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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies
Chris Hedges
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The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle. He is to us what William Shakespeare was to Elizabethan England or Fyodor Dostoyevsky to czarist Russia.

Our country is ...

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Russian Sanctions-Busting? Putin’s Bruited 500k B/D Oil Deal With Iran Draws US Threats
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

Russia has rejected US criticism of a plan that has been floated to import 500,000 barrels a day of petroleum from Iran on a barter basis. 

The US Treasury Department has been instructed by Congress to place a financial blockade on Iran.  The US has had that country kicked off major international bank exchanges, making it very difficult for Iran to pay for imports or get paid for exporting ...

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Dear America: Climate Change’s Threatening Water, Plants, Animals No Matter What Party You Belong To
Juan Cole
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A Gallup poll has found that only 35% of Americans are concerned about climate change, and that proportion is barely up from the previous year. 

Climate change has become a partisan issue in the US, such that a majority of ...

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Climate Science’s Dire Warning: Humans are Baking the Planet
Amy Goodman
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The majority of the world is convinced that humans are changing the climate, for the worse. Now, evidence is mounting that paints just how grim a future we are making for ourselves and the planet. We will experience more extreme weather events, including hurricanes and droughts, mass extinctions and severe food shortages globally. The world’s leading group of climate-change experts, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has issued its most recent report after a ...

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The Widening Lens
Tom Engelhardt
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“Up to a few months ago, Ben Suc was a prosperous village of some thirty-five hundred people.”  That is the initial line of The Village of Ben Suc, his first book, a copy of which I recently reread on a plane trip, knowing that he was soon to die. That book, that specific copy, had a history of its own.  It was a Knopf first edition, published in 1967 in the midst of the Vietnam War, after the then-shocking text had appeared in the New ...

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Europe Doesn’t Need America’s Fracked Natural Gas
Dean Baker
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In the wake of the Russian takeover of Crimea, there have been a number of calls for weaning Europe from dependence on Russian natural gas. Some have suggested that Europe would abandon environmental restrictions on drilling for oil and gas to increase domestic production. To help, the U.S. would continue to massively increase production of oil and gas as well as its capacity to liquefy natural gas and transport it to Europe.

The weaners seem to ...

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Five Signs Solar Power is Taking Over the World
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

Burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and oil) is putting 32 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually into the atmosphere. Since CO2 is a greenhouse gas that traps heat from the sun on earth and prevents it radiating back out to space, this unprecedented human output is causing climate disruption, a process that will accelerate over the next few decades and will prove extremely costly to human society (if the ...

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Poetic Justice Strikes the CEO of ExxonMobil
Jim Hightower
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Rex Tillerson is mad. Fracking mad.

The 61-year old farmer from Bartonville, Texas is another victim of the fracking boom that has invaded people’s homes and lives nationwide, from upstate New York to Southern California. Millions of Americans have experienced numerous side effects from this massively destructive drilling process, including polluted air, contaminated water, depleted aquifers, multiple health problems, and even an inexplicable ...

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Messing with Our Beer Supply
Jim Hightower
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OK, climate change deniers. This has gone too far.

You’ve gone from just being annoying know-nothings to now posing a serious threat to an essential good that embodies humankind’s finest collaboration with nature: beer.

It’s one thing for the science denial cult to stand in the way of doing something about melting ice caps in the Arctic, but it’s another thing altogether for them to mess with beer.

This ...

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Ending the World the Human Way
Tom Engelhardt
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Here’s the scoop: When it comes to climate change, there is no “story,” not in the normal news sense anyway.

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Wisconsin’s Cheesy Innovation
Jim Hightower
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For generations, picture-takers have instructed their subjects to say “cheese.”

Well, no people say “cheese” better than Wisconsinites, who unabashedly wear cheesehead hats in public, celebrate dozens of cheese festivals, have a Monterey Jack bacterium as the states’ official microbe, and generally honor the milk curd as a deity.

Naturally, Wisconsin would be the state to come up with the idea of spraying its city ...

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Is West Virginia a Cult?
Froma Harrop
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After decades of suffering environmental torture at the hands of polluting industries, West Virginians might regard a chemical spill that poisoned the drinking water of 300,000 residents — and is still scaring folks after the dangers have presumably passed — as a last straw. But there never seems to be a last straw for ...

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Fukushima: An Ongoing Warning to the World
Amy Goodman
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TOKYO—“I write these facts as dispassionately as I can in the hope that they will act as a warning to the world,” wrote the journalist Wilfred Burchett from Hiroshima. His story, headlined, “The Atomic Plague” appeared in the London Daily Express on Sept. 5, 1945. Burchett violated the U.S. military blockade of Hiroshima, and was the first Western ...

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Fear is Why Workers in Red States Vote Against Their Economic Self-Interest
Robert Reich
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Last week’s massive spill of the toxic chemical MCHM into West Virginia’s Elk River illustrates another benefit to the business class of high unemployment, economic insecurity, and a safety-net shot through with holes. Not only are employees eager to ...

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Leasing Out Integrity to Coca-Cola
Jim Hightower
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Irony is dead. It has been garroted by reality.

