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  • ISIS Fighters Lose Kobani In Win For Obama's Iraq Strategy

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    Kevin Drum
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    From the LA Times: Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani appeared poised Monday to deal a decisive defeat to Islamic State militants after months of street clashes and U.S. aerial bombardment, signaling a major setback for the extremist group. ....The apparent breakthrough shows how U.S. air power, combined with a determined allied force on the ground, can successfully confront Islamic State. The military watched with surprise as Islamic State continued sending hundreds of fighters, vehicles and weapons to Kobani, which was of no critical strategic importance to the overall…
  • The NFL Has a Domestic-Violence Problem, But All We Got Was This PSA

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    Luke Whelan
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Ever since the NFL embarrassingly mishandled the Ray Rice domestic-assault incident this summer, the league has tried to prove it has become enlightened about violence against women. Its latest attempt? A 30-second Super Bowl ad. The new public service announcement, which will air during the first quarter of Sunday's game, pans through a house in disarray, presumably because of a domestic dispute, while audio of a woman talking to a 911 dispatcher plays over it. At the end, a message flashes on: "Help End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; Pledge to Say 'No More.'" The PSA was made, free…
  • Democrats Blast Obama's Plan to Allow Oil Drilling Off the East Coast

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    Kate Sheppard
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A group of Senate Democrats from the Northeast is pushing back on the Obama administration's proposal to open new areas of the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas drilling. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker called the move "absolutely unacceptable" in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Joining in the press conference were fellow Democrats Ed Markey (Mass.), Robert Menendez (N.J.) and Ben Cardin (Md.). "If drilling is allowed off the east coast of the United States, it…
  • Murder In Los Angeles Is Way Down Among Teenagers

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    Kevin Drum
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    The LA Times reports that murder is becoming less common among teenagers: “You're not seeing youngsters like you have in the past,” said Det. Todd Anderson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. “You used to see a lot more kids who were 16, 17, 18, 19. While it does still happen, it seems like they are getting a little bit older.” In 2000, the average homicide victim was 30 years old and in 2014, the average victim was 34 years old, according to a Los Angeles Times data analysis. The shift comes as the total number of homicides falls. Why? George Tita, a…
  • FAA to Football Fans: Super Bowl Is a No-Drone Zone

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    Edwin Rios
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a 15-second warning to football fans eager to sneak a bird's-eye look at this Sunday's Super Bowl: Leave your drones at home.   The No Drone Zone campaign is part of the FAA's ongoing efforts to regulate small drones flying over crowded stadiums. The Washington Post reported last November that the aviation agency was investigating a rash of incidents involving drones hovering over major sporting events. A month earlier, the agency extended its ban on airplane flights over large open-air stadiums to include unmanned and…
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  • The NFL Has a Domestic-Violence Problem, But All We Got Was This PSA

    Luke Whelan
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Ever since the NFL embarrassingly mishandled the Ray Rice domestic-assault incident this summer, the league has tried to prove it has become enlightened about violence against women. Its latest attempt? A 30-second Super Bowl ad. The new public service announcement, which will air during the first quarter of Sunday's game, pans through a house in disarray, presumably because of a domestic dispute, while audio of a woman talking to a 911 dispatcher plays over it. At the end, a message flashes on: "Help End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; Pledge to Say 'No More.'" The PSA was made, free…
  • 8 Crazy Quotes In Support of Celebrating Robert E. Lee on MLK Day

    Inae Oh
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:52 am
    Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama are the only three states in the country that celebrate Robert E. Lee on the same day as the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. Their reasoning for the combo celebration is that the two have birthdays just a few days apart—never mind the, uh, conflict of interest. Today, Arkansas' elected officials had the opportunity to pass a bill seeking to separate the two commemorations. By doing so, Arkansas would join Georgia, Florida, and Virginia, which honor Lee—but not on MLK Day. But this morning, Arkansas representatives struck down the…
  • FAA to Football Fans: Super Bowl Is a No-Drone Zone

    Edwin Rios
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a 15-second warning to football fans eager to sneak a bird's-eye look at this Sunday's Super Bowl: Leave your drones at home.   The No Drone Zone campaign is part of the FAA's ongoing efforts to regulate small drones flying over crowded stadiums. The Washington Post reported last November that the aviation agency was investigating a rash of incidents involving drones hovering over major sporting events. A month earlier, the agency extended its ban on airplane flights over large open-air stadiums to include unmanned and…
  • Murder In Los Angeles Is Way Down Among Teenagers

