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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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Adidas To Make 1 Million Pairs Of Sneakers From Recycled Ocean Plastic By 2017

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

Everyone wanted a pair of Adidas’ sneakers made from illegal fishing nets in 2015, which is why the company is mass-producing 1 million more to sell.

In 2015, Adidas partnered with Parley for the Oceans to create a shoe which truly was a step in the right direction for its company. The innovative sneakers were made out of discarded plastic waste and illegal fishing nets taken from the sea.

At the time, it seemed like everyone wanted a pair. However, Adidas only made fifty of the eco-friendly shoes. Because demand for the environmentally-responsible running shoes has been high, the company recently announced that it will make one million pairs by 2017. The best part? The first mass-manufactured lot (about 7,000) will drop sometime this month.

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Neil Young Celebrates His 71st Birthday By Performing At Standing Rock [Watch]

by Amanda Froelich, True Activist

Since Donald Trump won the presidential election last week, the media has been fixated on his every move and statement. This has had negative reprecussions for activists near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, where development of the four-state Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) continues, despite federal orders mandating for it to be stopped.

Activists and “water protectors” who have been camped out and protesting since Spring have gone to extreme lengths to halt its construction. Supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe believe that the DAPL’s development will not only contaminate the Missouri river, but will uproot sacred burial ground. With Donald Trump in the spotlight, the threat to the activists’ movement has never been greater.

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BREAKING: White House Abandons TPP & TTIP

by Lance Schuttler , The Mind Unleashed

In a major victory for several nations and millions of people around the world, the White House has announced moments ago that Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress has said that they won’t try to advance the Trans Pacific Partnership as they know a Trump administration will be completely opposed to it. This makes the TPP, a trade agreement that has been protested on a global scale, now effectively dead in the water. As the Wall Street Journal reports:

The failure to pass what is by far the biggest trade agreement in more than a decade is abitter defeat for Mr. Obama, whose belated but fervent support for freer trade divided his party and complicated the campaign of Mrs. Clinton. The TPP’s collapse also dents American prestige in the region at a time when China is flexing its economic and military muscle.

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Company Behind DAPL Rounds Up Wild Buffaloes, Keeps Them Without Food Or Water [Watch]

by Whitney Webb, True Activist

Wild Buffaloes in North Dakota have been corralled without access to food or water to “protect” the construction site of the Dakota Access pipeline.

Though the recent protests in the US would have you think that the biggest crisis facing the United States is Donald Trump’s surprise win, Native Americans have gathered in historic numbers to defend native territory from the Dakota Access Pipeline. The pipeline, if completed, will span 1,170 miles at a cost of approximately $3.7 billion. The company behind the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, has pushed on with the project, despite covering up its dangers and circumventing the law.

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