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    Matthew J. Adams
    Posted on Tuesday, October 19 @ 00:00:10 PDT (2 reads)
    College Guide Matthew j. Adams, 36, passed away unexpectedly on october 10, 2021, near his home in kill devil hills north carolina. Matthew was born in portland, maine july 5, 1985. He graduated from lisbon high school class of 2004 and went on to complete degrees in computer technology with the class of 2007 at central maine community college and tv video production at new england school of communications class of 2010. Matthew was a valued employee at r.A. Hoy heating and air conditioning in kitty hawk, nc and prior to moving to north carolina was employed by napa in westbrook, maine. Matthew had a gentle, kind heart and was a gifted photographer and writer. He was an avid hiker, mountain climber and traveler. He loved the beach, sand sculpture, stand up paddle boarding and sampling the local foods in his travels. He cherished time growing up at the adams’ camp at bonney eagle pond in buxton, me and the smith beach houses at hampton beach, nh. He loved living near the ocean on the nc outer banks and spent hours on the beach and in the water. A wide circle of friends and family followed his photos and posts on facebook chronicling his travels and adventures across the united states. Matt enjoyed playing poker and was a dedicated denver broncos and new jersey devils fan. Many of us will miss his lively football discussions, updates, and predictions. He worked part time in his local gym, the outer banks sport club, and was a fitness enthusiast. He will be missed by his cat and constant companion remy. Matt was a devoted christian who loved the lord deeply and was passionate about serving others and sharing the gospel. He was a member of the eastpoint christian church in south portland maine. He was known for his faith, friendship, humor, compassion and his work with young adult christian groups, area soup kitchens and as a street pastor. Matthew is beloved and will be incredibly missed by a wide group of family and friends. He leaves behind his father and stepmother jon and cheryl adams of lisbon falls me, his mother and stepfather kim and patrick mcallister of kill devil hills nc, siblings rebecca mclean (ian) of smithfield ri, mitchell mcallister of providence ri, alexander mcallister of kill devil hills nc, breanne mcallister (tom carothers) of rocky mount nc, and kimberly shields (jonathan) of bangor me, his grandmother julia ann smith of epping, nh and step grandfather carl bates of greene, me. Matt also leaves behind nieces and nephews, dylan and paige mclean, silas and josie shields, aiden irwin and liam carothers, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and extended family. Matt was predeceased by his grandfather and grandmother, john and audrey adams, grandfather robert smith of nh, and step grandparents beulah jean and virgil l. Mcallister of florida and marilyn bates of greene, me a service will be held at 1:00 pm on saturday october 23rd at the son rise church of christ on 1311 goldie street in kill devil hills nc 27948. A second service will be held at the eastpoint christian church 345 clarks pond pkwy, south portland, me 04106 on sunday november 7th at 1:00 pm. A private burial will take place monday morning november 8th at the pine grove cemetery in falmouth, me. The family welcomes donations to any of the following: the son rise church of christ on 1311 goldie street in kill devil hills nc 27948; obx room in the inn, kill devil hills, nc; eastpoint christian church of south portland, me or the root cellar in either portland or lewiston, maine, as an expression of sympathy in lieu of flowers. Words of sympathy and comfort are welcome online via facebook or on the register at www.Gallopfuneralservices.Com
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    Who will get Powell Jobs’ $3.5B gift for climate work?
    Posted on Tuesday, October 19 @ 00:00:10 PDT (2 reads)
    College Guide By haleluya hadero ap business writer philanthropist laurene powell jobs is gearing up to invest $3.5 billion into climate-focused initiatives in the next 10 years. But if the donation patterns of her foundation continue, the public might never know where that money is going. A spokesperson with powell jobs’ company, emerson collective, said the widow of apple founder steve jobs will spend the funds through her charitable organization, waverley street foundation. Its board includes powell jobs’ family members, including her son, reed jobs. The announcement came late last month as donors pledged billions towards conservation and other climate efforts in tandem with the united nations general assembly. Millions more were committed last week in the lead-up to the u.N.‘S climate change conference, set to be held in glasgow, scotland at the end of this month. Foundations are required to list contributions they make in a 990 form they file annually with the irs. But where waverley street, formerly called emerson collective foundation, has directed most of its gifts thus far remains a mystery. Between 2017 and 2019, the foundation funneled $185 million into a donor-advised fund, which is comparable to a charitable investment account. Donor-advised funds, or dafs, for short, allow donors anonymity — something powell jobs has long prized in her work. The foundation’s 990 for 2019, the latest year with publicly available information, lists its only direct gift as a $50,000 donation to a california-based environmental nonprofit. It’s unclear where the other millions have landed, or even if they’ve gone out the door. The website inside philanthropy first reported on waverley’s daf contributions. Critics have been calling for daf reforms because the accounts aren’t required to make donations to working charities in any given year, but allow donors to take immediate tax deductions. (Silicon valley community foundation, the daf sponsor where powell jobs parked her contributions, says if a donor hasn’t recommended any grants after two years of donating funds, it will distribute the contributions through its own community fund.) A spokesperson with emerson collective has confirmed reports to the associated press that waverley street, which as of 2019 had $1.8 billion in assets, will sunset its work after 10 years. However, the spokesperson declined to say if the foundation will continue to put its money in a daf, which could allow it to retain advisory privileges over its contributions well after 10 years. The spokesperson also declined to say if the foundation has distributed the $185 million it has already deposited in a daf. It’s legal for private foundations to donate to dafs in order to meet their required 5% annual minimum payout rate. However, that could change if a senate bill aiming to speed up donations from dafs – and bar private foundations from meeting their payout rates by donating to these funds – is enacted. The ford foundation, which recently elected powell jobs as a member of its board, has been backing similar daf reform proposals. Ray madoff, a boston college law professor who’s been pushing congress to act on reforms, argues the problem with dafs goes well beyond powell jobs — the foundations of google co-founder larry page and tesla ceo elon musk, for example, have made such donations in the past. “Private foundations are subject to rules so that the public is supposed to be able to see what is happening with this money,” madoff said. “And when congress allows people to avoid these rules by putting the money into this closed box of the donor-advised fund, they are subverting the purpose of the disclosure rules.” Powell jobs, whose fortune tops $16 billion, according to forbes, does much of her philanthropic work through emerson collective, a limited liability company, or llc, that focuses on education, immigration reform, environmental causes and owns a majority stake in the atlantic magazine. Because it’s set up as an llc, emerson doesn’t have reporting requirements — similar to facebook founder mark zuckerberg and his wife priscilla chan’s chan zuckerberg initiative and melinda french gates’ pivotal ventures. Wealthy philanthropists use llcs because they offer them flexibility to contribute to political campaigns, invest in companies and make charitable donations using one organization. However, transparency watchdogs aren’t fans, arguing they allow donors to exert influence over a wide array of institutions with little public knowledge. Emerson was in the headlines this month for its prior investments in entities like ozy media — which recently shut down after reports in the new york times raised questions about its claims of millions of viewers and readers. Emerson’s grants also drew some scrutiny last year when a report by the colorado sun revealed the company used the silicon valley community foundation to secretly passthrough a donation to colorado governor jared polis that allowed him to hire a special adviser on immigrants