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  • No, There Really Isn't Much We Can Do To Retaliate Against North Korea

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    Kevin Drum
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    A couple of days ago I wrote a post suggesting that there might not really be much we can do to retaliate against North Korea for the Sony hack. So I was curious to read "A Reply to Kim’s Cyberterrorism," a Wall Street Journal editorial telling us what options we had. I figured that if anyone could make the best case for action, it was the Journal. Unfortunately, they mostly just persuaded me that there really is very little we can do. After clearing their throats with a couple of suggestions that even they admit are mostly just symbolic, they get to the meat of things: Earlier this…
  • Obama Sounds Like He’s About to Reject the Keystone Pipeline

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    Ben Adler
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    This story first appeared on the Grist website and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Speaking at his end-of-the-year press conference on Friday afternoon, President Obama sounded very much like he's poised to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. He gave his sharpest assessment to date of its potential costs and benefits—lots of costs and few benefits. Climate hawks rejoiced, not only because of Obama's implied opposition to Keystone, but because he finally confronted American ignorance of how the oil market works, and attempted to reorient our energy policy…
  • No, There Really Isn't Much We Can Do To Retaliate Against North Korea

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    Kevin Drum
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    A couple of days ago I wrote a post suggesting that there might not really be much we can do to retaliate against North Korea for the Sony hack. So I was curious to read "A Reply to Kim’s Cyberterrorism," a Wall Street Journal editorial telling us what options we had. I figured that if anyone could make the best case for action, it was the Journal. Unfortunately, they mostly just persuaded me that there really is very little we can do. After clearing their throats with a couple of suggestions that even they admit are mostly just symbolic, they get to the meat of things: Earlier this…
  • Here Is President Obama's Statement on Today's Tragedy In New York

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    Ben Dreyfuss
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Two NYPD officers were murdered in cold blood Saturday by a gunman who then killed himself before being apprehended. Details are still sketchy, but New York is at fever pitch right now. Some people are trying to blame this horrendous tragedy on Bill de Blasio, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, and the thousands of protestors who have taken to the streets over the last few weeks to protest the decisions of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown grand juries. Here's President Obama's statement from tonight making clear that he "unconditionally condemns today's murder of two police officers." The fact that…
  • How a 20-Minute Conversation Can Convince People With Anti-Gay Views to Change Their Mind

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    Inae Oh
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    A recent study suggests that a single conversation between a gay person and a same-sex marriage opponent may have the power to change the person's mind on the issue.  The study, published last week in the journal Science, analyzed data collected by the Los Angeles LGBT Center after it sent pro-gay marriage canvassers to areas of southern California that had voted overwhelmingly in favor of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California in 2008 until the Supreme Court overturned it in 2013. Starting in 2009, canvassers—both gay and straight—engaged in over…
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  • No, There Really Isn't Much We Can Do To Retaliate Against North Korea

    Kevin Drum
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    A couple of days ago I wrote a post suggesting that there might not really be much we can do to retaliate against North Korea for the Sony hack. So I was curious to read "A Reply to Kim’s Cyberterrorism," a Wall Street Journal editorial telling us what options we had. I figured that if anyone could make the best case for action, it was the Journal. Unfortunately, they mostly just persuaded me that there really is very little we can do. After clearing their throats with a couple of suggestions that even they admit are mostly just symbolic, they get to the meat of things: Earlier this…
  • Let's Blame Conservatives For All the Killings They're Responsible For

    Kevin Drum
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    Via Atrios, here is America's-mayor-for-life Rudy Giuliani commenting on the killing of two New York City police officers yesterday by a deranged gunman: “We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani said during an appearance on Fox News on Sunday. “The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence, a lot of them lead to violence, all of them lead to a conclusion. The police are bad, the police are racist. That is…
  • Here Is President Obama's Statement on Today's Tragedy In New York

