Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health The Conversation

COVID-19 causes some patients’ immune systems to attack their own bodies, which may contribute to severe illness

More than half of the 52 patients in the study tested positive for autoantibodies. In patients with the highest levels of c-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation) in the blood, more than two-thirds displayed evidence that…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health News The Conversation

An epidemiologist explains the new CDC guidance on 15 minutes of exposure and what it means for you

Despite the change, most public health professionals have been clear for months that there is nothing magic about six feet. In the same way, there is nothing magic about 15 minutes. These should be used as…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Lincoln Project’s anti-Trump ads show power of biting satire

If he’s laughing, it’s probably not at the Lincoln Project’s satire. by  Chris Lamb, IUPUI Tuesday, October 20, 2020 The narrator in a recent Lincoln Project ad tells listeners, “In six months, COVID-19 has killed more…

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Posted in Analysis Conspiracy theories Religion The Conversation

How QAnon uses satanic rhetoric to set up a narrative of ‘good vs. evil’

A QAnon supporter waiting to see Donald Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania. Rick Loomis/Getty Images by  Paul Thomas, Radford University Tuesday, October 20 In front of a TV audience on Oct. 15, President Donald Trump…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus The Conversation

Colleges and the Thanksgiving COVID-19 risk: Fauci’s right – holiday plans may have to change

College students are making plans to head home for the holidays at the same time U.S. COVID-19 case numbers are rising.  William Campbell/Getty Images  by   Walter Thomas Casey II, Texas A&M University-Texarkana; Marcia G. Ory,…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Right Wing Militias The Conversation

Plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor grew from the militia movement’s toxic mix of constitutional falsehoods and half-truths

by John E. Finn, Wesleyan University The U.S. militia movement has long been steeped in a peculiar – and unquestionably mistaken – interpretation of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and civil liberties. This is true…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Dominance or democracy? Authoritarian white masculinity as Trump and Pence’s political debate strategy

Although some commentators cheered Pence’s ostensible civility during the vice presidential debate, Pence persistently ignored the rules to which his campaign had assented, speaking past his time limit, refusing to answer many of moderator Susan Page’s…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Military Right Wing Militias The Conversation

Americans aren’t worried about white nationalism in the military – because they don’t know it’s there

There is a long history of links between white nationalist movements and the U.S. military. Bo Zaunders/Corbis Documentary via Getty Images by  Jennifer Spindel, University of New Hampshire; Matt Motta, Oklahoma State University, and Robert Ralston,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus The Conversation

Being outdoors doesn’t mean you’re safe from COVID-19 – a White House event showed what not to do

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, hugging another guest; Kellyanne Conway (left); and Notre Dame University President Rev. John Jenkins (right) later tested positive for COVID-19. The Washington Post via Getty Images by  Thomas A. Russo,…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Mining News The Conversation Water

A proposed mine threatens Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, the most popular wilderness in the US

This bucket-list destination for paddling, fishing and camping contains more than 1,200 miles of canoe routes among thousands of lakes and streams, drawing some 250,000 visitors yearly. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness draws thousands of…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Donald Trump has COVID-19. How might this affect his chances of re-election?

by Timothy J. Lynch, University of Melbourne With just a month left until the November 3 US presidential election, contracting the virus could have politically positive or negative consequences for President Donald Trump. These will, of…

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Posted in Coronavirus The Conversation

Older people like President Trump are at more risk from COVID-19 because of how the immune system ages

Masking up is one way to cut down on risk of COVID-19 infection.  Alex Brandon/Getty Images News via Getty Images by  Brian Geiss, Colorado State University President Donald Trump’s announcement that he’s tested positive for COVID-19 is…

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Posted in Analysis Religion The Conversation

Sacred violence is not yet ancient history – beating it will take human action, not divine intervention

Pope Urban II giving marching orders ahead of the First Crusade. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images by  Michael A. Vargas, State University of New York at New Paltz Along with their swastikas borrowed from Nazi Germany,…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Environment The Conversation

The Arctic hasn’t been this warm for 3 million years – and that foreshadows big changes for the rest of the planet

Ice floe drifting in Svalbard, Norway.  Sven-Erik Arndt/Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images by  Julie Brigham-Grette, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Steve Petsch, University of Massachusetts Amherst Every year, sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean…

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Posted in Editorial/opinon Op/Ed SCOTUS The Conversation

Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped shape the modern era of women’s rights – even before she went on the Supreme Court

by Jonathan Entin, Case Western Reserve University Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, the Supreme Court announced. Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement that “Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature.”…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Public Health The Conversation

What a smoky bar can teach us about the ‘6-foot rule’ during the COVID-19 pandemic

How smoke moves inside a bar or outside in fresh air can help in visualizing how the coronavirus spreads. Shironosova/Getty Images Plus by Byron Erath, Clarkson University; Andrea Ferro, Clarkson University; Goodarz Ahmadi, Clarkson University, and Suresh…

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Posted in Climate change Environment The Conversation Wild Fire

Coping with Western wildfires: 5 essential reads

As wildfire smoke turns Western skies orange and red, millions of people face serious health risks from inhaling it, even many who are far from active fires. Wildfire smoke creates an orange glow over San Francisco,…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Religion The Conversation

Jerry Falwell Jr. will leave behind a very different legacy from his influential father

by   Richard Flory, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Jerry Falwell Jr., son and namesake of the founder of the evangelical Moral Majority movement, has resigned as president of…

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Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter Civil Rights Policing Politics The Conversation

Federal agents sent to Kenosha, but history shows militarized policing in cities can escalate violence and trigger conflict

Sending in the feds to quell unrest often increases conflict on the ground, as it did this summer in Portland, Ore. Nathan Howard/Getty Images by  Angélica Durán-Martínez, University of Massachusetts Lowell August 31 The U.S. Justice…

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Posted in Analysis Labor The Conversation

The labor-busting law firms and consultants that keep Google, Amazon and other workplaces union-free

Rite Aid hired anti-union consultants to try to prevent workers from successfully organizing. Amy Niehouse/Flickr, CC BY-SA by  John Logan, San Francisco State University August 24, 2020 American companies have been very successful at preventing their…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Religion Republicans The Conversation

What makes Donald Trump and John Wayne heroes of the Christian Right?

by  Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Calvin University August 27, 2020 The Research Brief is a short take on interesting academic work. The big idea   White evangelical support for Donald Trump has long puzzled observers. To…

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Posted in Analysis Policing The Conversation

Why police unions are not part of the American labor movement

In a way, some police unions have created an alternative justice system that prevents police departments and municipalities from disciplining or discharging officers who have committed crimes against the people they are sworn to serve. Minneapolis…

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Posted in Analysis Investigations The Conversation Wallgate

Why Steve Bannon faces fraud charges: 4 questions answered

The former Trump aide and others allegedly misused funds donated to build a border wall.  Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images by Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, University of Notre Dame Editor’s note: Federal prosecutors in New York have arrested former…

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Posted in Air Polution Analysis Coronavirus The Conversation Wild Fire

What’s in that wildfire smoke, and why is it so bad for your lungs?

The health impact of wildfire exposure depends in part on on the fire itself and how much smoke a person breathes in, how often and for how long. by  Luke Montrose, Boise State University If I…

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