and refugees. “Individuals who can be very influential are getting a lot more control over the messaging, and what they share about their grant-making simply by making this choice (of using llcs),” said sarah reckhow, a professor at michigan state university who specializes in education and philanthropy. “And it makes it a lot harder for folks who are independently watching what’s going on.” Since 2000, reckhow had tracked which organizations and school districts were receiving funding from the largest k-12 donors to detect how funders could be influencing policy changes. She collected data every five years, but halted her research in 2015 as llcs – like zuckerberg’s czi and emerson – became more prominent donors. “Without having them represented in the data that i was trying to collect and analyze, it would be an extremely incomplete picture of what’s going on,” reckhow said. The chan zuckerberg initiative now publicly lists its grants, but emerson collective does not. Though, some outside observers believe powell jobs’ quest for anonymity might be beneficial in her climate-focused work. “In general, i always try to counsel donors to be open and transparent about what they’re trying to do and how they’re trying to do it, but there are times where that may not make sense,” said phil buchanan, president of the center for effective philanthropy. “Sometimes you have to be realistic about the fact that there are organized interests (including political actors and those supported by the fossil fuel industry) that are opposing you and your philanthropic strategy. And therefore, you might not want to hand them your playbook,” he said. The spokesperson for emerson collective has said the $3.5 billion powell jobs will invest will go towards “initiatives and ideas to help underserved communities most impacted by climate change.” The efforts, they said, “will focus on housing, transportation, food security and health.” ____ the associated press receives support from the lilly endowment for coverage of philanthropy and nonprofits. The ap is solely responsible for all content. For all of ap’s philanthropy coverage, visit https://apnews.Com/hub/philanthropy. Copyright 2021 the associated press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
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    Three Indian Americans Selected For White House Fellowship Programme
    Posted on Tuesday, October 19 @ 00:00:10 PDT (2 reads)
    College Guide The white house on monday named 19 young emerging leaders as its fellows for 2021-22, three of whom are indian americans. The prestigious white house fellowship programme embeds professionals from diverse backgrounds for a year of working as a full-time, paid fellow for white house staff, cabinet secretaries and other senior government officials. Indian americans who made it to the list are joy basu and sunny patel from california, and aakash shah from new jersey. The presidents commission on white house fellows described it as the most diverse class in the history of the programme, which was created in 1964 by the then president lyndon b johnson. Joy basu from san francisco has been placed at the white house gender policy council. Earlier, she served as a senior adviser to innovative businesses seeking authentic and impact-integrated growth. She was the first chief of staff at tpg growth, where she worked as a key architect and builder of the rise fund, a ground-breaking impact investment platform. She also served as the rise funds global sector lead for food and agriculture. Prior to joining the tpg, joy was a consultant at mckinsey & company, where she focused on agricultural development, working with businesses, governments and donors to improve food systems in emerging markets. Ms basu also served as project manager to the world economic forums new vision for agriculture and has supported strategic projects for the ethiopian agricultural transformation agency and starbucks coffee company. Ms basu earned her jd and mba from stanford university with a certificate in public management and social innovation. While at stanford, she served as co-president of the women of stanford law, as an arbuckle fellow and as a leader of the afghanistan legal education project. Ms basu holds a ba in public policy and economics from duke university. She currently serves as a trustee for the heifer international foundation and a term member of the council on foreign relations. Placed at the department of homeland security, sunny patel is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and public health physician with interests in building equitable health systems that serve children and families. He recently completed his fellowship at nyu, where he created a model embedding mental health services in the paediatric oncology clinic. He also launched a comprehensive mental health response for thousands of frontline workers during the covid-19 pandemic and volunteered as a palliative care physician at bellevue hospital. Mr patel has spearheaded health interventions for vulnerable populations in the united states and abroad, including in india, thailand, and dominican republic. He has spent the past decade working with refugee populations and has conducted forensic psychological examinations for asylum seekers with nyu and physicians for human rights. Mr patels research has been published in numerous journals and informed policy initiatives, including work presented at the united nations general assembly. He has also served as a resident tutor in medicine at adams house of harvard college. Sunny completed his adult psychiatry residency at cambridge health alliance and harvard medical school. He has an md from the mayo clinic, an mph from harvard, and bachelors and masters degrees in biology and physiology, respectively, from ucla with college and departmental honours. Aakash shah has been placed at the department of health and human services. A practicing emergency room doctor at hackensack meridian health, he helped treat some of the earliest confirmed cases of covid-19 during the pandemic. Mr shah also serves as the director of addiction medicine and the medical director of project heal (a hospital-based violence intervention program) at jersey shore university medical center as well as the medical director of new jersey reentry corp. His work in those roles has resulted in several reforms, including the elimination of prior authorisation requirements for medications for opioid use disorder and he received the bipartisan endorsement of five former new jersey governors. He previously served as the founder and executive director of be jersey strong, which represented one of the largest and most diverse efforts to connect the uninsured to coverage in the nation and was honoured by president barack obama at the white house for its impact. He has also served as an adviser to several local, state and federal campaigns and policymakers. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by ndtv staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
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    After Hochul signs bill legalizing possession/sale of hypodermic needles, CDC re
    Posted on Tuesday, October 19 @ 00:00:10 PDT (2 reads)
    College Guide [nssf: sole new york leader vetoes youth hunting. The data says his reasons why are wrong. But, guns.] Editor note: in 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our second amendment rights. And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”. For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here. New york- in a case of impeccable timing, the centers for disease control released a report that says new york city’s drug overdose deaths have surged by 36 percent year over year. This news comes about after new york’s unelected incompetent governor, kathy hochul signed a bill into law which decriminalizes the possession or sale of hypodermic needles and syringes used by those who inject drugs. That law resulted in a directive sent to nypd commanders: “effective immediately, members of the service should not take any enforcement action against any individual who possesses a hypodermic needle, even when it contains residue of a controlled substance.” Law enforcement today recently reported on the new measure. According to the new york post , 2,243 people in the five boroughs that comprise new york city died from drug overdoses over the 12-month period ending march 31, 2021 compared to 1,653 who died during the same period the year before, cdc stats showed. That data doesn’t even tell the whole story, the cdc said, noting the report contained “incomplete data.” According to dr. Silvia martins, director of the substance abuse epidemiology unit of columbia university’s mailman school of public health, the overwhelming majority of the deaths are from opioids and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl. So in other words, what hochul just signed into law will likely result in even more overdose