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  • The Late Historian Who Predicted The Years of War After September 11

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    Tom Engelhardt
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. In December 2002, finishing the introduction to his as-yet-unpublished book The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People, Jonathan Schell wrote that the twentieth century was the era in which violence outgrew the war system that had once housed it and became "dysfunctional as a political instrument. Increasingly, it destroys the ends for which it is employed, killing the user as well as his victim. It has become the path to hell on earth and the end of the earth. This is the lesson of the Somme and Verdun, of…
  • The Late Historian Who Predicted The Years of War After September 11

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    Tom Engelhardt
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. In December 2002, finishing the introduction to his as-yet-unpublished book The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People, Jonathan Schell wrote that the twentieth century was the era in which violence outgrew the war system that had once housed it and became "dysfunctional as a political instrument. Increasingly, it destroys the ends for which it is employed, killing the user as well as his victim. It has become the path to hell on earth and the end of the earth. This is the lesson of the Somme and Verdun, of…
  • What Happens If Obama Loses the Halbig Case?

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    Kevin Drum
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    So let's suppose the Halbig case goes up to the Supreme Court and they rule for the plaintiffs: in a stroke, everyone enrolled in Obamacare through a federal exchange is no longer eligible for subsidies. What happens then? Is Obamacare doomed? Not at all. What happens is that people in blue states like California and New York, which operate their own exchanges, continue getting their federal subsidies. People in red states, which punted the job to the feds, will suddenly have their subsidies yanked away. Half the country will have access to a generous entitlement and the other half won't. How…
  • 785 of This Year's Unaccompanied Migrants Were Under 6 Years Old

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    Maddie Oatman
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Pew Research Center Little kids, including a troubling number of children age five or younger, make up the fastest-growing group of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the US border in fiscal year 2014. So far this year, nearly 7,500 kids under 13 have been caught without a legal guardian—and 785 of them were younger than six. 70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them? Map: These Are the Places Central American Child Migrants Are Fleeing Why Our Immigration Courts Can't Handle the Child Migrant Crisis Are the Kids Showing Up at the Border Really…
  • Study Finds Kids Prefer Healthier Lunches. School Food Lobby Refuses to Believe It.

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    Kiera Butler
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    From all of the commotion around the new federal school lunch standards, you'd think they were really Draconian. Republican legislators have railed against them. Districts have threatened to opt out. The School Nutrition Association (SNA), the industry group that represents the nation's 55,000 school food employees, has officially opposed some of them—and doubled its lobbying in the months leading up to July 1, when some of the new rules took effect. Here's who doesn't mind the new standards: kids. For a study just published in the peer-reviewed journal Childhood Obesity, researchers…
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  • The Late Historian Who Predicted The Years of War After September 11

    Tom Engelhardt
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. In December 2002, finishing the introduction to his as-yet-unpublished book The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People, Jonathan Schell wrote that the twentieth century was the era in which violence outgrew the war system that had once housed it and became "dysfunctional as a political instrument. Increasingly, it destroys the ends for which it is employed, killing the user as well as his victim. It has become the path to hell on earth and the end of the earth. This is the lesson of the Somme and Verdun, of…
  • 785 of This Year's Unaccompanied Migrants Were Under 6 Years Old

    Maddie Oatman
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Pew Research Center Little kids, including a troubling number of children age five or younger, make up the fastest-growing group of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the US border in fiscal year 2014. So far this year, nearly 7,500 kids under 13 have been caught without a legal guardian—and 785 of them were younger than six. 70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them? Map: These Are the Places Central American Child Migrants Are Fleeing Why Our Immigration Courts Can't Handle the Child Migrant Crisis Are the Kids Showing Up at the Border Really…
  • Be Still, My Heart: Beyoncé As Rosie the Riveter

    Ben Dreyfuss
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    On Tuesday, Beyoncé, a whisper of perfection in an otherwise cruel and inhumane world, posted this photo of her as Rosie the Riveter to Instagram. Beyoncé has become somewhat of a feminist hero recently, putting overtly feminist lyrics into her songs, and making genuinely heartfelt public statements about women's rights. In January, she wrote an essay about income inequality. On the other side of the pop star aisle there is Lana del Rey who is more interested in Tesla and "intergalactic possibilities."
  • Study Finds Kids Prefer Healthier Lunches. School Food Lobby Refuses to Believe It.

