Watch Online Leonardo DiCaprio’s New Documentary on Climate Change, Before the Flood (Free for a Limited Time)

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Briefly noted: Right now, on National Geographic’s YouTube channel, you can watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary Before the Flood. Here’s a quick summary:
Before the Flood, directed by Fisher Stevens, captures a three-year personal journey alongside Academy Award-winning actor and U.N.

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Father Writes a Great Letter About Censorship When Son Brings Home Permission Slip to Read Ray Bradbury’s Censored Book, Fahrenheit 451

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How does censorship come about in advanced, ostensibly democratic societies? In some cases, through institutions colluding in ways that go unnoticed by the general public. As Noam Chomsky has argued for decades, state agencies often collude with the press to spread certain narratives and suppress others.

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Pussy Riot Envisions America in Trump’s Dystopian Future (NSFW)

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The Russian feminist punk protest group Pussy Riot went to jail for tweaking the Russian Orthodox church. Now they’re going after another Putin puppet. It would be a missed opportunity (alliteratively-speaking at least) if Pussy Riot didn’t take down the pu$$y-grabbing candidate (his words, not ours). And they don’t disappoint.

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Alec Baldwin Does a Perfect Donald Trump: Watch SNL’s Spoof of the Trump-Clinton Debate

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Saturday Night Live kicked off its new season last night with this brilliant bit.
If you missed the debate, this gives you a comedic distillation of what went down. And, boy, does Alec Baldwin play a perfect Trump!
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Prof. Brian Cox Has a Maddening Conversation with a Climate Science-Denying Politician

≡ Category: Current Affairs, Environment, Science |5 Comments

According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, July 2016 was the warmest month ever recorded. 2016 will likely be the warmest year on record. And the decades ahead will only get worse, much worse.

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Get a Free Pocket Edition of the U.S. Constitution (Now #2 on the Amazon Bestseller List)

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Going into the Democratic National Convention, who would have thought that the speech we’d all remember this week would belong to Khazir Khan, the father of a Muslim-American soldier who died fighting for the United States in Iraq? Khan’s rebuke of Donald Trump’s divisive presidential campaign was stinging, and it came capped with these lin

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Watch “Traffic Stop,” an Emmy-Nominated, Animated Film About a Traffic Stop Gone Horribly Wrong

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As the Black Lives Matter movement has come to occupy a greater swath of America’s attention span, a conversation has arisen around the pitfalls of allyship, a term that lends itself to discussions of gender and disability, as well as race.

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How Did Hitler Rise to Power? : New TED-ED Animation Provides a Case Study in How Fascists Get Democratically Elected

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How does one rise to public office? In part, by flattering the sensibilities of those one seeks to serve.

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Octavia Butler’s 1998 Dystopian Novel Features a Fascistic Presidential Candidate Who Promises to “Make America Great Again”

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The Internet has been abuzz and atwitter these past few months with stories about prophetic predictions of the rise of Trump, buried in ancient texts like Back to the Future II, and an episode of The Simpsons from 2000. Then there’s Mike Judge’s now ten-year-old satire Idiocracy.

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Brexit 101: The UK’s Stunning Vote Explained in 4 Minutes

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The Brexit votes have been counted. The Brits have decided to leave the European Union. And the financial markets are taking it hard. Right now, futures on the London stock exchange are down 8%. The pound is down 9.8 percent, more than double its previous record decline of 4.1 percent. We’re living in interesting times.

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