Daily Archives: November 7, 2019

Is Poverty Genetic? (Conspiracy Documentary) | Real Stories

Real Stories

Nov 7, 2019

The idea that the poor are genetically different from the rich or that men are naturally more intelligent than women may seem laughable but it’s an argument regularly used as a social weapon to stall the advancement of equality and maintain the status quo. Since the discovery of DNA, the idea that genes are somehow responsible for everything has permeated society. Claims about discoveries of genes for intelligence, poverty and crime offer pseudoscientific explanations for rising rates of inequality and discrimination. But as this film shows, the science underpinning these beliefs has been thoroughly debunked.

Extinction Rebellion: High Court rules London protest ban unlawful – BBC News

Extinction Rebellion protests continued in London following the city-wide ban

6 November 2019
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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Extinction Rebellion protests continued in London following the city-wide ban

A police ban on Extinction Rebellion protests in London last month was unlawful, High Court judges have ruled.

The Metropolitan Police imposed the ban, which prevented two or more people from the group taking part in protests, under the Public Order Act.

But judges have ruled that police had no power to do this because the law did not cover “separate assemblies”.

Activists say the police could now face claims for false imprisonment from “potentially hundreds” of protesters.

The Met said it would “carefully consider” the ruling.

The protests cost £24m to police and led to 1,828 arrests, with 165 people charged with offences, the Met says.

During the court hearing, the force had argued that the ban was the only way to tackle widespread disruption.

Announcing their judgement, however, Lord Justice Dingemans and Mr Justice Chamberlain ruled in favour of Extinction Rebellion.

Lord Justice Dingemans said: “Separate gatherings, separated both in time and by many miles, even if co-ordinated under the umbrella of one body, are not a public assembly within the meaning of… the Act.

“The XR [Extinction Rebellion] autumn uprising intended to be held from October 14 to 19 was not therefore a public assembly… therefore the decision to impose the condition was unlawful because there was no power to impose it under… the Act.”

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“The Pollinators”: New Film Shows How Decline of Bee Colonies Could Mean Collapse of Food Ch ain

Published on Nov 7, 2019
The documentary film “The Pollinators” tells the story of the world’s yellow-black jacketed honey bees, whose existence may determine the future of human survival. The insects pollinate nearly all the fruits, vegetables and nuts we consume, and some experts estimate one out of every three bites of food we eat depends on the work of honey bees. However, the future of the insects is now in peril with widespread reports of bee colony collapses. In the last decade and a half, beekeepers have reported staggering declines in their bee populations due to pesticides, parasites and loss of habitat. Scientists warn climate change is also threatening the insects’ survival, noting bees could die off at faster rates as the Earth warms. We speak with Peter Nelson, director of “The Pollinators,” cinematographer and beekeeper.

Bannon on Trump, populism and Cambridge Analytica | Financial Times

Financial Times

Mar 29, 2018

Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, talks to FT editor Lionel Barber at the FT Future of News conference about a new Trump Tower style of management in the White House, the rise of populist nationalism around the world and the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Steve Bannon extended interview on Europe’s far-right and Cambridge Analytica

Channel 4 News

May 29, 2018

One man who knows how Donald Trump rolls is Steve Bannon. The former chairman of the hard, right-wing Breitbart News website was appointed by Trump as his chief strategist after helping run the presidential campaign. But while the White House may have broken ties with Steve Bannon he’s still carrying on with the work that brought him to the President in the first place – flying the flag for right wing populism in the US and across the globe. Our Europe Editor Matt Frei went to meet him.

Ex-speaker: Brexit was “biggest blunder” in post-war UK

Associated Press

Nov 7, 2019

Speaking to The Associated Press, former speaker of the UK House of Commons John Bercow says he considers Brexit to be the country’s biggest foreign policy “blunder” since World War II.

Off-Year Election Pushes Republicans Back, Are Political Winds Shifting?

The Real News Network

Nov 7, 2019

The Nation’s John Nichols looks at lessons learned in Virginia, why Kentucky might be a bellwether, and the progressive battles taking place in our cities