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A Swedish scientist suggested the climate crisis could lead people to consider eating human flesh. It's not the first time a scientist has suggested the idea.

A Swedish scientist suggested the climate crisis could lead people to consider eating human flesh. It's not the first time a scientist has suggested the idea.As our food supply faces more stress, behavioral scientist Magnus Söderlund said, humans might consider eating corpses.



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Tucker Carlson: Gun Buybacks Would Lead to ‘Civil War’

Tucker Carlson: Gun Buybacks Would Lead to ‘Civil War’Hours after The View’s Meghan McCain warned that there would be “lots of violence” if the American government enforced mandatory gun buybacks, Fox News host Tucker Carlson took that argument even further on Tuesday night and claimed buybacks would lead to a “civil war.”Following yet another mass shooting in Texas this past weekend, Carlson led off his Tuesday night primetime program by blasting Democratic calls for mandatory buybacks of assault-style weapons. (The Odessa shooter used an AR-15, a weapon that has become commonplace in mass shootings.)“They are not buying them back,” Carlson grumbled. “It’s gun confiscation. Nothing but that. An attempt to eliminate a constitutional right the ruling class finds inconvenient.”“It won’t reduce gun violence,” the right-wing cable news host continued. “In fact, sending armed authorities door-to-door to seize people’s lawfully owned weapons is a sure-fire recipe for causing violence. If you cared about America and the people who live here, you would not suggest that. But they don’t hesitate.”Carlson went on to grouse some more over Democrats pointing the finger at firearms and high-capacity magazines and clips as a root cause of America’s gun violence problem, bringing on a former Army ranger to back up his criticisms. The Fox host then brought on Democratic strategist Bernard Whitman to debate the merits of buybacks and gun reform in general, resulting in a predictably heated exchange.After Whitman pointed out that the vast majority of American citizens support universal background checks—the Odessa shooter failed a federal background check—Carlson pivoted back to buybacks, insisting they would result in war.“What you are calling for is civil war,” Carlson exclaimed, noting that several 2020 candidates support buybacks. “What you are calling for is an incitement to violence. It’s something—I wouldn’t want to live here when that happened, would you?!”The Fox host went on to allege that this was really about the ruling class punishing and attacking rural America, adding that “there is no violent crime in most places where everyone owns a gun.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Norway, Finland and Japan Lead In Clean Energy Innovation

Norway, Finland and Japan Lead In Clean Energy InnovationFossil fuel still supplies around an estimated 80% of the global energy needs, yet in order to ensure successfully reaching goals to slow climate change, nations will need to expand access to clean energy. New research shows that not all countries are performing equally in this fight, with Scandinavian countries and Japan showing the most progress. The top performing country in the world in the field of contributions to global clean energy innovation is Norway, followed closely by Finland and Japan, according to a recent report published by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a nonprofit public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C.



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Poll: Kamala Harris' support plummets after Democratic debates, Joe Biden expands lead

Poll: Kamala Harris' support plummets after Democratic debates, Joe Biden expands leadA new poll finds Joe Biden has 29% support among Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters. Kamala Harris saw a drop in support since June.



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Portland prepares for far-right rally expected to lead to violence

