Tech and the Financial Inclusion Balancing Act

Judge Orders CBP to Allow Doctors to Check on Child Detainees ; The World's Largest Hot Dog ; and More Picks

Finance, equality, banking, Libra
The author writes, “[Facebook-backed cryptocurrency Libra] is innovative in many different ways. But there's one part of it that's deeply familiar ... [it sells itself] as a way of bringing millions of people into the global financial system. The big question: Can the private sector, and technology companies in particular, bring critical financial services to those who have been excluded from the global financial system?” Photo credit: Christoph Scholz / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Federal Judge: Let Doctors Into Child Migrant Detention Centers, Quickly (DonkeyHotey)

From CNN: “A federal judge has ordered US Customs and Border Protection to permit health experts into detention facilities holding migrant children to ensure they’re safe and sanitaryand assess the children’s medical needs. The order encompasses all facilities in the CBP’s El Paso and Rio Grande Valley sectors, which are the subject of a lawsuit.”

‘Sanctuary City’ for Gun Owners? Needles (pop. 4,844) Says It Wants to Be One (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Needles has declared itself a Second Amendment sanctuary city, a first-in-California designation that leaders in this remote desert town see as a first step toward changing the state’s toughest-in-the-nation gun control laws.”

California, Canada to Work Together on Reducing Auto Emissions (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “California signed a pact with Canada on Wednesday to work on cleaning up emissions from the transportation sector, showing that the state is pressing on with ambitious climate goals despite battles with the Trump administration over vehicle air-pollution regulations. Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary Nichols joined Gov. Gavin Newsom on a press call to outline the plan, which includes California’s goal to have 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030.”

German Neo-Nazi Doomsday Prepper Network ‘Ordered Body Bags, Made Kill Lists’ (Chris)

From Deutsche Welle: “Neo-Nazi preppers in Germany ordered body bags and used police databases to draw up lists of local politicians to target, says the domestic intelligence agency, BfV. The network was preparing for social collapse.”

World’s Largest Hot Dog Created in New Jersey (Chris)

The author writes, “For the past 73 years, the Union Pork Store — a butcher shop boasting more than 180 different types of sausage — has been cooking up hot dogs so good they’ve garnered the respect of Garden State hot dog expert and personality John Fox. On Wednesday, though, for the first time in its storied history, the store will be presenting something it hasn’t before — a 44.3-pound hot dog encased in a 31-pound hot dog bun.”

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