    Ben Dreyfuss
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Two NYPD officers were murdered in cold blood Saturday by a gunman who then killed himself before being apprehended. Details are still sketchy, but New York is at fever pitch right now. Some people are trying to blame this horrendous tragedy on Bill de Blasio, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, and the thousands of protestors who have taken to the streets over the last few weeks to protest the decisions of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown grand juries. Here's President Obama's statement from tonight making clear that he "unconditionally condemns today's murder of two police officers." The fact that…
  • The 9 Best Cookbooks of 2014

    Tom Philpott
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Another year, another spate of brilliant cookbooks. Here are the ones that made the biggest impression on me, in no particular order. Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes, by Jennifer McLagan. In 2005, nearly a decade before "bone broth" emerged as a craze, McLagan came out with Bones, a delicious defense of a culinary resource people normally discard. Three years later, when people like me were still mostly shunning the lard jar, she produced the equally excellent Fat, which she called an "appreciation of the misunderstood ingredient." McLagan, perhaps the most…
  • Here's How the Sony Hack Is Like 9/11

    Kevin Drum
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I doubt that I'm the first to say this, but has anyone noticed a striking similarity between 9/11 and the Sony hack? Not in terms of scope or malevolence, of course, but in terms of—what's the best word here? Creativity? Bang for the buck? Here's what I mean. The 9/11 attack wasn't especially sophisticated. In fact, it was famously crude and butt cheap. All it took was a few guys who learned rudimentary piloting skills and then carried some box cutters on board four airplanes1. The reason it worked is that it was brilliant. Nobody had ever considered that hijackers could take control of…
 
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  • Obama Sounds Like He’s About to Reject the Keystone Pipeline

    Ben Adler
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    This story first appeared on the Grist website and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Speaking at his end-of-the-year press conference on Friday afternoon, President Obama sounded very much like he's poised to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. He gave his sharpest assessment to date of its potential costs and benefits—lots of costs and few benefits. Climate hawks rejoiced, not only because of Obama's implied opposition to Keystone, but because he finally confronted American ignorance of how the oil market works, and attempted to reorient our energy policy…
  • Sean Penn on Sony Pulling "The Interview": This Sends ISIS an "Invitation"

    David Corn
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    Actor and activist Sean Penn, no surprise, has some thoughts about the Sony hacking and the movie studio's decision to pull The Interview after cyber-saboteurs linked (by the FBI) to North Korea threatened moviegoers and theaters. Here's a statement Penn sent me: It's not the first time culture has been threatened by foreign interests and corporate caution. See [then Disney CEO] Michael Eisner's interview with Charlie Rose in 1997, when Disney was dealing with pressure from China about Martin Scorcese's Tibet film, Kundun. Eisner said, "we do not take, as a company, a position either in human…
  • Could Bacteria Help Convict Rapists?

    Jenna McLaughlin
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Could the trillions of bacteria living on the human body help identify and convict rapists? That's the question raised in a fascinating new study by a team of Australian researchers. The paper is the latest in a growing body of research on the microbiome, a term that refers to the microorganisms residing in and on our bodies. These microbes outnumber our own cells 20-to-1. And each person's microbiome is unique. Recent research has suggested that in humans, a healthy microbiome may play an important role in everything from speeding up metabolism to fighting disease, and major companies like…
  • Is Protecting Gun Rights Really a Growing Priority for Americans?

    Bryan Schatz
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Pew Research Center released a survey this month suggesting that for the first time in two decades more Americans support "gun rights" than "gun control." But the poll's question on that point, asking respondents whether it's more important to "control gun ownership" or to "protect the right of Americans to own guns," drew sharp criticism from some experts, who say it offered a false choice. "I could not think of a worse way to ask questions about public opinions about gun policies," Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and…
  • How This British Scientist Saved Japan’s Seaweed Industry

    Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Dr. Kathleen Drew-Baker Wikimedia Commons A version of this article was originally published on Gastropod. Foraged from the rock cliffs and shallow waters of the world's coastlines, seaweed has been an important food, fuel, and fertilizer since ancient times. Today, modern farming has supplanted wild harvesting; in Asia, more than 6.5 million tons are farmed each year. But the industry would never have thrived the way it does today without the important contributions of one woman in the United Kingdom: Dr. Kathleen Drew-Baker, who studied seaweed biology in the 1940s. In this episode of…
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  • No, There Really Isn't Much We Can Do To Retaliate Against North Korea

