Informed Comment
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Close behind Sanders were hundreds of campaigns by qualified, outspokenly progressive candidates for local, state and national office, many of them women articulating new approaches, of whom a good many were either successful, or nearly so. That growing grassroots movement for a revitalized democracy got another boost in the fall, as regular Party activists were joined by retooled Bernie supporters in giving their all to try and elect our first woman president. Hillary, credibly described by President Obama as “the best-qualified person ever to seek the office,“ campaigned confidently and indefatigably (though not always convincingly), for a fairer society and new national unity. She endured with great dignity and forbearance the most vicious attack-dog misogyny that’s been deployed in American politics within living memory. We therefore had good reason to expect a resounding Democratic victory.
Vice News YouTube
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Birds are rapidly losing habitat, and their flight patterns can reveal large-scale changes in our planet’s health. But there are only two ongoing studies of the migration of American birds, one from the U.S. Geological Survey and another done by Audubon Society volunteers. “The birds are like a barometer,” Brooklyn Bird Club member Paul Keim told VICE News correspondent Mary H.K. Choi in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. “Much like the honeybees, much like frogs, the birds are telling us that environmentally the earth is changing.” Keim is part of a nationwide effort coordinated by the Audubon Society. From Dec. 14 to Jan. 5, tens of thousands of volunteers participate in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. Last year, they clocked 60 million. The data set they create is vital for American ornithologists, supporting more than 200 peer-reviewed articles.
TIME - Top Stories
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Check with your doctor, as well, about whether it makes sense to cover the area of skin thats being treated. In 2001, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reported in a toxicology brief that dogs weighing less than 160 pounds could get sick by eating half the contents of a 25-gram tube of Fluorouracil cream, and that dogs less than 70 pounds could die. These tubes are quite small, the brief statesabout 11 centimeters longso even small dogs could easily ingest their entire contents. If your pet does become exposed to this drug or other human medicinesor shows symptoms of poisoning, such as vomiting or seizingget him or her to the vet immediately, and provide them with as much information as you can. Pet owners and vets are encouraged to report adverse events to the FDA, as well. This article originally appeared on Health.com
The Pentagon
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WhoWhatWhy
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In addition to some of the more familiar heroes in American historyWashington, Jefferson, Lincoln — we’d like to propose a figure that at first blush might seem an odd fit. Norman Lear never led America into war. Instead, he made television shows that changed the way Americans viewed themselves and their society, both the good and the bad, including racial bigotry and the Vietnam War. In his signature shows — “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Jeffersons,” “One Day at a Time,” “America 2-Night” — he brought to life memorable, three-dimensional characters who dealt with issues that were taboo on television at the time. His most famous creation, the blustery, misspoken Archie Bunker, saw something wrong with just about everyone else — while insisting that America itself was perfect, and that the flag, and the military, and war itself, could not be questioned.
The Huffington Post
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And while the Vermont hack was a scare, swathes of Ukraine were really plunged into darkness by Russian hackers in December 2015 and December 2016. Security experts have pointed out that the country is being used as a "testbed for refining attacks on critical infrastructure, attacks that could be used across the world". Predictably, and despite the fact that U.S. officials are aware of cyberattacks emanating from Russia since at least 2009, Trump has consistently questioned intelligence regarding such Russian attacks when not heaping lavish praise upon Russia's president Vladimir Putin. The second example involves critical flaws in the woefully outdated system used by financial institutions the world over to transfer trillions of dollars each day. The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) system is a messaging system that most of the world's banks use to communicate payment orders.
Mondoweiss
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This letter was published today by Adalah-NY and signed by more than a dozen activist organizations. To the Batsheva Dance Company: We are writing as activists and artists from the North American cities you are visiting on your current tour. Palestinian civil society has issued a call for the academic and cultural boycott of Israel, modeled on the call for the boycott of apartheid South Africa. Respecting that call, we urge you to take a stand against the Israeli government’s violations of Palestinian rights. Until you do so, we will not welcome you in our cities and we will support a boycott of your performances due to your collaboration with the Israeli state. Your choreographer and artistic director, Ohad Naharin, has taken a vocal position on peace that led us to hope that the company would finally take a stand for justice. He says that he wants to “helpthe Palestinian people.
