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Yuval Noah Harari, Israeli historian and professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

American isolationism, British isolationism and the disruption and disintegration of a rule-based international system could ignite even more dangerous nuclear arms race between many more countries. If Germany no longer can trust the USA and Britain to back to Germany in case of confrontation with the Russians, then the Germans will say: hey, we now need nuclear weapons of our own. We can no longe... See More
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Yuval Noah Harari, Israeli historian and professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

In the 19th century, a few countries industrialized first and then conquered the whole world. It can happen again with AI. At present, China and the US are leading the AI arms race and if we aren't careful, we will see a new wave of kind of data colonialism that many countries become just data colonies. If you have enough data you don't need to send soldiers. Just imagine what the situation... See More
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Yuval Noah Harari, Israeli historian and professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

I try to change the public conversation and focus the debate on what I think are the most important challenges: nuclear war, the ecological crisis and the dangers of disruptive technology, especially AI and bioengineering. They focus on things like terrorism, immigration or the structure of the EU trade agreements, which are important, we do need to think about it and take care of it, but this ... See More
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Yuval Noah Harari, Israeli historian and professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

If you really care about people in your country and you want to protect them from climate change, dangerous technologies, etc. you must cooperate [globally].
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MIT Sloan School of Management, Business school of the M.I.T.

agrees Carbon Tax
Carbon tax proposals in Congress range from $15-$40 per metric ton of CO2. But even at $7, a tax could reduce emissions substantially.

Elon Musk, Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

Most people think we have too many people on the planet. But actually this is an outdated view ... The biggest issue in 20 years will be population collapse—not explosion, collapse.
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Jack Ma, Alibaba founder

Now in China today, we have 18 million new babies born every year, which is not enough. We need to have much more than that ... I think the best resources of human beings, or the best resources on the earth are not the coal, not the oil, not the electricity, it’s the human brains.
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Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

Climate change threatens the production of food staples like corn, wheat, rice and soy by as much as a quarter – but a global population of nine billion by 2050 will need up to 50% more food.
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Al Gore, 45th vice president of the united states

As human beings, we are vulnerable to confusing the unprecedented with the improbable. In our everyday experience, if something has never happened before, we are generally safe in assuming it is not going to happen in the future, but the exceptions can kill you and climate change is one of those exceptions.
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Shinya Yamanka, Japanese stem cell researcher

agrees Vaccines
I think that the discoveries of antibiotics and vaccines have contributed to the improvement of the quality of life, making it possible to prevent contagious diseases.
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William Foege, American epidemiologist

agrees Vaccines
Vaccines are the tugboats of preventive health.
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Paul Offit,

agrees Vaccines
That he [Trump] would take this next step, which is to take a man who has no expertise about science or vaccines and make him the head of a vaccine safety … committee is truly amazing to me.
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Newt Gingrich, Professor, speaker of the united states house of representatives

agrees Vaccines
Perhaps no anti-scientific argument is more dangerous today than the claim put forward by radical environmentalists, most notably Robert F. Kennedy Jr., that childhood vaccinations can cause autism.
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Seth Berkley,

agrees Vaccines
If you want to know the value of vaccines, just spend some time in a clinic in Africa. The faces of the mothers and fathers say it all: vaccines prevent illness and save lives.
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Rand Paul, American politician, ophtalmologist, and united states senator from kentucky

disagrees Vaccines
I have heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.
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Michael Specter,

agrees Vaccines
It doesn't seem to matter how often vaccines are proved safe or supplements are shown to offer nothing of value. When people don't like facts, they ignore them.
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Jenny McCarthy, American actress, model, television host, author, screenwriter, and anti-vaccine activist

agrees Vaccines
The idea that vaccines are a primary cause of autism is not as crackpot as some might wish. Autism's 60-fold rise in 30 years matches a tripling of the U.S. vaccine schedule.
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Alex Pareene,

agrees Vaccines
Vaccines don't cause autism. Vaccines, instead, prevent disease. Vaccines have wiped out a score of formerly deadly childhood diseases. Vaccine skepticism has helped to bring some of those diseases back from near extinction.
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Jeffrey Kluger,

agrees Vaccines
Vaccines save lives; fear endangers them. It's a simple message parents need to keep hearing.
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Ezekiel Emanuel, American oncologist

agrees Vaccines
Vaccines are the most cost-effective health care interventions there are. A dollar spent on a childhood vaccination not only helps save a life, but greatly reduces spending on future healthcare.
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American Civil Liberties Union,

What the White House has released tonight is transphobia masquerading as policy. This policy is not based on an evaluation of new evidence.
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Sarah Sanders,

[Trump's transgender military ban was] developed through extensive study by senior uniformed and civilian leaders, including combat veterans.
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Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, US District Judge

As a form of government action that classifies people based on their gender identity, and disfavors a class of historically persecuted and politically powerless individuals, the president’s directives are subject to a fairly searching form of scrutiny.
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Shannon Minter,

This [court blocking Trump's ban on transgender troops] is a major victory in the litigation and great news for transgender troops, transgender military academy and ROTC students, and transgender people who have been waiting to enlist.
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Sarah McBride, American activist

There is simply no legitimate reason to forbid willing and able transgender Americans from serving their country.
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Elaine Donnelly, Founder of the Center for Military Readiness

[Trump] has every right to review, revise, or repeal his predecessor's military transgender policies, which would detract from mission readiness and combat lethality.
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John M. Richardson,

We treat every one of those sailors regardless with dignity and respect that is warranted by wearing the uniform of the United States Navy. By virtue of that approach, I’m not aware of any issues.
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Richard V. Spencer,

