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Why the Climate Movement Should Have No "Keystone" Why the Climate Movement Should Have No "Keystone"
by Arielle Klagsbrun, David Osborn, Maryam Andragi, Kirby Spangler
We must call for what we really need—an end to all new fossil fuel infrastructure and extraction.
Dear Internet: Thanks for the Advice on Sex and Drinking. It's Way Better than What We Get from Slate. Dear Internet: Thanks for the Advice on Sex and Drinking. It's Way Better than What We Get from Slate.
by Nur Lalji
Are we starting to see a cultural shift in how our society thinks about rape? The huge online response to a Slate columnist who told women to avoid rape by not drinking suggests that it's starting to happen.
Concealed by Shutdown-Related Headlines, a Big Week in Food Politics Concealed by Shutdown-Related Headlines, a Big Week in Food Politics
by Erin Sagen
In case you were distracted by Tea Party antics this week, here's a rundown of important developments in GMOs, sustainable farming, and other food news.
3 Ways Obamacare Will Help You Out (Even If You're Off the Grid) 3 Ways Obamacare Will Help You Out (Even If You're Off the Grid)
by Shannon Hayes
Self-reliant farmer types may not think they need help from the government. But they need affordable health insurance at least as much as the rest of us.
Think You Understand GMO Labeling? Take Our Quiz and Find Out! Think You Understand GMO Labeling? Take Our Quiz and Find Out!
by Erin Sagen
Do you fully understand the complex layers of legal, scientific, and political information at play in the fight over Initiative 522?
Pro-Coal Kids' Pages Pulled from Government Site as Public Pressure Increases Pro-Coal Kids' Pages Pulled from Government Site as Public Pressure Increases
by Jeff Biggers
Two sections that essentially told kids that coal was safe and good for the environment disappeared today from the website of a state agency in Illinois.
Why the Corporate Media's Climate Change Censorship Is Only Half the Story Why the Corporate Media's Climate Change Censorship Is Only Half the Story
by Sarah van Gelder
Of course the media needs to start talking honestly about climate change. But there's more to the issue than just gloom and doom.
Is "Snowden Effect" Inspiring More Whistleblowers to Step Up? Is "Snowden Effect" Inspiring More Whistleblowers to Step Up?
by James Trimarco
For those in the intelligence community who want to come forward about government lawbreaking, Edward Snowden made it clear that they're not alone.
Is Your Phone Smart Enough to Not Poison the People Recycling It? This One Is Is Your Phone Smart Enough to Not Poison the People Recycling It? This One Is
by Chris Sweeney
Our throwaway electronics harm people overseas, but new trends in responsible design are not just smart—they’re kind.
Why Jon Stewart Wants to Adopt Malala Yousafzai Why Jon Stewart Wants to Adopt Malala Yousafzai
by Christa Hillstrom
“If you hit a Talib with your shoe, there is no difference between you and the Talib”—and other impressive things the teenage Nobel Peace Prize contender said to leave “The Daily Show” stunned.
How Domestic Workers Won Their Rights: Five Big Lessons How Domestic Workers Won Their Rights: Five Big Lessons
by Amy B. Dean
After decades of exclusion, home care workers are finally covered by federal minimum wage laws. Anyone who works for social change can learn from how they did it.
Obama: Citizens United Helped Pave the Way to Shutdown Obama: Citizens United Helped Pave the Way to Shutdown
by Fran Korten
So unchecked campaign spending has played a role in today’s political chaos, and the Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC could make things way, way worse. Now here’s the good news.
Shutdown EPA Workers Clean Up River Anyway Shutdown EPA Workers Clean Up River Anyway
by Cynthia Daniel
In one of our favorite responses to the government shutdown, this group of EPA staffers in Georgia went DIY on a local creek.
What 11-Year-Olds Get—and Adults Forget—About Child Labor in Chocolate What 11-Year-Olds Get—and Adults Forget—About Child Labor in Chocolate
by Katrina Rabeler
Marie Hogan confronted Hershey’s about using children in its supply chain because she cares about other kids, fairness—and candy. Here’s what we can learn from her.
This Slam Poet Totally Nails Why Kids Learn Best in Their Native Language This Slam Poet Totally Nails Why Kids Learn Best in Their Native Language
by Nur Lalji
With a string of powerful similes, poet Dylan Garity lets us know what life is like for Boston students who are trying to learn English.
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