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Drought ‘Makes Amazonia Emit Carbon’

Instead of storing carbon, the Amazon forest can dry out so much because of drought and fire that it releases the gas to the atmosphere, scientists believe.

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Why Is the CIA Paying Amazon.com $600 Million?

Norman Solomon argues on AlterNet that if the United States kills a U.S. citizen in Pakistan, retail giant Amazon “would be an accessory to the assassination.”

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Why Hitler and ‘50 Shades of Grey’ Are Amazon Best-Sellers

Due to the inconspicuous nature of e-books, “Mein Kampf” seems to be in everyone’s hands these days; scientists have created an algorithm that can predict whether a book will be a best-seller; working in the arts can lead to high levels of happiness. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Amazon Forest Loss Threatens Five Countries

The environmental damage being caused by deforestation in the Amazon is a threat to much of the South American continent, two campaign groups say.

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A Visit From St. Amazon

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Happy Holidrones

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Santa to elf: Don't forget to program the package delivery drone to bring back my haul of milk and cookies.
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AIDS Epidemic Met With Silence and Laughter by the Reagan Administration

Everyone knows President Ronald Reagan ignored the AIDS epidemic, but few know his press secretary publicly chuckled about it; Hillary Clinton hasn’t weighed in on the Iran deal, prompting some to wonder whether there are neocon forces pulling her strings; meanwhile, a $40,000 TV went on sale on Amazon, leading to hilarious comments mocking the uber-rich. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Colbert Has a Better Idea for Amazon Than Delivery Drones

Amazon’s latest “Prime Air” plan to drop your orders on your doorstep in half an hour leaves a lot to be desired. But Stephen Colbert has come up with a brilliant way for people to get products instantly—all he needs is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ money.

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Amazon: The New Drones on the Block

The online retail giant wants to deliver products to your door in 30 minutes via tiny unmanned aircraft; the minimum wage in the U.S. has decreased in the last 40 years; meanwhile, Canada and France assisted the NSA in its spying schemes, according to the latest leaks from Edward Snowden. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Is Amazon Causing Psychiatric Illness in Workers?

A BBC investigation into a U.K. Amazon warehouse found conditions a stress expert said could cause “mental and physical illness.”

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Amazon Deforestation Rises, Reversing Trend

After years of decline, the rate of deforestation of the Amazon increased 28 percent between August 2012 and July of this year, Brazilian officials said.

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How Wall Street Plans to Profit From Renting Out Homes It Foreclosed

Diabolical bankers are renting foreclosed houses to the very people they took the properties from, and planning a new scheme that may ruin us all over again; it could be argued that Amazon saved books from the fate music has suffered; and a video imagines what would happen if a gay athlete won a gold medal in Sochi, Russia. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Everything Store

Brad Stone’s book explores Amazon, Jeff Bezos, and the lunacy it took to build a company in less than two decades that now employs almost 90,000 people and sold $61 billion worth of, well, almost everything last year.

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Ecuador Will Allow Oil Drilling in the Amazon After Initiative Falters

“The world has failed us,” President Rafael Correa said Thursday as he explained that a conservation plan to save Yasuni National Park from being savaged for petroleum had not garnered enough international support. This comes as devastating news to environmentalists the world over as the region contains “more species in one hectare than all the wildlife in North America.”

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read

The news media, in reporting the sale of The Washington Post and the implications for The New York Times, ignored a fundamental rule of journalism and life: Bosses lie.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: NSA Reform and Bezos Buys the Post

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s suggested changes to the National Security Agency surveillance policy. With four major categories of reform, he attempts to ease skepticism with an “amend it, don’t end it” approach. How did it go over?

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‘I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave’

Amy Goodman speaks to reporter Mac McClelland, who went undercover at an Amazon fulfillment center.

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George W. Bush Hospitalized, Government Sues Bank of America, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the first charges filed in the deadly Benghazi terrorist attacks and a look at the donations of The Washington Post’s new owner.

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Amazon CEO Buys The Washington Post

Jeff Bezos (and not the more famous company he runs) will buy one of the most influential news sources in America and become its sole owner.

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Apple Rigged Book Prices, Judge Rules

When Apple decided to get into the e-book business, it joined a conspiracy with major publishers to raise book prices as much as 50 percent, a judge determined Wednesday.

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Sales of Orwell’s ‘1984’ Soar Amid NSA Surveillance Disclosure

In the wake of the National Security Agency snooping revelations, George Orwell’s dystopian novel is experiencing a renaissance. 

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Amazon ‘May Lose 65% of Land Biomass by 2060’

Making more land in the Amazon available for farming and ranching means felling more trees to make space, and that risks less production, because of deforestation’s effect on the climate.

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How We Were Scammed by the Iraq War

A military action that was sold to Americans as short and inexpensive may come to cost us $3.7 trillion; Sen. Rob Portman has come out in support of same-sex marriage thanks to his gay son, but doesn’t seem interested in women’s rights despite having a daughter; meanwhile, the hacker who brought you the Bush family’s emails has exposed communications between a White House adviser and the Clintons. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Random Acts of Shopping

What happens when you give your computer a $50 monthly budget and access to your Amazon account?

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Miners Allegedly Killed Dozens of Indigenous Amazonians

A human rights group has reported an attack on the Yanomami tribe in Venezuela that has left up to 80 people dead after gold miners set fire to a communal house last month.

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Amazon CEO Pledges $2.5 Million for Washington Same-Sex Marriage Effort

Jeff Bezos and his wife, responding to an email from an Amazon employee, have made what is the largest single donation to the cause of same-sex marriage in the United States to support passage of a referendum in Washington state.

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Internet Heavyweights Band Together

The titans of the Web—Facebook, Google, eBay and Amazon—have joined forces to make their voices heard in Washington, forming a powerful lobbying group called the Internet Association.

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The Amazon Effect

From the start, Jeff Bezos wanted to “get big fast.” He was never a “small is beautiful” kind of guy.

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TED Decides Not to Post Income Inequality Talk

TED, the sleek pioneering giant of the online video salon, boasts the tagline: “Ideas worth spreading.” But the group declined to post a talk by Seattle-based venture capitalist and Amazon.com investor Nick Hanauer, who said the middle class, not wealthy financiers like himself, were the nation’s real “job creators.”

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A Disappearing Brazilian Tribe Cries Out

Terrorized by gunmen, loggers, drug traffickers and encroaching farmers, the 355 surviving members of the Amazonian Awá tribe face extinction if the Brazilian government and the international community fail to protect them from what a Brazilian judge termed “a real genocide.”

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How Brazil Is Saving the Amazon

Readers of Jared Diamond’s “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed” know that deforestation comes right before people eating each other to survive, so it is some relief that Brazil is sending armed officers into the Amazon to stop illegal logging. It’s a war, says the BBC, and the environmentalists are winning.

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America, Meet the Mouth of John Burton

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton has a certain way of talking that is familiar and even entertaining to those who know him, but “The Daily Show” seemed genuinely shocked to discover a politician who doesn’t give a shit about our Victorian sensibilities.

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