9/11 ‘Tribute in Light’ memorial canceled amid COVID-19 concerns

The twin light beam 9/11 memorial in 2019.

The twin light beam 9/11 memorial in 2019. Paul Martinka

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The iconic Lower Manhattan 9/11 memorial display that features twin beams of light to honor victims of the terror attacks will not shine this year over coronavirus concerns, organizers said Thursday.

The annual “Tribute in Light” display requires a large crew to pull off, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum said on its website, posing health risks this year that “were far too great.”

The museum said it was an “incredibly difficult decision” to nix the lights, but announced an alternative citywide initiative to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

The new plan, dubbed the “Tribute in Lights,” will feature buildings across the city lighting up their facades and spires in blue on 9/11.

“In a spirit of unity and remembrance, the city will come together for a ‘Tribute in Lights’ to inspire the world and honor the promise to never forget,” the museum said.

“Many iconic New York City buildings will be lighting their spires and facades in blue to honor those killed on 9/11.”

The decision to cancel the “Tribute in Light” memorial comes after the museum this year also scrapped the in-person reading of 9/11 victims’ names at the annual Ground Zero ceremony.


But last week, a nonprofit, The Tunnel to Towers Foundation, announced its own separate Lower Manhattan ceremony where select family members of 9/11 victims will be permitted to read the names of their loved ones. Filed under 9/119/11 memorialCoronavirus in NYground zero8/13/20

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Was Kamala Harris’ Grandfather Part of India’s Independence Movement?

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Was Kamala Harris’ Grandfather Part of India’s Independence Movement?

That depends on if you believe her or her family in India.

In Kamala’s 2019 book, “The Truths We Hold,”, she claimed that her grandfather PV Gopalan was “part of India’s independence movement”. However, her family back in India said that “there was no record of him having been anything other than a diligent civil servant”. Her uncle, Dr. Gopalan Balachandran said that “had he openly advocated ending British rule, he would have been fired”. [1]

US Congressman Ro Khanna also claims that his grandfather was a part of India’s independence movement. [2]

The very fact that we don’t know points to one reason that communities around the world generally did not trust people if they didn’t know their families back to their grandparents. When people just show up, they can make up…

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Here’s What Dems REALLY Think About Kamala Harris

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It’s been a couple of days since Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate. I wasn’t really all that impressed with the decision. It was, as I said at the time, a very safe decision. It wasn’t bold. It wasn’t decisive. It was, afterall, a move made by a guy hiding in his basement. And that was pretty much the way it turned out.

But my thoughts, and most likely your thoughts don’t matter on this subject because we aren’t the ones Biden was trying to impress. Democrats are the ones he is trying to appease on that front. Did he succeed? Well, that’s going to depend on who you listen to.

If you want to listen to some party hack like Donna Brazile, she of the “give Hillary the debate questions early” fame, then you’re going to think this is the best choice ever made. “I think…

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Nestlé corporation accused of killing many fish

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Dead fish in the Aisne river in France, photo by Fédération de pêche des Ardennes

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Nestlé sued for thousands of dead fish in French river

A French fishing federation is suing food corporate giant Nestlé after finding thousands of dead fish in a river near a Nestlé factory. “Everything is dead over a length of seven kilometers,” says the fishing federation.

The dead fish were spotted on Sunday night in the river Aisne near the village of Challerange, between Reims and Verdun. According to local authorities, the fish died from a lack of oxygen in the water. The Ardennes fishing federation estimates the damage at several thousand euros and wants this to be paid by Nestlé France, the owner of the factory in Challerange. Where milk powder is made for in coffee cups.

“Fourteen fish species have been affected,” the federation told AFP news agency. “Including the protected eel and the lamprey.” Volunteers from the Fish Federation…

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DOJ accuses Yale of illegally discriminating against white and Asian American applicants


The Justice Department on Thursday accused Yale University of illegally discriminating against Asian American and white students in admissions, a major escalation of the administration’s attacks on affirmative action.

If Yale does not change its admissions policy, “the Department will be prepared to file a lawsuit,” according to a letter from Eric Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.

Yale said the school was dismayed by the allegation and called the government’s conclusion hasty and meritless.

