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Kirsten Brodde – Black Friday: Breathe, take a break – the planet can’t handle it anymore

Instead of chasing prey in the jungle like our ancestors did, we chase bargain clothing that seems like a good deal. Just look at the scenes that take place every year in American shopping malls on the fourth Friday of November, when people try to secure a favourable position in the queue outside shops in the early hours of the …

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Expat Files – 11.06.16

#8- Johnny’s new “Expat Essentials Course” designed for people wanting their own Plan “B” but can’t quite manage to get “boots on the ground”. It may be the best way to get started on your Plan “B” and the next best thing to coming down yourself. Go to www.ExpatPlanB.com for the three video intros to my new “Expat Essentials” course.

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John Whitehead – The State of the Nation: A Dictatorship Without Tears

“There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from …

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Richard Flory – American Christianity Is Changing Fast: Five Stories to Watch in 2016

While LGBT evangelicals cheered on the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage, evangelical institutions lobbied for the passage of “religious freedom” laws that would allow them to discriminate. When President Obama mouthed platitudes during the funeral of the slain Rev. Clementa Pinckney at Emanuel AME, activist Bree Newsome took it upon herself to scale a flagpole and take down an instrument …

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White Christian America in Decline: Why Young People Are Sick of Conservative Religion

There’s been a lot of media attention recently to the changing demographics of the United States, where, at current rates, people who identify as “white” are expected to become a minority by the year 2050 [3]. But in many ways, the shift in national demographics has been accelerated beyond even that. New data from the American Values Atlas shows [4] that while white people continue …