According to a new poll from the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, almost a third say it may soon be necessary to "take up arms against the government". Two-thirds of Republicans and independents say the government is corrupt and out to get them. That’s compared to 51 percent of liberal voters. Of course, these findings come after a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol wrapped up it’s final hearing. What this poll clearly shows, is that the division between conservatives and liberals across the country is only growing. Half of all Americans believe the other side is misinformed about politics because of where they get their news from. And they also believe that the other side want to impose those same beliefs on them. There is very little chance of any meaningful reconciliation happening in the foreseeable future, at least any that would help to bridge this divide.

Firefighters in Portugal, Spain, France, Greece and Morocco are battling forest fires raging across tens of thousands of hectares as this week’s heatwave continues to bring extreme temperatures and cause hundreds of deaths across south-western Europe. The second heatwave of the summer – with temperatures hitting 47C (116F) in Portugal and 45C to Spain – has triggered wildfires that have forced the evacuation of thousands of people. In Portugal, the meteorological institute has forecast temperatures of up to 42C with no respite before next week. The civil defence authorities, however, took advantage of a slight drop in temperatures after a July record of 47C on Thursday to try to stamp out one remaining major fire in the north of the country.

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Collapse, in this context, refers to the significant loss of an established level or complexity towards a much simpler state. It can occur differently within many areas, orderly or chaotically, and be willing or unwilling. It does not necessarily imply human extinction or a singular, global event. Although, the longer the duration, the more it resembles a ‘decline’ instead of collapse.


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