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These 15 Albums Might Actually Make 2016 Tolerable

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Each year, Mother Jones‘ favorite music critic browses through hundreds of new albums and pulls out maybe a couple hundred for his weekly reviews. But only a few can make the final-final cut. Below, in alphabetical order, are Jon Young’s super-quick takes on his 15 top albums for 2016. (Feel free to heartily disagree and share your own faves in the comments.)

1. William Bell, This Is Where I Live (Stax): The tender, moving return of an underrated soul great.

2. David Bowie, Blackstar (Columbia/ISO): The Thin White Duke’s eerie, haunting farewell.

3. Gaz Coombes, Matador (Hot Fruit Recordings/Kobalt Label Services): Grand, witty megapop from the former Supergrass leader. (Full review here.)

4. Bob Dylan, The 1966 Live Recordings (Columbia/Legacy): A massive compilation of every note from his notorious tour. (Full review here.)

5. Margaret Glaspy, Emotions and Math (ATO): No-nonsense relationship tales that rock out with insistent verve.

6. Hinds, Leave Me Alone (Mom + Pop/Lucky Number): Frayed, rowdy femme-punk straight outta Madrid.

7. Jennifer O’Connor, Surface Noise (Kiam): Tuneful, deadpan folk-pop with a cutting edge. (Full review here.)

8. Brigid Mae Power, Brigid Mae Power (Tompkins Square): Hair-raising solo acoustic performances by an Irish chanteuse. (Full review here.)

9. Dex Romweber, Carrboro, (Bloodshot): A colorful Americana kaleidoscope from a master balladeer and rockabilly shouter. (Full review here.)

10. Sad13, Slugger (Carpark): Sadie Dupuis’ solo debut, poppier than her band Speedy Ortiz, and exuberantly feminist.

11 & 12. The Scientists, A Place Called Bad (Numero Group); and Blonde Redhead, Masculin Feminin (Numero Group): The great Chicago reissue label scores again with retrospectives devoted to The Scientists, Australian trash-rockers from the ’70s and ’80s, and Blonde Redhead’s ’90s shoegaze-noise recordings amid the chaotic New York scene. (Full review here.)

13. Allen Toussaint, American Tunes (Nonesuch): The gorgeous final works of the New Orleans R&B genius. (And here’s our recent chat with Toussaint collaborator Aaron Neville.)

14. A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It from Here…Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic): The long-overdue return, and devastating goodbye, of a hip-hop institution.

15. Various Artists, The Microcosm: Visionary Music of Continental Europe, 1970-1986 (Light in the Attic): An eye-opening survey of vintage new age music in all its oddball, unexpected glory.

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Pat Buchanan Defends Donald Trump

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Jay Nordlinger and I don’t agree on much, but I’ve never held that against him. However, with 17 days left until we go to the polls, I do hold against him the five minutes of my life that I lost from reading Pat Buchanan’s latest column. But you know what? If I have to suffer, so do you. Ladies and gentlemen, here is Buchanan’s latest defense of Donald Trump:

What explains the hysteria of the establishment? In a word, fear.

….By suggesting he might not accept the results of a “rigged election” Trump is committing an unpardonable sin. But this new cult, this devotion to a new holy trinity of diversity, democracy and equality, is of recent vintage and has shallow roots. For none of the three — diversity, equality, democracy — is to be found in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers or the Pledge of Allegiance.

….Some of us recall another time, when Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas wrote in “Points of Rebellion”: “We must realize that today’s Establishment is the new George III. Whether it will continue to adhere to his tactics, we do not know. If it does, the redress, honored in tradition, is also revolution.” Baby-boomer radicals loved it, raising their fists in defiance of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. But now that it is the populist-nationalist right that is moving beyond the niceties of liberal democracy to save the America they love, elitist enthusiasm for “revolution” seems more constrained.

Nordlinger comments:

Around the world, there are many, many places that lack the “niceties of liberal democracy.” You don’t want to live there. You would quickly discover that the niceties are more like necessities — a rule of law necessary to live a good, decent, and free life.

Is this just garden-variety Buchanan? It’s been years since I’ve read or listened to him. He’s always been a bit of a lunatic, but it seems like he’s gotten even crazier in his old age.

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Millennials are starting to realize that Clinton is not the same as Trump

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Millennials are starting to realize that Clinton is not the same as Trump

By on Sep 15, 2016Share

Hillary Clinton got one piece of good news this week: An increasing number of  young voters can tell her policies apart from Donald Trump’s.

For Clinton, that’s no small feat.

In July, Tom Steyer’s group NextGen Climate released the first battleground poll of millennial voters this election cycle. The takeaway was a startling number: roughly four out of 10 voters age 34 and younger saw no difference between the two candidates on the issues most important to them.

