Climate Environment 

Jim Crow in our Climate Crisis

United States (CD) – Critics of House Resolution 109 (H. RES. 109)—the “Green New Deal” (GND) introduced in Congress by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.)—have condemned this nonbinding resolution for its inclusion of aspirations which, in their view, have nothing to do with climate change. In particular, what they find irrelevant are the aspirations that address social and economic inequalities, such as providing “high quality health care” and “affordable, safe and adequate housing” for all. As objectionable as they find these goals, many critics are more disturbed by the aspirations that address the harms suffered specifically Read More

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Addiction Featured Violence Against Women 

Violence Against Women Is Overlooked in Its Role in Opioid Epidemic

United States (Conversation) – One night, a woman I’ll call Tonya got a compliment from a guy when she was out with her boyfriend. Tonya’s boyfriend cursed her because another man had complimented her. He said: “You give it to everybody, I want it too.” In anticipation of his physical abuse, she reasoned, “I could go off to Wonder World.” She then injected heroin, to be “in her own world,” she later told me. Tonya is only one of the hundreds of women I’ve interviewed for my research with similar stories in the span of my nearly 30-year career Read More

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Border Wall Culture Featured 

The Unspoken Violence of Donald Trump’s Border Wall

United States (Conversation) – Ever since his days on the election campaign trail the US president, Donald Trump, has assured voters of his intentions to build a wall along the US border with Mexico. He reiterated this promise during the 2019 State of the Union, and then declared a state of emergency soon after in order to access funding that Congress had rejected. It is now included on Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign website as part of a broader agenda to curb immigration. Opponents of Trump’s border wall have dismissed the project as politically self-serving and financially frivolous. But arguments Read More

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Hate Crimes Culture 

Hate Endures in America, and With It Our Effort to Document the Damage

United States (ProPublica) – Since the start of 2019, in places across the United States, there have been no fewer than five killings in which victims’ race, ethnicity or national origin appears to have been a factor. Arthur Martunovich allegedly walked into a Chinese restaurant in New York City in January and killed three men with a hammer. Police said he later explained his motive: “Chinese men are awful.” On Feb. 23, José Muñoz, 25, was shot and killed in the lobby of an Olive Garden in Louisville, Kentucky. The suspect in the killing allegedly used racial slurs when Read More

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Red Light District Feminism & Women's Rights 

Amsterdam Bans Red-Light District Tours Amid Prostitutes’ Complaints

Netherlands (Sputnik)  – Legalised prostitution and recreational drugs have turned into attractions of the Dutch capital city, bringing seekers of pleasures that are outlawed in many other countries, as well as curious travellers who simply want to have a look. This has long irritated many locals, and the city authorities have now decided to act. Amsterdam is to ban guided tours to the famous red-light district, where sex workers run their businesses, starting 1 January. The measure is expected to help preserve the old city centre from crowds of tourists flooding its streets. It is intended to put an end to behaviour of tourists that is “not respectful” Read More

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Cabin A Woman's Guide to the Apocalypse Featured 

How Prepping Can Help You Get Ready for Retirement – WGTTA

World Wide (SurvivalSullivan) – Wondering if you can even afford retirement is a questions millions of 40 or 50 something Americans ponder every year. Prepping will prepare you not just to survive a SHTF scenario, but equip you to both survive and thrive during your retirement years. Middle age preppers might feel forced between spending their hard-earned dollars on vital survival needs and tucking more money away into a retirement nest egg – but they shouldn’t. There is truly enough common ground between both your preparedness and retirement goals that investing in one will not shortchange the other. While retirement Read More

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Teen Education 

What Parents Can Really Do to Help Prepare Their Teens for Success

United States (FEE) – While reading about the student-led climate protests last week, a statement jumped out at me from the 16-year-old Swedish activist, Greta Thunberg, who is credited with launching the walkouts that occurred in over 100 countries. In an interview with The New York Times, Thunberg, who says she was a shy but good student who was overcome for years with adolescent depression, claims that her climate work has added fulfillment to her life. She says: “I’m happier now…I have meaning. I have something I have to do.” Teenagers Crave Purpose Regardless of how you may feel about climate activism, the key message Read More

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Planned Parenthood Featured Feminism & Women's Rights 

Trump and Pence Turning Back Progress on Access to Birth Control and a Woman’s Right to Choose

United States (Conversation) – Last month, the U.S. administration officially announced its intention to block federal family planning funds for organizations that provide abortion referrals. President Donald Trump and his anti-choice Vice-President Mike Pence first presented the idea last spring. If successful, it would mean a dramatic drop in funding for Planned Parenthood and restricted access for individuals to health services at Planned Parenthood clinics. There is nothing original about this policy move: it is old and tired. It is also harmful to the citizens of the United States. Planned Parenthood is a century-old organization, based on the first Read More

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Angry woman Literature 

The Power of Angry Women

United States (Yes) – Recent books by Rebecca Traister, Soraya Chemaly, and Brittney Cooper address the particularly superpowerful way women are feeling these days. From different perspectives, they each examine the way women’s anger is deflected in patriarchal society and its potential for political impact—past, present, and future. The reckoning The anger window was open. For decades, for centuries, it had been closed. Something bad happened to you, you shoved it down, you maybe told someone but probably didn’t get much satisfaction—emotional or practical—from the confession. Maybe you even got blowback. No one really cared, and certainly no one was Read More

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Facebook Violence Against Women 

Facebook Set to Combat ‘Revenge Porn’ Through New AI Technology

United States (Sputnik) – For those who don’t know, revenge porn is typically understood as the distribution of sexually indecent images or videos of an individual without their consent or knowledge, and it has become an increasingly serious problem for social media users over the past few years. Facebook is set to introduce a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) detection tool that will remove so-called ‘revenge porn’ before it has even been reported, the social media giant announced over the weekend. The purpose of the new function is to save victims of the unwanted posts the time and hassle of having to report them and of subsequently going through the sometimes time-consuming process Read More

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