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Chants of "No More War" from delegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention gave voice to sentiments that still resonate through the base of the party and the broad U.S. public, notably in communities with higher rates of military sacrifice. While Trump's 2016 victories in swing states may well have been aided by his posing as a foe of protracted war, his administration's Mideast policies have largely exposed that masquerade. Unfortunately, the weak and confused positions of Democratic leaders on endless war and bloated military spending offer little alternative to war-weary voters.

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Here's another item that should shake you to your Facebook-questioning core: According to NBC News' John Schuppe, "Police officers around the country, in departments large and small, working for federal, state and local agencies, use undercover Facebook accounts to watch protesters, track gang members, lure child predators and snare thieves, according to court records, police trainers and officers themselves."

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Amazon's announcement that it's raising pay to $15 an hour for its more than 350,000 low-wage employees generated headlines -- and unexpected criticism from the company’s workforce since it simultaneously cut bonuses and stock grants, and compressed its pay scale. The Amazon raise followed similar $15 wage increases by Target and Disney -- and led Sen. Bernie Sanders to call on McDonald's to do the same.

Thursday, 11 October 2018 07:18

"The Running Man": An American Allegory

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Richard Dawson in The Running Man (1987).Arnold Schwarzenegger and Richard Dawson in The Running Man (1987). Photo: Braveworld Productions / Taft Entertainment / HBO Pictures

"Post-truth is pre-fascism." –Timothy Snyder 

In the 1987 film, The Running Man, the world of America circa 2017 is a bleak one: Inequality is rampant. The public lives in fear, victims of dishonest news. The main distraction for a numbed citizenry is part of a modern-day version of bread and circuses, which comes in the form of a reality TV show run by a host who is likely the most powerful person in the country. All of this should ring some bells. The Running Man is remembered, if it's remembered at all, as one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's last forays into B-movies. However, the film has notable parallels with our own reality. While '80s dystopian films such as Escape From New York, 1990: The Bronx Warriors o rFirebird 2015 AD have little to say about our lives today, Schwarzenegger's '80s-esque classic – while also getting a lot wrong – has some startling surprises for the modern viewer. 

 

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photo credit: By Cameron Strandberg from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada(Photo: Cameron Strandberg from Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada)

A few days after Brett Kavanaugh, who was accused of sexual assault by several women and who lied under oath in his confirmation hearings, was voted onto the Supreme Court, a new climate report warned of a "strong risk of crisis as early as 2040." These two news stories may at first appear to have nothing to do with each other, but in fact both point to a dangerous trend toward disregarding truth in favor of partisan politics.

Of the FBI's Kavanaugh report, Sen. Kamala Harris has said, "This was not a search for the truth," and indeed, the majority of senators just signaled that they don't believe that truth needs to be coupled with justice, that it's okay for a member of the highest court to lie under oath. This is deeply dangerous for all of us, and for the health of our country and of our planet. 

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 06:44

Being a Light in the Post-Kavanaugh Darkness

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It's actually a very small gesture, but it was one that I thought made a lot of sense and that would carry me through the days, and years to come.  I decided to get a tattoo a few days before the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh, as I saw hopes of justice fade. So now, on my left forearm, there is a tattoo that reads "Fiat Lux," which means, "Let There Be Light."

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The number of plastics washing up on the beaches of remote islands in the South Atlantic has increased 10 times in the past 10 years, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) found. This is a devastating development for the unique biodiversity of islands in the UK's overseas territories like Ascension, St. Helena, Tristan da Cunha, Gough and the Falkland Islands, both because the plastic harms marine life and because invasive species can use it to hitch a ride onto the remote beaches covered by Atlantic Marine Protected Areas.

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On Thursday, October 5, thousands of hotel workers in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Boston and other cities, went on strike against Marriott hotels. In San Francisco, Unite Here Local 2 President Anand Singh said: "The working conditions for housekeepers with this company are breaking our members' bodies. On all of the issues most important to us, when we bring them to the table we're met with resistance or silence."

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If global temperatures rise above 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels—the ideal temperature limit set by the Paris agreement—global sea levels will rise by more than 40 centimeters (approximately 15.7 inches) by 2100. If temperatures top 2° Celsius, sea level rise will be more than 50 centimeters (approximately 20 inches) by century's end. This could be devastating to coastal cities around the world that are already vulnerable to storms and flooding because of geological or urban planning factors.

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The state of Michigan and Canadian pipeline company Enbridge announced a deal Wednesday to replace controversial aging pipelines that environmental groups worried put Lakes Michigan and Huron at risk for an oil spillThe Detroit Free Press reported.

Under the new plan, the existing 65-year-old pipelines, which are part of Enbridge's Line 5 carrying oil and liquefied natural gas between Wisconsin and Ontario, will be replaced with a new pipeline in a tunnel to be drilled into the bedrock beneath the Straits of Mackinac connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan, The Associated Press reported. The project will take seven to 10 years to complete and cost as much as $500 million. Enbridge will foot the bill.

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