OVERPOPULATION: WHERE DO WE PUT THE NEXT BILLION HUMANS?...

Dec 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Earth & Energy FUTURISM Getty Images In Brief The dangers and ills of overpopulation can be circumvented through deliberate, intelligent urban planning. With a focus on environmental preservation, and the strategic use of land and resources, the problem may not be so intractable after all. Too Many People? Some people try to brush off overpopulation as a “myth,” saying it’s not a problem because all the humans in the world can fit in an area the size of Texas. “Sure they can, but then where would they pee?” wrote Natural News editor Mike Adams. “The argument that the world isn’t overpopulated merely because they could theoretically all be squeezed into one large land mass is an utterly fallacious argument, and I need to urge my friends in the alternative media to stop making...

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CLIMATE ACTION IS UP TO THE REST OF US NOW...

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[Translate] By Emily Schwartz Greco, Moyers & Company | Op-Ed Responsible Americans can’t give up on shrinking the nation’s carbon footprint while a climate denialist and his fellow travelers have their way with the federal government. And while it’s true that market forces will probably help continue to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint, there’s still a lot of work to be done if Trump makes good on his plans to abandon our climate commitments. With Greenland’s ice sheet thawing out, hottest-year-on-record temperatures set on an annual basis and increasingly dangerous and frequent bouts of extreme weather, the world needs to stay focused on fighting climate change in the next four years. As The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, “there is no time to waste” here in the real world. Who will fill the void when...

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HOW CREATIVE REPURPOSING OF INDUSTRIAL SCRAP IS HOLDING OFF A NEIGHBORHOOD’S GENTRIFICATION...

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[Translate]   By Amanda Abrams, YES! Magazine | Report The cavernous Scrap Exchange in Durham, North Carolina, is a maker’s dream. Located in an old movie theater, the space is replete with reusable items that would otherwise go into landfills, from arts-and-crafts standbys like buttons, felt, and ribbons, to castoff lumber, wallpaper samples, medical supplies, and old lab equipment. The constant activity there is an inspiring testament to the potential of reuse. But the Scrap Exchange is on the brink of something much bigger. This summer, the organization closed on a deal to buy 10 acres of a moribund strip mall surrounding the building. Executive director Ann Woodward’s ambition is to turn the area into a “reuse arts district,” unlike any in the country. It will include a range of creative elements, like a...

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NODAPL LIVE BLOG: PROTESTORS VICTORIOUS AS PIPELINE REROUTED...

Dec 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Posted on Dec 4, 2016   TRUTHDIG   “Our veterans once again on the front line … this time to defend Americans from their own government,” tweeted Twitter user #NoDAPL #Rezpect. (#NoDAPL #Rezpect / Twitter) Editor’s note: This live blog begins Dec. 1, 2016. For earlier updates, visit our first #NoDAPL live blog, which includes original multimedia from demonstrations at Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota. 2:20 p.m. PST Sunday, Dec. 4: Those opposing the pipeline, who call themselves water protectors, have taken to social media to celebrate the news that the Dakota Access pipeline will have to change course. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made that call on Sunday. Here’s an excerpt from the Army’s statement: The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would allow the proposed Dakota Access...

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AFRICA’S DUST IS A PRICELESS EXPORT...

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[Translate]   By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG     Women and children struggle through a dust storm in North Darfur, Sudan. (UNAMID via Flickr) LONDON—Climate scientists have identified Africa’s single biggest export—the wind-borne dust that fertilises the Amazon forests, nourishes life in the Atlantic ocean and softens the noonday blaze of the sun. And they have calculated its vital role in climate change over the last 23,000 years. In the words of US oceanographers and Earth scientists, “North Africa exports teragrams of wind-blown mineral aerosol over the tropical North Atlantic each year, with significant climate and biogeochemical impacts.” A teragram is a million tonnes, and the quantities airlifted into the sky from the Sahara and the Sahel each year by the trade winds and blown abroad would be enough to...

