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  • The Ohlone People Were Forced Out of San Francisco. Now They Want Part of Their Land Back.

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    Prashanth Kamalakanthan
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    "There are only three ways to get land," said Tony Cerda, chairman of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe, in 2010. "You can buy it, have it given to you, or steal it." It's clear which one of those applies to his people, the Ohlone, who lived in the central California coastal region for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Spanish missionaries in the 1700s. The Ohlone once numbered as many as 15,000 on lands stretching from the San Francisco Bay to Big Sur. But following years of enslavement under the Spanish mission system and, later, persecution by settlers, they are now largely a…
  • You Might Not Know Where Chad Is, But the US Military Has Big Plans For It

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    Nick Turse
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Admit it. You don't know where Chad is. You know it's in Africa, of course. But beyond that? Maybe with a map of the continent and by some process of elimination you could come close. But you'd probably pick Sudan or maybe the Central African Republic. Here's a tip. In the future, choose that vast, arid swath of land just below Libya. Who does know where Chad is? That answer is simpler: the US military. Recent contracting documents indicate that it's building something there. Not a huge facility, not a mini-American town, but a small camp.
  • Republicans Finally Admit There Is No Benghazi Scandal

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    Kevin Drum
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    For two years, ever since Mitt Romney screwed up his response to the Benghazi attacks in order to score campaign points, Republicans have been on an endless search for a grand conspiracy theory that explains how it all happened. Intelligence was ignored because it would have been inconvenient to the White House to acknowledge it. Hillary Clinton's State Department bungled the response to the initial protests in Cairo. Both State and CIA bungled the military response to the attacks themselves. Even so, rescue was still possible, but it was derailed by a stand down order—possibly from…
  • The Ohlone People Were Forced Out of San Francisco. Now They Want Part of Their Land Back.

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    Prashanth Kamalakanthan
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    "There are only three ways to get land," said Tony Cerda, chairman of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe, in 2010. "You can buy it, have it given to you, or steal it." It's clear which one of those applies to his people, the Ohlone, who lived in the central California coastal region for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Spanish missionaries in the 1700s. The Ohlone once numbered as many as 15,000 on lands stretching from the San Francisco Bay to Big Sur. But following years of enslavement under the Spanish mission system and, later, persecution by settlers, they are now largely a…
  • Video: A Drone Shoots Hauntingly Beautiful Footage of Buffalo's Snowstorm

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    James West
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    James Grimaldi/YouTube Flying personal camera-equipped drones directly over big events like the Hong Kong protests and Independence Day fireworks is becoming commonplace. Now come these amazing aerial images of Buffalo, New York, besieged by snow for the third day in a row. The Buffalo area was coated with up to six feet of snow on Wednesday and there's been even more today. The eighth storm-related death was annouced this morning. When the storm first set in, James Grimaldi of West Seneca, New York, sent his drone into the blizzard to film a bizarre world drained of color, and uploaded the…
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  • The Ohlone People Were Forced Out of San Francisco. Now They Want Part of Their Land Back.

    Prashanth Kamalakanthan
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    "There are only three ways to get land," said Tony Cerda, chairman of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe, in 2010. "You can buy it, have it given to you, or steal it." It's clear which one of those applies to his people, the Ohlone, who lived in the central California coastal region for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Spanish missionaries in the 1700s. The Ohlone once numbered as many as 15,000 on lands stretching from the San Francisco Bay to Big Sur. But following years of enslavement under the Spanish mission system and, later, persecution by settlers, they are now largely a…
  • Republicans Finally Admit There Is No Benghazi Scandal

    Kevin Drum
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    For two years, ever since Mitt Romney screwed up his response to the Benghazi attacks in order to score campaign points, Republicans have been on an endless search for a grand conspiracy theory that explains how it all happened. Intelligence was ignored because it would have been inconvenient to the White House to acknowledge it. Hillary Clinton's State Department bungled the response to the initial protests in Cairo. Both State and CIA bungled the military response to the attacks themselves. Even so, rescue was still possible, but it was derailed by a stand down order—possibly from…
  • Brazil's Dietary Guidelines Are So Much Better Than the USDA's

