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–Miami Waterkeeper Rachel Silverstein has built her non-profit into a legit force in the South Florida political and legal world.
-They’ve entered the scene at the perfect time to give our waters a fighting chance.
-From pollution to ecosystem crushing algae blooms to sea level rise and a nuclear power plant that could end up being swallowed by the sea- there’s a lot at stake right now.
–Silverstein leads a team of five lawyers and scientists who advocate for ecological protections and smart public policy through advocacy and scientific research.
–They also sue polluters. And they threaten people who are trashing Miami’s waters with lawsuits. They do that a lot.
–In 2014, Miami Waterkeeper sued Miami-Dade county to protect coral reefs that were impacted by the Port Miami dredging project. The county settled with Miami Waterkeeper and paid over $400,000 to relocate the corals to a University of Miami lab.
–Silverstein is concerned about the future of FPL’s Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant. She thinks that the plant will be submerged by the impacts of sea level rise by 2040. FPL wants to continue to use the site until at least 2052.
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The 8 leading Republican candidates for President have gathered in Milwaukee, WI for the fourth primary debate in the 2016 election campaign. The debate is hosted by Fox Business Channel and The Wall Street Journal.
Here at Rise News, we are following the action and giving it a millennial spin. So follow along with us as we factcheck, crack jokes and make observations.
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CB- Chris Beacham
BP- Ben Preez
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CB 11:21 PM:
How I think they did:
RR 11:17 PM:
How I think they did:
CB 11:12PM: Fiorina “Imagine a Clinton presidency.” Guy in audience yells “No!”
CB 11:08PM: Natural gas has been useful, and the transition will take time. But there are many jobs in solar and wind too.
RR 11:06 PM: JEB! logic: Only protect the environment if you have the money. Otherwise, just screw it.CB 11:06PM: Rand Paul is wrong on climate. Goal is to go to clean energy entirely.
RR 11:03 PM: Hell nah.
CB 11:02 PM: Yo Rich you wanna see Michael Bay’s Benghazi?
RR 11:01 PM: Is this debate over yet?CB 11:00 PM: Rubio mentioned student debt. Barely. One of the biggest issues of this election.
RR 10:55 PM: That Kasich answer didn’t make any sense. It would only make sense if he supported bail outs in worst case scenarios. Obviously, he would by the way. All established GOPers would not like the economy run down a cliff because of a weird Ayn Rand fascination (unlike the others).
CB 10:53PM: Kasich wasn’t too clear. Wants to help people who invested in banks while also allowing big banks to fail? Can you separate the two?
RR 10:47 PM: Really like the way Kasich talked about a moral capitalism. Never really heard it talked like that before but it is a good message.
CB 10:45PM: Kasich talking about greed, the dark side of free enterprise, and needed regulation. Scores even more points with me tonight.CB 10:44PM: Rubio, the government made them big because of NO regulation. Mostly under republican administrationsCB 10:42PM: And his brother’s policies are largely responsible for the dire economic conditions.CB 10:41 PM: Bush will not stand up to big banks.
RR 10:40 PM: JEB! says the economy will never fail on bad times ever again. Hooray!
CB 10:31 PM: Rand Paul: “I will not arm our enemies.” I love this guy. Unfortunately, it really is that simple.
CB 10:30PM: Rand Paul: “You can be strong and not be involved in every civil war int he world.” Couldn’t agree more.
CB 10:25 PM: Jeb Bush on foreign policy makes my toes curl.
RR 10:24 PM: JEB! got to step up his board game references. Letting Putin go into Syria not like Monopoly, more like Risk. #NothingButTheFacts
CB 10:21PM: Jeb Bush and Clinton agree with no fly zone in Syria.
RR: 10:15 PM: That Rand Paul slam was brutal. Trump really didn’t know what the trade deal is really about and Paul called him out. Ouch.
CB 10:13 PM: RAND PAUL REVENGE
BP: 10:13 PM: Rand : “Hey Gerard, We might want to point out, China’s not part of this deal”
CB 10:12 PM: Trump speaking against TPP. Unique situation where GOP majority agrees with Obama. Sounds more like Bernie Sanders.
BP: 10:11 PM: Trump: “TPP is a horrible deal”
RR 10:09 PM: @CB: Military is always asking for more money. That is nature of the beast.
CB 10:07 PM: Without question, Rand Paul is the smartest GOP on foreign policy. Wish we could get more inot that in this debate.