The Canary
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Now that 2017s here, just between us... 2016 was pretty awful, right? A turbulent 12 months in which surreal narrowly beat fascism as Merriam-Webster’s word of the year. And a period full of stress and nastiness which the American Dialect Society summed up with the phrase dumpster fire. The biggest dumpster fire of all was probably Donald... Visit www.thecanary.co to read more.
Futurity
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Interviews show that African-American women in abusive relationships use a variety of strategies pulled from three general categories to survive intimate partner violence. There's this stereotype that African-American women who experience abuse are probably reacting to it a certain way, but there is a range of responses, says Noelle M. St. Vil, an assistant professor in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and lead author of the paper in Social Work . Some fight back, some turn to prayer, some turn to family and friends, and others turn to law enforcement or other outlets. Love or abuse? Many teens can't tell the difference Roughly 40 percent of African-American women have experienced intimate partner violence. The portrayal of victims of intimate partner violence in media, and even in previous research, is of the passive victim, which does not accurately capture the realities of African-American women, according to St.
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Washingtons Blog
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Ultimately, as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People , the reality shows, the entertainment news, the surveillance society, the militarized police, and the political spectacles have one common objective: to keep us divided, distracted, imprisoned, and incapable of taking an active role in the business of self-government. If “we the peoplefeel powerless and apathetic, it is only because we have allowed ourselves to be convinced that the duties of citizenship begin and end at the ballot box. Marching and protests have certainly been used with great success by past movements to foment real change, but if those marches and protests are merely outpourings of discontent because a particular politician won or lost with no solid plan of action or follow-through, then what’s the point? Martin Luther King Jr. understood that politics could never be the answer to what ailed the country.
TIME - Top Stories
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PETA has called for a boycott of the upcoming film A Dog's Purpose after on-set video footage obtained by TMZ showed a German Shepherd being forced into turbulent water. In the video, the dog resists going into the water during shooting for the film in Winnipeg, Canada, according to TMZ . The German Shepherd was one of at least 5 dogs used in the film production. He wants to get away, just throw him in, a voice off-camera says in the video. PETA has condemned the movie in a statement, People reported . PETA is calling on dog lovers to boycott the film in order to send the message that dogs and other animals should be treated humanely, not as movie props, the organization said. A representative from the American Humane Society who was on the film set to ensure no animals would be harmed has been suspended, the organization told TMZ.
The Huffington Post
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On that day, we intend to resist the institutionalization of ideologies of separation and subordination, including white supremacy, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia, and virulent nationalism. " Ways You Can Help Prevent Islamophobia If you can't make it to a #J18 event, and you want to join the movement to help prevent Islamophic hate crimes in America, there are still several important things you can do which will promote tolerance of Islam and Muslim-Americans. Learn more about Islam, Muslims, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Speak out against Islamophobia when you see it happening. Attend multi-cultural events and bring your friends. Stay up to date on policies which could negatively affect the Muslim community and, ultimately, American society as a whole. Co-organize an "Islam 101" event and ask an imam or scholar of Islam to speak at your own place of worship, at a community center, a club, coffee house, or even a sports center.
Voice Of America
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TIME - Top Stories
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I am proud of that, but again, none of that would have happened without this incredible transformation that was happening in society out there. You know, when I gave Ellen the Presidential Medal of Freedom, I meant what I said. I think somebody that kind and likable, projecting into, you know, living rooms around the country. You know, that changed attitudes. And that wasn't easy to do for her. And that's just one small example of what was happening in countless communities all across the country. So so I'm proud that in certain places we maybe provided a good block down field to help the movement advance. I don't think it is something that will be reversible because American society has changed, the attitudes of young people, in particular, have changed. That doesn't mean there aren't going to be some fights that are important, legal issues, issues surrounding transgender persons.
