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Climate change: Where we are in seven charts and what you can do to help – BBC News

Climate change: Where we are in seven charts

Representatives from nearly 200 countries are gathering in Poland for talks on climate change – aimed at breathing new life into the Paris Agreement. The UN has warned the 2015 Paris accord’s goal of limiting global warming to “well below 2C above pre-industrial levels” is in danger because major economies, including the US and the EU, are falling short of their pledges.

George H.W. Bush, a Retrospective Look

I’m a Social Democrat and a good bit away from George H.W Bush on the political spectrum but I liked him and while he lived a long notable and productive life I’m saddened by his passing. But that said all our heroes have feet of clay somewhere in their closets and I just wanted to collect some critical information about him, both positive and negative at his passing…

President Obama on the Passing of George Hebert Walker Bush

George Bush, Who Steered Nation in Tumultuous Times, Is Dead at 94

George Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, who steered the nation through a tumultuous period in world affairs but was denied a second term after support for his presidency collapsed under the weight of an economic downturn and his seeming inattention to domestic affairs, died on Friday night at his home in Houston.

Opinion | George H.W. Bush, the anti-Trump

It is hard to imagine two men more disparate in character than the 41st and 45th presidents of the United States. George H.W. Bush and Donald J. Trump had almost nothing in common beyond their privileged upbringing and membership in the Republican Party.

Opinion | Jon Meacham: George H.W. Bush and the Price of Politics

For every compromise he made to political expedience on the campaign trail, in office he ultimately did the right thing. By Jon Meacham Mr. Meacham is the author of “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.” His guests were just about everything George H.W.

The First Gulf War: Desert Storm

The First Iraq War Was Also Sold to the Public Based on a Pack of Lies | BillMoyers.com

Polls suggest that Americans tend to differentiate between our “good war” in Iraq – “Operation Desert Storm,” launched by George HW Bush in 1990 – and the “mistake” his son made in 2003. Across the ideological spectrum, there’s broad agreement that the first Gulf War was “worth fighting.”

1988 U.S. Election against Michael Dukakis

41’s Economic Record

Economic Record: President Bush Sr.

Analysis of the economic performance of George H. W. Bush, including GDP, jobs, the stock market, income, debt, and performance relative to other countries

On AIDS

It’s a Disgrace to Celebrate George H.W. Bush on World AIDS Day

Just after midnight on December 1, World AIDS Day, I learned that President George Herbert Walker Bush had died. And I was dismayed not just that the hagiography afforded dead presidents would overshadow Bush’s own appalling legacy on AIDS, but that his death would eclipse the tens of millions of lives we should be remembering today.

The Less People Understand Science, the More Afraid of GMOs They Are – Pacific Standard

The Less People Understand Science, the More Afraid of GMOs They Are

Americans with low levels of science knowledge are more likely to mistrust food additives and genetically modified foods, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. This is one of a few major takeaways from the report, which surveys Americans’ attitudes toward the risks certain foods pose.

Financial Planners Can’t Believe a 29-Year-Old Bartender Doesn’t Have $30K in Savings

Financial Planners Can’t Believe a 29-Year-Old Bartender Doesn’t Have $30K in Savings

The fact that Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – who made less than $27,000 last year – has any savings at all is an achievement given the cost of living in New York City. But according to financial planners, Ocasio-Cortez is still financially irresponsible.

The moral roots of liberals and conservatives – Jonathan Haidt

From all the way back in 2008!

Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we’re left, right, or center. In this eye-opening talk, he pinpoints the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most. Jonathan Haidt studies how — and why — we evolved to be moral. By understanding more about our moral roots, his hope is that we can learn to be civil and open-minded.

This complete psychological analysis reveals 14 key traits that explain Trump supporters

This complete psychological analysis reveals 14 key traits that explain Trump supporters

Whether we want to or not, for the sake of America, we must try to understand the Donald Trump phenomenon, as it has completely swept the nation and also fiercely divided it. What is most baffling about it all is Trump’s apparent political invincibility.

They Don’t Just Hide Their Money. Economist Says Most of Billionaire Wealth is Unearned. – Evonomics

They Don’t Just Hide Their Money. Economist Says Most of Billionaire Wealth is Unearned. – Evonomics

Inequality By Didier Jacobs The concentration of wealth from rent-seeking The 62 richest people in the world own as much wealth as half of humanity. Such extreme wealth conjures images of both fat cats and deserving entrepreneurs. So where did so much money come from?

America’s Problem Isn’t Tribalism—It’s Racism – The Atlantic

America’s Problem Isn’t Tribalism. It’s Racism.

Read: How to teach white kids about race A large number of Republican candidates, led by the president, ran racist or bigoted campaigns against their opponents. But those opponents cannot be said to belong to a “tribe.” No common ethnic or religious ties bind Heitkamp, Campa-Najjar, Delgado, or the constituencies that elected them.

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