    Kevin Drum
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    The LA Times reports that murder is becoming less common among teenagers: “You're not seeing youngsters like you have in the past,” said Det. Todd Anderson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. “You used to see a lot more kids who were 16, 17, 18, 19. While it does still happen, it seems like they are getting a little bit older.” In 2000, the average homicide victim was 30 years old and in 2014, the average victim was 34 years old, according to a Los Angeles Times data analysis. The shift comes as the total number of homicides falls. Why? George Tita, a…
  • Democrats Blast Obama's Plan to Allow Oil Drilling Off the East Coast

    Kate Sheppard
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A group of Senate Democrats from the Northeast is pushing back on the Obama administration's proposal to open new areas of the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas drilling. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker called the move "absolutely unacceptable" in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Joining in the press conference were fellow Democrats Ed Markey (Mass.), Robert Menendez (N.J.) and Ben Cardin (Md.). "If drilling is allowed off the east coast of the United States, it…
 
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  • Democrats Blast Obama's Plan to Allow Oil Drilling Off the East Coast

    Kate Sheppard
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A group of Senate Democrats from the Northeast is pushing back on the Obama administration's proposal to open new areas of the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas drilling. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker called the move "absolutely unacceptable" in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Joining in the press conference were fellow Democrats Ed Markey (Mass.), Robert Menendez (N.J.) and Ben Cardin (Md.). "If drilling is allowed off the east coast of the United States, it…
  • Welcome to the Manosphere: A Brief Guide to the Controversial Men's Rights Movement

    Rebecca Cohen
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    Mad Men: Inside the Men's Rights Movement—and the Army of Misogynists and Trolls It Spawned Men's Rights Movement (mrm A loose-knit network of groups and activists (MRAs) who believe men are an oppressed class. Most adherents consider Warren Farrell to be the intellectual father of men's rights. Fathers Manifesto: An early MRM website that combined calls for paternal custody rights with claims that blacks should be exiled and Catholic priests were sexually abusing children as part of a plot to spread AIDS. A Voice for Men: Founded in 2009 by truck driver Paul Elam to "expose misandry on…
  • Mad Men: Inside the Men's Rights Movement—and the Army of Misogynists and Trolls It Spawned

    Mariah Blake
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Warren Farrell Photograph by Winni Wintermeyer On a balmy afternoon last June, dozens of demonstrators carrying "Stop the Violence" and "Rape is Rape" placards descended on the Hilton DoubleTree in downtown Detroit. They had come to protest the first-ever national gathering of the men's rights movement, which aims to battle discrimination against men but has drawn criticism for stirring up hatred of women. Two weeks earlier, a sexually frustrated 22-year-old named Elliot Rodger had gone on a suicidal rampage in Santa Barbara, California, killing 6 people and injuring 13. He had left behind a…
  • With Liberal Views Like These, Ben Carson's Going to Have a Tough Time Winning the GOP Nomination

    Tim Murphy
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Tea party favorite Ben Carson has said some out-there stuff. The former neurosurgeon, author, and possible Republican presidential candidate once compared women who get abortions to dog-abuser Michael Vick, blamed the decline and fall of the Roman Empire on gay marriage, and concluded that believing in evolution was like thinking that "a hurricane blowing through a junkyard could somehow assemble a fully equipped and flight-ready 747." But in his writings and public remarks, he has also voiced views on hot-button issues—immigration, foreign policy, gun control—that place him well…
  • There's More Global Warming Coverage on Your Television

    Jeremy Schulman
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here's some good news: According to a new study, the major broadcast news networks are covering climate change more than they have in years. Now here's the bad news: Much of that coverage includes misleading arguments from commentators who reject the scientific consensus that humans are warming the planet. The new analysis is set to be released Wednesday by the liberal group Media Matters for America. (Disclosure: I used to work there.) Media Matters reviewed 2014 climate coverage from the evening newscasts and Sunday morning talk shows on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox Broadcasting Company. All…
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  • Murder In Los Angeles Is Way Down Among Teenagers