    Kiera Butler
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    From all of the commotion around the new federal school lunch standards, you'd think they were really Draconian. Republican legislators have railed against them. Districts have threatened to opt out. The School Nutrition Association (SNA), the industry group that represents the nation's 55,000 school food employees, has officially opposed some of them—and doubled its lobbying in the months leading up to July 1, when some of the new rules took effect. Here's who doesn't mind the new standards: kids. For a study just published in the peer-reviewed journal Childhood Obesity, researchers…
  • What Happens If Obama Loses the Halbig Case?

    Kevin Drum
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    So let's suppose the Halbig case goes up to the Supreme Court and they rule for the plaintiffs: in a stroke, everyone enrolled in Obamacare through a federal exchange is no longer eligible for subsidies. What happens then? Is Obamacare doomed? Not at all. What happens is that people in blue states like California and New York, which operate their own exchanges, continue getting their federal subsidies. People in red states, which punted the job to the feds, will suddenly have their subsidies yanked away. Half the country will have access to a generous entitlement and the other half won't. How…
 
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  • The Late Historian Who Predicted The Years of War After September 11

    Tom Engelhardt
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. In December 2002, finishing the introduction to his as-yet-unpublished book The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People, Jonathan Schell wrote that the twentieth century was the era in which violence outgrew the war system that had once housed it and became "dysfunctional as a political instrument. Increasingly, it destroys the ends for which it is employed, killing the user as well as his victim. It has become the path to hell on earth and the end of the earth. This is the lesson of the Somme and Verdun, of…
  • An Extreme Court Decision Threatens Obamacare

    Stephanie Mencimer
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Talk about a David and Goliath case. On Monday, a guy from West Virginia who doesn't want to pay $21 a year for health insurance scored a victory over the Obama administration in a lawsuit that could deprive nearly 5 million Americans of their newly won health care. In a 2-1 decision, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit sided with plaintiff David Klemencic and gutted a key provision of the Affordable Care Act that provides premium subsidies to millions of low-income Americans. The decision in Halbig v Burwell, a case spearheaded by a battery of conservative groups who backed Klemencic…
  • A 70-Year-Old Reflects On the So-Called "American Century"

    Tom Engelhardt
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. * Seventy-three years ago, on February 17, 1941, as a second devastating global war approached, Henry Luce, the publisher of Time and Life magazines, called on his countrymen to "create the first great American Century." Luce died in 1967 at age 69. Life, the pictorial magazine no home would have been without in my 1950s childhood, ceased to exist as a weekly in 1972 and as a monthly in 2000; Time, which launched his career as a media mogul, is still wobbling on, a shadow of its former self. No one today could claim that this is Time's…
  • The Strange Relationship Between Global Warming Denial and…Speaking English

    Chris Mooney
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    Here in the United States, we fret a lot about global warming denial. Not only is it a dangerous delusion, it's an incredibly prevalent one. Depending on your survey instrument of choice, we regularly learn that substantial minorities of Americans deny, or are skeptical of, the science of climate change. The global picture, however, is quite different. For instance, recently the UK-based market research firm Ipsos MORI released its "Global Trends 2014" report, which included a number of survey questions on the environment asked across 20 countries. (h/t Leo Hickman). And when it came to…
  • Inside Anonymous' Cyberwar Against the Israeli Government

    Dana Liebelson
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    The shadowy hacker collective known as Anonymous has announced it will launch a round of cyber-attacks this Friday against the Israeli government, in retaliation for Israel's ongoing military intervention in Gaza. This onslaught would add to a wave of cyber assaults staged in recent weeks by hackers largely from the Middle East, Asia, and South America, who are supporting "OpSaveGaza," an Anonymous-backed campaign targeting Israeli government websites that has succeeded in temporarily taking down the sites of the Israeli defense ministry and the Tel Aviv police department. This…
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  • What Happens If Obama Loses the Halbig Case?