Now a new follow-up poll by NextGen Climate/Project New America in 11 swing states has found some improvement in Clinton’s numbers in just the month since the last poll was done. More see a difference between the two candidates:

NextGen Climate/Project New America Battleground Millennial Survey

Clinton also gained five points since July among likely millennial voters who say they intend to vote for her: 48 percent now back Clinton compared to 23 percent for Trump in a four-way race.

Her gains among Sanders’ most die-hard voters are worth looking at. Around the time of the Democratic National Convention in July, one in five millennials were still devoted Sanders supporters, and most of them didn’t see a difference between Clinton and Trump. Now, the Sanders holdouts have shrunk from 21 to 16 percent, and slightly fewer Sanders supporters still claim there’s no difference between the two major-party candidates.

While Clinton’s numbers have improved, Trump’s have stayed about the same, despite his repeated attempts to reboot his campaign.

“Millennials’ views of Donald Trump haven’t changed — but their awareness of the differences between Trump and Hillary Clinton on the issues has,” Jamison Foser, a strategic advisor to NextGen Climate, said in a statement. “Clinton’s lead has grown and favorability has increased as young voters learn more about the candidates’ policy positions, suggesting that as bad as things are for Trump, they can still get worse.”

The polling firm Global Strategy Group asked voters which candidate represents their views on issues like equal pay and debt-free college. Clinton pulls ahead on these issues and also has stronger favorability on climate-related questions — like moving away from fossil fuels to clean energy and protecting families’ health with clean air and water.

NextGen Climate/Project New America Battleground Millennial Survey

Still, 28 percent of likely voters see no difference between Clinton and Trump on protecting air and water and 30 percent don’t think there’s a difference on moving away from fossil fuels. That’s still a lot of voters who don’t see the point in choosing between the two.

Clinton at least has a few more millennial-whisperers working in her corner from now until Election Day. This weekend, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will campaign in Ohio to convince this historically unreliable voter demographic that she’s their best bet.

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Photos: Anti-pipeline protesters across America stand with Standing Rock

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Photos: Anti-pipeline protesters across America stand with Standing Rock

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Read Grist’s previous coverage of the Dakota Access pipeline. 

From Battleboro to D.C. and Atlanta to Oakland, protesters around the U.S. rallied Tuesday in support of the Standing Rock Sioux and their fight against the Dakota Access pipeline, which would carry about half-a-million barrels of crude oil per day across four Midwestern states and tribal lands.

According to rally organizers, a crowd of 3,000 gathered in front of the White House on Tuesday, along with members of the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribal nations. Speakers included Bernie Sanders, who told the crowd, “We cannot allow our drinking water to be poisoned so that a handful of fossil fuel companies can make even more in profits.”

The Sioux and other Native American groups have worked to stop the pipeline for over two years, but tensions have been growing ever since construction began.

Last week, the Obama administration intervened for the first time by temporarily halting to construction of the pipeline on federal land. In a letter to employees sent Tuesday, the company building the pipeline says they remain committed to its $3.7 billion project.

See photos from rallies across America:

#nodapl #nodaplslc #dakotaaccesspipeline #indigenous #directaction #speakingtruthtopower #nativeamerican #resistance #saltlakecity #photography #utahphotographer #colorphotography #utah #standingrock

A photo posted by @alice_photographie_ on Sep 13, 2016 at 5:53pm PDT

from NY to ND, we as sisters stand together to protect clean water. let us bridge these divides. let us see beyond the illusions in front of us. let us create a world for our children that promises them rivers to swim in, oceans to explore, and lakes to float upon. #UpToUs #RezpectOurWater #NoDAPL #StandWithStandingRock #nodakotaaccess @bobbijean20 @byellowtail

A photo posted by Shailene Woodley (@shailenewoodley) on Sep 13, 2016 at 3:02pm PDT

Today, more than 3000 people rallied in Washington DC to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Dakota Access Pipeline was approved without adequate environmental reviews or consultation from the community — and any spill is a direct threat to water supplies for the Standing Rock Sioux who live less than a mile downstream. Check out our snapchat to follow our coverage of the rally @ GreenpeaceInt. #Greenpeace #NoDAPL #StandWithStandingRock

A photo posted by Greenpeace International (@greenpeace) on Sep 13, 2016 at 4:41pm PDT

#nodapl #yeg

A photo posted by Bryce Skylar James Littlechild (@brycebutton) on Sep 14, 2016 at 8:48am PDT

Bellingham standing in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe #nodapl #waterislife #protectorsnotprotesters #respectourtreaties #nativestrong