    Kevin Drum
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    The LA Times reports that murder is becoming less common among teenagers: “You're not seeing youngsters like you have in the past,” said Det. Todd Anderson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. “You used to see a lot more kids who were 16, 17, 18, 19. While it does still happen, it seems like they are getting a little bit older.” In 2000, the average homicide victim was 30 years old and in 2014, the average victim was 34 years old, according to a Los Angeles Times data analysis. The shift comes as the total number of homicides falls. Why? George Tita, a…
  • Greek Investors Apparently Surprised By Stuff No One Should Be Surprised About

    Kevin Drum
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    The latest news from Greece is a bit peculiar: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told his new cabinet on Wednesday that he would move swiftly to negotiate debt relief, but would not engage in a confrontation with creditors that would jeopardize a more just solution for the country....Later, the new finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, appeared to harden the tone, saying that Greece’s bailout deals were “a toxic mistake” and that the new government was determined to change the logic of how the crisis had been tackled. While many Greeks were hopeful that Mr. Tsipras would follow…
  • ISIS Fighters Lose Kobani In Win For Obama's Iraq Strategy

    Kevin Drum
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:33 am
    From the LA Times: Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani appeared poised Monday to deal a decisive defeat to Islamic State militants after months of street clashes and U.S. aerial bombardment, signaling a major setback for the extremist group. ....The apparent breakthrough shows how U.S. air power, combined with a determined allied force on the ground, can successfully confront Islamic State. The military watched with surprise as Islamic State continued sending hundreds of fighters, vehicles and weapons to Kobani, which was of no critical strategic importance to the overall…
  • Scott Walker Is the Winner in 2016's First Republican Campaign Cattle Call

    Kevin Drum
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Rep. Steve King (R–Tea Partyville) held his big annual Republican confab in Iowa this weekend, and most of the 2016 wannabe candidates for president were there. But I know you're all busy people who don't care about the details. Youjust want to know who won. Take it away, Ed Kilgore: The consensus winner (first announced by National Review's John Fund, but echoed by many others) was Scott Walker, who did exactly what he needed to do: show he could twist and shout with the best of them despite his "boring" image, and make an electability argument based on the fruits of confrontation…
  • Does the Internet Really Make Dumb People Dumber?

    Kevin Drum
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    I don't normally get to hear what Bill Gates thinks of one of my ideas, but today's the exception. Because Ezra Klein asked him: Ezra Klein: ....Kevin Drum, who writes for Mother Jones, has a line I've always thought was interesting, which is that the internet makes dumb people dumber, and smart people smarter. Do you worry about the possibility that the vast resources the internet gives the motivated, including online education, will give rise o a big increase in, for lack of a better tterm, cognitive or knowledge inequality that leads to further rises in global inequality? Bill Gates: Well,…
 
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  • FAA to Football Fans: Super Bowl Is a No-Drone Zone

    Edwin Rios
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:39 am
    On Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a 15-second warning to football fans eager to sneak a bird's-eye look at this Sunday's Super Bowl: Leave your drones at home.   The No Drone Zone campaign is part of the FAA's ongoing efforts to regulate small drones flying over crowded stadiums. The Washington Post reported last November that the aviation agency was investigating a rash of incidents involving drones hovering over major sporting events. A month earlier, the agency extended its ban on airplane flights over large open-air stadiums to include unmanned and…
  • No One Can Agree on What to Call Drones

    Dave Gilson
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Early Monday morning, a small, temporarily unidentified flying object crashed on the White House lawn. The mishap, possibly the result of droning under the influence, prompted a salvo of alarming headlines about a stealthy violation of presidential airspace. "A Drone, Too Small for Radar to Detect, Rattles the White House," declared the New York Times. Fox News announced, "White House gets drone defense wake-up call," while New York magazine warned, "Secret Service Can't Protect White House From Drones." The most ominous-sounding word in those headlines is "drone," a term that's come to…
  • Mormon Church Comes Out in Support of LGBT Rights

    Inae Oh
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    In a groundbreaking news conference on Tuesday, the Mormon Church officially announced its support for some LGBT rights, on the condition that the same legal protections are extended to all religious groups. But in doing so, the church also made clear their endorsement did not reverse the church's opposition to same-sex marriage.  "We call on local, state, and the federal government to serve all of their people by passing legislation that protects vital religious freedoms for individuals, families, churches, and other faith groups while protecting the rights of our LGBT…
  • The Pentagon Is Holding an Essay Contest to Honor Saudi Arabia's Brutal King. Here's Our Entry.

