Canada Is Warming at Twice the Global Rate ; The Cruelty of 'Bucklew v. Precythe' ; and More Picks 4/2

Canada Is Warming at Twice the Global Rate, Report Says (Mili)

The author writes, “Michael Mann, a distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University, told CNN that the report confirms what’s already known, ‘North America, and especially Canada, is seeing even more rapid warming than the planet on the whole, and the impacts are now readily apparent.’”

Supreme Court Does Away With ‘Evolving Standards of Decency’ (DonkeyHotey)

From ThinkProgress: “The Supreme Court’s opinion in Bucklew v. Precythe … is at once the most significant Eighth Amendment decision of the last several decades and the cruelest in at least as much time. Neil Gorsuch’s majority opinion tosses out a basic assumption that animated the Court’s understanding of what constitutes a ‘cruel and unusual’ punishment for more than half a century. In the process, he writes that the state of Missouri may effectively torture a man to death — so long as it does not gratuitously inflict pain for the sheer purpose of inflicting pain.”

As More US Farmers Near Retirement, Who Will Replace Them? (Rebecca)

The author writes, “Nearly a third of farm and ranch operators in the United States are over age 65. Traditionally, land and property have been passed down through the family. But trade wars, low prices, and an unpredictable climate have left the next generation wary of a future in agriculture.”

‘Plain Dealer’ Lays Off a Third of Unionized Newsroom Staff (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “The ‘Plain Dealer’ on Monday laid off 14 newsroom employees as part of a staff reduction first announced in December.”

The Homeless 8-Year-Old Chess Champion and Other Horrific ‘Uplifting’ Stories (Chris)

From FAIR: “The questions of why a government worker is so desperate that she has to pawn her wedding ring, or why we live in a system where disabled children don’t have adequate wheelchairs and are at the mercy of the charity of their teenage friends, are not asked. The media simply invite readers to delight in these tales of generosity.”

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