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Netherlands apologizes for role in African slave trade (aljazeera.com)

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has formally apologised on behalf of the Dutch state for its historical role in slavery, and for consequences that he acknowledged continue into the present day.

"Today I apologise," Rutte said on Monday, speaking at a nationally televised speech at the Dutch National Archives.

"For centuries, the Dutch state and its representatives have enabled and stimulated slavery and have profited from it.

"It is true that nobody alive today bears any personal guilt for slavery … [however] the Dutch state bears responsibility for the immense suffering that has been done to those that were enslaved and their descendants."

12/19/2022 9:47 am | |
Tags: news, netherlands, slavery, black history

Washington pot sales decline year-over-year annually for first time ever (seattletimes.com 🗝️)

Based on the article it sounds like the decrease has more to do with coming out of Covid than any cultural change.

Since then, sales have grown exponentially – from about $180 million in 2015 to over $1.3 billion as of July 2022. In the 2022 fiscal year, the state collected $509 million in excise revenue. 

However, the cannabis industry's growth slowed for the first time in the 2022 fiscal year compared to previous years. Retail sales recorded a 8% decline over 2021 — a drop of about $120 million in revenue. 

"What you're seeing as a 'dip' is really sales returning to normal growth as more people returned to in-person work," said Brian Smith, spokesperson for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

12/19/2022 9:52 am | |
Tags: washington state, marijuana

Jan. 6 Committee Announces Criminal Referrals (npr.org)

Historic.

Not a direct quote from the article, but the reporting online says these are the individuals named:

Obstruction of an Official Proceeding 18 U.S.C 1512

  1. Trump
  2. Clark
  3. Eastman
  4. Chesebro

Conspiracy to Defraud the United States 18 U.S.C 171

  1. Trump
  2. Eastman
  3. Clark
  4. Chesebro
  5. Meadows
  6. Giuliani

Conspiracy to Make a False Statement 18 U.S.C 371, 1001

  1. Trump
  2. Eastman
  3. Chesebro

"Incite," "Assist" or "Aid or Comfort an Insurrection" 18 U.S.C 2383

  1. Trump
12/19/2022 8:58 pm | |
Tags: january 6th, us politics, donald trump, congress

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