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‘The Big Short’ and Bernie Sanders’ Plan to Bust Up Wall Street

The movie shows why Bernie Sanders’ plan to break up the biggest banks and reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act (separating investment from commercial banking) is necessary—and why Hillary Clinton’s more modest plan is inadequate.

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Golden Globes: A Contender for Best Comedy

The scandal-plagued awards show gets a nod for spotting groundbreakers, but the back-scratching nature of the ceremony makes it a little hard to swallow.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: From ‘Brandalism’ to Flamenco Flash Mobs: Ideas for the Creative Activist

Grass-roots social and environmental campaigns that delight and inspire “can help put sustained pressure on business and governments by bringing renewed energy, kick-starting conversations, and sparking the imaginations of a whole new set of participants,” writes Frances Buckingham at The Guardian.

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Sean Penn and Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán: Hollywood Came Calling, Then the Authorities Followed

In Sean Penn’s star-powered, 10,000-word, gigante get for Rolling Stone about his clandestine huddle with Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, we learn that, with startling predictability, Guzmán was yielding to Hollywood’s siren call. And that receptivity didn’t just consist of his willingness to be interviewed by actor and activist Penn, either.

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Can’t We Pause the Culture War and Just Watch the Game?

“Everything is a culture war now,” grouses sports humor writer DJ Gallo. “And it’s impossible to avoid, even in the movies and sports many of us go to in hopes of finding a brief respite from all the yelling we find online and off.”

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American Artists Against War

Artists of conscience have always responded angrily and passionately to war, genocide and torture. This book examines the work of American visual artists from 1935 to 2010 who believed that governments and humanity must be held to higher moral standards.

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‘Democracy in America’

“What good does it do me, after all,” asks Alexis de Toqueville in his classic book, “if an ever-watchful authority ... races ahead of me to ward off all danger, sparing me the need even to think about such things, if that authority ... is also absolute master of my liberty and my life?”

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Thinking Beyond the Age of Fire

Human society without fire is unthinkable. But a new book says we need to think of a world where fire gives way to electricity.

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A Rare Victory for Freedom of Speech in Turkey, as Pianist Is Allowed to Quote Omar Khayyam

In a win for freedom of speech in Turkey, the country’s Supreme Court of Appeals has completely overturned a lower court ruling that sentenced world-famous pianist Fazil Say to a suspended sentence of 10 months in prison.

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2015 in Review: A Very Good Year at the Movies

What do “Straight Outta Compton,” “Carol” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” have in common? They all made Truthdig film reviewer John Patterson’s 2015 list of favorites.

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