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Of course there’s a globalisation backlash. It has failed billions of people

Over the past 30 years China has become the world’s factory. For the past few weeks, the production line has been shut down by plant closures deemed necessary to halt the spread of coronavirus. Beijing fears there will be both short- and long-term damage from the outbreak. The country is on course for its first quarter of negative growth in decades, while earlier …

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America and Israel Against the World

My Spotify workout playlist is a time warp. Growing up in a blue-collar neighborhood of New York City in the 1990s and early 2000s, listening to popular East Coast hip-hop was practically required. So on a recent morning in which I had planned to write a column about Israel/Palestine, I jammed out to Jay-Z & Beyonce’s famous power-couple-jam, “’03 Bonnie …

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A Culture of Cheating by LAWRENCE DAVIDSON

Cheating, and the lying that always accompanies it, is probably as old as the human species. At the same time, that is probably how long we have known that they are harmful traits. The Eighth Commandment (out of the famous ten) tells us not to bear false witness, which means, don’t lie. Most older societies had someone assigned to monitor …

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The coronavirus is the first true social-media “infodemic”

On January 19—a week before the Lunar New Year—Tommy Tang left Shenzhen with his girlfriend to visit her family in Wuhan for the holiday. They had heard of the novel coronavirus (now officially known as COVID-19), but as far as they knew, it was localized to a small area. The local government had assured people that it would only affect …

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) looks on during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Trump administration efforts to remove Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from government conservatorship on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso - RC1DDCEDE260

AOC Introduces Bill to Ban Fracking Nationwide By ZACHARY EVANS

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) on Wednesday announced legislation that would ban fracking throughout the U.S. “Fracking is destroying our land and our water. It is wreaking havoc on our communities’ health. We must do our job to protect our future from the harms caused by the fracking industry,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “That is why I am proud to …

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As Household Debt Hits $14 Trillion, Economists Say Fed Quantitative Easing Solution for Next Recession Insufficient by Eoin Higgins

On the heels of reports that U.S. household debt hit $14 trillion for the first time in history, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told lawmakers Wednesday that the central bank would use quantitative easing as the primary weapon to combat the next recession. With interest rates hovering around 1.50% and 1.74%, quantitative easing—injecting more cash into the economy through buying …

70% of Americans rarely discuss the environmental impact of their food

American consumers are hungry for more climate-friendly plant-based diets, but they need more information, according to results from a national survey released today by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) and the Earth Day Network (EDN). The report, titled “Climate Change and the American Diet,” found that half (51 percent) of Americans surveyed said that they would eat …

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The Earth is Dying, But Not Fast Enough by THOMAS NAIL

We hear all the time that we are at the tipping point of a long history of increasing energy consumption. Unfettered energy use is eating up finite fuels, increasing planetary temperatures, releasing stored methane and other emissions into the atmosphere, and raising ocean temperatures to levels that threaten the world’s fisheries. Carbon emissions are now heating up the planet at …

FDA Considers Black Box Warning for all Breast Implants After Doctors Report Side Effects Including Cancer and Death

CINCINNATI — A rash and joint pain may have saved Lily McBreen’s life by getting her to the doctor in time for a breast cancer diagnosis. Although many other survivors choose implants after their mastectomies, she’s adamant that she won’t. Having almost lost her life once, she’s worried the side effects of receiving breast implants could endanger it again. “After …

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‘The Saddest Thing Is That It Won’t Be Breaking News’: Concentration of CO2 Hits Record High of 416 ppm by Jessica Corbett

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record high Monday, a reading from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that elicited fresh calls from climate activists and scientists for the international community to end planet-heating emissions from fossil fuels and deforestation. According to NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory, an atmospheric baseline station in Hawaii, the daily average of CO2 levels …