• Maine postal staff reassemble high-speed mail-sorting machine: The machine on the Southern Maine Mail Processing Center in Scarborough was amongst these ordered to be dismantled throughout the nation by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Republican fundraiser. There had been two such machines on the heart, however just one may very well be put again collectively as a result of the opposite was scrapped. Such machines can type greater than 20,000 letters an hour.
• ICAP gives info on responding to armed intimidation on the polls: If you’re one of many thousands and thousands of Americans who can be voting in particular person—out of alternative or as a result of it’s the one obtainable choice the place you reside—the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection has created useful truth sheets for all 50 states concerning legal guidelines limiting personal militia teams, and what to do if teams of armed people present up at your polling station or voter registration drive. The Michigan entry consists of:
Is it authorized to behave as a personal militia in Michigan? No. All 50 states prohibit personal, unauthorized militias and navy items from participating in actions reserved for the state militia, together with legislation enforcement actions. Some, together with Michigan, additionally prohibit paramilitary exercise throughout or in furtherance of a civil dysfunction. […]
• Researchers seize, tag, and launch 3,500-pound nice white shark: Scientists from OCEARCH, a non-governmental group devoted to tagging and sampling nice whites, dolphins, seals, and different sea creatures, discovered the 17-foot, 2-inch feminine shark off Nova Scotia. Great white sharks are the world’s largest dwelling predatory fish. The scientists described her because the “Queen of the Ocean” and named her as properly. “We named her ‘Nukumi’, pronounced noo-goo-mee, for the legendary smart previous grandmother determine of the Native American Mi’kmaq individuals,” OCEARCH wrote in a Facebook publish Saturday. “With the brand new information we have collected, this matriarch will share her knowledge with us for years to return.” She is the most important of the eight nice white sharks the crew has tagged of their expedition. A video posted by OCEARCH reveals her swimming away after being tagged.
Rarely have so many Americans yearned so strongly to take away a sitting president.
Count The Palm Beach Post Editorial Board amongst them.
Donald J. Trump’s deliberately divisive presidency is hurtling us towards essentially the most alarming menace to American democracy that any of us has ever seen. For the primary time, we now have a president who can’t deliver himself to decide to the peaceable transition of energy. In many different nations, throughout many centuries, this street usually has led to bloodshed, to tyranny. […]
• Donald Trump made massive guarantees to metal trade in 2016: He promised extra jobs for steelworkers, promised to spice up demand for metal with intensive infrastructure funding, and promised to ease competitors from international metal mills by imposing a 25% tariff. That jacked up the value of metal, nevertheless, which lowered demand from the auto trade and different metal prospects. Consequently, 4 years on, the Great Lakes Works—which at one time was one in all Michigan’s largest metal crops—needed to shut its doorways in June and put 1,250 staff on the road. For the previous 12 months, earlier than the pandemic struck, metal operations have been reducing jobs, and there are actually 1,900 fewer than when Trump lied his approach by means of the oath of workplace in January 2017. Across the nation, metal and aluminum tariffs price 75,000 jobs in metal-using industries by the tip of 2019, based on an evaluation by Lydia Cox, a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Harvard University, and Kadee Russ, an economics professor on the University of California, Davis. They calculate the commerce conflict meant a lack of 175,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs by the center of final 12 months. In Michigan alone, there are actually 55,100 fewer staff in manufacturing than there have been when Trump moved into the White House.
• Survey: 60 million Americans suppose somebody of their family will lose earnings within the subsequent 4 weeks: Either they are going to lose a job or take a lower in pay, they are saying. That scary quantity is down from the 62.3 million who thought the identical within the Census Bureau’s earlier Household Pulse Survey a month in the past. The newest survey discovered that greater than 27% of Americans aged 25 to 54—which labor specialists take into account the prime working years—anticipate both themselves or somebody they reside with will lose earnings throughout October. The pandemic is hitting households of individuals of coloration particularly exhausting financially.
• Native activists to launch LANDBACK marketing campaign on Indigenous Peoples’ Day: The American Indian-led NDN Collective will use Monday, Oct. 12 to start its LANDBACK Campaign, what its organizers name a multi-pronged effort to advertise the dismantling of white supremacy and acquire justice for indigenous individuals. “Through the restoration of ecological health to Indigenous lands and the actual recovery of Indigenous land ownership, NDN Collective’s LANDBACK Campaign aims to empower Indigenous people across Turtle Island,” the group acknowledged in an op-ed at Indianz.com. “We are on the verge of what could be a revolutionary moment,” mentioned Krystal Two Bulls, LANDBACK Campaign Director. “As systems of colonization, oppression and white supremacy start to become dismantled, getting Indigenous lands back into Indigenous hands is necessary. Truth is, that all systems and institutions of oppression that uphold white supremacy were built on top of stolen land by stolen people; so to truly achieve racial justice and move into a revolutionary moment, we have to talk about how racial injustice on this continent began with settler colonialism, the theft of Indigenous lands, and the genocide of Indigenous people.”
• TANF advantages too small to assist households: The Center on Budget Policy and Priorities studies that Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the money help program for households with the bottom incomes that changed the previous welfare system in the course of the administration of President Bill Clinton, is at its weakest level because it started in 1996. In 33 states, CBPP states, inflation-adjusted profit ranges have fallen 20% since TANF’s enactment. In all 50 states, advantages are at or under 60% of the poverty line. Ali Safawi and Ife Floyd write:
TANF does a poor job of offering help to Latino and particularly Black youngsters, whose mother and father and the communities wherein they reside usually tend to really feel the devastating results of COVID-19 and the ensuing financial disaster. Black youngsters are additionally extra doubtless than white youngsters to reside in states the place advantages are the bottom, persevering with a pattern that started underneath TANF’s predecessor, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). Many states with excessive Black populations stored AFDC advantages very low.