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California blames ExxonMobil for plastic pollution crisis - Los Angeles Times

California blames ExxonMobil for plastic pollution crisis – Los Angeles Times

Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta claims Exxon Mobil and other corporations have perpetuated the ‘myth’ that recycling will solve the plastics crisis. Rather than limit plastic production, the oil industry lobbied for recycling of plastic which resulted in even more plastic production. Source: California blames ExxonMobil for plastic pollution crisis – Los Angeles … Continue reading California blames ExxonMobil for plastic pollution crisis – Los Angeles Times

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Voting Rights Tracker: What to Know About the U.S. Elections Fight - The New York Times

Voting Rights Tracker: What to Know About the U.S. Elections Fight – The New York Times

Since the 2020 election, Republicans have pursued a host of new voting restrictions across the country. Here’s where things stand. With a shrinking number of actual voters, one of the political parties in some states is trying to make access to voting more difficult for people from the other party. Will it … Continue reading Voting Rights Tracker: What to Know About the U.S. Elections Fight – The New York Times

Coal Miners Union Rebukes Manchin for Effort to Kill Build Back Better

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Coal Miners Union Rebukes Manchin for Effort to Kill Build Back Better

“Manchin has lost the coal miners with this latest betrayal,” said one labor reporter. Expressing disbelief that Manchin would jeopardize a fund that sent $40 million to West Virginia coal mining veterans in 2020—out of $162 million nationwide—The New Republic asked on Sunday, “Does Joe Manchin know that Build Back Better would … Continue reading Coal Miners Union Rebukes Manchin for Effort to Kill Build Back Better

The true, Terry Pratchett-esque origins of the trillion-dollar coin - Cory Doctorow

The true, Terry Pratchett-esque origins of the trillion-dollar coin – Cory Doctorow

The debt ceiling debate is genuinely absurd: Congress authorized the spending of new dollars, so the Treasury has to create them. For Congress to turn around and force the Treasury not to create the dollars it ordered the Treasury to create is an obvious political gimmick. Hence the trillion dollar coin… Now … Continue reading The true, Terry Pratchett-esque origins of the trillion-dollar coin – Cory Doctorow

The guy behind “Mint the Coin” to end the debt ceiling: The trillion-dollar scheme, explained by its inventor – Vox

Instead of issuing new debt and running afoul of the debt ceiling, the Treasury secretary could simply fund the government by minting platinum coins. In 2013, even former US Mint Director Philip … Continue reading The guy behind “Mint the Coin” to end the debt ceiling: The trillion-dollar scheme, explained by its inventor – Vox

China is cracking down on pessimistic financial blogs and social media accounts, as well as fraudulent ones; analysts worry independent voices will be silenced

China is cracking down on pessimistic financial blogs and social media accounts, as well as fraudulent ones; analysts worry independent voices will be silenced (Financial Times) Could it be that something similar … Continue reading China is cracking down on pessimistic financial blogs and social media accounts, as well as fraudulent ones; analysts worry independent voices will be silenced