Statistics On How Many Homeless Veterans Are Homeless In The USA

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wp-1501519681976.jpegWomen veterans are nearly three time’s as likely to be homeless as non~veteran women we must change this for female veterans because they sacrificed their lives they put their life on the line and then they come back home to probably end up homeless because the government can’t give them a job or doesn’t no longer need their services and the military because Uncle Sam and the government is basically done with them and that’s reason one of the reasons why that they become homeless and they can’t afford to pay the bills or make ends meet doing a fast food job especially if they’ve got kids you know we got to step up and do something better for our veterans are veterans as the one that is suffering in this 

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How U.S. honey beekeepers averted a bee-pocalypse

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Beginning in 2006, we began hearing/reading frighterning news about a Bee-pocalypse — the (bee) colony collapse disorder.

Beekeepers reported mysteriously large losses to their honeybee hives: The bees weren’t just dying—they were abandoning their hives altogether.

Given the importance of bees to agriculture — they pollinate about a third of our  food crops, accounting for $15 billion in annual value to the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture — the media swiftly declared the dying and disappearing bees an apocalyptic disaster.

National Public Radio declared “a crisis point for crops”; Time called it a “bee-pocalypse” and foretold “a world without bees”; Quartz called it “beemageddon”. The colony collapse disorder was blamed on everything from genetically modified crops, pesticides, and global warming to cellphones and high-voltage electric transmission lines.

What the MSM haven’t told you is the rest of the story.

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China’s ageing solar panels are going to be a big environmental problem 

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What to do with millions of tons of retired solar panels? Answers on a postcard to China.

China will have the world’s worst problem with ageing solar panels in less than two decades, according to a recent industry estimate, as South China Morning Post reports.

Lu Fang, secretary general of the photovoltaics division in the China Renewable Energy Society, wrote in an article circulating on mainland social media this month that the country’s cumulative capacity of retired panels would reach up to 70 gigawatts (GW) by 2034.

That is three times the scale of the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower project, by power production.

By 2050 these waste panels would add up to 20 million tonnes, or 2,000 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower, according to Lu.

“In fair weather, prepare for foul,” she warned.

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A Dog Lead A Family To Two Unconscious Girls Who Had Been Struck By Lightning

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Two girls in Beaver County, Utah were saved by the family dog after being struck by lightning on Friday.  Both girls are expected to fully recover all because the dog was able to lead the family to the injured girls.

Both girls were flown to a hospital Friday morning, and police say a family dog led relatives to the unconscious girls after the lightning strike. The girls, ages 8 and 16, were camping with relatives near Big Flat in the Beaver Mountains as part of a family reunion with attendees from Payson and Mapleton. The girls were riding on an ATV and had gotten off the vehicle to look around, while accompanied by a family dog.  That’s when disaster struck in the form of lightning.

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Iceland Could Be About To Experience A Major Volcanic Eruption

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Iceland’s largest volcano, Katla, was just moved to yellow status.  But that isn’t all that’s concerning. There have also been over 500 earthquakes in Iceland in the last four days.

Experts now believe that a volcanic eruption that could be quite large, may soon occur in Iceland. A series of 40 small earthquakes occurred just North East of Mount Fagradalsfjall two days ago, with the final one felt in Reykjavik, measuring at almost 4 on the Richter scale.  Following tremors at Katla in South Iceland and a glacial river flood in Múlakvísl, the Icelandic Met Office has raised the status of the famous volcano on its “Aviation Colour Code Map for Icelandic Volcanic Systems” from green to yellow. People have even been warned to stay away from the Múlakvísl  River because of the odor of sulfur. 

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Ivory Coast seizes record haul of pangolin scales, 8 men arrested!


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Study Links Most Amazon Deforestation to 128 Slaughterhouses

Jul. 28, 2017 08:58AM EST
Beef cattle awaiting slaughter in a corral. Fabio Nascimento
Study Links Most Amazon Deforestation to 128 Slaughterhouses

By Eduardo Pegurier, Translated by Bruno Moraes

Satellites are mechanical reporters of the Amazon deforestation process. By documenting the degradation and gaps created by the clear-cutting process over the years, they deliver the verdict: Two-thirds of the Amazon’s deforested area has been turned into pastures.

From the ground, the cattle count reveals that the Amazon is home to more cattle than people. By 2016, the region’s cattle numbers amounted to 85 million head, compared to a human population of 25 million—more than three cows per person. In the city of São Félix do Xingu, which contains the largest herd in Brazil, this proportion reaches 18 cows to 1 person.