BP: 10:06 PM: Rand Paul “I want a strong national defense, but I don’t want us to be bankrupt.”
CB 10:06 PM: Is military asking for more money?
CB 10:04 PM: Good for Rand!
CB 10:04 PM: Jeb “I’m going to fight as hard as I can to make sure Supergirl gives me a chance. And everyone a chance. This is about giving people opportunity.”
CB 10:02 PM: Jeb “I’m going to fight as hard as I can to make sure Supergirl gives me a chance. And everyone a chance. This is about giving people opportunity.”
RR 10:00 PM: Bush supporter’s real name is Reagan Love? GIVE ME A BREAK.
CB 9:59 PM: Interesting notes on Carson and economy Rich.
CB 9:59 PM: Would be funny if CNBC walks into the theater and just breaks the civility of this debate. As far as communicating ideas, this is a much better debate though
RR 9:59 PM: Ted Cruz just had an oops moment. Two mentions of Department of Commerce in his list of five departments he would cut. Politicians really have to stop listing off agencies they would cut. They never remember them all.
RR 9:57 PM: Can someone explain to me who collects taxes if we were to abolish the IRS? Who gives out business ID numbers? Who investigates tax related crimes?
BP 9:57 PM: Ted Cruz: “There are more words in the tax code than there are in The Bible!”
BP 9:56 PM: Rand: “I want a government really, really small. So small you could barely see it.”BP 9:52 PM: More coffee please!
CB 9:52PM: Seems like Dr. Carson took a lighter dose of morphine tonight
RR 9:52 PM Ben Carson doesn’t seem to realize how much the American economy changed after 1913. Went from very stratified society to a more broad base middle class. Government policies and wealth redistribution had a tremendous amount to do with it.
BP 9:50 PM Btw a 30 second ad during this debate sold for $750,000. Not that bad. affordable.RR 9:50 PM: Oh great, Michael Bay has turned Benghazi into modern day Alamo film.
CB 8:48 PM: Michael Bay’s Benghazi movie advertisement during the break. Coincidence?? NahCB 8:46 PM: Fox “What’s the alternative?” Good for them!CB 8:45PM: Fiorina talking about her business career. Don’t-don’t go there.
BP 9:45 PM Fiorina: “Obamacare has to be repealed because it is failing.”RR 9:45 PM: No, Obamacare has helped drive down costs and many people have become insured as a result. Hard to judge it fully though since there has been little help from the state level in the majority of the country.
CB 9:44PM: Is Obamacare a failure? Just playing devil’s advocate.
CB 9:43PM: Cruz: “It’s offensive!” Says it again in a Homer Simpson impression.
Democrats, laughing. pic.twitter.com/HbzZUXUTDt
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) November 11, 2015
BP 9:38 PM: Jeb: “Thank you Donald for allowing me to speak at the debate, I appreciate it. What a generous man you are.”
RR 9:37 PM: JEB! doing a lot more of that patented Bush lean tonight. He’s the decider. He he he.
BP 9:36 PM: Trump to Kasich: “You should let Jeb speak.”
CB 9:35PM: Kasich bringing common sense to the immigration conversation.
CB 9:34PM: Kasich is on the money tonight. Very strong so far.
RR 9:34 PM: John “Amnesty” Kasich’s immigration plan: “Would somebody think of the children?!”
BP 9:33 PM: Trump: “If you don’t think a wall works, ask Israel.”
RR 9:31 PM: Chris, you need to get out of the liberal elite bubble you live in. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain
CB 9:30 PM: Dr. Carson: “I have no problem being vetted”, after complaining a week about being vetted. Clinton and Obama are totally scrutinized by the media. Obama had to leave his church in 2008 because of media scrutiny.
BP 9:29 PM Carson: “Thank you for not asking me what I said in the 10th grade. I appreciate that.”
RR 9:29 PM: That’s a gotcha question Neil Cavuto!
BP 9:24 PM: Rand Paul “If you want less income inequality move to a city with a Republican mayor or a state with a Republican governor.”BP 9:24 PM: Agree.CB 9:24PM: The lighting on this stage is pretty rough tonight. Everyone looks tired.
RR 9:23 PM: Carly hangs out with some depressing people yo.CB 9:22PM: Fiorina: “Big government creating big business called politics.”
RR 9:20 PM: JEB! alive.
BP 9:19 PM: Bush says he wants to repeal every rule Obama has made so far.
