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The Hurt Is Evident: In the Shoes of A Child of Color In Tulsa Right Now
Booker T. Washington protests As his family and community prepare to bury Terence Crutcher on Saturday, the students of a Tulsa middle school - including his daughter and almost 10 of his relatives - still struggle to process his death. Shortly after police released chilling video of the unarmed...
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On Rats, Rocks, Goats and Liars: Presenting The Ig Nobels
Goat Man at work and play With the world too much with us, we honor the winners of the 26th First Annual (yes) Ig Nobel Prizes, celebrating goofy and likely minimally useful science research projects around the world. The brainchild of the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research, this...
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Want National Security? Dismantle the War Machine
The recent 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade towers was a reminder of the terrible consequences when a nation ignores the lessons of history—including its own recent history. The U.S. military budget is a tragic example. We currently spend roughly $598...
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I, Too: White America, Take A Knee
Protesting Keith Scott's death. Photo by Jeff Siner, Charlotte Observer/AP In swift grim succession, two more dead black bodies, two more shady cop stories, two more fiery cities - Tulsa and Charlotte - insisting, against the grisly evidence, that black lives matter. Even as football players...
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Breaking the Climate Procrastination Habit: How to Bring on America the Sustainable
President Barack Obama calls climate change the greatest “ threat to future generations .” To do something about it, he raised fuel-efficiency standards , launched his currently stalled Clean Power Plan , and tucked $90 billion in clean energy spending into the 2009 stimulus package. The nation’s...
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Sickeningly Obvious Note To Drumpf: Skittles Are Candy. Refugees Are People. Duh.
Who ARE these cretins? Going as low as any "family of pond scum grifters" can go, greasy-haired elephant-killing mini-Drumpf has followed up on his latest Holocaust joke to compare desperate dying Syrian refugees to...poisoned Skittles, in order to warn us of the dangers therein. We can't even.....
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From Standing Rock to Palestine to Ireland: We Are Water
With construction temporarily blocked on the Dakota Access Pipeline, Lakota Sioux members and a growing number of other, newly united tribes continue a stalwart protest against the proposed pipeline, which would run from oil fields in North Dakota and across South Dakota and Iowa, passing near the...
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Movements Need Imagination, Which Is Why I’m Not Buying My Kids Any More Toys
“Mine!” “No. It’s mine!!” They keep this “conversation” going for a while before there is a screech and a wail. “Figure out a way to share it,” I call from the other room. “Madeline,” says four-year-old Seamus, who puts on a very reasonable and emphatic voice with his two-year-old sister. “I want...
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Before Anything Else, We Are All Human
Weary of He Who Must Not Be Named? In desperate, soul-starved need of proof that his hate-filled America is not, in fact, all we are as a country? Here's the Ad Council's LoveHasNoLabels diversity-themed PSA, featuring real people and stories, which just won this year's Creative Arts Emmy for Best...
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When the 'Facts' Are Not Facts At All, and the Cops Are Killing Black Children
Columbus memorial. Photo by Paul Vernon/AFP/Getty Images Another child dead, another grievous hashtag, another police narrative that defies belief. Police in Columbus, Ohio say one of their own shot and killed 13-year-old Tyre King after he allegedly pulled a gun on them after being chased down an...
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