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Coronavirus overview: How political ideology and governmental incompetence can kill you - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
"The US failure in dealing with COVID-19 domestically is therefore reflective of a larger problem—the erosion of the international infrastructure for dealing with major global threats in general. In 2020, go-it-alone political nationalism—in the United States, China, Russia, and other countries around the world—will be a contributing factor in the unnecessary deaths of at least tens of thousands (and perhaps hundreds of thousands or millions) of people in a pandemic that could and should have been greatly limited by effective international cooperation."
diplomacy  america  disease  policy  GOP 
yesterday by conner
Super Tuesday: Why didn't more young people vote? - BBC News
"On Super Tuesday, surveys suggest Mr Sanders won the youth vote in every single state - yet there wasn't a spike in overall youth turnout, and Mr Sanders still lost out to former Vice-President Joe Biden, 77, who won 10 out of 14 states.
voting  america  demographics 
20 days ago by conner
U.S. Special Operations Forces Overemphasize Combat Experience, Review Says - The New York Times
"The Special Operations Command’s review found no “systemic ethics problem” in its forces, which include elite units from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. But it found “remarkable similarity” in the cultural issues it uncovered across the command, from entry-level trainees to elite counterterror units like Delta Force and SEAL Team 6."
navy  army  marines  military  america  DOD  abuse  murder  rape  crime  ethics 
8 weeks ago by conner
Architect of CIA's 'enhanced interrogation' testifies at Guantánamo tribunal - BBC News
"Mr Mohammad has alleged he was repeatedly tortured during his detention in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. CIA documents confirm he was subjected to waterboarding - simulated drowning - 183 times"
torture  guantanamo  CIA  military  america 
9 weeks ago by conner
For Trump, a Risky Decision on Suleimani Is One Other Presidents Had Avoided - The New York Times
"Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama never did. Mr. Bush’s administration made a conscious decision not to kill General Suleimani when he was in the cross hairs, and Mr. Obama’s administration evidently never made an effort to pursue him. Both reasoned that killing the most powerful general in Iran would only risk a wider war with the country, alienating American allies in Europe and the Middle East and undermining the United States in a region that had already cost plenty of lives and treasure in the past two decades."
assassination  death  iran  iraq  america  war  GOP  ugh 
12 weeks ago by conner
The Floating Utopia of Salesforce Park | The New Yorker
"In a way, the cameras completed the picture: Salesforce Park as a model for the rest of San Francisco—vertical, expansive, ecologically minded, expensive, sponsored, and surveilled."
capitalism  cities  gentrification  architecture  america  culture 
december 2019 by conner
Many Native Americans Can't Get Clean Water, Report Finds : NPR
"So McGraw commissioned experts from around the U.S. to piece together the data they did have and come up with the water gap report. What he found was that race is the strongest predictor of water and sanitation access."
natives  america  water  policy  death  ugh  government 
november 2019 by conner
Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post
"The decline of the job has its primary origins in the 1970s, with a million little changes the boomers barely noticed. The Federal Reserve cracked down on inflation. Companies started paying executives in stock options. Pension funds invested in riskier assets. The cumulative result was money pouring into the stock market like jet fuel. Between 1960 and 2013, the average time that investors held stocks before flipping them went from eight years to around four months. Over roughly the same period, the financial sector became a sarlacc pit encompassing around a quarter of all corporate profits and completely warping companies’ incentives.

The pressure to deliver immediate returns became relentless. When stocks were long-term investments, shareholders let CEOs spend money on things like worker benefits because they contributed to the company’s long-term health. Once investors lost the ability to look beyond the next earnings report, however, any move that didn’t boost short-term profits was tantamount to treason."
economics  culture  america  business  capitalism  racism  poverty  policy  realestate 
october 2019 by conner
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