    Kevin Drum
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
    A couple of days ago I wrote a post suggesting that there might not really be much we can do to retaliate against North Korea for the Sony hack. So I was curious to read "A Reply to Kim’s Cyberterrorism," a Wall Street Journal editorial telling us what options we had. I figured that if anyone could make the best case for action, it was the Journal. Unfortunately, they mostly just persuaded me that there really is very little we can do. After clearing their throats with a couple of suggestions that even they admit are mostly just symbolic, they get to the meat of things: Earlier this…
  • Let's Blame Conservatives For All the Killings They're Responsible For

    Kevin Drum
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    Via Atrios, here is America's-mayor-for-life Rudy Giuliani commenting on the killing of two New York City police officers yesterday by a deranged gunman: “We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani said during an appearance on Fox News on Sunday. “The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence, a lot of them lead to violence, all of them lead to a conclusion. The police are bad, the police are racist. That is…
  • Here's How the Sony Hack Is Like 9/11

    Kevin Drum
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I doubt that I'm the first to say this, but has anyone noticed a striking similarity between 9/11 and the Sony hack? Not in terms of scope or malevolence, of course, but in terms of—what's the best word here? Creativity? Bang for the buck? Here's what I mean. The 9/11 attack wasn't especially sophisticated. In fact, it was famously crude and butt cheap. All it took was a few guys who learned rudimentary piloting skills and then carried some box cutters on board four airplanes1. The reason it worked is that it was brilliant. Nobody had ever considered that hijackers could take control of…
  • Personal Health Update

    Kevin Drum
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:34 pm
    I haven't had any fresh news on the health front lately, so I haven't brought it up on the blog. But I continue to get lots of queries and good wishes, and today I finally have something to report. I'm 8 weeks through my 16-week regimen of chemotherapy, and last week my doctor ordered up sort of a halftime report on how I'm doing. This is an extended set of lab tests, and today she called to tell me the results. Apparently they came out great. Unfortunately, I don't actually remember the names of the protein markers and other things we were looking for, so I have to be a little vague here.
  • Friday Cat Blogging - 19 December 2014

    Kevin Drum
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    I have to run, but before I do here's what passes for an action shot of the dynamic duo. It's about the best I can do these days. As you might guess, they're entranced with something we're waving around just outside the frame. Maybe a pencil? I'm not sure. But with cats, the cheapest cat toys are always the best. (Seriously. Hopper's favorite, by far, is an empty toilet paper tube. She just goes nuts over them.)
 
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  • Here Is President Obama's Statement on Today's Tragedy In New York

    Ben Dreyfuss
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Two NYPD officers were murdered in cold blood Saturday by a gunman who then killed himself before being apprehended. Details are still sketchy, but New York is at fever pitch right now. Some people are trying to blame this horrendous tragedy on Bill de Blasio, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, and the thousands of protestors who have taken to the streets over the last few weeks to protest the decisions of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown grand juries. Here's President Obama's statement from tonight making clear that he "unconditionally condemns today's murder of two police officers." The fact that…
  • Watch President Obama Call on Female Reporters for Every Single Question During Friday's Presser

    James West
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    For his final press conference of 2014, President Obama exclusively called on female reporters. The White House had planned it that way: .@PressSec statement on questioner list: pic.twitter.com/QA44ySvsL3 — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 19, 2014 By the eighth and final question, Obama even appeared to ignore a male reporter's attempt to participate. The result was amazing. Watch below:
  • Elizabeth Warren: Wall Street Just Got Another Giveaway

    Erika Eichelberger
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Last week, Congress did Wall Street a solid. When lawmakers passed a giant spending bill that funds the government through September, they included a provision written by Citigroup lobbyists that allows banks to make more risky trades with taxpayer-insured money. Then, on Thursday, bankers got another giveaway: The Federal Reserve announced it would delay for up to two years implementation of a crucial section of the Volcker rule—one of the most important regulations to come out of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. The rule generally forbids the high-risk trading by commercial…
  • Obama: Sony "Made a Mistake" Stopping the Release of "The Interview"

