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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It’s important! Kimberly Crenshaw on Intersectionality

It's important! Kimberly Crenshaw on Intersectionality
Understanding what is happening in our complex society requires thinking of situations in terms of the interaction between simultaneous factors taking place on multiple levels. But even if we do think in these terms we can still miss gross injustices or patent failings in our well-meaning actions. Why? Because if we consider situations from separate multiple perspectives, many things that happen at the intersection of these perspectives or factors fall through the cracks and we fail to see injustice or violence or disempowerment or disqualification that happen just there...
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Faster than a car!

Faster than a car!
Ivan Illich famously said that the bicycle was faster than the car, all considered. Of course, there are some preconditions to be fulfilled before that can be true which have more to do with society than bicycles or cars...
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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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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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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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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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Tromper

tr_mp_r
Many think that the surname Tr**mp has its origins in the musical instrument consisting of a twisted metal tube through which hot air is blown via pursed lips to produce a throaty, almost bodily sound designed to impress enemies in battle. Others maintain that the word springs from a long
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The Forty-fiver syndrome

The Forty-fiver syndrome
There are a good many people like Forty-five* in the world, brash, outspoken individuals who insist they have the answer to the problem at hand. Each of us has come across them. Forty-fivers have an inflated sense of their worth but have no idea that they lack the competences needed for the task they insist on doing...
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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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Utility versus quality of life

Utility versus quality of life
Would you plant a stinky dustbin right in front of your door so that it greets anyone come to see you? Probably not. Then why have the local administration built a waste collection site right by the station where potential visitors arrive in Saint-Blaise?
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Universal bullshit

Universal bullshit
The map depicts those parts of Switzerland where the Swiss Post may no longer be required to deliver post in the very near future as cuts are made in so-called universal service. No doubt this evolution is the impact of extensive internet penetration, the liberalisation of postal services, sparking fierce competition particularly in parcels, and a general tendency to slash the budgets of state-run services...
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A dance for life

A dance for life
For all its cry of sadness and rage - at the Orlando shooting tragedy - this music/dance video by Sia, with the dancer Maddie Ziegler, is a call to life...
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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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