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March 15 School Strike: Students worldwide join Greta Thunberg to demand action on climate change

The 16-year-old’s lone protest last summer has morphed into a powerful global movement challenging politicians to act. Greta Thunberg is hopeful the student climate strike on March 15 can bring about positive change, as young people in more and more countries join the protest movement she started last summer as a lone campaigner outside the Swedish parliament. The 16-year-old welcomed the huge mobilization planned in the UK, with demonstrations by tens of thousands of school and university students in Australia, Belgium, Germany, the United States, Japan, and more than a dozen other countries. “I think enough people have realized...

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Our leaders are not failing America because their brand of corruption is what we voted for

“Everybody wants to communicate and express their opinions, and I think human beings are created that way by nature, and people that allow themselves to do it, there’s some kind of therapeutic value for that.” – Mark Bryan, artist Trump supporters long ago decided to discount, dismiss, disbelieve, indulge, ignore, endorse, excuse or otherwise rationalize his appalling behavior. Evidence of sexual harassment, misogyny, bigotry and lying were all fully apparent when they put him in the White House. Back then 81% of white evangelicals voted for the man who had five children from three different women – imagine for...

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Momo Challenge: Viral hoax exposes unhealthy feedback loop between social media and parents

Editor’s Note: The “Momo Challenge” is a hoax about a nonexistent Internet challenge that was spread by users on Facebook and media outlets. It was reported that children and adolescents were being enticed by a user named Momo to perform a series of dangerous tasks including violent attacks and suicide. Despite claims that the phenomenon had reached worldwide proportions in as far back as July 2018, the number of actual complaints was relatively small and no police force has confirmed that anyone was harmed as a direct result of it since. It has become the most talked about viral...

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Robin DiAngelo: The fragility of white people and why it is so hard to talk about racism

Why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism? It is a question posed by the white academic Robin DiAngelo, whose book “White Fragility” has spent seven months hovering at the top end of the New York Times bestseller list. “The problem with white people,” she says, “is that they just don’t listen. In my experience, day in and day out, most white people are absolutely not receptive to finding out their impact on other people. There is a refusal to know or see, or to listen or hear, or to validate.” As a sociologist, she...

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Scathing government report on fake news classifies Facebook as a digital gangster

Facebook deliberately broke privacy and competition law and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation, according to a devastating parliamentary report from the British government denouncing the company and its executives as “digital gangsters.” The 18-month investigation into disinformation and fake news accused Facebook of purposefully obstructing its inquiry and failing to tackle attempts by Russia to manipulate elections. “Democracy is at risk from the malicious and relentless targeting of citizens with disinformation and personalized ‘dark adverts’ from unidentifiable sources, delivered through the major social media platforms we use every day,” warned Damian Collins, chairman of the UK’s Digital,...

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From Greatest Generation to Racist Generation: How Baby Boomers betrayed future generations

In the grim, grey aftermath of world war, children were born on an unprecedented scale in a population explosion. The baby boomers, born between 1946 and the mid-1960s, had arrived. It was time for a new life. It was time for the young to grow up with faith in a better tomorrow. Time, however, has a way summarizing reality. When baby boomers reached adolescence, creating the modern designation of teenager in the process, it was as if the floodlights had been switched on, revealing a colorful, contrary, anti-authoritarian America. Anthropologist Helen Fisher inelegantly described the maturing of this huge...

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