A major new climate report slams the door on wishful thinking. We have a decade to prevent a total climate disaster. We are running out of time to save the world. Why half a degree of global warming is a big deal. What is it that we are supposed to hope for? Tommy Lynch on climate apocalypticism. We’re (still) not being alarmist enough about climate change. Don’t despair — climate change catastrophe can still be averted. Why are some major news outlets still covering extreme weather like it’s an act of God? Emily Atkin on the media’s failure to connect the dots on climate change. Climate change is, quite literally, the story of our lives — and it needs to be the top story every night.


H. Orri Stefansson (Copenhagen): Is Risk Aversion Irrational? How the weird case of the missing Interpol chief got even weirder. Was there a connection between a Russian bank and the Trump campaign? A team of computer scientists sifted through records of unusual Web traffic in search of answers. Brazil turns its back on democracy: The far-Right Jair Bolsonaro won the first round in the country’s presidential elections (and more). Taylor Swift endorses Democrat, enrages Nazis: “Aryan goddess” no more. Everything we know about the disappearance and alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Alexey Turchin on wireheading as a possible contributor to civilizational decline. “Crickets”.


If Gorsuch is the Cuckoo Justice, laying his eggs in another person’s rightful nest, Kavanaugh is a trained Pigeon. Trump didn’t just get a new Supreme Court Justice — he’ll get another DC circuit judge, too. Molly McKew on Brett Kavanaugh and the information terrorists trying to reshape America. Bonnie Mann on Trump’s new taunt, Kavanaugh’s defense and how misogyny rules: The battle over the Supreme Court nomination is not about truth — it is about who controls meaning. Chivalry isn’t dead — but it should be: Amy S. Kaufman on the medieval defense of Brett Kavanaugh. Christine Blasey Ford still can’t go home due to “unending” death threats. Political theology, insofar as it can articulate an analysis of and resistance to rape culture, offers many resources for confronting sexual violence.

Nancy LeTourneau on the gaslighting effect of both-siderism: “Accurate reporting would confirm the facts rather than go in search of a way to claim that both sides do it”. A reaction to a heartbreaking week in American politics: A defeat or a call to action?

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