Are Obama and Clinton?

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[Their recalcitrance might have just a tiny bit to do with this: Who's Banking on the Dakota Access Pipeline? "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." ― Desmond Tutu as quoted in William P. Quigley (2003) Ending Poverty As We Know It: Guaranteeing a Right to a Job at a Living Wage,  p. 8 *RON*]

Deirdre FultonCommon Dreams, 7 September 2016

As one presidential candidate faces charges for spray-painting construction equipment at aDakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest on Tuesday, many are calling for President Barack Obama and White House hopeful Hillary Clinton to make clear their own opposition to the controversial project.
"President Obama could step in any time and say 'no' to this whole thing—like he did for Keystone XL." —

BC Hydro’s Site C dam project and indigenous rights

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[See also Site C: Truly awful economics, and Amnesty International calls for halt to B.C.’s Site C dam, and What B.C. Hydro is Hiding In Its Misleading Site C Poll. *RON*]
Canadian Government Executive, 24 Augusut 2016

Without Site C, B.C. is forecast to have an eight per cent capacity deficit and a two per cent energy deficit within 10 years – equivalent to the power needs of 100,000 homes, according to BC Hydro.

BC Hydro said it is pushing through with it $9-billion, hydroelectric megaproject on British Columbia’s Peace River despite mounting demands to halt it because the project will destroy ancestral burial grounds as well as traditional hunting of fishing sites of indigenous people.

Amnesty International (AI) has recently released a report saying that BC Hydro’s Site C project would flood more than 80 kilometres of the river valley, stretching from Fort St. John and its tributaries. The report, titled The Point of no Return, is just one of t…

Who killed Ferguson activist Darren Seals?

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[The creepiest thing is this Tweet, sent 3 weeks before he was killed, in which Seals claims police pulled him over, drew their guns on him and told him to "choose his enemies wisely." *RON*]

By Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, 7 September 2016 When the gunfire stopped on Aug. 3, 2013, Darren Seals had six gunshot wounds. The then-26-year-old, known for running with a rough crowd, had been hit as he stood outside his cousin’s house, waiting for a ride. The first tore through his stomach. Three more hit his hands, which he had thrown up to block his face. As he fell to the ground, two more bullets struck his feet.

It was the second time he’d been shot, according the account Seals would later provide in interviews and social media posts.

The third, and final time, came earlier this week.

We've Destroyed One-Tenth of the World's Wilderness Since 1990

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[And we're not getting it back. See also National Geographic's Catastrophic Declines in Earth’s Wilderness Areas Over the Last 20 Years, Study Finds. *RON*]

Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn, Mother Jones, 8 September 2016

The world's wilderness areas are declining at "catastrophic" rates, according to a new study published today in Current Biology. Since 1990, we've lost about one-tenth of these large, mostly unpopulated landscapes—amounting to 3.3 million square kilometers, or twice the size of Alaska.

NASA launches spacecraft to intercept asteroid

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[They don't mention it here (way near the end of the story they do mention, in passing, that the RI in OSIRIS stands for "Resource Identification"), but there are high hopes that, in future, they will be able to mine asteroids. Scientists have also said that the icy ones could also be useful for long-term space flight, by breaking the water down into hydrogen and oxygen for an enormous fuel supply. *RON*]

By Amanda Barnett, CNN, 9 September 2016

NASA's OSIRIS-REx lifts off on mission to rendezvous with asteroid BennuMission managers say the launch was flawless and the spacecraft is in excellent health Cape Canaveral, Florida (CNN)NASA on Thursday evening launched a space probe called OSIRIS-REx to chase down a dark, potentially dangerous asteroid called Bennu. The probe will take a sample of the asteroid and -- in a US space first -- bring the sample back to Earth.
"NASA did it again!" Jim Green, Planetary Science Divisi…