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The No. 1 ‘happiest country’ in the world also has one of the highest suicide rates — economists have a theory why By QUENTIN FOTTRELL

  Finland was No. 1 out of 156 countries on the 2019 “World Happiness Report,” followed by Denmark, Norway, Iceland, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The U.S. trailed at No. 19. The top countries ranked highly on all the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance. “Governments set the institutional and policy framework …

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The Latest & Most Reckless US Imperial Act By Patrick Lawrence

Of all the preposterous assertions made since the drone assassination of Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3, the prize for bottomless ignorance must go to the bottomlessly ignorant Mike Pompeo. Speaking after the influential Iranian general’s death, our frightening secretary of state declaimed on CBS’s Face the Nation, “There was sound and just and legal reason for the actions the President …

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Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Tom Steyer. From left, Democratic presidential candidates businessman Tom Steyer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., stand on stage, before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa
Election 2020 Debate, Des Moines, USA - 14 Jan 2020

Media Stupidity Is Uniting Left and Right by Matt Taibbi

Just a few elections ago, the national press policed the boundaries of both Democrat and Republican politics. You couldn’t sniff either party’s nomination without media assent. After more high-profile crackups, including a few over the weekend, the press might be months from being pushed all the way to the outside of a general election campaign. Having declared war on Donald Trump and …

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It By Kashmir Hill

Until recently, Hoan Ton-That’s greatest hits included an obscure iPhone game and an app that let people put Donald Trump’s distinctive yellow hair on their own photos. Then Mr. Ton-That — an Australian techie and onetime model — did something momentous: He invented a tool that could end your ability to walk down the street anonymously, and provided it to …

Brazil’s attack on Greenwald mirrors the US case against Assange By Mathew Ingram

Over the years, Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald has made more than a few enemies. What some of his fans and supporters see as a crusade for truth and justice can strike others—including those who become the targets of his journalistic crusades—as needlessly hostile and potentially biased. But there is one enemy that has stood out among all the others of late, and that …

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‘We Will Not Be Intimidated’: Journalist Glenn Greenwald Defiant After Being Charged With Cybercrimes By Right-Wing Bolsonaro Brazilian Government by Eoin Higgins

Journalist Glenn Greenwald hit back after being charged with cybercrimes by Brazilian authorities Tuesday in connection to his reporting on corruption in the country, saying he would fight to defend the right to a free press and his right to report the truth. “We are going to defend a free press,” Greenwald tweeted in Portugese. “We will not be intimidated …

Get the Money Out of Politics: 10 Years After Citizens United by TIFFANY MULLER

The court, either through remarkable naivety or sheer malevolence, essentially married two terrible ideas: that “money equals speech” and that “corporations are people.” The ruling put a for sale sign on our democracy, opening up a flood of corporate, special interest, and even foreign money into our politics. Through Citizens United and a collection of other terrible and related decisions, the Court …

Wikipedia, Stephen Barrett, and Sweet Suicide

Wikipedia, Stephen Barrett, and Sweet Suicide By Gary Null PhD and Amy Mitura Progressive Radio Network August 27, 2019 Millions of people, throughout the world, after decades of consuming an American-style diet, are starting to pay attention to what they are putting into their bodies. Finally, there is a conscious questioning of the safety the American diet. The five (5) …

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Shocking Levels of Glyphosate Found in Popular Foods

Roundup is used on food crops in increasing amounts across the United States, and that glyphosate (Roundup’s key ingredient) is known to cause liver and kidney damage to rats in amounts as small as .1 parts per billion. It has also been proven to be an endocrine disruptor in humans at as little as .05 ppm, and if that’s not bad enough the World Health …

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In Historic Shift, Second Largest Physicians Group in US Has New Prescription: It’s Medicare for All by Jon Queally

The fight for Medicare for All received a two-handed boost from tens of thousands of doctors on Monday when the American College of Physicians—in a move described as a “seachange for the medical professions”—officially endorsed a single-payer system as among only one of two possible ways to improve the nation’s healthcare woes. Representing 159,000 doctors of internal medicine nationwide, the …