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J. L. Morin
J. L. Morin is adjunct faculty at Boston University. Her award-winning diverse, cli-fi novel, Nature's Confession, in “12 Works of Climate Fiction Everyone Should Read” is forthcoming in January, 2015. Her Japan novel Sazzae won a Gold medal in the 2010 eLit Book Award, and was a 2010 winner in the Living Now Book Awards. She started writing it as a creative thesis at Harvard. J.L. Morin wrote her second novel, Travelling Light on sex slavery. She is also the author of 'Occupy's 1st bestselling novel' Trading Dreams, a humorous story that unmasks hypocrisy in the banking industry and tosses corruption onto the horns of the Wall Street bull.

Her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, The Harvard Advocate, Harvard Yisei, the Detroit News, Agence France Presse, Cyprus Weekly, European Daily, Livonia Observer Eccentric Newspapers, the Harvard Crimson and others.

J.L. Morin grew up in inner city Detroit, graduated from Harvard, and traded currency derivatives in New York while studying nights at New York University’s Stern School of Business for an MBA, culminating in a job at the Federal Reserve Bank posted to the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center. In 2001, Morin began working as a TV newscaster and journalist.

Entries by J. L. Morin

Brussels Ignores Lockdown, Demonstrates Illegally

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 5:01 PM

Over 5,000 people turned out for the Climate March human chain in Brussels on Sunday, November 29th, despite a militaristic lockdown in the capital of Europe forbidding peaceful demonstrations.


Amidst rain and machine-gun toting soldiers, activists joined hands to form a three kilometer...

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'Positive Shrinkage' and the Meaning of Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 3:23 PM

The IMF report that governments subsidized the fossil fuel sector to the tune of $5.3 trillion dollars ($5,300,000,000,000) in 2014 has me questioning just about everything. The spending of taxpayer money, the education system . . . the meaning of life.

Were we put down on Earth just...

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There's More to the Oil Crash Than Meets the Eye

(5) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 2:55 PM

Fracking and OPEC strategy may not be the main influences on oil prices

As New York shakes off another dose of the climate change reality dealt by winter storm Juno, many are beginning to re-appreciate the forces of Nature and the power of public policy. But they still might...

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EU Solidarity Demonstrations Kick Off the NY Climate March

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 2:38 PM

September 20, 2014 Brussels

Over three thousand environmental protestors marched on the capital of Europe at 10:30 Brussels time in the rain. They shouted slogans like, "This is what democracy looks like," in a show of solidarity with the New York Climate March later in the day, to send a...

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Oil Crashing in the Same Car?

(2) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 8:50 AM

It's been a while since I traded derivatives, or cared about commodity prices, but every so often, I see a chart that makes me miss working at the Federal Reserve Bank. Here is one such chart:


Oil prices fell for the third...

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Universities Make 'Cli-fi' Dreams Come True

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 2:09 PM

Universities are getting tough on environmental protection as they tackle challenges, through architecture, literature, hard science, and finance, bringing the new genre of climate-change fiction to life.

Students and professors worldwide are pushing the frontier of climate change research farther than ever this summer exhibiting their solar...

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American Health Is Life Years Away

(8) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 3:56 PM

Is GDP really the indicator we should be looking at to compare America with other countries? While GDP might be the best indicator for measuring the health of a country's corporations, profits can be transferred offshore.

We need a better measure for the standard of living within countries themselves....

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Voting Is Compulsory in Over 25 Countries

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 9:33 AM

This article first appeared in OpEdNews November 4th, 2012

GREEK CITIZENS who fail to vote run into problems getting passports or drivers licenses. Australia also imposes strict penalties if a citizen aged 18 years or older does not get off the couch and vote.

Voting is compulsory in over...

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Job Creation for the Power Crazy

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 4:10 PM

Sharing stories after Hurricane Sandy, singer-songwriter Haale Gafori said, "I like how hurricanes bring neighbors together. One of ours just knocked on the door nd said, 'building-wide potluck at 6:00 p.m.' First time that's ever happened in this building, the sweet upside of natural disasters."

Amidst people...

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Why Vote?

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 12:13 PM


People are asking why they should vote when the system doesn't seem to work. The few political parties we have look alike. Unemployment is higher than reported. The government bails out industry and hands it back to the banks.

But what...

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Job Creation Opportunity In Quality

(6) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 2:22 PM


Massive cuts have left staggering job creation opportunities in an overlooked sector of the economy: Quality. Opportunities for increased profit abound in manufacturing and service industries, from headhunting to rental cars, through quality improvement.

Remember the old adage; it's the tortoise, not the hare,...

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My Loss: Whose Gain? A Case of Disappearing Stock

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 12:02 PM

When I graduated

My father gave me 15 shares of Schering-Plough stock. It seemed like a rock solid move.

My father was getting older and appreciated the relevance of pharmaceuticals that could only get stronger as we baby boomers ripened into our golden years...

Several career changes later...

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Today's Tribute to the Struggle Against Slavery

(2) Comments | Posted August 23, 2011 | 5:05 PM

People around the globe are celebrating today's International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition and the day that slavery became illegal in the Western world.

"Some people might not wanna remember!?" says Salah Hassan on a Facebook pages for the international day....

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Sex Slaves From China Surface in Helsinki Art

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 12:01 PM


First published in the European Daily July 21, 2011

An art installation in Helsinki entitled "My Favorite Call Girl from the People's Republic of China" points out the reality of prostitution for export by China. The art work offers up "lotus blossoms,"...

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Modern-Day Slavery 101: Losing Control All over the World

(78) Comments | Posted June 15, 2011 | 9:48 AM

I felt embarrassed about falling to the rank of slave until I took a look around. Now that I've found out the truth about slavery, I should be relieved to suffer as a metaphor.

What most people don't know is that there are about 27 million slaves -- real...

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