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How Democracies Die

Democracy was not extinguished in 2016 when Trump was elected. It was slowly strangled to death by the Republican and Democratic parties on behalf of their corporate masters.

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So The US Is Invading Iraq Again

Though It won’t be as exciting as last time. If the initial invasion of Iraq was a violent sexual assault by a stranger in a dark alley, this one is more like an abusive husband raping his wife and then making her cook him dinner. But it is just as much a violent violation of personal sovereignty in both instances.

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The Impeachment’s Moral Hypocrisy

If our political leaders truly want to restore the rule of law and uphold the constitution, then why didn’t they impeach Bush and Obama (and Trump for his ongoing complicity) for starting illegal wars, assassinating U.S. citizens without due process, carrying out illegal torture, mass spying on the U.S. citizens, and many other serious human rights abuses.

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Why Everything is Fu**ed

We all slid out of the womb an itty bitty helpless information sponge into a world full of mentally ill giants who couldn’t wait to fill our tiny skulls with all of their inner demons. And now everything, understandably, is fucked.

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All The Species Declared Extinct This Decade

Scientists estimate that species are going extinct 1,000 times faster than they should be, and “literally dozens” go extinct each day. Gizmodo compiled a list of the species that the IUCN has formally declared extinct in the past decade.

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On Courage

What does it mean to be courageous? This short video provides an eloquent answer through powerful images that encourage further consideration of the question.

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Reconciling Ecological Imperatives and the Right to Food at a Time of Bio-Ethical Crisis

Richard Falk discusses an extremely disturbing evolving situation by labeling it ‘the first bio-ethical crisis to confront humanity.’ It is bio-ethical in the primary sense that the challenges posed are fundamentally directed at the wellbeing and even survival of the species as a whole, and this crisis has an ethical character because knowledge and resources exist to overcome these challenges, and yet action is not being taken.

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Top 21 Heartwarming Movies for Animal Lovers

The holiday season is the perfect time to cozy up with these top 21 movies for animal lovers. From animated classics like Bambi to new favorites like Frozen 2, these are our top picks for heartwarming movies that the whole family can enjoy.

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The Great American Shakedown

The U.S. Democratic Party and its liberal supporters are perplexed. They presented hours of evidence of an impeachable offense, and yet it has made no difference-public opinion is not moved. The liberal class and the Democratic Party leadership have failed to understand that they, along with the traditional Republican elites, have squandered their credibility. No one believes them. And no one should.

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On Being Alone

On a solo canoe trip down the Green River, paddling through the Canyonlands of southeast Utah, Craig Childs reflects on what it means to be alone in the wild.

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The Five Corrupt Pillars of Climate Change Denial

The fossil fuel industry, political lobbyists, media moguls and individuals have spent the past 30 years sowing doubt about the reality of climate change – where none exists. The latest estimate is that the world’s five largest publicly-owned oil and gas companies spend about US$200 million a year on lobbying to control, delay or block binding climate policy.

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Fishes, Sentience, And The Law

Despite recent increases in the interest towards bird and mammal protection, less attention is paid to the suffering experienced by fishes in the fishing industry. But without a morally relevant difference between aquatic and land animals, the same moral obligations should apply to fishes and other aquatic animals, too.

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Open Letter to Roger Hallam

Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, has been accused of “anti-semitism” by big media for words he spoke taken out of context, leading to a massive backlash against the activist. This points to a much broader problem within mainstream media that climate activists need to understand: Big media is intertwined with other power centers, and they will fight tooth and nail against anyone who seriously challenges the status quo.

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Sustainable Home Decor Guide: Ethical and Eco-Friendly Design Tips

Sustainable home designs can help both people and businesses avoid having a negative impact on the environment. By choosing an eco-friendly manufacturer, designer, or by simply looking deeper into the footprint and profile of the materials and companies they work with, people can reduce their carbon footprint by being more conscious of the decor they put in their homes.

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Paying It Forward: Interview With Nipun Mehta

For more than 20 years, Nipun Mehta and his parents have been opening his doors to friends and strangers every Wednesday evening, creating a space for people to sit in circle together, meditate, share thoughts, and enjoy a meal. The invitation is to “wake up to wisdom in stillness and community,” a simple gesture of service and connection that now takes place in people’s living rooms across the globe.

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Assange in Court

The campaign of demonisation and dehumanisation against Julian, based on government and media lie after lie, has led to a situation where he can be slowly killed in public sight, and arraigned on a charge of publishing the truth about government wrongdoing, while receiving no assistance from “liberal” society.

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Not Worth Going Vegan for the Climate?

Going vegan won’t help the planet? Not worth it for the climate? All of these notions are based on the EPA’s figures for livestock emissions. Why are they drastically different than the FAO’s reports? Time to investigate.

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Plastic? What’s Really Killing Our Oceans?

The public has expressed growing concern for the state of our oceans, as plastic is quickly outnumbering the amount of fish in the sea. But what is the main driver of ocean plastic? It turns out that close to 50% of the plastic debris in our oceans is abandoned fishing gear.

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Time to Rebel

Monday, Oct. 7. marks the start of what the British-based group Extinction Rebellion is calling the International Rebellion. Thousands of people will occupy the centers of some 60 cities around the globe, including Madrid, Amsterdam, Paris and New York, to stage nonviolent occupations of bridges and roads for at least a week.

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The Greta Thunberg Helpline

If you’re a grown adult enraged by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, satirist Mark Humphries and his co-writer Evan Williams have created a new service that could help.

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Changing How We Eat Is Complicated

A successful transition to a more plant-based diet requires not only motivation but capability and opportunity. This review summarizes existing research on what helps (and hinders) that process.

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To Confront Climate Change, We Need an Ecological Democracy

Marit Hammond, a lecturer in environmental politics at Keele University in the U.K., advocates for the necessity of an “ecological democracy” in order to meet the climate emergency urgently and sustainably. In this interview, Hammond offers insights on what this new form of democracy would look like and how we can get there.

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