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Identity Politics vs. Populist Economics? It’s a False Choice—Liberals Need to Look in the Mirror...

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[Translate]   Economy Economic justice and civil rights are not separate; the issue isn’t “identity politics” but liberalism’s failures. By Conor Lynch / Salon   CHARLOTTE, NC, USA – JULY 5, 2016: Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally at the Charlotte Convention Center in a joint appearance with the US President. The American Flag is in her background. Photo Credit: Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com For many Democrats, the fact that the Obama years have ended with one of the biggest party implosions in American history — and not the implosion of the Republican Party, as most had anticipated — remains a difficult reality to accept. Thanks to the Democratic Party’s historic collapse, Republicans will soon have complete control of all levels of government in the United States: All three branches of federal government, a large majority...

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We’ve Been Sold a Lie for Two Decades About Genetically Engineered Foods...

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[Translate] Food Europe has been right all along to renounce GE crops. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet March against Monsanto 2014-05-24 Photo Credit: Die Grünen Kärnten/Flickr CC Editor’s note: The terms GE (genetic engineering) and GMO (genetically modified organism) are often used interchangeably, but their meanings are different. GMOs, which are produced when plant breeders select genetic traits that may also occur naturally, have been around for centuries. Common examples are seedless watermelons and modern broccoli. The subject of much recent debate are GE foods, which have only been around in recent decades and are produced by transferring genes between organisms. The resulting GE organisms—either plant-, or in the case of GE salmon, animal-based—would not otherwise occur in nature. This article is about GE foods. In 1994, a tomato known as Flavr Savr became the first...

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FDA FAST TRACKING OF ALL NEW VACCINES (3091 AND 3092)...

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[Translate] URGENT: Contact US Senate NOW! Demand Removal of Vaccine Sections from HR 34 (21st Century Cures Act): 1)     FDA Fast Tracking of ALL New Vaccines (3091 and 3092) 2)     Unconscionable Pharma and Vaccine Administrator Liability Shield for Fetal Vaccine Injury or Death Caused by Vaccines Given in Pregnancy (3093) Send Emails and Faxes This Weekend. Call ALL DAY Monday before vote at 5:30 pm EST Dear NVIC Advocacy Members, Just when you thought you could start to prepare for your holiday season, a lame duck Congress is about to “Scrooge” the public over vaccines and give a huge holiday bonus to drug companies. Your action is urgently needed to email and fax your two US Senators over the weekend and call them on Monday to demand the removal of three sections (3091, 3092...

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TRUMP: WHAT DANGERS DOES HE FACE FROM GLOBALISTS?...

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[Translate] by Jon Rappoport   Trilateral Commission, CFR, WEF/Davos, Bilderberg   (To read about Jon’s mega-collection, The Matrix Revealed, click here.) As I keep emphasizing, Trump achieved two great things in his campaign for the presidency: he stopped Hillary Clinton from occupying the Oval Office, and he ran against big media, helping to further destroy its reputation. From here on, we shall see. How many compromises will the new president permit? How many will he seek? To put it another way, how many covert victories will arch-Globalist David Rockefeller and his associates pile up? They are, of course, aware that Trump has promised to kick the can of Globalism down the road, stop the excesses of “free trade,” and bring stolen jobs back to America. What actions will they take against Trump? Here’s a lesson from the...

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ARE AMERICANS READY FOR A MUNICIPALIST MOVEMENT?...

Dec 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Alexander Kolokotronis / ROAR   VIA TRUTHDIG     The skyline of Chicago. (Tony Webster / CC-BY-2.0) The mass protests across the United States in response to Donald Trump’s presidential election victory constitute a palpable and growing potential for the formation and constructive utilization of various anti-fascist fronts and coalitions. While these might be limited to protest and survival in typical Trump strongholds, the situation is markedly different in urban settings. In many cities, anti-Trump demonstrations have included far-left groups, immigration-rights advocates, Black Lives Matter activists, reproductive rights supporters and a number of other political actors. Amidst calls for “people power,” these different movements together chanted “not my president!” and vocalized their support for so many other groups that have been marginalized, ridiculed and discriminated against by the president-elect. People power need...

