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The nine-member council unanimously approved an ordinance to end its nearly two-decade relationship with its primary financial services provider, Wells Fargo, which is an investor in the pipeline and the company building it, Energy Transfer Partners of Texas. The bank handles about $3 billion a year for the city.

Yet questions over how effective such a move might be rose even before the hearing began, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, following instructions from President Trump, informed Congress earlier Tuesday that it planned to issue the final easement for the pipeline as soon as Wednesday.

The $3.8 billion, 1,170-mile pipeline would travel from North Dakota to Illinois, with the most controversial segment running beneath a dammed section of the Missouri River just north of the reservation of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The tribe, which says the pipeline threatens its water supply and sacred sites, said Tuesday it would continue to fight the project’s completion.

Hundreds of protesters remain in snowy camps near the planned river crossing in North Dakota — a fact noted by many people in the far more comfortable City Council chambers.

“It really moves me to think of the people who are hundreds of miles away from us today, waiting in the cold for our vote,” Lisa Herbold, a council member, said shortly before the vote.

Seattle, which is thriving on science and technology a thousand miles west of the pipeline’s route, would not seem to suffer obvious impacts if the pipeline were completed. But the city is deeply liberal, environmentally minded and riding a wave of activism that has put it at the forefront of social and economic causes — most recently as the location where state lawyers persuaded a federal judge, appointed by George W. Bush, to order a stay of President Trump’s travel ban.

The area also has a large Native American community that has actively opposed the pipeline, and one member of the council, Debora Juarez, is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation tribe in Montana. Another council member, Kshama Sawant, is a socialist.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-seattle-divests-from-wells-fargo-20170206-story.html

‘The Daily Show’ Takes Fox News to Task for Chinatown Piece

On The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, correspondent Ronnie Chieng tackled the controversial Jesse Watters’ Chinatown segment that aired on Fox News earlier this week.
In the video, Watters interviewed Chinese-Americans in New York City’s Chinatown. In the segment, many of the people Watters talked to were not fluent in English and he asked them racially insensitive questions. The video was brought on after China was brought up in the VP debate.
“Let me get this straight,” Chieng stated to Fox News, “they say China in the debate so you go to Chinatown? In New York? So when they mention Mexico, do you send someone to Taco Bell?”
Chieng took his own crew down to Chinatown and spoke to the locals there. This time however, he spoke to them in their native language and had insightful conversations with the people, proving that you get more out of talking directly to people rather than talking down to them.
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11 Ways 2014 Was the Biggest Year in Transgender History

From Laura Jane Grace’s triumphant blues to Jared Leto’s hollow victory, 11 ways 2014 was the biggest year in transgender history

Good overview of the “Year of Trans” by Rolling Stone. Here is their list:

1) 2014 was a landmark year for transgender people on TV.

2) Against Me!’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues was a watershed moment for trans musicians and for rock music at large.

3) Laverne Cox continued to break the glass ceiling for transgender actresses.

4) Janet Mock put Piers Morgan in his place and was elsewhere awesome.

5) Trans fought the law and trans won.

6) This year marked a new golden age for transgender models.

7) Jared Leto won an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, igniting controversy in the trans community.

8) RuPaul’s Drag Race pulled a controversial segment after transgender backlash.

9) Social media was dragged into the debate on gender identity.

10) Women’s colleges began admitting all women.

11) CeCe McDonald documentary set to raise awareness about the realities of anti-transgender violence.

Read the article here!

Photo of CeCe McDonald byJac Gares Media.

White woman sues Dearborn diner, alleging “reverse discrimination”

Kaitlyn Mason cries at a rally supporting her quest for a job

21 year old Kaitlyn Mason is suing the Afro-Soul diner in Dearborn Michigan, alleging that they “reverse discriminated” against her by not hiring her for a waitress position.

Mason, who admits she has no prior waitress experience, applied for the position after being fired from a local CVS for stealing from the register. Voletta Price, the owner of the diner, says she didn’t know about the theft–or Mason’s race–while viewing her resume, and that Mason wasn’t called for an interview because she wasn’t as qualified as the other candidates.

Mason says she doesn’t believe Price, noting that the Afro-Soul diner is being “racist” in not giving her an interview.

The Afro-soul diner is a disco-themed restaurant, with all of the waitresses, mostly Black women, adorning Afro hair styles characteristic of the 1970s. The diner has been in business for over 22 years, and Mason is the first to complain of the policy.

“Why does it have to be Afro soul? They’d be mad if I made a pig tail soul restaurant,” Mason surmises.

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Natalya and Paige Apart of Controversial Total Divas Segment:

WWE Divas and Total Divas stars Natalya and Paige are shown in a somewhat controversial segment in a teaser for the upcoming season. 

In the scene, Paige and Natalya are at a aprty, and Natalya eats a brownie, and it is revealed that they brownies are “happy brownies” as in they have drugs, presumably marijuana, in them. 

WWE is said to not like the scene, as they do not want their talents portrayed this way, and have the brownies been spiked, and Natalya ingested them, she would face a 2,500 dollar fine as apart of WWE’s wellness policy.