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Are 4 Native Alaskan Men In Jail For A Murder They Didn’t Commit?

Are 4 Native Alaskan Men In Jail For A Murder They Didn’t Commit? | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Racist investigators and a lack of evidence have cast doubt on the conviction of 4 native teens in a 1997 Alaska murder. So why are they still in jail?
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Justice cannot coexist with racism—not racism towards Blacks, Native Americans, or any other group. Clearly, justice has not been served in this case, and the state of Alaska should take a g hard look at itself.

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A Tiny Alaskan Island Halfway To Russia Could Decide Control Of The Senate

A Tiny Alaskan Island Halfway To Russia Could Decide Control Of The Senate | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Russian fur traders came to Alaska's St. Paul Island, about 300 miles west of the Alaskan mainland and about 500 miles from Russia's easternmost coast, in the late 18th century. They enslaved the Aleut people, who lived in Siberia and on nearby islands, to hunt the fur seals that populate the island by the thousands. That is the only reason that this volcanic, treeless scrap of tundra in the middle of the Bering Sea became a permanent home for humans.

It was brought under U.S. control in 1870.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Far too many Americans only bother to vote when it is a presidential election. Far too many Americans don't realize that it does matter if they vote, that elections can hang on a very few votes. Many Americans don't take time to think about politics — the parties and the process — so they don't think it matters. Many Americans don't care except to complain that the system isn't working. Well, if you want it to change, get off your duff and do something. Get to the polls, but also take part in the process. Join one of the parties or an organization like Emily's List. Go to those local meetings and help shape events. Be active in your democracy or you will lose it to those willing to spend money on ads and to pass laws restricting your right to take part.

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WASHINGTON: 25 years later, Exxon Valdez oil spill still clings to lives, habitats | Environment | McClatchy DC

WASHINGTON: 25 years later, Exxon Valdez oil spill still clings to lives, habitats | Environment | McClatchy DC | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Andy Wills was sleeping on a friend’s couch in Cordova, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, ready to head out and harvest spring herring in Prince William Sound.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Our world has become petroleum based, but we are paying a heavy price for that dependence. Every time we move towards sustainable alternative fuels, we are doing something that will make the future of our species and our planet better. Think conservation.

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In EPA’s expected ‘veto’ of Pebble Mine in Alaska, foes see a vein of overreach

In EPA’s expected ‘veto’ of Pebble Mine in Alaska, foes see a vein of overreach | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Records show the agency working with activists on a preemptive “veto” of the proposed mining operation.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Is this bureaucratic overreach or protection of a priceless environment before the literal love of gold can infect the process. For my part, I will say the process should go forward, but the question that must be answered is what gets done if something goes wrong and who will actually be responsible for doing it. Will this company have the resources to correct an error or mishap? Will they use those resources properly? I think of the oil spills in Alaska and the Gulf and think this is a very rocky shoal onto which they wish to sail.

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U.S. Postal Service losing tens of millions annually subsidizing shipments to Alaska

U.S. Postal Service losing tens of millions annually subsidizing shipments to Alaska | Upsetment | Scoop.it

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Under a federal program exclusive to Alaska, the Postal Service is responsible for shipping more than 100 million pounds a year of apples, frozen meat, dog food, diapers and countless other consumer items to off-road villages in the sparsely populated outposts known as the bush. Over three decades acting as freight forwarder, the agency has lost $2.5 billion."

Kenneth Weene's insight:

It is this kind of mandate from Congress that makes it so difficult for the Postal Service to keep afloat. Perhaps providing such extra assistance to the remote people of Alaska is appropriate, but then the federal and/or state coffers should help carry the cost.

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