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FACING MY FEAR: TO SAVE MY AUTISTIC SON’S FUTURE, I HAD TO LET HIM GO...

Dec 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The Guardian Autism Facing my fear Elayne Robertson Demby   THE GUARDIAN It’s always hard for parents when their children leave home. But usually they can fend for themselves when they do ‘Evan initially met all his developmental milestones. But then, at 18 months, I realized something was horribly wrong.’ Photograph: Elayne Demby   Watching the child you once cradled in your arms walk out the door and into their own life always fills a parent with a sense of terror and loss. You raise them as best you can and hope that the adult you created will succeed. When that child, however, will never truly be an adult in the typical sense of the word, it’s more complicated. Tell us about a time you faced your fear Over 21 years ago, I gave...

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THIS IS THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME FOR OUR PLANET BY STEPHEN HAWKING...

Dec 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Stephen Hawking   THE GUARDIAN We can’t go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it Illustration by Nate Kitch   As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the world’s great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20s is even more rarefied. And within that scientific community, the small group of international theoretical physicists with whom I have spent my working life might sometimes be tempted to regard themselves as the pinnacle. In addition to this, with the celebrity that has come with my books, and the isolation imposed by my illness, I feel as though my ivory tower...

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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO DEPLOY MEDIATORS TO STANDING ROCK TO ‘MAINTAIN THE PEACE’...

Dec 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Department is also offering assistance to law enforcement from division that led reform efforts following protests and unrest in 2014, Loretta Lynch said  THE GUARDIAN North Dakota’s governor ordered a mandatory evacuation of the area, citing concerns about the weather, but state and federal officials say no forced eviction is planned. Photograph: David Goldman/AP Julia Carrie Wong in Cannon Ball, North Dakota   Attorney general Loretta Lynch has weighed in on the protests against the Dakota Access pipeline, calling on all sides to avoid violence and announcing that the justice department is deploying “conciliators” from its community relations service to North Dakota. The department is also offering assistance to local law enforcement from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (Cops), the division that led the department’s police reform efforts following huge protests...

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SENATORS AIM TO PROTECT UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS AS TRUMP TAKES OFFICE...

Dec 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin are crafting legislation to send a message to Trump, who made a hardline approach to immigration central to his campaign The Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has granted temporary permits to more than 740,000 young undocumented immigrants. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images Sabrina Siddiqui  THE GUARDIAN Since Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election, undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children have feared they might be forced back into the shadows under the incoming administration. But a bipartisan group of senators is now seeking to protect young undocumented immigrants, known as Dreamers, by extending the legal status granted to them under Barack Obama’s executive action. Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin said this week they are crafting legislation to send a message...

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At Least Four Kinds of Terrorism Are Targeting Our Grandchildren—None of Them What Donald Trump Would Have You Think...

Dec 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   World The forces that swept a narcissistic misogynist into office are gunning for us all. By Paul Buchheit / AlterNet   Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com Four decades of American narcissism and greed and exceptionalism have allowed the super-rich to dictate the future path of our nation. We’re paying the price now, with environmental disasters, nonexistent savings for half of our families, Americans dying because of expensive health care, and a growing fear of blowback from desperate victims of our foreign wars. Environment Be Damned Almost all reputable sources agree that human-caused climate change is killing people, with up to 400,000 annual deaths “due to hunger and communicable diseases that affect above all children in developing countries,” and up to 7 million deaths — over a half-million of them children under the age of five — caused by air pollution. The richest people in the world create most of the pollution,...

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Bernie Sanders: Corporations Just Learned How to Flip Donald Trump on His Back...

