Six Indigenous People Massacred in Nicaragua ; Plants Sprout High in the Himalayas as Planet Warms ; and More Picks

Massacre Leaves Six Indigenous People Dead at Nicaraguan Nature Reserve (Chris)

The author writes, “Six indigenous people have been killed and other 10 kidnapped after scores of armed men raided an isolated Nicaraguan nature reserve in an attack linked to raging land disputes. About 80 attackers stormed a Mayangna commune about 500km (310 miles) north of capital Managua, deep in the north-central Bosawás Biosphere Reserve.”

Democratic AGs Sue to Force US to Adopt ERA in Constitution (Reader Steve)

The authors write, “Three Democratic state attorneys general sued a U.S. government official Thursday, seeking to force him to recognize Virginia’s recent vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and adopt the measure in the Constitution. The lawsuit filed against the archivist of the United States comes after the National Archives and Records Administration said this week that David Ferriero would ‘take no action to certify the adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment.’ Virginia on Monday became the 38th state to ratify the measure that supporters say will guarantee women equal rights under the law.”

CBP Memo Appears to Order Border Stops of Middle Easterners (Reader Steve)

From the Seattle Times: “A Blaine immigration lawyer said Thursday he has obtained what appears to be a photocopied memo from the Seattle Field Office of Customs and Border Protection directing officers to vet Iranian and Lebanese nationals, among others, including people of any nationality who had traveled to Iran or Lebanon. U.S. Rep Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, said she was working to verify the authenticity of the memo and has requested an immediate meeting with the Seattle field office director. Attorney Len Saunders said the memo was left at his office Wednesday in a white, sealed envelope by a man in a hoodie who did not give his name. … ‘Oh my god, this is the smoking gun,’ Saunders said of the photocopy dropped off at his office.”

Plants Are Now Sprouting High in the Himalayas as the Planet Warms (Mili)

The author writes, “Just what this means for the fragile mountain ecosystem is unclear, but researchers say the need to find out is ‘urgent.’”

Q-Anoners’ Magic Cure for Coronvirus: Just Drink Bleach! (Chris)

From the Daily Beast: “As the global death toll from an alarming new coronavirus surged this week, promoters of the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory were urging their fans to ward off the illness by purchasing and drinking dangerous bleach. The substance — dubbed ‘Miracle Mineral Solution’ or ‘MMS’ — has long been promoted by fringe groups as a combination miracle cure and vaccine for everything from autism to cancer and HIV/AIDS.”