deaths. One might almost think this is intentional. “Overall, we were expecting that [overdose deaths] would increase,” she said, due to economic and general stress related to the pandemic—plus a “disruption” in addiction treatment. Out of the 2,243 deaths, 1,853 died from opioid overdoses during the period, a 45 percent increase from 2020. This includes natural and synthetic opioids, including oxycontin, fentanyl and methadone. Cocaine deaths also increased, up 35 percent to 908, while heroin deaths were up 15 percent to 800. The cdc said the total number of overdose deaths is less than the sum of individual drug categories since some deaths were the result of a combination of drugs. Meanwhile nationwide, drug overdoses are up 31 percent nationwide, with 96, 779 deaths during the same 12-month period. New york city accounted for 2.3% of total drug overdose deaths. In response to the cdc’s report, the new york city’s health department said it “is still researching the increase in overdose deaths in 2020, a national increase of fentanyl in the drug supply, along with pandemic-related stressors, are most likely the causes.” They noted they would be publishing their own report on the 2020 overdose data and “will have more to share soon.” An official acknowledged the pandemic (and probably related mandate-induced depression) was probably a contributing factor. “…Isolation brought on by the pandemic is one of the risk factors for increased mental health symptoms, increased substance use and overdoses.” “The presence of fentanyl in illicit substances such as heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy, and others is also a major contributor to overdoses and fatalities,” the office added. So where is the fentanyl coming from? Look no further than the biden open border, as reported by pj media in may. Citing a report from the washington free beacon, the open border is causing fentanyl to stream across the border. “A porous border and weak security ties with mexico have resulted in large influxes of fentanyl, a highly addictive and lethal drug, across the southern border. Between october 2020 and march 2021, customs agents seized more than 2.5 tons of fentanyl—a more than 300 percent year-on-year increase. Since 2019, cartels have enjoyed soaring profits due to increased demand for the drug in the united states. More than 90,000 americans overdosed on illicit drugs last year.” Biden’s border policies (or lack thereof) has also led to a deterioration in cooperation between american and mexican drug interdiction agencies: cooperation between u.S. And mexican authorities to target cartels has deteriorated amid a surge of illegal immigration at the u.S.-Mexico border, according to dea chief of operations matthew donahue to npr. Donahue said mexican law enforcement agencies have cut off ties with the dea, fearing punishment from the mexican government if they cooperate with the u.S. Agency—a breakdown that has helped cartels smuggle fentanyl and methamphetamines into the united states. “It’s a national health threat, it’s a national safety threat,” donahue said . “[The cartels] do not fear any kind of law enforcement…or military inside of mexico right now.” In responding to hochul and the new york state assembly’s ill-advised passing of the bill, sen. Andrew lanza (r-staten island) said in a statement: “it was passed under the guise of compassion, but it’s one of the least compassionate bills i’ve seen come across the legislature in a long time. There is nothing compassionate about telling people to do something that is going to kill them.” He said by hochul signing the bill, she had in essence decriminalized drugs by legalizing the sale and possession of drug paraphernalia and making substance abuse free of social consequences, adding: “this law says stick a needle in your arm, pump your body with poison and lose your life…this law says to people suffering addition that new york has given up on you, that new york doesn’t care about you.” This is the problem with liberals…in the name of tolerance, they actually kill people. Do you want to join our private family of first responders and supporters? Get unprecedented access to some of the most powerful stories that the media refuses to show you. Proceeds get reinvested into having active, retired and wounded officers, their families and supporters tell more of these stories. Click to check it out. For more on new york democrats’ death sentence for iv drug users in the empire state, we invite you to read our previous report, in case you missed it: dig deeper albany, ny- according to the https://nypost.Com/2021/10/16/gov-hochuls-drug-war-surrender-will-kill-ny-neighborhoods/ , october 7th, 2021 was the day that new york surrendered in the war on drugs. Upon orders from albany, the new york police department (nypd) has directed officers to let those addicted to narcotics freely use drugs on city streets, even let them share needles. The nypd gave in last week, after orders from albany, and told officers to let drug addicts shoot up on the streets and share needles [#kathyhochul] [#newyorkcity] [#newyork] [#drugaddiction] — h24 news us (@h24news_us) [october 16, 2021] governor kathy hochul signed into law a bill that was pushed by state sen. Gustavo rivera (d-bronx) and backed overwhelmingly by the city’s democratic delegation to the legislature. The bill decriminalizes the possession or sale of hypodermic needles and syringes by those who inject drugs, such as heroin. A directive to nypd commanders states: “effective immediately, members of the service should not take any enforcement action against any individual who possesses a hypodermic needle, even when it contains residue of a controlled substance.” Iv use of illegal substances is inherently unhealthy and dangerous. Those who use drugs and share needles expose themselves and others to hiv, hepatitis and other blood-borne infections. Sen. Andrew lanza (r-staten island) said in a statement: “it was passed under the guise of compassion, but it’s one of the least compassionate bills i’ve seen come across the legislature in a long time. There is nothing compassionate about telling people to keep doing something that is going to kill them.” Albany pols, nypd order cops to do nothing as drug addicts shoot up we went from bad to worst. The new new york state gov. Is just another nut who does not care about new yorkers. The state and the city embraced drugs and crime. [@Foxnews] — kann (@kelvin_nunez1) [october 16, 2021] hochul has effectively decriminalized drugs by legalizing the sale and possession of drug paraphernalia and making substance abuse free of social consequences. Lanza added: “this law says stick a needle in your arm, pump your body with poison and lose your life … this law says to people suffering addiction that new york has given up on you, that new york doesn’t care about you.” Real estate executive william abramson, who represents residential and commercial clients around the city, said that many of his clients have complained to him about drug abusers found strung out in their stoops and doorways. He added: “this is outrageous. Once again, quality of life in new york city continues to deteriorate because of laws that do not consider the residents and businesses of the city. We all agree that something needs to be done to help addicts, but letting them shoot up on the streets does not help anyone. This is bad for everyone.” Drug deaths across the city have been skyrocketing. The center for disease control (cdc) reports that 2,243 people have died from drug overdoses in new york city for the 12-month period that ended on march 31st. This was a 36 percent increase in overdose deaths from the year prior. The nypd decree also tells cops that, “it is no longer a violation of law for an individual to possess a hypodermic needle, even when it did not come from a pharmacy or a needle exchange program.” Lanza said that the potential for needle sharing “contravenes any logical and reasonable science based upon public health standards.” Luke nasta, the ceo of camelot counseling, a longtime substance abuse treatment center on staten island, said in a statement: “this law is a monument to how far we’ve deteriorated as a society in our relationship to the misuse of drugs. The more permissive we get as a society the harder it is for people struggling to rehabilitate.” Dem run cities. Certifiable den of iniquity — out-of-it addicts surrounded by used needles, broken glass crack pipes, trash, urine and feces. Open-air heroin markets: de blasios most telling gift to new york via [@nypost] — rsan (@rsan37) [september 28, 2021] barbara blair, president of the garment district alliance, which is battling a wave of heroin use in front of member businesses, is outraged. She said: “the new law is preposterous. Mentally and emotionally ill individuals should be removed from the streets, involuntarily if necessary. They should be placed in high-quality settings, institutional settings if necessary, where