Boycott the Beijing Olympics 2008
The totalitarian Chinese state's violations of human rights and free speech must be addressed: corporate media in the United States obviously have no interest in calling attention to this rogue state's complete disregard for freedom and political dissent.
Several multinational and American corporations support the Beijing Olympics and will be heavily advertised as sponsors this summer. Beijing itself is so polluted the athletes themselves will not arrive until shortly before their competitions, because the air quality is so poisonous there are serious concerns it will effect performance.
Who can possibly watch this summer and not remember the events of Tiananmen Square? Why do we as a nation support "free trade" with such a disgusting dictatorship of "Communist-Capitalist" overlords, and yet states such as North Korea, Iraq and Iran are on the "Axis of Evil"? Surely China's government and how it treats the majority of its people should be included on such a list, if there is to be an "Axis"; surely how China has bankrolled the murderous Sudanese government and the Darfur genocide makes it a rogue state?
And if not, at the very least, we can refuse to boycott the businesses endorsing the 1984-like thugs of the Chinese government.
Jonathan Zimmerman explains why teachers should invite, not censor, tough classroom debates.
- During times of war or national crisis in the U.S., school boards and officials are much more wary about allowing teachers and kids to say what they think.
- If our teachers avoid controversial questions in the classroom, kids won't get the experience they need to know how to engage with difficult questions and with criticism.
- Jonathan Zimmerman argues that controversial issues should be taught in schools as they naturally arise. Otherwise kids will learn from TV news what politics looks like – which is more often a rant than a healthy debate.
Controversial map names CEOs of 100 companies producing 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
- Just 100 companies produce 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.
- This map lists their names and locations, and their CEOs.
- The climate crisis may be too complex for these 100 people to solve, but naming and shaming them is a good start.
It marks another milestone in SpaceX's long-standing effort to make spaceflight cheaper.
- SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy into space early Tuesday morning.
- A part of its nosecone – known as a fairing – descended back to Earth using special parachutes.
- A net-outfitted boat in the Atlantic Ocean successfully caught the reusable fairing, likely saving the company millions of dollars.
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