    Jenna McLaughlin
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Shortly after Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz, the 90-year-old king of Saudi Arabia, died last Friday, the Pentagon and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, paid their respects by inviting college students to participate in a "research and essay competition" in the late monarch's honor. No prize has been announced, but the Pentagon issued a press release about the contest listing the deceased monarch's considerable accomplishments: "the modernization of his country's military," his "lifetime" support of Saudi Arabia's alliance with the United States, his support of…
  • That Time Badass Feminist Queen Elizabeth II Gave Saudi Arabia's King a Lesson in Power

    Sam Brodey
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is known to have a wicked sense of humor, and some mean driving skills. One day back in 1998, she deployed both spectacularly to punk Saudi Arabia's late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Back then, Abdullah was a Saudi crown prince visiting Balmoral, the vast royal estate in Scotland. The Queen had offered him a tour of the grounds—here's what happened next, according to former British ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles: The royal Land Rovers were drawn up in front of the castle. As instructed, the Crown Prince climbed into the front seat…
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  • 6 Terrifying Facts About Measles

    Kiera Butler
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The current outbreak of measles that began in California has sickened 86 people and landed 30 babies in home isolation. The California Department of Health has issued an official warning that "any place where large numbers of people congregate and there are a number of international visitors, like airports, shopping malls and tourist attractions, you may be more likely to find measles, which should be considered if you are not vaccinated." Not everyone is so concerned. In a Facebook post on January 16, celebrity pediatrician Robert "Dr. Bob" Sears encouraged his followers not to "let anyone…
  • This Map Shows Why The Midwest Is Screwed

    Tim McDonnell
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    The ongoing drought in California has been, among other things, a powerful lesson in how vulnerable America's agricultural sector is to climate change. Even if that drought wasn't specifically caused by man-made global warming, scientists have little doubt that droughts and heat waves are going to get more frequent and severe in important crop-growing regions. In California, the cost in 2014 was staggering: $2.2 billion in losses and added expenses, plus 17,000 lost jobs, according to a UC-Davis study. California is country's hub for fruits, veggies, and nuts. But what about the commodity…
  • Obama's Trip to India Shortened His Life by 6 Hours

    Tim McDonnell
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Over the weekend President Barack Obama was in India for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on nuclear power, trade, climate change, and other topics. The climate piece was, if not necessarily a letdown, certainly less exciting than Obama's wide-reaching deal with China in November. Crucially, the China deal included specific carbon emissions reduction targets; those were left out in India over Modi's (arguably justifiable) insistence that the country be able to aggressively expand its electricity infrastructure to fight poverty. Instead, India committed to expand its solar power…
  • This Is Not a Drill: 29 Million Brace for Massive, Historic Snowstorm

    Tim McDonnell
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Update: Monday, January 26, 6:35 p.m. EST: This was the scene outside our office this afternoon. Yikes! Update: Monday, January 26, 6:00 p.m. EST: From our friends at Climate Central, here's a little background on the weather forces behind the storm and how they relate to man-made climate change: The low pressure area at the heart of the storm is tracking along the East Coast in a way that lets it exploit the contrast between the cold air over land and the warmth of the oceans, which are running more than 2°F warmer than normal along much of the coast, said Kevin Trenberth, a…
  • One Perfect Tweet Sums Up Why Climate Denial in Congress Is So Dangerous

    Tim McDonnell
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Here's the good news: Yesterday the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of an amendment to the Keystone XL bill that says "climate change is real and not a hoax." Good work, ladies and gentlemen! Glad we got that on the record, only 25 years after scientists agreed on it. Here's the bad news: Turns out the vote was just an excuse for James Inhofe (Okla.) to say, as he has many times before: Sure, climate change is real. The climate changes all the time. But humans aren't the cause. His evidence for this dismissal of the mainstream scientific consensus? The bible. Oy vey. Now here's the…
 
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  • Mad Men: Inside the Men's Rights Movement—and the Army of Misogynists and Trolls It Spawned