    Tom Philpott
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As anyone who has read Marion Nestle's Food Politics or Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food knows, the US Department of Agriculture's attempts to issue dietary advice have always been haunted by industry influence and a reductionist vision of nutrition science. The department finally ditched its silly pyramids a few years ago, but its guidelines remain vague and arbitrary (for example, how does dairy merit inclusion as one of five food groups?). In Brazil, a hotbed of sound progressive nutritional thinking, the Ministry of Health has proven that governmental dietary advice need not be…
  • You Might Not Know Where Chad Is, But the US Military Has Big Plans For It

    Nick Turse
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Admit it. You don't know where Chad is. You know it's in Africa, of course. But beyond that? Maybe with a map of the continent and by some process of elimination you could come close. But you'd probably pick Sudan or maybe the Central African Republic. Here's a tip. In the future, choose that vast, arid swath of land just below Libya. Who does know where Chad is? That answer is simpler: the US military. Recent contracting documents indicate that it's building something there. Not a huge facility, not a mini-American town, but a small camp.
  • Native Children Have the Same Rate of PTSD as Combat Veterans

    Tim Murphy
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Here's the most sobering statistic you'll see today: American-Indian and Alaskan Native children experience PTSD at the same rate at veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to a new report from a Department of Justice advisory committee, 22 percent of American-Indian and Alaskan Native juveniles have PTSD—three times higher than the national rate. Among other proposals, the committee recommends Congress grant tribes the ability to prosecute non-Indians who abuse children. Under the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Congress empowered tribes to…
 
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  • You Might Not Know Where Chad Is, But the US Military Has Big Plans For It

    Nick Turse
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Admit it. You don't know where Chad is. You know it's in Africa, of course. But beyond that? Maybe with a map of the continent and by some process of elimination you could come close. But you'd probably pick Sudan or maybe the Central African Republic. Here's a tip. In the future, choose that vast, arid swath of land just below Libya. Who does know where Chad is? That answer is simpler: the US military. Recent contracting documents indicate that it's building something there. Not a huge facility, not a mini-American town, but a small camp.
  • If You're White and Feel Discriminated Against, Jose Antonio Vargas Wants to Talk to You

    Inae Oh
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    "Do you think some people treat you unfairly because you're white?" "Do you feel you're missing out on an important job, school, or other opportunity because you're white?" These questions were included in a recent casting call for an MTV documentary in Washington DC. It swiftly raised eyebrows across the internet: Do white people really need yet another medium to showcase, well, white people problems?  But when it came out that the man behind the documentary was actually journalist and prominent immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas and his organization Define American, the…
  • "Food Chains" Looks at the Real Cost of Your Cheap Tomatoes

    Maddie Oatman
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Food Chains opens at the break of dawn, as tomato pickers in Immokalee, Florida, hustle onto buses and out to the fields where they spend long hours trying to pick enough fruit to survive. Late in the evening they return to cramped trailers, with barely enough wages to purchase groceries for a family meal. Though Florida's rich soil generates hundreds of millions of dollars worth of tomatoes, those harvesting them make around $12,000 a year. And the worst part, as tomato picker Gerardo Reyes Chavez points out, at the end of the day there's only the realization of "how little you mean to the…
  • 4 Stupid Conservative Arguments Against Net Neutrality, Debunked

    Josh Harkinson
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Last week, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas set off a firestorm of ridicule when he took to Twitter in an attempt to mock the concept of net neutrality: "Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government. — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 10, 2014 The comparison, so stupid on so many levels that it isn't worth debunking, is not just an isolated example of partisan idiocy. In recent weeks, Republican operatives have trotted out a steaming heap of similar malarkey in an effort to ward off a popular revolt against the…
  • Scientists Want to Make a Malaria-Resistant Mosquito

    Cynthia Graber
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    Malaria has long bedeviled those who have sought to eradicate it, particularly in Africa. According to the World Health Organization, in 2012, the disease caused an estimated 627,000 deaths—the majority of those were African children. But now scientists are focusing on a promising new line of research: genetically manipulating the mosquitoes that carry the deadly illness. On this week's Inquiring Minds podcast, George Church—a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and the author of Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves—described the…
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  • Republicans Finally Admit There Is No Benghazi Scandal

