Empire Watch

Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria

Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that antibiotic resistance has risen to dangerous levels.  If drastic action is not taken soon it will become a bigger killer than cancer by the year 2050.  The ...
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Massacres, guns, and white men

Why are most mass shootings perpetrated by white males? asked Charlotte Childress and Harriet Childress. In the debate over why America suffers so many killing sprees, race and gender are “the elephant in the room.” At Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, Columbine— ...
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Chief Justice’s power over surveillance

Chief Justice John Roberts is even more powerful than you might think, said Ezra Klein. In addition to presiding over the Supreme Court, Roberts also has the “exclusive, unaccountable, lifetime power to shape the surveillance state.” It’s a little known ...
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Choking smog in China

Beijing The cloud of pollution over Beijing grew so dense this week that much of the city was rendered invisible. Hundreds of flights were grounded, auto traffic was stalled for scores of miles, and residents rushed to buy masks and ...
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Chinese waste-to-energy plant will be a mile in circumference

On the mountainous outskirts of Shenzhen, a fast-growing mega-city in China, the largest waste-to-energy plant in the world is on the horizon. You can bet that this disk-shaped trash-burning plant isn’t going to do any wonders for China’s notoriously bad air quality ...
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Incarceration Nation

THE UNITED STATES has the highest incarceration rate in the world. In fact, according to the most recent data, the U.S., while having only 4.5% of the world's population, holds 21 percent of the world's prisoners. The last few years ...
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U.S. debt

How U.S. debt went out of control

How did the U.S. debt get so high? The crucial turning point came back in 2001, said Lori Montgomery. At the time, Uncle Sam was actually running surpluses, and “the outlook was so rosy” that forecasters were predicting the U.S ...
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Acknowledging Beijing’s Pollution

The smog which suffocates Beijing has gotten so bad that the Chinese media has concluded that something must be done. Poor visibility has led to canceled flights and highway closings. The level of particulates in the air topped 35 times ...
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A school bus full of South Korean children was traveling through a tunnel near Weihai, China when it caught on fire.

China’s Attitude of Hands-Off Costs Lives

“None of my business” is the motto of most Chinese and it is costing lives.  A school bus full of South Korean children was traveling through a tunnel near Weihai, China when it caught on fire.  No one stopped to ...
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Fracking Causes Earthquakes in Oklahoma

Fracking Causes Earthquakes in Oklahoma

A study has found that fracking has been causing earthquakes in Oklahoma for several years.  Scientists believe that pumping water with high pressure is causing seismic activity while they are extracting oil and natural gas.  They have found that in ...
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