Author: Jordan Raine
Jordan grew up in Devon, England. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Sussex, where he is investigating the evolutionary origins and functions of human nonverbal vocalisations. He is passionate about the mind and voice, and the interplay between politics, media, legislation, and the structure of society. His handle is @JordanChadRaine.

UK gets bottle deposit return scheme – but where’s everything else?

March 27 saw UK environment secretary Michael Gove give the green light to a deposit return scheme in England, which will provide a small cash sum for each bottle or can that consumers return for recycling. While a welcome move, its important to keep in mind that this is the first significant tangible policy announcement since January’s year-late publication of the 25 Year Environment Plan. Read more...

Scottish government backs the people, bans fracking

In a heart-warming and climate-cooling victory for both democracy and environment, the Scottish government plans to place an indefinite ban on fracking.

A temporary moratorium on the environmentally questionable fossil fuel extraction technique had already been in place since January 2015, with a five-month public consultation earlier this year inviting citizens’ views on whether it should be made permanent. Read more...

Big Pharma and ADHD: Stop the overprescription of harmful medication

 

Last time I talked about how reshaping our conceptions towards the idea that the self is dynamic and changeable – with awareness, desire, and perseverance – can lead us all on a path to betterance. This time round, I want to show how pharmaceutical giants have pushed a culture of overdiagnosis and overmedication of ADHD onto us, harming our children and our society all in the pursuit of profits. Read more...

Trump Sends Dictatorial Message to Media & Intelligence Community: Suck Up or Shut Up

The lessons from Donald Trump’s first press conference should be worrying for those who value the role of our institutions.

 

Yesterday saw Trump’s first press conference in 167 days, and boy did it deliver. Despite his unerring vagueness, we learnt a few things in the hour or so he graced us with – for the first time he agreed that Russia did play a role in influencing the election, and he detailed exactly how he will distance himself from his business interests. Read more...