Dec 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 Instead of a damn tax, the company will be rewarded with a damn tax cut. By Sen. Bernie Sanders / AlterNet Photo Credit: a katz / Shutterstock.com This week, about 1,000 Carrier workers and their families should be rejoicing. But the rest of our nation’s workers should be very nervous. President-elect Donald Trump will reportedly announce a deal with United Technologies, the corporation that owns Carrier, that keeps less than 1,000 of the 2,100 jobs in America that were previously scheduled to be transferred to Mexico. Let’s be clear: It is not good enough to save some of these jobs. Trump made a promise that he would save all of these jobs, and we cannot rest until an ironclad contract is signed to ensure that all of these workers are able to continue working in Indiana without...

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Two Surprising Factors That Make Millions of Americans Sick...

Dec 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Books How urban planning preventative medicine can keep people from getting sick in the first place. By Larry Cohen / Oxford University Press Photo Credit: ILO in Asia and the Pacific/Flickr Creative Commons The following is an excerpt from Prevention Diaries, by Larry Cohen. Published December 1, 2016, by Oxford University Press. I tried to get a mortgage for a superb house in East Oakland near my office, but my application was denied without explanation. Later I learned—off the record—that banks were unwilling to lend in that area. They had “redlined” it, meaning they drew an actual red line on the map around certain neighborhoods where they refused to support either residential or commercial development. This neighborhood was extraordinarily racially, ethnically, and economically diverse, with a high percentage of people of color and people...

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JO JOERO ON SELF-HELP HOUSING, NEOLIBERALISM & WHAT PATRICK SCHUMACHER DOESN’T UNDERSTAND...

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Elvia Wilk  METROPOLIS MAGAZINE Table House, by Noero Architects Courtesy Uno Pereira At the recent World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin, Jo Noero of Cape Town-based Noero Architects presented his ongoing Table House project: a deceptively simple, low-cost combination of posts and beams that can be adapted by residents to suit specific needs. The concept is a collaboration with Rainer Hehl, from the Architecture Design Innovation Program at Berlin’s Technical University. The two architects suggest the typology could be used to address entirely different housing crises in their respective countries. Following the festival, Metropolis contributor Elvia Wilk met with Noero to discuss whether the temporary can really become permanent, Rem Koolhaas’ “diabolical” influence on the profession of architecture, and, yes, Donald Trump. Elvia Wilk: Having followed several of your projects over time, one thing that...

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HOW BIG GOT ITS GROVE BACK

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Gretchen Von Koenig  METROPOLIS MAGAZINE Photography courtesy Robin Hill Grove at Grand Bay, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and developed by Miami based Terra Group, is the newest highrise to hit Miami. Located just south of South Beach in cozy and historic Coconut Grove, the project, although far from revolutionary, is attractive and contemporary—from the whimsy of the curved massing, to its elegant & structurally sophisticated engineering solutions, to its LEED Gold certification (an important precedent for Miami). But it’s BIG’s collaboration with landscape architect Raymond Jungles—a prolific designer in his own right—that truly brings the philosophy of “re-groving the grove”, Ingel’s supposed intent for the project, to life. The natural elements surrounding the project integrate it into the landscape perfectly, saving the Grove from becoming what it would otherwise be: yet another...

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A PROGRESS REPORT FROM THE CUTTING EDGE OF RESILIENT DESIGN...

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT   Jared Green Resilient Bridgeport / Rebuild by Design “We don’t know what resilience policy will look like in the new administration. There are lots of unknowns, but we can take solace in what we do know,” said Amy Chester, director of Rebuild by Design, at an event in Washington, D.C. that provided updates on how the six teams devising novel resilient designs in the tri-state area are doing two years into planning and design. Rebuild by Design, a unique cross-sector initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative, and numerous non-profit organizations, was created by President Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the east coast in 2012 and damaged or destroyed 650,000 homes across 13 states. 148 teams...

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE IN THE NEWS HIGHLIGHTS NOVEMBER 16-30...

