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Wildlife releases have a mixed record, and climate change complicates things
Natasha Gilbert: Translocation is a conservation technique that returns lost species to their previous habitats or moves then to new, safer areas in a bid to boost their wild populations. ... But research shows that it only works about half the time ... Climate change is also a factor, rendering former habitats unsuitable for a species’ return, and necessitating finding a new home for the animals. ... But introducing species into areas where they didn’t historically occur can be dangerous too, as it’s difficult to predict whether they will survive, and whether they pose a threat to the native species already living there... Visit Website ]
Oct 26, 2021, 4:54pm

Links
Confronting Ignorance and Ignorant Confrontations
Wim Laven: I teach political science, peace studies, and conflict transformation. I have a dry sense of humor like my father did, sometimes I say, “remember, ignorance is a treatable condition.” ... It is not always an easy job. The considerable exposure to propaganda and misinformation that most students experience problematizes things. ... Critical thinking and unlearning can be big parts of progress. ... Critical thinking values expertise as opposed to uninformed sources. ... Critical thinking distinguishes from dogma and propaganda. ... It is important to distinguish facts from opinion, but it is also important to distinguish knowledge from opinion. It is not merely a matter of the influences of bias, but of entire methodologies—pseudoscience and science are different... Visit Website ]
Oct 26, 2021, 4:22pm

Commentary
Assange: A Threat to War Itself
Robert Koehler: By pulling the realities of war out of its carefully crafted public context, the WikiLeaks founder became a danger to the country’s political status quo ... He is a threat to war itself — that is to say, to the abstraction of war, i.e., “national defense,” which claims a trillion dollars a year in unquestioned (and ever-increasing) funding and sits in the public consciousness as just the way things are ... By penetrating the realities of war and pulling it out of its carefully orchestrated public context, by publicizing its raw horrors, he became a danger to the country’s political status quo... Visit Website ]
Oct 25, 2021, 1:06pm

Articles
Was Radical Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone Murdered to Secure Republican Control of the United States Senate?
Jeremy Kuzmarov: "killed in a 2002 plane crash just 10 days before a crucial election he was likely to win" ... Although officially designated an “accident,” could a new investigation reclassify it as an “assassination,” placing Wellstone in the ever-lengthening line of murdered political figures ... Wellstone had in the past questioned the abuses of the CIA and was skeptical of the intelligence surrounding 9/11 and the Iraq War. ... More suspicion about the possibility of a cover-up was aroused by a) the destruction of records of planes landing in Duluth the morning of the Wellstone crash, b) missing information from logs about those at the crash scene, and c) the NTSB’s cancelation of a public meeting for comments from citizens about the crash... Visit Website ]
Oct 25, 2021, 1:00pm

Meditations
Science and Religion Aren't About the Same Thing
Martin LeFevre: The beauty of a wood always surprises one on a rainy day. After months of smoke and haze from wildfires, the early rains are a godsend. ... When the mind and heart effortlessly grow quiet, one comes into contact with the silence that precedes and encompasses all sound and man-made noise. ... Science is the open-ended endeavor to accrue knowledge about nature and the universe through observation, theory, evidence and repeatable experiments. ... Science cannot explain "why we're here, the meaning of life, and the role of humanity." ... Religion cannot do that either -- that is the purpose of philosophy, which is essentially explanatory...
Oct 23, 2021, 9:59am

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Diné Organization Files Petition Against United States, Citing Human Rights Violations
Darren Thompson: For decades, the people on Navajo Nation have had no drinking water, due to uranium mining. Today, the Eastern Navajo Diné Against Uranium Mining (ENDAUM) submitted the additional documents needed for a petition it filed in 2011 against the United States over the issue, to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. ... Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said up to forty percent of Navajo people do not have running water or electricity in their homes, including his own family. ... “The lack of water perpetuated the spread of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation” ... According to the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, the Navajo Nation hosts 520 abandoned uranium mine sites and three uranium mill sites that are superfund sites... Visit Website ]
Oct 22, 2021, 2:55pm

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The Four Layers of Reality — and Why We’re Only Allowed to Talk About One
Lee Camp: No matter which mainstream media segment you’re currently watching, I can promise you it’s not getting to the heart of any issue. By definition they only participate in surface level analysis. ... So, using this past presidential election as an example: Layer one was — Who’s going to win? Biden or Trump? That’s the surface layer. ... Layer two is the slightly deeper understanding that American oligarchs win each election no matter what. ... Layer three: Capitalism and environmental collapse. ... It’s talking about the economic system and its global impact. ... Level four is the true analysis of our reality. ... It’s getting pretty deep into the philosophical realm... Visit Website ]
Oct 22, 2021, 2:46pm

Commentary
Could Vice President Harris Follow Richard Nixon & Challenge the Filibuster?
Thom Hartmann: The filibuster is not in the Constitution & its only purpose, way back, was to block discussion of legislation that involved slavery or civil rights ... The filibuster is just a rule the Senate has decided to impose on itself and that it can change anytime it wants. ... The Senate should be able to change its rules, he (Nixon) said, by a simple majority vote ... The fear cited by Democrats for eliminating or substantially changing the filibuster is that the Senate may end up in Republican hands and then they’d have a hard time blocking legislation to which they object. ... But isn’t majority rule the essence of democracy?.. Visit Website ]
Oct 22, 2021, 2:27pm

