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Indigenous people hold the key to caribou survival 7.12.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
When government biologists in Canada want to learn where caribou are, they put radio-tracking collars on some animals and monitor their movements. This gives them a rough idea of where herds are and where they travel, but it doesn’t tell them much about a caribou population's history -- travel routes before their habitat was degraded or historical feeding, breeding and calving ...
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Colin Kaepernick is a Patriot. And Your Respectful Disagreement Makes You One Too 7.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
I want to begin by saying that disagreement, political disagreement, is healthy and useful, but that I worry about the way in which we as a society carry ourselves. Conservatives are seen as racist idiots and liberals are seen as bleeding heart idiots. It's a situation that doesn't get us anywhere. So I'm offering my thoughts on this issue with total respect for thoughtful, contrary opinions. I haven't ever lost someone to war, but I've had the privilege of knowing several military families, and I see the enormous sacrifices they make. I respect and honor their service. But I also have some deeply held beliefs that have come from studying the United States and from trying to make sense of some of the uglier truths about the United States. I say this with both modesty and respect, but this is what I've learned: The United States has long stood for two things, above all else: freedom and equality. And I think that Colin Kaepernick's protest is, at heart, about both of these profound U.S. values. ...
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Game Changer for Organic Solar Cells 6.12.2016 Environmental News Network
With a new technique for manufacturing single-layer organic polymer solar cells, scientists at UC Santa Barbara and three other universities might very well move organic photovoltaics into a whole new generation of wearable devices and enable small-scale distributed power generation.The simple doping solution-based process involves briefly immersing organic semiconductor films in a solution at room temperature. This technique, which could replace a more complex approach that requires vacuum processing, has the potential to affect many device platforms, including organic printed electronics, sensors, photodetectors and light-emitting diodes. The researchers’ findings appear in the journal Nature Materials.
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New campus sex assault policies show Canadian universities still aren't listening to survivors 6.12.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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What Now? A Reading List for Reformers and Radicals in the Battle Against Trumpism 6.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Lots of activists around the country, young and old, reformers and radicals, are trying to figure out not only how to fight Trump and Trumpism but also how to think strategically about building a powerful progressive movement that can move the country in a better direction and learn from the successes and mistakes of past and recent activism. I've divided these reading suggestions into three categories. I don't agree with all of them but they raise the right questions and can provoke good discussions: I. Here are some books on progressive movement-building and the obstacles they often face: John Nichols and Robert McChesney, "People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy" Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, "American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper" Becky Bond and Zack Exley, "Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything" John Judis, "The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American ...
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Heads in the Sand 6.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Ezra Rosser

It seems that many Democrats are determined not to change, not to learn any lessons from the 2016 election.  Instead of trying to figure out what went wrong, they are clinging to denial and self-righteousness.  During the election, “I’m With Her” was used to silence internal opposition.  Gung-ho Democrats dismissed the idea that liberals could have legitimate qualms about full throated support for Hillary because of her war-mongering, close relationship with Wall Street, and only passing concern for the economic struggles of large segments of the population.  

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While mourning École Polytechnique we must remember Canada's largest, ongoing femincide 6.12.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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Judge's Radical Exxon Ruling Could Turn the Legal System Upside Down 6.12.2016 Truthout.com
A Texas judge stated that he found sufficient grounds for ExxonMobil to investigate whether two attorneys general (AGs) had acted in bad faith when, in fact, the AGs have been engaged in activities that are commonplace and entirely appropriate for state prosecutors. (Photo: Thomas Hawk / Flickr ) A Texas federal judge's recent order -- that the attorneys general of Massachusetts and New York must submit to questioning by lawyers for ExxonMobil about why they are investigating the company -- is highly unusual and unwarranted, as is the underlying lawsuit brought by ExxonMobil against the prosecutors. If upheld, this approach could turn the legal system upside down, allowing wrongdoers possessing sufficient resources to file lawsuits that paralyze law enforcement efforts aimed at protecting the public. Although the Texas judge stated that he found sufficient grounds for ExxonMobil to investigate whether the two AGs had acted in bad faith, in fact the AGs have been engaged in activities that are commonplace ...