they get the shelter, food and care they need. Having drug addicts, a frightful condition, freely injecting drugs and passing out in public is not tenable.” New york lawmakers apparently see no problem, voting to let substance abusers freely use heroin and other injected drugs in public without threat or arrest. Rivera said: “i hear the valid concerns that certain new yorkers have regarding the increased presence of substance use on our streets and its impact on our communities. That is why it is critical that we move swiftly to open overdose prevention centers, a proven tool in preventing overdose deaths, stopping the spread of disease, providing a safe non-public space for those using drugs and a pathway to a recovery.” The results will be predictably bad for all new yorkers, including those using the drugs, said joseph giacalone, a professor at john jay college of criminal justice. He said in a statement: “six months from now, new york politicians will be scratching their heads wondering why syringes are everywhere, drug use is up, overdoses are up, and why open-air drug markets are flourishing. It makes you shake your head.” Do you want to join our private family of first responders and supporters? Get unprecedented access to some of the most powerful stories that the media refuses to show you. Proceeds get reinvested into having active, retired and wounded officers, their families and supporters tell more of these stories. Click to check it out. For more on fentanyl and the chinese connection, we invite you to read our report from earlier this year: — the editorial content in this article is brought to you by a former chief of police and current staff writer for law enforcement today. — Mexico- let’s make this perfectly clear. China is not our friend. Unfortunately, joe biden, in the pocket of the chinese doesn’t realize this. Or perhaps he simply does not care. Fox news has uncovered some disturbing information about china’s infiltration into the mexican drug wars. That infiltration is directly leading to the deaths of a large number of americans. If you are expecting anything out of the biden administration, it is best perhaps not to hold your breath. Fox reported that according to intelligence and security professionals based in mexico, much of the deaths are attributed to chinese drug lords, in this case carried out by the “los zheng” wing, which has been identified as “having the largest presence in mexico for the trafficking of fentanyl and methamphetamine. Fox obtained exclusive findings from fortress risk management, a security firm which shows the zhengs utilize otherwise legitimate-appearing shell companies which offer services such as veterinary services, clothing sales, clinical labs and computer maintenance in mexico. The cartel uses various ports within mexico in order to commercialize their products in mexico. According to fortress co-founder and chief operating officer lee oughton, he says that officials within mexico, in particular customs authorities, as well as mexican cartels such as sinaloa and jalisco nueva generacion, are complicit in the operation. “Once in the country, the drug is transported by air and land to the united states through the states of jalisco, nayarit, sinaloa and sonora,’ oughton said. Last june, officials with the u.S. Department of the treasury’s office of foreign assets control (ofac) designated four individuals and one entity pursuant to the foreign narcotics kingpin designation act (kingpin act), according to a press release issued by the u.S. Department of treasury. The release identified four individuals: songyan ji, longbao zhang, guifeng cheng, and guangfu zheng, all located in china. In addition, ofac also designated global united biotechnology inc., For being owned or controlled by the zheng dto, according to the release. Treasury also said that ofac had previously identified fujing zheng and zheng dto as “significant foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the kingpin act in august 2019.” Deputy secretary justin g. Muzinich said in the release: “fentanyl and other drugs have caused overwhelming devastation to communities across america. The united states is committed to holding drug traffickers and those who facilitate their operations accountable for the suffering they impose upon american families.” Ji, zhang, cheng and zheng were designated by ofac, according to treasury, with facilitating payments for the purchase of fentanyl analogues or other controlled substances, including synthetic cannabinoids and cathinone’s, for zheng dto, controlled by fujing zheng. The zheng dto laundered drug proceeds by using digital currency such as bitcoin, and transmitted drug proceeds into and out of bank accounts in china and hong kong. Fujing zheng, 37, who operated under the alias gordon jin, and his father guanghua zheng, 64, both who live in shanghai were indicted by the u.S. In 2018 for “conspiracy to manufacture and distribute controlled substances, conspiracy to import controlled substances into the united states, operating a continued criminal enterprise, money laundering, and other crimes.” Fox notes that despite the recent arrests, the zheng criminal operation is still in working on both sides of the mexico-u.S. Border. According to ed calderon, a former mexican law enforcement officer who is also a narcotics subject matter expert, the zheng operations still continue today, and noted there are numerous primary, secondary and backup facilitators who can make up for any arrests of personnel. Calderon continued that it isn’t only chinese drug lords and mexican cartels that are realizing riches from the operation. “You can’t bring anything into the country without paying off someone,” calderon said. “There are a lot of ‘fixers’ and guards assigned to these entry ports making a killing from china too.” The involvement of china in the operation inside mexico are perpetuating faster growth and movement of fentanyl, a drug which was initially developed for use as both a pain killer and anesthetic which is up to 100 times more powerful than heroin. The fox news piece warned that in cases such as los zheng, legitimate pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are being used as “fronts” to blur the lines between legal and illegal operations. Over recent years, mexican cartels have increased their own production of fentanyl-related products, however, most still rely on chinese assets for the chemicals used to produce the drug and currently remain the biggest black market customers of the raw materials. Fox says “raw yet easy-to-cook fentanyl” costs around $2,000 a pound in china and notes that low cost makes it profitable for cartels who then dump their products on american streets. “For the past 12 years, chinese criminal organizations have become the backbone to the drug cartels with chemicals supplied to the cartels and laundering tens of billions of the cartel profits in north america and europe,” said richard higgins, author of “the memo: twenty years inside the deep state fighting for america first.” Higgins is also the president of htg, llc, which is a strategic security and information warfare consulting firm. He also previously served on the national security council as the director of strategic planning. “Chinese-organized criminals south and north of the border are very sophisticated using wechat and other forms of encrypted communication,” he said. The drug enforcement administration (dea) says that mexico and china “are the primary source countries for fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked directly into the united states.” The dea has noted that the sinaloa and new generation jalisco cartels are the primary organizations who traffic fentanyl into the u.S. From mexico via “corridors in mexico that connect to california and arizona, indicating drugs passing through these associated areas would need to be approved by these organizations.” Chinese nationals implicated in the schemes are documented as crossing through the southern border of mexico in the state of chiapas, and then assimilate into tapachula, which is where a large ethnic chinese community is located. Others enter directly from asia, coming in through ports on the mexican pacific coast, including the resort area of puerto vallarta. Do you want to join our private family of first responders and supporters? Get unprecedented access to some of the most powerful stories that the media refuses to show you. Proceeds get reinvested into having active, retired and wounded officers, their families and supporters tell more of these stories. Click to check it out. Over the past couple of years, through joint operations conducted by u.S. And mexican authorities, a number of seizures of illicit fentanyl has been realized. For example, in august of 2019, the mexican navy seized over 25 tons of chinese fentanyl enroute to culiacan, sinaloa—the sinaloa cartel’s mexican flagship. It is estimated that more than 1 million fentanyl pills were