Jay Lentz

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U.S. loses bid to end children's climate change lawsuit

(Reuters) - A federal appeals court in San Francisco on Friday rejected the Trump administration's renewed bid to dismiss a lawsuit by young activists who say the U.S. government is ignoring the perils of climate change.<p>By a 3-0 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the government fell …

Trump Administration

Trump’s War on Endangered Species

This week, the U.S. Department of Interior released a plan to essentially gut the Endangered Species Act, one of the most popular and powerful …

Endangered Species

White House economists say federal programs helped end poverty. Now they want to end the programs

“Based on historical standards of material wellbeing and the terms of engagement, our War on Poverty is largely over and a success,” wrote the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors in a report released earlier this month.<p>Given that the official US poverty rate was 12.7% in 2016, the last time …

The White House

Floating Park in Rotterdam Is Made Entirely of Recycled Plastic Harvested From River

In Rotterdam, a floating park in the Maas River is showing just what can be created from plastic waste. Thanks to the Recycled Island Foundation, plastic collected from the river and port has been transformed into 1,500 square feet of floating habitat that will give back to the ecosystem.<p>The …

Pollution

These Photos From the Loveland Theme Park in South Korea Will Make You Blush

Jeju Loveland: A place in Korea where sex-themed art and eroticism meet. The Loveland Theme Park opened up in 2004 and boasts 140 works of art that may make you blush — but are undeniably interesting to look at. The park also runs sex-education films and has some interactive pieces as well. And of …

South Korea

Aerial Photos of Surprisingly Colorful Salt Ponds Look Like Abstract Paintings

German aerial photographer Tom Hegen has been examining the industrial scars left by humans for the past two years. From the effects of quarries and coal mining to industrial farming, he's been able to give a new perspective on how humans are shaping the environment. In <i>The Salt Series</i>, he explores …

Human Geography

Here are some of the best photos from the anti-Trump protests in London

“There’s no way he doesn’t see this.”<p>Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in London Friday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s first …

Donald Trump

Why Marx’s Capital Still Matters

Interview byDaniel Denvir<p>It’s been more than a century and a half since Karl Marx published the first volume of <i>Capital</i>. It’s a massive, intimidating …

Globalization

“Medicare-for-all” means something. Don’t let moderates water it down.

Centrists want to co-opt the phrase and apply it to something weaker than a single-payer system.<p>Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat 10-term House Democrat Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th District — the political upset of the year — in part because she championed Medicare-for-all (in addition to free …

Health Care

London protests send clear message to Trump: You're not welcome

<b>London (CNN) —</b> As US President Donald Trump took tea with the Queen in the exalted halls of Windsor Castle on Friday, tens of thousands of people thronged the streets of central London, in a huge and colorful demonstration against a visit that aroused deep opposition in the UK.<p>"Stupid, callous, …

Donald Trump

These States Are Leading the Fight to Legalize Shrooms

Psilocybin is a much more complex drug than cannabis and it shouldn’t be treated the same way when it comes to decriminalization.<p>While the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis is becoming more prevalent across the United States, activist organizations in Denver and Oregon are now …

Cannabis

The Trump Administration Is Making Immigrant Parents Pay $800 for DNA Tests to Get Their Children Back

America isn't just failing to reunite families—it is making it as hard as possible.<p>The July 10 deadline for the Trump administration to reunite families with detained children under five-years-old has passed. Predictably, and infuriatingly, they failed to meet that deadline. It's predictable …

Immigration

Man Who Refused To Hand Over Immigrant Info To ICE: 'Don't Collaborate With Fascists'

"This is child abuse executed by the U.S. government," he said of the Trump administration's zero tolerance immigration policy.<p>A former government employee who quit his job after refusing to hand over information about immigrants to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says that those …

Immigration

How Buddhist meditation kept the Thai boys calm in the cave

The boys’ coach lived in a Buddhist monastery for a decade and taught them to meditate in the cave.<p>When the 12 Thai boys who were trapped in a cave and were rescued one by one were first discovered by British divers last Monday, they were reportedly meditating.<p>“Look at how calm they were sitting …

Meditation

Protecting your skin and saving baby corals doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive

ADVERTISING<p>Beach season is in full swing, with Americans heading to the coasts to swim, lounge, camp, party and generally cool off from the …

Hawaii

Madeleine Albright: ‘The things that are happening are genuinely, seriously bad’

Trump is actually really smart – evil smart, is what I think<p>Madeleine Albright has both made and lived a lot of history. When she talks about a resurgence of fascism, she says it as someone who was born into the age of dictators. She was a small girl when her family fled Czechoslovakia after the …

Political Science

Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.<p>Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is …

Breast Feeding

Many Look To Buddhism For Sanctuary From An Over-Connected World

On the floor of a Zen Buddhist worship space in an apartment building in Washington, D.C., about 15 people recently sat on meditation cushions. They chant <i>sutras</i> and meditate, in complete silence, for a full 30 minutes.<p>And then one of the lay leaders of the All Beings Zen Sangha, or congregation, …

Meditation

AP NewsBreak: US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned.<p>The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment …

Military

The U.K. Created A Health Care System To End Class Privilege. America Must Do The Same.

At the beginning of the 20th century, British health care was in shambles: fragmented, inadequate and largely propped up by private philanthropy. In 1911, the liberal government introduced the National Insurance Act, but it was very limited and covered only workers, not their dependents.<p>When the …

Health Care

How a Democrat Killed Welfare

Bill Clinton’s 1992 election was meant to be a turning point in American politics. Liberals breathed a sigh of relief, believing him to be a …

Income Inequality

Mexico imposes retaliatory tariffs on dozens of U.S. goods

Mexico on Thursday began imposing its second stage of retaliatory tariffs on dozens of U.S. goods in response to President Donald Trump’s duties on Mexican steel and aluminum exports to the United States.<p>The tariffs complete Mexico’s two-part retaliation on almost $3 billion worth of U.S. products. …

Globalization

He is a Member of a Violent White Supremacist Group; So Why is He Working for a Defense Contractor with a Security Clearance?

<i>This story is part of an ongoing collaboration between</i> <i>ProPublica</i> <i>and FRONTLINE that includes documentaries scheduled to begin on PBS in August 2018.</i><p><i>If</i> …

Rights & Freedoms

500 Greatest Albums of All Time

50<p>Little Richard, ‘Here’s Little Richard’<p><i>Specialty, 1957</i><p>"I came from a family where my people didn't like rhythm & blues," Little Richard told <i>Rolling</i> …

Rock & Roll

'Lady Liberty is weeping'

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> A woman who climbed up to the robes of the Statue of Liberty to protest the separation of migrant families was taken into custody after a standoff with police on the Fourth of July.<p>Authorities had tried to talk the woman down but she refused to leave. For nearly three hours, she …

newyork

America is a nation of narcissists, according to two new studies

Is America a narcissistic country?<p>On a day when America gathers together to celebrate itself, this seems a fair question. The answer is a resounding yes, according to new research — but some states are more narcissistic than others.<p>In a study published in the journal Psychological Science, …

Narcissism

100 Greatest Guitarists

50<p>Ritchie Blackmore<p>Best known for the gargantuan riff at the heart of Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water," Ritchie Blackmore helped define heavy-metal …

Guitar

'My daring grandfather took a bit of East Berlin for himself'

<b>In 1982, a Turkish immigrant started a garden near the Berlin wall on a patch of East German land. Osman Kalin fiercely defended his small domain from any authorities who tried to take it away. Though he died this year, his family are still looking after the plot and the tree house he built …

Germany

The US Stopped Other Countries from Legalizing Weed for Generations

Not anymore.<p>With its decision to legalize weed starting on October 17, Canada has effectively signed a death warrant for pot prohibition worldwide.<p>The United States has long been the world’s drug cop, but now that it has abandoned the beat by allowing nine states to legalize weed, international …

Cannabis

Maxine Waters Responds To Death Threats: 'You'd Better Shoot Straight'

The congresswoman has faced a slew of threats after calling on protesters to confront Trump administration officials.<p>Days after she was forced to cancel events because of a “very serious” death threat, a fired-up Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) declared at a rally Saturday, “If you shoot at me, you’d …

Donald Trump