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Human Rights Abuses Escalate at DAPL Prayer Services in North Dakota

Source: Huffington Post

“It makes me so sad. I want to feel like what we have been fighting for over the past hundred years is our dignity and that we as Indigenous people will be accorded full human rights. This is not the case in Morton County. The endless aggression, strip searching and attempts to humiliate our people are a continuation of 160 years of this. Morton County and North Dakota live in a colonial/military/pre- civil rights, old boy, paradigm. This is evidenced throughout North Dakota in the destruction of land and the desecration and oppression of native people and women. I pray for healing for my people and our land.” ~~Winona LaDuke

The photo Winona LaDuke references is stunning because of the brutality it conveys. A 19- year-old Arapaho girl is lying in the mud under a prayer tipi. She is not alone. A Morton County, North Dakota deputy is on top of her with one knee pressed against her neck and the other pushed into her lower back. The girl’s face is forced into the dirt by the weight of his body. He might outweigh her by a hundred pounds. You cannot see her face, in fact nothing except her flushed nose is visible. An officer from Marathon County, Wisconsin is crouched to the right, watching. Guns, radios, handcuffs, batons and other devices hidden from view in leather pouches hang from the belts of the deputy and the observing officer.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/georgianne-nienaber/human-rights-abuses-escal_b_12599380.html
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Sat Oct 22, 2016, 05:33 PM (6 replies)

10,000 Critically Endangered Frogs Have Suddenly Died In Peru’s Lake Titicaca

Source: Huffington Post

Peruvian authorities are investigating the deaths of over 10,000 critically endangered frogs in Lake Titicaca.

The cause of the Titicaca water frog massacre remains a mystery, though local activists have said water pollution and government negligence are to blame.

The creature, also known as the Titicaca scrotum frog because of the folds in its skin, is endemic to the large freshwater lake that spans from Peru to Bolivia.

Once common in the area, the frog has been driven to near-extinction in recent decades by habitat degradation and harvesting for human consumption. Since 1990, the frogs’ population has declined more than 80 percent, the International Union for Conservation of Nature said.

In recent years, the frog has faced a new threat. Polluted waters are killing the amphibious animal by the thousands, activists say.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/titicaca-water-frog-10000-dead_us_58071686e4b0180a36e76ccf?section=&
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Wed Oct 19, 2016, 02:45 PM (11 replies)

U.S. Government Bans Native American Tribe From Protesting On Their Own Land – Send In Police


A North Dakota federal court has prohibited indigenous tribes from protesting the Bakken pipeline on their own reservations.
Dakota Access, a developer of the pipeline, filed the report citing “Worker and law enforcement safety was at risk”.
This reaction originates from the non-violent protest by the Sanding Rock, Rose Bud and lower Brule Sioux.Dave Archambault II, chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said, “as we have said from the beginning, demonstrations regarding Dakota Access must be peaceful.”
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Sun Oct 16, 2016, 04:04 PM (1 replies)

Trump Grouped my Vagina...

and I'm a boy!!
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Sun Oct 16, 2016, 12:12 AM (0 replies)

New dwarf planet found in our solar system

Source: NPR/Phys.org

A team of space scientists at the University of Michigan has discovered a dwarf planet that is approximately half the size of Pluto and twice as far from the sun. The sighting was reported by NPR, which interviewed team lead physicist David Gerdes. He told them credit goes to a group of students who were challenged to find some new objects to add to the ongoing construction of a galaxy map. Their efforts led to software that can be used to analyze imagery from the Dark Energy Camera (the camera used as part of the ongoing Dark Energy Survey). It looks for objects that are moving in any given patch of sky—a sure sign that they are in our solar system.

Read more: http://phys.org/news/2016-10-dwarf-planet-solar.html
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Wed Oct 12, 2016, 04:07 PM (11 replies)

Schatz: Fox News correspondent not welcome to Honolulu Chinatown

Source: Hawai'i News Now

A Fox News correspondent criticized for mocking Asian-Americans during his man-on-the-street interviews in New York City’s Chinatown has expressed “regret” on Twitter, but U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, says he’s not welcome to Honolulu’s Chinatown.