    Kevin Drum
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    So let's suppose the Halbig case goes up to the Supreme Court and they rule for the plaintiffs: in a stroke, everyone enrolled in Obamacare through a federal exchange is no longer eligible for subsidies. What happens then? Is Obamacare doomed? Not at all. What happens is that people in blue states like California and New York, which operate their own exchanges, continue getting their federal subsidies. People in red states, which punted the job to the feds, will suddenly have their subsidies yanked away. Half the country will have access to a generous entitlement and the other half won't. How…
  • The (Possibly) Frightening Implications of the Halbig Case

    Kevin Drum
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    In the Halbig case that struck down subsidies on federal Obamacare exchanges earlier today, one of the key issues was deference to agency interpretation of the law. Longstanding precedent holds that courts should generally defer to agency interpretations as long as they're plausible. They don't have to be perfect. They don't even have to be the best possible interpretations. They merely have to make sense. The DC circuit court decided that there really wasn't any serious ambiguity in the law, and therefore no deference was due to the IRS's interpretation that state and federal exchanges were…
  • Europe Agrees to Levy Moderate New Sanctions Against Russia

    Kevin Drum
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    Europe has agreed to further sanctions against Russia in response to the shootdown of MH17: The EU will widen its sanctions against Russia to include more individuals and consider targeting the defence sector, the Dutch foreign minister says. Frans Timmermans said "unanimous" and "forceful" decisions had been taken on enhanced sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict. ....A new sanctions list naming individuals and organisations will be drawn up by EU ambassadors by Thursday, Mr Timmermans told reporters after meeting his EU colleagues in Brussels. He said there was also agreement…
  • DC Circuit Court Kills Federal Subsidies for Obamacare. Next Stop Is Probably the Supreme Court.

    Kevin Drum
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Well, the DC circuit court has ruled 2-1 that Obamacare subsidies apply only to exchanges set up by states, not to exchanges set up by the federal government. This is because one section of the law says that taxpayers can receive tax credits only if they enroll in a plan "through an Exchange established by the State under section 1311 of the [ACA]." The court ruled that a state is a state, and as far as that goes, it's reasonable enough. Even if this was merely a drafting error, it's pretty clear that the federal government isn't a state. The problem is that there's more to it than that. The…
  • For Republicans, It's All Going According to Plan

    Kevin Drum
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Steve Benen draws a contrast today between an activist president who's at least trying to get things done, and a dysfunctional Congress than can't even make the attempt: Remember the VA crisis? Lawmakers quickly approved a reform bill, which now appears likely to fail because of House Republicans’ reluctance to compromise. Remember the plan to address the border crisis? The plan was for Congress to act before taking August off, but that now appears unlikely, too. The effort to extend unemployment benefits is dead. So is raising the minimum wage. So is ENDA. No one even talks about gun…
 
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  • 785 of This Year's Unaccompanied Migrants Were Under 6 Years Old

    Maddie Oatman
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Pew Research Center Little kids, including a troubling number of children age five or younger, make up the fastest-growing group of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the US border in fiscal year 2014. So far this year, nearly 7,500 kids under 13 have been caught without a legal guardian—and 785 of them were younger than six. 70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them? Map: These Are the Places Central American Child Migrants Are Fleeing Why Our Immigration Courts Can't Handle the Child Migrant Crisis Are the Kids Showing Up at the Border Really…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 22, 2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Former US Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts joins President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House to be honored as the 9th living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Department of Defense News photo by EJ Hersom)
  • Rand Paul Flubs the Facts on the Minimum Wage

    Tim Murphy
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the minimum wage, like Trix, is for kids. Speaking in San Francisco over the weekend, the likely 2016 presidential candidate took issue with the president and first lady over an interview they gave to Parade, in which the Obamas suggested their daughters should work minimum wage jobs because "that's what most folks go through every single day." It was a fairly innocuous comment. But Paul argued it sent the wrong message. Per Politico: Speaking at a downtown conference for libertarian and conservative technology types, the Kentucky Republican and prospective 2016…
  • Watch: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's Emotional Speech on Child Migrants

