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Polar bears need to be fat, and they can’t be without sea ice | Aeon Ideas

May 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

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The European Left and the Greek Tragedy

May 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

The day Greek workers and employees went on general strike, protesting against a new barrage of so-called “reforms” imposed by the “creditors” in the context of a program that is destroying Greeks …

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Scientists Predict There Will Be No Glaciers in the Contiguous US by 2050 — but Trump Is Stomping on the Gas Pedal

May 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

Sea-level rise is now projected to be even higher than expected, and warming oceans are losing their oxygen much faster than previously believed. If warming continues apace, there will be no glaciers in the contiguous United States by 2050, yet Trump administration officials are stomping on the gas pedal.

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Amid “Constitutional Crisis,” Bernie Sanders Urges Workers To Seize Means of Production | Portside

May 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

The first, the WORK (“Worker Ownership, Readiness and Knowledge”) Act, would direct more than $45 million in funding to state-level employee ownership centers, aimed at providing training and technical assistance to current and prospective worker-owners. A second piece of legislation would establish something called the U.S. Employee Ownership Bank, via $500 million in funds for low-interest rate loans and financial assistance for workers who want to buy out the business

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Chris Hedges: The Death of the Republic – Chris Hedges – Truthdig

May 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

The despotic forces that destroyed ancient Rome and other empires are destroying us. And removing Trump would not halt the disintegration.

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The Normalizing of Authoritarianism in America

May 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany personify evil.  Responsible for the most horrific genocide of human beings in modern times, Hitler and the Nazis serve as the yardstick by which to measure evil (auth…

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The Chávez Hypothesis: Vicissitudes of a Strategic Project

May 20th, 2017 · No Comments

What does Chavism really stand for? What are its main accomplishments and its main failures? What was the soldier-become-president Hugo Chávez trying to achieve, and how far did he go in achieving …

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High temps, no water, no breaks for workers in FL, GA, TX construction booms – The Pump Handle

May 20th, 2017 · No Comments

Despite a post-recession construction boom in the southern U.S., a survey of 1,435 construction workers describe low wages, sparse benefits, and no potable water on sweltering summer days.

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Miles of Ice Collapsing Into the Sea – The New York Times

May 20th, 2017 · No Comments

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Early-Stage Antarctica Death Rattle Sparks NY Times Journalists Trip

May 20th, 2017 · No Comments

As NY Times journalists fly to Antarctica with scientists to examine cascading ice sheets, it’s worth looking into their level of curiosity because that’s not a normal occurrence. After all, who can possibly be interested in ice sheets a couple of miles thick where it’s cold and icy 9,000 miles away?Here’s why the high level of interest: Antarctica is equivalent to 200’ of seawater rise, and it appears to be coming apart at the seams in some very vulnerable areas. The NY journalists, after all, are from a city that will be under water in the worse case scenario, and telltale signs of big trouble are already way too evident, certainly evident enough to move NY journalists off their butts to travel 9,000 miles to visit the massive ice sheet.

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