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Amazon and Google: partners in Israeli apartheid
Jonathan Cook: The two tech giants are not just lining up to do business with Israel. They are actively working to build and improve the technological infrastructure Israel needs to surveil Palestinians and confine them to the ghettos Israel’s army has created for them. ... Through their collaboration on Israel’s Project Nimbus, both companies are helping to remove any pressure on Israel to make peace with the Palestinians and are instead becoming partners in Israeli apartheid. ... Providing Israel with the technological tools to better enforce both its belligerent military occupation and its apartheid policies privileging Jews over Palestinians looks suspiciously like making a lot of money from colluding with evil... Visit Website ]
Oct 21, 2021, 12:21pm

Environment
Forest biomass-burning supply chain is producing major carbon emissions: Studies
Justin Catanoso: U.S., U.K., and E.U. policymakers are failing to count the carbon emissions cost of the forest biomass industry, according to two new first-of-their-kind studies. Though biomass burning is legally classified as carbon neutral, the research found that none of the parties involved is counting emissions generated along the supply chain. ... One study estimated that wood pellets made in the U.S. and burned in the U.K. led to 13-16 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2019 alone, equal to the emissions of up to 7 million cars. ... Should biomass burning be instituted by other nations in the near future, a process already underway, the result could be climatically catastrophic... Visit Website ]
Oct 21, 2021, 12:11pm

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PG&E’s Tree Cutting Frenzy: Blaming Forests for Climate Change (and Its Own Negligence)
Ellen Taylor: I got my first shock of this last April, driving by Redwood Acres, in Eureka, where, without any permit, they’d (PG&E ) sawed down a stately grove of giant redwoods. ... It was the act of a marauder, a defacer, right in the public eye, almost vengeful, executed, preposterously, as making “defensible space” around its substation (!) ... By no stretch of the imagination were these trees a fire hazard. ... Indeed, as well as being active fire fighters, through their critical role in carbon sequestration, these trees were an elegant reminder of Eureka’s noble antecedent as a mighty forest, of which only fragments remain. ... The rampage is occurring all over the County... Visit Website ]
Oct 21, 2021, 11:55am

Blogosphere
5 Charts on Taxing Wealth to Pay for the Build Back Better Agenda
Sarah Anderson Brian Wakamo: Proposals in play to pay for the ambitious public investment plan could help reverse skyrocketing wealth inequality. ... The most innovative wealth tax proposal on the table is a Billionaires Income Tax ... would require billionaires to pay annual taxes on their increased wealth, just like workers pay taxes on their paycheck income each year. ... This tax on just the 700 or so richest U.S. households could raise hundreds of billions of dollars for vital public investments. ... Because the wealthy get most of their money from investments rather than ordinary income, this has allowed many rich Americans to pay lower tax rates on their total income than many middle class families... Visit Website ]
Oct 20, 2021, 2:58pm

Blogosphere
The Many Crimes of Colin Powell
Margaret Kimberley: Colin Powell's death is an opportunity to question the inclination to respect the Black face in a high place. Powell's career includes a litany of crimes that must never be excused. ... What makes a soldier successful? ... Simply put, a good soldier follows orders, makes operations run smoothly, and makes his bosses look good. Powell did all of those things and that is why his legacy is so dubious. ... Powell was the public face of the case for a war crime which eventually killed some 1 million people in Iraq. ... Aside from the Vietnamese, Panamanians, Iraqis and Haitians who directedly suffered at his hands, Black people were most negatively affected by him... Visit Website ]
Oct 20, 2021, 1:57pm

Environment
To Save the Corn Belt, Plant Trees
Tom Philpott: America’s corn belt—a broad swath of land stretching from Nebraska to Ohio ... also an ecological basket case. ... Fertilizer-laden farm runoff pollutes rivers, lakes, and wells. ... under assault from increasingly fierce storms, the Corn Belt’s fields are hemorrhaging its most precious resource, topsoil. ... There’s a deceptively simple trick that could help counteract this ecological unraveling ... Incentivize farmers to plant a bunch of trees ... The intermixing of food-bearing trees and annual crops—an ancient practice known as agroforestry—could ultimately be more profitable for farmers than the current corn-soybean rotation... Visit Website ]
Oct 19, 2021, 3:08pm

Commentary
Discontent by Design: The Lost World of the West
Graham Peebles: The greatest crisis of all, however, is humanity, and the culture that we, specifically ‘The West’, have built and are wedded to. ... The Culture of Pleasure sits tightly within and feeds the pervasive Ideology of Consumerism, a socio-economic model that has poisoned the environment and led to the commodification of everything, and everyone. ... Where is love within the socio-political constructs and the policies of governments, within which we are forced to live and function? ... There isn’t any, or none worth noting, and how can there be peace, social justice and equality without love?... Visit Website ]
Oct 19, 2021, 2:42pm


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Wildlife releases have a mixed record, and climate change complicates things
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