Category Archives: Profiteering

The wrong kind of trees: Ireland’s afforestation meets resistance | World news | The Guardian

Coillte, a state-owned commercial forestry business, started buying land and planting here in the 1960s. Private companies, encouraged by tax breaks, followed. Farm land vanished as Sitkas multiplied. They now number an estimated 34.5m – more than 1,000 for each inhabitant. The trees mature in about 30 years – exponentially faster than oak – and are then felled, making way for a fresh plantation. “The forest closed in bit by bit,” said McCaffrey, a farmer, who now feels surrounded. The trees eclipse sunlight, exude mist and block wifi and phone networks, inducing isolation, he said. “It’s a death sentence for the townlands.” These non-native trees carpet the soil with acidic needles and smother wildlife, said Natalia Beylis, an artist. “A lot of people find them spooky because they don’t have life in them. They’re silent except on the edges.”

Source: The wrong kind of trees: Ireland’s afforestation meets resistance | World news | The Guardian

Breaking: Jeffrey Epstein arrested for sex trafficking of minors | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005, and will appear in court in New York on Monday, acco…

Source: Breaking: Jeffrey Epstein arrested for sex trafficking of minors | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Brett Gadsden on Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Busing & Segregation

The most widely discussed moment from last week’s Democratic primary debates was Kamala Harris’s pointed critique of Joe Biden’s defense of southern segregationists and his stance toward busing. That encounter—in which Harris shared her own story of being a young girl bused from her working-class neighborhood on the majority-black side of town to a predominantly white school in Berkeley Hills, and in which Biden appeared visibly flustered and defensive—has set off a round of media coverage and conversation about desegregation efforts more broadly and busing in particular.

Source: Brett Gadsden on Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Busing & Segregation

“Charter schools were/are the answer to busing and integration. The first charter school were suburban and white along with Catholic schools that als started getting public money for text books. Now charter schools are also just a way to profit off of racism in general. As money gets sucked out of public schools, even Black-Americans are conned into sending their children to “academies” that claim to offer better education than the public school and are just “coincidently” is pretty much segregated.”

There Are Concentration Camps. In America. In 2019. | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Ametia asked me to write about the Concentration Camps. That’s what they are. Not going to get into any debate as to what to call them…because, they are Concentration Camps. On American Soil. In 20…

Source: There Are Concentration Camps. In America. In 2019. | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Opinion | Black People’s Land Was Stolen – The New York Times

the reparations movement today should be talking about the approximately 11 million acres black people had but lost, in many cases through fraud, deception and outright theft, much of it taken in the past 50 years. These property holdings could have provided a foundation for black wealth-building in post-Jim Crow America. Instead, they became a source of riches for others. Rather than helping to close the racial wealth gap, blacks’ landholdings became a key force in widening it. Black land-taking has been as instrumental as the denial of opportunities to acquire property in creating today’s racial wealth inequality and offers a more telling indicator of the barriers to upward mobility black people faced — and continue to face — in America.

‘Fishwrap’ fake news campaign recycles old news of terror attacks | Media | The Guardian “2020 election prep” to support Trump?

“There are two candidates here,” Truvé said. “It’s either a state-sponsored misinformation campaign, or it’s a domestic alt-right thing, because it is focused on terror events to do with Muslims. Or it could be what we call ‘operational preparedness’ – they’re up, active, creating history for themselves and their accounts, and then they want to use it in the future to spread original fake news.” But without specific information about the users that only the social networks have access to, Recorded Future cannot be more definite in its attribution. “Whichever way this is set up – they’re not breaking any laws, they’re not breaking even the terms of use of Twitter,” Truvé said. Misinformation campaigns, also known as “influence operations”, frequently use a combination of technical and societal factors in an attempt to spread propaganda. For instance, a computer vulnerability may be exploited to register hundreds or thousands of fake accounts, which are then deployed to influence curation algorithms and boost a particular news story or topic.

Source: ‘Fishwrap’ fake news campaign recycles old news of terror attacks | Media | The Guardian

Chicken Farmers Thought Trump Was Going to Help Them. Then His Administration Did the Opposite. — ProPublica

Chicken farmers who considered themselves staunch Trump supporters say their worsening circumstances since he took office are making them reconsider their votes. Mike Weaver, a West Virginia farmer, said he gave up raising chickens this year after the company wanted him to waive his right to sue — something the Obama administration’s rules would have prevented. “I made excuses for him for a while, thinking he’s going to eventually get a grasp on the dire situation small family farmers are in,” Weaver said of Trump. “It hasn’t happened yet. If it doesn’t happen by the next election, I’m going to tell everybody some of the promises he made were never kept and I don’t see it changing.”

Source: Chicken Farmers Thought Trump Was Going to Help Them. Then His Administration Did the Opposite. — ProPublica

Trump likens Irish border to wall between US and Mexico | US news | The Guardian Translation: he does not have a clue what he is talking about

Trump echoed their confidence in Shannon. “There are a lot of good minds thinking about how to do it and it’s going to be just fine. It ultimately could even be very, very good for Ireland. The border will work out.”

Source: Trump likens Irish border to wall between US and Mexico | US news | The Guardian

We Found The Guy Behind the Viral ‘Drunk Pelosi’ Video

But as the 2020 election draws closer there’s a more urgent lesson in the Pelosi video hoax: Russia doesn’t have a monopoly on disinformation. Fake news is the most egalitarian of fields, where even a hastily produced, low-budget fraud can fool millions if it lands just right. In the end the Speaker of the House didn’t have to look so far to find the people behind her viral hoax. One of them was just a few hours north, in the Bronx.

Source: We Found The Guy Behind the Viral ‘Drunk Pelosi’ Video