Ghostly tracks in New Mexico

(Keeping off the current dire threat to the country and what it stands for….. ………………… Thirteen thousand years ago, a woman made her way across mudflats with a small child whom she sometimes carried in her arms. Nothing of her remains – except her footprints: stretching for almost a mile across the White Sands National …

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US Pharma’s financialised business model

“Price gouging in the US pharmaceutical drug industry goes back more than three decades. “In 1985 US Representative Henry Waxman, chair of the House Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, accused the pharmaceutical industry of “gouging the American public” with “outrageous” price increases, driven by “greed on a massive scale.” “Even in the wake of …

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Junior is still living with his parents

Nearly two-thirds of childless British single adults aged 20-34 have either never left the family home, or have moved back into it, according to new research into the “boomerang” generation. There are now an estimated 3.5 million young single adults living with their parents in the UK, a third more than a decade ago. (The …

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The Egret: a poem

The Egret A snow-white egret passes our cottage By the Gumbo Limbo and the Traveller trees. With its ballet dancer’s step and mobile neck It reminds me of something…… Ah, yes! Alice playing croquet in Wonderland, Striking the hedgehog with the flamingo’s head. Like Alice’s flamingo the egret’s head moves Restlessly back and forth, In …

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Will the ecosystem collapse?

Ecosystem collapse a risk in one fifth of the world’s countries The spread of intensive farming threatens to jeopardize the world’s chances of meeting the term of the Paris agreement on the climate crisis. Nitrous oxide is given off by the overuse of artificial fertilizers, and by organic sources such as animal manure, and has …

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The downside of air conditioning

The scientist Stan Cox, in his 2018 book “Losing Our Cool”, blames air con for “resource waste, climate change, ozone depletion and the disorientation of the human mind and body”. Air conditioning emits some half a billion tonnes of CO2 annually, and the coolants used are even more polluting than CO2. Air conditioners fuel a …

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The dire housing situation for so many people

Before the pandemic hit, about 3.7m evictions were filed in the US in an average year – seven evictions every minute. Most poor renting families spent at least half of their income on housing costs and about one in four of those families spent more than 70%. Most white families in the US own their …

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A wrecking ball ( a little long, but important).

US Secretary of Education Betsy Devos is arguably the worst Secretary of Education in living memory, favoring private religious schools and appearing to disadvantage the victims of sexual harassment. Among other things. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act—passed was by Congress in March. $13.5 billion was allocated to K-12 schools. Using a …

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