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‘Republican lawmakers in North Dakota are taking aim at protesters with a handful of bills that would make another pipeline protest far more dangerous.

The oil-friendly legislature argues that its constituents are frustrated over the protests, which led federal authorities to halt construction of the $3.8-billion Dakota Access Pipeline as thousands of protesters braved cold weather and violence for months.

A bill that state GOP Rep. Keith Kempenich introduced would exempt drivers from liability if they accidentally hit a pedestrian, according to the Bismarck Tribune. House Bill 1203 was written up in direct response to groups of protesters blocking roadways, Kempenich told the paper. He claims protesters were seen jumping out in front of vehicles.’

Read more: North Dakota Bill Would Protect Drivers Who ‘Accidentally’ Hit And Kill Protesters


‘Whether one lives off-grid and seeks to create an endless supply of hot water or lives in a location with sparse resources, this video is sure to inspire and inform.

Are you interested in moving off-grid so you might live a self-sufficient life away from society? If so, you’re sure to benefit from this video uploaded to YouTube by engineer775 Practical Preppers. The information shared reveals that all one needs to create an endless supply of hot water is some recycled parts and a small rocket stove.

In case you’re not aware, a rocket stove is a hot burning stove that uses small diameter wood fuel. It ensures almost complete combustion prior to the flames’ reaching the cooking surface and is extremely efficient.’



‘Low-income fast-food workers in the US have taken part in nationwide protests to denounce President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for labor secretary, a vocal opponent of minimum wage increases and “overregulation.”

The protest took place on Thursday in more than 20 cities outside CKE Restaurant’s Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants in a bid to stop Andrew Puzder from becoming US labor secretary.

Puzder, who leads CKE Restaurants, has complained for years that Obama administration policies have burdened the restaurant industry with higher costs and contributed to a “government-mandated restaurant recession.”

The protest was organized with the help of “Fight for $15” movement, an organization that has successfully lobbied for minimum wage hikes in several states and cities. The movement also seeks to unionize restaurant workers.’

Read more: US fast-food workers protest Trump’s pick for labour secretary


‘Long-simmering social tensions in Mexico are threatening to boil over as failing neoliberal reforms to the country’s formerly nationalized gas sector are compounded by open corruption, stagnant standards of living, and rampant inflation.

The U.S. media has remained mostly mute on the situation in Mexico, even as the unfolding civil unrest has closed the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California, several times in the past week. Ongoing “gasolinazo” protests in Mexico over a 20 percent rise in gas prices have led to over 400 arrests, 250 looted stores, and six deaths.

Roads are being blockaded, borders closed, and government buildings are being sacked. Protests have remained relatively peaceful overall, except for several isolated violent acts, which activists have blamed on government infiltrators.’

Read more: Protests in Mexico Push Country to Brink of Revolution and Nobody’s Talking About It


‘Most great inventions fundamentally change the society in which they exist. Since the people at the top of the social structure have more to gain by reinforcing the status quo, they suppress revolutionary technologies favorable to the world but dangerous to their existence. Engineering genius Nikola Tesla was no exception. Here’re some of those technologies, ‘they’ don’t want you to know about Nikola Tesla:’

Read more: Nikola Tesla’s Five Lost Inventions That Threatened The Global Elite


‘A Native American tribe in Wisconsin has voted against extending the contracts which allow Enbridge Inc. to use their land for a crude oil pipeline. It comes as protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline have entered the New Year.

The Bad River Band made the decision not to renew the deals on Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline last week due to risk of oil spills.

The tribe is now urging the company to decommission and remove the 64-year-old pipeline, and is set to reach out to federal, state, and local authorities to figure out how to get rid of it.

“As many other communities have experienced, even a minor spill could prove to be disastrous for our people,” Bad River Tribal Chairman Robert Blanchard said in a news release, as cited by Reuters.’

Read more: Wisconsin Native Americans Vote No To Renewing Deal With Enbridge’s Oil Pipeline


‘Boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigners in France are welcoming their government’s decision not to spend more than $100 million on Israeli drones.

This is the second major defeat for Israel’s Elbit Systems, which last year lost a major bid it had been tipped to win to sell France its Watchkeeper drone.

This time, Elbit was in a competition to sell its Skylark drone to the French army, but on 5 January, France’s arms procurement agency awarded the contract to rival weapons maker Thales.’

Read more: France shoots down purchase of Israeli drones


‘For two months in 2012, longtime Iola, Kansas, resident Mary Ross trudged through the sweltering heat, waving gnats from her view as she walked door to door with a petition. It was the hottest summer since moving there with her family about 30 years ago, but Ross was determined to gather signatures requesting a grocery store be established in the small rural town of fewer than 6,000 people.

Iola had lost its last independent grocery store four years earlier, shortly after the Wal-mart Supercenter—with its own expansive aisles—came to town and drove out all of the competition.

“I live in a small town. That was my choice,” she says. But since Iola’s three smaller grocery stores went out of business, she has to drive 8 to 20 miles to find healthy food choices and the specific ingredients for her home-cooked meals. “It’s like they’re trying to kill this small town,” she lamented. But the 800 signatures she gathered worked.’

Read more: This Small Town Refused to Settle for Wal-Mart When Its Last Local Grocery Store Closed