    Mariah Blake
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Warren Farrell Photograph by Winni Wintermeyer On a balmy afternoon last June, dozens of demonstrators carrying "Stop the Violence" and "Rape is Rape" placards descended on the Hilton DoubleTree in downtown Detroit. They had come to protest the first-ever national gathering of the men's rights movement, which aims to battle discrimination against men but has drawn criticism for stirring up hatred of women. Two weeks earlier, a sexually frustrated 22-year-old named Elliot Rodger had gone on a suicidal rampage in Santa Barbara, California, killing 6 people and injuring 13. He had left behind a…
  • With Liberal Views Like These, Ben Carson's Going to Have a Tough Time Winning the GOP Nomination

    Tim Murphy
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Tea party favorite Ben Carson has said some out-there stuff. The former neurosurgeon, author, and possible Republican presidential candidate once compared women who get abortions to dog-abuser Michael Vick, blamed the decline and fall of the Roman Empire on gay marriage, and concluded that believing in evolution was like thinking that "a hurricane blowing through a junkyard could somehow assemble a fully equipped and flight-ready 747." But in his writings and public remarks, he has also voiced views on hot-button issues—immigration, foreign policy, gun control—that place him well…
  • Why the Media Focuses So Much on the Koch Brothers—Explained in 5 Tweets

    Andy Kroll
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Any time news breaks about the billionaire Koch brothers and their shadowy network of donors and advocacy groups, conservatives grumble that the media singles out the Kochs, that we reporters are unfair toward and obsessed with them while giving a pass to wealthy liberals like George Soros and Tom Steyer and the progressive donor club the Democracy Alliance. Koch Industries, the international conglomerate run by Charles and David Koch, keeps a ticker tracking the number of Koch mentions in the New York Times. The response to Monday's revelation—the Kochs and a few hundred of their donor…
  • Future President Ben Carson Wrote 6 Books. We Read Them So You Don't Have To.

    Tim Murphy
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson rallied Republicans at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday, stirring up speculation once more that the conservative activist will seek his party's presidential nomination next year. Carson has never run for office and only recently registered as a Republican, but as the author of six books over more than two decades, he does have a considerable paper trail—and it's starting to get him into trouble. In his 1992 book Think Big, for instance, Carson proposed a national catastrophic health care plan modeled on federal disaster insurance, which would be funded…
  • Netanyahu to American Jews: Get Lost

    David Corn
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    It was not so shocking that House Speaker John Boehner would seek to undermine President Barack Obama and his attempt to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to deliver an address to Congress, in which Netanyahu will presumably dump on Obama's efforts. Nor was it so shocking that Netanyahu, who apparently would rather see another war in the Middle East than a deal that allows Iran to maintain a civilian-oriented and internationally monitored nuclear program, agreed to mount this stunt two weeks before the Israeli elections—a close contest…
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  • Democrats Blast Obama's Plan to Allow Oil Drilling Off the East Coast

    Kate Sheppard
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A group of Senate Democrats from the Northeast is pushing back on the Obama administration's proposal to open new areas of the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas drilling. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker called the move "absolutely unacceptable" in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. Joining in the press conference were fellow Democrats Ed Markey (Mass.), Robert Menendez (N.J.) and Ben Cardin (Md.). "If drilling is allowed off the east coast of the United States, it…
  • 6 Terrifying Facts About Measles

    Kiera Butler
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The current outbreak of measles that began in California has sickened 86 people and landed 30 babies in home isolation. The California Department of Health has issued an official warning that "any place where large numbers of people congregate and there are a number of international visitors, like airports, shopping malls and tourist attractions, you may be more likely to find measles, which should be considered if you are not vaccinated." Not everyone is so concerned. In a Facebook post on January 16, celebrity pediatrician Robert "Dr. Bob" Sears encouraged his followers not to "let anyone…
  • Something Really, Really Terrible Is About to Happen to Our Coral

    Tom Philpott
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Coral reefs cover just 0.1 percent of the ocean floor, but provide habitat to 25 percent of sea-dwelling fish species. That's why coral scientist C. Mark Eakin, who coordinates the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Watch program, is surprised that the warning he has been sounding since last year (PDF)—that the globe's reefs appear to be on the verge of a mass-scale bleaching event—hasn't drawn more media attention. Bleaching happens when coral loses contact with zooxanthellae, an algae that essentially feeds them nutrients in symbiotic exchange…
  • There's More Global Warming Coverage on Your Television

