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China is cracking down on pessimistic financial blogs and social media accounts, as well as fraudulent ones; analysts worry independent voices will be silenced

China is cracking down on pessimistic financial blogs and social media accounts, as well as fraudulent ones; analysts worry independent voices will be silenced (Financial Times) Could it be that something similar … Continue reading China is cracking down on pessimistic financial blogs and social media accounts, as well as fraudulent ones; analysts worry independent voices will be silenced

America has $1.73 trillion in student debt—borrowers from these states owe the most

America has $1.73 trillion in student debt—borrowers from these states owe the most

Not all states shoulder the same share of the student debt crisis. This is preventing graduates from being able to do the things their parents did, like buy a home. The government could wipe this debt out with a keystroke if it wanted to. It’s time to take this option seriously. Source: … Continue reading America has $1.73 trillion in student debt—borrowers from these states owe the most

20 meat and dairy firms emit more greenhouse gas than Germany, Britain or France | Meat industry | The Guardian

20 meat and dairy firms emit more greenhouse gas than Germany, Britain or France | Meat industry | The Guardian

Livestock companies with large emissions receive billions of dollars in funding, campaigners say But people love their meat and dairy! Source: 20 meat and dairy firms emit more greenhouse gas than Germany, Britain or France | Meat industry | The Guardian Continue reading 20 meat and dairy firms emit more greenhouse gas than Germany, Britain or France | Meat industry | The Guardian

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An ‘Army of 16-Year-Olds’ Takes On the Democrats - The New York Times

An ‘Army of 16-Year-Olds’ Takes On the Democrats – The New York Times

Young progressives are an unpredictable new factor in Massachusetts elections. They’re ardent, and organized, and they don’t take orders. Great, people should become engaged in politics even before they can vote! An engaged population is key to maintaining a democracy. Source: An ‘Army of 16-Year-Olds’ Takes On the Democrats – The New … Continue reading An ‘Army of 16-Year-Olds’ Takes On the Democrats – The New York Times

Palestinian Journalist Says Twitter Asked Her to Remove Tweets

Palestinian Journalist Says Twitter Asked Her to Remove Tweets

Mariam Barghouti’s Twitter account was also temporarily restricted, which the company said was an accident. This is not good. If it happened to her account, it must have happened to hundreds, if not thousands, of accounts, and is indicative of a much larger problem – the silencing of dissenting voices, or even … Continue reading Palestinian Journalist Says Twitter Asked Her to Remove Tweets

After Ledell Lee’s Execution, Another Man’s DNA Is Found on the Murder Weapon

After Ledell Lee’s Execution, Another Man’s DNA Is Found on the Murder Weapon

Lawyers’ request to conduct additional DNA testing before Ledell Lee was executed had been denied. Was it really necessary to bring back the death penalty last year when it had been on hiatus for so many years? And was it really necessary to execute this man when evidence now shows that he … Continue reading After Ledell Lee’s Execution, Another Man’s DNA Is Found on the Murder Weapon

For Billion-Dollar COVID Vaccines, Basic Government-Funded Science Laid the Groundwork - Scientific American

For Billion-Dollar COVID Vaccines, Basic Government-Funded Science Laid the Groundwork – Scientific American

Much of the pioneering work on mRNA vaccines was done with government money, though drugmakers could walk away with big profits Another example of why the whole argument that government is bad, without the funding by the government these vaccines would not have been developed in the time they were developed. Also, … Continue reading For Billion-Dollar COVID Vaccines, Basic Government-Funded Science Laid the Groundwork – Scientific American

Supreme Court Rejects Restrictions On Life Without Parole For Juveniles : NPR

Supreme Court Rejects Restrictions On Life Without Parole For Juveniles : NPR

The court’s conservatives said that a judge need not make a finding of “permanent incorrigibility” before sentencing a juvenile offender to life without parole. This is a step backwards for a country that is supposed to be “beacon” for the rest of the world. This vote was 100% along party lines. Source: … Continue reading Supreme Court Rejects Restrictions On Life Without Parole For Juveniles : NPR

LinkedIn Founder Hoffman: Don't Donate to Politicians Restricting Voting

LinkedIn Founder Hoffman: Don’t Donate to Politicians Restricting Voting

The statement from Reid Hoffman comes after he along with executives at hundreds of businesses signed a letter condemning Georgia’s new voting law. The next step is to stop funding politicians period, but one step at a time! Source: LinkedIn Founder Hoffman: Don’t Donate to Politicians Restricting Voting Continue reading LinkedIn Founder Hoffman: Don’t Donate to Politicians Restricting Voting

Modern Monetary Theory for Conservatives | The American Conservative

Modern Monetary Theory for Conservatives | The American Conservative

Re-thinking the conservative approach to government spending. Once conservatives understand how money works they can start to see the benefits of government fiscal spending as well! In fact, one wonders if many conservatives already understand how it all works when they didn’t appear to care about government deficits as of recent. There … Continue reading Modern Monetary Theory for Conservatives | The American Conservative

“The left was deplatformed long before the right”: Jillian C York on social media's haphazard war on content

“The left was deplatformed long before the right”: Jillian C York on social media’s haphazard war on content

The director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation warns that often conversation around online speech is “uninformed” or “misinformed”. When you’re debating something as delicate and nuanced as the ability of people all over the world to share ideas and express themselves, York says that a balanced, evidence-based approach is vital. “Maybe Trump’s tweets do constitute real … Continue reading “The left was deplatformed long before the right”: Jillian C York on social media’s haphazard war on content

Latest IMF data helps us see how political choices impact on health and economic outcomes

Latest IMF data helps us see how political choices impact on health and economic outcomes

The IMF recently updated their – World Economic Outlook database – April 2021 – which allows for quick cross country comparisons. It shows that the: Eurozone has categorically failed & Austerity is a political choice and it doesn’t work. Meanwhile, China’s GDP growth per capita over the same period is over 100%, … Continue reading Latest IMF data helps us see how political choices impact on health and economic outcomes