    Inae Oh
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    On Friday, President Barack Obama called Sony's decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" a "mistake." "We cannot have a society in which a dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States," he told reporters at his final press conference of the year. "Imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of someone who’s sensibilities probably need to be offended." "I wish they'd spoken to me first," he added. "I would have told them: Do not get into the pattern in…
  • Americans Are More Concerned About Racism Than at Anytime Since Rodney King

    Inae Oh
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    Gallup A new poll conducted by Gallup found that 13 percent of Americans believe racism is the country's most important problem, up from just 1 percent in November. It's the highest that number has been since the Rodney King verdict in 1992. The sharp rise follows national outrage and a wave of protests that swept the nation in response to the failure by two separate grand juries to indict two white officers who killed two black men, Eric Garner and Michael Brown. According to the data published Friday, nonwhites are more than twice as likely as whites to call race relations/racism…
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  • How a 20-Minute Conversation Can Convince People With Anti-Gay Views to Change Their Mind

    Inae Oh
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    A recent study suggests that a single conversation between a gay person and a same-sex marriage opponent may have the power to change the person's mind on the issue.  The study, published last week in the journal Science, analyzed data collected by the Los Angeles LGBT Center after it sent pro-gay marriage canvassers to areas of southern California that had voted overwhelmingly in favor of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California in 2008 until the Supreme Court overturned it in 2013. Starting in 2009, canvassers—both gay and straight—engaged in over…
  • New York State Just Banned Fracking

    Tim McDonnell
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    After years of wrangling between environmentalists, lawmakers, and fossil fuel companies, New York's top public health administrator said he would ban fracking in the state, citing health risks. From the New York Times: The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State, ending years of uncertainty by concluding that the controversial method of extracting gas from deep underground could contaminate the state’s air and water and pose inestimable public-health risks. "I cannot support high volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of…
  • These Are the Cutest Animal Videos of 2014, According to the World's Leading Science Journal

    Tim McDonnell
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Nature is one of the world's flagship peer-reviewed scientific journals, a venue for some of our best new ideas about the world. Sometimes, those ideas are about animals that also happen to be outrageously, unconscionably cute. I'm talking baby-penguins-and-pomeranians-and-monkeys-cute. This morning the ingenious folks in Nature's video department rounded them all up into one face-melting video. Here's how to put a YouTube video on endless loop. You're welcome.
  • Here's How Much the Storm Is Helping California's Epic Drought

    Julia Lurie
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:21 pm
    In the midst of the most intense drought in hundreds of years, Northern California is being bombarded with rain (here are some crazy photos). In a state that produces roughly half of the country's fruits and veggies, the water is more than welcome. The storm is expected to dump 2-8 inches of water in the Bay Area, and 2-5 inches in Southern California. But California would need 18-21 more inches of rain over the next six months in order to make up for the drought, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The state usually gets about 23 inches of rain per year. Check…
  • There's a Big Coal Giveaway in the Cromnibus Bill

    Kate Sheppard
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    This story originally was originally published by The Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The 1,000-page omnibus spending package released Tuesday night is reigniting a fight over rules for U.S. financing of coal plants abroad. In October 2013, the Treasury Department announced that it would stop providing funding for conventional coal plants abroad, except in "very rare" cases. And in December 2013, the Export-Import Bank announced a new policy that would restrict financing for most new coal-fired power plants abroad. The bank, often called…
 
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  • Sean Penn on Sony Pulling "The Interview": This Sends ISIS an "Invitation"

    David Corn
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    Actor and activist Sean Penn, no surprise, has some thoughts about the Sony hacking and the movie studio's decision to pull The Interview after cyber-saboteurs linked (by the FBI) to North Korea threatened moviegoers and theaters. Here's a statement Penn sent me: It's not the first time culture has been threatened by foreign interests and corporate caution. See [then Disney CEO] Michael Eisner's interview with Charlie Rose in 1997, when Disney was dealing with pressure from China about Martin Scorcese's Tibet film, Kundun. Eisner said, "we do not take, as a company, a position either in human…
  • We Should Respond to North Korea. But What If We Can't?

