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Where Fears of Deportation Made the Pandemic Worse

Where Fears of Deportation Made the Pandemic WorsePhotographs by Tony LuongOn a Friday afternoon in mid-April, Gladys Vega received a disturbing message: A woman hospitalized with COVID-19 needed food for the 11-year-old daughter she’d left at home. Worried that the girl would go hungry, Vega rushed out of her office and into the tangle of downtown Chelsea, Massachusetts, a 1.8-square-mile city across the Mystic River from Boston. The 52-year-old Vega, wearing a black tracksuit, a highlighter-yellow T-shirt, and a little bit of matching eye glitter, jumped out of the car so quickly, I could barely keep up. She approached a narrow brick apartment building and asked the people on the stoop to open the front door. “You don’t have to worry; I’m not immigration,” Vega said in Spanish. “Let me in.”Vega was accustomed to convincing fearful Chelsea residents to trust her. More and more restrictive federal immigration measures had motivated…


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OOIDA Wants Freight Brokers To Tell You How Much They’re Making Off Of You

OOIDA Wants Freight Brokers To Tell You How Much They’re Making Off Of YouFreight brokers are in hot water with truckers right now. Protests across the country have popped up with drivers blaming brokers for low rates and accusing them of price-gouging during a national emergency. Some protestors claim that brokers are taking commissions as high as 65% on loads of emergency supplies. Last week, the head of Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) posted a video to Youtube blaming carriers for low rates and saying that some critics of freight brokers are “snake oil salesmen.” He also said that trucking prices are “incredibly transparent” and on average, broker margins are around 16%. According to Overdrive, there is a little-known federal law that requires brokers to keep records of all transactions. They also need to provide that information to carriers who request it. But in most freight broker contracts there is a…


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1000 Days: This President Continues To Be An Embarrassment

1000 Days: This President Continues To Be An EmbarrassmentGARYWORDS by The Real GabbyGary – I’m sorry, but, any truly conscientious person who has been paying close attention to the daily, real news coming out of Washington, D.C., the home of the United States Congress, White House and various federal agencies, should already understand why the Impeachment Inquiry in the House of Representatives is […] ….. Read More.GARYTALK – Conversations & Commentary | This, That and The OtherWed, October 23, 20198 months ago


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Something in the Air

Something in the AirPhotographs by Sarah IllenbergerIn the 1970s, the bogeyman was power lines. Low-frequency electromagnetic fields were emanating from them all the time, and a shocking 1979 study suggested that children who developed cancer lived near power lines “unduly often.” Around the same time, because of Cold War panic about radiation in general, televisions and microwave ovens also became a possible human health catastrophe. Later, concern bubbled up around a slew of other household appliances, including hair dryers and electric blankets.Now the advance of cellphones and, more recently, the new high-speed networks built to serve them have given rise to a paranoid coalition who believe to varying degrees in a massive cover-up of deleterious harm. The devices are different, but the fears are the same: The radiation from the things we use every single day is destroying us; our modern world is a colossal mistake. The stakes are about…


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Trump’s Audience of One

Trump’s Audience of OneAs the United States enters a pandemic summer, with more than 100,000 Americans already dead, and as tear gas engulfed Minneapolis last night, following protests after yet another killing of a black man by a police officer, the president tweeted that the “shooting starts” when the “looting starts”. The tweet echoed a historic line uttered by a police chief in Miami in 1967 during the civil-rights unrest that was also widely condemned at the time. Twitter hid that tweet behind a message saying that it was “glorifying violence”—a violation of the site’s terms of service—though the users could still choose to view it by clicking through. All this was an escalation of the seeming conflict between the president and Twitter: Just two days ago, the social-media company added a fact-check link to one of Donald Trump’s tweets for the first time. The president responded by issuing an…


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