For proof, check out the Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness. Sounds like a spa in Arizona where you ...

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Eating Like There’s No Tomorrow
David Sirota
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Right around now, many Americans are picking at the last few chunks of leftover turkey. This annual ritual is a reminder that stripped of its pilgrim mythology, Thanksgiving is an extended paroxysm of meat consumption. Oh, sure, we go out of our way to pretend it isn't really about that to the point where the president of the United ...

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The Saboteurs
Chris Hedges
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Oil and natural gas drilling in the province of Alberta has turned Calgary into a boomtown. Glittering skyscrapers, monuments to the obscene profits amassed by a fossil fuel industry that is exploiting the tar sands and the vast oil and natural gas fields in Alberta, have transformed Calgary into a mecca for money, dirty politics, greed and industry jobs. The city is as soulless and ...

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This Thanksgiving, Let’s Celebrate AgriCULTURE, Not AgriBUSINESS
Jim Hightower
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In December 1972, I was part of a nationwide campaign that came tantalizingly close to getting the U.S. Senate to reject Earl Butz, Richard Nixon's choice for secretary of agriculture.

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Ending the Fire Zone Subsidy
David Sirota
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In the American West, "zoning" is often viewed as a taboo term. Indeed, despite a population boom and the rise of major cities in the region, this area is still seen as the wide-open frontier. The libertarian zeal that comes with that frontier spirit naturally leads many to believe they should be able to build whatever they want ...

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Corporate Lobbyists Flood Warsaw Climate Talks
Amy Goodman
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The United Nations is holding this year’s climate conference in Warsaw, a city steeped in history. Nicolaus Copernicus, the famous Polish astronomer who first posited that the Earth revolves around the sun and not vice versa, is celebrated here. The Frederic Chopin Airport is named for the brilliant composer who lived here. The pioneer in the science of radiation, Marie Curie, ...

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Long After Sandy, Red Cross Post-Storm Spending Still a Black Box
Jesse Eisinger and Justin Elliott
News Report

FROM AROUND THE WEB

Oil Spills

Oil Continues to Wash Up Along the Gulf Coast Four Years After Deepwater Horizon Spill

Residents of Louisiana are tired of BP claiming that the crisis is over.

Fracking

Health is Influenced by Fracking

A new study examines the potential hazards of natural gas extraction.

Climate Change

Massive Hole in the Atmosphere Recently Discovered

A naturally occurring hole over the Pacific Ocean could have implications for global climate change.

Big Oil

Oil Companies Collect Billions in Government Giveaways

The federal government devoted more than $470 billion to the oil and gas industry.

Climate Change

IPPC Report Claims Action Against Climate Change Needs to be Taken Now

The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows what must be done to slow down global warming.

Environment

Climate Panel Says Emissions Rising, Avoids Blame

U.N. expert panel on climate change highlights the disconnect between international goals to fight global warming.

Climate Change

UN Expert Panel Finishes Scientific Guide to Take Action Against Global Warming

After an all-night session had experts working on a scientific guide to stop global warming from reaching dangerous levels, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change created high-profile reports.

Human Species

A Fish Transitioned into a Land Animal

Some three hundred and seventy five million years ago, Tiktaalik emerged onto land. Today, explains paleontologist Neil Shubin, we’re all walking around in modified fish bodies.

Media

Study Reveals Fox News’ Climate Segments Misleading

A new study released by the Union of Concerned Scientists said that the public is misinformed about climate science on cable news channels.

Keystone XL Pipeline

Democratic senators press Obama for Keystone decision by May 31

11 Democratic senators have petitioned the president.

Global Economy

America is Becoming a Second-Rate Nation

The Social Progress Index revealed the success of countries and America is in “warp-speed decline.”

Mudslide

Remembering the Victims of the Recent Deadly Mudslide

Mourners were set to gather to remember two women killed by Washington state’s massive mudslide.

Airplane Missing

Chinese Officials Report ‘Pulse Signal’ in Indian Ocean

Ship picks up pulse signal in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, Chinese state media reports.

Disaster Relief

Massive Earthquake Hit Chile

Minister says five people are confirmed dead as 8.2 magnitude quake hit northern Chile.

Health

Two Patients Test Positive for Deadly Ebola Virus in Liberia

Government says patient dies after catching disease in Guinea, where 70 have died in one of worst outbreaks for years.

Climate Change

Climate change ‘complicates’ global security

Top scientists say climate change will complicate and worsen global security problems such as wars and refugees.

Global Climate

Lights Out: Earth Hour Campaign a Global Success

The Earth Hour campaign is being marked in more than 150 countries, to raise money for local environmental projects.

Plane Crash

Search for Missing Malaysian Airlines’ Plane Moves North

Possible debris seen floating in Indian Ocean after search for Malaysian plane moves north as radar reveals new data.

Environment

A Massive Chemical Plant Is Poised to Wipe This Louisiana Town Off the Map

SASOL's proposed facility may spell the end for a 224-year-old community founded by freed slaves.

Plane Crash

Credible Images from French Satellite Shows Debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight

A French satellite image shows 122 objects, a possible debris field.

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