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New Jersey Passes Law Requiring Pet Stores To Only Sell Rescue Animals

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

The bill aims to crack down on the cruel industry of puppy mills.

Earlier this year, New Jersey’s Senate passed a monumental bill requiring only dogs and cats obtained from shelters and animal rescue organizations to be sold in pet stores. The measure – which was a revision of the New Jersey Pet Protection act – went into effect January 12, 2016, and was passed to help crack down on the cruel industry of puppy mills.

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After Months Of Police Brutality, US Senator Finally Calls For Investigation Of DAPL Oppression

by Whitney Webb, True Activist

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) sent a letter to the Attorney General, demanding an investigation into the reports of brutal and abusive tactics used against DAPL protestors by police.

As government intervention to date has done little to stymie the conflict surrounding the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, a Senator from New Jersey is calling for an investigation into “all credible reports of inappropriate police tactics” that have been used against pipeline protestors in North Dakota. Senator Cory Booker sent a letter to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who heads the US Department of Justice, demanding they conduct a civil rights investigation into allegations of violence against both law enforcement as well as the protestors, who are chiefly composed of Native Americans. He also urged Lynch to send federal monitors to the site “to ensure that protestors can peacefully assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights.”

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Sheriff’s Dept To Fine People $1K For Bringing In Food And Supplies To Standing Rock

In what could only be termed a potential gross violation of human rights, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department announced today it plans to block all supplies from entering Standing Rock camps — including deliveries of food.

By: Claire Bernish / The Free Thought Project   North Dakota — In what could only be termed a potential gross violation of human rights, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department announced today it plans to block all supplies from entering Standing Rock camps — including deliveries of food.

Reuters reports: “Supplies, including food and building materials, will be blocked from entering the main camp following Governor Jack Dalrymple’s signing of an ‘emergency evacuation’ order on Monday, said Maxine Herr, a spokeswoman from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department.”

Herr flatly stated, according to Reuters, “They have deliveries, retailers that are delivering to them – we will turn around any of those services.”

Although the governor’s order went into effect immediately, North Dakota Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong noted no deliveries to the camps had yet been turned away as of Tuesday morning.

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BREAKING: Lawyers Sue Morton County, Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier For Excessive Force In Protests

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

The group seeks an immediate injunction to prevent the Morton County Sheriff's Department and other agencies from using impact munitions against the protestors.

Since April, “water protectors” and supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have been camped out near Cannon Ball, ND, in protest of the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) which is near completion. Because the activists have cost the oil company hundreds of thousands of dollars, tension between opposers of the DAPL and law enforcement workers has only escalated in recent months.

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How Fake News Spreads — Corporate Media Spread Story Of "Active Shooter" During A Knife Attack

Calls for gun control followed the false narrative pushed by the mainstream media of an 'active shooter' at OSU -- but the attacker had no gun.

By : Jay Syrmopoulus /The Free Thought Project For all the noise out of the mainstream corporate media about “fake news,” it didn’t take long for a mass knife attack at Ohio State University on Monday morning to morph into widespread reporting of an “active shooter.”

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Initial reports, echoed across the corporate media landscape, described the attack as a shooting — when in reality law enforcement sources later confirmed it was a knife attack.

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Tesla, SolarCity Retrofit Entire Island To Run Off Solar Array And Batteries

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

Even if the sun doesn't shine for three days, this island can still maintain electricity.

Ta’u, an island in American Samoa, used to run off crude oil but is now entirely powered by a solar array and battery packs. This was made possible thanks to green tech business Tesla/Solar City (which recently merged), as well as the American Samoa Economic Development Authority, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Interior, all of which helped fund the $8 million venture.

According to Radio New Zealand, the island previously used as much as 300 gallons of fuel a day (that’s 109,500 a year!) to power itself. At times, the island’s 600 residents would wait months for fuel shipments. In effect, electricity had to be rationed and power outages were common. Now, however, the island can go three days without sun and still maintain electricity. When the sun does shine, the microgrid can recharge to full capacity in only seven hours.

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Sioux Tribe Leaders Respond To Army Eviction Notice Of #NoDAPL Camp, Refuse To Give Up

by Whitney Webb, True Activist

After receiving notice of the US Army Corps' plan to evict peaceful protestors from their camps, Sioux tribal leaders have responded with dignity and defiance, promising to stay put in defense of their land and people.

Throughout the months of protests against the controversial Dakota Access pipeline project, the federal government has tried to “spin” its indirect support for the project in order to quell national outrage and prevent further growth of the resistance movement. In September, the Department of Justice ordered a temporary halt to all construction on the pipeline as the government “reconsidered” its approval for the project. However, construction never stopped as the injunction was voluntary and Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline’s parent company, continued building. Then again, last month, the US Army Corps of Engineers ordered another temporary halt on construction, which was also ignored, while the Corps held “talks” with the tribes leading the resistance.

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US Navy Plans To Release 20,000 Tons Of Explosives, Heavy Metals Into Pacific Ocean

by Whitney Webb, True Activist

The US Navy is set to release massive amounts of explosives and contaminants along the country's Western coast over the next 20 years.

Several times a year, the US publicizes its “war games,” both domestic and abroad, allowing the massive, heavily-funded US military to showcase its might, develop new strategies, and test combat readiness. Yet, ignored all too often is the environmental impact of these exercises which, since World War I, have left behind tons of bombs, heavy metals, explosives, depleted uranium, missiles, and sonar buoys, which contaminate the world’s oceans and harm humans and marine animals alike. Even though the outright dumping of chemical weapons was banned in 1972, the Navy has continued to carry out a policy of “leaving behind” munitions and explosives following its military exercises. The Navy, for its part, insists that the “contamination of the marine environment by munitions constituent is not well documented,” though critics insist that the Navy has intentionally not looked for or measured its environmental impacts.

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Actress Jane Fonda Will Serve A Thanksgiving Feast To Standing Rock Protestors

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

The two-time Academy Award winner will help serve a Wopila Feast to the activists at Standing Rock; in addition, she’s donating four Mongolian yurts.

Since spring 2016, supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have been protesting the construction of a four-state Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Despite being tased, beaten with batons, tear gassed, and even shot with rubber bullets, the ‘water protectors’ continue to camp out on private land which, according to tribal leaders, rightfully belongs to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe under an 1851 treaty.

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