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Five Women Veterans Who Deserve to Have Army Bases Named After Them

The U.S. Army has 10 installations named after Confederate generals. Zero are named after women

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Observations from inside Seattle's CHOP

In my nearly two days at the CHOP, I was in search of the truth, the leaders, and the message.

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We Are in the Middle of an Unprecedented Climate Experiment

The pandemic has shut down the most polluting industries around the world and turned us all into more adaptable consumers. That still isn't enough.

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Seen 'Plandemic'? We Take A Close Look At The Viral Conspiracy Video's Claims

The video has been viewed millions of times on YouTube via links that are replaced as quickly as the video-sharing service can remove them for violating its policy against "COVID-19 misinformation."

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Opinion | Four Students Were Killed in Ohio. America Was Never the Same.

The Kent State shootings marked the end of the 1960s, and the beginning of our era of political polarization.

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Here's Why Herd Immunity Won't Save Us From The COVID-19 Pandemic

It's hard to predict things in a pandemic. The situation changes so much on a daily basis that everything you thought you knew last week is wrong by the end of the day. Things are changing so fast that even the solid certainties that we thought we we

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Will Small Independent Restaurants Go Extinct in San Diego?

The co-founder of The Rose in South Park says that her business, along with many others, is in jeopardy

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Rethinking Freedom, Government, and Expertise in the Time of COVID-19

A misplaced fear of government action and a lack of trust in science have tragically weakened the U.S. response to the pandemic. .. With the COVID-19 crisis we are being asked, and in many cases ordered, by the government to drastically change our lives:

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Trump’s Good Friday tweet shows his ignorance about Christianity

The president has no idea how to speak to Christians because he knows nothing about Christianity

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‘We Send You Our Thoughts and Prayers’

Grassroots and Progressive views on local, national and world news

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Flattening the curve on coronavirus: What California and Washington can teach the world

New data suggests the two West Coast states may have slowed the spread of coronavirus. How they did it.

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This Pandemic is Not a Vacation

There have been a lot of discussions surrounding how to behave socially during the Covid 19 pandemic, yet a lot of the basic precautions are being ignored, and certain actions are affecting smaller communities across the globe. While we all should be self

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YIMBYs – Newest Handmaidens of the Growth Machine

Grassroots and Progressive views on local, national and world news

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Gross Foods Baby Boomers Won’t Let Die - Daily Choices

Thanks for nothing, baby boomersThanks to baby boomers, we have 25 of the worst foods of all time. Baby boomers describe the people who were born in the 15-year-period following WWII. Many people were celebrating prosperity and economic security during th

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America is Aging. And Seniors Will Suffer Disproportionately From a World Built Around Driving. — Strong Towns

Our world is isolating and disempowering for Americans who don’t drive. As the number of senior citizens reaches an all-time high, this desperately needs to change.

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Can Spirituality Exist Without God? A Growing Number Of Americans Say Yes

Spirituality is about “constantly coming back, looking inward, getting re-centered, and looking beyond ourselves," Krista Tippett says.

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Column: Do women regret their abortions? Absolutely not!

A long-term study finds that women are relieved right after they have abortions and are still relieved five years later.

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| Why Self-Driving Cars Won't Fix Our Transportation Woes

article by Cameron Roberts  It’s 2035, and you’re going to a movie. As you walk out the door, you reach for your phone instead of the car keys because you don’t have a car. Instead, you’ve ordered your ride to come to you. The car that arrives ha

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Faith Salie on the Gen Z putdown "OK, Boomer"

For the young people of Generation Z, who have inherited from their elders a world full of rising waters, disappearing species, crippling debt and crumbling ...

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The real reason Amber Guyger was convicted

It’s the rare case of a police officer being held accountable for taking a black life. And it tells us a lot about juries.

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Chipping away at choice

If I’m to believe those who know what they’re talking about, it’s not a matter of if the Supreme Court will take up a case that restricts or even bans certain kinds of abortions, it’s a matter of when.

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Freedom from religious discrimination

In this current socio-political climate, it’s become increasingly difficult to have certain conversations without them devolving into arguments.

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Why millennials will miss Boomers when they're gone

Millennials mock Boomers as out-of-touch reactionaries. But we have lost a way of thinking they pioneered

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Americans Shouldn’t Have to Drive, but the Law Insists on It

The automobile took over because the legal system helped squeeze out the alternatives.

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Duncan Hunter’s down with war crimes

There was a time, not so long ago, when a member of Congress admitting to posing for a selfie with the dead body of someone he’d killed in combat would have been a national scandal.

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Disneyland of War, short documentary

The U.S. government is manipulating children to think that war and violence is fun and glorious.
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Director Chris Smiley and Producer Mike Hanes, an Iraq War combat veteran, challenge the glorification of war and violence in our culture while exposing the propaganda of the Miramar military air show. This air show is one of many outlets where war and violence is given a warm, inviting, and exciting aura. The utter horror and brutality is never understood by so many. Promoting a positive image of war and violence to people, especially children, is extremely dangerous. There is absolutely nothing cool, exciting, or heroic about ripping limbs, burning flesh, or shredding the organs of another human being. We need the public to understand the horrific nature of war and violence to be able to stand firm and vigorously question calls for war.