The Brazilian Amazon covers 61 percent of the nation’s territory and harbors 40 percent of the national herd. Cattle are kept on about 400,000 farms and ranches there, ranging in size from a few to tens of thousands of hectares.

So it was that when the NGO Imazon finished a new and detailed survey on the region’s slaughterhouses, they received a major surprise: finding that a small number, just 128 active slaughterhouses belonging to 99 companies, are responsible for 93 percent of the annual slaughter—close to 12 million head.

The fact that slaughterhouses represent a bottleneck in the livestock breeding chain was already known. But Imazon’s survey breaks new ground because it clearly reveals the geography of livestock production in the Brazilian Amazon, documenting the area of influence—the amount of pasture required to fulfill the supply demands of each of the 128 slaughterhouses.

To put things in perspective, fulfilling the annual processing capacity of a single large meat processing plant requires almost 600 thousand hectares (2,317 square miles) of pasture, an area more than seven times larger than New York City. The set of slaughterhouses analyzed in the study, operating at full capacity, would require a pasture area of 68 million hectares (262,559 square miles, or roughly the size of Texas). Importantly, this amount exceeds the total pasture area available in the region today, indicating that in the near future cattle ranching will generate more Amazon deforestation.

Imazon’s study results reinforce the correctness of the satellite record, documenting an ongoing Amazon deforestation process linked to the cattle industry.

With this reality in mind, the Federal Public Ministry (MPF), the independent federal prosecutor’s office, has pressured the region’s slaughterhouses to sign the so-called Beef Agreement since 2009, starting in the state of Pará. This contract, made between the MPF and each signing slaughterhouse, commits the firms to inspections of the pasture land where acquired animals originated, in order to ban cattle pasture expansions resulting in deforestation.

Paulo Barreto, the Imazon study lead researcher, explains the practicality of the processing plant contracts: “It was like having two options to address this issue: gathering managers for each of these 100 slaughterhouse firms in a conference room or, alternatively, filling five huge soccer stadiums with all the farmers involved in cattle ranching.”

Fulfilling the annual processing capacity of a single large meat processing plant in the Amazon requires almost 600 thousand hectares (2,317 square miles) of pasture, an area more than seven times larger than New York City. The need for so much pasture has resulted in significant deforestation.

The analysis detailing the influence of so few slaughterhouses on almost the entire Amazon cattle industry involved detective work and geo-processing technology.
The first step was to obtain the addresses of every large meatpacking plant and certify them by using high-definition satellite images to look for typical facilities, such as corrals and wastewater treatment systems. From there, researchers wanted to answer two questions: What was the potential cattle supply range for each slaughterhouse? And, how do these potential pasture supply zones relate to already deforested areas and to those that are at higher risk of deforestation in the near future?

The researchers determined the maximum distance between each slaughterhouse and its suppliers by interviewing local managers by phone, then crossing data. There were extreme cases at both ends of the spectrum, including one plant in the state of Acre which did not buy cattle raised any farther away than 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from their door. On the other extreme, a slaughterhouse in the state of Amazonas acquired animals from more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) away to compensate for a local livestock shortage during the dry season.

The study dealt with two slaughterhouse categories: those with a state license, which allows them to sell meat within their states; and those with a federal license, allowing the firms to sell country-wide and for export. On average, meatpacking plants with state licenses have the capacity to slaughter 180 animals per day, and buy from farms that can be up to 153 kilometers (95 miles) away. Plants with national licenses can slaughter 700 animals per day, brought from up to 360 kilometers (223 miles) away.

The next step in the analysis process, based on the maximum pasture to meat processing plant distances, was to establish the potential area that supplied each slaughterhouse—a goal accomplished with geospatial technology.

Satellite image of the JBS slaughterhouse in Santana do Araguaia, in the state of Pará, Brazil.
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“Imazon has an extensive database of formal and informal roads in the Amazon, which has been updated since 2008,” said Amintas Brandão Jr., a study co-author. “We ran a spatial analysis in which you insert the coordinates of the slaughterhouse in the software and its maximum buying distance, say 100 kilometers. Then the software automatically goes through all the roads and navigable rivers accessible to that slaughterhouse up to those 100 kilometers distant. Thus, we have been able to delineate a potential supply zone.” According to Brandão, this was the study’s novelty: it establishes each slaughterhouse’s area of influence using the infrastructure network—the systems of roads and navigable rivers through which cattle can be transported.

Importantly, the total pasture zone of influence corresponding to all 128 analyzed slaughterhouses covers almost the entirety of areas embargoed due to deforestation by Ibama, the federal agency that polices environmental offenses. It also matches 88 percent of all deforestation that occurred in the Amazon between 2010 and 2015.

