Women’s March Cancels Event Over Concerns ‘Too Many Whites’ Would Attend

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A Women’s March group in Humboldt County, Calif., is canceling its Jan. 19 event over concerns that the participants would be “overwhelmingly white.”

The decision, which was announced via Facebook, comes amid widespread divisions within the larger Women’s March movement.

“Humboldt County organizers and supporters of the annual Women’s March have decided to not hold a rally in Eureka on January 19th. This decision was made after many conversations between local social-change organizers and supporters of the march,” a Facebook statement, posted on Dec. 28, reads. “Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community. Instead of pushing forward with crucial voices absent, the organizing team will take time for more outreach.”

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Socialists Praise Minimum Wage Hikes, Force Cost on Consumers, Businesses

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — At Granny Shaffer’s restaurant in Joplin, Missouri, owner Mike Wiggins is reprinting the menus to reflect the 5, 10 or 20 cents added to each item.

A two-egg breakfast will cost an extra dime, at $7.39. The price of a three-piece fried chicken dinner will go up 20 cents, to $8.78. The reason: Missouri’s minimum wage is rising.

Wiggins said the price hikes are necessary to help offset an estimated $10,000 to $12,000 in additional annual pay to his staff as a result of a new minimum wage law taking effect Tuesday.

“For us it’s very simple. There’s no big pot of money out there to get the money out of” for the required pay raises, Wiggins said.

New minimum wage requirements will take effect in 20 states and nearly two dozen cities around the start of the new year, affecting millions of workers. The state wage hikes range from an extra nickel per hour in Alaska to a $1-an-hour bump in Maine, Massachusetts and for California employers with more than 25 workers.

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China Detains Scientist Behind Gene-Edited Babies

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China was quick to halt the work of scientist He Jiankui after he claimed to have created the first genetically edited babies, but that apparently wasn’t enough. After weeks of uncertainty surrounding He’s whereabouts, the New York Times has learned that the government has placed the researcher under house arrest at a housing facility in the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen. He can make calls and send emails, but he can’t leave. Guards prevent people from getting close to either He’s de facto residence or the offices involved in his research.

The university has publicly denied reports of the detainment, but staff and He’s business partner Liu Chaoyu confirmed his presence.

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POLICE STATE: Drones Will Be Used in NY For New Year’s Eve Event

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Security at Times Square tends to be extra-tight on New Year’s Eve, but it’s now poised to have some robotic support. The NYPD is deploying one of its new camera-toting drones at the event for the first time, giving it an aerial surveillance tool that’s decidedly closer to the action than a conventional aircraft or helicopter. The machine will not only watch for trouble in the crowd, but wield “counter-drone technology” to keep potentially hostile vehicles at bay.
There hasn’t been any credible terrorist threat against the event this year. This is really more of a litmus test for police drone use — can they be useful for observing such large crowds? While it certainly won’t be the only camera (there will be more than 1,200 of them watching NYE), it won’t be surprising if you see more drones watching the ball drop going forward.

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Hampstead, Long Island Hosts Toy Gun ‘Buyback’ Event, Grooming Children

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A New York town held a toy gun buyback exchange event for local children, asking for their imitation firearms in exchange for a “safe alternative,” according to local media.

Officials in Hampstead, Long Island, encouraged children to turn in any toy guns they received as Christmas gifts, like water pistols and replicas, for a replacement toy like sporting goods and educational items.

“Saying no to guns is important – even toy guns,” said Hempstead Village Mayor Don Ryan earlier this month.

Another official explained that kids need to turn in their toy guns to learn that “guns are dangerous.”

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Giuliani Rips Mueller: “Time to Put Up or Shut Up”

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President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani is seeking to put pressure on special counsel Robert Mueller to submit his report on whether the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia has found collusion, saying Mueller should “put up or shut up.”

In an interview with New York radio host John Catsimatidis airing Sunday, Giuliani claimed that Mueller’s team has known since “May or June” that there is no evidence to support the allegation that members of Trump’s campaign knowingly worked with Russians during the 2016 election.

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Yellow Vest Protesters Attempt to Storm Macron’s Holiday Fortress

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Dozens of Yellow Vest protesters attempted to storm the French presidential retreat Fort de Brégançon after reports that Emmanuel Macron was held up there.

About 40 members of the anti-Macron movement gathered in Bormes-les-Mimosas after social media organizing called for members to surround and occupy the fort, reported Var-Matin on Thursday.

From Breitbart:

The Yellow Vests formed a column of cars and attempted to drive to the fort while being supervised by local police and gendarmes. The group was ultimately stopped on the D42d departmental road by around 20 Gendarmes who had blocked off the entrance to the presidential retreat.

Undeterred, several protestors attempted to enter the fort through the nearby beach, while others made their way through the woods surrounding the fort. The protestors were once again blocked from entering the fort by Gendarmes officers and turned away, promising to return after a discussion with the officers then left the area without incident.

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FB Temporarily Suspends Franklin Graham Over Post From 2016

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The Facebook censors nailed a Christian leader over a “dehumanizing” post from over two years ago.

The social media giant — which has been repeatedly accused of targeting conservatives for merely expressing personal opinions — temporarily suspended Franklin Graham for a post he made in 2016 regarding his view on a piece of legislation in North Carolina.

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Pink Death: Chemicals Used to Make Ham, Bacon Boost Cancer Risks

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Nitrites used in the meat industry have long been a source of debate, with experts warning of imminent health risks that they carry, despite their anti-inflammatory and pleasant colouring properties.

The reputation of the meat industry will hit an all-time low unless it removes cancer-causing chemicals from processed products such as bacon and ham, a number of experts and politicians have warned.

The group, led by Professor Chris Elliott, stated that they have reached a “consensus of scientific opinion” that the nitrites used to cure meat produce carcinogens called nitrosamines when ingested, citing evidence that consumption of processed meat such as sausages, ham or bacon containing these chemicals results in 6,000 bowel cancer cases every year in the UK, which is over four times the number of on-road fatalities in the country. The group has kicked off a campaign aimed at taking the issue as seriously as sugar levels in foods.

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