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China's ocean waste surges 27% in 2018: ministry

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China dumped a total of 200.7 million cubic meters of waste into its coastal waters in 2018, a 27% rise on the previous year and the highest level in at least a decade, the country's environment ministry said on Tuesday.

The majority of the waste was dumped in the delta regions of the Yangtze and Pearl rivers, both major industrial zones on China's eastern coast, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) said.

"At the moment, there are some clear problems with the work on the marine ecological environment, with some regions not showing a lot of awareness or paying sufficient attention, and lacking strong initiative and dedication," Huo Chuanlin, deputy director of the MEE's marine environment department, said at a briefing in Beijing.

Environmental groups have expressed concern that China, desperate to clean up its own rivers, is dumping increasing amounts of trash in its seas instead.

Read more: https://www.metro.us/news/the-big-stories/chinas-ocean-waste-surges-27-2018-ministry
(Metro New York)

Aiming at Olympic boom, Japan builds 'Ethnic Harmony' tribute to indigenous Ainu

TOKYO (Reuters) - On a wooded lake shore in northern Japan, the government is building a modernist shrine that has divided the indigenous Ainu community whose vanishing culture it was designed to celebrate.

At a cost so far of $220 million, Japan's "Symbolic Space for Ethnic Harmony" is on track to open in time for the 2020 Olympics, part of a drive by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to draw millions of foreign visitors to Japan and to the northern city of Sapporo, where the Olympic marathon will be run.

Also known as "Upopoy" or "singing together" in the Ainu language, the complex will include a museum, a replica of an Ainu village, many of which Japan destroyed in its 19th Century colonization of Hokkaido, and a memorial housing the bones of hundreds of Ainu whose remains were sent to universities in the 20th Century.

For some surviving Ainu, whose exact numbers are unknown, the project underscores how Japan has failed to come to terms with its history - despite more than a decade of deliberation on how Tokyo could meet its commitments to an indigenous group it officially recognized in 2008.

Read more: https://www.metro.us/reuters/sports/aiming-olympic-boom-japan-builds-ethnic-harmony-tribute-to-indigenous-ainu
(Metro New York)

Wichita Falls trans woman running as conservative Republican for Congress

Two Wichita Falls Republicans have announced their candidacies for Texas’ District 13 seat in the U.S. House, and one of those two is a transgender woman, according to TexomasHomepage.com.

Monique Worthy and Kevin McInturff have both said they will be running to replace Rep. Mac Thornberry, the Republican who has held the seat for 24 years. Thornberry announced in late September he would not be running for re-election in 2020. He was the sixth Republican incumbent to announce they would not be seeking another term in Congress.

Worthy — whose campaign website includes a plea for help in either raising the money to pay the filing fee or to get the 500 signatures necessary to file without paying the fee — told TexomasHomepage.com that her campaign slogan is “Make Congress Great Again,” and that she is the “outspoken, openly conservative candidate the 13th district needs.” She said, “Black people are mostly Christian, and we mostly believe in things that the bible teaches us. We believe in not spending so frivolously. … Most of us don’t believe in abortion. You ask any black person around, they want to keep their babies. It was a mistake, but ‘Hey, we have to live with them.'”

Worthy also said she wants to make sure all immigrants that enter the country do so legally, while adding that she doesn’t agree that immigrants are doing the job U.S. citizens won’t do. “I know plenty of Americans who will get out there and work some construction and stuff like that if you paid them the right dollar,” she said.

Read more: https://dallasvoice.com/wichita-falls-trans-woman-running-as-conservative-republican-for-congress/

Cross-posted to the Texas Group.


Transgender Republican candidate Monique Worthy with Sen. Ted Cruz (via Worthy’s campaign website.)

Wichita Falls trans woman running as conservative Republican for Congress

Two Wichita Falls Republicans have announced their candidacies for Texas’ District 13 seat in the U.S. House, and one of those two is a transgender woman, according to TexomasHomepage.com.

Monique Worthy and Kevin McInturff have both said they will be running to replace Rep. Mac Thornberry, the Republican who has held the seat for 24 years. Thornberry announced in late September he would not be running for re-election in 2020. He was the sixth Republican incumbent to announce they would not be seeking another term in Congress.

Worthy — whose campaign website includes a plea for help in either raising the money to pay the filing fee or to get the 500 signatures necessary to file without paying the fee — told TexomasHomepage.com that her campaign slogan is “Make Congress Great Again,” and that she is the “outspoken, openly conservative candidate the 13th district needs.” She said, “Black people are mostly Christian, and we mostly believe in things that the bible teaches us. We believe in not spending so frivolously. … Most of us don’t believe in abortion. You ask any black person around, they want to keep their babies. It was a mistake, but ‘Hey, we have to live with them.'”

Worthy also said she wants to make sure all immigrants that enter the country do so legally, while adding that she doesn’t agree that immigrants are doing the job U.S. citizens won’t do. “I know plenty of Americans who will get out there and work some construction and stuff like that if you paid them the right dollar,” she said.

Read more: https://dallasvoice.com/wichita-falls-trans-woman-running-as-conservative-republican-for-congress/

Cross-posted to the LGBT Group.


Transgender Republican candidate Monique Worthy with Sen. Ted Cruz (via Worthy’s campaign website.)

Hong Kong disqualifies democracy activist Joshua Wong from district elections

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's government disqualified prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from upcoming district elections on Tuesday, a move likely to sow further discord in a city hit by five months of anti-government unrest.

Wong, who was 17 when he became the face of the 2014 student-led Umbrella Movement, has not been a prominent figure in the current anti-government protests, which are largely leaderless, in the Chinese-ruled city.