Also importantly, the study generated a forecast of the most likely future deforested areas in the Brazilian Amazon.

Again, the researchers utilized geospatial analysis software. They divided the entire region into a grid of 1 kilometer-wide squares. The probability of future deforestation was estimated for each square based on the presence of factors that stimulate forest destruction, such as available roads or rivers for transportation, distance to markets and land production potential. Using this data, they created a map of deforestation probability for the entire Brazilian Amazon. Then the researchers used the deforested area for the three previous years—1.7 million hectares (17,000 square kilometers; 6,564 square miles)—as an estimate of total forest loss that can happen in the three year period between 2016 to 2018. Based on this probability map, they determined the areas under higher risk of new deforestation. The last step was to overlap these projections and the slaughterhouses’ zones of potential supply. The match between the two was 90 percent.

In other words, if the current deforestation rates are repeated between 2016 and 2018, 90 percent of new forest loss will occur within the estimated cattle supply zone of 128 slaughterhouses.

If the Amazon’s current deforestation rate is repeated between 2016 and 2018, then 90 percent of new forest loss will occur within the estimated cattle supply zone of the 128 slaughterhouses.

Consequences and Solutions
“From the surveillance point of view, this work can help control deforestation by showing where its hot spots are,” said Brandão.

According to Barreto, “it is impressive how small is the number of slaughterhouse firms that sit at the end of a [cattle supply] chain that involves almost 400,000 ranchers.” For him, this confirms that the best way to reduce forest loss due to livestock is to involve the slaughterhouses in the deforestation surveillance, as the MPF agreements require.

But Barreto also points out problems with this approach: 30 percent of the slaughters are done by meat processing firms that have not signed the Beef Agreement. That means that these firms do not inspect the place of origin of their cattle. Worse, these slaughterhouses are located in the same area of activity as those who have signed the agreement, thus becoming alternatives for the sale of cattle raised in illegally opened pastures.

Imazon’s study created a detailed picture of the influence that slaughterhouses can have on deforestation. “We already have a map, and the technologies are available to trace cattle from the ranches where they are bred all the way to intermediate fattening ranches, and to the slaughter sites,” said Barreto. “Now, we need consistent legal pressure and punishment for breeders and meatpackers who condone environmental crimes.”

The new study forecasts that serious Amazon deforestation will likely continue to occur unless effective enforcement policies are adopted to monitor and control the pasture usage of the region’s slaughterhouses.

This sort of pressure, he said, came from the market itself in the case of foot-and-mouth disease, when the cattle industry realized that it would lose global markets if an effective vaccination program wasn’t implemented. The pinch from the market led farmers to organize themselves and to partner with the government to effectively control foot-and-mouth disease, which was quite a feat.
Likewise, if the government and slaughterhouses have the will, he says, then they can work together to end ranching activities that bring down forests. For Barreto, a good starting point for reducing deforestation would be the creation of a new round of beef sector law enforcement pressure administered by the MPF and Ibama. Such a move would be a huge step toward achieving zero deforestation in the Amazon.

 

This article was originally published in Portuguese by ((o))eco and can be found at their site or it can be viewed at Mongabay.com which edited this version of the story for English speakers.

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Horse Rescued From Auction House Has Best Response To Being Set Free


Horse Rescued From Auction House Has Best Response To Being Set Free

“She definitely knows she’s no longer on her way to slaughter.”
By Elizabeth Claire Alberts
July 27, 2017

When Jamie Castano visits a livestock auction house, he feels overwhelmed by the number of animals in need of help.

“You stand there in a warehouse, and … you see that there are thousands that are going to be killed today, and it almost makes you feel like, ‘What are you doing?’” Castano, founder and president of Freedom Farm Animal Rescue, told The Dodo.

Three weeks ago, Castano and a few sanctuary workers went to an auction to get pictures and videos of what was going on, though they hadn’t intended on rescuing any animals.

Joanie, one of the horses at the auction house | Freedom Farm Animal Rescue
But their plans changed when Castano noticed a horse with “25” tattooed on her neck.

“I actually have the number 25 tattooed on my arm as a memorial for my uncle who had passed away,” Castano said. “So when I happened to see her, I was like, ‘Oh my god.’”

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She was in a “direct ship” pen, which meant that she was being sent to slaughter right after she was sold, according to Castano. He also noticed that Joanie had a bunch of holes on both of her legs called “pin firing marks.”

“They give them to racehorses,” Castano said. “It’s pretty much like a shot of acid to freeze the tendon or muscle. So when they have an injury or they’re not performing their best, this is supposed to make them not feel that area. My vet had said, ‘Maybe four or five pin firing marks is almost normal,’ but she had 18 on each leg.”