seized in arizona in 2019 alone. Authorities within the u.S. Have made numerous arrests within the past few years related to chinese involvement in the drug trafficking trade. Fox reported that just last month, six chinese nationals were charged relative to a conspiracy involving over $30 million over the past 12 years whereby they distributed drug money to latin america from the u.S. According to the department of justice, the scheme involved a fairly complex operation in which bribes were offered to undercover informants, cryptocurrency exchanges, as well as creating fraudulent identities and fake u.S. Passports in the scheme. Last june, xueyong wu, a chinese national pleaded guilty for helping launder over $4 million in drug profits related to organizations in latin america and mexico, up through and including virginia. Last march, yet another chinese national, xianbing gan was convicted in chicago of money laundering relative to narcotics money, which totaled over a half-million dollars. Going back to 2007, when zhenli ye gon, a chinese-mexican businessman was indicted for suspicion of trafficking precursor chemicals into mexico from asia. Ye gon had been licensed by the mexican government to import substances for the benefit of his legal mexican pharmaceutical corporations. However, ye gon was arrested by federal law enforcement officials in maryland and charged with importing methamphetamine into the u.S. And seized hundreds of millions of cash from his home in mexico. He was extradited to mexico in 2016. However since that initial arrest, criminal activity between china and mexico has increased in “depth and sophistication,” fox reported. Whereas in the past cartels used fentanyl-laced marijuana or heroin to smuggle the killer drug into the country, they have enhanced so-called “pressing pill” technologies whereby the drug is now placed inside pharmaceutical bottles with sophisticated labels. They are easily transportable across the border and are sold to unsuspecting buyers in the u.S. Authorities say that this process has made the synthetic fentanyl especially deadly, noting that just a small amount sprinkled into a counterfeit pill cand be fatal, if not highly addictive. While the onset of the coronavirus earlier last year put a monkey wrench into the illicit drug industry, with the supply chain of much needed chemicals from wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus, cut off to cartel members in mexico, they have managed to revamp their production and business models. Last year, experts said the demand for drugs had soared in part due to the strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic and escalated the opioid overdose crisis which president trump had called a “public health emergency” three years ago. The cdc noted that in 2019, more than 72,000 americans died of drug overdoses , of which “illicitly manufactured fentanyl, heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine (either alone or in combination) were involved in nearly 85% of drug overdose deaths in 24 states and the district of columbia during january-june 2019.” While officially u.S. Authorities have said the chinese communist party (ccp) is neither complicit nor absolved in the illegal drug industry, some are skeptical that the party doesn’t have some involvement or at least awareness of it. “As part of the ccp’s unrestricted warfare model, they have progressed significantly against america with their enhanced role in the drug business. They can make multibillions and at the same time, undermine the security of america,” said derek maltz, retired special agent in charge at the dea. “A kilogram of fentanyl can kill 500,000 people so the administration should look at the death rates and treat this as a serious national security threat as opposed to only a public health crisis.” You can be pretty certain that the biden administration will turn a blind eye to any nefarious activities by the chinese communists. — Want to make sure you never miss a story from law enforcement today? With so much “stuff” happening in the world on social media, it’s easy for things to get lost. [Make sure you click “following”] and then click “see first” so you don’t miss a thing! (See image below.) Thanks for being a part of the let family!
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    Three ways to harpoon Moby Dick on its 170th anniversary
    Posted on Tuesday, October 19 @ 00:00:10 PDT (2 reads)
    College Guide Three ways to harpoon moby dick on its 170th anniversary if herman melville were alive to witness the 170th birthday of his novel moby dick on oct. 18, he would be genuinely surprised if anyone noticed. Although enshrined in the pantheon of great american novels today, during melville’s day, the tale of the white whale did not make much of a splash. In fact, it went out of print a few years after it first appeared. The book’s failure accelerated a decline in melville’s literary fortunes that led him eventually to give up writing for the more reliable paychecks from a job with the u.S. Customs service. When he died in 1891, his obituary did not even mention the book he is most famous for today. Moby dick resurfaced in the 1920s, when melville’s reputation enjoyed a renaissance among literary critics. It was a second coming that most modern readers probably wish had never happened. Moby dick may have attained long overdue recognition, but it also became the bane of students who had to lug around a text that seemed to weigh as much as its titular character and was even harder to pin down. Among adults who encountered moby dick in high school or college, the novel seems to inspire the same fond memories as cafeteria food and gym class, which is to say, none at all. That’s too bad, because it really is a cracking good story. The problem is that students never get enough time to read it — my college english professor gave us one week to get the job done. But reading moby dick is a lot like eating a whale: it should be done with patience and in small bites. Most of the book’s 135 chapters range from only a few paragraphs to a few pages in length, so anyone with the time to read a chapter or two a day can finish it within a few months. These approaches might help readers today to experience moby dick anew. Pick the one that best suits your interests or temperament and you will not be disappointed with what the book has to offer you. Read moby dick as a workplace comedy. A whaling ship certainly isn’t a cubicle-filled building, but moby dick is in many respects the office, only wetter and saltier. The plot largely transpires within the cramped quarters of the pequod, a ship on which 30 oddball crew members work under a boss so delusional in his self-confidence that he will drag everyone around him to ruin without hesitation. If you have ever felt trapped in a low-paying job with a horrible boss, then you have worked on a kind of whaling ship, and moby dick will ring true. - Read it as a nature documentary. Seemingly, we cannot get enough of shows that pit man against nature — shark week, naked and afraid, finding bigfoot. Moby dick is the mother of them all, the original deadliest catch. While it may be tempting to skip all the chapters about whale anatomy, art, fossils, and folklore, they contain some of the novel’s most insightful reflections on the human condition. - Consider melville’s description of the sperm whale’s genius as a “pyramidical silence,” a jab no doubt at the preachers, politicians, and other spouters of self-satisfied pieties of his day. Like storytellers from aesop to chuck jones, melville knew that animals could serve as effective mirrors of mankind’s best and worst qualities. Without the whales, moby dick strangely becomes much less human. - Read moby dick as a guide to better living. Poor melville should have promoted his novel in the more bankable genre of self-help. He filled moby dick with enough daily affirmations to fill a refrigerator door. Feel bad about your messy desk? “There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.” Are you worn down by a seemingly insurmountable problem? “Oh, time, strength, cash, and patience!” Need a quick rejoinder to a critical co-worker or family member? “I try all things; i achieve what i can.” These nuggets pop up whenever melville breaks from his narrative to address the reader directly, giving a play-by-play of the frustrations he endured as he wrote the book. =Read about his uncertainty and self-doubt and you just might become more adept at handling your own. Ultimately, moby dick will reverberate with readers who bring their own wisdom to it. Like any great text, it rewards multiple readings, and its meaning will shift as your own life experiences multiply and vary. So, in honor of its birthday, why not give old herman a thrill and pick up moby dick again or for the first time? Timothy j. Shannon is a professor of history at gettysburg college, where he also teaches a seminar on moby dick and american whaling.
