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April 18, 2019
1. Podcasts from Michael_Novakhov (19 sites): Audio | The Guardian: New politics and the far right – Politics Weekly podcast
CNN reporter explains why Mueller didn’t subpoena Trump – CNN
Document: The Mueller Report – Lawfare
US attorney general ‘disagreed’ with Mueller’s obstruction theories – POLITICO.eu
Barr says 10 ‘episodes’ of Trump potential obstruction probed, AG disagreed on Mueller legal theory – MSNBC

1. Podcasts from Michael_Novakhov (19 sites): Audio | The Guardian: New politics and the far right – Politics Weekly podcast

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With the traditional two-party system in deadlock over Brexit, new political forces are emerging to challenge the status quo. The first battleground looks likely to be the European elections next month, where the Independent Group and Nigel Farage’s Brexit party will be slugging it out alongside the usual suspects.
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CNN reporter explains why Mueller didn’t subpoena Trump – CNN

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CNN reporter explains why Mueller didn’t subpoena Trump CNNCNN’s Laura Jarrett reads an excerpt from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report explaining why President Donald Trump was not subpoenaed in the …
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Document: The Mueller Report – Lawfare

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Document: The Mueller Report LawfareOn Thursday, Attorney General Bill Barr released a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the findings of his investigation into Russian …
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US attorney general ‘disagreed’ with Mueller’s obstruction theories – POLITICO.eu

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the redacted version of the Mueller report as U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein listens at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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Barr says 10 ‘episodes’ of Trump potential obstruction probed, AG disagreed on Mueller legal theory – MSNBC

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Barr says 10 ‘episodes’ of Trump potential obstruction probed, AG disagreed on Mueller legal theory22:10Attorney General William Barr gave an overview of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report Thursday ahead of its public release and addressed recent interactions between the Justice Department and the White House regarding the report.
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The Global Security News: 1. Podcasts from Michael_Novakhov (19 sites): Audio | The Guardian: New politics and the far right – Politics Weekly podcast

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Rowena Mason is joined by Ellie Mae O’Hagan, Katy Balls and Matthew Goodwin to discuss the Brexit party, Change UK and the European elections. Plus: how politics shifted to the right

With the traditional two-party system in deadlock over Brexit, new political forces are emerging to challenge the status quo.

The first battleground looks likely to be the European elections next month, where the Independent Group and Nigel Farage’s Brexit party will be slugging it out alongside the usual suspects.

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Audio | The Guardian

1. Podcasts from Michael_Novakhov (19 sites)

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The Global Security News: Counterintelligence from Michael_Novakhov (51 sites): “lisa page fbi” – Google News: Release of Mueller Report Shows Epoch Times’ Reporting Was Correct – The Epoch Times

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Release of Mueller Report Shows Epoch Times’ Reporting Was Correct  The Epoch Times

Commentary The release of the long-awaited report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirms reporting by The Epoch Times …

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The Global Security News: Global Security News from Michael_Novakhov (27 sites): Counterintelligence from Michael_Novakhov (51 sites): “lisa page fbi” – Google News: Release of Mueller Report Shows Epoch Times’ Reporting Was Correct – The Epoch Times

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Release of Mueller Report Shows Epoch Times’ Reporting Was Correct  The Epoch Times

Commentary The release of the long-awaited report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirms reporting by The Epoch Times …

“lisa page fbi” – Google News

Counterintelligence from Michael_Novakhov (51 sites)

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Brooklyn Art” – Google News: new Long Island City venue The Arc hosting first public shows in May – Brooklyn Vegan

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new Long Island City venue The Arc hosting first public shows in May  Brooklyn Vegan

Located in Long Island City, The Arc has been hosting private events and performances for a while now but is finally hosting shows for the general public.

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Brooklyn Eagle: Sewage will shut down more city beaches in the future, experts say

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The good news is New York Harbor is cleaner now than at any time in the last 100 years.

The bad news is intensifying rain is increasingly contaminating the city’s beaches with raw sewage and disease-causing pathogens.

If current trends continue, the city’s beaches will be closed to the public during more and more of the summer season, environmental experts told City Council members at a Committee on Parks and Recreation hearing on Tuesday.

The purpose of the hearing was to look at the city’s practices for ensuring the water is safe at area beaches, and was led by Barry Grodenchik, chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation.

The last six years of figures from the Department of Health show that an increase in precipitation has caused greater amounts of fecal matter — otherwise known as poop — to flow into the waters in which New Yorkers swim, testified Kate Fritz, a witness for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Contamination of waterways and beaches “occurs after almost every rainfall,” Fritz said. “Raw sewage, pet waste, trash and polluted runoff wash into where people swim.”

Rain water that falls on the city’s sidewalks and streets is combined with raw sewage in the city’s underground sewer lines. During heavy storms, the stormwater exceeds the sewer pipes’ capacity, and overflows of the combined rain and sewage are released into local waterways. The released muck is known as combined sewage overflow.