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT    J.R. Taylor Freeway Park, Seattle, Washington by Lawrence Halprin / Photograph © Aaron Leitz, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation New Hudson River Park Will Be on Man-Made Island – The Wall Street Journal, 11/16/16 “Plans for a new park in Manhattan call for lush plants, towering trees, walking paths and a theater, all set on a rolling section of waterfront property.” Diana Balmori, Landscape Architect With a Blending Philosophy, Dies at 84 – The New York Times, 11/17/16 “Diana Balmori, a landscape architect whose ecologically sensitive designs integrated buildings and the natural environment in projects ranging in scope from urban rooftop gardens to South Korea’s new administrative capital, Sejong City, died on Monday in Manhattan.” From Penguin Watching to Healing Gardens, See the Best Australian Landscape Architecture from 2016 – The Architect’s...

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INTERVIEW WITH MITCHELL SILVER ON NYC’S GAME CHANGING PARK SYSTEM...

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT    Jared Green Mitchell Silver / NYC Parks and Recreation Mitchell Silver is commissioner of the New York City Departments of Parks and Recreation. Silver is past president of the American Planning Association (APA) and an award-winning planner with 30 years of experience. In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the Community Parks Initiative, which aims to improve historically underfunded parks in densely populated and growing neighborhoods with higher than average concentrations of poverty. Some $285 million has been set aside for this effort, which will lead to the full re-imagining of 67 parks. Your department has broken ground in some 35 parks. What do communities want most for their new spaces after all those years of deferred maintenance? What are some common elements in these new places? First, they want the...

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WAS 11/8 A NEW 9/11?

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Tom Engelhardt / TomDispatch  VIA TRUTHDIG Bob Bob / CC-BY-2.0 For decades, Washington had a habit of using the Central Intelligence Agency to deep-six governments of the people, by the people, and for the people that weren’t to its taste and replacing them with governments of the [take your choice: military junta, shah, autocrat, dictator] across the planet.  There was the infamous 1953 CIA- and British-organized coup that toppled the democratic Iranian government of Mohammad Mosadegh and put the Shah (and his secret police, the SAVAK) in power.  There was the 1954 CIA coup against the government of Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala that installed the military dictatorship of Carlos Castillo Armas; there was the CIA’s move to make Ngo Dinh Diem the head of South Vietnam, also in 1954, and the...

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HOW THE MEDIA ICED OUT BERNIE SANDERS AND HELPED DONALD TRUMP WIN...

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan  VIA TRUTHDIG   More than 12 million people voted for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries. (Sandy Huffaker / AP) We hadn’t seen Bernie Sanders in Philadelphia since last July, when he watched his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, win the Democratic Party’s nomination. Sanders joined the “Democracy Now!” news hour this week at the historic Philadelphia Free Library for a wide-ranging discussion. “I am deeply concerned about the future of American democracy,” Sanders told the enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd. Millions of Americans voted for Sanders in the primaries. He transformed the 2016 U.S. presidential election, inspiring and engaging people with a progressive vision for the future, with little help from the media. READ: Hillary Channels Bernie to End Democratic Corporate Show in Philadelphia The networks have engaged...

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CALIFORNIA VERSUS TRUMPLAND

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Robert Reich / RobertReich.org  VIA TRUTHDIG Ed Uthman / CC BY 2.0 California is now the capital of liberal America. Along with its neighbors Oregon and Washington, it will be a nation within the nation starting in January when the federal government goes dark. In sharp contrast to much of the rest of the nation, Californians preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by a 2-to-1 margin. They also voted to extend a state tax surcharge on the wealthy, and adopt local housing and transportation measures along with a slew of local tax increases and bond proposals. In other words, California is the opposite of Trumpland. The differences go even deeper. For years, conservatives have been saying that a healthy economy depends on low taxes, few regulations, and low wages. Are conservatives...

