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The Climate Is Ripe for Social Change
In a surprising departure from the corporate-controlled narrative on climate change, on November 30 2015, during the build-up to the recent United Nations COP20 climate summit in Lima, the New York Times ran a front-page story in which climate experts warned that “it now may be impossible to...
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Good Times, As Far As We Knew
Stephen Colbert ended his extraordinary nine-year run of The Colbert Report by killing the Grim Reaper, gleefully relishing his immortality and leading a massive sing-along of "We'll Meet Again" with a gazillion celebrities, from Willie Nelson to Gloria Steinem to Big Bird to Bryan Cranston...
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What Climate Change Asks of Us: Moral Obligation, Mobilization and Crisis Communication
Climate change is a crisis, and crises alter morality. Climate change is on track to cause the extinction of half the species on earth and, through a combination of droughts, famines, displaced people, and failed states and pandemics, the collapse of civilization within this century. If this...
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The System Is Broken: Legal Aid Attorneys Walk Out and Die In
Citing their role as experts "in the belly of the beast,” hundreds of New York public defenders walked off their jobs and staged a die-in to protest racial inequality in a so-called justice system that has repeatedly failed many of their clients and, most recently, Michael Brown and Eric Garner,...
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Non-Violence and the Lost Message of Jesus
I recently visited Assisi, the home of St. Francis and St. Clare, two great spirits whose lives have inspired us and millions of people around the world. St. Francis, a man of peace, and St. Clare, a woman of prayer, whose message of love, compassion, care for humans, animals and the environment...
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'Biggest Fracking Victory Ever!' as New York Bans Dangerous Drilling in State
It's official. New York state will ban fracking. After years of lobbying and aggressive public protest by state residents to make permanent a short-term moratorium on the controversial oil and gas drilling practice, Gov. Andrew Cuomo cited harm to public health as the key reason for the decision to...
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Darkest of the Dark: Utterly Incoherent Tom Coburn Says It's Too Expensive To Try to Stop 22 Veterans A Day From Killing Themselves
Despite an epidemic of astonishing proportions - 22 veterans a day so broken by grief, shame, horror or trauma they resolve not to live another day - retiring, grandstanding, incoherent obstructionist Sen. Tom "Dr.No" Coburn, R-Okla., took his final stand against humanity by single-handedly...
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One Corporate Bully Down: Eat More Kale. Really. You Can Now.
A neat little story out of Vermont, where a hippie stencil artist and self-described "defiant dude" who makes maybe $40,000 a year selling Eat More Kale t-shirts just won a three-year trademark battle against fast-food giant Chik-fil-A - annual sales $4.6 billion, or nine sandwiches per second -...
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Sanders Has a Couple More Good Ideas: Break Up Big Banks, Expand Social Security
Promising to put forth and lobby on behalf of two bold progressive policy ideas in the months ahead, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has announced his intention to push for new pieces of legislation in the next session, one of which would break up the nation's largest Wall Street banks and another that...
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This Is Our Life
Congressional staffers Despite its ugly too-long backstory , it's hard not to be moved by the outpouring of solidarity and protests against police racism and brutality - still gaining strength, and even drawing some police. In recent days, Congressional staffers walked out en masse; in light of "...
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