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US Marine Corps to See First Woman Infantry Officer Join Ranks Badass Women 

US Marine Corps to See First Woman Infantry Officer Join Ranks

(Sputnik) – A female officer is expected to graduate the US Marine Corps’ onerous 13-week Infantry Officer Course (IOC) on Monday, for the first time in the unit’s 250-year-long history. The officer, whose name hasn’t yet been disclosed, has already completed the final graded stage of the course alongside her male peers, US military officials confirmed to The Washington Post. She is one of the four female Marine officers who volunteered and attempted the course after ground combat specialties were opened to women last year in April. The course, seen as one of the most difficult and also one of the most resistant to full gender integration in the military, first opened Read More

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Artful Insanity: Lauren Ruth Ward’s ‘Did I Offend You’ Music Video Featured Music 

Artful Insanity: Lauren Ruth Ward’s ‘Did I Offend You’ Music Video

Los Angeles (Girl Underground) – Coming up on the release of her first full length album, Well, Hell, Boston-turned-LA sweetheart Lauren Ruth Ward is going strong. After a spring and summer full of local shows and residencies, most of which took place in her Echo Park neighborhood, Ward is gearing up for a September release date, complete with an East LA release party. And if that’s not enough exciting news, she recently proposed to her girlfriend and fellow Los Angeles musician Laura Pergolizzi aka LP, and – spoiler alert – she said yes. One might say things are going well Read More

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No Free Parking: Many Americans Spend More Time Parking Than Having Sex Each Year Culture 

No Free Parking: Many Americans Spend More Time Parking Than Having Sex Each Year

United States (Sputnik) – Drivers in America spend an average of 17 hours every year just looking for a place to park their car. According to report released Wednesday by a for-profit US transportation consultancy, car drivers in the US spend more time looking for parking every year than they do picking a school for their child, choosing health insurance, or, in many cases, having sex. People who travel by car in dense urban areas are naturally the most affected, according to the consultants. Drivers spend, on average, some 107 hours each year looking for parking in New York City, the hardest-hit US urban area. The report calculates that those hours add Read More

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Cryptocurrency Pioneers: 90 Days On Bitcoin Featured Technology 

Cryptocurrency Pioneers: 90 Days On Bitcoin

United States (FEE) – Utah is known primarily for its annual Sundance Film Festival, its abundant Mormon population, and an affinity for Jell-O salad that even its residents don’t fully understand. But what is less known about the Beehive State is that it is often on the cutting edge of technological breakthroughs, and cryptocurrency has been no exception. The newlyweds were about to spend the next three months living solely on Bitcoin. In fact, the University of Utah was one of the first colleges to join ARPANET—an early form of the internet created exclusively for the Department of Defense— Read More

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Venezuelan Citizens Help Each Other Overcome Internet Censorship Activism Technology 

Venezuelan Citizens Help Each Other Overcome Internet Censorship

Venezuela (Global Voices) – On the evening of June 28, Internet users from various cities in Venezuela reported that multiple websites and social media platforms — including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Periscope — were inaccessible. According to the digital activism organization Venezuela Inteligente: “The DNS servers of state internet service provider CANTV were not responding to DNS requests for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Periscope, denying access to the users. Around an hour later [from 11 pm], the blockages were lifted and access to the sites was back. Countless reports of network users indicate that the blocking was conducted through the ISP’s DNS Read More

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The Evils Of Reading: A Short History of Literacy Education Featured Literature 

The Evils Of Reading: A Short History of Literacy

World (FEE) – It’s Peak Reading Season: too hot to go outside, too lethargic to do much inside, no holidays coming up for a while. Polls and anecdotes are probably telling you that reading is on the decline – people just don’t read like they used to! – but it turns out that depends on what demographic you’re looking at, and it’s a bit embarrassing for the old people shaking their heads over “kids these days.” The modern obsession with reading is just that: a modern obsession. If you’re looking at people over the age of 65, your thought is right. Read More

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Skirts Are The New Shorts: Men Donning Skirts In Protest of Uniform Policies Culture 

Skirts Are The New Shorts: Men Donning Skirts In Protest of Uniform Policies

World (Sputnik) – Problem: it’s hot outside, and the boss won’t allow you to wear shorts. Solution: wear a skirt! However unconventional, for a Swedish driver it worked perfectly well. Göran Sandberg from the city of Umeå found his own solution to the heat in the driver’s seat when he chose to wear a skirt at work, when he found that shorts were banned by his employers.Working for the local bus company Transdev, 49-year-old Sandberg found the summer heat unbearable, with the scorching Nordic sun shining through the large glass surfaces and the air conditioning not working as it should when the doors keep opening and closing all the time. Read More

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Girl Power Ballad: Listen To Polartropica’s Olympia Music 

Girl Power Ballad: Listen To Polartropica’s Olympia

Los Angeles (Girl Underground) – What started as a possible submission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics turned into a heavy stance of love, unity, and strength for front-woman, Ihui Cherise Wu on the latest Polartropica track “Olympia.” The indie electronica track is pure synth magic, funneling moments of hyper-speed into the track’s blissful charm. Despite the high dosage of animated brightness that embodies the track, “Olympia” still manages to subtly uplift listeners through triumphant drum beats that leads the song towards a victorious end. Translating indie-tronica and the intangible motivation that is heard within the lyrics, “Olympia’s” visual counterpart becomes a galactic Read More

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Underage? No Social Media, Proposes Finnish Government Politics Technology 

Underage? No Social Media, Proposes Finnish Government

Finland (Sputnik) – Finland is poised to adopt new age restrictions for social media from 2018. Finnish officials hope this effort will help safeguard youngsters’ privacy and help them communicate in a more orderly fashion. In 2018, Finland will introduce a national age limit for the use of social media services, in order to ensure compliance with the EU’s new data protection regulation. According to Finland’s data protection ombudsman, the aim is to shield the children from the pressure to share personal information without their full understanding of the possible consequences.The exact age threshold, however, has not been set yet, with propositions ranging from 13 and 16 years. “In terms of the data Read More

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Deep Thinking Students Dissatisfied and Disengaged Education 

Deep Thinking Students Dissatisfied and Disengaged

United States (Intellectual Takeout) – Because American parents, teachers, and government leaders value education so highly, they have long impressed its importance upon the minds of their offspring. But the rise of various distractions in recent years – not the least of which is digital entertainment – have caused many to strive to make learning more interesting, active, and fun. In short, Americans want to be sure that education is engaging. So, just how successful have Americans been in making school engaging, particularly to teenagers? That question was recently asked in a study on student engagement produced by The Thomas B. Fordham Read More

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