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Want millennial voters? Conservatives must change, researchers say

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[All of the big three political parties openly operate this way now; but that doesn't make it any better. The Cons are essentially saying: "Of course we hate the transgendered and immigrants, but how can we sound different long enough to get voted in?" See also: O'Leary advisers say voters aged 18-24 key to winning Conservative leadership. *RON*]

Janyce McGregor, CBC News, 25 February 2017

Researchers brought a sobering message to the annual convention of the right-leaning Manning Centre Friday: most voters under 35 aren't connecting with the conservative movement, and if it wants to reach them, more than just messaging needs to change.

Making Conservative policies more relevant to millennials — a younger demographic not consistently defined, but most often referring to voters under 35 — has preoccupied a federal party that doesn't want to sit on the Opposition bench for very long. Under interim leader Rona Ambrose, th…

Warned to leave, Kansas shooting victim refused to abandon the ‘country he loved,’ his wife said

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[Trump-driven murderous hatred and the end of the American Dream. Where are your tweets now, Donald? *RON*]

Avi Selk, Washington Post / National Post, 25 February 2017
Before Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s death in a possible hate crime, his family warned him about the dangers of remaining in the United States.

His wife was unsure whether they should stay, even as they planned to start a family in Kansas. “I told him many times we should think about going back (to India),” Sunayana Dumala said at a news conference Friday.

And yet, Dumala said, Kuchibhotla was not fearful. He refused to abandon “the country he loved.”

More families are struggling with poverty in Boston’s affluent suburbs

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[Guillotine watch. Busing the peasants to Versailles. *RON*]

Katie Johnston, Boston Globe, 18 February 2017
Many suburbs around Boston are known for their good schools, picturesque downtowns, and steady stream of residents commuting to well-paid jobs in the city. But interspersed in this idyllic landscape is a growing number of families struggling to get by.

The number of low-income children in many affluent communities is rising at a much faster rate than it is statewide, in some cases doubling over the past decade. Wealthy communities such as Sudbury, Winchester, Hopkinton, Hingham, and Littleton have at least twice as many needy students in their schools as they did 10 years ago, according to an analysis of state data by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council done for the Globe. Other moneyed areas with significant increases in their population of needy students include Wellesley, Duxbury, Lexington, Needham, Belmont, and Westwood.

Le Pen Refuses to Be Questioned by French Police on EU Expenses

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[Nationalist says she won’t be interviewed before election. French police issued non-binding summons to Le Pen Wednesday. *RON*]
Helene Fouquet, Gaspard Sebag & Geraldine Amiel, Bloomberg, 24 February 2017


Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to be interviewed by police investigating her use of a European parliamentary allowance to pay for party work in France.

Le Pen rejected a non-binding summons from French investigators on Wednesday, the prosecutors’ office said, confirming an earlier report in Le Monde newspaper.

When Climate Change Starts Wars

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[Rising temperatures are bringing ethnic tensions to a boil in Central Asia. *RON*]

John Wendle, Nautilus, 16 Fenruary 2017

The Kyrgyz soldier stepped quietly out of the dark green bushes and swung his Kalashnikov rifle in the direction of our car. Another emerged and did the same. Their checkpoint was a skinny log dragged across a broken asphalt road heading toward an ethnic Uzbek village and the disputed waters of the Kasan-sai, a reservoir that irrigates the agricultural heartland of the ancient Fergana Valley. With a sleepy shake of his head, the special forces sergeant waved his rifle and made us turn our beat-up Mitsubishi around. “There won’t be any fighting here,” the sergeant said.
At least not today. The quiet of the hot September afternoon was unbroken as we turned around and slowly ground off through the heat. Driving back the way we came through the parched foothills on the edge of the western Tian Shan range, a spur of the Himalay…

Biologists say half of all species could be extinct by end of century

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[Scientists at Vatican conference are searching for a solution to the manmade ‘major extinction event’. *RON*]

Robin McKie, The Guardian, 26 February 2017
One in five species on Earth now faces extinction, and that will rise to 50% by the end of the century unless urgent action is taken. That is the stark view of the world’s leading biologists, ecologists and economists who will gather on Monday to determine the social and economic changes needed to save the planet’s biosphere.

“The living fabric of the world is slipping through our fingers without our showing much sign of caring,” say the organisers of the Biological Extinction conference held at the Vatican this week.