CB 9:19 PM: Jeb Bush is having an aggressive opening.
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I’ve been pulled over before in North Miami with my autistic brother in the car.
My family grew up in North Miami.
I now live only about five minutes from North Miami.
But North Miami is not the place I thought it was.
North Miami is a dangerous place for black people and a dangerous place for people with disabilities.
Some will say that the shooting of Charles Kinsey was an isolated incident.
I think it is all we need to know.
The story, which is now an international news item goes like this.
Police are called by someone claiming that a man is carrying a gun, threatening to kill himself. The man is walking in the middle of a street in North Miami. The man is autistic and it is clear to see on the videotape.
A man named Charles Kinsey comes over to help the autistic man. Kinsey quickly realizes that the autistic man is just holding a toy truck- not a gun.
He is no threat to anybody and just needs to get back to his group home from which he has escaped from.
The rest of the details are still a bit fuzzy.
Police show up, pull out high-powered rifles and order the two men to lie down.
Kinsey complies, lies on his back and puts his hands high up in the sky.
The autistic man sits down next to Kinsey.
The rest of the story is well-known by now.
“All he has is a toy truck, a toy truck,” Kinsey is heard yelling at police in cellphone video. “I am a behavior therapist at a group home.”
The police then proceed to shoot Kinsey three times in the leg as he is lying down mere feet from the autistic man.
I became enraged when I first heard the news of the incident last night.
Then I became scared.
This could happen to my brother.
While I’ve always supported the Black Lives Matters movement, today is the first day that I really understand the totality of its importance.
Our police are the only people in the world that have the power to kill an American citizen if force is justified. They have the legal writ to use violence. And we need them to have that right. But it also means that we need to hold them to an incredibly high standard.
We have to pay them better, we have to recruit better people into the force and we have to train the great people already in the force on how to identity people with developmental disabilities.
It is never ok to shoot an unarmed man who poises no direct threat to an officer, himself or another person.
And it is never ok to shoot an unarmed man who is mere feet away from a person with autism.
North Miami is not the place I thought it was and I’m scared to death for my brother, for my family, for potential aides that my brother may have and for myself.
This makes it plain as day that some officers in the North Miami Police Department do not have the training or the empathy needed to do their jobs.
But North Miami is also not unique.
Ethan Saylor was a 26-year-old man from Maryland. He also had down syndrome. And he was white.
Ethan was choked to death by off duty police officers after he refused to leave a movie theatre. He wasn’t violent. Have you ever met someone with down syndrome? He wasn’t a threat.
Saylor was described by people who knew him as a sweet, loving man with an innocent spirit.
He also loved the police more than just about anything.
He was so fascinated by cop shows and the idea of helping people that he once called 911 innocently just to ask them about their work.
Ethan Saylor believed that police officers were good people who had devoted his life to protect people like him.
And they killed him on the ground in a dirty movie theatre like an animal.
He cried out for his mother as his life was ripped from him.
“Ouch Mom, that hurts, don’t touch me, get off!” he said.
Then he died of asphyxiation. The cartilage in his throat was fractured, and he had bruises and abrasions all over his face and body. The cause of death was homicide.
I’ve always said I supported Black Lives Matter because of my “empathy.”
But fuck empathy.
This is about survival.
If we can’t protect black lives, then we sure as hell won’t be able to protect autistic ones.
America has a problem folks. And its worse than we thought.
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For most people, the first Wednesday in February doesn’t really have any major significance – other than being a major let down after their massive Groundhog Day parties the night prior. (Do people do Groundhog Day parties? They should.)
But for College Football fans, the first Wednesday in February takes on a different meaning altogether thanks to National Signing Day.
For the uninitiated, National Signing Day is the first day where a high school senior can sign a “National Letter Of Intent”, which basically locks them into attending a certain college for the next year.
For the crazed, National Signing Day is a legit holiday. Thousands of people on Twitter actually spend large chunks of their lives tweeting at high school students in the hopes that they will attend the team the nut roots for. (Of course, most do not engage in this type of activity.)
It has become a real problem and some schools have tried to rein in their fan-bases as a result.
But Auburn University may have the best response to this social media problem.
Just take a look at this handy flowchart that the folks in the Auburn Compliance Department tweeted out:
— Auburn Compliance (@AUCompliance) February 2, 2016
Seems pretty straightforward.
When in doubt, don’t tweet at random teenagers! It is creepy and not helpful to your team at all.
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