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UK Researchers: Tax Food to Reduce Climate Change

Taxing greenhouse gas emissions from food production could save more emissions than are currently generated by global aviation, and lead to half a million fewer deaths from chronic diseases, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change.

The study, conducted by a team of researchers from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food at the University of Oxford and the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC, is the first global analysis to estimate the impacts that levying emissions prices on food could have on greenhouse gas emissions and human health.

h/t Mom

zanzi-creepsRelax Toronto – you’re not in the grip of a great Nazi resurgence

In Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario three or four prominent public incidents of racism made the news. Those incidents took the form of graffiti and name-calling. One of them, which happened on a Toronto streetcar, was more of what could be described as “racially-charged,” and was a reaction to to an alleged physical assault by the object of the racism.

This is hardly a tsunami of the post-election, Trump-inspired, global resurgence of “white nationalism” the mainstream media and some exploitative activists and politicians are making it out to be. To appreciate it in relative scale, in 2015, there were 64 traffic fatalities in Toronto, and the city on on track to surpass that in 2016. None of which were attributed to racism. So far this year in Toronto, there have been 363 incidences of shootings, in which there have been 518 victims.


These Days, “College-Educated” Just Means “Properly Indoctrinated”

The college students are so proud of themselves for defending the illegal immigrants to this country. They are not yet cognizant that it is they who will be subsidizing them if and when they find employment. They are so proud of their own compassion, so contemptuous of people who hope to keep the money they earn for their own families. Had Hillary been elected, her proposed tax increases may well have precluded many of them completing their expensive educations.


Pokémon Go is a Government Surveillance Tool

Pokémon Go is turning us all into an army of narcs in service of the coming New World Order. Allow me to explain.

Lots of apps have sketchy privacy policies, that’s nothing new. But the first set of alarms go off as soon as you realize that Pokémon Go’s policy does seem a bit more liberal than most, because not only are you giving Pokémon Go access to your location and camera, you’re also giving it full access to your Google account (assuming you use that to sign in).

There’s one section of the privacy policy in particular that seems to be getting the conspiracy theorists of the world up in arms and which Reddit user Homer_Simpson_Doh calls “very Orwellian”.

h/t Todd


German shopkeeper convicted of inciting hatred with sign banning refugees and comparing them to dogs

A court in Wunsiedel, Bavaria, fined the 54-year-old shop owner €1,800 (£1,500) for incitement on Thursday.

Judge Roland Kastner told the district court the use of a dog’s image was key to the conviction, the Nordbayerischer Kurier reported, and without it could have argued freedom of speech.

“You certainly did not expect the sign to have such a huge impact,” he told the defendant.

“In my view, that is due to your stupidity.”


Zuckerberg Outlines Facebook’s Steps Toward Censoring Right Wing News By Calling It “Fake”

A week after trying to reassure the public that it was “extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg outlined several ways the company might try to stop the spread of fake news on the platform in the future.

“We’ve been working on this problem for a long time and we take this responsibility seriously. We’ve made significant progress, but there is more work to be done,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Friday night post on his own Facebook page. He then named seven approaches the company was considering to address the issue, including warning labels on false stories, easier user reporting methods and the integration of third-party verification.

usa-election-debateFighting fake news on Facebook: Why some employees are willing to risk their jobs to stop misinformation

This week, under pressure to do something, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced his company, like Google, will now prevent fake news sites from profiting on his platform. But he says he won’t stop them from posting the material.

BuzzFeed reporter Sheera Frenkel revealed this week that doesn’t go far enough for some Facebook employees.

She spoke to several employees, some of whom work at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., who have been meeting secretly to think of ways to pressure their employer to clamp down on the fake news sites.


Georgetown prof recruits students to protest ‘climate denier’

A professor at Georgetown University organized his students to sign a petition and participate in a protest against Myron Ebell, Donald Trump’s expected pick to lead the EPA.

Georgetown students gathered on campus Friday afternoon to march to Ebell’s office in downtown Washington, D.C. at the direction of a student group called Students for Climate Security and GU professor Andrew Bennett, who claims he has not been to a protest in “35 years” but felt obligated to “keep America safe from climate degradation.”


BOOM! Donald Trump Just Defeated Barack Obama’s Illegal Executive Order Amnesty

President Obama’s amnesty order was declared unconstitutional via a ruling by a federal judge in Texas in February of 2015. That ruling was then upheld twice during appeals filed by the Obama Justice Department and then finally, by the Supreme Court.

At that time, the administration maintained it would continue to find ways to implement the president’s amnesty program by bypassing the Texas judge’s injunction order.

This week, the Obama White House quietly indicated it was giving up that effort, and giving in, to the emerging Donald Trump administration which has taken a far more aggressive closed borders/tougher immigration policy position.