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Provocations

by Camille Paglia
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David Attenborough: collapse of civilisation is on the horizon

Recent studies show the 20 warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, and the top four in the past four years. Climate action must be increased fivefold to limit warming to the 1.5C scientists advise, according to the UN.
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Monarch populations in the US west are down 86% this year

Surveyors at 97 sites found only 20,456 monarchs compared to 148,000 at the same sites last year, an 86% decline. [..] Its population has fallen by 97% since the 1980s, and is at just 99.5% of its original abundance.
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Questions We Should Be Asking About Facebook’s Smear Campaign Against Its Critics

Facebook, the company seeking to undermine its critics, has a powerful role in shaping whether and how news and information is presented to billions of people around the world. Facebook controls the hidden algorithms and other systems that decide what comes up in Instagram and Facebook experiences. And it does so in a way that is almost completely beyond our view, much less our control.
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WWF Report Reveals Staggering Extent of Human Impact on Planet

Tracking 16,704 populations of 4,005 vertebrate species, the LPI finds that global populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians have declined, on average, by 60 percent between 1970 and 2014, the most recent year with available data.
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The Amphibians in U.S. Declining at "Alarming and Rapid Rate"

A new study finds that frogs, toads, salamanders and other amphibians in the U.S. are dying off so quickly that they could disappear from half of their habitats in the next 20 years. For some of the more endangered species, they could lose half of their habitats in as little as six years.
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The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

The fecund abundance that is insects’ singular trait should enable them to recover, but only if they are given the space and the opportunity to do so.

“It’s a debate we need to have urgently,” Goulson says. “If we lose insects, life on earth will. ...” He trailed off, pausing for what felt like a long time.
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"I'm sorry that you don't like 'class' and the truth my friend, but you're just stuck with it."

by George Carlin
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Noam Chomsky Addresses the Gaza Crisis

by Noam Chomsky
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
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Friday, January 21, 2011
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