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Category Archives: Views & Reviews

Documentary Review: “The Breach” sounds the alarm about threats to our wild salmon

Excerpt: Read NPI's impressions of Mark Titus' 2015 film, which explains why wild salmon are disappearing from the waters of the Pacific Northwest.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Book Review: Bernie Sanders’ “Guide to Political Revolution” aims to be teen resource

Excerpt: Democ­rats still get into argu­ments about the mer­its (or lack there­of) of Hillary Clin­ton’s and Bernie Sanders’ can­di­da­cies for the 2016 Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion. It’s why many of us on the left con­tin­ue, inex­orably, view­ing con­tem­po­rary events as a chance to re-lit­i­gate that con­test and who was right. To say that Bernie Sanders: Guide to […]
Written by:David A Johnson
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Book Review: Read Zoë Quinn’s “Crash Override” to understand the Trump error

Excerpt: Read Crash Override to understand what can be done now as we live with forms of intimidation and harassment that never could have existed prior to the advent of an always on, Internet-connected culture -- and what we still need to do as a society to confront and stamp out these toxic behaviors.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Documentary Review: Ava DuVernay’s “13th” offers eye-opening look at mass incarceration

Excerpt: If you have yet to see Ava DuVer­nay’s Oscar-nom­i­nat­ed and Emmy-win­ning doc­u­men­tary “13th”, you should real­ly make plans to screen it as soon as pos­si­ble. This short com­men­tary will sure­ly not do it justice. Kevin Gan­non, Pro­fes­sor of His­to­ry at Grand­view Uni­ver­si­ty, who is white, sums up the chal­lenge we as coun­try face today ear­ly […]
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Media & Culture
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Book Review: Laura Spinney’s Pale Rider re-examines the biggest tragedy of the 1900s

Excerpt: It’s become a stan­dard bit of twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry triv­ia that as ter­ri­ble as the First World War was, the 1918 flu pan­dem­ic coin­cid­ing with the armistice killed more than the con­flict itself. Now, an espe­cial­ly pedan­tic per­son might want to argue that WWI real­ly was the begin­ning of the ‘Sec­ond Thir­ty Years War’. They might treat as […]
Written by:David A Johnson
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Documentary Review: “We the People 2.0” examines the decay of American democracy

Excerpt: In order to pro­tect our envi­ron­ment from messy oil and gas projects, haz­ardous waste, tox­ic pol­lu­tion, and indus­tri­al agri­cul­ture threat­en­ing local farm­ing, a new iter­a­tion of democ­ra­cy is nec­es­sary. At least, that is the argu­ment put forth in “We the Peo­ple 2.0,” a 2016 doc­u­men­tary pro­duced by Tree Media. This com­pelling film starts off by high­light­ing […]
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture, Our Environment
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Book Review: Sasha Abramsky’s Jumping At Shadows explores America’s culture of fear

Excerpt: Abramsky makes a convincing case that we're clearly not worried enough about what's actually commonly dangerous and preventable compared with things that are rare, unavoidable, or outright false.
Written by:David A Johnson
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NPI to Comcast: Stop spamming us with unsolicited offers for service we don’t want

Excerpt: Edi­tor’s note: The fol­low­ing is an open let­ter to Com­cast CEO, Pres­i­dent, and Chair­man Bri­an Roberts from the North­west Pro­gres­sive Institute. Dear Bri­an: I am writ­ing to ask that Com­cast cease and desist from send­ing us fur­ther “lim­it­ed-time sav­ings vouch­ers” or oth­er solic­i­ta­tions for Com­cast Busi­ness service. Since last sum­mer, we have received dozens of […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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American-ness and the Promise of Global Democracy

Excerpt: As gov­ern­ments tran­si­tion and Egypt is fig­ur­ing out what to do in the after­math of a mil­i­tary coup, it is impor­tant to rec­og­nize this is not an event devoid of con­text, but is a prod­uct of a long his­to­ry, one in which we have had no small part. “Wait a sec­ond”, it might be said,“what’s with […]
Written by:Patrick
Other Categories:Unscheduled Programming, World Commmunity
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President Obama’s Second Inaugural Address: A heartening, uplifting call for progress

Excerpt: Four years ago, I stood on the Nation­al Mall in our nation’s cap­i­tal and wit­nessed the swear­ing-in of Barack Oba­ma as the forty-fourth Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca. It was a his­toric day — a hap­py and joy­ous day that offered a wel­come respite from weeks of bad eco­nom­ic news and feel­ings of […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Holidays, Public Service
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Poll Watch: Where do things stand in the Republican presidential race?

Excerpt: The 2012 Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial race has been noth­ing if not enter­tain­ing, as the writ­ers for The Dai­ly Show with Jon Stew­art will undoubt­ed­ly attest. A new poll com­mis­sioned by Roger Ailes’ Fox Noise net­work, con­duct­ed from Sep­tem­ber 25–27, finds that Mitt Rom­ney is now the fron­trun­ner for the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion. The poll showed Rom­ney at […]
Written by:Wes Murry
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Borders prepares to liquidate

Excerpt: Bor­ders, the sec­ond largest book­store chain in the Unit­ed States, will soon be going out of busi­ness. The com­pa­ny announced today that it had run out of time to reor­ga­nize itself and would wind down its operations. Bor­ders said in a news release that it will pro­ceed with a pro­pos­al by Hilco and the Gor­don […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Earth to the tech punditocracy: Research in Motion is still very much alive

Excerpt: It seems that hard­ly a day goes by now when I don’t stum­ble across an arti­cle pre­dict­ing the decline or even the death of Black­Ber­ry mak­er Research in Motion, which rev­o­lu­tion­ized the hand­set with an array of unmatched mes­sag­ing capa­bil­i­ties (push email, Black­Ber­ry Mes­sen­ger) in the ear­ly 2000s. While it is cer­tain­ly true that com­pa­ny faces […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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