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Leid Stories—Not Enough Said About This Calamitous Week. Say Your Piece on “Free Your Mind Friday!—09.23.16

It’s been a week from hell–a concatenation of catastrophies, it seemed. With your help, we can wade through the thick fog of misinformation, disinformation and no information about what really matters. Free your mind—and ours, too—by sharing your thoughts about the week’s major issues and news events. It’s “Free Your Mind Friday” on Leid Stories, and your turn at the …

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Ian Welsh – The Wells Fargo Scandal Was By Design

Some years ago I worked for a mid-sized financial multinational.  Towards the end of my tenure my employer merged with another company, and the senior executives in my department were replaced with Americans.  (It was the smallest department in the division, and they felt they should give the Americans something.) There had been some… dubious… practices before, stuff that skirted …

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Five islands in Solomons submerged due to sea-level rise

Aerial and Satellite images show rising sea levels have caused five islands in the Solomons in the South Pacific to completely disappear, the first scientific evidence that confirms the dramatic impact of climate change on low-lying islands. A newly published study by Australian academics using time series aerial and satellite imagery of 33 reef islands from 1947- 2014 reveals that 11 islands …