Why Australia’s fires are linked to floods in Africa

Downright apocalyptic images coming out of Australia right now. There are now six fires burning at emergency levels. The smoke is so intense and so thick it can be seen from space. 2,000 homes have been destroyed. Six million hectares of land charred. Staggering toll on the nation’s wildlife. This is just heartbreaking. These record-breaking bushfires in Australia […]

How to break the two-party hold on American politics

The American system, really in a lot of ways, discourages participation. Elections for Congress in the United States are based on a plurality winner system where you live in one district. Candidates from two or more parties go run in that district, and then whoever gets the most votes wins. Right now many of our maps are incredibly […]

Why obvious lies make great propaganda

At the height of the 2016 election researchers released a report warning about a strange propaganda technique. Another day, another lie, another conspiracy theory, another falsehood. They called it the “firehose of falsehood.” When a propagandist bombards people with more lies than they can possibly keep up. Why all these lies? Why is it lie after lie after […]

The war for the Amazon’s most valuable trees

…Mr. Mendes was shot dead inside his home in northwestern Brazil on Thursday… Deep in the Amazon, in December of 1988, the fate of the rainforest was changed by a murder. In the small town of Xapuri, Chico Mendes was shot and killed. “The victim was devoted to preserving Brazil’s irreplaceable rainforest. And he paid for that, apparently, […]

How Russian trolls weaponized your social media feed

Russian hackers attempted to influence the US presidential election. A meddling campaign carried out by the Russians, authorized at the highest levels. Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is now pretty well-documented. From hacking voter registration rolls… Russia is behind a cyber attack on a contractor for Florida’s election system… To leaking stolen DNC emails… The Russians […]

Harassment is breaking Twitter’s free speech experiment

You guys are not going to believe what Trump just tweeted. He– Uh oh. Sorry. Try it again. You guys are not going to believe what Trump— Jesus. What’s wrong? Um. Nothing. One more time. You guys are not going to— You know what? Never mind. Twitter’s harassment problem is out of control and it’s changing the way […]

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