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    Lockdown inspires an artist’s loving tribute to an older, grittier New York
    Posted on Tuesday, October 19 @ 00:00:10 PDT (2 reads)
    College Guide Growing up in roslyn, long island, sam sidney’s frequent trips to new york city meant lunch at sammy’s noodles in the west village and hanging around the vintage clothing stores and antique flea markets in chelsea. It was a little dirty, a little dangerous and always exciting. Now, post-pandemic, sidney thinks there might be an opening for that version of new york — what she called the “quintessential” new york of the ‘80s — to return, and she wants to celebrate it. “We have entered a new new york , a revival period,” said the artist and teacher. “Things can be amazing again.” , A revival period,” said the artist and teacher. “Things can be amazing again.” Her new exhibit, “new york never felt so good,” is a collection of 23 felt portraits, ranging in size from a 16” x 20” bagel and lox to the 40” x 30” lady liberty. The pieces pop off the wall at eerdmans new york on e 10th st., Somewhere between childlike cartoons and picasso renditions. Iconic blue-and-white coffee cups, a metrocard and a box of italian cookies all get their moments to shine, alongside iconic new yorkers of the last half century: fashionista iris apfel, writer fran lebowitz, joan rivers, john lennon. The origins of the project are humble: an early pandemic project to cure boredom and sustain artistic inspiration. In april 2020, sidney committed to doing one art project a day with her four kids in charleston, south carolina, where she has lived for 15 years. She would document their work on instagram to hold herself accountable. Working with felt was easy for her kids of varying ages — it wasn’t messy and the cut pieces could be put back into a box and reconfigured into new designs the next day. Project to cure boredom and sustain artistic inspiration. In april 2020, sidney committed to doing one art project a day with her four kids in charleston, south carolina, where she has lived for 15 years. She would document their work on instagram to hold herself accountable. Working with felt was easy for her kids of varying ages — it wasn’t messy and the cut pieces could be put back into a box and reconfigured into new designs the next day. When sidney posted a felt self-portrait on instagram, people “went crazy for it,” she said. A friend commissioned a series of nine musicians, and what started as a pandemic project evolved into an art style, a business and now a gallery exhibit. For sidney, being jewish and being from new york are one and the same — there’s an unspoken, mutual understanding between the two identities. “I think i’d have more in common with any non-jewish new yorker than a jewish person from charleston,” she told the jewish week. Sidney studied art at skidmore college in saratoga springs, new york and later got her master’s degree in art education at nyu. Living in gramercy park in her 20s, she exhibited her work at various galleries. After moving to charleston she stopped exhibiting her work publicly. “I never wanted to leave new york,” sidney said, “and i’m always thinking about when i’m going to move back,” even though, she admitted, her return is unlikely. (On trips back to the city to visit family or drop off her kids at summer camp, there is always a food agenda: a real bagel and a good slice of pizza.) The felt pieces are reminders of the people and culture that defined the gritty, artsy, intense, version of new york that existed in sidney’s adolescence. They insist that new york can never die, even through a pandemic, even if you move across the country. New york never felt so good is on view at eerdmans new york until november 6.
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    Three ways to harpoon Moby Dick on its 170th anniversary
    Posted on Tuesday, October 19 @ 00:00:10 PDT (2 reads)
    College Guide Three ways to harpoon moby dick on its 170th anniversary if herman melville were alive to witness the 170th birthday of his novel moby dick on oct. 18, he would be genuinely surprised if anyone noticed. Although enshrined in the pantheon of great american novels today, during melville’s day, the tale of the white whale did not make much of a splash. In fact, it went out of print a few years after it first appeared. The book’s failure accelerated a decline in melville’s literary fortunes that led him eventually to give up writing for the more reliable paychecks from a job with the u.S. Customs service. When he died in 1891, his obituary did not even mention the book he is most famous for today. Moby dick resurfaced in the 1920s, when melville’s reputation enjoyed a renaissance among literary critics. It was a second coming that most modern readers probably wish had never happened. Moby dick may have attained long overdue recognition, but it also became the bane of students who had to lug around a text that seemed to weigh as much as its titular character and was even harder to pin down. Among adults who encountered moby dick in high school or college, the novel seems to inspire the same fond memories as cafeteria food and gym class, which is to say, none at all. That’s too bad, because it really is a cracking good story. The problem is that students never get enough time to read it — my college english professor gave us one week to get the job done. But reading moby dick is a lot like eating a whale: it should be done with patience and in small bites. Most of the book’s 135 chapters range from only a few paragraphs to a few pages in length, so anyone with the time to read a chapter or two a day can finish it within a few months. These approaches might help readers today to experience moby dick anew. Pick the one that best suits your interests or temperament and you will not be disappointed with what the book has to offer you. Read moby dick as a workplace comedy. A whaling ship certainly isn’t a cubicle-filled building, but moby dick is in many respects the office, only wetter and saltier. The plot largely transpires within the cramped quarters of the pequod, a ship on which 30 oddball crew members work under a boss so delusional in his self-confidence that he will drag everyone around him to ruin without hesitation. If you have ever felt trapped in a low-paying job with a horrible boss, then you have worked on a kind of whaling ship, and moby dick will ring true. - Read it as a nature documentary. Seemingly, we cannot get enough of shows that pit man against nature — shark week, naked and afraid, finding bigfoot. Moby dick is the mother of them all, the original deadliest catch. While it may be tempting to skip all the chapters about whale anatomy, art, fossils, and folklore, they contain some of the novel’s most insightful reflections on the human condition. - Consider melville’s description of the sperm whale’s genius as a “pyramidical silence,” a jab no doubt at the preachers, politicians, and other spouters of self-satisfied pieties of his day. Like storytellers from aesop to chuck jones, melville knew that animals could serve as effective mirrors of mankind’s best and worst qualities. Without the whales, moby dick strangely becomes much less human. - Read moby dick as a guide to better living. Poor melville should have promoted his novel in the more bankable genre of self-help. He filled moby dick with enough daily affirmations to fill a refrigerator door. Feel bad about your messy desk? “There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method.” Are you worn down by a seemingly insurmountable problem? “Oh, time, strength, cash, and patience!” Need a quick rejoinder to a critical co-worker or family member? “I try all things; i achieve what i can.” These nuggets pop up whenever melville breaks from his narrative to address the reader directly, giving a play-by-play of the frustrations he endured as he wrote the book. =Read about his uncertainty and self-doubt and you just might become more adept at handling your own. Ultimately, moby dick will reverberate with readers who bring their own wisdom to it. Like any great text, it rewards multiple readings, and its meaning will shift as your own life experiences multiply and vary. So, in honor of its birthday, why not give old herman a thrill and pick up moby dick again or for the first time? Timothy j. Shannon is a professor of history at gettysburg college, where he also teaches a seminar on moby dick and american whaling.
