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Why are the billionaires always laughing?

Because they know the corporate media will never call bullshit on their bullshit.

Why are the billionaires laughing?

It’s easy to laugh when the corporate press treats you as a glorious success instead of the epitome of a broken social order. Billionaires laugh because they know the corporate media prefers to fawn over them rather than hold them to account.

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Simon Whalley

Simon Whalley

Simon Whalley is an educator in Japan, the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion Japan and the author of the upcoming book, Dear Indy: A Heartfelt Plea From a Climate Anxious Father.

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If we are to avoid our species' extinction, we must avoid warfare.

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The "Impossible" Rebellion

There is a non-violent rebellion underway, and everyone and anyone is invited.

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Are We Prepared for Pandora's Box of Climate Catastrophes?

There is still time to avoid the catastrophe we have set in motion, but it is going to take drastic behavior change and huge grassroots pressure on governments to force them to act immediately.

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There Is a Monster in Our Oceans, and It Isn't Sharks, It's Us

As apex predators, sharks are crucial in the maintenance of oceanic ecosystems.

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Why Are We Fueling Our Own Extinction?

'While the rest of us understand supply and demand theory, our politicians, slick from all that oil money gushing into their hands, seem unable to firmly grasp this basic theory.'

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This Is Only the Beginning: It's About to Get Much Harder

Our planet hasn’t seen temperatures this hot in fifteen million years, when the sea level was forty meters higher than it is today.

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Of the Rich, By the Rich, For the Rich

"Our current situation is hardly novel, it is just the continuation of an unjust system built on a document of objective lies. 'All men' should have been replaced by 'some rich white men' and everything would have been a lot clearer."

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