After receiving complaints from Asian American students, the Justice Department two years ago launched an investigation of Yale’s admissions process. The investigation concluded that Asian American and white applicants are only one-tenth to one-fourth as likely to be admitted as African American applications with comparable academic records.

“Yale’s race discrimination imposes undue and unlawful penalties on racially-disfavored applicants, including in particular Asian American and White applicants,” Dreiband said in his letter.

The U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly rejected efforts to stop affirmative action in college admissions, which the court has said can be justified as a way to achieve diversity in the student body. But such programs must be narrowly tailored, using race as a plus factor, its rulings have held.

By contrast, the Justice Department said in its letter Thursday, Yale considers an applicant’s race at several steps in the admissions process. “Yale’s approach is thus a far cry” from the admissions processes upheld by the Supreme Court, the government said.

“There is no such thing as a nice form of race discrimination,” Dreiband said in a separate statement. “All people should be treated with decency and respect and without regard to the color of their skin.”

Because Yale receives millions of dollars in federal funds, it is subject to a provision of civil rights law that bans discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin and other factors.

The university said the Justice Department reached its conclusion before allowing Yale to provide all the data the government requested.

“Had the department fully received and fairly weighed this information, it would have concluded that Yale’s practices absolutely comply with decades of Supreme Court precedent,” the school said.

The school said in reviewing applicants, it considers several factors, “including their academic achievement, interests, demonstrated leadership, background, success in taking maximum advantage of their secondary school and community resources, and the likelihood that they will contribute to the Yale community and the world.”

The Justice Department joined a lawsuit against Harvard based on similar allegations. But a federal judge ruled last fall that while Harvard’s admissions process may not be perfect, it was not the result of racial bias or conscious prejudice.


‘Easygoing’ Black Bear Tranquilized, Killed After Locals Admitted to Luring Animal for Photos


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“You were willing to coexist, but people were not,” wrote the North Shore Black Bear Society about the bear

A wild black bear was killed after becoming accustomed to humans in Canada.

Last Wednesday, the North Shore Black Bear Society reported on Facebook that a bear they’ve encountered on several occasions this summer — whom they affectionately named Huckleberry — was tranquilized and put down by local conservation officers for being too comfortable around humans.

The North Vancouver, British Columbia-based organization wrote that the bear had been lured and allowed to eat food left out by local residents, who wanted to capture the animal on camera.

“On July 31st you were eating berries at the edge of the forest. We headed out to make sure you were not being crowded or chased by dogs. By the time we reached you, you were being followed by residents who wanted a video of you eating organics from an unlocked cart,” read the post. “Due to the crowd of people, it wasn’t safe for us to move you on. When you finished eating, you calmly walked by and left our gaze. That was the last time we saw you.”

“Later that day you were tranquilized by the Conservation Officers and taken away to be killed,” they continued. “You were willing to coexist, but people were not.”

NSBBS added that Huckleberry “showed us every time we met that you were a good-natured bear, we are deeply sorry that we couldn’t save you.” The team added, “We’ll always have a place in our hearts for you, sweet boy.”

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NSBBS representatives recalled on Facebook that they first encountered Huckleberry on July 2. During this initial meeting, Huckleberry was quick to get out of the way of humans. Their next interaction would lead to the story behind the bear’s name.

“The next time we met, you were at the roadside eating berries. As we walked you back to the forest, you stood and sniffed a garbage can,” NSBBS shared. “We used a firm tone and told you to leave — you listened. As you walked away, you left a bright pink scat full of huckleberries! We were so proud of you for eating natural foods, despite all the tempting treats residents had left available to you. From that moment, we named you Huckleberry!”

NSBBS remembered that Huckleberry would “roll” his tongue out at them to “smell the air as we walked together back to the forest” — a behavior NSBBS said showed that the bear recognized them.

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NSBBS said nearby residents admitted to allowing the “easy-going, calm bear” to pick through their garbage so they could photograph him.

“Reports started coming in of you finding easy rewards from garbage and organics carts. People admitted they allowed you to do that for a video and they neglected to move you on … a death sentence,” they wrote. “If only people had used a firm voice with you, you would have listened. Or respected you enough to not have any garbage or food scraps accessible in the first place. We did you a disservice, Huckleberry.”