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How humans are driving the sixth mass extinction

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[The corporatocracy and the end of the world, or at least, us. Scientists have been warning for decades that human actions are pushing life on our shared planet toward mass extinction. Such extinction events have occurred five times in the past, but a bold new paper finds that this time would be fundamentally different. Fortunately, there’s still time to stop it. *RON*]
Jeremy Hance, The Guardian, 21 October 2015
Periodically, in the vast spans of time that have preceded us, our planet’s living beings have been purged by planetary catastrophes so extreme they make your typical Ice Age look like the geological equivalent of a stroll in the park. Scientists count just five mass extinctions in an unimaginably long expanse of 450 million years, but they warn we may well be entering a sixth.

According to a bold new paper in The Anthropocene Review, this time would be different from past mass extinctions in four crucial ways – and all of these stem from…

The Center Is Dead in American Politics

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[It's worth noting this quote from the Elections Canada web site: "Since Confederation, most candidates for election to the House of Commons have not been affiliated with political parties. Political parties were not formally recognized in the Canada Elections Act until 1970, however, when changes to the Act also allowed the political affiliations of candidates to be shown on the ballots." *RON*]

By Ryan Lizza, New Yorker, 21 October 2015

Yesterday, Jim Webb, who was running for the Democratic Presidential nomination, dropped out of the race, and suggested that he may run as a third-party candidate. In his announcement, he blasted the two parties and suggested that the real political force in America is independents. “Our political candidates are being pulled to the extremes,” he said, at the National Press Club in Washington. “They are increasingly out of step with the people they are supposed to serve. Poll after poll shows that a…

The Life and Death of an Amazon Warehouse Temp

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[“Just feeling like he wasn’t human, like he was just a piece of paper,” she said. “You know, [they] can dispose of you. It kind of hurt.” Death in the corporatocracy: what the future of low-wage work really looks like. I'll try posting a few, or some, or any articles at a time until my computer dies definitively. *RON*]

By Dave Jamieson. Art by Davide Bonazzi, Huffington Post,

On Jan. 18, 2013, as the sun went down, Jeff Lockhart Jr. got ready for work. He slipped a T-shirt over his burly frame and hung his white work badge over his broad chest. His wife, Di-Key, was in the bathroom fixing her hair in micro-braids and preparing for another evening alone with her three sons. Jeff had been putting in long hours lately, and so the couple planned a breakfast date at Shoney’s for when his shift ended around dawn. “You better have your hair done by then,” he teased her.

As he headed out the door, Jeff, who was 29, said goodbye to the boys. He tol…