State Department Official Led DC Chapter of White Nationalist Organization ; 'Water Bears' on the Moon ; and More Picks 8/9

DHS Was Asked What They’re Doing About White Nationalists. They Sent a Report About Environmentalists. (DonkeyHotey)

The author writes, “DHS’s response is bewildering on several levels. Why did the agency give multiple reasons for not releasing any information — and then provide a report on environmental extremism anyway? Why a report on environmental extremism as opposed to a more serious threat like, say, white supremacy or anti-government ideology? Who made the call to release just this one report to American Oversight? The FOIA officer for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at DHS tells Rolling Stone that the agency’s inclusion of the environmental extremism report was ‘an administrative error.’”

State Department Official Led DC Chapter of White Nationalist Organization (Chris)

The author writes, “Matthew Q. Gebert works as a foreign affairs officer assigned to the Bureau of Energy Resources, a State Department spokesperson told Hatewatch. Online, and in private correspondences with other white nationalists, Gebert uses ‘Coach Finstock’ as a pseudonym. Through that alias, he expressed a desire to build a country for whites only.”

‘We’ve Done Everything Wrong’ (Chris)

From the New York Review of Books: “By exhuming hundreds of millions of years’ worth of buried organic matter and burning it in a couple of centuries, we built our dazzling modern civilization, not noticing that its wastes were amassing overhead. Now we’re finally paying attention, because hell is starting to rain down.”

‘Vehicle Ranching’: Inside the Underground Market of Renting RVs to Homeless People (Reader Steve)

From the Seattle Times: “Seattle’s underground, unregulated market finds itself targeted by the mayor.”

A Crashed Spacecraft Might Have Put ‘Water Bears’ on the Moon (Mili)

The author writes, “The microscopic tardigrades were part of a lunar library sent aboard the Beresheet lander that crashed last April.”