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Money vs. Life

Congressional “deficit hawks” generally abandon their budget-cutting principles when they become inconvenient, but what would happen if they followed through? Hint: It won't be pleasant.

millennial voters, young voters, voter registration, GOP, Trump, voting blocs

Robert Reich explains why it is so important for young people to vote in the midterm elections.

Anti-fracking protesters (from left ) Richard Loizou, Richard Roberts and Simon Roscoe Blevins with supporters outside Preston crown court. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Four UK protesters went to court last week to contest what may be Britain's most draconian sentences handed down for peaceful environmental protest since 1932.

gun rights, Florida elections, Parkland massacre, National Rifle Association, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school, youth voters, 2018 midterms

In 2014, less than a quarter of the students at University of Florida voted. Now, “I really do see a shift happening. Many students are eager to vote,” a current student said.

YouTube radicalization, online hate speech, right-wing extremists, internet conspiracy theories, YouTube propaganda, Data & Society Research Institute

Exploring so called “alternative media” on YouTube will make you end up watching white supremacists. Both Google’s greed and the carelessness of mainstream conservatives are to blame.

Money vs. Life

Congressional “deficit hawks” generally abandon their budget-cutting principles when they become inconvenient, but what would happen if they followed through? Hint: It won't be pleasant.

millennial voters, young voters, voter registration, GOP, Trump, voting blocs

Robert Reich explains why it is so important for young people to vote in the midterm elections.

super rich, .01%, extreme wealth, extreme inequality, income inequality, corporate taxes, Amazon, Jeff Bezos, corporate billionaires

That’s 25,000 American adults – the richest .01% of America – who together own nearly $10 trillion, approximately the total wealth owned by 3.5 billion adults globally.

Anti-fracking protesters (from left ) Richard Loizou, Richard Roberts and Simon Roscoe Blevins with supporters outside Preston crown court. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Four UK protesters went to court last week to contest what may be Britain's most draconian sentences handed down for peaceful environmental protest since 1932.

Hotel restaurant server, Agustin Medina Soto, leads the rally on Saturday, October 20, 2018. (Davíd Rodríguez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Since Oct. 4, over 2,500 employees at SF's seven Marriott locations joined a national strike of 7,700 workers walking off the job in Boston,Oahu, Maui, San Diego, Oakland, San Jose and Detroit.

act out 180

The purge is here. Facebook, Twitter and the silencing of anything that goes against the state. Next up, women's health and rights are under attack.

Posted 6 days 5 hours ago
YouTube radicalization, online hate speech, right-wing extremists, internet conspiracy theories, YouTube propaganda, Data & Society Research Institute

Exploring so called “alternative media” on YouTube will make you end up watching white supremacists. Both Google’s greed and the carelessness of mainstream conservatives are to blame.

Posted 5 days 5 hours ago
gun rights, Florida elections, Parkland massacre, National Rifle Association, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school, youth voters, 2018 midterms

In 2014, less than a quarter of the students at University of Florida voted. Now, “I really do see a shift happening. Many students are eager to vote,” a current student said.

Posted 4 days 6 hours ago
youth climate lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, Donald Trump, carbon emissions, climate catastrophe, climate denial, Our Children's Trust

A federal judge has rejected the Trump administration's last-ditch efforts to derail a landmark constitutional climate lawsuit brought by 21 youth plaintiffs. The trial start date is Oct. 29 in Eugene, Oregon.

Posted 5 days 5 hours ago
People gathered in Toronto to watch the “bud drop” at the stroke of midnight, in celebration of the legalization on Wednesday of recreational cannabis use in Canada.CreditIan Willms/Getty Images

Canada on Wednesday became the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana, beginning a national experiment that will alter the country’s social, cultural and economic fabric, and present the nation with its biggest public policy challenge in decades.

Posted 5 days 6 hours ago
universal home health care, healthcare legislation, Maine People’s Alliance

The Maine People’s Alliance, a grassroots organization, collected 67,000 signatures to get a measure on the November ballot that would provide home health care to all Maine residents.

act out 180

The purge is here. Facebook, Twitter and the silencing of anything that goes against the state. Next up, women's health and rights are under attack.

youth climate lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, Donald Trump, carbon emissions, climate catastrophe, climate denial, Our Children's Trust

A federal judge has rejected the Trump administration's last-ditch efforts to derail a landmark constitutional climate lawsuit brought by 21 youth plaintiffs. The trial start date is Oct. 29 in Eugene, Oregon.

YouTube radicalization, online hate speech, right-wing extremists, internet conspiracy theories, YouTube propaganda, Data & Society Research Institute

Exploring so called “alternative media” on YouTube will make you end up watching white supremacists. Both Google’s greed and the carelessness of mainstream conservatives are to blame.

"This study in PNAS is a real wake-up call—a clarion call—that the phenomenon could be much, much bigger, and across many more ecosystems," David Wagner, an invertebrate conservation expert at the University of Connecticut. (Photo: Alias 0591/Flickr/cc)

The human-caused climate crisis has sparked a global "bugpocalypse" that will only continue to accelerate in the absence of systemic action to curb planetary warming.