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Nancy Pelosi Lays Into ‘Shameful’ Facebook in Blistering Remarks (DonkeyHotey)

The author writes, Pelosi … alluded to the role Facebook played in the last presidential election, and warned that this time around, the company will knowingly play a similar role.”

Border Wall Threatens National Wildlife Refuge That’s Been 40 Years in the Making (DonkeyHotey)

The author writes, “The four counties of the lower Rio Grande Valley are home to 1,200 plants, 300 butterflies and 700 vertebrates, 520 of which are birds, according to Fish and Wildlife. Among the most common vertebrates are deer, bobcat, armadillos, javelina hogs, the Texas tortoise, and an endangered cat — the small, spotted ocelot. ‘We’re afraid that the wall will act like a barrier when it floods, which it does down here,’ says [Betty] Perez. ‘We get the hurricanes in South Texas. And if that happens the wildlife that are near the river are going to drown. The other thing that’s happening,’ she adds, ‘the wall blocks wildlife from getting to the river to drink. That’s their main source of water.’”

Malta Police Chief Quits Amid Criticism Over Murdered Journalist Case (Chris)

From Deutsche Welle: “Caruana Galizia’s sons, along with a number of activist groups, have long fought for justice for their mother, accusing senior government figures of being complicit in her murder or failing to hold up the rule of law. Caruana Galizia, who was killed in a car bomb attack, fought to expose and denounce corruption linked to Malta’s elite.”

PODCAST: Cops and Counterinsurgency (Chris)

From Behind the News: “We hear a lot about the militarization of policing as if it were a recent thing, but it has deep roots. Back in the 1960s, policing was an important part of the national security state’s fight against the communist threat. The lessons learned abroad were applied at home. That relationship is the topic of Stuart Schrader’s new book, Badges Without Borders.”

Artefacts Uncovered From Melting Arctic Ice on Display in London Exhibition (Mili)

The author writes, “Scientists predict that the Arctic will be ice-free in 80 years, which not only means massive changes for the Arctic people but for the rest of the world too. The Arctic: culture and climate exhibition at the British Museum will examine the effects of climate change ‘through the eyes of contemporary Arctic communities’ and see what lessons can be gleaned from them, as the world struggles with more extreme weather events.”