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Iceland’s Pirate Party Has Been Handed a Mandate to Implement Progressive Policies


The country’s recent elections brought a radical change; Paul Ryan is very, very wrong about Obamacare and Medicare; meanwhile, the Time magazine cover featuring Donald Trump may be more subversive than many realize. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Biggest Threat to the Election Isn’t Coming From Russia


Despite all the fearmongering about Russian hackers, there’s a vulnerability closer to home that could compromise the November election; purebreds may not actually fit under the definition of a dog; meanwhile, a pirate party may be taking over Iceland’s government. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Berniecrats Are Making More Progress This Election Than Skeptics Expected


Bernie Sanders’ Our Revolution movement is prolonging the Vermont senator’s legacy; we should be more concerned with the decline in wild animal populations, not solely with extinction; meanwhile, a journalist delves into the reasons behind the explosion of the bottled water business. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Seriously, Stop Bullying People Who Won’t Vote for Hillary


Journalist Ted Rall explains why he can’t stomach voting for Hillary Clinton; we live in the illusion of democracy, not the actual thing; skeletons discovered in Roman ruins in England raise questions about human history. These items and more after the jump.

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Did Donald Trump Actually Win the First Presidential Debate?


Writer Ted Rall argues that, if debates are “graded on a curve,” the Republican candidate did better than the Democrat on Monday night; vegetarianism might be beneficial to the planet, but it could negatively impact the lives of millions if practiced worldwide; meanwhile, more affordable solar panels have changed investors’ minds about fossil fuels. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Voters Shouldn’t Have to Feel as If Choosing Third-Party Candidates Will Lead to Doomsday


Reforming the American electoral system in a number of ways would allow people to vote for their first choice, not the lesser of two evils; a California bill allows civilians to break windows to release overheating dogs from cars; meanwhile, breakthroughs in vertical farming could feed the globe. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Democratic Socialism Appeals to More Than Just the Young—Check Out Jeremy Corbyn’s Support Base


It’s a fallacy that only millennials can get behind progressive leaders; humans have whittled down the world’s wilderness to less than 20 percent; and Benjamin Netanyahu’s talk of “ethnic cleansing” is a “staggering act of chutzpah.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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The Verdict Is In: Wall Street Is Pretty Much Useless


A writer poses an important question: Does Wall Street do anything useful?; researchers are befuddled by some people’s love of chilies, fruits that were “made to repel”; meanwhile, technology has created a crisis of masculinity similar to that of the industrial era. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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It Makes No Sense for Colin Kaepernick to Sing Anthem That ‘Celebrates Murder of African-Americans’


The 49ers quarterback making headlines for his protest against racism and police violence is making a crucial point about the U.S.; Fox News may be on its last legs; meanwhile, the disclaimer at the end of most films claiming they’re fiction oddly enough has to do with Rasputin. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Is Socialism the ‘Obvious’ Answer to Growing Inequality?


Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn have shined a spotlight on the economic model that can lead us out of gaping inequality; Canada could actually benefit if Donald Trump wins the U.S. elections; meanwhile, we may need to reconsider air travel in times of climate change. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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