America already WAS great. Let’s keep it that way.

Along with the 52.5% of American voters who tried to elect candidates other Donald Trump for president, I am scared. Honestly, I assumed Hillary Clinton would win. I know, assuming makes an ass out of u and me, but I did it. I didn’t stay up until the result was announced last night. I posted …

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A New Zealand sea lion, endangered. Photographed by me on New Zealand's South Island in 2011.

There’s more to “The Environment” than climate change

The overarching narrative of climate change cannot replace the localized stories of environmental degradation being written all over our Earth. Climate change is such an extensive problem that even many who acknowledge its causes are too frozen to act on it. All of us are responsible to varying degrees, and there is currently no one capable of forcing the …

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Why the schoolgirl kidnapping was not high on the Nigerian government’s agenda, and what’s going on now

In the middle of the night on April 14th, hundreds of militants descended on a girls’ school in the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok. After killing the guards and setting the school ablaze, the parade of pickup trucks and motorcycles disappeared into the Sambisa forest, and with them nearly 300 young girls. The girls had …

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Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang: Are we sending our kids to increasingly fatal schools, or are school homicides on the decline?

I have yet to come across anyone who claims that violence in schools is something to be proud of - and I would run the other way if I did. Students, teachers, school administrators, law enforcement personnel, and the general public would all like to see less of it. Great! We agree, so now we …

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Newsem of the Week: US and Global News That Rhymes

In Weather: 34 have been killed across the US By several tornadoes causing phenomenal distress. In sports: a recording of Donald Sterling left the NBA dismayed By the outright racism the LA Clippers owner displayed. Vermont is poised to become the first state to require That genetically modified foods be labeled for the buyer. California's governor links …

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Newsem of the Week: US and Global News That Rhymes

Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez died this week at 87 years old. Many of us frequently wake up confused, But for one Czech man that state has fused. He woke up an amnesiac in a Norwegian snowbank, And spent months under investigation, drawing a blank. Despite deadly clashes Ukraine may soon see peace, As they …

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Newsem of the Week: US and Global News That Rhymes

Scientists have made a discovery both new and old: A dinosaur species that humans had yet to behold. They may have looked like lizards combined with birds, Described by a paleontologist as “really bizarre, even by dinosaur standards.” As those of us who have thawed can surely attest, This year’s weather has left many of …

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International Newsem: Global News That Rhymes

A polio vaccination team in Pakistan was attacked And the Taliban is suspected of committing the act. In February alone 700 were killed in Iraq, Most of them civilians who could not fight back. As US drone strikes in Yemen continue, The European Parliament condemns them anew. A vote last week passed a ban on …

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Forgetting is a choice (unless you have Alzheimer’s)

In September of last year, the German authorities decided to investigate and prosecute former Nazi death camp guards as accessories to murder before they were all dead. Remember that WWII was almost 70 years ago now, so survivors on all sides are dwindling. This has been in the news lately because several men in their …

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International Newsem: Global News That Rhymes

Pollution has become so bad in Beijing That an Orange Alert warns against breathing [outside]. Some factories have closed to mitigate the smog, And a nearby man is suing his city over the fog. In a move unexpected and and without explanation, The entire Egyptian cabinet gave its resignation. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former minister …

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National Newsem: US News That Rhymes

International news will follow as soon as I can make something rhyme with Turchynov...   Our Secretary of Defense released a downsizing plan That would scale our force size back to when World War II began. He wants fewer on active duty and smaller benefits, But expanded special operations for the next surprise blitz. The …

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International Newsem: Global News That Rhymes

So much has happened in the Ukraine, That to summarize all of it here might explode my brain. This week was the deadliest since the protests began, But Yanukovych was dismissed, and now Turchynov is their man. Last week’s Syria talks accomplished even less Than the first round of talks, which failed to impress. The …

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National Newsem: US News That Rhymes

  New York state prisons will no longer assign Those under 18 to be solitarily confined. And after 22 years in a Pennsylvania cell alone, An aging Black Panther was released from this zone. Now to an ex-congressman who has been in jail, Melvin Reynolds's welcome in Zimbabwe has gone stale. Convicted of 12 counts …

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International Newsem: Global News That Rhymes

The Copenhagen Zoo shot a giraffe dead Because he was a “surplus” and couldn’t be bred. Although many offered to take him and protest was widespread, The zoo had its way and fed him to the lions instead. East Asia will soon see two official meetings of note: Between both Koreas, rendering dialogue less remote; …

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