Portland prepares for far-right rally expected to lead to violencePatriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson surrenders but Proud Boys to fore in event expected to attract ‘antifa’ counter-protestIn a photograph from 4 August, a protester participates in a rally in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Mark Graves/APAs Portland prepared for what may be one of the biggest political demonstrations of the US summer, longtime rightwing leader Joey Gibson turned himself in to city authorities.Outside the Multnomah County Justice Center, Gibson told reporters, and his supporters via Facebook, the arrest warrant against him was “without a doubt an assault on the first amendment”.“I have never been violent,” he said.The 35-year-old is one of six men associated with rightwing rallies in the Oregon city to be arrested or charged since 7 August, relating to a violent incident on 1 May at Cider Riot, a bar favored by the left.Video shows men who have attended Gibson’s Patriot Prayer rallies in the city, and who arrived at the bar in his company, exchanging pepper spray with bar patrons, striking people with batons and fighting.Gibson claimed the charges against him were “completely political. This is [Portland mayor] Ted Wheeler doing everything he can because he’s been caught.” He accused Wheeler of “coordinating with” and “protecting” anti-fascist demonstrators or “antifa”, a refrain in his speeches since 2017.Gibson’s attorney, Multnomah county Republican chair James Buchal, said in a statement the charges were “part and parcel of the dishonest campaign by Portland leaders to blame out-of-town demonstrators for violence that began and persists because antifa wants to shut down any rightwing demonstrations in Portland.”Asked via email if he thought the charges were timed in relation to the weekend rally, Buchal answered: “Yes.”A booking photo shows Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson. Photograph: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office/APGibson has organized protests in the city throughout the Trump era, under the banner of the organization he founded, Patriot Prayer. Several have become violent.Gibson’s critics have pointed to the presence at times of members of white nationalist groups like Identity Evropa and the PDX Stormers. But above all the events have been characterized by the growing presence of the Proud Boys, a “western chauvinist” group.The Proud Boys have played a leading role in the organization of Saturday’s event. The main promoter, Joe Biggs, is a Proud Boy, a combat veteran and a sometime presenter on the Infowars conspiracy channel.Biggs has issued a series of threats to “antifa” in recent weeks, leading up to an event framed by the right as a response to the conservative writer Andy Ngo being milkshaked – having a drink poured over him – and punched at a rally in Portland on 29 June.The event’s Facebook page and a page started by Biggs following an initial ban were removed from the site on Friday. That afternoon, Biggs posted to the encrypted messaging app Telegram photographs of he and other men lifting weights in a back yard.City authorities spent the day fortifying the waterfront area where attendees at the un-permitted “Amend Domestic Terrorism” rally are expected to face counter-protesters. In the afternoon, the Portland Bureau of Transportation began ferrying in concrete barriers.In a press conference, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) spokeswoman Lt Tina Jones said it had been assessed that the event was likely to be “beyond the resources” of her department, even though all leave had been cancelled for the day.PPB issued a list of partner agencies helping with enforcement, crowd management and preparation. It included police departments statewide, Oregon state police, the FBI and various municipal authorities.Earlier in the week, Mayor Wheeler assembled members of 90 community organizations in Portland’s central square. He denounced violence and announced a no-tolerance policy for lawbreakers at the rally.



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If an autopsy confirms Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide, it could lead to a legal win for his estate

If an autopsy confirms Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide, it could lead to a legal win for his estateJeffrey Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive on Saturday morning while being held on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.



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Probe of Michigan Police Officer's KKK Document May Lead to New Investigation of 2009 Shooting

Probe of Michigan Police Officer's KKK Document May Lead to New Investigation of 2009 ShootingA prosecutor says an internal investigation of a white police officer whose house had an apparent Ku Klux Klan document on display will help determine whether there will be further review of the officer’s 2009 fatal shooting of a black man.



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Texas police lead black man down street on end of rope

Texas police lead black man down street on end of ropeA Texas police chief has apologised after officers on horseback were spotted leading a black man through the streets by a rope.Photographs of the arrest in Galveston quickly spread online as social media users compared it to the era of slavery.“This is wrong!!!” wrote Erin Toberman, who was the first to share the image on Facebook. “A person should NEVER be roped up and pulled by a horse to go anywhere.”Adrienne Bell, a Democrat congressional candidate for the district, called for an investigation, adding: “It is a scene that has invoked anger, disgust, and questions from the community.”The uproar resulted in Galveston Police Department issuing a statement to say it had immediately suspended use of the technique.According to the statement, officers arrested the suspect, 43-year-old Donald Neely, for criminal trespass and clipped a line to his handcuffs to “escort” him back to their unit nearby.The department claimed alternative transport was “not immediately available” and that the officers used “a trained technique” that was “considered best practice in certain scenarios such as during crowd control”.However it accepted that the technique was incorrectly used in this case.Police chief Vernon Hale said: “First and foremost I must apologise to Mr Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment.“I believe our officers showed poor judgement in this instance and could have waited for a transport unit at the location of arrest.“My officers did not have any malicious intent at the time of the arrest, but we have immediately changed the policy to prevent the use of this technique and will review all mounted training and procedures for more appropriate methods.”Leon Phillips, president for the Galveston Coalition for Justice, told the Houston Chronicle that the photograph reminded him of racist images from the 1920s.“All I know is that these are two white police officers on horseback with a black man walking him down the street with a rope tied to the handcuffs, and that doesn’t make sense, period,” he said.“If it was a white man, I guarantee it wouldn’t have happened.”James Douglas, president of the Houston branch of the civil rights organisation NAACP, agreed the photo showed a lack of respect, adding: “This is 2019 and not 1819.”Galveston Police Department said in its statement on Sunday: “We understand the negative perception of this action and believe it is most appropriate to cease the use of this technique.”



