(USA) STUDY: #ProfitB4People NOW Fracking harms the health of babies, study shows: It’s was first linked to earthquakes & other health problems due to poisoning of the water table used to supply people’s drinking water now it’s our children the poorer areas suffer childbirth problems in fracking areas #AceNewsDesk reports

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#AceNewsReport – Dec.15: Editor says when do companies put people’s lives first above money ? When it’s their families future or their offspring die, I believe that is the only companies will because until it’s on their doorstep nobody learns: This practice of drilling into the ground to release natural gas — known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking — first made national headlines in 2011 when drinking water taps in fracking towns in Pennsylvania began catching fire because flammable methane was seeping into water supplies but still fracking continues #AceNewsDesk reports

This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration: Since then, fracking has been linked to earthquakes in Oklahoma and a myriad of health issues……………Proponents of fracking say the practice has reduced energy costs and has created thousands of jobs. But environmental groups, such as the Natural Resources…

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Despite pre-Christmas excitement, the climate/nuclear news is gloomy — Nuclear Australia

I know. It’s just not what you need to hear in the week before Christmas. Unfortunately, I am reminded by the wonderful Katharine Hayhoe that even if you ignore, or even disbelieve in scientific findings – they are still there, still real. My two big influences this week come from Radio Ecoshock. Firstly – we’ve underestimated […]

via Despite pre-Christmas excitement, the climate/nuclear news is gloomy — Nuclear Australia


This electric truck startup thinks it can beat Tesla to market Norse god, Marvel hero, and now an EV company A new electric truck startup came out of stealth this week to announce its plan to bring its heavy-duty electric vehicle to market before the Tesla Semi hits in 2019. Thor Trucks’ prototype, the ET-One, is a “Frankenstein” […]

via https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/15/16773226/thor-trucks-electric-truck-etone-tesla — Bruce’s Blog

Events: Someday We’ll All Be Free: Patrisse Cullors and Luis Rodriguez; Webinar: Tent City, USA

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Tonight: Someday We’ll All Be Free: Patrisse Cullors and Luis Rodriguez
 Date: Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Where:  Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98104

What is the role that libraries can play in imagining a future without prisons? Join an interactive community dialog featuring local leaders and national advocates on criminal justice reform to close out our year-long meditation on criminal justice. Our presenters include:

• Luis Rodriguez (Los Angeles poet laureate, author, mentor)
• Michele Storms (ACLU of Washington)
• Jerrell Davis (Rainier Beach Action Coalition; Wa-BLOC)
• Wesley Roach (Breakdances With Wolves – Indigenous Pirate Radio)

We’ll have a video call-in with Patrisse Cullors (co-founder Black Lives Matter). The evening will include a panel, a live tweet up and Q&A.

More info here.

Webinar: Tent City, USA: The Growth of America’s Homeless Encampments and How Communities are Responding
Date:  Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Time: 2:00…

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Keep children safe by driving sober during holiday season

Self-driving cars

There is no question that the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. The opportunities to celebrate with family and friends are abundant, which means many of us are out on the roadways traveling to visit family and friends.

Unfortunately, the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is one of most dangerous times on roadways due to an increase in impaired and distracted driving. 

During the 2016-17 holiday season — Thanksgiving through New Year’s — there were 468 vehicle crashes in South Dakota. 

When on the roads this holiday season, remember that seat belts are your best defense against a drunk driver.

Holiday celebrations, often times where alcohol is served, are as common as decorating the house and shopping for bargains. Many adults celebrate by enjoying a couple drinks, but unfortunately some choose to drive while under the influence. 

Last year, the Watertown Police Department…

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Volvo Delays Autonomous Vehicle Plans To Perfect Technology

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Volvo has decided to delay its Drive Me

autonomous driving project

in a bid to ensure that the technology is totally safe when it is made available to the public.

Rather than adopting an approach like Tesla where self-driving features are offered to customers in beta form and later updated over-the-air, Volvo won’t launch its first Level 4 autonomous vehicle until 2021.

As part of the

Drive Me program

first announced four years ago, the Swedish manufacturer said it would have

100 self-driving cars

on the roads around its home city of Gothenburg. However,

Automotive News Europe

reports that Volvo will instead have 100 people involved in the program within the next four years, handing them the keys to Volvo models with Level 2 semi-autonomous assistance systems.

Volvo’s goal is to have those families involved in the project provide customer feedback about the technology.

“On the journey, some of…

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While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: Think tank


Satellite photo shows Chinese-controlled North Island, part of the Paracel Islands group in the South China Sea, on Sep 29, 2017. (Photo: Planet Labs/Handout via Reuters)

WASHINGTON: While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a US think tank said on Thursday (Dec 14).

Chinese activity has involved work on facilities covering 29 hectares of the Spratly and Paracel islands, territory contested with several other Asian nations, according to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies. The report cited satellite images.

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