    Kevin Drum
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    Over at the all-new New Republic, Yishai Schwartz sounds the usual old-school New Republic war drums toward North Korea. "The only way to prevent future attacks," he says, "is for foreign governments to know that attacks against U.S. targets—cyber or kinetic—will bring fierce, yet proportionally appropriate, responses." And time is already running out. We should be doing this now now now. Right. So what's the deal, Obama? Why all the dithering in the face of this attack? Are you just—oh wait. Maybe there's more to this. Here's the Wall Street Journal: Responding…
  • Could Bacteria Help Convict Rapists?

    Jenna McLaughlin
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Could the trillions of bacteria living on the human body help identify and convict rapists? That's the question raised in a fascinating new study by a team of Australian researchers. The paper is the latest in a growing body of research on the microbiome, a term that refers to the microorganisms residing in and on our bodies. These microbes outnumber our own cells 20-to-1. And each person's microbiome is unique. Recent research has suggested that in humans, a healthy microbiome may play an important role in everything from speeding up metabolism to fighting disease, and major companies like…
  • Is Protecting Gun Rights Really a Growing Priority for Americans?

    Bryan Schatz
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Pew Research Center released a survey this month suggesting that for the first time in two decades more Americans support "gun rights" than "gun control." But the poll's question on that point, asking respondents whether it's more important to "control gun ownership" or to "protect the right of Americans to own guns," drew sharp criticism from some experts, who say it offered a false choice. "I could not think of a worse way to ask questions about public opinions about gun policies," Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and…
  • Inside Obama's Family Deportation Mill

    Ian Gordon
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
    This past summer, the "border kids"—tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras detained after crossing into the United States—became the country's latest immigration crisis. Aid groups mobilized, Congress held hearings, and pleas for compassion resounded at the highest levels of government. "These are our kids," Vice President Joe Biden told a group of lawyers in August, urging them to offer the children free legal representation. But the Obama administration hasn't extended that caring attitude to another huge group of Central American…
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  • Obama Sounds Like He’s About to Reject the Keystone Pipeline

    Ben Adler
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    This story first appeared on the Grist website and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Speaking at his end-of-the-year press conference on Friday afternoon, President Obama sounded very much like he's poised to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. He gave his sharpest assessment to date of its potential costs and benefits—lots of costs and few benefits. Climate hawks rejoiced, not only because of Obama's implied opposition to Keystone, but because he finally confronted American ignorance of how the oil market works, and attempted to reorient our energy policy…
  • How This British Scientist Saved Japan’s Seaweed Industry

    Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Dr. Kathleen Drew-Baker Wikimedia Commons A version of this article was originally published on Gastropod. Foraged from the rock cliffs and shallow waters of the world's coastlines, seaweed has been an important food, fuel, and fertilizer since ancient times. Today, modern farming has supplanted wild harvesting; in Asia, more than 6.5 million tons are farmed each year. But the industry would never have thrived the way it does today without the important contributions of one woman in the United Kingdom: Dr. Kathleen Drew-Baker, who studied seaweed biology in the 1940s. In this episode of…
  • How Much More Rain Does California Need to End the Drought?

    Julia Lurie
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over the past two weeks, California has gotten a deluge of rain, lifting its reservoir levels and hydrating the soil in a state that is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in history. The chart above shows the state's drought levels pre- and post-storm, and thankfully, there's a little less of the menacing "exceptional drought." In its weekly summary, the US Drought Monitor emphasized cautious optimism: A wet December (to date) has provided California a foothold for drought recovery, but 3 straight winters of subnormal precipitation will take time (possibly several consecutive wet…
  • Martin O'Malley Is A Longshot Presidential Candidate, and a Real Climate Hawk

