Saturday Snippets: Truck makers push EVs; 60 million People count on to lose revenue in October


Maine postal workers reassemble high-speed mail-sorting machine: The machine on the  Southern Maine Mail Processing Heart in Scarborough was amongst these ordered to be dismantled throughout the nation by Postmaster Normal Louis DeJoy, a Republican fundraiser. There have been two such machines on the middle, however just one could possibly be put again collectively as a result of the opposite was scrapped. Such machines can type greater than 20,000 letters an hour. 

• ICAP provides information on responding to armed intimidation at the polls: In case you’re one of many thousands and thousands of People who can be voting in individual—out of selection or as a result of it’s the one out there choice the place you reside—the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Safety has created useful truth sheets for all 50 states relating to legal guidelines limiting personal militia teams, and what to do if teams of armed people present up at your polling station or voter registration drive. The Michigan entry contains:

Is it authorized to behave as a non-public militia in Michigan? No. All 50 states prohibit personal, unauthorized militias and army models from partaking in actions reserved for the state militia, together with legislation enforcement actions. Some, together with Michigan, additionally prohibit paramilitary exercise throughout or in furtherance of a civil dysfunction. […]

Researchers capture, tag, and release 3,500-pound great white shark: Scientists from OCEARCH, a non-governmental group devoted to tagging and sampling nice whites, dolphins, seals, and different sea creatures, discovered the 17-foot, 2-inch feminine shark off Nova Scotia. Nice white sharks are the world’s largest residing predatory fish. The scientists described her because the “Queen of the Ocean” and named her as nicely. “We named her ‘Nukumi’, pronounced noo-goo-mee, for the legendary sensible previous grandmother determine of the Native American Mi’kmaq folks,” OCEARCH wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. “With the brand new information we have collected, this matriarch will share her knowledge with us for years to return.” She is the most important of the eight nice white sharks the crew has tagged of their expedition. A video posted by OCEARCH exhibits her swimming away after being tagged.

Newspaper serving Mar-a-Lago endorses Joe Biden: Newspapers’ endorsements of presidential candidates have steadily misplaced their affect alongside with their readers over time. However they’ll nonetheless pack a a punch after they knock a hometown man and again his out-of-town opponent. Donald Trump isn’t actually native, in fact, however he spends loads of time within the Palm Seashore Put up’s yard. And primarily based on their prolonged Friday editorial endorsing Joe Biden for president, they’re sick of him.
Hardly ever have so many People yearned so strongly to take away a sitting president.

Depend The Palm Beach Post Editorial Board amongst them.

Donald J. Trump’s deliberately divisive presidency is hurtling us towards essentially the most alarming risk to American democracy that any of us has ever seen. For the primary time, we’ve got a president who can’t deliver himself to decide to the peaceable transition of energy. In lots of different nations, throughout many centuries, this highway usually has led to bloodshed, to tyranny. […]

Donald Trump made big promises to steel industry in 2016: He promised extra jobs for steelworkers, promised to spice up demand for metal with in depth infrastructure funding, and promised to ease competitors from international metal mills by imposing a 25% tariff. That jacked up the value of metal, nonetheless, which decreased demand from the auto trade and different metal prospects. Consequently, 4 years on, the Nice Lakes Works—which at one time was one in all Michigan’s largest metal crops—needed to shut its doorways in June and put 1,250 employees on the road. For the previous yr, earlier than the pandemic struck, metal operations have been reducing jobs, and there at the moment are 1,900 fewer than when Trump lied his approach by means of the oath of workplace in January 2017. Throughout the nation, metal and aluminum tariffs value 75,000 jobs in metal-using industries by the top of 2019, based on an evaluation by Lydia Cox, a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Harvard College, and Kadee Russ, an economics professor on the College of California, Davis. They calculate the commerce struggle meant a lack of 175,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs by the center of final yr. In Michigan alone, there at the moment are 55,100 fewer employees in manufacturing than there have been when Trump moved into the White Home.

Survey: 60 million Americans think someone in their household will lose income in the next four weeks: Both they may lose a job or take a minimize in pay, they are saying. That scary quantity is down from the 62.3 million who thought the identical within the Census Bureau’s earlier Family Pulse Survey a month in the past. The most recent survey discovered that greater than 27% of People aged 25 to 54—which labor consultants contemplate the prime working years—count on both themselves or somebody they stay with will lose revenue throughout October. The pandemic is hitting households of individuals of shade particularly onerous financially.  


•  Native activists to launch LANDBACK campaign on Indigenous Peoples’ Day: The American Indian-led NDN Collective will use Monday, Oct. 12 to start its LANDBACK Marketing campaign, what its organizers name a multi-pronged effort to advertise the dismantling of white supremacy and achieve justice for indigenous folks. “By way of the restoration of ecological well being to Indigenous lands and the precise restoration of Indigenous land possession, NDN Collective’s LANDBACK Marketing campaign goals to empower Indigenous folks throughout Turtle Island,” the group said in an op-ed at “We’re on the verge of what could possibly be a revolutionary second,” mentioned Krystal Two Bulls, LANDBACK Marketing campaign Director. “As techniques of colonization, oppression and white supremacy begin to develop into dismantled, getting Indigenous lands again into Indigenous arms is important. Fact is, that each one techniques and establishments of oppression that uphold white supremacy had been constructed on high of stolen land by stolen folks; so to actually obtain racial justice and transfer right into a revolutionary second, we’ve got to speak about how racial injustice on this continent started with settler colonialism, the theft of Indigenous lands, and the genocide of Indigenous folks.”

TANF benefits too small to help families: The Heart on Price range Coverage and Priorities stories that Short-term Help for Needy Households (TANF), the money help program for households with the bottom incomes that changed the previous welfare system in the course of the administration of President Invoice Clinton, is at its weakest level because it started in 1996. In 33 states, CBPP states, inflation-adjusted profit ranges have fallen 20% since TANF’s enactment. In all 50 states, advantages are at or under 60% of the poverty line. Ali Safawi and Ife Floyd write:

TANF does a poor job of offering help to Latino and particularly Black youngsters, whose mother and father and the communities wherein they stay usually tend to really feel the devastating results of COVID-19 and the ensuing financial disaster. Black youngsters are additionally extra probably than white youngsters to stay in states the place advantages are the bottom, persevering with a pattern that started underneath TANF’s predecessor, Assist to Households with Dependent Youngsters (AFDC). Many states with excessive Black populations saved AFDC advantages very low.