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The age of outrage

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[Orwell knew it all, long ago. *RON*]

By Ian Hislop, The New Statesman, 5 December 2016

Why are we so quick to take offence? The Private Eye editor on Orwell, Trump and the death of debate in post-truth politics.

Anyone who thinks that “post-truth politics” is anything new needs to be reminded that George Orwell was writing about this phenomenon 70 years before Donald Trump.

Giraffes facing extinction after devastating decline, experts warn

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[We'd better get ours butts over to Africa now if we want to see any of their famous wildlife. "Latest update to the red list of threatened species shows world’s tallest animal is on the brink." *RON*]

Damian Carrington, The Guardian, 8 December 2016

Giraffes facing extinction, warn experts – video report
The world’s tallest animal is at risk of extinction after suffering a devastating decline in numbers, with nearly 40% of giraffes lost in the last 30 years, according to the latest “red list” analysis.

The authoritative list, compiled by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has also added more than 700 newly recognised bird species, but 13 of these are already extinct.

Basic Income Coming To P.E.I.? Legislature Passes Motion Unanimously

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[Note that these are provincial experiments, not federal. Also, a great deal of the utility of such experiments hinges, of course, on how much money is offered in lieu of welfare payments. *RON*]
By Daniel Tencer, Huffington Post, 7 December 2016

Canada is rapidly becoming a world leader in experimentation on the concept of a basic income.

Prince Edward Island’s legislature unanimously passed a motion on Tuesday to get started on developing a basic income pilot project, making it the second province to move forward with the idea.

Phone-Cracking CelleBrite Software Used to Prosecute Tortured Dissident

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[Corporatocracy rampant. It would be illegal to sell this software to known terrorists. Why is it okay to sell a product with tremendous potential for misuse to shady states that simply want to spy on their citizens? *RON*]
Sam BiddleFahad Desmukh, The Intercept, 8 December 2016

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THE ISRAEL-BASED FIRM Cellebrite, which specializes in software that breaches cellphones, enjoys a reputation as a silver bullet in 21st-century policing whose products are used only to beat terrorists and find abducted kids. Like any good, vaguely sinister corporate spy outfitter, the company has never publicly confirmed which governments are among its customers, and deflects questions about whether it would sell its infamously powerful software to a repressive, rights-violating regime.

What Happens After a Kinder Morgan Pipeline Approval? Anger, Then Strategy

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["In a moment like this, direct action needs to call attention to a moral crisis that demands intervention, much like what we’re seeing at Standing Rock." I agree completely; but I don't see any cooperation among the protest groups. They're all doing their own thing and all trying to pick my pocket separately. That's how we'll lose. *RON*]
Cam Fenton posted Dec 08, 2016

OK, so Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Nov. 29. Are you angry? So am I. But anger alone will not stop this project.

Anger is a fuel that burns fast and hot, and while useful for short bursts, it will not carry us through the tumultuous time ahead. We need a strategy that acknowledges how long and difficult a fight we have before us.

To build that strategy, let’s start with what we know.
Anger alone will not stop this project.

First, the only other pipeline that was stopped after being grant…

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