Your Yoga Pants Are Polluting the Water You Drink

Every year, the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing, sending massive amounts of textiles to landfills or incinerators and contributing to the emission of hazardous greenhouse gases, which speeds up climate change. There’s no question that the rise of fast fashion and the ever-increasing rate at which consumers are discarding clothes has contributed to fashion’s serious environmental problem. The industry is currently the second largest polluter in the world, after fossil fuels. And while companies and consumers areincreasingly doing more work to recycle garments and keep clothes out of landfills, only part of the issue is being addressed.

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Judges grill FCC lawyer over net neutrality repeal

A panel of federal judges on Friday grilled the lawyer for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over the implications of the agency's decision to repeal its net neutrality rules in 2017.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments from both sides in a case challenging the FCC’s order to eliminate the rules requiring internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally.

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Why the abortion debate won’t die Many culture wars are winding down — but not this one

The controversy surrounding William Barr’s confirmation as attorney general has mostly focused on his expansive views of executive power. But Barr’s views on social issues have also come center stage. After serving as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993, Barr penned an essay calling on Catholics to fight abortion and to “restrain sexual immorality, obscenity, or euthanasia.”

For the most part, time seems to have passed Barr by. As marriage rates continue to decline, nonmarital cohabitation has spiked, especially among those over 50. In 2017, the number of Americans who saw divorce as morally acceptable hit an all-time high. Internet pornography is everywhere, and more than 40 percent of Americans find it morally acceptable.

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A climate problem even California can't fix: tailpipe pollution

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - For three decades, California has led the fight to control tailpipe pollution, with countless policies promoting cleaner gasoline, carpooling, public transportation and its signature strategy - the electric vehicle.

Rush hour traffic moves north and south on interstate 5 near Encinitas, California, U.S. October, 24, 2018.

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USAID has ceased assistance to West Bank, Gaza

The Trump administration has reportedly ended foreign assistance to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as well as ended $60 million in annual aid to Palestinian security forces in the West Bank.

A U.S. official on Friday told Reuters that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has ceased funding for a number of projects that the U.S. has funded in the areas, including programs meant to improve access to clean water and economic growth projects. Aid from the agency was previously frozen last year.

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Trump administration secretly shipped plutonium to Nevada

The Department of Energy (DOE) secretly shipped about a half-ton of weapons-grade radioactive plutonium to Nevada despite the state’s opposition.

The Trump administration made the disclosure Wednesday as part of a federal court case in Nevada in which the state is trying to block the DOE from its publicly stated plans to ship radioactive materials from South Carolina.

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Step 3: Staffers - Customer service 101 training needed!

Now I have been handed off to a staffer. Staffers as I am told are the men/women sent out into field to talk to the “regular” people like me. In fact, I was told that “talking to a staffer is like talking to the legislator”. Well, I don’t agree. I did not vote nor give the power to represent me to a staffer.

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Step 2: The Scheduler — The Gatekeeper or data entry ?

Continuing on my quest to get a simple meeting with my reps, I encounter the scheduler. A scheduler is in fact someone who schedules my representatives time. I know, a weird concept. Most of us use Google Calendar to do this work for us — time slot open, people can schedule time to meet with you. Each and every one I emailed from Fed to County, I got the same response. Your Rep is to busy, they can’t meet you, BUT you can meet with their staff. By far, my favorite response came from the Scheduler of Alameda County Board of Supervisors Nate Miley — District 4, Anne Gee.

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STEP 1: WTF “constituent” nah you work for me!

I am new to all this political stuff and have been on a journey to talk to each of my elected officials. Why? Like many of you, the results of the 2016 elections left me in a state of shock. It had and still has me wondering, how could the results happen, what did I miss? how did it happen? I needed to understand everything, how the system works why it works and as a product person to question everything along the way.

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PDXWIT AT THE UNITED STATE OF WOMEN

I met sisters Jean and Christine Templin, cofounders of Purple Patriot. These women are powerhouses of tech industry experience, and wanted to create a tool that gave women a shortcut to participating in politics. They were galvanized by the 2016 election, like so many of us, and wanted to give people a place to find information. They encouraged me to send them feedback on their app (available for iOS and Android), and I’m sure they’d love to hear from you too.

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