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League of Conservation Voters

An amazing new trove of fossil fuel industry documents was released in summer 2015.

Check out this Russia Today segment, featuring Aaron Huertas from the Union of Concerned Scientists. It's surprisingly zinger-filled for a discussion of corporate memos.

Pro tip: Listen for this phrase “cannot be denied." The part about employees leaking some of these documents starts at 1:48.


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Fun fact: Did you know Lyndon Johnson was the first president to reference climate change? Wow!

The fossil fuel industry, the one that has funded climate change deniers, knew the science about climate change existed. And they knew it a long time ago.

The documents in The Climate Deception Dossiers mentioned in the segment point to two key documents in support:

  • In 1981, Exxon Mobile was having internal discussions about climate related to the Natuna gas field off Indonesia, according to an email published online in 2014.
  • In 1995, a 17-page, internal primer prepping for the 1995 Global Climate Coalition, written by the companies' own scientists.




Source for both GIFs: The Climate Deception Dossiers

That's right. In 1981, they were discussing the climate impact of a particularly large extraction project.

As referenced in the video above, that's seven years before NASA scientist James Hansen's iconic congressional testimony on global warming, widely regarded as the moment that raised broad awareness of climate change.

It was also about year after Kim Kardashian was born. Puts it in perspective, right?

In the segment, Thom Hartman says something slight that pinpoints what needs to change for us to move forward.

“The [fossil fuel] industry knew that their actions were driving the planet to a crisis, and they did nothing to avoid it. When scientists and the public cried out, they spent money to spread lies to cover their guilt."

After Exxon's climate change discovery in 1981, they continued to fund climate deniers for 27 more years. Is Thom's observation talking about the industry spending money shamelessly to cover up guilt or spreading lies to cover up embarrassment? Either way, we all need help sometimes to keep our guilty interests in check.

Could you imagine what we could have done if, instead of covering things up, the fossil fuel industry had decided to take action against climate change?

Exxon knew that fossil fuels would make climate change worse, but instead invested in major climate science denial groups to save their profits. Sign our petition and demand that the Department of Justice investigates Exxon.

Health

A child’s mental health concerns shouldn’t be publicized no matter who their parents are

Even politicians' children deserve privacy during a mental health crisis.

A child's mental health concerns shouldn't be publicized.

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It's an unspoken rule that children of politicians should be off limits when it comes to public figure status. Kids deserve the ability to simply be kids without the media picking them apart. We saw this during Obama's presidency when people from both ends of the political spectrum come out to defend Malia and Sasha Obama's privacy and again when a reporter made a remark about Barron Trump.

This is even more important when we are talking about a child's mental health, so seeing detailed reports about Ted Cruz's 14-year-old child's private mental health crisis was offputting, to say it kindly. It feels icky for me to even put the senator's name in this article because it feels like adding to this child's exposure.

When a child is struggling with mental health concerns, the instinct should be to cocoon them in safety, not to highlight the details or speculate on the cause. Ever since the news broke about this child's mental health, social media has been abuzz, mostly attacking the parents and speculating if the child is a member of the LGBTQ community.

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Science

Dyslexic plumber gets a life-changing boost after his friend built an app that texts for him

It uses AI to edit his work emails into "polite, professional-sounding British English."

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An artist's depiction of artificial intelligence.

There is a lot of mistrust surrounding the implementation of artificial intelligence these days and some of it is justified. There's reason to worry that deep-fake technology will begin to seriously blur the line between fantasy and reality, and people in a wide range of industries are concerned AI could eliminate their jobs.

Artists and writers are also bothered that AI works on reappropriating existing content for which the original creators will never receive compensation.

The World Economic Forum recently announced that AI and automation are causing a huge shake-up in the world labor market. The WEF estimates that the new technology will supplant about 85 million jobs by 2025. However, the news isn’t all bad. It also said that its analysis anticipates the “future tech-driven economy will create 97 million new jobs.”

The topic of AI is complex, but we can all agree that a new story from England shows how AI can certainly be used for the betterment of humanity. It was first covered by Tom Warren of BuzzFeed News.

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This article originally appeared on 04.15.19


On May 28, 2014, 13-year-old Athena Orchard of Leicester, England, died of bone cancer. The disease began as a tumor in her head and eventually spread to her spine and left shoulder. After her passing, Athena's parents and six siblings were completely devastated. In the days following her death, her father, Dean, had the difficult task of going through her belongings. But the spirits of the entire Orchard family got a huge boost when he uncovered a secret message written by Athena on the backside of a full-length mirror.

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Famous writers shared their book signing woes with a disheartened new author.

Putting creative work out into the world to be evaluated and judged is nerve-wracking enough as it is. Having to market your work, especially if you're not particularly extroverted or sales-minded, is even worse.

So when you're a newly published author holding a book signing and only two of the dozens of people who RSVP'd show up, it's disheartening if not devastating. No matter how much you tell yourself "people are just busy," it feels like a rejection of you and your work.

Debut novelist Chelsea Banning recently experienced this scenario firsthand, and her sharing it led to an amazing deluge of support and solidarity—not only from other aspiring authors, but from some of the top names in the writing business.

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