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How A $2 Street Food Fuels The World’s 6th-Largest Economy

“Tacos are life”

On Thursday night, California state senators voted 23-16 in favor of Senate Bill 30, which would blacklist any company contracted by the federal government to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico. As of 2016, the state lay claim to the sixth largest economy in the world, and over 200,000 jobs there rely on commerce, trade, and direct foreign investments from Mexico, according to a state assembly report on California-Mexico relations. The bill will now move on to the state assembly.

The author of the bill, Senator Ricardo Lara, said in a statement that, “Senate Bill 30 sends a clear message that we want our businesses to stand with us and support our core values.”


For filmmaker Al Kamalizad, those core values have a lot to do with one of his favorite Mexican exports: the street taco. Kamalizad says he had a strong reaction to a now-infamous warning last fall from Marco Gutierrez, who believed that without a wall, “you're going to have taco trucks on every corner.” Taco trucks are ubiquitious on street corners in the filmmaker’s homebase of Los Angeles, he says, so he decided to spend one night documenting their impact on the city’s culture.

“LA is a petri-dish for the rest of the country,” says Kamalizad, which for him is a positive thing. Watch his video below to find out who lined up to buy the cheap south-of-the-border dish from a parked vehicle—and why.

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Greta Thunberg has been dubbed the "Joan of Arc of climate change" for good reason. The 16-year-old activist embodies the courage and conviction of the unlikely underdog heroine, as well as the seemingly innate ability to lead a movement.

Thunberg has dedicated her young life to waking up the world to the climate crisis we face and cutting the crap that gets in the way of fixing it. Her speeches are a unique blend of calm rationality and no-holds-barred bluntness. She speaks truth to power, dispassionately and unflinchingly, and it is glorious.

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The Trump Administration won't be remembered for being kind to animals.

In 2018, it launched a new effort to reinstate cruel hunting practices in Alaska that had been outlawed under Obama. Hunters will be able to shoot hibernating bear cubs, murder wolf and coyote cubs while in their dens, and use dogs to hunt black bears.

Efforts to end animal cruelty by the USDA have been curtailed as well. In 2016, under the Obama Administration, the USDA issued 4,944 animal welfare citations, in two years the numbers dropped to just 1,716.

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The disappearance of 40-year-old mortgage broker William Earl Moldt remained a mystery for 22 years because the technology used to find him hadn't been developed yet.

Moldt was reported missing on November 8, 1997. He had left a nightclub around 11 p.m. where he had been drinking. He wasn't known as a heavy drinker and witnesses at the bar said he didn't seem intoxicated when he left.

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A controversial editorial on America's obesity epidemic and healthcare by comedian Bill Maher on his HBO show "Real Time" inspired a thoughtful, and funny, response by James Cordon. It also made for a great debate about healthcare that Americans are avoiding.

At the end of the September 6th episode of "Real Time, " Maher turned to the camera for his usual editorial and discussed how obesity is a huge part of the healthcare debate that no one is having.

"At Next Thursday's debate, one of the candidates has to say, 'The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.' All the candidates will mention their health plans but no one will bring up the key factor: the citizens don't lift a finger to help," Maher said sternly.

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The common stereotypes about liberals and conservatives are that liberals are bleeding hearts and conservatives are cold-hearted.

It makes sense, conservatives want limited government and to cut social programs that help the more vulnerable members of society. Whereas liberals don't mind paying a few more dollars in taxes to help the unfortunate.

A recent study out of Belgium scientifically supports the notion that people who scored lower on emotional ability tests tend to have right-wing and racist views.

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