Good morning, Portland! Are you sick of the wind and rain yet? Me too. Today's the last day of that nonsense (and also tax day—maybe that's the cloud that was hanging over us), and tomorrow we're supposed to get sunshine. Now, here's the news:
Trump dumped new sanctions against Russia, despite the objections of his security team. They were supposed to target Russian companies that helped Syria produce chemical weapons. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "the president has been clear that he’s going to be tough on Russia, but at the same time he’d still like to have a good relationship with them.”
Meanwhile, you should up your cybersecurity situation before Russia comes knocking. The National Security Council warns that Russia may even attack individual households and offices.
Scientists have developed an enzyme that eats plastic. Could this be a pollution solution? I'm just saying, they'd better run a lot of tests to make sure it doesn't kill fish before releasing it in the ocean, or we might have an ice-nine situation on our hands.
We here in the PNW often look to California when it comes to seismic solutions. After all, who's better prepared for the big one? Well, apparently we should look elsewhere—San Francisco isn't nearly as prepared for the a major earthquake as previously thought. And they've built a lot of tall buildings with inadequate code—A five-story building has the same strength requirements as a 50-story building.
The CEO of Starbucks is set to meet with the two black men who were recently arrested for existing in a Philadelphia Starbucks.
@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing. pic.twitter.com/0U4Pzs55Ci
— Melissa DePino (@missydepino) April 12, 2018
By the way, fellow white people, we need to speak up when we see abuses like this.
In brighter news, Desiree Linden became the first American woman in 33 years to win the Boston Marathon yesterday, ending a three-decade-long streak of foreigners beating Americans on their own turf.
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Trump Administration because of its pattern of illegally separating immigrant families when an undocumented spouse seeks citizenship. The suit centers on a case in which a Guatemalan immigrant was arrested at a government office in Rhode Island after an interview that was part of the process to seek legal status.
The U.S. isn't alone in its virulent and systemic racism. Australia has a terrible tendency of removing Aboriginal children from their families to be raised in the system. In the past decade, the number of Aboriginal children being taken from their families has nearly doubled. Why does this sound so painfully familiar?
After retaliatory airstrikes in Syria over the weekend, inspectors have been permitted into Douma to check for evidence that there was a gas attack. Typically those things happen in the opposite order for that kind of military action to be legal.
French President Emmanuel Macron is asking Europe to not be fascist, please! I hope they listen.
A series of billboards have popped up around town addressing white supremacy and racism.
SE Stark and 119th. #pdxbillboardproject #pdxequityinaction #blacklivesmatter . . . . #blackboy #blackmen #handsupdontshoot #stopracism #racist #nojusticenopeace #racism #blackhistorymonth #blacklives #myblackisbeautiful #policebrutality #blacklivesmattermovement #blacknarrative #whitefragility #whitesupremacy #stopkillingus #deescalation #icantbreathe
Last year, an inmate bled to death in Jefferson County Jail. Now three sheriff deputies have been indicted related to that death.
In the face of intense criticism due to his support of increased law enforcement, Mayor Ted Wheeler has said that his roles as mayor and as police commissioner can sometimes come into conflict. Portland is pretty much the only city left in the country with our wacky version of government.
Also, Vice found a proto-meme from 1921. Some things never change.
Enjoy your Tuesday, Portland! Here's a video of a guy making sushi for his cats.