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3 ways college students are revolutionizing sustainability 6.12.2016 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
From local bicycle shares to global divestment movements, universities lead the way to a more sustainable future for all.
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While mourning École Polytechnique we must rememeber Canada's largest, ongoing femincide 6.12.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
December 6, 2016 marks the 27 year anniversary of the mass femincide at École Polytechnique. Vigils will be held across Canada to commemorate the murder of 14 female engineering students. On that day in 1989, a lone gunman entered a classroom of 60 engineering students and ordered the men to leave. The murderer was heard to scream, "I hate feminists," before opening fire with the intent of killing as many women as he ...
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Cement made from steel production by-product can lead to a huge CO2 reduction 5.12.2016 Environmental News Network
Steel production generates some hundred million tons of steel slag worldwide each year. This giant mountain of leftovers is largely dumped. TU/e professor of building materials, Jos Brouwers, will be working with industrial partners to investigate whether he can make cement out of it. If he succeeds, more CO2 emissions can be cut than is produced yearly by all the traffic in the Netherlands.Steel slag is produced by the conversion of raw iron into steel – around 125 million tons of it per year. Much of that is dumped and only a small portion used, in embankments. That’s a shame, professor Jos Brouwers says, because the mineralogical composition very closely resembles that of cement. It contains the same components, but in different ratios. And it is public knowledge that the cement industry emits a very high amount of CO2: five percent of the global total. A cement substitute with no extra CO2 emissions would, therefore, be most ...
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Using the Holocaust to justify Israeli oppression insults memory of its victims 5.12.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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We've Been Sold a Lie for Two Decades About Genetically Engineered Foods 5.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
It appears Europe has been right all along to renounce genetically engineered (GE) crops. An in-depth examination recently published by The New York Times found that GE crops have largely failed to achieve two of the technology's primary objectives: to increase crop yields and decrease pesticide use. (Photo: Unsplash ) Editor's note from AlterNet: The terms GE (genetic engineering) and GMO (genetically modified organism) are often used interchangeably, but their meanings are different. GMOs, which are produced when plant breeders select genetic traits that may also occur naturally, have been around for centuries. Common examples are seedless watermelons and modern broccoli. The subject of much recent debate are GE foods, which have only been around in recent decades and are produced by transferring genes between organisms. The resulting GE organisms -- either plant-, or in the case of GE salmon, animal-based -- would not otherwise occur in nature. This article is about GE foods. In 1994, a tomato known ...
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Bringing the Culture of Sustainability Management to Princess Cruise Lines 5.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On December 2, 2016, Katie Rogers of the New York Times reported that: "Princess Cruise Lines has pleaded guilty to seven felony charges and will pay $40 million after employees on a cruise ship were caught dumping oiled waste into the seas and lying to cover up their actions, officials with the Justice Department said. Federal authorities called it the "largest-ever criminal penalty" for intentional vessel pollution." Princess is a division of Carnival Cruise line, the largest passenger cruise company in the world. The dumping of oil sludge and gray waste water into the ocean bypassed the ship's own environmental filtration systems and is about as disgusting a cost cutting measure as you can imagine. (Actually, I can imagine others; I wonder if anyone's inspected their kitchens lately.) According to Ms. Roger's reporting, the practices started in 2005 and continued until 2013 when a new engineer noticed the practice, reported it to British authorities, and then quit. In the Times' article, John C. ...
