Day: July 4, 2021

Indiana to reinstate extra unemployment benefits. Will 25 other states have to follow?

Indiana workers won a lawsuit against the governor for ending pandemic unemployment compensation early, resulting in a ruling that requires the state to continue paying the bonus federal benefits.

Oscar Gonzalez, Laura Michelle Davis
June 29, 2021

Less than a week after ending the enhanced federal unemployment early, a state court judge ruled that Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb must continue participating in the programs.

Among 26 other states, Indiana chose to stop the enhanced benefits — which include $300 weekly bonus checks and coverage for freelancers — this summer, before their federal expiration on Sept. 6. The ruling stated that

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Poll: Two-thirds of voters say billionaires should pay a wealth tax

Around two-thirds of Americans say they support a “wealth tax” on billionaires in an effort to close the wealth gap in the country, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll.

Sixty-seven percent of registered voters surveyed in the poll released Wednesday said billionaires should be targeted and have to pay a wealth tax to cut down on inequality, while 33 percent opposed such an effort.

The survey found majority support for such a tax among Democrats and independents, at 85 percent and 66 percent, respectively. Republicans were more divided, with 53 percent saying the ultra-rich should not be subjected to an

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Google’s Racist Algorithms: “Algorithmic Oppression”

Imagine you’ve forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla.” But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that’s replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism,” says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is … Read the rest

How Florida’s state legislature repeatedly defies the will of voters on ballot initiatives: report

Alex Henderson July 01, 2021

Florida has been one of the United States’ most unpredictable swing states, and far-right Gov. Ron DeSantis — along with his GOP allies in the Florida State Legislature — has shown little to no desire to meet Florida Democrats half way. Bloomberg Law, in an article published this week, cites examples of Florida lawmakers ignoring the wishes of voters when it comes to ballot initiatives.

“Florida voters may have thought they had the last word when they approved ballot initiatives legalizing medical marijuana, restoring voting rights to former felons, and raising the minimum wage,” Bloomberg

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Brookings report concludes: Donald Trump at ‘serious’ risk of indictment

Brett Bachman and Salon July 04, 2021

A blockbuster report from the Brookings Institute this week concluded that former President Donald Trump is at “serious” risk of indictment for a number of alleged crimes, including tax dodging, falsifying records and a variety of business-related fraud.

The 60-page report, released Monday, came just days before criminal indictments against Trump Organization and its longtime finance chief were unsealed Thursday. Both the company and CFO Allen Weisselberg were accused of staging a 15-year-long scheme to avoid payroll taxes for top executives through the use of off-the-books corporate benefits.

Brookings describes the report’s four

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Why Voter ID Laws/Requirements Are Unconstitutional Poll Taxes ( See 24th Amendment)

Prior to the 2006 mid-term elections, no state ever required a voter to produce a government-issued photo ID as a condition for voting.

It is a fact that for over 200 years in America voters did not show gov’t issued ID to vote in elections.

For decades voter registration cards were issued to voters without any state requirement for a state-issued identification card before one can vote.

Since 2006 election researchers know that states requiring gov’t issued ID in order to vote, reduced the black and minority vote significantly, due to poor people’s inability to pay the up front costs

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America’s Fastest Woman Hit With 100m Olympic Ban for Cannabis

Sprint star Sha’Carri Richardson will miss the 100m under anti-doping rules. But the evidence to show weed enhances performance is wafer-thin.

One of the fastest women in history will miss out on running the 100m at this month’s Olympics in Tokyo after testing positive for cannabis.

American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, 21, who ran the sixth fastest women’s 100m of all time at 10.72 seconds in April, was a clear Gold medal contender at the Games.

She has accepted a 30-day suspension that does not end until the 27th of July, meaning she has a chance to compete in the women’s

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Drug War Critics Slam Olympics for Suspending US Track Star Over Marijuana Use

Sha’Carri Richardson looks on after winning the Women’s 100 Meter final on day 2 of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021, in Eugene, Oregon.

As American track star Sha’Carri Richardson on Friday apologized and accepted her suspension from the 100-meter sprint event at the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo following a positive marijuana test, drug war abolitionists, progressive politicians, athletes, and other observers decried what they called the utter absurdity of a ban occurring amid a wave of U.S. cannabis legalization.

Appearing on NBC’s “Today” show Friday morning, Richardson —

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America’s First Black Billionaire Wants His Reparations Check, Now

The founder of BET is pushing a $14 trillion reparations proposal he says would provide enough to close the giant Black/white wealth gap.

Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television and America’s first Black billionaire, wants a check. He wants it from the government. And he wants it to come with an apology for slavery, Jim Crow, and hundreds of years of racism.

The 75-year-old media magnate owns several homes, heads an asset management firm, and was the first Black person to own a majority stake in an NBA team. He doubts that check will ever come, but

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Revealed: ExxonMobil’s lobbying war on climate change legislation

A senior ExxonMobil lobbyist has been captured on camera revealing how the oil giant is using its power and influence to water down US climate legislation.

Alex Thomson – Chief Correspondent

The explosive footage was obtained by Unearthed, Greenpeace UK’s investigative platform, who posed as head-hunters to obtain the information from one of ExxonMobil’s most senior Washington lobbyists.

The recordings appear to reveal the secretive behind-the-scenes activities of a lobbyist for a company that claims in public to support action on climate change, while fighting against legislative attempts to tackle it.

ExxonMobil say they “have supported climate science for decades”

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