Selah (A Collaborative Poem) — The Yellow Brick Ave

The following is my first collaborative poem that I wrote with Ismael Mansoor from This Engrained Heart! Ismael’s contributions are in tomato red and mine are in dark gray (which probably just looks black). I think that the final product of this poem is very much a mixture of our two different writing styles, and I’m very excited to share it with all of you!

Selah (A Collaborative Poem) — The Yellow Brick Ave

Researchers uncover six-year Russian misinformation campaign across Facebook and Reddit

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For six years, a mysterious group has used forged documents and a network of burner accounts to spread misinformation promoting Russian national interests, according to a new report from Graphika.

Dubbed “Secondary Infektion,” the campaign spanned a number of online platforms, beginning on the Russia-based LiveJournal in 2014, and moving to Twitter and YouTube later that year. In the years that followed, the campaign shifted to Reddit, Medium, and even the user-generated portion of BuzzFeed. All told, the report spans more than 2,500 pieces of content, posted across seven languages and more than 300 different forums, websites, and social networks.

“By April 21, 2020, Graphika had identified some 250 images that the operation had planted…

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Coronavirus: Chinese firm says its vaccine candidate passes phase two clinical trials


A potential Chinese Covid-19 vaccine, which has completed phase one and phase two human trials, is generally safe and can an generate immune response in test subjects, the vaccine’s developer, China National Biotec Group, said on Tuesday.The vaccine candidate, developed by a CNBG subsidiary, the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, began human trials in Henan province in April. Volunteers 18 to 59 years old were inoculated with low, medium and high doses and were given a second shot two…

Council votes to keep monuments honouring explorer linked to mass murders

The most barbaric act McMillan is associated with is the massacre at Warrigal Creek in which up to 180 Indigenous men, women and children were shot down in their camp in retribution for the killing of a white man.


Wellington Shire Council in central Gippsland votes in favour of keeping historical markers honouring explorer Angus McMillan, linked to the mass murders of Gunai Kurnai people.

H.R. 7221: To prohibit law enforcement officers from using chemical weapons in the course of policing activities, and for other purposes.


Introduced: Sponsor: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [D-NY14]

This bill was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary which will consider it before sending it to the House floor for consideration.

1 cosponsor is on that committee.

What made a pastor want to describe white privilege as ‘white blessings’? | Poppy Noor

Words matter, and Giglio’s wording was much more than a “poor word choice”. It was a powerful man trying to rebrand white privilege to make everyday racism more palatable.


Louie Giglio said his choice of words was poor, but his attempt to rebrand white privilege should also grab our attention

On Monday evening, Atlanta megachurch pastor Louie Giglio apologized for calling slavery a blessing. In an online church service, he was apparently aiming to have an “honest conversation around how racism has plagued our city for generations”.

Then he said: “We understand the curse that was slavery, white people do, and [we] say ‘that was bad’. But we miss the blessing of slavery, that it actually built up the framework for the world that white people live in and lived in.”

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A diabetic immigrant in Ice custody sued for her release. Instead, she got Covid-19

Covid-19 cases in Arizona are rising rapidly after the state opened up last month. The Eloy Detention Center, where Mendoza is housed, is in the midst of its own dramatic surge. Over the past weekend, active Covid-19 cases among Eloy detainees jumped from 21 to 122. At least 60 employees at the facility have tested positive for the virus, according to Ryan Gustin, a spokesperson for CoreCivic, and one staff member has died from suspected complications from Covid-19.

Mendoza is one of 2,016 detainees nationwide in Ice custody who have tested positive for Covid-19.


The Arizona detention center where Marisol Mendoza is housed is witnessing a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases

Marisol Mendoza has Covid-19. She’s short of breath, coughs and feels pain in her back and chest. She doesn’t have the energy to stand up or eat much. She’s scared she will die, alone, in an isolation cell of the immigration detention center where she’s been held for the past four years.

“Sometimes I think that Ice wants to release me when I’m dead, because they won’t do it any other way,” the 47-year-old Mexican national told the Guardian over the phone on Monday.

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