TIME - Top Stories
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The Huffington Post
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Think about Dr. King's powerful vision. "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." That's the America many of us strive to create, but clearly, despite progress in some areas, we are still seeking to realize. Furthermore, the vitriolic, divisive rhetoric and raw emotions raging throughout the past year pulled the scab off a persistent wound in the American psyche, bringing the issue of race front and center and exposing the divides in our society. What does the nation do about it? How do we move forward on a path toward racial equity that facilitates racial healing, dismantles structural racism and lifts vulnerable children on a path to success? To-be-sure, America has made progress over the decades. Government and the courts enacted statutes and rulings ranging from Brown v.
Sky News
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I do not think it is something which will be reversible because American society has changed, the attitudes of young people in particular have changed. That does not mean there are not going to be some fights that are important, legal issues, issues surrounding transgender persons. There will still be some battles that to take place. tell you, I do not understand how you would discriminate against somebody because of sexual orientation.
The Huffington Post
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Variety
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Washington Free Beacon
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Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.), nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, said on Tuesday that all Americans have a right to health care. Price, testifying before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, was asked by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) whether he believed health care was a right of all Americans, rich or poor. Yes, we are a compassionate society, Price responded. I believe—and I look forward to working with you—that we make certain that every single American has access to the highest quality of care and coverage that is possible. Price, an orthopedic surgeon, said he wants to change the country's health care system so that it serves the needs of all. The congressman testified that the Affordable Care Act has improved some areas of the health care sector, but that its expansion of health care coverage has not come with an attendant expansion of health care.
Washingtons Blog
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Racial identity groups, once relegated to the fringe, and (so long as they were non-white) were given attention and credibility by the corporate media. In turn, whites, finally tired of being labeled responsible for all the ills of society, have grown increasingly radicalized as well. As a result, many on both sides are more entrenched and radicalized in their beliefs that the “other” is the enemy. Indeed, all identity groups, not just racial identity, in the country have become more and more entrenched in their ideologies, from religion and politics to gender identities, orientations, and even genders themselves. Thus, the stage is now set for confrontation between these varying groups inside the United States. For the first time since the first Civil War, the United States seems primed for a domestic upheaval on a massive scale. If the establishment continues to push for such an upheaval, there is little doubt that a television-saturated American public could indeed be provoked into turning on one another in a physical manner, that begins in riots and random acts of violence but which culminates in a much bloodier organized version.
The Event Chronicle
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The end results is that the tight restrains upon corporate constructs are gone with the wind just as clearly as the sovereignty of individual states were quashed in the conflict that centralized more power under the Federal Government hegemony. For an examination on the most tortured perversion and betrayal of the American Revolution, the Totalitarian Collectivism Part 8CORPORATIONS and LAW segment, cites the most irresponsible legal precedent. “The 1886 case, Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company, is often cited that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that corporations are persons having the same rights as human beings based on the 14th Amendment.” The Supreme Court has a long legacy of absurd and tyrannical usurpation of the most basic precepts of the Bill of Rights. How can a corporation be elevated to the same level as a living breathing citizen when crowning magistrates strip the basic human rights from the unborn? If a conceived being with a created soul can be de-legitimated by a capricious and arrogant court, while fabricated and artificial corporation entities can be endowed with personhood status, how can this be a lawful society? Explore the significance of this irrational legal injustice.
Voice Of America
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Most Vietnamese traditionally voted for Republicans, viewed as opponents of communism. But many of their adult children, also refugees, see Trump as rejecting American ideals and people like them. Local Republicans, who once embraced the John Birch Society and recently erected a statue of Ronald Reagan in the park where he launched two White House bids, long espoused a muscular conservatism. Most voted for Trump, but not without soul-searching. At Jimmy Camp’s house, a “No Trumpsign made by Camp’s son still hangs in the window. Heading out to feed his family’s goat and potbellied pig, Camp recalls his start in Republican politics three decades agoknocking on doors for candidates to earn cash. Camp played guitar in a rock band then and embraced platforms calling for government to stay out of people’s lives. He’d always loved the outdoors in a county that stretches from the ocean to the Santa Ana Mountains.