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GOP SUDDENLY A WEE BIT NERVOUS ABOUT PRIVATIZING MEDICARE...

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 Chuck Schumer: “We say to our Republicans who want to privatize Medicare, we say: go try it. Make our day.” By Kerry Eleveld / DailyKos NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – MARCH 6, 2014: Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Photo Credit: Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com Donald Trump promised to protect it. Paul Ryan wants to dismantle it as does Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s pick to head the Health and Human Services Department. Democrats—Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer included—are daring Republicans to savage a program that provides health care to one of their most loyal voting demographics—seniors. Medicare is fast becoming a political hot potato for Republicans now that they will control every part of the federal government. GOP senators, in particular, are sounding a little leery of Paul Ryan’s...

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IN SYRIA’S ALEPPO, THERE’S NO WAY OF COUNTING THE DEAD...

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] WorldViews By Louisa Loveluck WASHINGTON POST Syrian Civil Defense workers and citizens carry a body in the neighborhood of Saif al-Dawla in Aleppo, Syria, on Nov. 19. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via Associated Press) BEIRUT — It’s too dangerous to bury east Aleppo’s dead in the daylight. So when night falls, an imam slips out to the latest mass grave, conducting the briskest of rites and thanking God that the skies have stayed silent. With President Bashar al-Assad’s warplanes circling and ground troops closing in, Aleppo’s rebel-run districts are in such chaos this week that no one can count the dead. “We can’t keep up,” said Ibrahim Abu Laith, a volunteer with the White Helmets civil defense group. “We’re having to choose who we find and who we don’t.” Syria’s 5 ½-year...

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS TIE TRUMP’S HANDS ON DEEP-SEA MINING...

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[Translate] A federal court settlement requires the government to assess the impact of strip-mining the ocean floor before issuing exploration permits to companies. (Photo: Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild via Getty Images) TAKE PART David Kirby has been a professional journalist for 25 years. His third book, Death at Seaworld, was published in 2012. Donald Trump is still seven weeks away from taking office, but when it comes to permitting the controversial practice of deep-sea mining, the incoming administration’s hands are already tied. On Wednesday, the Center for Biological Diversity announced it has settled a federal court lawsuit against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its parent agency, the U.S. Department of Commerce, in a move that will compel federal officials to conduct in-depth assessments of the risks to wildlife and underwater ecosystems before issuing...

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TRUMP STANDS WITH BIG OIL, BACKS THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE...

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THINK PROGRESS “All Americans” apparently doesn’t include the tribes trying to protect their water. CREDIT: AP Photo/John Minchillo President-elect Donald Trump’s energy and environmental priorities can be summed up as staunchly pro-fossil fuels. He doubled down on these positions Thursday, explicitly backing the Dakota Access pipeline, a $3.6-billion project that he has personal financial ties to. The controversial project has been the target of protests for months in North Dakota, where Native American tribes have been at the forefront of the effort to stop the pipeline’s construction under the Missouri River. “Mr. Trump expressed his support for the Dakota Access pipeline, which has met or exceeded all environmental standards set forth by four states and the Army Corps of Engineers,” North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven (R) said in a statement Thursday, after a briefing...

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HERE’S HOW STATES AND CITIES CAN FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE AND INEQUALITY IN THE TRUMP ERA...

Dec 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Let’s make polluters pay for carbon reduction and invest the revenue in disadvantaged communities. By Heather McGhee and Robert B. Reich  THE NATION.COM Traffic on I-80 in Berkeley, California. (Wikimedia Commons) President-elect Donald Trump has made it clear that he wants to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature climate policies—the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Agreement on global emissions reductions. If he is successful, we will need a Plan B that the Republicans cannot obstruct. That means turning to states and cities, and in a big way. Some have already started to think about how climate change can be fought at the state level. But there is a lot more work to be done. One of the most hotly debated ballot initiatives in 2016 was Washington’s first-of-its-kind proposal for a statewide carbon tax,...

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