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Solving the climate crisis

The way we colonize Mars says a lot about how we address climate change. Is repeating our mistakes on another planet the answer to our existential crises?

The problems we’re solving for on Earth will only follow us to Mars

The most important sentence in this article for me is: “Imagine all the things we could do on Earth if we allocated an extra $22.6 billion to addressing climate change on our own planet?”.

Space exploration has undoubtedly kickstarted a raft of technological innovations we’ve all benefited from (insulin

The most important sentence in this article for me is: “Imagine all the things we could do on Earth if we allocated an extra $22.6 billion to addressing climate change on our own planet?”.

Space exploration has undoubtedly kickstarted a raft of technological innovations we’ve all benefited from (insulin pumps, solar cells, artificial limbs to name a few). So in my mind, it’s only worth spending all this money on getting to and living on Mars, if in doing so, we develop technology that also helps us solve all our very real problems here on Earth.

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

A world in the streets

How Gen Z is changing Tinder

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Disrupting dementia

Next-generation dementia care could learn from cancer care. Palliative care helps patients in their final months, and is often used for people suffering from end-stage cancer. But it can actually help anyone who has a long-term, chronic illness, and it could be especially effective for people living with dementia. ✦

Next-generation dementia care could learn a lesson from cancer care

In the 1950s, a single British physician named Cicely Saunders championed a new kind of care for terminally-ill cancer patients. She found that relieving pain and suffering made them happier—and ironically, live longer, even if drugs couldn't actually treat their condition.

That was the birth of hospice

In the 1950s, a single British physician named Cicely Saunders championed a new kind of care for terminally-ill cancer patients. She found that relieving pain and suffering made them happier—and ironically, live longer, even if drugs couldn't actually treat their condition.

That was the birth of hospice, which is a form of palliative care for the last six months of a person's life. Hospice, however, is a form of palliative care, which in general just means person-centered care. Sometimes, this means using life-saving interventions, like antibiotics for an infection. Other times, it means just making sue the person is comfortable. It depends on what the person and their caregivers want.

Palliative care could save dementia care, which is the more expensive in the last five years of life than cancer and heart disease. It could also save health care in general; it's cheaper than the current care systems in place. The trouble is, because it was historically used for cancer treatment, that's how most doctors think of it. Luckily, a few hospitals are testing out palliative care. If their results are good, it could expand nation-wide.

The rising price of immigration

The sole airline willing to deport high-risk immigrants is price-gouging ICE. There is only one carrier willing to take on US deportation flights and they're charging the US government nearly double the normal price, making flights as expensive as $33,500 per hour in November.

Sole airline willing to deport high-risk immigrants is price-gouging ICE

A basic lesson in supply and demand, as seen through the lens of ICE Air ops in an unredacted ICE document we obtained. ICE can only obtain the Boeing 767s required for its so-called SHRC (special high-risk charter) flights from one company in the entire country, because it's the only firm willing to

A basic lesson in supply and demand, as seen through the lens of ICE Air ops in an unredacted ICE document we obtained. ICE can only obtain the Boeing 767s required for its so-called SHRC (special high-risk charter) flights from one company in the entire country, because it's the only firm willing to take the contract for fear of negative press. But last month, those 767s were tied up with other, richer customers (i.e. the Dept. of Defense). So ICE was forced to take whatever the carrier offered—a 777 that was a couple of hundred seats bigger than what ICE needed, and double the price: $33,000/flight hr vs $17,000/flight hr. The company knows it's the only game in town and has no incentive to meet ICE halfway, according to ICE's primary charter broker, explaining why it can't put any pressure on the subcontractor to come down on its rate.

Every now and then, my faith is restored that the markets really know how to do their job. I'll use this as a lesson tonight to teach my kid the basics about supply and demand, and about how actions have consequences.

This is a super illuminating piece that shows the complexity of immigration control, public protest, and the business of deportation. Because ICE has garnered so much criticism few companies want to risk a public backlash and run the agency's charters. In fact, only one does it, which means it can charge

This is a super illuminating piece that shows the complexity of immigration control, public protest, and the business of deportation. Because ICE has garnered so much criticism few companies want to risk a public backlash and run the agency's charters. In fact, only one does it, which means it can charge whatever it wants.

Justin shows here how much this lack of competition is costing US taxpayers. It doesn't mean we should support all of ICE's activities but it does expose a dark side to an already dark law enforcement project.

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The real life Irishman

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Justice Kennedy to retire, opening Supreme Court seat

Justice Kennedy to retire, opening Supreme Court seat

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  • We are all freaking out because of the implications of a lopsided court. But we should all be freaking out because somehow 9 humans with the ultimate job security and no one to answer to have the power to determine so much about our country and our lives. The fact that there is a legitimate fear of a

    We are all freaking out because of the implications of a lopsided court. But we should all be freaking out because somehow 9 humans with the ultimate job security and no one to answer to have the power to determine so much about our country and our lives. The fact that there is a legitimate fear of a lopsided court shows how broken this system is. So much for power in the people’s hands.

