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White Lives Matter Protest: Houston NAACP Targeted Over Black Lives Matter Movement

International Business Times

The people of Houston got quite a surprise over the weekend as Confederate battle flags waved outside of the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's (NAACP) office. White Lives Matter protesters gathered Sunday outside of the office because they believe it is "one of the most racist groups in America," according to KPRC-TV. One of the members of the group told the Houston Chronicle that the protest was held because the NAACP has failed to address the actions of groups like Black Lives Matter and other pro-black organizations. The White Lives Matter group was upset from the results of burning cities and the killing of police officers during Black Lives Matter gatherings. While the protest initially started off small, it eventually turned into a crowd which brought out police officers on horseback and the placement of barricades.


M.I.A. clarifies comments on Beyonce and Black Lives Matter... or tries to, anyway

Mashable

M.I.A. saw backlash from both Black Lives Matter activists and the Beyhive this week after comments she made about Beyoncé's Black Panther-inspired Super Bowl performance. In an interview with London's Evening Standard magazine, the singer -- who is no stranger to Super Bowl controversy -- was asked what she thought of Beyoncé's performance this year. She admitted she hasn't seen it, but it didn't stop her from weighing in. SEE ALSO: Beyonce gives rare interview, explains why'Formation' isn't anti-police "It's interesting that in America the problem you're allowed to talk about is Black Lives Matter. It's not a new thing to me -- it's what Lauryn Hill was saying in the 1990s, or Public Enemy in the 1980s," she said.


Walmart stops selling 'Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter' shirts on its website

FOX News

Walmart said Tuesday that it would stop selling "Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter" T-shirts on its website after a request from the head of the national Fraternal Order of Police. The Washington Post reported that T-shirts that read Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter are also on the website. Chuck Canterbury, the president of the FOP, sent a letter Tuesday to the CEO of Walmart, Douglas McMillon about the shirts he called "offensive." "I urge you to prohibit the use of the use of the Walmart name and website for the retail sale of these products," the letter read. Time reported that the shirts were sold through Walmart's website by Old Glory Merchandise. "Like other online retailers, we have a marketplace with millions of items offered by third parties that includes Blue Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter merchandise.


Organic-matter flow in kelp forest

Science

Laminaria ochroleuca is moving north as the climate warms. As the global climate warms, there are shifts in the geographical distribution of organisms, which can be accompanied by changes in ecosystem functioning. Pessarrodona et al. have been investigating the ecosystem consequences of the climate-driven arrival of warm-temperate kelp forest communities to the northwestern coastlines of Europe. Cycling of organic matter in the ecosystem--through kelp growth, herbivory, and decomposition--was faster in the new communities relative to cycling in native cold-temperate kelp communities. Notably, decomposition of plant detritus occurred 6.5 times faster.


Japanese calling the police more than ever to address nonurgent matters

The Japan Times

Police dealt with a record-high number of consultations last year over problems that did not call for an urgent response, such as noisy neighbors and graffiti, a report showed Monday. The record 2.08 million consultations, up about 50 percent from 2008, may reflect a loss of community networks that have traditionally dealt with local problems, according to a National Police Agency official. Separately, the police also received about 9 million emergency calls last year of which about 20 percent were about nonurgent matters. They are asking people to avoid using emergency numbers and use a special line for consultations instead. Of the consultations, 240,956, or 11.6 percent, were for noise or other problems related to neighbors, households and workplaces, up 70 percent from 2008.