Friday’s news links – Feb. 21, 2020

Wet’suwet’en

RCMP investigating after truck driver goes through Wet’suwet’en supporters’ Manitoba blockade

Police investigate after truck drives through protester blockade in Canada

Incident captured on video on Manitoba highway underscores high stakes and worsening tensions across the country as anti-pipeline protests severely disrupt Canadian supply chains.

Canada’s supply chain and leaders grapple with rail blockades American Shipper

Canadian Railroad Blockades Threaten Country’s Productivity WSJ

Political prisoners

Free Gerald Reed Now! Fight Back! News

Courtroom erupts in response to racist decision in Gerald Reed case Fight Back! News

University of California President Janet Napolitano threatens to fire striking grad students Salon

Coronavirus

In San Quentin Prison, Getting The Flu Can Land You In Solitary Confinement The Appeal

How to Combat the Coronavirus with Proper Hand Washing

Demand for face masks is surging because of the coronavirus — but doctors say wearing one isn’t the safest thing you can do Business Insider

From Maidan to the Middle Ages: Siege against Ukrainian Wuhan evacuees

Unionization Campaign Launches at Target Amid Concern Over Prison-Like Conditions

Missouri lawmakers confirm up to 60,000 children wrongfully removed from Medicaid News Tribune

Why Are Nonprofit Hospitals So Highly Profitable? NYTimes

Environment

Capitalist roots of the environment crisis Climate & Capitalism

Something Stinks in the PanhandleTexas Observer

In the Texas Panhandle, which produces a fifth of the U.S. beef supply, communities are being choked by fecal dust from nearby feedlots. The state’s regulatory agency isn’t doing anything about it—and it’s about to get a whole lot worse.

A stench in the nostrils of God The Outline

The smell of hog farms and pork production plants and all of the problems that come with them — including potential health issues versus the economic boost the industry brings to the region — is a common dilemma in the small towns and rural areas in eastern North Carolina. And in the last few years, more and more of the farms’ immediate neighbors have started fighting back against the literal shit spray they have to live with.

In New York City, Homeless Is Where The Heart IsAmerican Conservative

NYC is home to 70 billionaires, more than any other American city. Living among those billionaires (NYC is also home to nearly one million millionaires, more than any other city in the world) the city also has the highest homeless population of any American metropolis, close to 80,000 and growing. The number of homeless single adults today is 142 percent higher than it was ten years ago, and currently at the highest level since the Great Depression.

Why does Little Women still matter? Review of Little Women (2019) – Directed by Greta Gerwig

Bloomberg quietly plotting brokered convention strategy Politico

We Arab Americans and Muslims Are Voting for Bernie. Because He’s Jewish Haaretz

Where Have You Gone, Smedley Butler? Danny Sjursen

After retirement, Smedley Butler changed his tune. He began to blast the imperialist foreign policy and interventionist bullying in which he’d only recently played such a prominent part. Eventually, in 1935 during the Great Depression, in what became a classic passage in his memoir, which he titled “War Is a Racket,” he wrote: “I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service… And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the Bankers.”

When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
– Cree Prophecy


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