    Kevin Drum
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    For two years, ever since Mitt Romney screwed up his response to the Benghazi attacks in order to score campaign points, Republicans have been on an endless search for a grand conspiracy theory that explains how it all happened. Intelligence was ignored because it would have been inconvenient to the White House to acknowledge it. Hillary Clinton's State Department bungled the response to the initial protests in Cairo. Both State and CIA bungled the military response to the attacks themselves. Even so, rescue was still possible, but it was derailed by a stand down order—possibly from…
  • Friday Cat Blogging - 21 November 2014

    Kevin Drum
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    Here in Drumland we have a new version of the Second Commandment. Here's the rewrite: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to any other cats: for I, the Lord thy Hilbert, am a jealous cat. Here's the backstory. Last week I got slightly concerned that Hopper was getting a bit less sociable. It was nothing big. She was still perfectly friendly, but she never jumped into our laps anymore. She's always had too much energy to be much of a lap cat, but when we first got her she'd occasionally get tuckered out and curl up with us. Long story short, my concern was completely misplaced. It turns out the…
  • Republicans Finally Sue Over Obamacare -- And There's Even a Surprise Included

    Kevin Drum
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    House Republicans finally filed their long-awaited lawsuit against President Obama today, and it actually contained a surprise: The suit also challenges what it says is President Obama’s unlawful giveaway of roughly $175 billion to insurance companies under the law. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the administration will pay that amount to the companies over the next 10 years, though the funds have not been appropriated by Congress. The lawsuit argues that it is an unlawful transfer of funds. ....If the lawsuit is successful, poor people would not lose their health care,…
  • Obama's Immigration Plan Is Both Good Policy and Remarkably Shrewd Politics

    Kevin Drum
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    There are questions about whether President Obama's immigration plan is legal. There are questions about whether it's good policy. And then there are questions about whether it's smart politics. On the latter point, I'd say that Obama has been unusually shrewd, almost single-handedly demolishing the plans of Republican leaders for the next two years: All but drowned out by Republicans' clamorous opposition to President Obama's executive action on immigration are some leaders who worry that their party could alienate the fastest-growing group of voters, for 2016 and beyond, if its hottest…
  • Has Obama Gone Too Far? 5 Key Questions Answered About the Legality of His Immigration Plan

    Kevin Drum
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:27 pm
    I've been paying only moderate attention to the whole issue of President Obama's executive order on immigration, and it's only over the past few days that I've started trying to learn more about the legal issues involved. And I confess that I've been a little surprised by what I've discovered. As near as I can tell, both liberal and conservative legal scholars—as opposed to TV talking heads and other professional rabble-rousers—agree that Obama has the authority to reshape immigration enforcement in nearly any way he wants to. Here are answers to five key questions about the…
 
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  • The Ohlone People Were Forced Out of San Francisco. Now They Want Part of Their Land Back.

    Prashanth Kamalakanthan
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    "There are only three ways to get land," said Tony Cerda, chairman of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe, in 2010. "You can buy it, have it given to you, or steal it." It's clear which one of those applies to his people, the Ohlone, who lived in the central California coastal region for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Spanish missionaries in the 1700s. The Ohlone once numbered as many as 15,000 on lands stretching from the San Francisco Bay to Big Sur. But following years of enslavement under the Spanish mission system and, later, persecution by settlers, they are now largely a…
  • Native Children Have the Same Rate of PTSD as Combat Veterans

    Tim Murphy
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Here's the most sobering statistic you'll see today: American-Indian and Alaskan Native children experience PTSD at the same rate at veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to a new report from a Department of Justice advisory committee, 22 percent of American-Indian and Alaskan Native juveniles have PTSD—three times higher than the national rate. Among other proposals, the committee recommends Congress grant tribes the ability to prosecute non-Indians who abuse children. Under the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Congress empowered tribes to…
  • President Obama Acted Unilaterally on Immigration and the Right Is Predictably Outraged

