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Comparing Mine Management in B.C. and Alaska is Embarrassing (and Explains Why Alaskans Are So Mad)

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[ELECTIONS BC 2017!! "Polluter pay? Not in the wild west of #bcpoli political donations" "Unlike Alaska, which estimates a realistic reclamation figure and then demands full payment up front, B.C. has no such guarantees" *RON*]

Judith Lavoie, DeSmog Blog, 5 April 2017
Alaskans tired of living under the threat of B.C.’s poorly regulated mines are taking the matter to the state’s House Fisheries Committee in an effort to escalate an international response to ongoing issues such as the slow leakage of acidic waste from the deserted Tulsequah Chief Mine in northwest B.C. into the watershed of one of the richest salmon runs in the B.C./Alaska transboundary region.

On Thursday the committee will assess a resolution sponsored by several House Representatives “urging the United States government to continue to work with the government of Canada to investigate the long-term, region-wide downstream effects of proposed and existing indus…

Texas anti-masturbation bill moves closer to becoming law

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[A true blow for woman-kind, so to speak. *RON*]

Adam Lusher, Independent, 6 April 2017

Under the Man’s Right to Know Act, Texan men would be fined $100 for every 'unregulated masturbatory emission' - although they may be reassured to learn this is a satirical bill highlighting how women have been targeted by anti-abortion laws.

A bill that would see Texas men fined $100 (£82) for masturbating has taken a step closer to becoming law after it received its first reading in the state’s House of Representatives.

Under section 173.010 of House Bill 4260, the Man’s Right to Know Act, Texas men would only be allowed to masturbate under supervision, inside approved health care and medical facilities.

Any “unregulated masturbatory emissions outside of a woman’s vagina, or created outside of a health or medical facility, will be charged a $100 civil penalty for each emission, and will be considered an act against an unborn child, and failing to prese…

Pepsi tried cashing in on Black Lives Matter with a Kendall Jenner ad. Here’s how that’s going.

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[Unbelievably tone-deaf. On the bright side: Jenner succeeded in bringing the world together in one opinion where all else has failed. *RON*]

Tracy Jan, Washington Post, 5 April 2017

Here’s why Kendall Jenner's Pepsi ad is so controversial
This story has been updated to reflect Pepsi pulling its new ad.

A new Pepsi ad campaign invoking a Black Lives Matter protest drew immediate backlash on social media for appropriating a movement highlighting the killings of black Americans by police.

In the 2½ minute ad, celebrity model Kendall Jenner notices a passing rainbow coalition of marchers while she’s in the midst of a modeling shoot. She tosses her blond wig, wipes away her lipstick, and struts purposefully into the crowd.

The now-brunette Jenner makes a beeline toward a row of uniformed police, wading through a diverse group of beaming protesters flashing peace signs and flirtatious glances. She passes an ice bucket, reaches in to grab a can of…

ISIS has found a new, deadly use for human shields in Mosul

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[ISIS seems to be arranging for residents in Mosul to be struck and killed by US-led coalition airstrikes, in order to boost civilian death counts and to create controversy around the coalition campaign. *RON*]

Stephen SnyderPRI's The World, 4 April 2017

The militant group has a long history of forcing civilians to serve as human shields — to ward off airstrikes. But in recent weeks ISIS has reportedly been placing Mosul residents at military locations, secretly, and then inviting airstrikes.

"They're trying to sneak civilians into locations so that we're not aware of them," says US Army Col. Joe Scrocca, "and then they begin an engagement with the Iraqi security forces."

Scrocca, who is a spokesperson for the coalition's Combined Joint Task Force in Iraq, says "ISIS's purpose is to attack the strength of the coalition — our support back in our homelands. They are trying to ensure that the coalition…

Dozens of U.S. Missiles Hit Air Base in Syria

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[The beat goes on: the first time the US has ordered an attack on Assad forces. Assad still denies responsibility; Russia claims Assad was attacking an enemy chemical weapons plant; conspiracy theorists in the U.S. claim the whole ting was a false flag operation. *RON*]

Michael R. Gordon, Helene Cooper & Michael D. Shear, New York Times, 6 April 2017
WASHINGTON — President Trump said Thursday night that the United States had carried out a missile strike in Syria in response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack this week, which killed more than 80 civilians.

“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air base in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” Mr. Trump said in remarks at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. “It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”

Mr. Trump — who was accompanied by senior advisers, including…