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Mexican traffickers catapult drugs across US border

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MEXICO CITY — Mexican drug traffickers appear to be using medieval-style catapults to fling drugs across the border between Mexico and the United States, the defense ministry said Friday.

Mexican security forces on Thursday found “a device similar to a catapult” abandoned on a street in Agua Prieta, a Mexican border town south of Douglas, Arizona, in the second such discovery in a week, a statement said.

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Soldiers found a similar metal catapult — 3.5 meters (yards) high and with a 4.5 meter arm — on a trailer in the area on January 21, the statement said.

A small amount of marijuana was found nearby, it added.

US media this week broadcast surveillance video from US Border Patrol showing suspected drug traffickers using a giant catapult to launch parcels onto US territory.

Mexican traffickers have already been caught using remote-controlled planes, tunnels or hidden compartments in vehicles to smuggle drugs into the United States.

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Here’s what George Carlin taught us about media propaganda by omission

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In the old George Carlin joke, the TV sportscaster announces: “Here’s a partial score from the West Coast – Los Angeles 6.”

For a brilliant comedian like Carlin—who skewered corporate powerclass structure and political/media propaganda—that’s one of his more innocuous jokes. But it’s sharply relevant today as corporate TV news outlets serve up a series of partial scores. Call it “propaganda by omission.”

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Scientists uncover alarming levels of dangerous plastics in children’s bodies

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Plastic by-products were found in an alarming 97-100% of blood and urine samples from 2,500 children tested between 2014 and 2017, according to a new study by the German Environment Ministry and the Robert Koch Institute.

Der Spiegel, the German weekly magazine, published the findings Saturday, which were part of a federal study focused on "human biomonitoring" of 3 to 17-year-olds. Traces from 11 out of 15 plastic ingredients were found in the test samples.

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A historian of Nazi Germany explains why the divided opposition to Trump should terrify you

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As we witnessed in the third Democratic primary debate last week, Democratic presidential candidates are struggling to distinguish themselves from their party rivals and competing for endorsements. Their horizontal vision in these disagreements diverts their gaze from the peril we face as Donald Trump dismantles the norms that have guided our political life since 1776.

Whatever their differences, Democratic candidates must agree to broad principles related to key issues, for example, immigration, health care, and the growing wealth gap. A general consensus would leave plenty of room for healthy debates about implementation, but failure to emphasize shared ideals in relationship to two or three major questions will blunt Democrats’ offensive against a candidate whose campaign is based on slander and fear.

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