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From Glacierless National Park to the Neverglades: Meet your future national parks http://bit.ly/2bhV1Gr
The parks are having an identity crisis — so we renamed them.
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North Dakota's history of antiestablishmentarianism may provide a roadmap for Sanders supporters who want to implement change at the local level.
A "no" vote for corporate farms may have implications for those trying to make the DNC platform more progressive.
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I've long held that disappointed Sandersites can change the world by concentrating on Congressional races. Opportunities abound. Dems used to run hopeless cases against my own local congressman, the notorious dogmatist, feudalist and cheater Darrell Issa. What a dumb idea. Most GOP reps are from districts whose voters are inherently at least a bit conservative. So Dems should in such districts run not a Santa Monica liberal but a DNC-style moderate who likes science, believes in equal rights and climate change and limiting money in politics... but maybe is a bit stronger on defense and free enterprise than a lefty might like!  BFD. 

Have a look at this guy running against Issa now! Central casting could not have done better. A retired Marine colonel and prosecutor... who also pledges to work for "good-paying jobs, affordable college, and fighting for the middle class." ... gender pay and healthcare equality.... End Wall Street’s bribery of Congress...a fully integrated renewable energy program... supporting 2013 bipartisan immigration bill, by ending the Hastert rule...Americans have the right to sustainable farming and the right to know what's in the water and GMO food we eat...

And you'd sniff at such a fellow because he's a former member of the US officer corps? The 3rd best-educated clade in American life?  Grow up!  All we need is forty of these folks and Paul Ryan can go boohoo.  The nations business will be done again.

And sure. THEN yell and argue with this fellow over your differences. Watch. He'll yell back and argue... and buy a round and negotiate with you.  Like a grownup.

http://www.applegateforcongress.com/meet-doug
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Getting away from the latest sound byte news, what are the real -- big -- issues facing our country?
Citizens shouldn’t let the media make us forget about ourselves. Judging by the amount of media attention they got, these were the most important political stories of the week: Donald Trump a…
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Hillary Clinton is probably the best President we're going to be able to get in 2016; she is the best, most qualified, most competent person of the people with a realistic shot at winning the nomination and then going on to win the election.

Of course, that's the entire problem right there.  The very definition of a corrupt institution is that it drives out the good, not only good individuals but the good within them.  She's spent most of her life at this point lining everything up, getting into position, amassing powerful friends and political capital to make her run, and I'm not sure she hasn't been severely diminished in the process.  She, and the entire wing of the Party she represents are damaged goods. 

Come November we get to choose between some frothing rightwing lunatic and this brittle, lacquered robot stuffed with Beltway talking points.  At best, I see her as mediocre.   I cannot think of one instance where Hillary Clinton has been out ahead of mainstream opinion on an issue.  She's always the late comer, the one jumping on the bandwagon.  She lets herself be led around by what other people think instead of showing evidence of a strong internal compass, what allows a President to break loose of the advice experts are giving, or what the polls say the majority thinks.  That makes her an insider in more than one sense.  She thinks from within the framework of meaning that society has given her, rather than reaching beyond  it the way an outsider would.  Her conventionality is her prison.

She's the best  available, and it's not nearly good enough.  
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+Dave Pentecost Perhaps I do.  Time will tell.

As for "talking points", I was referring to her public comments which don't seem to show  a very deep understanding of the problems facing the country.  Sanders does understand.  His critique is deeper and more fundamental.

What we're talking about here is the difference between means and ends.  Clinton has spent her life acquring the means to do things.  She's learned a lot about "getting things done."  What's not clear is what her ends are, what she really cares about, what she would once all restraints were removed.  

That's why I don't trust her.
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"...there are options. We just have to get our politicians to clear the way for clearing the skies. Can our government, which can't even agree to pay its bills seemingly month-to-month, make the policy changes to flip from fossil-fuel to renewable?
"Not on their own. Not as long as carbon cash pays for their elections. We will have to make them do it through the power of the polls."
The main hurdle for generating all of our country's electricity needs by solar and wind farms is that the sun doesn't always shine nor the wind blow. So, either the electricity generated by these renewable resources has to be stored or shipped in from another location where the sun is shining and wind blowing.
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After 525 years, it’s time to actually listen to Native Americans http://bit.ly/2bgDb6W
The Standing Rock Sioux are fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline — one of many indigenous groups opposing climate-wrecking projects.
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An alternative to job-killing "free trade" and Trump's protectionism.
Expert Jared Bernstein outlines ways to make trade fairer while avoiding the trade wars Trump invites.
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Originally written in 1999, this suggestion is just as apropos today.
 
Apparently Omar Mateen  desperately cared about how much media attention he was getting, for his heinous slaughter in Orlando.  This raises yet again a point I have made for two decades, calling for a law that re-names monstrous killers, so that their efforts to "go down in history" will come to naught, removing that incentive from their insane agendas.  See my Salon piece about this from 1999.

It is called the Erastratos Effect, after the fellow who burned down the Temple of Diana - one of the Wonders of the World - in order to achieve renown. But that's not his name. The hellenes had the class to pass a renaming law. So should we.

Commenter, please don't react on impulse!  I am not proposing a clamp on free speech. Please actually take the actual effort to read the actual article. Or not.

http://www.salon.com/1999/08/13/nameless/

And sorry, Salon removed the original illustration. The only click-selectable jpeg was...
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Finally, An Invention That Can Tell You What Your Cat Is Really Saying http://gizmodo.com/finally-an-invention-that-can-tell-you-what-your-cat-i-1773941828 …
Convinced that when your cat meows, it’s truly trying to tell you something? Now there’s a 3D printed talking cat collar to pick up on Fluffy’s varied vocalizations and “translate” them via an app on your smart phone. Yes, just like the one worn by Dug the talking dog in Pixar’s Up (“Squirrel!”).
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"Apple’s position (supported by Google and some other tech companies) is a sort of repentance: We have sinned in the past, but we have seen the light now and will sin no more. But the issue isn’t moral, it’s market-based: We need customers to believe we’re on their side, rather than the side of the government that wants to spy on them."
Nothing about the Apple vs. the FBI showdown is as clear-cut as it initially appears. There's a way of telling the story that makes Apple sound completely unreasonable, and could even justify Donal...
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Austrian designer Katharina Unger has figured out how to harness the power of a rare fungus that can turn plastic into edible biomass.
Austrian design team harnesses plastic-eating mushrooms to help hunger.
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