“Jesse Watters is unfunny and mean,” Schatz said in a Tweet. “He should be ashamed of himself. Also, he’s not welcome to Honolulu Chinatown.” Schatz is referring to a segment on “The O’Reilly Show” called “Watters’ World,” which aired Monday. In the piece – which was inspired by how frequently presidential candidate Donald Trump mentioned China in the first debate -- Watters is featured interviewing passersby and asking them their opinions of Trump and Clinton.

The nearly five-minute piece, however, is interlaced with short clips from movies like “The Karate Kid,” footage of Watters getting a foot massage, and questions that could be seen as stereotyping Asians – all with the instrumental version of “Kung Fu Fighting” in the background.

Among some the questions: Is it the year of the dragon … rabbit? Am I supposed to bow to say hello? Is everything made in China now? Do they call Chinese food in China just "food"?

The segment prompted backlash over social media, with many calling it racist. The Asian-American Journalists Association also issued a statement demanding an apology from Fox News.

Read more: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/33335330/schatz-fox-news-correspondent-not-welcome-to-honolulu-chinatown?sf38087893=1

Mahalo to Senator Schatz! I use to live one block from Honolulu's Chinatown. If I heard what he was saying on the locals on the streets, I would have punched him! No ALOHA!!
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Thu Oct 6, 2016, 06:43 PM (10 replies)

Corporal punishment is still legal in US public schools in 19 states


More than 160,000 children were disciplined using corporal punishment in public schools in the United States in the 2013-2014 school year, according to data recently released by the U.S. Department of Education. School corporal punishment, which typically involves striking a child with a wooden board or paddle, is currently legal in public schools in 19 U.S. states. A new Social Policy Report, published by the Society for Research in Child Development, has found that Black children, boys, and children with disabilities are subjected to corporal punishment with greater frequency than their peers.
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Wed Oct 5, 2016, 11:13 AM (18 replies)

Ocean warriors unveil new high-speed ship against Japan whalers

Source: Phys.org - AFP

With its distinctive pirate-like flag flying from the mast, the sleek, high-speed concrete grey Ocean Warrior is the latest weapon in a bitter war between marine conservationists and Japan's whaling fleet.

"The one thing that we were missing in our fleet was a vessel with speed and endurance," said Alex Cornelissen, chief executive of Sea Shepherd Global. "With the Ocean Warrior, we have a ship that can outmatch any poaching vessel on the high seas," said Cornelissen, also the captain, giving AFP a tour of the ship before its departure from the Netherlands this weekend bound for Australia.

"We are now able to follow them anywhere they go and even run away if they become too aggressive."

Bought at a cost of 8.3 million euros($9.3 million) funded by public lotteries in Britain, The Netherlands and Sweden, Sea Shepherd Global is counting on the vessel in its upcoming battle to save the whales in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean.

Read more: http://phys.org/news/2016-10-ocean-warriors-unveil-high-speed-ship.html
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Mon Oct 3, 2016, 01:14 AM (5 replies)

Should Disney/Henson sue Donald Trump for using the "Miss Piggy" name without permission??

Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Tue Sep 27, 2016, 10:21 PM (5 replies)


Source: Bloomberg / DBMnews.com

The Walt Disney Company is evaluating a potential bid for Twitter, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter. After receiving interest in discussing a deal, Twitter has started a process to evaluate a potential sale.

Speculation that Twitter will be sold has been gathering steam in recent months, including last week’s news of Salesforce’s interest, given the social-media company’s slumping stock and difficulties in attracting new users and advertising revenue. Disney, the owner of ABC and ESPN, could obtain a new online outlet for entertainment, sports and news. Jack Dorsey, chief executive officer of Twitter, is on the board of Disney.

“Twitter was positioning for sale for some time,” technology industry analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group said. “The problem is, since they are not profitable, finding someone to actually pay money for them.”

Read more: http://www.disneybymark.com/breaking-disney-considering-bid-twitter/
Posted by The Sushi Bandit | Mon Sep 26, 2016, 07:47 PM (13 replies)
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