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Choosing Life

As long as we exploit animals and kill them for food, we will exploit and kill each other. The willful numbness of our life as carnivores feeds our lack of empathy for the poor, our lust for war and ecocide.
 

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Robert Scheer: ‘Disturbing the Government Is an Obligation of Citizenship’

In a discussion with C-SPAN about the spying and civil liberty matters at the heart of his new book, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer says that "the word is not 'privacy,' it's really 'sovereignty.' "
 
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The Teaching Brain

This book asks the questions at the root of education: What is teaching? How does it take place? What is the process? And the question at the heart of the matter: How does teaching differ from learning?
 
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Tens of thousands of parents took a stand against the education agenda of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and standardized tests nationwide by having their children boycott one such exam in mid-April. In some districts, abstention levels reached 80 percent. (Pictured: Jack Bierwirth, the superintendent of Herricks Public Schools in Long Island.)

In a comical YouTube clip, writer and comedian Akilah Hughes enlists the help of a beloved Italian dish to get viewers to understand the sometimes maligned and often overlooked concept of intersectionality.

 
 
 
 
Hundreds Perish in What May Be the Mediterranean’s ‘Deadliest Migrant Disaster’

“Authorities described a grisly scene of bodies floating and submerging in the warm waters” of the Mediterranean, where “hundreds of people were feared dead Sunday after a ship crowded with migrants capsized and sank.”

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The Continuing Depopulation of Detroit

The city that was the arsenal of the 20th century may also provide the blueprint for a more precarious era: 100,000 of its residents are on what many call an eviction “conveyor belt.”

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Hope for Carbon Storage Rises Again

American scientists say they are making progress with carbon capture and storage, a process that would help render harmless the chief greenhouse gas.

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John Oliver on the Patent Trolls Threatening to ‘Sue the Living Shit Out of People’

Patents, or “legally binding dibs,” as HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host calls them, play an important part in most businesses. But so-called patent trolls are using them to make money in dubious ways.

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As the U.S. Consulate in Irbil, Iraq, Is Bombed, Can America Still Do Diplomacy in the Middle East?

A bombing that killed three people and wounded 10 on Saturday outside the consulate in Iraqi Kurdistan raises an important question about the U.S. diplomatic presence in the eastern reaches of the Middle East: Is it still possible for diplomats to do their work this way?

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442 Mental Health Experts Call for an End to Austerity

Austerity cuts and “neoliberal thinking” among policymakers are having a “profoundly disturbing” effect on Britons’ psychological and emotional well-being, say hundreds of counselors, psychotherapists and academics in a letter to The Guardian.

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Hacked Sony Emails Show Major Democrat-Turned-Lobbyist Urging Support for Republicans

As head of the lobbying group Motion Picture Association of America, Chris Dodd—a former Democratic senator and self-styled champion for working families—advised film executives to financially support Republican campaigns for election to Congress.

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Antarctica Blows Hot and Cold—for Now

Natural variability may at the moment be affecting Antarctica’s temperature more than human activity is, but climate change will still be a major influence.

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Can Republicans Learn From California?

Jim Brulte, California’s Republican chairman, has sobering but useful words for his party’s leaders and 2016 candidates: If they don’t learn from what happened to the GOP in California, they may doom themselves to repeating its decidedly unpleasant experience.

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Chelsea Manning and the Deepwater Horizon Deaths

Five years ago Monday, 11 men died on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig—despite Manning’s effort to save their lives. Let me explain.

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Noam Chomsky: The U.S. Is Trying to Put an End to Its Extreme Isolation

The renowned activist and linguist weighs in on the recent shift in relations between Cuba and the United States, as well as drone strikes in Yemen and the activities of the leftist parties Syriza and Podemos in Greece and Spain, among other current events.

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Why It Doesn’t Matter if Iraq’s Ezzat al-Douri Was Killed (Video)

The currently partly unemployed Iraqi governor of Salahuddin Province, displaced from much of his territory by Daesh (Islamic State), maintains that Ezzat al-Douri, former Baath vice president of Iraq under Saddam Hussein, has been killed by Shiite militias in a firefight north of Tikrit in the Hamrin mountains.

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The Controversial Legacy Behind Chris Christie’s Budget Claims

The New Jersey governor closed budget gaps by borrowing, shifting money from trust funds and paring back tax credits.

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Campus Administrators Invoke ‘Civility’ to Silence Critical Speech

University administrators are successfully rallying around the value of “civility” in discourse as a means of silencing and getting rid of professors deemed politically troublesome.

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Brazil’s Ascendant, Hard-Line Right Wants to Imprison 16-Year-Olds

The left wing of Brazil’s Legislature has become weak and demoralized, and the “Bullets, Beef and Bible Caucus” is ready to seize power.

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Islamic State Surrounds 300 Sunni Families in Iraq, Closes In on Ramadi (Video)

Islamic State (also known as Daesh) has taken new territory in the western Al-Anbar Province of Iraq and may be on the verge of taking the provincial capital, Ramadi, a week after they were decisively defeated in Tikrit in the south of Salahuddin Province.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Dull Candidates, a Trade Deal and a Gyrocopter

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists label Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush bland and incapable of lighting up a room. Also, the Senate secretly examines a massive trade deal and a protester lands a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

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Familiar Fish Find Northern Seas Too Warm for Comfort

Fish accustomed to shallow northern waters will search in vain for cooler depths as climate change warms the seas where they thrive.

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If Inequality Worries Republicans, Why Do They Keep Making It Worse?

You can tell things have gotten very bad when the issue of economic inequality—a serious national problem mostly ignored for more than three decades—is suddenly in political vogue.

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GOP’s Libertarians Aren’t All That Libertarian

A funny thing is happening on the way to the Republican primaries: The whole notion of small government libertarianism has been hijacked by politicians who often represent the opposite.

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