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US politics The pundit class continues to misunderstand Bernie Sanders – and it shows
Nathan Robinson, © The Guardian
October 8, 2019

A new unofficial Bernie Sanders ad, made by a fan, is making a lot of viewers tear up. It contrasts dismissive and disparaging comments about Bernie from TV pundits with the warmth felt towards him by his supporters across the country. It movingly shows how Sanders inspires people and gives them hope – but also just how insulated the “pundit class” is from the reality of people’s lives.

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Burning Amazonia, Denying Climate Change, Devastating Syria, Starving Yemen, and Ignoring Kashmir
Richard Falk, © Counterpunch
September 19, 2019

The World Order Backdrop
Arguably, even before the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, there was a widespread sense that a state-centric form of world order was morally and functionally deficient in certain fundamental respects. Political actors were indifferent to the outbreaks of war, disease, and famine outside of their sovereign territory absent serious extraterritorial reverberations. At the same time lesser states were vulnerable to the manipulations and territorial/imperial ambitions of leading states that generated colonialism, interventions, and sustained an exploitative Europeanization of world order.

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"If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive."
––Eleonora Duse

The Word Nobody Wanted to Say at the UN Climate Action Summit, “Offsets.”
Lisa Song, © Propublica
October 1, 2019

The leaders of more than 70 countries have made a promise that sounds nothing short of revolutionary. By 2050, they say they will reach “net zero,” putting no more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than can be somehow canceled out.

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"It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this."
––Bertrand Russell

Greta Thunberg & the Consolation of Doubt
Jonathan Cook, © Consortiumnews
October 1, 2019

I am not talking here of the “let’s keep our head in the sand” left that denies climate change. Or of the “all we need is for the people to seize the means of production and then pillage the planet on behalf of the workers rather than the bosses” left. Both are annoyingly visible.
I mean the progressive left that understands we are hurtling towards a climate catastrophe engineered by the hubris of a tiny power-elite and our own unthinking, complicit greed. This is the left that knows we need to radically overhaul our societies and priorities, and quickly ween ourselves off fossil fuels, to save life on the planet.

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"It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions."
––Mark Twain

Inside the Trump Administration’s Chaotic Dismantling of the Federal Land Agency
Mike Spies and J. David McSwane, © Propublica
September 20, 2019

Early this month, workers at the Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management gathered to discuss a Trump administration plan that would force some 200 people to uproot their lives or find other jobs.
With a vague plan that keeps changing as officials describe it — and no guarantees that Congress would fully fund their relocations — the employees were being detailed to distant locations in the West like Grand Junction, Colorado, and Reno, Nevada. Many career staff saw the move as part of a wider Trump administration effort to drive federal employees out of their jobs. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has described that approach as a “wonderful way to streamline government.”

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