Climate breakdown says George Monbiot, not change

George Mombiot
Climate breakdown, not climate change. The words we use to discuss an issue like the impact of climate on the world have an important effect on the way we communicate and the way we understand what is happening. George Monbiot underlines this fact in an article entitled Natural Language saying: If we want people to engage with the living world, we should stop using such constipated terms to describe our relationship to it. ...
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Every life matters!

Murdered Palestinian girl
Enough is enough. The violence has to stop! Eight-year-old Aseel Tareq Abu ‘Oun was killed after being rammed by an Israeli settler’s car, near Furush Beit Dajan area, east of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The girl was leaving a supermarket with a friend when she was struck and killed in broad daylight in front of her father. In a time of wide-spread violence and rampant disregard for life, it is so easy to banalise a death here and a murder there. Aseel Tareq Abu ‘Oun was not just another victim. Every life matters! It is our responsibility to shout that from the roof tops...
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Who said climate change didn’t exist?

Who said climate change didn't exist?
Hurricane Harvey and climate change denial - just one more recipe for disaster. Who said climate change didn't exist? How is it possible to be so blind or short-sighted when proof is screaming at you from Texas as well as from many other places around the world? It's a crime to deny such massive devastation and prolonged hardship especially of the less well-off with the short-term goal of filling the coffers of a limited number of people...
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Guardian interview with Felicity Lawrence

Guardian interview with Felicity Lawrence
The Guardian has published an interview with Felicity Lawrence, recent recipient of the Orwell Prize for investigative journalism. Here is how the introduction to the interview begins: Felicity Lawrence has reported on some of the most challenging issues facing the modern world, from corporate power – especially in the food system – to migration, the re-emergence of slavery, climate change, and global tax avoidance. ...
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Devil’s Bargain

Devil's Bargain
Devil's Bargain. Striking book by Joshua Brown about the relationship between Bannon and Trump and the frightening ideas that underlie and drive Bannon's action behind the Trump campaign and subsequent presidency...
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Lonely man hangs out with longtime friend

Lonely man hangs out with longtime friend
The White House admits Trump hung out with Putin at the end of an official dinner with heads of state at G19+1. According to a report in the Guardian, they sat apart and out of earshot and had an animated conversation assisted only by Putin's translator...
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The Brexit blokes!

The Brexit blokes!
How Brexit blokes do business: with no papers but also no women, at least that's the impression this photo gives of the core negotiators...
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Coldplay & Big Sean – Miracles (someone special)

Coldplay & Big Sean - Miracles (someone special)
Not scared to be strong! Miracles performed by Cold Play and Big Sean...
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Questioning research

Questioning research
Beyond the question of the responsibility of major corporations in funding research to further their vested interests ...
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Protect Net Neutrality

Protect Net Neutrality
If the Trump administration gives  Internet access providers the right to pick and chose how they grant access to the Internet, it opens the door to partitioning the Net between haves and have-nots, with ultra high-speed broadband services for the rich and pitifully slow Internet, if any access at all, for the poor and marginalised...
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Naomi Klein: No is not enough

Naomi Klein: No is not enough
Naomi Klein's book, No is Not Enough: Defeating the New Shock Politics. is thought-provoking, inspiring and extremely moving...
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Big place in the world

Big place in the world
This car roared so loud even though it was driving the wrong way into the car park. It sounded like the garage forgot to re-install the exhaust pipe after the last tuning. Maybe it was that noise that made the driver use two spaces to park. Some might say it demonstrates an inability to park correctly. I suspect it was not a question of failing dexterity but rather an exaggerated sense of place in the world. There's a lot of it going on...
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From information to opinions to decisions

From information to opinions to decisions
By delegitimising media and expert opinion, and thus removing any possible checks and balances, it could be argued that Forty-Five produces political discourse as if it were publicity...
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Brexit: Outstanding Questions