    Jeremy Schulman
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here's some good news: According to a new study, the major broadcast news networks are covering climate change more than they have in years. Now here's the bad news: Much of that coverage includes misleading arguments from commentators who reject the scientific consensus that humans are warming the planet. The new analysis is set to be released Wednesday by the liberal group Media Matters for America. (Disclosure: I used to work there.) Media Matters reviewed 2014 climate coverage from the evening newscasts and Sunday morning talk shows on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox Broadcasting Company. All…
  • Dust From Factory Farms Carries Drugs, Poop Bacteria, and Antibiotic-Resistant Genes Far and Wide

    Tom Philpott
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Ever approached a feedlot teeming with thousands of cattle? Unlike industrialized hog and chicken farms, where huge enclosed buildings trap at least some of the smell, cattle feedlots are open-air—as anyone who has driven Highway 5 between Los Angeles and San Francisco can testify. Turns out, when you inhale the aroma, you're not just getting a blast of ammonia and other noxious fumes. You're also probably breathing in tiny particles of antibiotics, bacteria from cows' "fecal matter and gut flora," and antibiotic-resistant gene sequences. That's the conclusion of a new study from Texas…
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  • In This Hopeful New Video, UNICEF and Electronic Artist RL Grime Tackle the Horrors of Child Marriage

    Gabrielle Canon
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Every year around the world, more than 14 million girls are wed, typically to much older men, before they turn 18. The child brides, who more often than not are forced into these marriages by their parents, find themselves socially isolated and more likely than older wives to be beaten by their husbands or in-laws. In Chad, where nearly 70 percent become child brides, girls are more likely to die in childbirth than attend secondary school. "Before UNICEF approached me, I was unaware of this epidemic," RL Grime told me. Andi Elloway This new video, a collaboration between UNICEF and the…
  • The Go-Betweens, Expert Edition

    Jon Young
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Led by gifted singer-songwriters Robert Forster and Grant McLennan, Australia's Go-Betweens were a jangly folk-rock combo that compiled an impressive body of work from the late '70s to late '80s, broke up, and then reunited for another strong run in the early 2000s—until McLennan suffered a fatal heart attack in 2006. While comparisons to the Velvet Underground and R.E.M. are not implausible, the band was really its own unforgettable creature, suggesting a punk group trying to play nice pop songs, but not quite getting things right. Sometimes sweet, often astringent, the duo's songs…
  • "Be a Man." What Does That Even Mean?

    Michael Mechanic
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    Man up! Grow a pair! Don't be a pussy! That's the message boys still get from coaches and peers, movies and video games, and all too often their own fathers. It's the message those fathers grew up with, too. In her last documentary, Miss Representation, filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom looked at how the mainstream media perpetuates harmful female stereotypes. Her latest, The Mask You Live In, which premieres at Sundance 2015 this week, tackles a topic that has received far less attention: our culture's warped perception of masculinity and the damage it inflicts on boys and men—and also…
  • Interactive #SOTU2015: See How Twitter Reacted to Every Minute of Obama's Address

    Inae Oh
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    On Tuesday, the nation gathered to watch President Obama's annual State of the Union address, in which income inequality and middle-class economics took center stage this year. The evening brought the very best (and worst) of social media, plenty of GIF's and memes included. The lovely folks at Twitter collected data from the speech to create this stunning visualization, which offers a detailed look at what moments struck a chord with the Twittersphere and which themes the president touched upon the most during his penultimate #SOTU address. And if you…
  • Ty Segall's new EP, "Mr. Face," Is a Tasty Treat

    Jon Young
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Ty SegallMr. Face Famous Class Ty Segall just can't stop making music—solo, in his band, or in collaboration with others; on singles, EPs and albums. He unleashes a flood of psychedelic garage rock with manic fervor, suggesting a condemned man desperate to be heard before his time runs out. If his prolific output sometimes cries out for an editor (especially when it comes to the songwriting) Segall's unfeigned, life-affirming enthusiasm is never less than irresistible. The physical version of the four-song Mr. Face EP is a pair of translucent red-and-blue seven-inch vinyl records billed…
 
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