    Brett Brownell
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them? Map: These Are the Places Central American Child Migrants Are Fleeing Why Our Immigration Courts Can't Handle the Child Migrant Crisis Are the Kids Showing Up at the Border Really Refugees? Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island See MoJo's full coverage of the surge of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America. On Friday, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced a plan for his state to temporarily shelter up to 1,000 unaccompanied children who have recently fled to the United…
  • Fighting in Gaza Bad for Mankind, Great for Right-Wing Website

    Tim Murphy
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Israel's ground offensive into Gaza, which began last Thursday after a week of air strikes, has come with a heavy price: 20 Israelis and 445 Palestinians have now died since the conflict flared up two weeks ago. But at least one group is happy about the news—WorldNetDaily, the far-right website, which reports, in a story titled "Hamas Rockets Boon to Israel Tour," that the ground offensive has been good for business: WASHINGTON – During the week Hamas fired thousands of rockets on Israel, interest in WND's Israel tour with Joseph Farah and Jonathan Cahn spiked, with 68 signups in…
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  • Study Finds Kids Prefer Healthier Lunches. School Food Lobby Refuses to Believe It.

    Kiera Butler
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    From all of the commotion around the new federal school lunch standards, you'd think they were really Draconian. Republican legislators have railed against them. Districts have threatened to opt out. The School Nutrition Association (SNA), the industry group that represents the nation's 55,000 school food employees, has officially opposed some of them—and doubled its lobbying in the months leading up to July 1, when some of the new rules took effect. Here's who doesn't mind the new standards: kids. For a study just published in the peer-reviewed journal Childhood Obesity, researchers…
  • California Farms Are Sucking Up Enough Groundwater to Put Rhode Island 17 Feet Under

    Julia Lurie
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    California, the producer of nearly half of the nation's fruits, veggies, and nuts, plus export crops—four-fifths of the world's almonds, for example—is entering its third driest year on record. Nearly 80 percent of the state is experiencing "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. In addition to affecting agricultural production the drought will cost the state billions of dollars, thousands of jobs, and a whole lot of groundwater, according to a new report prepared for the California Department of Food and Agriculture by scientists at UC-Davis. The authors used current water…
  • The Great Barrier Reef Will Be Ravaged By El Niño

    Oliver Milman
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This story originally appeared in the Guardian and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Great Barrier Reef is set to be ravaged by the expected El Niño weather phenomenon and scientists warn that similar warming events have significantly impacted upon the reef’s coral. Research by the University of Queensland studied large Porites coral colonies, a type of coral considered more resistant than others to changes in the environment. By analysing and dating coral samples, researchers found there was a significant correlation between mass coral mortality…
  • One of the Biggest Opponents of GMO Labeling Is Offering More Non-GMO Products

    Jenna McLaughlin
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    Cargill, a giant privately held food manufacturer, is one of the biggest enemies of laws requiring companies to label products that contain genetically modified ingredients. But even as the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), an anti GMO-labeling lobbying group Cargill belongs to, fights GMO-labeling laws in state legislatures and courthouses around the country, Cargill is introducing more GMO-free products. Last week, Cargill announced its newest non-GMO crop, soybean oil, which will join corn and beans on Cargill's list of unmodified products offered in the United States, among others.
  • "Make It a Quickie," "Get Paid for Doing It," and Other Advice From San Francisco's Water Agency

    Julia Lurie
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In response to California's ongoing drought, San Francisco's water agency has come out with a hilariously creepy ad campaign to make saving water sexy. In addition to the commercial above, featuring a water-efficient showerhead being stroked and a seductive male voice telling you to "screw them on," ads encourage water users to "Make it a quickie" and "Get paid for doing it" ("it" referring to your shower and the replacement of your old toilet, respectively). Unfortunately, new data from the state's Water Resources Control Board shows that Californians need to be "doing it" a lot more. Gov.
 
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  • The Late Historian Who Predicted The Years of War After September 11

    Tom Engelhardt
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. In December 2002, finishing the introduction to his as-yet-unpublished book The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence, and the Will of the People, Jonathan Schell wrote that the twentieth century was the era in which violence outgrew the war system that had once housed it and became "dysfunctional as a political instrument. Increasingly, it destroys the ends for which it is employed, killing the user as well as his victim. It has become the path to hell on earth and the end of the earth. This is the lesson of the Somme and Verdun, of…
  • What Happens If Obama Loses the Halbig Case?

