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On July 29, 2021
Horrible human remains horrible: New details have emerged about an elephant hunt that Wayne LaPierre and his wife took part in that was funded by the embattled NRA he leads. Newly revealed emails show the couple arranged to have an elephant they killed on a 2013 hunt shipped from Botswana and have its body butchered […]

Damage Caps

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On July 29, 2021

One of the reasons that corporations can quite literally get away with murder is that the fines they face for their actions simply don’t add up to enough that it matters, especially to large com

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New Frontiers in NIMBYism

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On July 29, 2021
Can’t build dense housing because of the…..historical nature of a highway! Members of the Merritt Parkway Conservancy are urging town officials to reject a project that will build 120 units at 5545 Park Avenue. “The state has invested $350 million over the last 25 years in enhancing and beautifying the parkway,” Wes Haynes, the conservancy’s […]
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Alabama Coal Strike

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On July 28, 2021
Coal miners in Alabama have been on strike for months now and it is finally getting some attention from the media. Here’s a good piece on it from Luis Feliz Leon in The American Prospect. WARRIOR MET COAL is a unique example of that phenomenon. In 2016, the previous owner, Jim Walter Resources, went bankrupt, […]
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This is the grave of Marty Robbins. Born in 1925 in Glendale, Arizona, Martin Robinson grew up in not great circumstances. His family was poor, with his mother Paiute and his father a drunk. Moreover, he was one of 10 kids. His parents divorced in 1937. He joined the military soon as he could. In […]

Amusing Tidbits

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On July 27, 2021

I probably am enjoying this more than I should. The granddaughter of arch anti-LGBTQ activist Anita Bryant is getting married to another woman, and she doesn’t know whether to invite her homophobic

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