Daniel Sommer

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Everything you were afraid to ask about white nationalism’s new place in American politics

These hate groups’ names are becoming household terms.<p>Merriam-Webster’s 2016 word of the year might be fascism. For betting types making early 2017 predictions, “white nationalism” would not be a bad guess. Along with “white supremacy” and the newer phrase “alternative right,” or alt-right, it’s …

Rights & Freedoms

Amplification of Cretaceous Warmth by Biological Cloud Feedbacks

That’s the title of an article in <i>Science</i> today (available here with subs.) I’m giving a talk this morning so don’t have a lot of time to comment on …

Censored, Surveilled, Watch Listed and Jailed: The Absurdity of Being a Citizen in the American Police State

In the American police state, the price to be paid for speaking truth to power (also increasingly viewed as an act of treason) is surveillance, censorship, jail and ultimately death.<p>However, where many Americans go wrong is in assuming that you have to be doing something illegal or challenging the …

Sexism in schools is real – how can the Department of Education deny it? | Laura Bates

After a teachers’ leader spoke out about sexist bullying in the classroom, the government’s response was dismissive, depressing, and shows the scale of the problem<p>When Mary Bousted, a former teacher and the general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, spoke out this week about …

Our graduate school nightmare: Higher education is broken — here’s how we fix it

<b>(Miramax)</b><p>We’re teaching grad students to want teaching jobs that no longer exist. We must rethink the entire enterprise<p>Leonard Cassuto<p>September 19, 2015 7:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It”<p>Is graduate school “broken”? I ask this advisedly, for …

Migrant crisis: Activist convoy drives to Hungary

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1191000/1191701_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534608521_f838718ed4dc9888ffb2207c2541d5ef<p><b>A convoy of cars driven by German and Austrian activists has crossed into Hungary to pick up migrants and help them reach western Europe.</b><p>Thousands - …

George Osborne

Scientists get their last look at Pluto's mysterious dark spots

The closer New Horizons gets to Pluto, the more puzzling the dwarf planet becomes.<p>The latest image released by<p>NASAhighlights four mysterious dark spots lined up along Pluto’s equator. Each of the spots is about 300 miles across, and they are evenly spaced along a dark belt that rings the planet’s …