    Kevin Drum
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    So let's suppose the Halbig case goes up to the Supreme Court and they rule for the plaintiffs: in a stroke, everyone enrolled in Obamacare through a federal exchange is no longer eligible for subsidies. What happens then? Is Obamacare doomed? Not at all. What happens is that people in blue states like California and New York, which operate their own exchanges, continue getting their federal subsidies. People in red states, which punted the job to the feds, will suddenly have their subsidies yanked away. Half the country will have access to a generous entitlement and the other half won't. How…
  • An Extreme Court Decision Threatens Obamacare

    Stephanie Mencimer
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Talk about a David and Goliath case. On Monday, a guy from West Virginia who doesn't want to pay $21 a year for health insurance scored a victory over the Obama administration in a lawsuit that could deprive nearly 5 million Americans of their newly won health care. In a 2-1 decision, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit sided with plaintiff David Klemencic and gutted a key provision of the Affordable Care Act that provides premium subsidies to millions of low-income Americans. The decision in Halbig v Burwell, a case spearheaded by a battery of conservative groups who backed Klemencic…
  • A 70-Year-Old Reflects On the So-Called "American Century"

    Tom Engelhardt
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. * Seventy-three years ago, on February 17, 1941, as a second devastating global war approached, Henry Luce, the publisher of Time and Life magazines, called on his countrymen to "create the first great American Century." Luce died in 1967 at age 69. Life, the pictorial magazine no home would have been without in my 1950s childhood, ceased to exist as a weekly in 1972 and as a monthly in 2000; Time, which launched his career as a media mogul, is still wobbling on, a shadow of its former self. No one today could claim that this is Time's…
  • Inside Anonymous' Cyberwar Against the Israeli Government

    Dana Liebelson
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    The shadowy hacker collective known as Anonymous has announced it will launch a round of cyber-attacks this Friday against the Israeli government, in retaliation for Israel's ongoing military intervention in Gaza. This onslaught would add to a wave of cyber assaults staged in recent weeks by hackers largely from the Middle East, Asia, and South America, who are supporting "OpSaveGaza," an Anonymous-backed campaign targeting Israeli government websites that has succeeded in temporarily taking down the sites of the Israeli defense ministry and the Tel Aviv police department. This…
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  • The Strange Relationship Between Global Warming Denial and…Speaking English

    Chris Mooney
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    Here in the United States, we fret a lot about global warming denial. Not only is it a dangerous delusion, it's an incredibly prevalent one. Depending on your survey instrument of choice, we regularly learn that substantial minorities of Americans deny, or are skeptical of, the science of climate change. The global picture, however, is quite different. For instance, recently the UK-based market research firm Ipsos MORI released its "Global Trends 2014" report, which included a number of survey questions on the environment asked across 20 countries. (h/t Leo Hickman). And when it came to…
  • California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating Aquifers

    —By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This story was originally published on ProPublica. California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there. The state's Division of Oil and Gas and Geothermal Resources on July 7 issued cease and desist orders to seven energy companies warning that they may be injecting their waste into aquifers that could be a source of drinking water, and stating that…
  • Slaughter-Free Milk Is Great for Cows, But Not the Environment

    Josh Harkinson
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you don't eat beef because you feel sorry for those cows in Chick-fil-A ads, then you probably shouldn't drink milk either. The typical male calf born to a dairy cow becomes veal. The typical female is milked for five years—a quarter of her natural lifetime—then sent to the abattoir to become pet food or low-grade hamburger meat. Elsie the Cow, Borden Dairy Company's famous cartoon logo, is smiling only because she doesn't realize that she's about to get euthanized with a cattle gun. Yet if you're an ethical vegetarian who still can't bear to give up milk, you now have another…
  • Northern Canada is On Fire, And It's Making Global Warming Worse

