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The Best of Larry’s List 2014

Here are some odds and ends that may have escaped you in the 2014 news cycle, as collected by our very own Larry Gross.

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Paris’ Radical Plan to Keep the Rich From Completely Gentrifying Central Neighborhoods

The French government has announced a plan to prevent housing displacement and the creation of “ghettos for the rich” in the capital; apparently, watching “The Colbert Report” made some people more conservative; meanwhile, the principles of the 1910 Mexican Revolution are being revived by the protest movement inspired by the Ayotzinapa students’ disappearance. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Loss of Rainforests Is Double Whammy Threat to Climate

New research spells out the devastating impacts that complete destruction of tropical forests would have on global temperatures, weather patterns and agriculture.

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Disaster Looms If Loss of Amazon Rainforest Continues

A Brazilian climate expert proposes a five-point “battle plan” in a war against the deforestation of the Amazon that is having increasingly dire impacts on the regional and global climate.

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Tribal Lands Are Vital for Amazon Forest Carbon Sink

As land rights of indigenous peoples are increasingly being violated, new research shows that destruction of the Amazon rainforest is a major threat not only to cultural identity but also to the global climate.

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Former Amazon Employee to Fast for Better Worker Conditions

A former employee of the behemoth online retailer is set to go on a hunger strike Tuesday outside of its Seattle headquarters in an attempt to force the company to change certain of its “deceptive and fraudulent” business practices.

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Slayings Turn Spotlight on Peru’s Forest Policies

The killing of tribal leaders trying to defend their Amazon rainforest lands from illegal logging has put Peru’s president under pressure ahead of next month’s U.N. climate conference.

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Amazon Deforestation Reaching New Heights—and the Future May Be Worse

Over the past two months, the Brazilian Amazon has registered a sharp spike in deforestation.

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The Return of the Corporate Court

Jesse Busk has almost no chance of winning his lawsuit when it comes before the Supreme Court. He’s an ordinary working person challenging the prerogatives of corporate power.

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Illegal Deforestation Is Growing Problem for Climate

Foreign demand for agricultural products worth an estimated $61 billion annually is driving up the devastating rate at which tropical forests are being cleared illegally—and pushing up carbon emissions.

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Are Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Fooling Us All?

A writer warns against “progressives” who support “war and empire” and cower rather than condemn Israel’s actions in Gaza; with Jeff Bezos as its owner, The Washington Post has started adding “Buy Now” buttons that link to Amazon; meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is criticized for her lavish demands at speaking engagements. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Desert Dust Feeds Deep Ocean Life

Most of the iron found in the Atlantic Ocean is provided by dust from the Sahara Desert, two U.S. scientists have discovered.

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Ikea’s Raising Its Minimum Wage for U.S. Workers Without Increasing Prices

The Swedish ready-to-assemble-furniture store is following its vision to “create a better everyday life for the many people ... customers and consumers, [and] also our co-workers.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Amazon’s New Phone Is an Overpriced Bar Code Scanner

Amazon unveiled its first phone Wednesday. It has some innovative features, but its primary function seems to be getting people to buy more stuff from Amazon.

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Rain Forest Tribes Seek World Cup Spotlight

Leaders of indigenous tribes in the Amazon rain forest seek to use the global spotlight on the soccer World Cup in Brazil to publicize the plea for recognition of their lands and an end to dam building and deforestation.

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Is the BDS Movement the Key to Peace in the Middle East?

Some people believe the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign may be an important step toward true peace between Israel and Palestine; an old Belgian ghost town has become a graffiti artist haven; meanwhile, more problems between book publishers and Amazon are expected to arise. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 11, 2014 READ MORE



Conchita Wurst, the Bearded Transvestite That’s Pissing Off Russia

The unlikely Eurovision Song Contest winner from Austria has caused anti-gay fury in Russia; Google is investing in key components for making solar energy; meanwhile, The Washington Post has inconspicuously hired 50 people these past few months. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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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.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE


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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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Amazon and Santa

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A Visit From St. Amazon

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USPS Drone

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Amazon Drones

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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.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE


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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.

Posted on Dec 2, 2013 READ MORE



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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.”

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE


The Everything Store

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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.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



Hachette Book Group

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.”

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 READ MORE


Washington Post Sale

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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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Bezos Buys Washington Post

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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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Bezos Buys the Post

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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.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE


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