Wednesday News: Robeson Rises

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS FILE PETITION WITH DEQ TO REVOKE PIPELINE PERMIT: The North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition and Friends of the Earth filed a petition with the state Department of Environmental Quality to revoke the permit the agency issued last year to the pipeline's developers under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. The groups say the facts that were presented in the application for the permit were incorrect and are no longer accurate. The 600-mile pipeline is expected to carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina, crossing eight eastern North Carolina counties from Halifax County to its terminus in Robeson County. Activists for low-income and Native American communities in North Carolina have been protesting the pipeline since state regulators approved it in January 2018. They claim the pipeline will put dangerous, dirty natural gas infrastructure in the middle of one of the largest Native American communities east of the Mississippi River.
https://www.wral.com/environmental-activists-seek-reversal-of-nc-permit-for-atlantic-coast-pipeline/...

Tuesday News: Investing in hate

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NEW AD IN NC09 RACE GOES AFTER DAN BISHOP OVER WHITE SUPREMACY: The potentially incendiary ad from a group called Stand Up Republic comes a month before the special 9th Congressional District election between Bishop, Democrat Dan McCready and two third-party candidates. “Remember when neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville and killed a young woman?” a narrator says over graphic images from the 2017 rally. “When they were banned from social media, Dan Bishop took their side. In fact he invested in a social media website because it welcomed the white supremacists.” The ad that starts Monday refers to Bishop’s 2017 investment of $500 in Gab, a site that billed itself as a free speech platform. It has become popular with white supremacists including the alleged killer of 11 people at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in 2018.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article233778417.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Somebody has to act:

The NC GOP needs to get with the program on common sense gun regulations. People are tired of thoughts and prayers.

Republican leaders quash consent bill once again

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Apparently "No!" means "Just go right ahead."

For the fourth time, a bill that would close a loophole in North Carolina law when it comes to consent is dead. And Jeff Jackson, the state senator who has filed it four times, is beyond frustrated.

"I wish we could say we were confused at this point except at this point we know," Jackson said. "A couple of years ago you could say, 'Maybe these guys just don’t understand the issue.' You can't give them the benefit of the doubt anymore. This is purposeful." The "guys" Jackson is referring to are Republican state lawmakers. The issue is being able to revoke consent during sexual intercourse.

"Sexual behavior" is one of the broadest terms that could be used, ranging from timid to violently aggressive. There is no way to know how somebody will act once they've fallen into that primal zone, and it's nothing short of insane to posit that a woman who suddenly finds a hand wrapped around her neck, slowly tightening, does not have a legal right to extricate herself from that situation. Here's more from Jeff Jackson:

Monday News: Confederacy of dunces

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ACTIVISTS RALLY IN HILLSBOROUGH AGAINST RACISM AND VIOLENCE: Saturday’s rally — held by the Hate-Free Schools Coalition, local NAACP chapters, North Carolinians Against Gun Violence and other groups — was a culmination of a week of national mourning, after two mass shootings in the U.S. A local conflict also was on their minds, one that involved Hillsborough business owner Matthew Shepherd and pro-Confederate demonstrators. Hillsborough has been a target for pro-Confederate protests for the past few years after Orange County officials took steps to limit Confederate flags and symbols in the area. And late last month, after encountering a pro-Confederate demonstration near his chocolate shop, Matthew’s Chocolate’s, Shepherd put out a sign that read: “Burn a Rebel Flag… Get a Free Chocolate!” The sign went viral after three Confederate flag bearers stood behind it and posted it to social media. Shepherd later received death threats.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article233747937.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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MASS SHOOTINGS CAN HAPPEN HERE. COMMON SENSE ACTION IS NEEDED NOW: We’re angered that, amid the recriminations and speeches, the calls for change and action will be muted by the political maneuvering of the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers. Soon, it will be back to business as usual for those who should know better and who need to act. It is past time to get something done. In much of the world, news of mass killings comes from places in the midst of civil wars, international conflicts or violent rebellion. Weapons of mass destruction are car bombs; explosive vests worn by suicidal partisans; or combatants armed with military weapons. In the United States news of rampages comes from places of peace where people are doing back-to-school shopping, spending an evening out on the town or celebrating local heritage. The weapons of mass destruction can be purchased at a local sporting goods store by almost anyone.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-mass-shootings-they-can-happen-here-common-sense-action-is-needed-now...

Wealthy pedophile and child sex-trafficker hangs himself in jail

Not shedding any tears for this piece of trash:

Jeffrey Epstein, the financier indicted on sex trafficking charges last month, committed suicide at a Manhattan jail, officials said on Saturday.

Manhattan federal prosecutors last month charged Mr. Epstein, 66, with sex trafficking of girls as young as 14, and details of his behavior have been emerging for years. Mr. Epstein, a financier with opulent homes, a private jet and access to elite circles, had been dogged for decades by accusations that he had paid dozens of girls for sexual acts in Florida.

Don't say I never post good news or upbeat stories and such. This is better than a baker's dozen of fluffy bunnies.

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