Re: Are two parties enough?
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Here's where the breakdown is occurring: the framers of our constitution failed to anticipate (due to the relative newness of working democracy to the world) that, after many decades, what started out as several political parties would eventually boil down to, essentially, two, thus creating a division of sort of false division of the government and consolidation of power that works against the larger system.
The administrative branch has long been dominated by one party; with each incoming president, the slate is wiped more or less clean and the leadership is replaced with members of the president's party. In recent decades, we have seen the legislative branch flipping back and forth between Republican and Democratic control, sometimes with both houses shifting power in tandem. Sometimes the administrative and legislative branches have both been dominated by the same party, to disastrous consequences.
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What makes a life worth living as you grow older?
- Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel revisits his essay on wanting to die at 75 years old.
- The doctor believes that an old life filled with disability and lessened activity isn't worth living.
- Activists believe his argument stinks of ageism, while advances in biohacking could render his point moot.
The Amazon Rainforest is often called "The Planet's Lungs."
- For weeks, fires have been burning in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, likely started by farmers and ranchers.
- Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, has blamed NGOs for starting the flames, offering no evidence to support the claim.
- There are small steps you can take to help curb deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, which produces about 20 percent of the world's oxygen.
Emojis might contain more emotional information than meets the eye.
- A new study shows that people who frequently used emojis in text messages with potential dates engaged in more sexual activity and had more contact with those dates.
- However, the study only shows an association; it didn't establish causality.
- The authors suggest that emojis might help to convey nuanced emotional information that's lacking in strictly text-based messaging.