Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke warned Thursday in his first presidential campaign stop that parts of the planet will soon become uninhabitable, driving a massive wave of climate 'refugees' across the U.S. border, if America's government doesn't adopt emergency measures within the next 12 years. O'Rourke, 46, had formally announced an hour earlier that he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of speculation over whether he would try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a White House bid. In the southwestern Iowa town of Keokuk, a sweater-clad Beto told a smallish crowd that by the time his 12-year-old son is his age 'we may not be able to live in cities that we call home today, like El Paso, Texas. We may not be able to grow our own food and fiber, feed and clothe ourselves in this country.' And in a silent nod to his differences with President Donald Trump on immigration issues, he downplayed the present national security threat of … [Read more...] about Beto: Earth doomed, we face ‘hundreds of millions’ of climate refugees
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Mark Thomas for The Spinoff Mark Thomas discovers that 'reality' in North Korea means theme park-style monuments, hopelessly pot-holed roads, and much bowing to Eternal Leaders. Living and working in Singapore last June, you couldn't avoid the mayhem caused by the first Trump/Kim summit. But you could also feel the anticipation. On subsequent visits to South Korea I felt as if there was genuine hope for a new dawn, despite the lack of progress in US/North Korean relations. So we decided to check out the Hermit Kingdom for ourselves, perhaps before it changed for good. What actually happened at the Trump-Kim Singapore Summit? Video: The historic moment when Donald Trump met Kim Jong-un Full text of Trump-Kim agreement released Of course a tourist's review of North Korea is hardly fully formed or even based on reality, because of the constraints placed upon you. Two full-time guides and a driver accompanied us everywhere we went outside of our hotel. However the few days we spent based … [Read more...] about ‘Parallel universe’: A Kiwi in North Korea
Rachel Leingang Arizona Republic Published 7:27 PM EST Feb 8, 2019 Facing financial woes and accreditation issues, Argosy University campuses across the country have not paid millions in promised financial aid to students this semester. Students at the private, nonprofit university told The Arizona Republic they're missing mortgage payments, going without books required for classes and skipping grocery runs. In all, more than $9 million in financial aid has not been distributed to students, a court-appointed receiver said, and it's unclear where the money is. Cynthia Morgan, a doctoral student in professional psychology at Argosy in Phoenix, said she has not received about $11,000 in scholarships and federal loans she's owed. She's been waiting since December for a stipend payment for an alumni scholarship she was promised. Because she hasn't received the money, she was late on her January mortgage payment. She wrote a bad check to her … [Read more...] about Argosy University is withholding financial aid. Students can’t pay bills.
Justin Murphy and Georgie Silvarole USA TODAY Published 2:56 PM EST Feb 4, 2019 BRIGHTON, N.Y. — Elijah Goldberg thought he could handle precalculus in 11th grade. His guidance counselor, he says, did not. "It seemed like they were scared I would fail a class and it would make the district look bad," he said. "It was a big argument — I had to get my mom involved." Frustrated, he instead took the class in the evening at the local community college near his home outside Rochester, New York, and earned an A-. He took the transcript back to his high school, in the wealthy suburb of Brighton, and showed it to the staff — proof he had been correct about his own ability. "I felt like the administrators didn’t believe in me — I was definitely discouraged from taking AP classes and getting ahead," said Goldberg, who graduated in 2016. "In my AP classes there weren’t a lot of us, and we definitely weren’t encouraged. It … [Read more...] about Fewer AP classes, more suspensions: Being black in suburban schools
The economic history of the United Kingdom deals with the economic history of England and Great Britain from 1500 to the early 21st century. (For earlier periods see Economy of England in the Middle Ages and Economic history of Scotland). After becoming one of the most prosperous economic regions in Europe between 1600 and 1700, Britain led the industrial revolution and dominated the European and world economy during the 19th century. It was the major innovator in machinery such as steam engines (for pumps, factories, railway locomotives and steamships), textile equipment, and tool-making. It invented the railway system and built much of the equipment used by other nations. As well it was a leader in international and domestic banking, entrepreneurship, and trade. It built a global British Empire. After 1840, it abandoned mercantilism and practised "free trade," with no tariffs or quotas or restrictions. The powerful Royal Navy protected its global holdings, while its legal … [Read more...] about Economic history of the United Kingdom