Cybersecurity Whiz Says a Combination of Threats Endanger 2020 Vote

California Bans Fur ; London Police Ban Extinction Rebellion Protests ; and More Picks

2020 vote, election integrity, Alex Stamos
The author writes, “Alex Stamos served as chief security officer at Facebook for three years before joining Stanford University, where he studies internet security, including systems related to conducting elections. He warns that there's little the federal government can do now for the 2020 elections. And he laments the arrival of ‘disinformation as a service,’ where companies are hired to help spread misinformation on social media.” Photo credit: Web Summit / Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0)
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Minneapolis Mayor Slams Trump for Not Paying Bills (Russ)

The author writes, “[Jacob] Frey said Minneapolis has an outstanding bill for $530,000 from Thursday’s ‘Keep America Great’ event at the city’s Target Center.”

California Is First State to Ban the Sale of Fur (Reader Steve)

From the San Francisco Chronicle: “Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB44 on Saturday, outlawing the sale and manufacture of new fur clothing and accessories. The ban doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2023, giving retailers time to sell off their inventories.”

Plant Diversity a Casualty of High Severity Wildfires (Mili)

The author writes, “[A study from the University of California, Davis] states that under climate change and current fire trends, ‘there is a real possibility that large portions of the Sierra Nevada landscape could be caught in a feedback-loop’ that prevents recovery of former forest.”

Police Ban Extinction Rebellion Protests From Whole of London (Chris)

The author writes, “The Metropolitan police issued a revised section 14 order on Monday night that said ‘any assembly linked to the Extinction Rebellion “Autumn Uprising” … must now cease their protests within London (MPS and City of London Police Areas)’ by 9pm. Almost immediately, officers moved into Trafalgar Square and demanded that protesters remove their tents.”

Cannabis Was Legalized in Canada One Year Ago. How Is It Going? (Chris)

From CBC: “Mike Babins, co-owner of Evergreen Cannabis Society, Vancouver’s first retail pot shop, says major challenges for cannabis business owners have been learning to work within the new federal and provincial legal cannabis systems, and dealing with customers who are used to buying pot illegally. ‘Every day we get someone coming saying: “why should I buy this? I can get ounces from a guy for 100 bucks” … but when they come back, nine out of 10 say, “wow, it’s amazing.” And they switch,’ Babins said.” 

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