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Here's what has to happen in the next 14 days or we all die 5.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Obviously, the title is a little tongue in cheek. But only a little. Give us a moment. A lot of wishful thinking is happening in America right now. "Maybe Trump the President will be different than Trump the Candidate." We already know this is a fallacy. Trump the President-Elect is exactly the same as Trump the Candidate. "Maybe he'll suddenly become more responsible and balanced." "Maybe this is the kick in the pants America needs." "Maybe he'll be impeached." But the most damaging wishful thought of all is: "Maybe I don't have to do anything - maybe the Electors will choose to appoint someone else, on their own." The Electors should. But they won't. Not without political pressure the likes of which America has rarely seen before. Which means we all need to be motivated. Well -- how about the safety of our own lives, and the lives of everyone we love? Because let's not fool ourselves. Anyone with a rudimentary appreciation of the powers of the President of the United States knows that ...
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Top Scientists: Amazon's Tapajós Dam Complex "a Crisis in the Making" 4.12.2016 Truthout - All Articles
The Tapajós River, Brazil. More than 40 dams would turn this free-flowing river and its tributaries into a vast industrial waterway threatening the Tapajós Basin's ecosystems, wildlife, people and even the regional and global climate. (Photo: International Rivers on Flickr, licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) license) Brazil is forging ahead with plans to build a vast hydropower dam complex in the heart of the Amazon that would convert the now remote and wild Tapajós river system into a tamed industrial waterway for the purpose of transporting soybeans -- development that scientists and NGOs say will threaten Amazonian biodiversity , ecosystems, traditional livelihoods, indigenous cultures, and the global climate. A total of 42 large dams are planned or under construction in the Tapajós Basin, a biologically and culturally rich region, and one of eight areas of Amazonian biological endemism . Fed by tributaries in the states of Mato Grosso, Rondônia and ...
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Jets Running Back Has Creative Plan To Bring Attention To The Horrors Of Gun Violence 4.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
When the NFL told players this season that they could dedicate a piece of their uniforms to a cause or charity they wanted to highlight, Bilal Powell knew right away what he wanted to do. So on Monday night, the soft-spoken New York Jets running back plans to use his cleats to send a loud message to the world: It’s time to put an end to the gun violence plaguing American communities.  Gun violence is an issue that hits close to home for Powell, whether that’s in his native Lakeland, Florida; in Louisville, Kentucky, where he went to college and still has a home; or in New Jersey, where he lives during the NFL season.  “I lost a lot of friends and a family member to gun violence,” Powell told The Huffington Post by phone Saturday. “My best friend lost a bunch of family members to gun violence in the city of Louisville, and it’s pretty bad up here in New Jersey too. ... You just want to do something about it.” The NFL has long fined players, like Powell’s teammate Brandon Marshall , for using their cleats ...
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Americans' Attraction to Donald Trump and How to Respond 3.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Submitted by Rick Feinberg, a professor of anthropology at Kent State University. Politicians, pundits, and prognosticators have been struggling to make sense of Donald Trump's electoral success. Let me offer a somewhat unconventional perspective from the political left. Unlike many of Trump's critics, I suggest that he wasn't wrong about everything; and, while I didn't vote for him, I think I understand his appeal to many Americans. As a 1960s student activist and veteran of the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements, Trump's denunciation of "the establishment" strikes a responsive chord. His opposition to foreign entanglements that harm American workers, send jobs overseas, and draw us into untoward military adventures is refreshing. And the possibility of better relations with Russia is a welcome change of pace. Ukraine, Iran, and Syria, of course, are sticking points in our relationship with Russia. But these are complex problems, and the simplistic rhetoric of multiple US administrations may ...
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Weeks later, the global cost of electing Trump is still huge 2.12.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
The clock has been ticking -- or whatever it is that clocks now do. The calendar has been counting. Meanwhile, I'm still trying to figure out how what happened November 8 happened. Michael Moore foresaw it but who else. Not President Obama, he admits. Not me. Even the pollsters missed out on this one. And if you didn't think it could happen, what credibility do you have if you now pretend you can explain it? Exactly none. So read on with no expectation of the truth except by random ...
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#SanctuaryCampus Campaign Spreads as 28 Schools Vow to Protect Students 2.12.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

The movement to make college campuses into sanctuaries for undocumented students is growing, with walkouts and sit-ins taking place around the country on Thursday.

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