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August 2013

Who’s to blame for student debt crisis

By Ben Cohen and Edward Erikson, Special to CNN updated 7:43 AM EDT, Wed August 28, 2013 Editor’s note: Ben Cohen is co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and founder and Head Stamper at the Stamp Stampede, which aims to build a movement to amend the Constitution to get big money out of politics. […]

Apple is the company most targeted by patent trolls

Aug 27, 2013 12:59 PM Techhive Mark Hachman Apple, HP and Samsung have been attacked the most by so-called “patent trolls” within the last five years, a Silicon Valley lawyer said Tuesday. But recent legislative activity may be weakening their power. Patents represented 5 percent of all U.S. exports in 2009, or $89.8 billion, Michael […]

A farewell to privacy

By Alexander E. Hooke Updated August 28, 2013 Baltimore Sun “Can we say then … that the general economy of power in our societies is becoming a domain of security?” Michel Foucault, 1978 In 1791, the Fourth Amendment — sanctifying what we now call the human right to privacy — became part of the Bill […]

Armed Lifeboat: Government’s Response to Natural Disaster

By Sam Ross-Brown, Utne Reader September/October 2013 The U.S. government is dead serious about climate change, but not in the way you might think. While carbon taxes and green grids remain decidedly out of reach on Capitol Hill, planners at the Pentagon have been quietly preparing to take charge of a planet shaken by climate […]

We’re already sick of climate change — and getting sicker

By Greg Hanscom 26 Aug 2013 4:24 PM grist.org If there’s any doubt remaining in your mind that climate change is a plague on humanity, Linda Marsa will take care of that for you. Marsa is a longtime medical writer. She’s made a career as a muckraker, taking on the pharmaceutical industry and dispensers of […]

How Technology Wrecks the Middle Class

By DAVID H. AUTOR AND DAVID DORN August 24, 2013, 2:35 pm NYTimes In the four years since the Great Recession officially ended, the productivity of American workers — those lucky enough to have jobs — has risen smartly. But the United States still has two million fewer jobs than before the downturn, the unemployment […]

Ocean Acidification Will Make Climate Change Worse

By Bryan Walsh @bryanrwalshAug. 26, 2013 Time Given that they cover 70% of the Earth’s surface—and provide about 90% of the planet’s habitable space by volume—the oceans tend to get short shrift when it comes to climate change. The leaked draft of the forthcoming coming new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change highlighted […]

Crippling debt defers graduates’ dreams

By Gail Waterhouse | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT AUGUST 25, 2013 Boston Globe Karen Burger graduated from Northeastern University in 2012, not exactly sure of what postgraduate life would look like. A religious studies major with a minor in East Asian studies, she pictured theology school and working at a faith-based nonprofit. Then reality — including $96,000 […]

99 must-reads on income inequality

By John D. Sutter, CNN updated 7:33 AM EDT, Fri August 23, 2013 CNN CNN) — Earlier this week, I asked readers of this column to submit ideas for a list of “99 must-reads on income inequality.” When I put out that call, I hedged a bit, saying 99 was my goal, for symbolic, we-are-the-99% […]

‘Uncertain’ Science: Judith Curry’s Take On Climate Change

by RICHARD HARRIS August 22, 2013 5:08 PM NPR While the Obama administration presses forward with plans to deal with climate change, Congress remains steadfast against taking action. It’s not easy to find a scientist who will agree with that point of view. But Republicans have found an ally in a climate scientist by the […]