Thursday Open Thread | UN body says Sioux should have say in pipeline project

Standing rock sioux 44UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is calling on the U.S. government to allow the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to have a say regarding a $3.8 billion oil pipeline that they say could disturb sacred sites and impact drinking water for 8,000 tribal members.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the forum’s chairman Alvaro Pop Ac called for a “fair, independent, impartial, open and transparent process to resolve this serious issue and to avoid escalation into violence and further human rights abuses.”

Native Americans from reservations hundreds of miles around have joined the growing protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which will pass through Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota, causing the company to temporarily halt construction.

The forum provides U.N. representation to indigenous peoples around the globe.

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68 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | UN body says Sioux should have say in pipeline project

  1. rikyrah says:

    Rev. Barber was on with Joy Reid (Chris Hayes) talking about the NC Voting Law Rulings tonight.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Yamiche Alcindor ✔ @Yamiche
    My latest: Leaked document shows Trump’s 1st campaign stop at a black church & his Q&A w/ a pastor will be scripted

  3. Liza says:

    A record number of Americans now dislike Hillary Clinton
    By Aaron Blake August 31
    Hillary Clinton hits record low with voters

    A Washington Post/ABC News poll from the end of August shows the lowest favorability Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has ever had. But Republican rival Donald Trump’s numbers aren’t great either.

    Hillary Clinton hit her stride after the Democratic National Convention, riding to a double-digit lead over Donald Trump in some national and swing-state polls — her highest of the year.

    As of today, though, Americans’ views of her just hit a record low.

    A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows 41 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of Clinton, while 56 percent have an unfavorable one.

    That’s the worst image Clinton has had in her quarter-century in national public life. Her previous low favorable rating this year was in July, when it was 42 percent, lower than any mark in historical Post-ABC polls except a few points in the 1990s when a large share of the public had no opinion of her. Her previous high for unfavorable views was in June, when 55 percent disliked Clinton.

    Trump, of course, has long been the more unpopular of the two presidential nominees, and he remains so; 35 percent of Americans have a favorable impression of him, compared to 63 percent unfavorable.

    But if you look just at registered voters, the new poll actually shows Clinton’s image is about as bad as Trump’s, with 38 percent having a favorable impression and 59 percent unfavorable, compared to a 37/60 split for Trump.

    Clinton’s numbers serve as a reminder that Trump’s unpopularity isn’t prohibitive, largely because Americans — and specifically registered voters — don’t much like Clinton either. If it weren’t for Trump, in fact, Clinton would be the most unpopular major-party presidential nominee in modern American history.

  4. rikyrah says:

    (((RuggedAmethyst))) @GrooveSDC
    Cam Newton was a “thug” for dancing a minute ago. Now he’s a “credit to this race” because he’s parroting their preferred narratives on race

  5. rikyrah says:

    Trump anti-immigrant speech follows dark pattern of US history
    Rachel Maddow shows how throughout American history, when normal politics breaks down, fringe voices gain prominence scapegoating immigrant groups.

  6. rikyrah says:

    NYT Scrambles To Rewrite Botched Story On Trump’s Immigration Speech
    Sept 1, 2016

    In Donald Trump’s much-hyped speech on immigration Wednesday night in Phoenix, which came the same day he met with the president of Mexico, the GOP nominee showed no signs of “softening” the hard-line immigration policies that have won him legions of supporters.

    But that message didn’t come across in the New York Times’ initial coverage of the speech, which hailed Trump’s address as “an audacious attempt” to transform his image and reported that he shelved his proposal for a massive effort to deport immigrants who are in the country illegally. The story went through extensive edits when readers pointed out the story inaccurately characterized Trump’s speech.

    Readers on social media were quick to point out the inaccuracies and suggest the Times had bought into the campaign’s song-and-dance about a softer touch on immigration issues.

    About an hour after the original story was published, the story underwent a substantial rewrite to eliminate language about Mexico pitching in to solve the immigration crisis.

    The Times didn’t run an editor’s note explaining the story had been substantively changed, but the edit-tracking site NewsDiff clearly shows the extent of the revisions. You can see the full edits here.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Bamboozled! What Made Everyone Think Trump Was Changing On Immigration?
    Published SEPTEMBER 1, 2016, 1:56 PM EDT

    There was quite the hype going into Donald Trump’s immigration speech Wednesday night. Trump and a fresh-faced campaign manager had kept us on the edge of our seats. There was a last-minute diplomatic meeting with the president of Mexico for goodness sake. There was a press conference hours before his address in which Trump himself said the words “I happen to have a tremendous feeling for Mexican Americans.”

    This, many Republicans hoped, sounded like a candidate who was going to shift, change, soften, moderate … PIVOT, if you will (sorry, we had to say it).

    It was all a ruse, though. What we were left with was the Trump we have always known. He wants a border wall, he is certain Mexico will pay for it and he gave no indication that he wouldn’t deport the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country.

    So what happened? How did we come to believe Trump might reform his policies ahead of the general election? We didn’t create this. Here are the clues over the last two weeks that set the stage for the big Trump speech in Phoenix that turned out not to be so big at all:

  8. rikyrah says:

    What Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Looks Like to a Black 49ers Fan
    AUG. 31, 2016

    San Francisco — Why are we, as sports fans, continually surprised when one of our heroes turns out to be a real person, with real feelings who is living in the same world we also live in? And when that athlete is black, why does white America respond with anger, as if the hero has broken some kind of sacred rule or understood deal? That deal seems to be, “You just go out and win games, collect your check, and if we really like you, you can retire and sell us stuff in TV commercials.”

    Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for San Francisco, the city I love and pay a lot to live in, is the latest in a long line of black athletes who have decided to be real people with real concerns about the black community. This tends to happen when issues become so pressing that they break the heart of the athlete and pierce a wall they might choose to stay behind.

    It was the Vietnam War for Muhammad Ali, the civil rights movement for countless others. For Kaepernick, it is the way black and brown people, just like him, are treated in the United States. He felt he could no longer stand for the national anthem at the beginning of 49ers games. In an interview published Saturday, he said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

    I imagine I share with Kaepernick nightmares of the killing of Tamir Rice, Michael Brown and so many others. As an African-American father of two sons who live or work in San Francisco, I fear their lives, or mine, might be taken unjustly in a confrontation with the police; the same police I respect and depend on to protect my community and keep it safe.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Emo 1 Guy @EmoNegro1
    I hope black people know American Employers STILL NOT GONNA HIRE THEM after all the Latinos are rounded up and tossed across the border

  10. rikyrah says:

    Damon Young, 9/1/16


    Either way, the spotlight is shining on us and our complex relationship(s) to the ideal of patriotism. And the spotlight is shining in the wrong direction.

    Black Americans are Americans. Living and breathing citizens of this country; many of whom can trace our lineages here back hundreds of years. Maybe our (collective) feelings about America are complex and perhaps our patriotism can be doubted at times (and for good reason). But one thing is simple: We are American citizens. This is an inextricable truth. A truth that remains true despite a history (and present) of that citizenship being doubted, questioned, and even outright dismissed.

    But we are Americans. And for the Black American, the 300 million other American citizens are our countrymen. Which is why we need to start doubting the patriotic bonafides of those doubting ours.

    Patriotism isn’t just an infatuation with and fanaticism for symbols and abstractions. It’s a steadfastness in making sure the country’s professed ideals aren’t just honored and protected, but extended to each of its citizens. It’s not standing for the flag, it’s fighting for what the flag is supposed to stand for. It’s wanting to keep your countrymen — all of them — safe.

    • sunshine616 says:

      They focus on symbols because their actions reflect the real truth. If we focus on the history they provide through adoration of symbols whose actual meanings have been distorted then they feel a comfort in using those symbols as a forcefield to deflect the truth.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Joe BidenVerified account
    “[Trump] was born with a silver spoon in his mouth that he’s now choking on because his foot’s in his mouth along with the spoon.” -VP Biden

  12. rikyrah says:

    Is This Trump’s Backup Plan If He Loses the Election?
    A curious trademark hints at a future Trump venture.
    SEP. 1, 2016 8:08 AM

    This spring, as Donald Trump battled Ted Cruz in the heated Republican primary campaign, the mogul was also tending to his day job, with his business empire staking a claim to some new corporate territory. On April 11—a day when media reports noted Trump had been oddly silent and out of sight following his recent defeat in the Wisconsin primary—a Trump-owned company applied for a trademark on a brand new hotel concept. It was dubbed “American Idea.”

    According to the trademark filing made by DTTM Operations LLC, a Delaware-based company Trump set up in January to manage his trademarks, the GOP nominee was reserving “American Idea” for use in an unspecified hotel services, spa, and/or personal concierge business. Could it be that the candidate running under the banner of “Make America Great Again” was devising a plan to capitalize on Trump-style patriotism for a new hotel or chain of hotels with some sort of America theme? Was this Plan B? A way to convert his campaign into a commercial success, if voters fail to elect him the nation’s next CEO?

    Hope Hicks, the Trump campaign spokeswoman, did not respond to a request for comment.



  14. rikyrah says:

    About the pipeline. ..
    Total. Media. Blackout.
    Thank you for keeping us informed.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

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  17. Houston brothers among those to have life sentences commuted by President Obama

    On Tuesday, more than 100 federal inmates across the country got news that they will soon be free, courtesy of President Barack Obama.

    Many of the terms he commuted were life sentences. Two of those to have their sentences cut short were brothers from Houston.

    “They know they did wrong,” said Ella Blount.

    Ella Blount’s sons, Ronald Jr. and Corey, along with four uncles were convicted of running a drug ring that went from Houston to south Louisiana. They were sentenced to life in federal prison in 1999.

    “The crime, you have to pay for. I just don’t think they should’ve had life sentences,” Ella Blount said.

    Corey Blount, who was the youngest in the group, was supposedly the leader of the drug ring.

    “If my son had been the leader of a criminal enterprise, he would’ve had a whole lot of money and property and everything else which he did not have,” explained his mother.

    His daughter Courtney was eight when he went away.

    “It used to make me cry sometimes because I played basketball. I did dance. I was always on honor roll and I never had my dad,” she told Eyewitness News.

    Their appeals failed. But Tuesday, they were on the list of 111 federal inmates whose sentences President Obama commuted.

  18. Y’all remember #SWANG where Big Hawk sings #WishingCoreyBlountWasHome? Well, Potus has commuted his sentence. Corey Blount is coming home. Thanks Potus! #HoustonTexas

    #SWANG is DOPE! Music so smooth!

  19. Good morning, everyone!

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