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8 Years After Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Is Another Disaster Waiting To Happen?

Within seconds, a bright, white flash erupted on the lower deck of West Delta 105 E, an oil-production platform positioned a dozen miles off the Louisiana coast. Disoriented, one crew member found himself 10 feet away from where he had been working before he blacked out. Another likened the impact …

Oil & Gas Industry

An ugly truth behind ‘ethical consumerism’

<i>Laura Kasinof is an award-winning freelance journalist. Reporting for this story was supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism.</i><p>KACHUBA, Congo — The way to the mine wound upward past fields of cassava and sweet potato, a patchwork quilt of small farms set among villages of round, …

Africa

The United States is mortgaging its future

American exceptionalism has meant many things over the years, often referring to our spirit and commitment to individual liberty.<p>Today it could refer to our exceptional fiscal recklessness.<p>In its newly released April 2018 Fiscal Monitor, the International Monetary Fund projected that the United …

“Are we prepared to endure lives with less comfort?”: William T. Vollmann on climate change.

The famous novelist and journalist has a new two-volume tome on climate change.<p>“For a long time I was a climate change denier,” says author, journalist, and war correspondent William T. Vollmann. “I didn’t want to be stressed out by something that might someday affect people after I’m dead.”<p>And yet …

Time I

62 Great Backyard Ideas That Won't Break the Bank

Easy backyard decorating ideas, coming right up!<p>1 of 62<p>Save These Ideas<p>Save these backyard ideas for later by pinning this image, and follow <i>Country</i> …

Decorations

White people in America are sharply divided by education and income: Donald Trump is the result

Non-college-educated white people overwhelmingly voted for Trump. Political scientist Brian Schaffner explains why<p>America appears caught in a maelstrom of what I have described as "malignant reality," sustained by lies, half-truths, misunderstandings, willful ignorance and confusion about many …

Voting

Former Patagonia CEO: Quit talking about ‘sustainability’

<i>Kris Tompkins is a former CEO of Patagonia and current president of Tompkins Conservation. Tom Butler is the author of Wildlands Philanthropy: The Great American Tradition and vice president for conservation advocacy at Tompkins Conservation.</i><p>PUERTO VARAS, Chile — “Sustainability” may be a worthy …

Conservation

Five Easy Yoga Poses That Will Make You Feel Like a Million Bucks

Tired of halfhearted toe-touches? Try these movements instead.<p>The fundamental problem with stretching is that it is as critical to good health and injury prevention as it is painfully boring to actually <i>do</i>. Especially for those who are short on time, the banality of it all—a few halfhearted toe …

Yoga

How Sinclair is taking over local news and pushing the country to the right

Sinclair is positioning themselves to have massive influence in politics — and the left is letting them do it<p>On March 31, Deadspin posted a video that showed a series of local TV news anchors working in stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group reading identical scripts bashing national news and …

Journalism

‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ is a beautiful way to rediscover the man who became King

Here is Elvis, rehabbed at last and brought down from his lofty and lunatic afterlife as an icon, reminding us that he was once just a man.<p>Of course, he was never just any man, he was ELVIS — from birth, it seems. The surviving twin of a doting mother, raised up from the Depression dirt of Tupelo, …

Time Travel

Small gardens: 7 golden rules to give your space the wow factor

Tips, tricks and advice in this ultimate how-to guide to keep your small garden looking fabulous all year long.<p><b>Most of us have what garden writers</b> …

Landscaping

The CBO sounds the alarm on the crisis Congress caused

HONESTY, PARTICULARLY honesty in accounting, is at a premium in Washington these days, which makes the role of the Congressional Budget Office even more crucial than usual. As a methodologically rigorous, politically independent watchdog of the federal government’s fiscal situation, the CBO is one …

Republicans have given Trump their implicit permission to fire Mueller, because it's what they want

Greg Sargent’s morning column captures the specifics of that end-point. There’s a decision to make: Democracy, yea or nay—and Republicans have …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump: A perfect Republican

Trump embodies many of the nasty trends that have long moved the Republicans away from the path of political virtue<p><b>The Republican Party</b> is now the Party of Trump. That is astonishing insofar as there was a “Never Trump” movement ahead of the 2016 election, when many Congressional leaders were …

Republicans

A Neuroscientist Explains What Could Be Wrong with Trump Supporters’ Brains

Trump has said things that would be political suicide for any other Republican.There’s no doubt that Donald Trump has said many things that would …

Donald Trump

The Trump Administration Scrubbed Climate Science From an Important New Report

<i>This story was originally published by</i> Reveal <i>and appears here as part of the</i> Climate Desk<i> collaboration.</i>National Park Service officials have deleted …

Climate Change

Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?