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    President Barack Obama, who has issued fewer executive orders than any president since Grover Cleveland, issued a set of directives this week to protect 5 million undocumented residents from deportation. The new executive actions will allow undocumented parents of US citizens to stay in the country, and allow children who were brought to the United States by their parents to apply for employment visas. It also, according to various Republican critics, cements Obama's status as a dictator, a king, an emperor, and maybe even a maniac bent on ethnic cleansing: Obama is a king. "The president…
  • Watch Obama Announce His Immigration Executive Action Right Here

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:46 pm
    While you're waiting for the speech to start, read about the three expected takeaways from President Obama's executive action on immigration, or about how some prominent conservatives are already calling for his impeachment.
  • Al Franken Questions Uber Over Privacy

    Patrick Caldwell
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has taken a keen interest in tech policy since coming to Congress. As chairman of a Senate subcommittee that focuses on privacy, technology, and the law, Franken has been one of the more vocal advocates for net neutrality, fought against a proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner, and wondered about the privacy implications of fingerprint scanners on iPhones. Now Franken has set his sights on Uber, an on-demand car service that uses smartphone technology to match passengers who need rides with available drivers. On Wednesday, Franken wrote a letter to Uber CEO…
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  • Video: A Drone Shoots Hauntingly Beautiful Footage of Buffalo's Snowstorm

    James West
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    James Grimaldi/YouTube Flying personal camera-equipped drones directly over big events like the Hong Kong protests and Independence Day fireworks is becoming commonplace. Now come these amazing aerial images of Buffalo, New York, besieged by snow for the third day in a row. The Buffalo area was coated with up to six feet of snow on Wednesday and there's been even more today. The eighth storm-related death was annouced this morning. When the storm first set in, James Grimaldi of West Seneca, New York, sent his drone into the blizzard to film a bizarre world drained of color, and uploaded the…
  • We Just Had the Hottest October on Record

    Tim McDonnell
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    NOAA It's cold outside, which means it'll soon be time for the annual rousing chorus of climate change denial from people who think snow means global warming is fake. Good thing NOAA is here to help. Today the agency released two new maps illustrating that even if you're cold right now, the planet is still getting hotter. In fact, 2014 is on track to be the warmest year on record. The map above shows where global temperatures for the month of October stood relative to the 20th century average. Overall, this was the warmest October since record-keeping began in 1880. And it's not just October…
  • Watch a Wall of Snow Consume Buffalo, N.Y.

    Tim McDonnell
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    Today it is literally freezing in every state in America. But no where has been hit harder than Buffalo, New York, which yesterday got buried under 70 inches of snow. Yeah, seven-zero, as in nearly six feet. At least six people there have died, and one hundred are still trapped. The video below, from Buffalo-based producer Joseph DeBenedictis, shows yesterday's apocalyptic storm sweeping across the city. The insane snowfall was brought on by something called the "lake effect," which could grow more severe with global warming—our friend Eric Holthaus at Slate has the details on that.
  • BREAKING: The Senate Just Voted Not to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline

    Tim McDonnell
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    UPDATE 11/18/14, 6:17 pm ET A controversial bill to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline failed in the US Senate Tuesday evening. It received 59 "aye" votes, just shy of the 60 needed to send the bill to President Obama's desk. The fight isn't over yet; Republicans have said they plan to prioritize approving the pipeline once they take control of the Senate next year. Below the headlines last week about President Obama's major climate agreement with China, another environmental story was gaining steam: a vote in Congress to force approval of Keystone XL, a controversial…
  • Two Charts That Show How the US Is Shortchanging the World

    Tim McDonnell
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Tim McDonnell This morning, the New York Times reported that President Obama is poised to announce a pledge of $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund, a United Nations-administered account to help poor countries deal with climate change. That's the biggest single pledge of any country so far (see chart above); it doubles the total size of the fund and is a major step toward the UN's target of raising $15 billion before next month's climate talks in Lima, Peru. Other notable carbon emitters, such as the UK, are expected to announce contributions by the end of next week. But viewed in a different…
 