Though the city is implementing strategies to reduce this overflow, an increase in intense weather has so far outpaced the city’s efforts. Rainfall rose by 44 percent in 2018 compared to 2016, Fritz said. On average, sewage overflow occurred once every three days in 2018.

Exposure to the pathogens that feast on the sewage can cause intestinal illness, rash and infection, she said.

“It was a gross year”

The Water Trails Association sampled waters off the coast all around New York City, testified Mike Dulong, senior attorney for the nonprofit Riverkeeper.

“Their 2018 results were miserable. It was gross. It was a gross year,” he said.

While the city’s records may not be clear on this point, beach closures “are directly related to sewage discharge,” Dulong told councilmembers. “Every single waterway in New York is affected by them … and there is recreation going on in every single waterway in New York City. The Department of Environmental Protection’s plans will not solve the problem.”

City beaches are categorized by the Department of Health as either “open swim,” “warning” or “closed.”

Public beaches were placed on warning on 49 days in 2018, along with one closure day, Dulong said.

“That’s more than double than what happened in 2017 — there were 22 warnings then. More than four times than 2016, when there were only 12 warnings, and there were 16 warnings in 2015,” he testified. “The difference was that 2018 saw significant amount of rainfall. From May to October, we saw 32 inches, compared to 24 inches. And so, with rainfall in New York City comes sewage.”

“These two problems are only expected to grow worse,” Dulong said. “New York City’s Panel on Climate Change expects a 1.8 percent increase in precipitation by the 2020s … and a 4 to 11 percent increase by the 2050s. In heat, we expect an increase between 4 and 5.7 degrees by the 2050s. So what we are going to see in the future is more beach warnings, more beach closures.”

Dulong said that the city’s Beach Surveillance Monitoring Report is “slightly misleading” in that it states that only a fraction of the warning days are due to wet weather.

“That’s not true. They’re all due to wet weather,” he said. “All of the pathogens, all of the pollutants that get into the water, that cause beach closures, occur during wet weather days.”

DEP: Harbor cleaner than ever

The city Department of Environmental Protection is currently working the city’s long term plan to control runoff going into the major waterways — the Hudson River, East River, Harlem River and the western portion of Long Island Sound.

According to the city’s most recent Harbor Survey Report, New York Harbor is cleaner now than at any time in the past century. Improvements to the city’s 14 wastewater treatment plants have resulted in an 80 percent reduction in combined sewer overflows since the mid-1980s, according to DEP.

DEP says it is currently working on a Citywide Long Term Control Plan to better understand how existing combined sewer overflows impact water quality throughout the harbor.

“We urge you to get engaged in that plan and we urge you to ask DEP to release that plan to the public and to the Council’s oversight before it goes to the state,” Dulong urged councilmembers.

New, stricter rules

City beaches include Brighton Beach, Cedar Grove Beach, Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Midland Beach, Orchard Beach, Rockaway Beach, South Beach and Wolfe’s Pond Beach. It was reported that in 2018, approximately 16 million people visited these beaches, including 7.4 million visitors at Coney Island beaches and 5.5 million visitors at Rockaway beaches.

The city’s Department of Health is responsible for beach monitoring, including for the city’s 17 private beaches. Beginning one month before beach season, water samples are collected from city beaches on a weekly basis, according to Trevor McProud, director of Public Health Engineering at DOH. Rockaway and Breezy Point are tested every two weeks because of generally cleaner waters.

In particular, DOH tests water samples for enterococci, bacteria that live in the intestinal tracts of warm-blooded animals. When found in beach water, these bacteria tend to indicate possible contamination by fecal waste and could signal the potential presence of other pathogens.

“In general, the water quality in NYC beaches is acceptable to provide the health benefits in a healthy and safe manner,” McProud testified. He added, however, “It’s highly correlated with seasonal precipitation totals. Extreme rainfall has increased two to four times in the region.”

McProud said that New York State would soon be issuing revised water standards, and this would likely increase the number of beach closings.

“These were passed by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2012 and are currently being finalized. Since they are more stringent, we expect more notification days,” he told councilmembers.

“More notification days will not mean the water quality is getting worse,” he added. “It will be held to a stricter standard to allow recreational beach activities.”

According to the EPA, the new criteria use a broader definition of illness to recognize that symptoms may occur without a fever. EPA also narrowed the time period over which the results of monitoring samples may be averaged, from 90 days to 30 days. This shortened time period accounts for heavy rainfall that can cause sewer overflows.

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Brooklyn Art” – Google News: ‘Fades and Braids,’ the short film exploring Asian identity through hairstyles – Document Journal

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‘Fades and Braids,’ the short film exploring Asian identity through hairstyles  Document Journal

FAR–NEAR, a cross-cultural book series aimed at broadening perspectives of Asia, launches its second issue with a short film about hair and heritage. “The way …

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Canarsie Brooklyn” – Google News: These e-scooter docking stations could soon pop up in NYC – Curbed NY

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These e-scooter docking stations could soon pop up in NYC  Curbed NY

Micromobility docking company Charge is betting that the e-scooter ban in New York will be overturned, even as momentum stalls on a package of bills that …

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