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The Conquest of Nature (and What We’ve Lost)

However it so happens that the beasts manage to live not only at ease within the great chain of being but also in concert with the tides and the season and the presence of death, it is the great lesson they teach to humanity.

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Greening Tundra Shows Arctic Heat

Arctic vegetation is now growing nearly 500 miles closer to the North Pole than it was a few decades ago, indicating that the region is warming fast.

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Bin Laden’s Influence Lives On After Him

A day will undoubtedly come when Osama bin Laden will occupy the same place in 21st century history books as Gavrilo Princip holds in the histories of the 20th century. Both committed acts that provoked great wars, brought down empires and profoundly altered their times.

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Ryan the Redistributionist

The Republican Party makeover is breathtaking. Now, suddenly, instead of accusing Democrats of being “redistributionists,” the GOP is posing as defender of the middle class against corporate America—and it’s doing so by proposing to do away with the most progressive piece of legislation in well over a decade.

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Lockheed Martin’s Herculean Efforts to Profit From Defense Spending

When the Pentagon decided it was well stocked with C-130s, President Jimmy Carter stopped asking Congress for more of them. Facing bankruptcy and exclusion, Lockheed Martin jump-started the modern military-industrial complex by using lobbyists to squeeze a $1 billion bailout out of Uncle Sam.

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Cool Heads Needed by Geo-Engineers

Even if humanity can solve the technical riddles involved in trying to geo-engineer the planet away from dangerous climate change, many legal and ethical questions will still need answers.

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If Corporations Don’t Pay Taxes, Why Should You?

The U.S. government exists primarily to make the world safe for multinational corporations, but those firms feel no obligation to pay for that protection in return.

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Ryan in Fantasyland

If Rep. Paul Ryan wants people to take his budget manifestos seriously, he should be honest about his ambition: not so much to make the federal government fiscally sustainable as to make it smaller.

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Ryan’s Regressiveness Redux

Republicans lost the election but they still shape what’s debated in Washington—the federal budget deficit and so-called fiscal responsibility.

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Karzai Accuses Taliban of Serving U.S. Interests, Slams (Nonexistent) U.S.-Taliban Talks

Once again, the erratic president of Afghanistan had U.S. officials shaking their heads in disbelief after he gave a speech in which he blamed the interactions of the U.S. and the Taliban for his country’s security problems.

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