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What Evolution Teaches Us About Humanity’s Grim Future: A Conversation With Jared Diamond

"How did I convince my beautiful wife to marry me?" asked America's best-known geographer, Jared Diamond.
 

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Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake and Jesslyn Radack Tell It Like It Is at Whistle-Blowers’ Summit

Unfortunately for our shaky democracy, the U.S. has needed serious and frequent help in exposing the misuse and abuse of government power in recent years. Fortunately for our democracy, people like Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake and Jesslyn Radack have been paying attention.
 
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Here’s a bit of Earth Day news we might one day use: Researchers in South Korea have developed a method of harvesting electricity from the motion of water.

Need proof that America’s attitudes about gay marriage are changing? Listen to wrestler Steve Austin, he of the “Stone Cold Stunner,” use salty language to declare his support for same-sex couples.

 
 
 
 
Israel Halts Peace Talks After Palestinian Unity Deal

Israel said Thursday that it was halting peace talks with the Palestinians after their unity deal with the Hamas rulers of Gaza, as the faltering U.S.-backed process approached its deadline.

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Elizabeth Warren on Being a Woman in Politics and How Government Turned Into a ‘Rigged Game’

The Massachusetts senator went on “The Daily Show” on Tuesday night to talk about “A Fighting Chance,” her new book, but ended up explaining all the things that are terribly wrong with our country these days.

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Neoliberalism, Democracy and the University as a Public Sphere

Of neoliberalism, Truthout contributor Henry Giroux tells Victoria Harper in an interview: “Not only is it the latest stage of predatory capitalism, but it is also part of a broader project of restoring class power and consolidating the rapid concentration of capital, particularly financial capital.”

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You Can No Longer Eat American Apples in Europe. Here’s Why

Apparently an apple a day will not keep the doctor away in the U.S.

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Film Explores Human Toll of Obama’s Crackdown on Whistle-Blowers

How far would you go to tell the truth? “Democracy Now!” talks with James Spinoe, director of the new documentary “Silenced,” which follows three national security whistle-blowers who struggle “to reveal the darkest corners of America’s war on terror while enduring the wrath of a government increasingly determined to maintain secrecy.”

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They Are Watching You

It is here at the Border Security Expo 2014 that U.S. Homeland Security officials, local law enforcement, and border forces from all over the world talk contracts with private industry representatives, exhibit their techno-optimism, and begin to hammer out a future of ever more hardened, up-armored national and international boundaries.

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Ukraine Launches Deadly Assault on Rebel-Held Towns

Ukraine’s military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have “consequences.”

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Stephen Colbert Says Goodbye: ‘I’ve Won Television’

“Almost nine years ago, I promised to change the world, and together, I did it,” says Stephen Colbert, still in character as his self-obsessed conservabot doppelganger, while dropping in to rub it in on his onetime mentor Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” on Wednesday night.

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Rise of the Milkbots

At a farm near Albany, N.Y., robots milk the cows.

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Lapland’s Mystery Moths Puzzle Science

Warmer and wetter conditions are often bad news for wildlife. But moths in Finland’s Arctic region are bucking the trend—and no one knows why.

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Israel, U.S. Complain About Not Being Able to Divide and Rule the Palestinians

This week the Fatah Party (secular Arab nationalist) of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas met in Gaza with members of the Hamas Party (fundamentalist Muslim), seeking a reconciliation and a government of national unity.

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Kiev Claims Rebel Defeats in East Ukraine as Obama Warns Russia

Kiev claimed it inflicted stinging defeats on pro-Kremlin rebels in east Ukraine on Thursday, as President Barack Obama accused Russia of not abiding by a deal to defuse the escalating crisis in the ex-Soviet country.

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The Key to 2014

The Democrats’ biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the U.S. Senate involves motivating the party’s base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states.

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Race Matters: Resegregation and the Rollback of Affirmative Action

“I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” So proclaimed Alabama Gov. George Wallace more than half a century ago.

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Georgia Approves Guns in Schools, Churches, Courthouses—Pretty Much Everywhere

Starting July 1, there will be very few places left in the state of Georgia where you can’t legally carry a firearm.

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FCC Chairman Wants to Help Your Cable Company Screw Up the Internet

A proposal by FCC chair Tom Wheeler obtained by The Wall Street Journal would allow companies such as Comcast to finally kill net neutrality.

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The Best Feature of This Phone Is Its Price

Samsung and HTC just announced their new flagship phones, and Apple is expected to drop the iPhone 6 sometime soon. Chinese upstart OnePlus is hoping to give all those devices a run for their money—literally.

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This Researcher Devised His Own Low-Cost Cancer Treatment and Won

Michael Retsky wasn’t your typical cancer patient. His own research showed the problems with existing treatments, so he helped model a new one.

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Palestinians Reunite Over Israel’s Objections

Fatah and Hamas, the two Palestinian factions that have for the last seven years ruled the separate territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, announced Wednesday they will form a unity government.

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