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We can’t change the future by trying to erase the past. Tearing down a statue is not a solution to racism — ending the drug war is.

Tales from the Conspiratum

Jim Crow laws weren’t overturned because people went around town tearing down statues.

Source: Dear America: If You Want to Stop Racism, Tear Down the Drug War—Not Statues

thefreethoughtproject.com

We cannot change the future by trying to erase the past. Tearing down a statue is not a solution to racism — ending the drug war is. 

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On Monday, protesters — reacting to the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend — brought a ladder and some rope to North Carolina and tore down a near century old statue of a Confederate soldier. Unsurprisingly, nothing changed. However, the Durham Police Department and the Durham County Sheriff’s Office announced that they will be seeking criminal charges for those involved in the destruction of the statue.

Watching people wage violence against their fellow human in the name of protecting or tearing down some arbitrary government artifact is as…

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On Tuesday, the Nederland, Colo., city council unanimously voted to power Nederland with 100% clean, renewable energy by 2025. The vote came shortly after the cities of Orlando, Fla., and Nevada City, Calif., established similar goals last week.

 

According to Sierra Club, Nederland now represents the 42nd city in the U.S. to officially commit to 100% renewables and the fourth city in Colorado, joining Pueblo, Boulder and Aspen. The Sierra Club says transitioning to clean energy is critical for Rocky Mountain towns like Nederland that are already facing the effects of climate change with an increase of extreme weather, including drought and forest fires. . .

Source: Colorado Town Pledges 100% Renewable Energy – North American Windpower

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Around 20,000 Venezuelan adolescents will learn about urban farming as part of a plan launched by President Nicolas Maduro to support food production and the country’s youth programs.

Journal of People

Granma | August 17, 2017

Around 20,000 Venezuelan adolescents will learn about urban farming as part of a plan launched by President Nicolas Maduro to support food production and the country’s youth programs. Under the program, thousands of members of the Chamba Juvenil program will be trained on how to grow and harvest fruits, vegetables, legumes as well as on how to raise sheep, goats, pigs and other livestock, said Minister of Youth and Sports Pedro Infante.

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“The event was being set up as far back as at least May and it went like clockwork.”

News For The Blind

A Charlottesville police officer claims the riots, which pitched white supremacists against Antifa, were set up to further the agenda of the elites.

A Charlottesville police officer has come forward to express his anger at being told to “stand down” by the city mayor during violent clashes between protestors. He also claims the protests, which pitched “white supremacists” against members of Antifa, were “set up” to further the agenda of the elites.

We [Charlotesville police] were ordered to bring the rival groups together. As soon as they were in contact with each other, we were told to stand down. It was outrageous. We weren’t allowed to arrest anyone without asking the mayor first. We weren’t even allowed to stop the driver as he sped away.

The event was being set up as far back as at least May and it went like clockwork.”

NEW VIDEO: Car That Plowed Into Charlottesville Crowd Spotted Leaving the Scene

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Begun in 2011, the Texas prison closure project has crimes rates dropping faster than any other state. Numerous studies show that lengthy incarceration significantly increases re-offending rates.

Gronda Morin

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There is the republican President Donald Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions who is a throw back to the past into what it means to be “tough on crime” with the continuation of mass incarceration, etc., which are being challenged by conservative states like Texas which are doing away with this antiquated, expensive and ineffective crime fighting methods. And this is with the State of Texas which does not have a reputation for being easy on crime, nor for its humane practices towards prison inmates.

And not only is the State of Texas saving monies, bigly but crime rates are lower.

Still, this year (2017) Texas lawmakers rejected proposals to reduce drug offense penalties and to keep 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system, as other states do. But a lot of the savings due to the shutting down of prisons is now being used to provide more drug…

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Racist beauty standards do a lot of damage to non-white women. The immense global pressure to conform to a white European ideal—including light skin, straight hair, and a slim figure—means that women of color are particularly susceptible to developing psychological problems ranging from eating disorders to depression and generalized self-hatred.

Now research suggests that racist beauty standards put minority women at higher risk of physical health problems, too. In a commentary published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers from George Washington University and Occidental College argue that women of color are exposed to higher levels of toxins than white women. That’s because they use, on average, more cosmetic products in an effort to comply with European beauty standards.

“Racial discrimination based on European beauty norms can lead to internalized racism, body shame, and skin tone dissatisfaction, factors that can influence product use to achieve straighter hair or lighter skin,” the authors write. “Thus, beauty product use may be 1 [sic] way that structural discrimination becomes biologically embedded.”

The unregulated industry

In the US, cosmetics are largely unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Unlike drugs and medical devices, they don’t have go through multiple clinical trials to be considered safe for consumer use.

However, the FDA does have a website where people can post complaints about various products when they experience adverse health outcomes. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of these complaints more than doubled, suggesting that some users think these products—especially hair-care products—are making them sick.

via Racist beauty standards are leading women of color to use more toxic products — Quartz

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Iran approves economic sanctions against the US for its support of terrorist acts in the Middle East.

Tales from the Conspiratum

A political expert says Iran is the first country to have imposed sanctions on the United States for sponsoring terrorism.

Source: PressTV-‘Iran 1st country to sanction US over terror support’

http://www.presstv.com

Aug 14, 2017

The US Congress’s latest anti-Iran embargos prompted a counter-measure by Iranian legislators. They overwhelmingly approved a motion denying visas to American military and intelligence forces as well as freezing their bank accounts. The Iranian parliamentarians also voted to increase spending on the national missile program as well as the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’s defense mechanism. Press TV has asked Jim W. Dean, managing editor of the Veterans Today from Atlanta, and Michael Lane, founder of the American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, to give their thoughts on Iran’s response to American sanctions.

Jim Dean said the Islamic Republic of Iran is the first state, which has targeted the United States over its involvement in terrorist…

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