However, the bespectacled Wong, now 23, holds a high profile internationally and described his disqualification - on the grounds that advocacy of Hong Kong's self-determination violates electoral laws - as "political censorship".

Protests, which started over a now-withdrawn extradition bill, have evolved into calls for greater democracy. They have plunged the city into its biggest crisis in decades, taken a heavy toll on the economy and show little sign of letting up.

Read more: https://www.metro.us/news/the-big-stories/hong-kong-disqualifies-democracy-activist-joshua-wong-district-elections
(Metro New York)

Purple Haze: Another Election, Another Round of 'Texas Is Shifting Democratic.' No, Really.

Amid the pomp and fervor at President Donald Trump’s latest Dallas revival on Oct. 17, there was, among many other emotions, an undertone of worry, possibly even sincere, from the event's public speakers.

Whether it was Prestonwood Baptist Church Pastor Jack Graham, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick or the president himself, the rally’s headliners focused as much on the looming threat of the 2020 election as they did on Trump’s list of accomplishments.

"They have no idea what's coming a little over a year from now," Patrick said, gesturing at the press pen and raising the crowd’s ire. "We in Texas will not stand by quietly, idly, as the big government left and their communist policies take our country away from us."

Democrats — whether called by that name or one of the pejoratives favored by Team Trump — are dead set on changing Texans' way of life, the message went, and the only thing stopping them are people like the 18,000 who huddled in the American Airlines Center for the president’s 90 minutes of hate.

No longer is Texas a place that Republicans can take for granted, the speakers said. “They” are banging on the door, here to take your guns, make your church pay taxes and turn Texas into the next worst thing to that socialist hell, California.

Read more: https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/texas-is-a-political-battleground-pundits-say-theyve-said-it-before-11794812

Louie Gohmert Says That He, of All People, Knows Who the Whistleblower Is

This can't be what the Republican Party wanted. With the party facing a seemingly unending string of negative media coverage and scandal, East Texas U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, basically /r/the_Donald, were the subreddit given breath and a seat in the House of Representatives, has led the news twice this week, straining against whatever cliché about not making a bad situation worse you'd prefer.

After storming a secure deposition room at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and initiating a truly dumb standoff with the three House committees recording testimony as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Gohmert took to the airwaves in Dallas and told listeners that he knows the answer to one of the country's biggest ongoing mysteries.

Gohmert told arch-conservative Dallas radio host Mark Davis that he knows, by name, the identity of the whistleblower who spurred the investigation into Trump's alleged threats to withhold foreign aid from Ukraine if Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky didn't agree to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

"I don't want to bury the lead here," Davis said. "You know this person by name?"

"Yeah," Gohmert replied.

Read more: https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/texas-louie-gohmert-says-he-knows-whistleblower-identity-11794297

Critics Say New Texas Polling Station Law Suppresses Liberal Votes

Nationwide, college student voter turnout doubled between 2014 and 2018, according to a new study by Tufts University. But in Texas and elsewhere, new efforts by Republican lawmakers are making it harder for students to vote this year.

Critics say these moves are designed to suppress liberal votes. About 67% of people ages 18-29, a demographic that includes college students, voted for Democratic candidates in 2018, according to the Pew Research Center.

While attempts by Texas Republicans to hinder voting are nothing new, Glen Maxey, legislative affairs director for the Texas Democratic Party, said a law passed by the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in June targets college campus voting arrangements, as well as access to polls for people who live far from polling stations.

Valerie Maniscalco, a graduate student at Southern Methodist University, has voted in every election since she was 18. For her, it's part of her duty as an American citizen to participate in the democratic process, not only so that she can have a say, but because people in many other countries don't have the option to vote or to vote freely, she said.

Read more: https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/critics-say-new-texas-polling-station-law-suppresses-liberal-votes-11794519

Bronx Councilman Andy King gets 'unprecedented' suspension, $15K fine for ethics violations

The City Council on Monday voted to suspend and fine a Bronx pol accused of rampant ethics violations in what Council Speaker Corey Johnson called an “unprecedented” punishment in the body’s modern history.

Councilman Andy King was immediately suspended for 30 days and fined $15,000 for using Council resources on his stepdaughter’s Virgin Islands wedding; enabling his wife, a union big, to help run his office to her own benefit; and retaliating against staff who cooperated with investigators, among other charges.

The punishment was approved 44-1, with two abstentions. King himself made the only “no” vote.

In addition to the suspension and fine, the Council voted to install a monitor in King’s district office with power to review all hiring decisions until his term ends in 2021. King also lost his chairmanship of the Committee on Juvenile Justice and was barred from being a member of other committees.

Read more: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-andy-king-ethics-council-punishment-20191028-pxlnsckj4bfjrjo6njqcwh4q3e-story.html

2020 Texas Democrat Target List

If Texas Democrats hold the 12 House seats they gained in 2018 (shown in blue) and take the nine seats where Beto O'Rourke prevailed in the U.S. Senate race (light pink), they can flip the House in 2020 even without winning a single district carried by Ted Cruz. But there are 13 other districts (darker pink) where Zodiac prevailed by less than 10 points, which are thus within striking distance.



You'll see that in two of these, the Dems didn't even field a candidate in 2018. (That won't happen again.) How easy will it be to hold the 2018 gains? You'll see that not all of those races were very close, and for reference, the four Dems who picked up red seats in 2016 all won again last year by wider margins. Almost all of these races are in major metro areas, primarily Houston and DFW, plus the four Central Texas pickups from 2018 and some outliers in College Station, Corpus Christi, Killeen, and San Antonio.

https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2019-10-25/2020-texas-democrat-target-list/
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