  • I wish I could be hopeful for a set of confirmation hearings for a candidate who would be both impartial and nonpartisan. I'm just not as optimistic that we'll get there.

    Too many weeks and too many political pawns.

  • Looking forward to a reasoned and principled debate on a replacement without all the partisan and ugly name calling and mud slinging. I hope...

  • This is great news for America. Finally people who will follow the constitution and ensure Americans keep their first amendment.

  • Echoing thoughts of others, it is so sad that this court is basically seen as another partisan entity. If it was truly fulfilling its function as defined by the founding fathers, it would truly be an impartial panel that isn’t nearly always split along party lines. As it stands, every single one of our

    Echoing thoughts of others, it is so sad that this court is basically seen as another partisan entity. If it was truly fulfilling its function as defined by the founding fathers, it would truly be an impartial panel that isn’t nearly always split along party lines. As it stands, every single one of our lives is impacted by group that is accountable to no one once confirmed to their life-long appointment.......Mostly I’m just cringing in advance at the inevitable Circus of Distraction that this confirmation process will bring. 🤬🤯😔

  • A public service announcment: I recently heard a speech by Jeffrey Rosen, the passionate heard of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Natuonal Constitution Center. He spoke of the civic duty of every American to read Supreme Court decisions -- not to engage in political bickering, but to see our government working

    A public service announcment: I recently heard a speech by Jeffrey Rosen, the passionate heard of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Natuonal Constitution Center. He spoke of the civic duty of every American to read Supreme Court decisions -- not to engage in political bickering, but to see our government working the way it was designed. He (and I) encourage everyone to download the Interactive Constitution app which will educate you on the document that the Supreme Court debates every working day.

  • Possibly a 6-3 Supreme Court incoming? I can see the nervous liberals hoping RGB stays alive next two years.

  • One would think that the court should be neither conservative nor liberal. The justices should just carry out what they were appointed to do, that is uphold, enforce, and interpret the law in the best interest of each American citizen. Wishful thinking I guess on my part.

  • Why are we complaining about one of nine judges being the swing vote, when we’ve allowed our courts (and justice system altogether - I’m looking at you FBI) to be governed by politically motivated judges? The system is broken and needs to be fixed... btw, it is interesting to watch Chuck Schumer and

    Why are we complaining about one of nine judges being the swing vote, when we’ve allowed our courts (and justice system altogether - I’m looking at you FBI) to be governed by politically motivated judges? The system is broken and needs to be fixed... btw, it is interesting to watch Chuck Schumer and the Dems get out maneuvered after the spanking they dealt the Republicans during the Obama years. Just wait for the poo poo to hit then fan when the Senate confirms Trump’s upcoming nominee.

  • The court has come a long way from it's creation as an apolitical institution restricted by the Constitution. The recent courts bend the Constitution to their views, hence the panic. Having said that, the Senate is unlikely to get the required number of votes if Trump nominates an extremist Judge.

  • I am wary of the 6-3 decisions that will be coming our way in the next decade or so. Legalized gerrymandering. More restrictive voter ID laws. Less choice for women, possible overturn of Roe V Wade. More power consolidated for corporations.

    I am typically not the type to hate on an entire generation

    I am wary of the 6-3 decisions that will be coming our way in the next decade or so. Legalized gerrymandering. More restrictive voter ID laws. Less choice for women, possible overturn of Roe V Wade. More power consolidated for corporations.

    I am typically not the type to hate on an entire generation, but tonight I’m quite angry at the state of affairs the majority of the baby boomers have left us in. It will be mine (and future) generations that will have to live with the consequences of these choices for the rest of our lives.

  • I am saddened by this news. Although a conservative, Justice Kennedy often held the position of a swing vote which in my mind allowed him to function as an Independent. I can’t believe our current President will have the opportunity to appoint another Justice to the Supreme Court. I certainly don’t want

    I am saddened by this news. Although a conservative, Justice Kennedy often held the position of a swing vote which in my mind allowed him to function as an Independent. I can’t believe our current President will have the opportunity to appoint another Justice to the Supreme Court. I certainly don’t want to bring up old wounds but I just keep thinking about Republicans blocked Obama from filling Scalia’s vacant seat. I am worried about what a conservative majority on the bench will look like for America. How can we convince Justice Kennedy to stay for another 2+ years? Anyone?

  • I hope DJT nominates Ted Cruz.

  • They should not have lifetime appointments and the people need to stop supporting the same two parties!

  • Kennedy is gone. Now, it’s time to make America great again! RBG will be gone within President Trumps administration, probably in his first term.

  • Well somewhere along the line justices fell under partisan camps, that is indeed sad

  • This is the victory the religious right wanted. They win.

  • We are really screwed now.