On April 28, 1945 — 73 years ago — Italians hung the corpse of their former dictator Benito Mussolini upside down next to a gas station in Milan. Two days later, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker beneath the streets of war-ravaged Berlin. Fascism, it appeared, was dead.<p>To guard against a …

Political Science

Shell also knew

‘Confidential’ Shell document shows oil giant was aware of climate impacts over a generation ago.<p>Dutch oil giant Shell knew about the impacts of …

Fossil Fuels

Our data is valuable. Here's how we can take that value back

Silicon Valley’s surveillance capitalism isn’t working. But Barcelona shows that citizens’ data can generate public value<p>Tech firms are emerging as new feudal lords. They control essential digital infrastructures – in this case, data and artificial intelligence – which are crucial for political and …

Silicon Valley

Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, the GRU and the stealing of the presidency

How Russian military intelligence conspired to elect Donald Trump<p>Right from the beginning of the Trump-Russia story, there were two big questions to be answered: If it was true that the Trump campaign and Russians got together,what were the goals of the two sides? And if they engaged in …

Donald Trump

Gardening 101: Blueberries

Blueberry, <i>Vaccinium spp.:</i> “Ornamental Superfood”<p>Blueberries were the first fruit I grew in my first Brooklyn garden on a tiny 50th-floor terrace in …

Gardening

Inside the Decade-Long Russian Campaign to Infiltrate the NRA and Help Elect Trump

Femme fatales, lavish Moscow parties and dark money – how Russia worked the National Rifle Association<p>In November 2013, the president of the National …

Russia

Reich: Is Trump the worst president in American history?

It takes a great deal to top America’s long history of lousy leaders, but Trump has stepped up to the challenge<p>America has had its share of crooks (Warren G. Harding, Richard Nixon), bigots (Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan), and incompetents (Andrew Johnson, George W. Bush). But never before Donald …

Donald Trump

Sanders: 'We know nothing' about Trump's VA pick

Sen. Bernie Sanders wouldn't commit to supporting President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, on Sunday.<p>In an interview on CBS’ "Face the Nation," the Vermont independent noted that Jackson, Trump's personal physician, is a virtual unknown on …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump, defender of Christian America? It’s not as ludicrous as it sounds

For Christian nationalists, Trump’s presidency is a gift from God — and his unethical conduct is a major plus<p>Consternation over evangelical support for Donald Trump got another jolt with Stormy Daniels' interview on "60 Minutes" last Sunday, but new research from Clemson sociologist Andrew …

Religion

Republicans rigged our democracy. Here's how Democrats can fight back

Republicans have been using the constitution’s flaws to wage a one-sided war against their political opponents. It’s time for Democrats to respond<p>Donald Trump wasn’t elected because Democrats lost a policy fight in 2016. What Democrats did was lose a procedural fight that has been going on since …

Political Science

When will Britain face up to its crimes against humanity?

After the abolition of slavery, Britain paid millions in compensation – but every penny of it went to slave owners, and nothing to those they enslaved. We must stop overlooking the brutality of British history. By Kris Manjapra<p>On 3 August 1835, somewhere in the City of London, two of Europe’s most …

Black History

Download and protect your Facebook data in just a few clicks

You can't put the genie back in the bottle but you can know what they know about you.<p>The Facebook privacy scandal has users demanding to see how much the social media giant knows about them and how they can limit the amount of data they're giving out.<p>The bad news is that your data may already be …

Apps

Curb Appeal: 10 Landscaping Ideas for a Low-Water Garden

There’s no need to sacrifice curb appeal to save water. We rounded up some of our favorite low-water ideas—from check dams to dry streams to …

Landscaping

Trump voters are selfish: They love him because they identify with him

New psychological research: Trump’s voters were not confused or deluded. They knew what they wanted, and got it<p>The political corpse that is and was the 2016 presidential election continues to reveal its secrets. The newest revelation? Donald Trump's public supported an incompetent, ignorant bigot …

Donald Trump