On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

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Coloradans are creating mutual aid networks to deal with devastating needs amid COVID-19 28.11.2020 Denver Post: Local
Eight months in, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt and endanger Coloradans’ lives. In the wake of this loss, Coloradans across the state formed mutual aid networks to address people's needs.
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City revises plans on emergency mental health responses, will fund pilot that does not include police 28.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
City revises plans on emergency mental health responses, will fund pilot that does not include police.
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Defund-Police Organizers to Biden: “We’re Not Going Away” 24.11.2020 Mother Jones
On the Saturday after Election Day, not long after media outlets announced the projected winner of the presidential race, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors fired off a short letter to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. She wanted to congratulate them on their historic victory, and also to request a meeting so she could share […]
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What’s Next for the #Resistance Now That They Don’t Have Trump to Kick Around Anymore? 24.11.2020 Mother Jones
“You’ll see the signs :),” Megan Bartlett had texted me as I looked for her house in Geneva, Illinois, a 20,000-person town about an hour west of Chicago. The note seemed vague to the point of useless until I arrived. In a maze of massive greige colonials, Bartlett’s stuck out: It was the only one […]
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Column: How Huntington Beach became Angrytown, USA 24.11.2020 LA Times: Health

Huntington Beach has always been conservative, but the governor, masks rules and a new coronavirus curfew have fueled all-out rage.

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You say old coal plant, I say new green hydrogen facility 24.11.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
You say old coal plant, I say new green hydrogen facility Lincoln Bleveans Tue, 11/24/2020 - 01:30 Relics. Environmental hotspots. Or maybe reminders of a simpler time. Good or bad, no one views America’s old coal-fired power plants with indifference.  In their day, they were reliable, cost-effective backbones of America’s economy, driving some of the most spectacular growth the world has seen. Powering industry, commerce and society, they generated not just electricity but economic ecosystems that stretched far beyond the plants themselves and often served as the mainstay for thriving middle-class communities.  But then the environmental realities came into sharper focus: air, soil, and water pollution and greenhouse gases at the smokestack. At the same time, advances in natural gas production such as fracking (controversial in their own right) have made natural gas-fired power a better economic choice than coal-generated power. Recognition of those externalities, especially GHG emssions, further erodes ...
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Rape, worker abuses are common in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands and everyday household products 21.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Palm oil is found in everything from potato chips and pills to pet food, and also ends up in products from L’Oréal, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Avon, Johnson & Johnson.
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Advancing Science through Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice 20.11.2020 EcoTone
By Kathleen Weathers, Pamela Templer, and Catherine O’Riordan “To fulfill ESA’s mission to advance the science and practice of ecology, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color must be fully supported throughout their careers.” -DEIJ Task Force Recommendations At its November 2020 meeting, the Governing Board of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) unanimously endorsed the ...
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How “the Latino Vote” Was Invented 20.11.2020 Mother Jones
Long before the 2020 election, Latino leaders saw the true power of a unified voting bloc. In 1971, Latino politicians, led by Herman Badillo, a Puerto Rican congressman from New York, and Edward Roybal, a Mexican American congressman from Los Angeles, sought to create a broad coalition of Spanish-speaking people from across the country. The […]
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ESA advances towards Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice 20.11.2020 EcoTone
“To fulfill ESA’s mission to advance the science and practice of ecology, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color must be fully supported throughout their careers.” -DEIJ Task Force Recommendations At its November 2020 meeting, the Governing Board of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) unanimously endorsed recommendations submitted by the Task Force on Diversity, Equity, ...
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He’s Advised Pro-Democracy Activists in 50 Countries. Here’s His Advice for Americans. 20.11.2020 Mother Jones
He’s been called “the secret architect of global revolution” (by the Guardian) and a “nonviolent storm trooper” (in the pages of our magazine). Now, after two decades traveling the world training pro-democracy activists in more than 50 countries, Serbian revolutionary Srdja Popovic finds himself in the United States, where he’s teaching strategic nonviolent struggle to students at […]
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He held up a smiley-face sign in public. Singapore charged him with unlawful assembly 19.11.2020 L.A. Times - World News

The charges against activist Jolovan Wham reflect the zeal with which Singapore enforces its laws against protest.

