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Chas Williams
Painter based in the Cascadia region of North America.
Painter based in the Cascadia region of North America.
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"Today, more than 80 percent of rural black Americans live in the states that form the Black Belt. Black men in the region routinely have mortality rates 50 percent higher than the national average... There are other hot spots, as well, most notably several Native American reservations."

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“...no man can hope to be completely free
who lingers within reach of familiar habits.”
– Admiral Byrd

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"An elephant that has survived or seen a landmine blast can alert an entire herd to the danger with a gesture or very-low-frequency rumble, says Joyce Poole of ElephantVoices, an American-Norwegian NGO."

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With the announcement of famine in South Sudan in February, the United Nations formally alerted the planet to the possibility of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis occurring in 2017 — four concurrent famines, something that has never been seen before. “By the time famine is declared, it’s too late, people are dying at a rate that we cannot keep up with,” says Scott Paul, senior humanitarian policy advisor for Oxfam America. “We have passed all of the signposts, red flags, and warning signs telling us that death is approaching. Famine means that we have already lost, people are dying.”

"In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defence of the indefensible. Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face, and which do not square with the professed aims of political parties. Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Defenceless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machine-gunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification. Millions of peasants are robbed of their farms and sent trudging along the roads with no more than they can carry: this is called transfer of population or rectification of frontiers. People are imprisoned for years without trial, or shot in the back of the neck or sent to die of scurvy in Arctic lumber camps: this is called elimination of unreliable elements. Such phraseology is needed if one wants to name things without calling up mental pictures of them."
– George Orwell; Politics and the English Language 1946

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In 2016, evening newscasts and Sunday shows collectively decreased their total coverage of climate change by 66 percent compared to 2015, but they still found time to uncritically air climate denial -- the majority of which came from now-President Donald Trump and his team.

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"Nearly three-fifths of all animals with a backbone — fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals — have been wiped out since 1970 by human appetites and activity, according to a grim study released on Thursday."

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"According to the best estimates, by 1800 Africa’s population was half of what it would have been, had the slave trades not occurred..."
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