5 Social Media Sites to Visit Rather Than Facebook, or Twitter

US (PT) – Late last year, I was scrolling through twitter and realized that I was not seeing anything from The Pontiac Tribune Twitter feed. I navigated to the page and was met with a screen that simply told me that the account had been suspended. It’s still that way, but rather than fight Twitter. There are some sites out there that are up-and-coming that I’d like to highlight further. Maybe join me, and the Pontiac Tribune there? What timeline? The account is suspended. Intro For the record, I don’t want to…

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Teacher misconduct: Research on educators committing crime

US (JR) — A junior high school teacher in Illinois was charged with battery, accused of throwing an electronic device at a student’s face during an argument. In Florida, a first-grade teacher lost her job after campus officials said they found her drunk in class. A Michigan high school automotive teacher was charged with criminal sexual conduct after allegedly having sex with a teenager on school grounds. Journalists regularly cover stories about teachers behaving badly. To help, we’ve pulled together a sampling of academic research that looks at teacher misconduct broadly as well as sexual misconduct specifically. We…

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The 5 Places Set to Legalise Recreational Cannabis in 2018

US (TalkingDrugs) – This year, at least five jurisdictions will be introducing or implementing legislation to legalise the use or sale of cannabis for recreational purposes. So far, Uruguay is the only country – and the only jurisdiction outside of North America – to have fully regulated a legal market for recreational cannabis. However, sub-national jurisdictions – namely several US states – have regulated the trade, including California, Colorado, and Alaska. This is despite the drug continuing to be illegal under federal law. In the US states that have legalised the drug,…

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South Texas judge dismisses fraud lawsuit over border fence project

Texas (TT) – A judge has dismissed a number of charges filed by a South Texas county against a former official accused of fraud in the construction of a $232 million border fence funded by the Department of Homeland Security. The ruling prompted Hidalgo County on Monday to withdraw all remaining legal actions against Godfrey Garza Jr., the former chief of its drainage district, who oversaw a project to improve the county’s levee system and build a fence to stop illegal immigration and drug smuggling. Judge Martin Chiuminatto of state district court…

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America Dumps Its Fracking Waste in My Ohio Town

Ohio (OtherWords) — My southeastern Ohio town in the Appalachian foothills is a small, rural place where the demolition derby is a hot ticket, Walmart is the biggest store, and people in the surrounding villages must often drive for 30 minutes to grocery shop. We hold the unfortunate distinction of being the poorest county in the state: an area that is both stunning — with rolling hills, rocky cliffs, pastures, and ravines — and inaccessible, far from industry. It’s here, at the Hazel Ginsburg well, that fracking companies dump their waste. Trucks ship…

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Census Bot Tweets Immigrants’ Profiles

Washington, DC (HRW) – Ongoing debates around US immigration policy should be squarely focused on the people whose rights and families are at stake, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch released an automated Twitter bot, @ImmigrantsAreUS, which is tweeting out profiles of some of the nearly 25 million non-citizens living in the US, both authorized and unauthorized, based on their responses to US Census Bureau surveys. The bot tweets actual survey question responses from a random selection of non-citizens surveyed by the US Census Bureau between 2012 and 2016 in its annual American…

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Dow’s Historic Plunge, or How Bots Sent US Markets Tumbling Down

World (Sputnik) – The record 1,500-point crash suffered by the leading US industrial index was a purely technical story with millions of pre-programmed bots moving in sync to line the pockets of a handful of investors who were quick enough to play against the market, financial experts have told RIA Novosti. Many market analysts dismiss fears of a new stock exchange bubble, however, saying that it won’t be long before the market starts going up again. We Are Done For! On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average sank below the 25,000 mark shedding more than 1,500 points in daily…

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Idaho Bill Aims To Protect Against Indefinite Detention Of Citizens

Idaho (PT) – A legislative battle is brewing within the halls of the Idaho State Government over the rights of millions. It centers around the National Defense Authorization Act, which permits the indefinite detention without charges or a trial by the American government of people internationally. In Idaho, however, state politicians and activists are introducing a bill to protect its citizens from NDAA abuses. H.R. 1540, or the National Defense Authorization Act, is a decades old tool for balancing military budget. In 2011, the Obama Administration amended the bill adding significant powers…

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Judge: Kushner Company Must Reveal Identities of Real Estate Partners

Maryland (ProPublica) – A federal judge in Maryland ruled Friday that Jared Kushner’s family real estate company could not keep secret the identities of its partners in Baltimore-area apartment complexes that are the subject of a class-action lawsuit by tenants. The class-action lawsuit was filed in September, following a May article co-published by ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine that described how Kushner Companies have used highly aggressive tactics in pursuing payments from tenants and former tenants of 15 large apartment complexes it owns and manages in the Baltimore area. The lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court for Baltimore…

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The Fascist Next Door

World (PT) – Defining “Fascism” is no simple task. A century of books, articles, and papers are written on the subject. It would be presumptuous to suggest I have succeeded in encapsulating the word. However, I would — in the interest of public service — like to pass on a few observations that could conceivably save lives. Yes, whether the coming times are a relief or a nightmare, I cannot predict; certainly, I can predict that you will meet a fascist. You will look into the eyes of a man with…

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