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Castano and the other sanctuary staff wrote a post about Joanie on Instagram, and through this, they managed to raise enough money to buy Joanie’s freedom and take her home that very day.

“We backed up the trailer to her quarantine field, and as soon as we let her out — we didn’t even taken the stickers off her butt yet — she walked right out and started rolling,” Castano said.

In addition to the “25” tattoo, Joanie had another brand on her that helped Castano figure out where she’d come from.

“She was actually born in 1999, I believe in Illinois, and her name was Gias Eternal, and supposedly she won a lot of races and she won a lot of money,” Castano said. “And I guess when she got to the age when she could no longer race … they retired her.”

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But instead of giving Joanie the retirement she deserved, she was sold to another owner and used as an Amish buggy horse.

“She’s had hair loss on her head on the sides of her face where she would wear that buggy equipment,” Castano said.
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Then, for whatever reason, her last owner decided to sell her to the auction house, and from there, she would have ended up at the slaughterhouse.

But now Joanie is safe, and she’s finally enjoying the retirement she deserves at Freedom Farm Animal Rescue.

Freedom Farm Animal Rescue

“At the auction, when we first walked up to her, I said, ‘Wow, she’s beautiful,’” Castano said. “I put my hand out to pet her and she flinched and threw her head like she was terrified of me — she didn’t even want me to touch her. But now she’s been in quarantine for three weeks, you can walk up to feed her, she runs up to the gate and she’s all in your face. She definitely knows she’s no longer on her way to slaughter.”
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Joanie gets out of quarantine today, and Castano is looking forward to introducing her to the other rescue horses at the sanctuary.

“She’s just an absolute sweetheart,” Castano said. “If we’re in her field, she’ll follow us all around. To go from a horse that was on her way to a slaughterhouse to following us around the pasture — that’s incredible.”
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To see more photos of Joanie living the good life, you can follow Freedom Farm Animal Rescue on Instagram. You can also help support her, as well as the other animals at the sanctuary, by making a donation.

Artist Memorializes 5,500 Dogs Killed in Shelters Every Day with 5,500 Paintings | One Green Planet

🐕 Please visit your local animal shelter,  someone very special is wait for you. 🐈

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The President of South Korea Just Adopted a Dog Who Was Rescued From a Meat Farm! | One Green Planet

The President of South Korea Just Adopted a Dog Who Was Rescued From a Meat Farm!

Michelle Neff
July 29, 2017

In South Korea alone, two million dogs are slaughtered a year for their meat. The dogs, some of which are bred for consumption while others are captured homeless dogs or even stolen pets, live a miserable existence in farms that closely mirror the horrors of factory farms. Dogs spend their lives trapped in small, barren wire cages, without any access to proper care or even the most basic needs.

Learning about the dog meat trade is nothing but distressing for any animal lover. But knowing there are countless organizations, activists, and celebrities urging for a ban on the dog meat trade gives us hope. Great strides have been made to ban the dog meat trade and we will continue to fight. In April, we got word that Taiwan will become the first Asian country to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat. What’s more, the majority of citizens in China do not agree with the dog meat trade and have been actively working to end this barbaric practice.

And now we have even more promising news in the fight to end the cruel dog meat trade! The country’s new President, Moon Jae-in promised during the election that he would adopt a dog from an animal sanctuary … and he did!
Moon Jae-in followed through on his campaign promise and adopted a dog from animal rights group Coexistence of Animal Rights of Earth (CARE). 

The announcement came from the Cheong Wa Dae (“The Blue House” Facebook page, which is the President’s official residence in Seoul). The adorable dog named Tory is the country’s new “First Dog”

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency notes that the adoption of Tony is the first time a shelter dog has become a “First Dog” 

CARE campaigns against the brutal dog meat trade in Asia so President Moon’s adoption of Tory is being hailed as a strong message against the trade.

CARE rescued Tory from a dog meat farm two years ago, but had trouble finding him a home due to prejudices against black dogs in South Korea. Looks like little Tory now has the perfect home with President Moon! 

Tory joins President Moon’s other two pets, a dog called Maru and a former shelter cat named Jjing-jjing. 

According to Yonhap new agency, President Moon says the adoption shows, “that both humans and animals should be free from prejudice and discrimination.” 

While President Moon has yet to enact a ban on the dog meat trade, instead focusing on phasing out the industry, many in South Korea see the President’s adoption of Tory as sending a strong message in support of animal rights.

For more information on the amazing work Coexistence of Animal Rights on Earth (CARE) does to protect our four-legged friends, visit their website here. Please consider making a donation in support of their life-saving work to end the dog meat trade.

