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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Colorado recycling drops, and state is working to fix that 22.11.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
From 2018 to 2019, the state’s recycling rate dropped to 15.9% from 17.2%, far below the national average of 35%, according to an annual report released by Eco-Cycle and the Colorado Public Interest Research Group.
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Editorial: America's broken PPE pipeline is still broken 16.11.2020 LA Times: Opinion

It's shameful that eight months into the coronavirus crisis, healthcare workers still lack adequate supplies of medical masks, gloves and other basic protective gear. 

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Garbage In, Trash Out 8.11.2020 Mother Jones
During the housing crisis, Americans were introduced to a real estate term most hadn’t heard before: “trash out.” Having been lured into mortgages they couldn’t afford, foreclosed homeowners were walking away from properties, abandoning whatever they couldn’t pack before the bank came to seize the property. They left behind garbage, rotting food, furniture, even photographs […]
Whacko C-Span Caller: 'No Racial Problems Until Obama Took Over’ 5.11.2020 Crooks Liars
The great political philosopher "Frank on the C-Span Republican Line" wants us to know that there was no racial division in the land until Barack Obama was elected president. Frank also credits, um, police violence, for racial harmony in the 1970's. I am not making this up. "FRANK": I’ve been hearing all these stories and it’s garbage. Trump never said nothing about the military and this is the greatest president we ever had. Every American should be proud. I grew up in the ’60s in the Bronx. There was never race problems from 1971 because the cops went in and kicked butt, from ’71, ’72 after Vietnam. Frank also has strong opinions about Donald Trump's tax returns. So he didn’t make no money for the whole — for the last four years. So that’s why his tax returns are that. For the other years, he was paying hundreds of millions of dollars that no one knows, that’s why Trump won’t give his taxes. And as president, what does taxes have to do with being a president? Not a damn thing. If you go back to the ...
Trump voter rants on C-SPAN: ‘There’s been no racial problems until Obama took over’ 5.11.2020 Raw Story
A supporter of President Donald Trump told C-SPAN that the U.S. had “no racial problems” until Barack Obama became president in 2008. The Trump voter who identified himself as “Frank” made the remarks on Thursday’s edition of C-SPAN’s Washington Journal program in response to the 2020 election. “I’ve been hearing all these stories and it’s […]
‘Owns stock in coronavirus’: Melania Trump mocked for being ‘only person not wearing a mask’ at voting site 3.11.2020 Raw Story
First Lady Melania Trump, in Florida on Election Day, sauntered into a Palm Beach voter station earlier this morning. As video shows and reporters note, she was the only person at the polling place not wearing a mask. Pool report: “At 10 am, Melania Trump entered the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center in Palm […]
Fake Intelligence Firm Wrote The 'Hunter Biden Dossier' And Duped The Right Wing 30.10.2020 Crooks Liars
Remember that crazy dossier on Hunter Biden that was being shopped around related to a leak of documents found on that rain-soaked laptop? Looks like it is a joke. A compete farce. Fake news, some may call it. NBC News is reporting that a 64-page dossier that was later distributed by close associates of Donald Trump appears to be the work of a fake "intelligence firm" called Typhoon Investigations. The author of the dossier is someone who claims to be a Swiss security analyst named Martin Aspen. That person does not exist. His profile picture is fake and was created by an artificial intelligence face generator. Martin Aspen's fake resume states that he worked for another company in Switzerland prior to Typhoon Investigations. That company has never heard of him either. Oh, and no one by the name "Martin Aspen" lives in Switzerland. Maybe if they had searched for the similar name, Aston Martin, they would have had luck? So back to the dossier. NBC reports that "one of the original posters of the ...
Trump teases he may not have a peaceful transfer of power if he loses 25.10.2020 Raw Story
President Donald Trump was aghast when he was asked in the presidential debates if he would agree to a peaceful transfer of power. The moment in the debate came when he dodged the question for weeks, refusing to agree to the long-standing tradition of presidents handing over the reins to the next leader. “Well, we’ll […]
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Plastic recycling in South Korea was already in crisis. The pandemic is pushing it to the brink 21.10.2020 L.A. Times - World News

The surge in plastic waste caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may push over the edge an already fragile ecosystem of recycling plastic, already strained by falling oil prices and interruptions in the global trade in recyclables.