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Polls show top tier 2020 Democrats widening lead over rest of presidential field

Polls show top tier 2020 Democrats widening lead over rest of presidential fieldIn the first polls after the second Democratic debate, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders are the top contenders.



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Texas police condemned after officers on horseback lead black suspect by rope

Texas police condemned after officers on horseback lead black suspect by ropePolice in Texas have apologised after photographs emerged of two white officers on horseback leading a black man down the street by a rope. Donald Neely, 43, had been arrested on suspicion of trespassing in an office building in downtown Galveston, a coastal city of 50,000 people just outside Houston. The officers attached a rope to the handcuffs behind his back, before leading him to a police staging area eight street blocks away. A passerby took photographs which circulated on social media, leading to a widespread backlash against the police department. "This is 2019 and not 1819," said James Douglas, president of the Houston chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It was the latest incident to raise tensions over police treatment of black suspects. Prominent alleged abuse and deaths in custody have sparked riots in recent years up and down the US. Melissa Morris, a lawyer for Mr Neely's family, said he was homeless, mentally ill, and suffered from bipolar disorder. She said: "I'm appalled. I believe the way they handled him was disgusting. The family is offended. The family is upset." Galveston's police department said leading a suspect by a rope on horseback was something officers were trained to do. It was an accepted law enforcement technique, and even "best practice" in some situations. However, following fierce criticism, it was announced that the practice would be discontinued. In a statement the police department said: "We understand the negative perception of this action and believe it is most appropriate to cease the use of this technique. "While this technique of using mounted horses to transport a person during an arrest is considered a best practice in certain scenarios, such as during crowd control, the practice was not used correctly in this instance." Vernon Hale, the Galveston Police Chief, said: "First and foremost I must apologise to Mr Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment. "Although this is a trained technique, and best practice in some scenarios, I believe our officers showed poor judgment in this instance, and could have waited for a transport unit at the location of the arrest. "We will review all mounted training and procedures for more appropriate methods." He added that the officers had no "malicious intent" when they led Mr Neely by a rope, and their body cameras were activated at the time. Mr Neely was previously known to the officers. The officers were named by the police department as Officer P. Brosch and Officer A. Smith, but it was not clear if they would face disciplinary action. Mr Neely was accused of trespassing in a building containing offices for companies including investment management firm Merrill Lynch. He was later released on bail. Leon Phillips, president of the Galveston Coalition for Justice, said: "These are two white police officers on horseback, with a black man, walking him down the street with a rope tied to the handcuffs, and that's doesn't make sense, period. "Stay there with him instead of humiliating him, and now you've humiliated the whole city of Galveston. And I do understand this, if it was a white man, I guarantee it would not have happened." The incident will likely put authorities on high alert for a backlash. In 2014 Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, was fatally shot by a white officer, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri. The officer was not charged and Mr Brown's death led to months of protests, becoming a catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement. The following year there were protests in Baltimore when Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died after being injured in a police van. In New York relations between police and the black community have been poisoned by the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old black man, in police custody in 2014. Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who applied a chokehold to Mr Garner, is still on the force amid ongoing calls for him to be fired.



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