And please, always adopt and never shop!

Lead image source: Cheong Wa Dae/Facebook

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Trump Nominee To Head US DOJ Criminal Division Represented BP In Gulf Oil Spill, VW For Emissions Cheating, As Well As Russian Bank

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Mr. Benczkowski has been nominated by President Trump to head the Criminal Division at Justice. The Criminal Division, as I think most people know, is responsible for enforcement of all federal criminal law in our country. It’s an important position for the rule of law in this country.

We must assess today whether Mr. Benczkowski is qualified to lead this division. And that includes the propriety of his representation this year of Alfa Bank. This is the Russian bank that the media reported had been federally investigated for potential connections between its servers and the Trump Organization.” (US Senator Feinstein). See: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/trump-nominee-for-heading-the-criminal-division-at-the-us-doj-represented-russian-bank-accused-of-connections-with-trump/





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Kylie Jenner, Here’s How You Can Go About ‘Trying This Whole Vegan Thing’ the Right Way! | One Green Planet

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Petition · Henry County, Kewanee Police: Justice for Thor · Change.org


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Ben & Jerry’s Toxic Glyphosate Ice Cream: They Also Allow Their Egg & Dairy Suppliers To Use GMO Feed

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Environmental hypocrite DiCaprio and friends jet to St. Tropez to save the environment

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Leonardo DiCaprio takes part in a march against climate change in New York

Just as he did last year, environmental crusader hypocrite Leonardo DiCaprio hosted a fundraiser in St. Tropez on July 26 to “save the icebergs.”

Wonder how much carbon emissions these hypocrites released into the air flying over to save the planet party in St. Tropez.

From MSN: Leonardo DiCaprio reunited with Titanic co-stars Kate Winslet and Billy Zane at his annual charity auction in St Tropez. The acting trio, who starred together in 1997’s Oscar-winning epic, joked that they were now “saving” the icebergs, 20 years on.

“Gangs back together. Now we’re saving icebergs. Go figure,” Zane wrote underneath a picture of the group.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation hosts a star-studded gala in the South of France every summer, to raise money for his environmental projects.

This year one of the auction lots was a private dinner with DiCaprio and Winslet at a New York restaurant in…

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I sent this out earlier this week to Donny Martorello and I just received a general cookie cutter email reply in regards to the SMACKOUT wolf pack:

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Dear Interested Party,

Thank you for contacting the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to express your concerns about plans to remove some members of the Smackout wolf pack in Stevens County. We are unable to respond individually to every message, but we believe the information below will address the issues you raised.

WDFW is committed to the recovery of gray wolves in Washington state. To achieve that goal, we have a responsibility to respond to livestock losses and other issues resulting from the growing number of wolves within our borders. Both of these priorities are critical to the long-term success of wolf recovery. The state’s wolf population has increased from five wolves to a minimum of 115 today, growing at a rate of 30 percent per year. Most of that increase has occurred in northeast Washington, where 15 of the state’s 20 wolf packs share the landscape with…

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Plastics Yet Again

Watts Up With That?

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen

plastics_not_foreverThe New York Times has treated us to another episode of the Great Plastics-Last-Forever  Urban Legend in their recent article “The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity Leaves on Earth: Plastics” by the incredible Tatiana Schlossberg (here and here).

The New York Times’ article breathlessly reports:

“From the 1950s to today, 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic have been produced, with around half of it made since 2004. And since plastic does not naturally degrade, the billions of tons sitting in landfills, floating in the oceans or piling up on city streets will provide a marker if later civilizations ever want to classify our era. Perhaps they will call this time on Earth the Plastocene Epoch.”

“Their findings suggest that staggering amounts of near-eternal litter is present in the environment — the oceans, landfills and freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems — and the…

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Black Activists Beg Trump To Save Them From Democrats Before It’s Too Late

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Earlier this year, the Democratic Party in Chicago funded a massive sculpture just across the from the Trump Tower. Designed to be a giant middle finger to the polarizing new president, massive gold letters spell out the heart of the liberal agenda, “REAL FAKE.”

The sculpture has fueled the anti-Trump rage, with the president’s critics showing up to take photos, and even organize marches. But, in the true spirit of reclaiming speech, a black activist group called RebelPundit.com has created a short viral video explaining around the statement. Called Chicago Carnage, the three minute video short explains that Chicago is drowning in problems, and Trump is not the least of them.

“It is ironic that this sign would show up right here, and not in front of City Hall,” community organizer Paul McKinley narrates in the film. “Its placement is a ‘great deception…’ to distract people from ‘real…

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