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  • You Might Not Know Where Chad Is, But the US Military Has Big Plans For It

    Nick Turse
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Admit it. You don't know where Chad is. You know it's in Africa, of course. But beyond that? Maybe with a map of the continent and by some process of elimination you could come close. But you'd probably pick Sudan or maybe the Central African Republic. Here's a tip. In the future, choose that vast, arid swath of land just below Libya. Who does know where Chad is? That answer is simpler: the US military. Recent contracting documents indicate that it's building something there. Not a huge facility, not a mini-American town, but a small camp.
  • President Obama Acted Unilaterally on Immigration and the Right Is Predictably Outraged

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    President Barack Obama, who has issued fewer executive orders than any president since Grover Cleveland, issued a set of directives this week to protect 5 million undocumented residents from deportation. The new executive actions will allow undocumented parents of US citizens to stay in the country, and allow children who were brought to the United States by their parents to apply for employment visas. It also, according to various Republican critics, cements Obama's status as a dictator, a king, an emperor, and maybe even a maniac bent on ethnic cleansing: Obama is a king. "The president…
  • 4 Stupid Conservative Arguments Against Net Neutrality, Debunked

    Josh Harkinson
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Last week, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas set off a firestorm of ridicule when he took to Twitter in an attempt to mock the concept of net neutrality: "Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government. — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) November 10, 2014 The comparison, so stupid on so many levels that it isn't worth debunking, is not just an isolated example of partisan idiocy. In recent weeks, Republican operatives have trotted out a steaming heap of similar malarkey in an effort to ward off a popular revolt against the…
  • 29 Coal Miners Died in a 2010 Explosion. Congress Still Hasn't Fixed the Problem.

    Tim Murphy
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    Last week, a federal grand jury indicted former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship for allegedly conspiring to violate mine safety standards in the run-up to the 2010 explosion that killed 29 workers at the Upper Big Branch Mine. The four-count indictment describes a culture of negligence under Blankenship's watch, in which essential safety measures were ignored as the company sought to squeeze every last cent out of the ground. Blankenship, who left Massey in 2010, pleaded not guilty Thursday. But the indictment also came as a sobering reminder: In the four years since the disaster, little…
  • Meet the Fortune 500 Companies Funding the Political Resegregation of America

    Andy Kroll
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over the past four to five years, the United States has been resegregated—politically. In states where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans and presidential races can be nail-biters, skillful Republican operatives have mounted racially-minded gerrymandering efforts—the redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts—that have led to congressional delegations stacked with GOP members and yielded Republican majorities in the state legislatures. In North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, to name just three, GOPers have recast state and congressional districts…
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  • "Food Chains" Looks at the Real Cost of Your Cheap Tomatoes

    Maddie Oatman
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Food Chains opens at the break of dawn, as tomato pickers in Immokalee, Florida, hustle onto buses and out to the fields where they spend long hours trying to pick enough fruit to survive. Late in the evening they return to cramped trailers, with barely enough wages to purchase groceries for a family meal. Though Florida's rich soil generates hundreds of millions of dollars worth of tomatoes, those harvesting them make around $12,000 a year. And the worst part, as tomato picker Gerardo Reyes Chavez points out, at the end of the day there's only the realization of "how little you mean to the…
  • Scientists Want to Make a Malaria-Resistant Mosquito

    Cynthia Graber
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:15 am
    Malaria has long bedeviled those who have sought to eradicate it, particularly in Africa. According to the World Health Organization, in 2012, the disease caused an estimated 627,000 deaths—the majority of those were African children. But now scientists are focusing on a promising new line of research: genetically manipulating the mosquitoes that carry the deadly illness. On this week's Inquiring Minds podcast, George Church—a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and the author of Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves—described the…
  • Republicans Said China Wouldn't Follow Through on its Climate Pledges. Looks Like They Were Wrong.

