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The Night Socialism Went Mainstream

t has taken a single week for Senator Bernie Sanders to achieve a distinction that eluded him for the entirety of his underdog campaign four years ago: The 78-year-old democratic socialist from Vermont is now, at least for the moment, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president.  Sanders’s victory tonight in the New Hampshire primary, combined with his strong finish …

The Race For Arctic Oil Is Heating Up By Tsvetana Paraskova

Despite climate concerns and environmentalist backlash against exploration for oil and gas in pristine sensitive regions of the Arctic, companies continue to explore for hydrocarbon resources in the Arctic Circle, in Russia and Norway in particular. The largest Russian energy companies are looking to explore more Arctic oil and gas resources on and offshore Russia, while Norwegian and other Western …

Exclusive: While The Press And Public Focus On Iran, US Military Prepares For War With Russia BY WILLIAM M. ARKIN

During the height of tensions with Iran last year, the United States conducted an unprecedented series of war games. Over five months, from May until the end of September, 93 separate military exercises were held, with forces operating continuously in, above and around 29 countries. The games, which practiced everything from ground platoon tactics to cyber warfare, weren’t held in …

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What Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy can offer in the Anthropocene

With our collapsing democracies and imploding biosphere, it’s no wonder that people despair. The Austrian psychoanalyst and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl presciently described such sentiments in his book Man’s Search for Meaning (1946). He wrote of something that ‘so many patients complain [about] today, namely, the feeling of the total and ultimate meaninglessness of their lives’. A nihilistic wisdom emerges when staring down the …

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Girls beginning puberty almost a year earlier than in 1970s

Girls are beginning puberty almost a year earlier than women 40 years ago, according to research. Scientists have found the onset of development of glandular breast tissue has crept forwards by about three months per decade since the late 1970s. Puberty generally begins between eight and 13 years in girls and nine and 14 years for boys. However, a number of …

Scientists warn humanity about worldwide insect decline

Engaging civil society and policy makers is essential for the future and mutual well-being both of people and insects. In addition to mitigating climate change, an important aspect of the solution involves setting aside high-quality and manageable portions of land for conservation, and transforming global agricultural practices to promote species co-existence. Humanity is pushing many ecosystems beyond recovery. As a …

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Sanders Crushes Trump by 18 Points Among Independent Voters in New National General Election Poll by Jake Johnson

A national Reuters/Ipsos poll released Monday found Sen. Bernie Sanders leading President Donald Trump by 18 percentage points among independent voters in a hypothetical general election match-up, a result Sanders supporters viewed as evidence that the Vermont senator has the best chance of defeating the president in November. According to the new survey (pdf), Sanders has the support of 46% of registered …

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More than two-thirds of migrants fleeing Central American region had family taken or killed

More than two-thirds of the migrants fleeing Central America’s northern triangle countries – Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – experienced the murder, disappearance or kidnapping of a relative before their departure, according to a new study by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The MSF study said 42.5% of interviewees reported the violent death of a relative over the previous two years, while 16.2% …

Extinction Foretold, Extinction Ignored by GUY R. MCPHERSON

Most evolving lineages, human or otherwise, when threatened with extinction, don’t do anything special to avoid it. – George C. Williams American evolutionary biologist George C. Williams died in September 2010 at the age of 83 years. I doubt he knew we were facing our own imminent extinction. By the time Williams died, I had been sounding the alarm in …