On a fundamental basis, any patriot that wants to serve and meets all the requirements should be able to serve in our military.
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John McCain,

When less than 1% of Americans are volunteering to join the military, we should welcome all those who are willing and able to serve our country. Any member of the military who meets the medical and readiness standards should be allowed to serve -- including those who are transgender.
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Tax Foundation,

disagrees Soda taxes
Our research has generally concluded that soda taxes are narrow, punitive taxes that are a budget risk not likely to solve America’s health issues. They’re a misguided attempt at solving a multifaceted health problem and will introduce many unintended fiscal consequences.
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Sam Bowman,

disagrees Soda taxes
A tax on sugary soft drinks is the first step on the road to fat taxes and sugar taxes more generally. It makes little sense to tax sugary drinks on their own, rather than sugar more generally – a couple of Mars bars are just as bad as a bottle of Coke – but the Chancellor probably reckons that the public won’t care if he only targets soft drinks. Once the tax is in place, he will follow the lead ... See More
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Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute for Economic Affairs

disagrees Soda taxes
A tax on fizzy drinks seems more likely to provoke a public backlash than many other taxes on unhealthy products. Smokers and drinkers have been become inured to high levies on their lifestyle choices. By contrast, a large bottle of pop is a standard part of an average family’s shopping and, if consumed sensibly, has no measurable health impacts. Allowing your kids a glass of cola with their lunch... See More
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Institute of Economic Affairs,

disagrees Soda taxes
Early evidence casts serious doubt on whether sugary drink taxes have ‘progressive’ health benefits either. Low-income consumers do not seem to have particularly elastic demand for sugary drinks. Even if they enjoyed disproportionate health gains from sin taxes, they would still suffer a net loss to their welfare and the tax would remain regressive in the traditional sense.
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Christopher Snowdon,

disagrees Soda taxes
[People are] quite unresponsive to price hikes and do not significantly change their habits.
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Adam Smith Institute,

disagrees Soda taxes
The sugar tax means smaller bottles, higher prices and worse tasting recipes. What did you expect would happen?!
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Rachel Cooke, British journalist

agrees Soda taxes
Some anti-obesity campaigners are busy arguing that the new sugar tax, which applies to any soft drink containing more than 5g of sugar per 100ml, should now be extended to, among other items, the huge caramel lattes sold by high street coffee shops. It isn’t, of course, very hard to see why, even before you learn that some of these vat-sized drinks contain up to 25 teaspoons of sugar (there are a... See More
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Tim Martin, Businessman, founder and chairman of Wetherspoons.

disagrees Soda taxes
Customers already pay a lot for soft drinks when they go out and we don't need another 'big brother' tax.
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Mark Mustio, Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

disagrees Soda taxes
We’re seeing that those places where families buy their food and groceries are starting to lose money, and we don’t want them to close.
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Rosa DeLauro, American politician

agrees Soda taxes
There is a clear relationship between sugar-sweetened beverages and a host of health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and tooth decay. We are at a crucial tipping point. The SWEET Act would help correct the path we are currently on.
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Robert Jenrick, British lawyer

agrees Soda taxes
In the time between announcing this policy and it taking effect, more than half of all soft drinks have been reformulated to lower sugar content.
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Jacob Rees-Mogg, British politician

disagrees Soda taxes
The tax system is not there to tell us how to live our lives.

Institute for Fiscal Studies, British financial research institute/think tank

agrees Soda taxes
Our results show that young consumers would lower their sugar consumption by more than older individuals in response to a soda tax. The tax, therefore, succeeds in achieving relatively large reductions in sugar among one group.
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Steve Brine, British politician

agrees Soda taxes
Our teenagers consume nearly a bathtub of sugary drinks each year on average, fuelling a worrying obesity trend. The levy is a ground-breaking policy that will help to reduce sugar intake.
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Jane Ellison, British politician

agrees Soda taxes
The soft drinks industry levy is an important step forward in the fight to halt our obesity crisis and create a Britain fit for the future. Obesity is a threat both to the health of children and to our economy, costing the NHS billions of pounds every year.
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Food and Drink Federation,

disagrees Soda taxes
FDF opposes the soft drinks industry levy as we believe it is wrong in principle to single out individual nutrients or product categories for punitive treatment.
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David Haslam, Chairman of the National Obesity Forum

agrees Soda taxes
Currently NOF [National Obesity Forum] are calling for a sugar tax on sugar sweetened beverages [SSBs], but a call for a tax for sugary foods is just around the corner.
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Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

disagrees Soda taxes
In essence, there is nothing wrong with [sugar], it depends on how your diet is. In some products it makes more sense, in others not. I personally am very mindful of my sugar intake. But I don’t need a tax for that, nor do poor people need a tax for that. Poor people need to be helped not being poor, that’s probably a bigger thing than anything else.
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Sarah Wollaston, British general practitioner and politician

agrees Soda taxes
The childhood obesity strategy needs to tackle the problem from every angle, but to leave out a sugary drinks tax would miss an important opportunity to tackle the single biggest contributor of the sugar in teenagers’ diets. There is compelling evidence it would work and do so quickly.
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Catholic Church, Religious institution

disagrees Surrogacy
Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and wife, by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or ovum, surrogate uterus), are gravely immoral. These techniques (heterologous artificial insemination and fertilization) infringe the child's right to be born of a father and mother known to him and bound to each other by marriage. They betray the spouses' 'right to ... See More
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Bar Refaeli,

agrees Surrogacy
Who are they [Israeli government] to tell you what you can and can’t do – it is the basic right of every human. To love and to build a family!
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