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    Pork is already super expensive. This new animal-welfare law could push prices h
    Posted on Tuesday, October 19 @ 00:00:10 PDT (2 reads)
    College Guide Jukajukablog.Blogspot.Com san francisco (cnn business) pork, much like everything else these days, has gotten more expensive due in part to the supply chain issues and inflationary pressures spurred by the pandemic. and now comes another wildcard: the pork industrys ability — and desire — to adapt to a new animal welfare law in california, its largest us market. The voter-approved measure taking effect on january 1 requires pork products sold within the state to adhere to standards that mother pigs are given at least 24 square feet of space each and kept out of gestation crates — 7-by-2-foot stalls where their movements are severely restricted. Pork producers are already warning that the new law brings added costs throughout the supply chain that will ultimately leave californians and other shoppers in the us with fewer and more expensive options. By and large, there are going to be long-term impacts from this, no matter what. trey malone, an assistant professor at michigan state university the bacon battle brewing in california has some believing the golden states pork supply chain is teetering on the edge of precarious to outright calamitous: the great california bacon crisis, could mean the end of bacon, bring about the bacon apocalypse, or make the breakfast staple disappear from californians tables. Those extremes might likely be hogwash — some economists predict california consumers could end up paying about $8 more for their annual pork purchases — but the law isnt inconsequential. Its the latest in a line of animal welfare-focused moves that could change how pork is raised and sold in the us. By and large, there are going to be long-term impacts from this, no matter what, said trey malone, an assistant professor at michigan state universitys department of agricultural, food and resource economics. This is something that the entire agricultural industry is paying close attention to. They wont let mother pigs turn around the issue had gained some momentum before but it really heated up in 2018, when california voters approved proposition 12 , which prohibits confining egg-laying hens, veal calves and breeding pigs in a cruel manner, establishes criteria for proper living conditions and bars the sale of eggs and meat products from animals that werent raised by such standards. Some of the minimum housing space requirements for hens and calves went into effect january 1, 2020, with the second batch of regulations — notably calling for cage-free hens and crate-free hogs — slated for the first of next year. When it comes to hogs, californias proposition 12 requires that at least 24 square feet of space be given for each breeding pig and calls for the elimination of gestation stalls for pregnant pigs. 7-by-2-foot gestation stalls like these are used to house pregnant female pigs at farms across the us. The gestation stalls — metal enclosures where the pig stands atop slatted, concrete floors — are typically 7 by 2 feet in size. Depending on how many times theyre bred, a female pig can spend the majority of her life in these small enclosures, animal welfare groups argue . In these stalls, a 400-pound pregnant pig can feed, stand, sit and lie down, but she does not have the space to walk, move about freely, socialize or turn around. Some pork producers just wont let mother pigs turn around, said josh balk, vice president of farm animal protection for the humane society of the united states, which has been behind many of the ballot measures. Thats it. Everything comes back to that point; and frankly, ordinary americans think thats a barbaric way to treat them. Still, the practice has become an industry standard, with more than 75% of pregnant sows being housed in these individual stalls, according to the us department of agriculture . Pork farmers and producers say the stalls allow them to monitor the health, food intake and well-being of individual pigs during the pregnancy process. They argue that there are also increased risks — such as aggression, competition for food, and disease -- when pigs, especially pregnant sows, are in group environments with others. Pork producers are not ready whats unique in california (as well as massachusetts, where a similar law was passed in 2016, but recent legislative efforts hope to delay its implementation to january 1, 2023 ) is that the prop. 12 regulations apply to both local and out-of-state producers who want to sell within the state. Egg producers are prepared to meet californias january 1 deadline for cage-free eggs; however, the same cant be said for the broader pork industry, according to analysts from rabobank, an agribusiness-focused financial institution. Christine mccracken, a senior analyst focusing on the animal protein industry at rabobank, pinned the pork industrys preparedness at no more than 5%. Part of the problem: since voters approved prop. 12, the california department of food and agriculture has been slowly progressing through its standard operating procedures. Its been gathering stakeholder input, hosting workshops, studying the economic impact, publishing draft regulations, and holding more public hearings. The initial regulations were supposed to be completed by september 1, 2019, but that timeframe was too short to meet all of the steps legally required, steve lyle, a cdfa spokesperson said in an emailed statement. Because the regulations have yet to be finalized, businesses throughout the pork supply chain have been reluctant to make infrastructure investments or lock in long-term deals, mccracken said. And once they decide to comply with prop. 12, it could take some time for farms and plants — especially ones that struggled during the pandemic — to make the upgrades, she said. High construction costs, labor constraints and a lack of visibility around the final rules have all played a role in the delayed industry response, mccracken wrote in an email. Many in the industry speculate that, like massachusetts, there will be a last-minute effort to delay the rollout of the regulation. Low-income shoppers will be hit hardest californias regulations apply to whole pork meat — bacon, ribs, shoulder, chop, shank, etc. — Sold at retail. There are carve-outs, though: certain products, such as lunch meats, sausages, hot dogs, cured ham and salami, and pizza toppings are excluded from the provisions. Within california, the law could lead to a decline in the number of options, result in fewer niche offerings, and could make certain pork products too expensive for lower-income people, further limiting their access to proper nutrition, said michigan state university agricultural economist trey malone. Whats really happening is were basically trying to restrict the lower-cost choices, malone said. Its the poor people who are most likely going to be affected by these policies. Pork products are displayed on a shelf at a safeway in san francisco. The price for meat has surged over the past year due to supply chain issues, inflation and covid. As to how this could play out, malone sees a corollary in californias 2015 implementation of a law that required hens to have more room in their enclosures. Rabobank researchers found that, in the months following the new law, egg prices more than doubled in california and nearly did the same elsewhere in the us before settling back down to normal in the following year, according to a research note on prop. 12 published earlier this year. If states decide to follow suit with california, we could actually see an increase in the price of pork across the board, malone said. The cost of bringing home the (crate-free) bacon the pork companies have taken their plight to the courts, alleging the law violates the dormant commerce clause, which prevents a state from passing legislation that restricts interstate commerce. The legal challenges havent been successful thus far. Still, industry players are persisting: earlier this month, the national pork producers council and the american farm bureau federation petitioned for the us supreme court to hear their case against prop. 12. In that petition, they argued that the proposition in california, a state that consumes 13% of the nations pork but produces only a small fraction of it, will drive up costs for the entire industry by about $13 per pig. The burden, they argue, will land on out-of-state producers. As a result, they say the supply-demand disruptions will raise prices for consumers both inside and outside of california. In iowa, the nations largest supplier of pork, producers and senators have been in vocal opposition of the new law. Economic impact reports backed by some of the pork industrys leading trade groups have projected renovations could run about $3,500 per sow, cut supplies in half and cause price hikes in the range of 50% to 60% in california. But other studies by outside groups and the state of california indicate that a lot of the cost concerns from the industry may be largely overblown. A pig and piglets walk in a pen at a ranch in california. The california department of food and agriculture projects prop. 12 to result in higher costs for some consumers, producers, schools, prisons, and the state itself. However, those increases are expected to be marginal. Californias economic impact projections found that prop. 12s provisions are likely to increase an individual residents food cost by $50 annually, with the lions share ($40) being attributed to the new cage-free egg standards. The pork and veal changes are expected to cost consumers about $10 more per year, according to the report. A trio of economists at the university of california davis college of agricultural and environmental sciences estimate the annual costs to consumers in california will be about $320 million annually, or about $8 more per person. They also project consumers in the state will buy about 6.3% less pork. Outside of california, the economists say the effects will be negligible. There may be a brief period of disruption [when the regulations start jan. 1], but nothing like the apocalyptic predictions of significant long-term shortages or drastically higher prices, richard j. Sexton, report co-author and distinguished professor of agricultural and resource economics at uc davis, told cnn business. Just as prop. 12s potential negative impacts appear to be overstated, the same could be true for the positives, sexton said. The producers that are the likeliest to supply to california are those that already have pigs in group housing, where pigs can roam more freely among other pigs, he said. The adjustments would be less costly for them versus a large-scale conversion of facilities outfitted with stalls. Were really not doing much of anything to give more space or improve the lives of hogs, because the converters are the people that already have group housing, sexton said. The future of pork california and massachusetts regulations arent happening in a vacuum. The european union, australia, canada, new zealand, and nearly a dozen states have passed laws to ban gestation crates for mother pigs, and some big-name food businesses — mcdonalds, whole foods and chipotle, to name three — have made similar pledges, according to uc davis . In addition, some pork companies, like the perdue-owned niman ranch and coleman natural meats already comply with the regulations and others expect to — including some producers for tyson. Pasture-raised pork is displayed at avedanos holly park market, a san francisco-based butcher shop. When addressing an analyst question on prop. 12 during the companys most-recent earnings call , tyson ceo donnie king said the measure is not something we were excited about, but we can align suppliers, and we can certainly provide the raw material to service our customers in that way. At avedanos holly park market in san francisco, the pork thats sold at the butcher shop is pasture-raised, said owner angela wilson. So, the shop wont see much of an effect from prop. 12. People in the united states arent used to paying the true cost of food, pork being one of them. angela wilson, owner of avedanos holly park market but wilsons shop has experienced higher costs (to the tune of about 10%) due to heightened inflation. Shes done what she can to absorb the added expenses; however, that mostly involves operating in the red. Wilson is a butcher who ultimately wants people to eat less meat. It seems counterintuitive, but she has her reasons: namely labor costs, climate change, and food waste. People in the united states arent used to paying the true cost of food, pork being one of them, she said. Trying to do whats right and put the true dollar amount on work and workers and labor is really difficult in our economy. adblock test (why?) expensive - google news october 18, 2021 at 04:42am https://ift.Tt/3amjc0m pork is already super expensive. 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    Who will get Powell Jobs $3.5B gift for climate work?
