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Why Blockbuster Movie 'Logan' Is a Superhero Saga for Our Times

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die...” — Ecclesiastes 3

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Imagining City Life After the Car

Across North America today, precious urban housing space is languishing right under our noses — or more precisely, under our wheels.

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Why Oil Is the Glue That Bonds Trump and Putin

Oil has fueled a bully bromance between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Although this revolutionary union possesses a terrifying petro logic, it promises to be as volatile and tragic as any shotgun marriage. The relationship is, as Trump might well tweet, “unpresidented.”

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Capitalism Is Collapsing -- and the Weird Thing Is That Nothing Is Rising to Replace It

Some anonymous wise person once observed that it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism. But Wolfgang Streeck, a 70-year-old German sociologist and director emeritus of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, thinks capitalism’s end is inevitable and fast approaching. He has no idea what, if anything, will replace it.

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Is There a Link Between the End of Economic Growth and the Rise of Trump?

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.”
—Albert Camus

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Wait, Privacy Is Cool Again?

A widely circulated story about some nameless Austrian teenager’s lawsuit against her parents for posting 18 years' worth of embarrassing photos on social media captured the attention of dozens of news outlets last month, because it told us what the young web editors on these papers want to hear — that the Age of Narcissism is coming to a close.

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A Cruel Summer of Wretched, Big Movies

It’s been a bad summer for big movies.

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A Look at the ‘Biggest, Baddest’ Bike-Share in the World

You might think that the world’s largest public bike-share system would be in Europe. After all, that’s where bike-share first started in 1965 in Amsterdam.

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Is It Too Simplistic to Say America Should Imitate the Nordic Economies?

Canada and the United States have taken a lot of flak from critics who’d like them to be more like the social democracies collectively known as the “Nordics”: Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. Now a naturalized American from Finland has made the strongest case yet that the U.S. (and by implication Canada) really need to go Nordic.

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Why Do We Pretend to Clean Up Ocean Oil Spills?

[Editor's note: This article is from Hakai Magazine, an online publication about science and society in coastal ecosystems. Read more stories like this at HakaiMagazine.com.]

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'The Wailing': A Horror Revealed in Hindsight

Director Na Hong-jin's film The Wailing is a horror movie best watched backwards. By which I mean it's a film that only reveals itself in hindsight and in some ways it doesn't even do that. After seeing it, I was tempted to re-watch the entire 156 minutes to see where the real clues lie and where various red things are placed to distract one's attention and understanding.

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'Lady Dynamite': TV's Weirdest, Funniest Show Is Also the Truest

Thank you, Emily Nussbaum. The New Yorker's Pulitzer-winning columnist has opened my eyes once more. Her recent review of Lady Dynamite made me take another look at Maria Bamford's new series on Netflix and I am very happy that I did.

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Michael Moore's on a Quest to Steal the Best Ideas of Other Countries and Save His Own

The indomitable, inimitable American writer and activist Rebecca Solnit was in Vancouver last week to give a talk. Her speech, titled We Can Be Heroes, kicked off on a rather surprising note of hope. Yes, folks, hope -- that most resilient and pernicious of seeds has taken root in these dark days of climate change, whitey Oscars and general blarghiness. It's easy, almost ridiculously so, to look around and see mountains of things that profoundly suck (Solnit's best one-liner was a quip about snatching the teddy bear of despair from the loving arms of the left). But despair isn't useful -- it leaches out the joy of everyday living and replaces it with enervating bitterness and passivity.

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The Silent Epidemic Killing White American Women

A momentous new report took up just six pages in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Canada's Biggest Political Scandal You Never Heard Of

It's probably the biggest political scandal you've never heard of. 

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Will Naomi Klein's Film on Global Warming Change Everything?

Sometimes I have a sinking feeling that all of the films, books, essays and performances that we in the arts carefully write about, think about, worry endlessly about, don't actually change very much. Maybe the effect is cumulative, or maybe that is just what we tell ourselves, so that we can keep going.

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The Earth's Battery Is Running Low

In the quiet of summer, a couple of U.S. scientists argued in the pages of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that modern civilization has drained the Earth -- an ancient battery of stored chemical energy -- to a dangerous low.

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A Little Dubya Up in Canada: 70 Ways Prime Minister Harper Has Assaulted Democracy

Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have racked up dozens of serious abuses of power since forming government in 2006. From scams to smears to monkey-wrenching opponents to intimidating public servants, some offences are criminal, others just offend human decency. 

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Tiny Homes: Inexpensive and Cute, but Livable?

A small sign affixed beneath the window of Isabella Mori's tiny 186 square foot home speaks to its popularity in her Metro Vancouver trailer park. It reads: "Taking photos is fine but only from the sidewalk please." 

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Um, Now Can We Have a Girl's Coming of Age Film?

Oh boys. You've been in the spotlight for such a long time, it's little wonder that you are loathe to give it up. The coming of age story for young men has been a cinematic staple for decades. Long before Rushmore's Max Fischer, there was Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate and Bud Cort in Harold and Maude. But what was once charming and sweetly endearing has curdled into something kind of gross.

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The Spread of Torture Porn on TV: A Diversion for Our Messed Up World

As the TV season winds down, capped off with the Game of Thrones finale on Sunday, there is one inescapable conclusion: torture porn has moved to the small screen.

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Are Leaked Documents Safe With Canadian Reporters?

[Editor's note: An earlier version of this story ran on Canadaland, March 19. Since then, dozens of Canadian reporters have begun using encrypted email. To learn how to safely leak and receive documents, see Electronic Frontier Foundation's tutorials here.]

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Meet the Menstruators Fighting Canada's 'Tampon Tax'

It's an uncomfortable conversation at first, but once a tax exemption on menstrual products is in place, you won't even notice it's there.

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Meet the Anti-Vaccine Prof: Are Her Views Dangerously Infectious?

An academic freedom issue at Queen's University has suddenly erupted, simultaneously with an outbreak of measles -- with implications for public health and occupational safety as well as freedom of speech. All those issues demand attention.

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10 Most Harmful Novels For Budding Writers

Any young person who wants to be a novelist should of course be a reader as well. But some novels can be more hazard than inspiration. They are often well-written, but their effects have generally been disastrous: they inspired younger writers to imitate them, they created awful new genres that debased readers' tastes, or they promoted literary or social values that we could very much do without.

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Downsize Democracy For 40 Years, Here's What You Get

If you are searching for significant anniversaries for 2015, one that you might find illuminating is the publication of a book published 40 years ago entitled The Crisis of Democracy.

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Don't Believe the Hype -- Canada's Got an Inequality Problem

Canadians are unaware of the size of the growing wealth gap in the country, a new report from the Broadbent Institute says.

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I Used to Be a Climate Change Denier

[Editor's note: This story first appeared on ScienceWriters.ca. The Tyee republishes it here with permission.]

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The Ten Commandments of Ebola - Where the Choices Can Be Life or Death

In the slums of Monrovia, where the Ebola virus has spun out of control, health authorities have now provided citizens with a new version of the 10 commandments.

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