A photo posted by Melinda Mendez (@mii.jaa) on Sep 14, 2016 at 8:48am PDT

These children warmed my heart last night. They kept chanting “Water is Life” and never grew tired. I asked to take this photo and they were so excited and a few of them even gave me a hug. THIS is what we are fighting for. Clean water and land for our children and grandchildren. They deserve better! #rezpectourwater #StandWithStandingRock #WaterIsLife #NoDAPL #StandingRock

A photo posted by CNS (@princessssofcolor) on Sep 14, 2016 at 8:40am PDT

Love to the water protectors #nodapl #waterislife

A photo posted by Dilia (@dillpicklez_) on Sep 14, 2016 at 8:13am PDT

#NoDAPL

A photo posted by Willow & Brad (@arming.sisters.documentary) on Sep 14, 2016 at 7:35am PDT

Jasilyn Charger is one of several youth who first participated in a ceremonial run from North Dakota to Washington DC to draw attention to the struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline. This run was the first national action in DC to bring attention to Standing Rock. #NoDAPL #StandingRock #washingtondc

A photo posted by Tomas Alejo (@teko_one) on Sep 14, 2016 at 5:45am PDT

On Tuesday 9/13 in Washington DC myriads rally in front of White House to support Water Protectors fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. #NoDAPL #StandingRock

A photo posted by Tomas Alejo (@teko_one) on Sep 14, 2016 at 5:44am PDT

Ho-Chunk Nation stands with Standing Rock.✊???? #nodapl #standingrock #sioux #indiancountry #hochunk #water

A photo posted by Ho-Chunk Nation (@hochunknation) on Sep 14, 2016 at 5:35am PDT

Yes it is! • • • • #nodapl #philly #philadelphia #istandwithstandingrock #cleanenergy #cleanwater #indigenouspeople #nativeamerican #humanrights #peace #love #equality #nevergiveup #standup photo by @brian_s_photos

A photo posted by Brian S. (@brian_s_photos) on Sep 14, 2016 at 5:13am PDT

Yesterday nearly 2000 people in NYC stood in solidarity for Standing Rock. Banners and burning sage filled the air as speakers rallied in support of the indigenous brothers and sisters protecting the land against the Dakota Access Pipeline. #waterislife #nodapl #youcantdrinkoil #standforstandingrock

A photo posted by Tricia Vuong (@triciavuongg) on Sep 10, 2016 at 4:48pm PDT

Thanks to our allies in NYC for putting together a rally in Washington Square Park! #miniwiconi #nodapl #rezpectourwater • • • Repost from @rezpectourwater using @RepostRegramApp #NYC #StandingRock #SacredStoneCamp #IStandWithStandingRock #DakotaAccessPipeline #StandForStandingRock #KelcyWarren #WaterIsLife #BeTheChange @FoxNews @ABCnews @CBSnews @BBCnews @KatuTV

A photo posted by #NoDakotaAccessPipeline (@anonymous_aboriginal) on Sep 10, 2016 at 8:13pm PDT

KNOW WATER, KNOW LIFE – NO WATER, NO LIFE. photo at #NoDAPL protest IN DC by Tomas Alejo. An exhibit of photographs from the camp and protectors actions will be on exhibit at Self Help Graphics & Art @shg1970 starting this Friday for a month. @teko_one www.TomasAlejo.com #tomasalejo #standingrock #standforstandingrock #waterislife #mniwiconi

A photo posted by ⠀Mujeres de Maiz⠀⠀ (@mujeresdemaiz) on Sep 7, 2016 at 7:54pm PDT

People across North America have demonstrated today their solidarity with all the communities fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Over 3,000 people showed up in front of the White House. Obama, are you listening? #nodapl #standwithstandingrock #dakotaaccesspipeline #dc #keepitintheground

A photo posted by 350.org (@350org) on Sep 13, 2016 at 5:37pm PDT

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Democrats say they want to support farmers, but what the heck does that mean?

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Democrats say they want to support farmers, but what the heck does that mean?

By on Jul 26, 2016Share

When the Democrats were drafting their platform earlier this month, Connecticut’s Gov. Dan Malloy asked if anyone would dare to vote against a statement describing farming as a cherished way of life.

“Is there anyone who’s going to be heard to take a position against farming?” Malloy asked. That got a good laugh. “At your peril,” Malloy joshed.

No surprise, the committee members voted unanimously to include the language.

And so Democrats released a platform for their convention this week that promises to “support the next generation of farmers and ranchers, with particular attention given to promoting environmentally sustainable agricultural practices.” The platform also vows “to protect and enhance family farms.” OK, sounds great, but how?

The platform says we should give more farm subsidies and more money to boost local food markets. But that’s not likely to be enough to counteract trends squeezing out farmers. It’s easy to be sentimental about preserving farms yet devilishly hard to find a palatable solution.

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