There Is Shockingly Little Oversight of Private Companies That Create Voting Technologies

Shell Has a Plan to Profit From Climate Change ; ‘Plastic Is Set to Outweigh Fish in the Ocean’ ; and More Picks

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The authors write, “Election officials from across the country buy much of their election infrastructure from private vendors. These companies build and maintain registration databases. They create election websites that explain how to register and where to vote. They manufacture and configure voting machines. Yet unlike vendors in sectors the federal government has designated as ‘critical infrastructure’ — like defense and energy — companies in the election technology space operate under very little federal regulation.” Photo credit: KOMUnews / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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Shell Has a Plan to Profit From Climate Change (Chris)

The author writes, “So far, the oil and gas companies’ calculations — that delay would make them money and that they could avoid consequences for misleading the public — have been spot on. But denial-backed delay is no longer sufficient, it seems. They’re now hoping to leverage their incumbency, and fossil-fuel wealth, to lay claim to the world’s clean-energy future as well.”

Your Plastic Addiction Is Bankrolling Big Oil (DonkeyHotey)

From Mother Jones: “In the last decade, petrochemicals have moved from a sideshow for the oil and gas industry to a major profit machine, and the trend is expected to accelerate: The energy research group International Energy Agency predicts that plastics’ consumption of oil will outpace that of cars by 2050.” 

Anti-Coke Lawsuit: ‘Plastic Is Set to Outweigh Fish in the Ocean’ (Mili)

The author writes, “Environmental group Earth Island Institute filed a lawsuit in California last week against Coke, Pepsi, Nestlé, and a number of other plastic polluters for knowingly misleading the public about how much of their produced plastic is being recycled (and landing in the ocean instead) … ‘These companies should bear the responsibility for choking our ecosystem with plastic,’ said David Phillips, executive director of Earth Island Institute … ‘They know very well that this stuff is not being recycled, even though they are telling people on the labels that it is recyclable and making people feel like it’s being taken care of.’”

South Carolina Mulls Electric Chair as Only Option for Condemned (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “South Carolina once had one of the county’s highest rates of execution, even putting two prisoners to death in one night. But now the state hasn’t executed a prisoner in nine years and currently lacks the drugs to carry out lethal injections for any of the 37 inmates on the state’s death row. Some lawmakers are pushing to give the state an option to begin executing prisoners again by giving them at least for now no choice but to go to the electric chair.”

Gunnison, Colorado: The Town That Dodged the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic (Inez)

From the Guardian: “Gunnison declared a ‘quarantine against all the world.’ It erected barricades, sequestered visitors, arrested violators, closed schools and churches and banned parties and street gatherings, a de facto lockdown that lasted four months. It worked. Gunnison emerged from the pandemic’s first two waves — by far the deadliest — without a single case.”

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