Brexit: Outstanding Questions
Time and time again partisans of Brexit reject calls for caution and a more measured stance about leaving the EU by attacking the person and their past. Rather than consider the wisdom of John Major's words they portray him as an embittered loser. Exactly the same tactic was used when Tony Blair spoke out about Brexit...
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The ‘Greatest’ Show on Earth 

The 'Greatest' Show on Earth 
This ad proclaims that you can meet the characters of a well-known film in this tiny railway station. As a marketing concept, it is already a thing of the past. Now the biggest television show on Earth has invaded all our lives. It's on our TVs, on the radio, in all our newspapers worldwide and in every nook and cranny of the Internet, every day and all day long. It's in our conversations and maybe in our nightmares. The Forty-fiver Show. You are probably sick of it, if not worried sick by it...
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Checks and balances

Checks and balances
There's a key lesson to be learnt by Americans from the disastrous Brexit process. Theresa May wanted to bypass parliament and dictate her own path but the judiciary said otherwise. The right-wing press tried to shoot the judges down, but the fact remains that an individual does not govern alone in our countries...
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A load of hot air

A load of hot air
Météo Suisse has announced we are in a for a big storm this evening along the Jura mountains. It has been code-named Trumpette. This last snippet of information was unofficially provided by the official Russian Disinformation Agency under the leadership of an ex-KGB boss known to be lurking in the Kremlin...
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Missed chances

Missed chances
With hindsight, the US election result seems evident, even if we hoped/prayed for something else. Unfortunately, viable alternatives were not on the cards. The cracks that have been appearing in representative democracy (including the sterile deadlock of a polarised two-party system in the US) and the related bureaucracy have generated so much dissatisfaction that there was a giant, but partly hidden, reservoir of votes up for the grabs...
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The Hinkley black hole

The Hinkley black hole
Hinkley Point: a black hole through which Britain will disappear in a cloud of invisible toxic smoke while the Chinese and French tiptoe away...
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Screaming mad? Who cares?

Screaming mad? Who cares?
Many of the pictures of Forty-five* published in the press, not to mention his unpredictability and his ravings on stage, point to some form of mental trouble. Yet American psychiatrists have shied away from speculating on his sanity or lack of it, afraid of coming away smattered from a messy combat, as if a diagnosis at a distance would undermine their credibility, putting them on a par with astrologers...
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Nano what?

Nano what?
Research showed that, breathed in through the nose, nano particles of Magnetite (an oxide of iron) entered the brain via the olfactory nerve. These nano particles are thought to play a role in degenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer...
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Fracking politicians (1)

Fracking politicians (1)
Have they become so dumb, so deaf, so blind, so hopelessly unfeeling, so caught up in petty squabbles if not bloody skirmishes, wary of friends and foes alike, so enamoured of their own words that they are ensnared in their own bullshit, so worried about sinking ratings, their eyes riveted on opinion polls and the rumblings of social media,...
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Outrageous wins hands down

Outrageous wins hands down
It's almost as if the candidate is seeing how far he can go before he gets booted out on his ears, except that the more outrageous the things he does and says, the more despicable they are, the more the mass of his supporters clamour for him to do more and ultimately be elected.
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The Have-Your-Cake-And-Eat-It brigade

The Have-Your-Cake-And-Eat-It brigade
The Have-Your-Cake-And-Eat-It brigade are at work again. Boris the Johnson is quoted as saying to press in the US: “Brexit means us being more outward looking, more engaged, more energetic, more enthusiastic on the world stage than ever before.” There is a very precise word for such nonsense, bullshit...
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Challenging democracy

Challenging democracy
Why so much disrespect directed towards politicians? The buffoons, the liars, the twisters-of-truth, the fear-mongers, the hate-makers, the racists, the wall-builders, the divide-and-conquerors, the off-with-her-headers, the its-their-faulters, the power-hungry führers, the mad hatters, the control freaks, the drug-pedlars-for-sportlers, the you-know-who-I-meaners...
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