Global Cactus Traffickers Are Cleaning Out the Deserts

A recent raid in Italy involving rare Chilean species highlights the growing scale of a black market in the thorny plants.

#atacama-desert, #black-markets, #cacti-plants, #chile, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #italy, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science

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Missouri Man Gets 12 Years in Prison for Trying to Buy a Chemical Weapon

The man, a former teacher, pleaded guilty after plotting to use highly toxic dimethylmercury to poison a woman who had broken off a relationship with him, prosecutors said.

#american-council-on-science-and-health, #biological-and-chemical-warfare, #black-markets, #columbia-mo, #dating-and-relationships, #identity-theft, #missouri, #wetterhahn-karen-e

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Slow the Iron River of Guns to Mexico

The Biden administration has an opportunity to stem illegal gun trafficking to Mexico and beyond.

#black-markets, #colts-manufacturing-co, #drug-cartels, #gun-control, #mexico, #organized-crime

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$20,000 for a Permit? New York May Finally Offer Vendors Some Relief

In an attempt to shut down a thriving black market, the City Council passed a bill that would increase the number of permits for street vendors.

#black-markets, #city-council-nyc, #food, #food-trucks-and-vendors, #new-york-city, #small-business

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A Bitter Archaeological Feud Over an Ancient Vision of the Cosmos

The Nebra sky disk, which has been called the oldest known depiction of astronomical phenomena, is a “very emotional object.”

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #black-markets, #bronze-age, #copper-brass-and-bronze, #germany, #iron-age, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

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Homeland Security’s Latest Target: Vaccine Scams

A division of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency, working with the Justice Department, is hunting down websites offering fraudulent deals to buy coronavirus vaccines.

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Pharmacist and Drug Dealer Sentenced to Prison in Plot to Firebomb Rival Pharmacy

The Nebraska pharmacist was sentenced to nine years and the Maryland drug dealer was sentenced for 14 years for the plot.

#black-markets, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #drugstores, #maryland, #nebraska

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Facebook, Citing Looting Concerns, Bans Historical Artifact Sales

The company announced the prohibition after researchers reported that looters were using the platform to identify and sell illegally excavated antiquities.

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From Nearly Free to Out-of-Reach: Gasoline’s Crazy Price Swing in Venezuela

Motorists queue for days to buy subsidized gasoline for next to nothing, but it is increasingly scarce — a reflection of the economic absurdities in the country.

#black-markets, #chavez-hugo, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #maduro-nicolas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #shortages, #venezuela

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