Will the reduction of suffering overtake materialism as mankind's main priority?

Civilization has made great progress, especially over the last 300 years as life became less brutal and people's sense of empathy extended to global proportions.

It is clear than some of us have more than we need in material goods and comforts, while many are still suffering from conditions that are barbaric and dangerous.

Communism and Socialism, while well intended in most cases, have resulted in horrific acts due to our poor understanding of power and it's effects on our decision making, while materialism appears to have run it's course.

Many great thinkers, Einstein, Rees and Vonnegut, spent the last of their lives disillusioned with our chances feeling that we are doomed to self destruction.

For us optimists this is not acceptable and hope is the only path, the recent discovery that we are still evolving, over turning the mythical beliefs that we are "done" as proposed by religions.

Can we change quickly enough to save the species or will we join the Neanderthals?

NYTimes exposé reveals how Facebook handled scandals

Delay, deny and deflect were the strategies Facebook has used to navigate scandals it's faced in recent years, according to the New York Times.

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  • The exhaustive report is based on interviews with more than 50 people with ties to the company.
  • It outlines how senior executives misled the public and lawmakers in regards to what it had discovered about privacy breaches and Russian interference in U.S. politics.
  • On Thursday, Facebook cut ties with one of the companies, Definers Public Relations, listed in the report.
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Russian reporters discover 101 'tortured' whales jammed in offshore pens

Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.

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  • Russian news network discovers 101 black-market whales.
  • Orcas and belugas are seen crammed into tiny pens.
  • Marine parks continue to create a high-price demand for illegal captures.
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What would happen if America defaulted on its debt?

Sure we know it would be bad, but what do all of these scary numbers really mean?

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  • At the press time, the value was $21.7 trillion dollars.
  • Lots of people know that a default would be bad, but not everybody seems to get how horrible it would be.
  • While the risk is low, knowing what would happen if a default did occur is important information for all voters.
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