The Guardian

Labourers at the one of the world’s largest egg factories arrived at the plant in Rembrandt, Iowa, early one morning in March to discover they were about to work themselves out of a job.

As they gathered at the huge barns housing stacks of caged hens, the workers were told to forget about their usual routine of collecting eggs and feeding the birds. Overnight, the factory had begun slaughtering more than 5 million chickens using a gruesome killing method after detecting a single case of avian influenza. Even supervisors were assigned to the arduous task of dragging dead hens out of packed cages as Rembrandt Enterprises raced to contain the spread of the virus, amid the largest bird flu outbreak in the US in seven years. Continue reading “US egg factory roasts alive 5.3m chickens in avian flu cull – then fires almost every worker”


Nurses across the state of California have gone on strike or voted to walk out over inadequate pay, exhausting work schedules and unsafe conditions.

On Monday, 5,000 nurses at Stanford Health Care and Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital struck against poor pay and understaffing after more than 90 percent of them voted to strike on April 8. More than 8,000 nurses at Sutter Health Care in Northern California launched a one-day strike against unsafe staffing levels, improper COVID-19 protocols and wages that do not keep up with inflation. Continue reading “California nurses press for statewide action”

Fox 5

Capitol Hill was evacuated Wednesday evening after a scare was caused by parachutists from the Army Golden Knights jumping into Nationals Park.

The Army parachutists flew into restricted airspace, causing the Capitol Police to issue the initial alert, which cited an “aircraft that poses a probable threat,” at about 6:30 p.m. Continue reading “Army parachute demo at Nats Park causes brief Capitol evacuation”

Yahoo News

Eleven lots of blood pressure medication quinapril and quinapril HCI/hydrochlorothiazide made by Pfizer and sold under a brand name and distributed as authorized generics have been recalled.

Here’s what you need to know: Continue reading “Pfizer recalls brand name, generic blood pressure medications for carcinogen content”

Gizmodo – by Mack DeGeurin

Law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology during investigations has blossomed in recent years thanks in no small part to a booming surveillance industry built on the back of an ever-expanding buffet of publicly available biometric data. The limits on where and how that technology can be used though remain legally murky and are constantly evolving. Now, it appears at least some law enforcement agents are flirting with the idea of using facial recognition at otherwise seemingly benign traffic stops, a potential loosening of the tech’s use that has legal and privacy experts on edge. Continue reading “What to Do If a Cop Tries to Scan Your Face During a Traffic Stop”