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Trump’s Health Secretary Paints False, Rosy Picture Of US Response To COVID 20.10.2020 Crooks Liars
The Trump administration is a disaster. It was a garbage fire when it began, but that ongoing fire, stoked by the entire Republican Party, has led to an increase in authoritarian use of law enforcement and ICE forces to dehumanize people all across our country. On top of all of that, the bad economic policies and general culture of avarice and self-serving incompetence promoted by Trump and the Republican Party have led us to the precipice of an economic depression, and a public health crisis the likes of which has not been seen in generations has pushed that depression into the territory of collapse. With just over two weeks until Election Day, Trump’s surrogates—the ones not sick with COVID-19 or hiding out to pretend they aren’t still milking the poisonous Trump cow—have taken to the airwaves to pretend everything is going according to plan. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was on Meet the Press Sunday, to implore Americans in his most imploring-sounding voice, to wear masks ...
Trump rants about Biden getting put into a trashcan in rambling 2020 speech 20.10.2020 Raw Story
At his campaign stop in Prescott, Ariz. Monday, President Donald J. Trump ranted about his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, going into a trashcan. “And this is all a choice between getting a safe vaccine or really a lockdown — you know, Biden wants to lock it down, you know, he wants to listen to Dr. […]
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“Garbage Fire” Hunter Biden Exposé Riddled With Flaws 15.10.2020 Truthout.com
“Garbage Fire” Hunter Biden Exposé Riddled With Flaws
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Facebook Is Garbage, Part Infinity 15.10.2020 Crooks Liars
Lookee here, news from the world of social media! (And don't get your news from social media!) Facebook reverses stance on Holocaust denial, will ban it now Facebook announced it will now ban content that “denies or distorts the Holocaust,” reversing its earlier policy. In announcing the change, Facebook said: “Our decision is supported by the well-documented rise in anti-Semitism globally and the alarming level of ignorance about the Holocaust, especially among young people.” In 2018, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook did not remove Holocaust-denying content because it must allow for the possibility that users are making unintentional mistakes. Such a brave, edgy stance to take 75 years after WW2 ended, no less. Some more FB news (I’m running out of time this AM – so have at ...
QAnon Lovin' Mail Carrier Accused Of Putting Mail In The Trash 14.10.2020 Crooks Liars
This kind of thing has probably happened before, a rogue carrier deciding for one reason or another not to deliver the mail, but with the mental illness of QAnon conspiracy theories, often spewed or egged on the current White House occupant, such stories are becoming more common. Source: KDKA Special agents from the United States Postal Service raided the home of an Allegheny County mail carrier over the weekend. At a time when public confidence in mail delivery is low, a mail carrier is suspected of putting out his deliveries with the morning trash. Special agents from the United States Postal Service raided the carrier’s home in Baldwin on Sunday night, confiscating eight large garbage bags of suspected undelivered mail, according to neighbors. From inside his house on Meadowcrest Road, mail carrier Sean Troesch had nothing to say Monday after agents rolled up in front of his house in an unmarked van and collected bags of suspected undelivered mail. [...] While not identifying Troesch by name, the ...
QAnon letter carrier raided by federal agents — who found undelivered mail in trash bags: report 14.10.2020 Raw Story
On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh City Paper reported that a local letter carrier raided by special agents for hoarding mail in trash bags is affiliated with the QAnon conspiracy theory movement. “Yesterday, the Baldwin home of Sean Troesch was raided by special agents from the United States Postal Service, who confiscated eight large garbage bags of […]
Colorado weather: Tropical storm-force winds help improve Denver air quality. But for how long? 13.10.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
It probably only took a two-second glance outside on Sunday afternoon to notice two things about Denver’s weather that were drastically different from recent weeks.
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Editorial: Don't despair. California's fight against plastic trash is far from over 8.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

The failure of a landmark plastic pollution bill in the Legislature in August was a setback, but not the end of the effort to reduce plastic trash.

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Denver dog poop trash cans removed from some green spaces due to pandemic budget crunch 6.10.2020 Denver Post: Local
People walking pooches along Denver parkway green spaces no longer have the option of disposing bags of waste into public trash cans as the 55-gallon green drums have been removed because of budget constraints.
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Officials prove that Trump’s claims about mail-in-ballots are all lies 6.10.2020 Raw Story
The Washington Post issued an extensive fact-check for President Donald Trump‘s false claims that the November election will be rigged because mail-in-ballots can’t be trusted and will be falsified. Ahead of heading to the hospital, Trump told top strategist and Fox News host Sean Hannity that it would take days or weeks before it is […]
Trump infection shows he did not take COVID-19 seriously: New Yorkers 3.10.2020 Raw Story
Donald Trump’s announcement that he has contracted Covid-19 was proof for many of his fellow New Yorkers that the president has not taken the virus seriously enough. But in a country deeply divided by politics, some suspected the news could be a ploy. In this Democratic bastion, which has lost almost 24,000 people to the […]
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