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June 08 2017

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If It’s All About the Trump Brand, Let’s Jam It Up

June 7th, 2017

Published in the Boston Globe

Well, that didn’t take long. On Monday, the Trump Organization announced plans to launch a chain of three-star hotels to target the millions of Americans who voted for Donald Trump but could never afford his gilded hotels, condos, or clubs.

Until now, Trump’s middle-class base had to settle for purchasing little chips off the Trump brand: a bottle of water, a steak, a made-in-China tie or, of course, a hat. But there is more gold in them thar voters, and it is positively un-Trumpian to leave it unmanned.

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June 02 2017

00:00

Will Trump's Slow-Mo Walkaway, World in Flames Behind Him, Finally Provoke Consequences For Planetary Arson?

June 1st, 2017

Published at The Intercept

Now that it seems virtually certain that Donald Trump will withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, and the climate movement is quite rightly mobilizing in the face of this latest dystopian lurch, it’s time to get real about something: Pretty much everything that is weak, disappointing, and inadequate about that deal is the result of U.S. lobbying since 2009.

The fact that the agreement only commits governments to keeping warming below an increase of 2 degrees, rather than a much safer firm target of 1.5 degrees, was lobbied for and won by the United States.

The fact that the agreement left it to individual nations to determine how much they were willing to do to reach that temperature target, allowing them to come to Paris with commitments that collectively put us on a disastrous course toward more than 3 degrees of warming, was lobbied for and won by the United States.

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June 01 2017

00:00

Economic Pressure Could Jolt Trump into Action on Climate Change

May 31st, 2017

Published in the New York Daily News

Let’s just give up. That’s one way of responding to the reports that President Trump has decided to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord.

After all, without the world’s largest economy and the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases onboard, what point is there in any of us doing our part to try to prevent catastrophic climate change? Time to focus on yoga and juicing and what the kids today call “self-care.” Or maybe there’s a recreational drug that will make serial disasters seem exciting. Oh, and if you are really rich, it’s time to join the movement of high-end preppers and invest in some land on higher ground.

No, wait a minute, that’s . . . monstrous. Monstrous to people in Sri Lanka, where hundreds were killed in recent days in the midst of deadly mudslides and flooding. Monstrous to people in India and Pakistan, where thousands have died in heat waves in recent years.

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May 19 2017

16:50
Automate An Outlet With TP-Link's Alexa-Compatible Smart Plug, Now Just $21
15:30
How to Make a Graduation Cap Fit on Kinky or Curly Hair
14:30
Will It Sous Vide? A Boozy Chocolate-Cherry Sundae
14:28
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13:30
Get Ready for $1,000 IUDs and $1,600 Colonoscopies Under Trumpcare
12:52
8 Reasons You Should Care a Lot About the 2020 Census 
12:35
Save $10 On Anker's Newest Wireless SoundBuds
12:26
Stuff Your Closet With Under Armour Gear During Amazon's One-Day Sale

May 18 2017

21:00
Colleges Are Using Price Discrimination—Here's How to Fight It 
20:00
What "Classified Information" Means, and What Happens If You Divulge It 
19:30
The Clue App Will Now Track Your Pills as Well as Your Period
18:30
"Lettuce Jam" Is the Perfect Use for That Last Sad Bit of Greenery
18:00
Finally, Some Good News for Grads: Starting Salaries Are on the Rise
17:35
The Mad King of Juice: Inside the Dysfunctional Origins of Juicero
17:30
How Do You Stay Creative When the World Is on Fire?
17:00
The MP3 Is Dead—Long Live the MP3 (Maybe) 
15:35
See What All the Hype Is About: Here's a $5 Fidget Spinner with Prime Shipping
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