    Brian Kahn
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    This article originally appeared at Climate Central and is reproduced here with permission. For the past few weeks, dry and warm weather have fueled large forest fires across Canada's remote Northwest Territories. The extent of those fires is well above average for the year to-date, and is in line with climate trends of more fires burning in the northern reaches of the globe. Of the 186 wildfires in the Northwest Territories to-date this year, 156 of them are currently burning. That includes the Birch Creek Fire complex, which stretches over 250,000 acres. The amount of acres burned in the…
  • It Would Take More Than a Foot of Rain to End California’s Drought

    John Metcalfe
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    This story first appeared in CityLab and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Every so often there comes an image that really brings home the West's damnable dryness. There was that photo of California's disappearing Folsom Lake, for instance, and now there's this: a map showing how much rain must fall in one month to end the reigning drought. NOAA The map, tweeted out by NOAA, is an illustration in impossible outcomes. (It's dated for June, though with practically no rainfall in California since then it's safe to assume it still applies.) Though the northern…
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  • "Country Funk Volume II" Is the Perfect Summer Soundtrack

    Jon Young
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Various ArtistsCountry Funk Volume II 1967-1974 Light in the Attic Like its predecessor, the beguiling Country Funk Volume II, 1967-1974 is a collection of rebels, reprobates and other outsiders blurring genres and donning different guises. Ranging from big names to cult favorites, this dud-free, 17-track romp captures Kenny Rogers in his pre-crooner, almost-psychedelic phase and the chameleon-like Bobby Darin (here billed as Bob) in his down-home hippie groove. R&B greats Larry Williams and Johnny Watson team up for freaky rock and roll, while Willie Nelson tries out his outlaw…
  • Armed With a Backpack Studio and a Plane Ticket, Beat Making Lab Sows Global Activism

    Gabrielle Canon
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, fences as far as the eye could see were topped with barbed wire. Glass bottle shards protruded from concrete walls so that no one could scale them. Some buildings were even corralled by electric barriers. They resembled fortresses—all but one. "At Yole!Africa, the walls were completely bare. Students were sitting on them," recalls Pierce Freelon, one of the founders of Beat Making Lab. Beat Making Lab, a project that began in 2011 as a music production and entrepreneurship class at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, had morphed…
  • Check Out These Vintage Photos of New York City's 1970s Punk Playground

    Mark Murrmann
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Two notable recent books from Glitterati Incorporated take readers deep into New York City's 1970s punk underground. Playground: Growing Up In the New York Underground by Paul Zone, with Jake Austin (of Roctober fame!), features photos and firsthand accounts from a foot soldier in the rock and roll wars waged in the city's now infamous clubs, including Max's Kansas City and CBGB. White Trash Uncut, meanwhile, comes out of Andy Warhol's factory scene and, as you might expect, takes an artier look at the New York scene. Given that my tastes tend more towards the Ramones/Dead Boys/Dictators and…
  • Contact: Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Catherine Popper's Super-Laid-Back Supergroup

    Jacob Blickenstaff
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Puss n Boots at the Jalopy Theater. Jacob Blickenstaff Puss n Boots Holly Williams Ben Watt Joe Henry Gabriel Kahane Jolie Holland Rodney Crowell Jill Sobule Benmont Tench Leyla McCalla Keith & Tex Declan O'Rourke Michael Daves Puss n Boots might be your typical bar band, playing for friends and free beer, if it didn't happen to be comprised of multiple Grammy-winner Norah Jones, singer-songwriter Sasha Dobson, and Ryan Adams/Jack White bassist Catherine Popper. Starting in 2008, between albums, tours and other professional commitments, the three began playing and performing informal gigs…
  • With the World Cup Over, What's Next for Brazil?

    Ian Gordon
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The most expensive World Cup ever has come and gone with a German victory and a Brazilian implosion. The hosts suffered an embarrassing two-game skid at the end of the tournament—losing by a combined 10-1 score in the semifinals and third-place game—leaving Seleção fans from Rio de Janeiro to Manaus longing for the days of jogo bonito. But as Slate's Joshua Keating pointed out, they also might be ready for change at the top. During Brazil's historic 7-1 loss to Germany on Tuesday, fans reportedly started an obscene anti-Dilma Rousseff chant; the president decided to…
 
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