The Mental Disease of Late-Stage Capitalism
Joe Brewer · 14,789 views today · I’ve been talking with a lot of my friends recently — in private where they felt comfortable letting their guard down — about the dirty little secret no one is supposed to talk about. The shame people feel when they can’t find a job… …or pay their bills. …or go to the dentist. …or that they have to move back in...
How Wolves Change Rivers
4 min · 4,496 views today · When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a...
The Old Paradigm’s Demoralizing Orthodoxies Make Us Confuse Despair With Realism
Arlene Goldbard · 2,012 views today · Undergraduates ask me how to keep from getting cynical and demoralized, and my first question is how much mainstream news media they consume each day.
Amy Goodman: How the Media Is Ruining This Election
3 min · 1,897 views today · Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! tells us about Trump-land and how the media is ruining this election. 
Depression Is a Disease of Civilization: Hunter-Gatherers Hold the Key to the Cure
Sara Burrows · 1,843 views today · Depression is a global epidemic. It is the main driver behind suicide, which now claims more than a million lives per year worldwide. One in four Americans will suffer from...
How the World Runs on Looting the Congo
27 min · 1,512 views today · Every drone flown by the U.S. military has inside a piece of the Democratic Republic of the Congo--a valuable mineral, of which the DRC has trillions of dollars worth buried...
6 Toxic Relationship Habits Most People Think Are Normal
Mark Manson · 1,133 views today · There’s no class in high school on how to not be a shitty boyfriend or girlfriend. Sure, they teach us the biology of sex, the legality of marriage, and maybe read a few...
Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason For The Forty-Hour Workweek)
David Cain · 1,048 views today · Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months...
"Desert Goddess" Remembers Arizona's Glen Canyon
7 min · 1,045 views today · In this excerpt from the award-winning documentary DamNation, filmmakers Ben Knight and Travis Rummel interview the "desert goddess," Katie Lee. When the Glen Canyon Dam was...
New UN Report Finds Almost No Industry Profitable If Environmental Costs Were Included
Exposing The Truth · 956 views today · If you haven’t been paying attention, I don’t blame you for at first not believing this. After all, companies go to great lengths to greenwash their image and present...
To Save Democracy, We Need to Make Voting Much, Much Easier
Kevin Cashman · 924 views today · Political rhetoric in the U.S. is often characterized by sickly sweet appeals to democracy. Voting is held up as the foundation of democracy, or as the most useful or necessary...
Today I Rise: This Beautiful Short Film Is Like a Love Poem For Your Heart and Soul
4 min · 856 views today · "The world is missing what I am ready to give: My Wisdom, My Sweetness, My Love and My hunger for Peace." "Where are you? Where are you, little girl with broken wings but full...
9 Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible
Kai Cheng Thom · 668 views today · In my first year of college, I stopped calling myself an activist. It took attending just a few meetings of the campus queer group for me to realize that I didn’t fit in with...
Brené Brown on How to Reckon with Emotion and Change Your Narrative
Brené Brown · 647 views today · The most powerful stories may be the ones we tell ourselves, says Brené Brown. But beware—they're usually fiction.
The Real Reason America Used Nuclear Weapons Against Japan. It Was Not To End the War Or Save Lives.
Washington's Blog · 630 views today · Atomic Weapons Were Not Needed to End the War or Save Lives Like all Americans, I was taught that the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in order to end...
John Lennon's "Imagine," Made Into A Comic Strip
John Lennon. Art by Pablo Stanley · 608 views today · This is easily the best comic strip ever made.  Pabl
Why Sanders Supporters Should Not Let Democratic Primary Demoralize Them
Kevin Gosztola · 494 views today · Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was expected to do very well in the five primaries on April 26, but after the results, Bernie Sanders and his supporters face...
10 Words Every Girl Should Learn
Soraya Chemaly · 486 views today · "Stop interrupting me."  "I just said that." "No explanation needed." In fifth grade, I won the school courtesy prize. In other words, I won an award for being polite. My...
Caitlin Moran's Posthumous Advice for Her Daughter
Caitlin Moran · 390 views today · My daughter is about to turn 13 and I’ve been smoking a lot recently, and so – in the wee small hours, when my lungs feel like there’s a small mouse inside them, scratching to...
HUMAN (2015)
382 min · 386 views today · What is it that makes us human? Is it that we love, that we fight? That we laugh? Cry? Our curiosity? The quest for discovery?  Driven by these questions, filmmaker and artist...
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4 min · Despite India's rapid economic growth, child malnutrition rates have not witnessed big improvements. As part of its CSR efforts, the Tata group, through Tata Motors, partnered with grass root organisations to try and address malnutrition which damages the physical and cognitive development of young children. This is a...
50 Years of Indane
6 min · Indane from IndianOil providing clean cooking gas since 1965. Indane was the first to fulfill the need for India's first clean cooking gas for every Indian household. This is a...
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Taiwan Independence Activists 被漠視的台獨運動
60 min · "Taiwan is not China, ROC goes home 台灣中國, 一邊一國!"  "Long live to Taiwan Independence 台灣獨立萬歲!" Most of the pro Taiwan Independence activists were stubborn, localized...
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A Message From Canada's Black Guy
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