Ticking Time Bombs: California Oil Spill Spurs New Calls to Ban Offshore Oil Drilling

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Facebook Whistleblower to Congress: Regulate Big Tech. Silicon Valley Can't Be Trusted to Police Itself

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified to Congress Tuesday, denouncing the company for prioritizing “astronomical profits” over the safety of billions of users, and urging lawmakers to enact strict oversight over Facebook. Haugen’s testimony gave a rare glimpse into the secretive tech company, which she accused of harming children, sowing division by boosting hateful content, and undermining democracy. “Facebook wants you to believe that the problems we’re talking about are unsolvable. They want you to believe in false choices,” Haugen said at the hearing. Roger McNamee, a former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, says a U.S. business culture “where CEOs are told to prioritize shareholder value at all cost” is…

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Headlines for October 6, 2021

Whistleblower Tells Lawmakers to Regulate Facebook Before It Causes More HarmSchumer Sets Up Debt Limit Vote Amid Ongoing GOP ObstructionismVoters Confront AZ Sen. Kyrsten Sinema over Reconciliation Bill as She Heads Back to D.C.Missouri Executes Man with Intellectual Disability Despite High-Profile PleasChina-Taiwan Tensions Mount as Biden Reaffirms U.S.-Sino Commitment to Diplomatic AgreementAmnesty Says Taliban Killed 13 Ethnic Hazaras After Taking Power; Kabul Faces Winter Power OutagesU.N. Rejects Expulsion of Top Officials from Ethiopia as Millions in Urgent Need of Humanitarian AssistanceRomanian Lawmakers Oust Prime Minister After 9 Months in PowerFrench Trade Unions Protest Against Low Pay, Pension & Unemployment ReformsKellogg's Workers Go on Strike over Threats to Healthcare,…

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Pandora Papers: Massive Leak Exposes How Elite Shield Their Wealth & Avoid Taxes in Colonial Legacy

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González, as we look at what has been revealed about the murky financial dealings of the world’s richest and most powerful people in a new report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists called the “Pandora Papers.” GERARD RYLE: This leak is really Panama Papers on steroids. This is the Pandora Papers, because we think we’re opening a box on a lot of things. We’re looking at about 12 million documents from 14 different service providers. These are law firms and firms that set up…

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“Appalling and Unacceptable”: Leak Shows Facebook Knew Its Algorithms Spread Hate & Harmed Children

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show looking at a massive leak of tens of thousands of internal Facebook documents that show the social media’s own research indicates its algorithm helps boost disinformation, hate speech and political unrest around the world and that Facebook executives knew about it but kept the damning information hidden from the public. The leak also implicates Facebook in issues of child safety and human trafficking, while it prioritized profits over people’s welfare. The documents were behind a sweeping investigation by The Wall Street Journal and were unveiled by whistleblower and former Facebook…

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Headlines for October 5, 2021

Hollywood Crew Workers Vote to Authorize StrikeFacebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen to Urge Congress to Take ActionJohnson & Johnson Seeks FDA OK for Booster ShotNew York Healthcare Provider Fires 1,400 for Refusing to Get VaccinatedBiden Accuses GOP of Playing "Russian Roulette" with U.S. EconomyActivists Confront Sen. Sinema in Arizona BathroomState Department Lawyer Blasts Biden for "Inhumane" Expulsions of HaitiansCalifornia Declares State of Emergency After Offshore Oil Pipeline SpillBiden Administration to Open Up 80 Millions of Acres for Drilling in Gulf of MexicoReport: 14% of World's Coral Reefs Lost Since 2009 Due to Climate EmergencyBiden Reverses Trump-Era Domestic Gag Rule on Title X Family Planning ClinicsJudge Ignores Federal Prosecutors and…

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"Blah, Blah, Blah": Youth Climate Activists Slam Political Inaction at U.N. Summit Ahead of COP26

Thousands of youth climate activists marched through the streets of Milan last week demanding world leaders meet their pledges to the Paris Climate Agreement and keep global temperatures from rising by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. The protest came at the end of a three-day youth climate conference, ahead of the United Nations’ COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. Activists at the Youth4Climate conference slammed political inaction on the climate crisis and world leaders’ vague pledges to reduce carbon emissions. “Historically, Africa is responsible for only 3% of global emissions,” said Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate. “And yet Africans are already suffering some of the most brutal impacts fueled by…

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Bans Off Our Bodies: Planned Parenthood Pres. on Abortion Bans, Bills in Congress & the Supreme Court

After thousands of people marched in hundreds of rallies across the United States to protest against tightening abortion restrictions, we speak with Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson, who says the weekend actions represent “a movement moment” for reproductive rights. “More than 80% of Americans believe that Roe should be the law of the land,” she says. “And yet, in state after state, these horrific restrictions and bans are continuing to further erode our ability to access our constitutional right.” Source link

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“We Demand Better”: Reps. Cori Bush, Pramila Jayapal & Barbara Lee Share Their Own Abortion Stories

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. Thousands marched Saturday in more than 600 protests across the United States with the message “Bans Off Our Bodies” amidst increasing state restrictions on abortion. This year alone, more than 600 restrictions were introduced, with at least 90 enacted into law. Saturday’s actions came in response to a near-total ban on abortions that went into effect in Texas September 1st. The law bans abortions after about six weeks — before most people even know they’re pregnant. This is Top Chef host…

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Headlines for October 4, 2021

Rallies Across U.S. Call for Reproductive Justice Amid GOP Assault on AbortionU.S. Tops 700K COVID Deaths; CA Announces Student Vaccine Mandate as NYC Educator Mandate StartsMajor Orange County Oil Spill Blankets Beaches, Kills WildlifePandora Papers Expose Secret Financial Dealings of World Leaders, Billionaires and Other ElitesFacebook Whistleblower Says Co. Repeatedly Put Profit Over Safety, Calls for RegulationsKabul Blast Kills Five People as Afghan Humanitarian Crisis Grows8 Killed at Indian Farmworker Protest4,000 Refugees, Including Children, Arrested in Raids by Libyan Authorities3 Million in Northern Syria Face Water Shortages After Decade of WarQatar Holds First-Ever Legislative Election in Poll That Excludes Many from VotingCanary Islands Volcanic Eruption Grows More PowerfulTaiwan…

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