    Ben Adler
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is nothing like any pop culture stereotype of a politician. He's not a boyishly charming airhead like George W. Bush or The Simpsons' Mayor Quimby, or a blunt, lovable grandpa like Joe Biden or The West Wing's Jed Bartlet. He's not even that much like the fictional politician based partly on him, The Wire's Tommy Carcetti, who like O'Malley became the unlikely white mayor of majority-black Baltimore. O'Malley has none of Carcetti's sleazy slickness.
  • 4 Signs the Arctic Is Getting Baked by Climate Change

    Tim McDonnell
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    If you're looking for the ground zero of climate change, head to the Arctic. Nowhere else on Earth is changing as quickly or as dramatically; air temperatures there are rising twice as fast as at lower latitudes. In the summer of 2012, Arctic sea ice reached the lowest level ever recorded, shrinking to less than half the area it occupied a few decades ago. Ice has rebounded somewhat in the two years since, but it is still on a downward trajectory of about 13 percent per decade and could disappear altogether in summer months by 2030. The distressing Arctic prognosis is made abundantly clear in…
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  • The Best Books of 2014

    — By the Mother Jones staff
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    In what's become an annual tradition, we invited Mother Jones staffers to write up their favorite books published this year, the ones they'd recommend to friends and relations, and so here they are. We can't read it all, of course—feel free to list your own favorites in the comments. Foodies should be sure and check out food and ag writer Tom Philpott's "Best Food Books of 2014." For music lovers, MoJo critic Jon Young has shared his list of "The 10 Best Albums of 2014." Stay tuned for more great end-of-year coverage from the MoJo crew. Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Picketty:…
  • The Best Food Books of 2014, Part 1

    Tom Philpott
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    The publishing industry may be in the midst of a long, slow decline, but it's churning out a cornucopia of food books—and 2014 has been another banner year. Today, I'll look at my favorites on the politics/culture front, and soon I'll take up the cookbook beat. • The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, by Nina Teicholz. This is the most provocative and assumption-shredding food book I've read in years. With exhaustive reporting and lucid science explication, Teicholz drives home her central thesis: that dietary fat, even (if not especially) the…
  • A Not-So-Brief and Extremely Sordid History of Cheerleading

    Julia Lurie
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
      Not all is sunny and chipper in the world of professional cheerleading this year. NFL cheerleaders from five squads sued their teams last spring, alleging sub-minimum-wage pay, mandatory "jiggle tests," and other degrading working conditions. Since then, some NHL "ice girls"—hockey's cheerleaders—have spoken up with similar complaints. All this got me wondering: How did we get here? Cheerleading today is nearly unrecognizable from cheerleading a century ago, when it emerged as an elite activity for men at Ivy League schools, led by "rooter kings" and "yell leaders." Since…
  • The 10 Best Albums of 2014

    Jon Young
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Each year, Mother Jones music critic Jon Young browses through hundreds of new albums and pulls out 75 to 100 to review for the magazine and website. Some of those make the final cut, but there are some wildcards, too. Below, in no particular order, are Jon's super-duper-abbreviated write-ups of his cream of the crop—the Top 10 albums of 2014. Feel free to tell us your own Top 10 in the comments. Lee Bains III & The Glory FiresDereconstructedSub Pop Blazing, populist old-school rock and roll with a chip on its shoulder.       The "5" RoyalesSoul & Swagger: The…
  • Contact: The Downsizing of Daniel Lanois

    Jacob Blickenstaff
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Daniel Lanois Jacob Blickenstaff More From CONTACT: Jackson Browne Sean Rowe Taylor Goldsmith, Dawes Liam Bailey Thomas Bartlett and Martin Hayes Aaron Freeman Ben Watt Joe Henry Jolie Holland Rodney Crowell As a producer, Daniel Lanois has helped create several of the most monumental albums of the '80s and '90s: U2's Unforgettable Fire and Joshua Tree (both co-produced with mentor Brian Eno, along with Eno's own album Ambient 4: On Land), Peter Gabriel's So, and Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind.   He has also produced progressive, career-enlivening albums for the likes of Willie Nelson…
 
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