    James West
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Almost as soon as President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping announced their landmark climate deal last week, there was a torrent of criticism that the pact let China off the hook. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) complained that "the agreement requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years." The argument goes like this: The US committed to deeper, faster cuts than it had before—reducing carbon emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. But under the deal, the Chinese are allowed to spew greenhouse gases unabated, only committing to stop…
  • Is This Fungus the Future of Farming?

    Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Mycorrhizal fungi growing on a petri dish in Alia Rodriguez's lab Cynthia Graber This article was originally published on Gastropod. Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you've probably heard about the human microbiome. Research into the composition, function, and importance of the galaxy of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that, when we're healthy, live in symbiotic balance in and on us has become one of the fastest moving and most intriguing fields of scientific study. But it turns out that plants have a microbiome too—and it's just as important and…
  • Is Dianne Feinstein Crafting a Secret Water Deal to Help Big Pistachio? UPDATED

    Tom Philpott
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    UPDATE: Sen. Dianne Feinstein has called off her backroom negotiations to push a California water bill through the current, lame-duck Congressional session, The Fresno Bee reported late Thursday afternoon. But she's not finished trying to make a deal with Big Ag-aligned GOP reps. She vowed to "put together a first-day bill for the next Congress, and it can go through the regular order,” the Bee reported.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is negotiating a behind-closed-doors deal with Republican lawmakers to pass a bill that would ostensibly address California's…
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  • The Ohlone People Were Forced Out of San Francisco. Now They Want Part of Their Land Back.

    Prashanth Kamalakanthan
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    "There are only three ways to get land," said Tony Cerda, chairman of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe, in 2010. "You can buy it, have it given to you, or steal it." It's clear which one of those applies to his people, the Ohlone, who lived in the central California coastal region for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Spanish missionaries in the 1700s. The Ohlone once numbered as many as 15,000 on lands stretching from the San Francisco Bay to Big Sur. But following years of enslavement under the Spanish mission system and, later, persecution by settlers, they are now largely a…
  • If You're White and Feel Discriminated Against, Jose Antonio Vargas Wants to Talk to You

    Inae Oh
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    "Do you think some people treat you unfairly because you're white?" "Do you feel you're missing out on an important job, school, or other opportunity because you're white?" These questions were included in a recent casting call for an MTV documentary in Washington DC. It swiftly raised eyebrows across the internet: Do white people really need yet another medium to showcase, well, white people problems?  But when it came out that the man behind the documentary was actually journalist and prominent immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas and his organization Define American, the…
  • New York Times Signals More Newsroom Layoffs Are Imminent

    James West
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    The New York Times indicated today that it's getting close to a round of forced layoffs of its journalists. The newsroom-wide email sent Thursday morning, obtained by Mother Jones, details responses to employee questions about a scheduled buyout program from Janet Elder, a deputy executive editor at the company. The email states that, "the most frequently asked question is about scale and whether or not there will be enough buyouts to avoid layoffs. Given that the buyout window is still open, it's hard to have an absolute answer to that question just yet. Early efforts to handicap…
  • How a War-Shattered African Nation Gave Birth to a Heavy-Metal Scene

    Alex Park
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    When the dust cleared and the war formally ended in 2002, Angolans looked back on their previous 40 years and saw little more than violence and bloodshed. After 350 years of Portuguese rule, the country fell into a war of independence followed by a civil war. Factions became Cold War players. Armed with Western and Soviet weapons, the warring sides destroyed the little infrastructure the Portuguese had built, sowed the countryside with land mines, and displaced and killed people by the thousands. Filmmaker Jeremy Xido's new documentary, Death Metal Angola, is about what happens after those…
  • Love's New Album Is Finally Released—40 Years Late

    Jon Young
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    LoveBlack Beauty High Moon Fans have been waiting a long, long time for this one. The LA ensemble Love, best known for the 1967 folk-pop classic Forever Changes, assumed a variety of guises during its turbulent and intriguing history. On the band's 1966 debut, frontman Arthur Lee and company displayed a heavy debt to the Byrds, though his songwriting was too original to qualify the band as imitators. By the time Love recorded Black Beauty in 1973, Lee was the only remaining original member, and the sound echoed the psychedelic hard rock of his friend Jimi Hendrix. While this previously…
 
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