California police officer gets 6 years for shooting mentally ill man

A California police officer was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for fatally shooting an unarmed mentally ill man nine times as the man drove slowly away from police in a wealthy San Francisco suburb. Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Terri Mockler said evidence showed that 33-year-old Laudemer Arboleda was driving 6 milesContinue reading “California police officer gets 6 years for shooting mentally ill man”

How Feel Good Stories Let A Broken System Off The Hook – Second Thought

We’ve all seen those “heartwarming” stories about kids with cancer selling lemonade to pay for their chemo, or janitors being gifted a car because they’ve walked ten miles to work every day for twenty years, or all the other sugar-coated dystopian failures of our capitalist system. In this episode, we’re going to talk about that.Continue reading “How Feel Good Stories Let A Broken System Off The Hook – Second Thought”

Syria: Deadly fighting rages on between ISIL, Kurdish forces

Fighting raged for a third day on Saturday between ISIL (ISIS) and Kurdish forces in Syria after attackers stormed a prison housing members of the armed group in violence that has killed more than 70 people so far.

US homeless crisis escalates as rent prices rise – Al Jazeera

In the United States, and in California, there is increasing alarm over the number of over-fifties who find themselves living on the streets. They make up most of the more than half a million people there who are homeless. Many have been forced from their homes because they are unable to pay large increases inContinue reading “US homeless crisis escalates as rent prices rise – Al Jazeera”

Florida state senator files bill to allow employers to offer sub-minimum ‘training wage’

The proposal would allow employers to offer training wage to workers for first six months of employment State Senator Jeff Brandes is looking to make a change to Florida’s minimum wage laws that would allow employers to offer a “training wage” which would be below the state’s current minimum wage. Brandes, a Republican from Pinellas County,Continue reading “Florida state senator files bill to allow employers to offer sub-minimum ‘training wage’”

Utilities Took $1.25 Billion in Pandemic Aid Then Shut Off Power to Households Nearly 1 Million Times: Report

“These companies took bailout dollars from taxpayers and turned around to lobby against shutoff moratoria proven to save lives.” Over a dozen leading U.S. utility companies took more than a billion dollars of publicly-funded pandemic bailout money while pulling the plug on power to vulnerable households nearly a million times, according to a new report outContinue reading “Utilities Took $1.25 Billion in Pandemic Aid Then Shut Off Power to Households Nearly 1 Million Times: Report”

The Clinton Years, or the 1990s: Crash Course US History #45

In which John Green teaches you about the United States as it was in the 1990s. You’ll remember from last week that the old-school Republican George H.W. Bush had lost the 1992 presidential election to a young upstart Democrat from Arkansas named Bill Clinton. Clinton was a bit of a dark horse candidate, having survivedContinue reading “The Clinton Years, or the 1990s: Crash Course US History #45”

Germany: Berlin locals vote to expropriate real estate giants

Berliners cast their referendum votes on whether to nationalize thousands of housing units owned by real estate giants. After counting all votes, over 56% voted in favor of the measure. Voters in the German capital, Berlin, alongside casting ballots for the makeup of the new German parliament and for their local legislature, also took part in aContinue reading “Germany: Berlin locals vote to expropriate real estate giants”

Four migrants stuck on Poland-Belarus border die of hypothermia and exhaustion

Minsk accused of abandoning migrants at frontier in attempt to put pressure on EU Four people stranded on the border between Poland and Belarus have died in recent days, officials have said, amid continuing allegations that Minsk is abandoning migrants at its frontier in an attempt to put pressure on the EU. Polish authorities said three people,Continue reading “Four migrants stuck on Poland-Belarus border die of hypothermia and exhaustion”

The number of billionaires grew by 13.4% in 2020 – making the pandemic a ‘windfall to billionaire wealth’

A new report from research firm Wealth-X found that the number of global billionaires rose above 3,000 in 2020. It’s a first, per the report, with billionaires around the world increasing their collective wealth by 5.7%. Wealth taxes have been floated as one way to redistribute wealth and address pandemic inequity. The pandemic was aContinue reading “The number of billionaires grew by 13.4% in 2020 – making the pandemic a ‘windfall to billionaire wealth’”

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