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The call for fiction labels on historical dramas says more about us than it does the programs

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Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Recently, Netflix felt the need to respond to calls for a “fiction warning” to be added to its popular series According to the BBC, “the streaming giant said the series has always been billed as a drama.” Therefore, Netflix stated it has “no plans, and see no need, to add a disclaimer” to the program.

is hardly the only historical drama Netflix and other entertainment companies have produced over the years. Each has taken liberties with historical events to keep us glued to the screen.

Take Netflix’s series on the Medici family of 15th century Florence. After watching that particular program, I was moved to find a good biography of Lorenzo de’ Medici in order to learn more. …


You still have time to make a difference - vote now

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Have you been worrying about the outcome of the election in the U.S.?

I sure have.

While we have plenty of reasons to worry, the past few weeks I’ve been increasingly anxious about who U.S. citizens will elect as president because of the huge impact this decision will have on the future of our planet. If we re-elect the current administration, our country and the world will be screwed (at least, environmentally). We cannot afford four more years of environmental policy rollbacks and federal inaction on the climate crisis and environmental justice. If we are to stop the worst effects of climate change, we must take significant action in the U.S. …


The modern social media landscape needs reform

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I t was inevitable. For years, Google’s empire had been building itself up, growing more potent, and becoming an ever-present entity in American life. One couldn’t go a day without facing Google. But on Wednesday, that dynamic was faced with an unusual challenge, the Justice Department. Though dealing with controversies of its own, the Department took its shot at the social media giant via a lawsuit that accused the media giant of violating anti-trust law. And, I, for one, am thankful. It may seem odd for someone of my political persuasion to take shots at Google, or any social media company, as conservatives have used them as a boogeyman for years now, but that does not make Google worthy of my affection. Merely because Google is the target of the Right’s fury does not mean that my grievances disappear. …


The skill of making sense of the world using astrology

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Are you a believer in astrology? A doubter? A secret devotee? Do the planets actually exert an influence on us psychologically or spiritually? Or physically? Does your astrological sign define you or predict your behavior?

Believers in astrology hold that astrological signs, planets, constellations, stars, and their aspects to each other exert noticeable, physical, psychological, if not spiritual, forces influencing human behavior and earthly phenomena. Based on rigorous calculation of planetary and stellar movements, astrology is been considered a science by astrologers. Never mind that astrology is a geocentric cosmology, or that astronomy presents a vastly different view of the universe. …


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10 fundamental principles being taught for freshman in economics.

1-People Face Tradeoffs

We’ve probably had to decide between different things throughout all our lives and giving up on other things to obtain something. That’s called tradeoff in economics, and all decision units (households, businesses, states, etc.) have to do some sort of tradeoff to maximize their utility.

2-The Cost of Something is What You Give Up To Get It

We might think that the costs only involves something that got out of our pocket. But that’s accounting cost in economics. But in economics, . If we give an example to underly this principle, let’s say I’ve decided to buy a Nike sneaker for $80. But I did a tradeoff between buying a Nike sneaker and buying a t-shirt from under armor at the same price of sneakers. When we look at what I paid, it’s $80 but, when we add the cost of giving up on a t-shirt, the economic cost is $160. …


NOTE: This piece was a Editor’s pick.

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How can a woman live her best life when everything she says and does is attacked, questioned or ignored? In today’s modern world, why is gender a fundamental prerequisite to success?

(Allen Lane/Random House, 2020: Amazon US / Amazon UK) by prominent philosopher Kate Manne is a timely and important investigation of misogyny, male privilege and how men believe they are entitled to women’s bodies, time, care, domestic labor, and admiration. In her earlier book, , Ms Manne examined the ways that society polices girls and women who violate or even question the patriarchal system, whereas focuses on the range of ways that men behave that women cannot. …


My perspective is a bit different. If this story is what it takes to have others pay attention, so be it.

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I don’t understand either. But I need you to listen to me as if I do.

I am addressing my male readers here, specifically, though clearly this piece is intended to be relevant to everyone.

I come from a different perspective than most of you. I come from the perspective of one who has worked with severely at-risk children and young adults and has seen signs early, signs that should never be ignored. For that reason I am convinced some of these crimes — — can be prevented by reporting visible antecedent or otherwise telling behaviors of young adults to the proper authorities as early as possible ... …


Microplastic pollution isn’t just a marine pollution problem. Here‘s what we need to know.

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When we think about microplastic pollution, we often think about the ocean. After all, we usually truck our plastic trash off for recycling or the landfill. That should keep it there, right?

Sadly, recent research studies have found that microplastic pollution is a growing concern in farm soil.

Thanks to these scientists, we’re now aware that microplastic can enter plants and impede the growth of plants. This means that animals that eat plants consume the plastic in these plants too.

Obviously, that includes us. I know it isn’t exactly news, we’re already breathing, drinking, and eating microplastic through seafood. …


Adjusting to climate change by living in giant floating cities

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Photo by Matt Hardy on Unsplash

Intelligence agencies rank climate change as one of the greatest security risks of our time, citing an increase in the prevalence of natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources such as food and water.

Contributing to this risk, rising sea-levels and excessive groundwater pumping put cities like Venice, Miami, Jakarta and Lagos at risk of submersion within the next century.

These consequences reveal a need to abandon our obsession with infinite growth and fossil fuels, and prepare for a series of inevitable changes to our planet’s climate and geography.

Historically, little has been done to utilise one of our planet’s most abundant resources: the oceans, with humanity only beginning to explore the oceans’ potential to generate renewable electricity, such as through tidal and offshore wind power. In recent years, it has been suggested that the oceans could be further employed to improve standards of living and combat climate change. …


NOTE: This piece was a Editor’s pick.

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White-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis). (Credit: Scott M. Ramsay)

Just as popular songs ‘go viral’ amongst people, it has now been discovered that the same thing can happen in songbirds.

Thanks to decades of audio recordings made by birders, citizen scientists and others across Canada, scientists have, for the first time, tracked a songbird’s song that ‘went viral’. This recent study found that a song started out as a rare variant in a tiny population of sparrows in British Columbia on the Canadian west coast before rising to prominence and traveling almost 2,000 miles across Canada to Quebec, where it’s still spreading today. …

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