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Urban Sanitation Is a Climate and Economic Issue Too 19.11.2020 THE CITY FIX
Along the Ngong River in Mukuru, one of Nairobi’s slum neighborhoods and home to more than 100,000 people, residents face a dual threat when the rains come. First, the river rises, flooding into streets and houses. Then the water reaches ...
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US State and Local Ballot Measures Advancing the Energy Transition 18.11.2020 WRI Stories
Print United States voter showed their support for the energy transition in this year's election. Photo by Element5 Digital/Unsplash State and local governments across the U.S. are making significant progress toward sustainable energy through legislation, local policy adoption and the creation of new revenue streams to develop programs and implement projects. One way these innovative efforts are decided is at the ballot box: in many states and cities, direct voter approval advances ballot measures and initiatives. These initiatives touch on a wide variety of sectors advancing the energy transition, including renewable energy access and standards, land-use regulations that encourage walkable and compact infill development and advanced sustainable transportation solutions. These examples illustrate how local voices have the power to influence the energy transition in tangible and innovative ways. Here are some key measures and initiatives that appeared on the ballot this year: Driving Renewable Energy ...
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A vision for a Biden-Harris sustainable business agenda 17.11.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
A vision for a Biden-Harris sustainable business agenda Aron Cramer Tue, 11/17/2020 - 01:30 This article originally was published in the BSR Insight . Now that the results of the United States presidential election are in, it is time to focus on what business can do to promote a policy agenda that will accelerate the transformation needed to shift to a truly just and sustainable economy.  The U.S. government has been either absent or counterproductive on sustainability issues the past four years. This will change in a Biden-Harris administration. How much it changes will depend greatly on the actions and influence of the business community. BSR exists to catalyze business leadership to achieve a just and sustainable world. We believe strongly that sustainability is a primary source of strategic business advantage. We believe that comprehensive business action calls for companies to "act, enable, and influence," creating change both through actions in the "real economy" and also in advocating for policy ...
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Following the Money Isn’t Enough: How Civil Society Organizations Provide Accountability for Climate Adaptation Finance 17.11.2020 WRI Stories
Following the Money Isn’t Enough: How Civil Society Organizations Provide Accountability for Climate Adaptation Finance
Unique event: indigenous voices heard for first time in EU debate on conservation 17.11.2020 Survival International
These Khadia men were thrown off their land after it was turned into a tiger reserve. They lived for months under plastic sheets. Millions more face this fate if the 30% plan goes ahead. © Survival For the first time, indigenous people and activists affected by protected areas on their land will have the chance to tell European policy makers what they think about conservation.  The unique conference , taking place on November 19, is hosted by European parliamentarians and will bring together representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, NGOs, European Commission officials, and MEPs. The debate will be livestreamed, and comes against the backdrop of a push by the EU, UN and others to turn 30% of the world’s surface into protected areas by 2030 Survival and others are campaigning to stop this #BigGreenLie as it would constitute the biggest land grab in world history, reducing hundreds of millions of people to landless poverty. Among the activists present ...
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Portland's anarchists say they support racial justice. Black activists want nothing to do with them 16.11.2020 L.A. Times - World News

The election of Joe Biden has only antagonized Portland anarchists — and exposed their differences with the Black activists they claim to support.

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Under Cook County budget proposal, sheriff’s office faces 4% budget cut. Activists who support less funding for law enforcement say that’s ‘not enough’ 14.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
In July, Cook County commissioners overwhelmingly passed a resolution that said the county should “redirect funds from policing and incarceration to public services. ”Several months later, as commissioners get set to vote in the coming weeks on Cook County’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year, activists said they feel the the county is making strides toward reallocating funding from the sheriff’s office. But they also said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposed $25.9 million cut in the sheriff’s budget, which is about a 4.2% decrease and includes the elimination of about 300 vacant positions, is a disappointment after they clamored for much greater divestment.
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Episode 245: How President-elect Joe Biden could help U.S. farmers 13.11.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Features How companies can engage authentically with communities (18:20)  Highlights from our VERGE 20 mainstage conversation with environmental justice leaders Rahwa Ghirmatzion, executive director of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH), and Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of UPROSE. There's no one formula, but it starts with being transparent and willing to listen. How President-elect Joe Biden could support regenerative agriculture, Black farmers (24:45)  What would those focused on sustainable food systems like the incoming administration to prioritize? For a start, the U.S. Department of Agriculture could use existing funding and programs to encourage soil health. Plus, let's see better support for the Black farming community. GreenBiz Food Analyst Jim Giles weighs in with suggestions.   *Music in this episode by Lee Rosevere: "Curiosity," "I'm Going for a Coffee," "Here's the Thing," "Waiting for the Moment That Never Comes" and "Knowing the Truth" *This episode was sponsored by ...
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