    Posted on Tuesday, October 19 @ 00:00:10 PDT (2 reads)
    College Guide Philanthropist laurene powell jobs is gearing up to invest $3.5 billion into climate-focused initiatives in the next 10 years. But if the donation patterns of her foundation continue, the public might never know where that money is going. A spokesperson with powell jobs’ company, emerson collective, said the widow of apple founder steve jobs will spend the funds through her charitable organization, waverley street foundation. Its board includes powell jobs family members, including her son, reed jobs. The announcement came late last month as donors pledged billions towards conservation and other climate efforts in tandem with the united nations general assembly. Millions more were committed last week in the lead-up to the u.N.‘S climate change conference, set to be held in glasgow, scotland at the end of this month. Foundations are required to list contributions they make in a 990 form they file annually with the irs. But where waverley street, formerly called emerson collective foundation, has directed most of its gifts thus far remains a mystery. Between 2017 and 2019, the foundation funneled $185 million into a donor-advised fund, which is comparable to a charitable investment account. Donor-advised funds, or dafs, for short, allow donors anonymity -- something powell jobs has long prized in her work. The foundations 990 for 2019, the latest year with publicly available information, lists its only direct gift as a $50,000 donation to a california-based environmental nonprofit. Its unclear where the other millions have landed, or even if theyve gone out the door. The website inside philanthropy first reported on waverleys daf contributions. Critics have been calling for daf reforms because the accounts aren’t required to make donations to working charities in any given year, but allow donors to take immediate tax deductions. (Silicon valley community foundation, the daf sponsor where powell jobs parked her contributions, says if a donor hasnt recommended any grants after two years of donating funds, it will distribute the contributions through its own community fund.) A spokesperson with emerson collective has confirmed reports to the associated press that waverley street, which as of 2019 had $1.8 billion in assets, will sunset its work after 10 years. However, the spokesperson declined to say if the foundation will continue to put its money in a daf, which could allow it to retain advisory privileges over its contributions well after 10 years. The spokesperson also declined to say if the foundation has distributed the $185 million it has already deposited in a daf. It’s legal for private foundations to donate to dafs in order to meet their required 5% annual minimum payout rate. However, that could change if a senate bill aiming to speed up donations from dafs - and bar private foundations from meeting their payout rates by donating to these funds - is enacted. The ford foundation, which recently elected powell jobs as a member of its board, has been backing similar daf reform proposals. Ray madoff, a boston college law professor whos been pushing congress to act on reforms, argues the problem with dafs goes well beyond powell jobs — the foundations of google co-founder larry page and tesla ceo elon musk, for example, have made such donations in the past. “Private foundations are subject to rules so that the public is supposed to be able to see what is happening with this money,” madoff said. “And when congress allows people to avoid these rules by putting the money into this closed box of the donor-advised fund, they are subverting the purpose of the disclosure rules.” Powell jobs, whose fortune tops $16 billion, according to forbes, does much of her philanthropic work through emerson collective, a limited liability company, or llc, that focuses on education, immigration reform, environmental causes and owns a majority stake in the atlantic magazine. Because its set up as an llc, emerson doesnt have reporting requirements — similar to facebook founder mark zuckerberg and his wife priscilla chan’s chan zuckerberg initiative and melinda french gates’ pivotal ventures. Wealthy philanthropists use llcs because they offer them flexibility to contribute to political campaigns, invest in companies and make charitable donations using one organization. However, transparency watchdogs aren’t fans, arguing they allow donors to exert influence over a wide array of institutions with little public knowledge. Emerson was in the headlines this month for its prior investments in entities like ozy media -- which recently shut down after reports in the new york times raised questions about its claims of millions of viewers and readers. Emersons grants also drew some scrutiny last year when a report by the colorado sun revealed the company used the silicon valley community foundation to secretly passthrough a donation to colorado governor jared polis that allowed him to hire a special adviser on immigrants and refugees. “Individuals who can be very influential are getting a lot more control over the messaging, and what they share about their grant-making simply by making this choice (of using llcs), said sarah reckhow, a professor at michigan state university who specializes in education and philanthropy. “And it makes it a lot harder for folks who are independently watching what’s going on. Since 2000, reckhow had tracked which organizations and school districts were receiving funding from the largest k-12 donors to detect how funders could be influencing policy changes. She collected data every five years, but halted her research in 2015 as llcs - like zuckerbergs czi and emerson - became more prominent donors. “Without having them represented in the data that i was trying to collect and analyze, it would be an extremely incomplete picture of what’s going on,” reckhow said. The chan zuckerberg initiative now publicly lists its grants, but emerson collective does not. Though, some outside observers believe powell jobs quest for anonymity might be beneficial in her climate-focused work. In general, i always try to counsel donors to be open and transparent about what they’re trying to do and how they’re trying to do it, but there are times where that may not make sense, said phil buchanan, president of the center for effective philanthropy. “Sometimes you have to be realistic about the fact that there are organized interests (including political actors and those supported by the fossil fuel industry) that are opposing you and your philanthropic strategy. And therefore, you might not want to hand them your playbook, he said. The spokesperson for emerson collective has said the $3.5 billion powell jobs will invest will go towards “initiatives and ideas to help underserved communities most impacted by climate change.” The efforts, they said, “will focus on housing, transportation, food security and health.” ____ the associated press receives support from the lilly endowment for coverage of philanthropy and nonprofits. The ap is solely responsible for all content. For all of ap’s philanthropy coverage, visit https://apnews.Com/hub/philanthropy .
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