Beavers are gnawing away at the Arctic permafrost, and that’s bad for the planet

Katie Hunt of CNN –

The beaver may be an unlikely agent of climate change, but the cuddly-looking creatures are transforming the Arctic landscape in a way that could be exacerbating global warming, a new study has suggested.

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Posted in Climate, CNN, Controversial, Global warming

The problem is white supremacy

Barbara Smith in the Boston Globe –

‘Systemic racism’ conveys the pervasiveness of racial oppression, but white supremacy goes further by indicating that there is a rigid nexus of power that protects and enforces it.

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Posted in Controversial, Racism

At Mt. Rushmore and in the White House, Trump Updates ‘American Carnage’ Message for 2020

His ominous remarks were a reflection of his political standing: trailing in the polls, lacking a booming economy or a positive message to campaign on, and leaning on culture wars to buoy his loyalists.

Annie Karni and 

President Trump used the spotlight of the Fourth of July weekend to sow division during a national crisis, denying his failings in containing the worsening coronavirus pandemic while delivering a harsh diatribe against what he branded the “new far-left fascism.”

In a speech at the White House on Saturday evening and an address in front of Mount Rushmore on Friday night, Mr. Trump promoted a version of the “American carnage” vision for the country that he laid out during his inaugural address — updated to include an ominous depiction of the recent protests over racial justice.

In doing so, he signaled even more clearly that he would exploit race.

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The problem is white supremacy

Barbara Smith in the Boston Globe –

In her novella “In Darkness and Confusion,” Ann Petry provides a wrenching fictional account of the 1943 Harlem race riot.

Why is this story, written almost 80 years ago, so relevant to what we face today?

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Posted in African-American, Controversial, Racism, whites | Tagged

Trump campaign scrambling to revive the president’s imperiled reelection bid

Ashley Parker, Robert Costa & Josh Dawsey of the Washington Post in Opinion Today –

President Trump and his campaign team are grappling with how to resuscitate his imperiled reelection effort amid a wave of polling that shows him badly trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden and losing traction even among core constituencies.

Numerous national polls show Trump losing significant ground with seniors and among white voters, including both those with and without four-year college degrees.

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Posted in Donald Trump, Joe Biden, polls, Washington Post