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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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Without Government, Who Will Keep Us Safe From Teenage Entrepreneurs? Human Rights Politics 

Without Government, Who Will Keep Us Safe From Teenage Entrepreneurs?

World (FEE) – Tourists taking a stroll around the national monuments this past weekend might have wondered what horrible crime was committed by a group of black teenagers sitting handcuffed and detained on the sidewalk. But while imaginations may run wild, the truth of the matter is extremely tame; the only offense these teens were guilty of was selling bottled water without first asking the government for permission. If this seems like an overreaction on the part of law enforcement, that is because it absolutely is. However, this over-enforcement has become all too common when it comes to youthful Read More

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Get It On To Stay Sharp: Research Shows Regular Sex Boosts Brain Activity Featured Health 

Get It On To Stay Sharp: Research Shows Regular Sex Boosts Brain Activity

World (Sputnik) – New research from scientists at Coventry and Oxford Universities indicates that people over 50 can boost their brain activity, particularly visual memory and verbal fluency, by having sex regularly. Key processes that help neurological function are activated at the point of orgasm, according to scientists at New Jersey’s Rutgers University, as the brain floods with nutrients, oxygen and blood. Along with mood-enhancing properties, there’s evidence that people who don’t maintain active sex lives live shorter lives than those who do, with cardiovascular advantages for women who have sex regularly and decreased chances of prostate cancer for men. A 10-year study at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital found that sexually active Read More

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Greed Music: Debut Album from Blushh, ‘It’s Fine’ Music 

Greed Music: Debut Album from Blushh, ‘It’s Fine’

Los Angeles (Girl Underground) – Brand new on the indie circuit, Blushh is the brainchild of multitalented Los Angeles artist Shab Ferdowsi. With her own music blog, photography practice, and event promotion company, it’s amazing she has any time left to gift us with her musical talents, but somehow she found the time to drop her debut EP It’s Fine earlier this month. With a run time of less than fifteen minutes, the album whips by, yet it leaves a lasting impression with intelligently candid lyrics and punchy guitar. The combination of these aspects, layered on top of catchy drum beats, Read More

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Cannabis Capitalism: A Moral & Economic Victory Featured Health Politics 

Cannabis Capitalism: A Moral & Economic Victory

World (FEE) – Last Thursday, a new bill was introduced that would effectively end the federal prohibition on medical cannabis. While I was certainly happy to see this bipartisan effort created, I was also reminded of how frustrating it is that such a bill needs to be introduced in the first place. Why do we have to ask permission to treat our own illnesses as we see fit? Why do we have to ask permission to treat our own illnesses as we see fit? It’s absurd, and it’s a direct violation of personal sovereignty. But that doesn’t seem to Read More

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Ivanka Sued Over Shoe Design; Claims She’s Too Busy To Attend Hearing Politics 

Ivanka Sued Over Shoe Design; Claims She’s Too Busy To Attend Hearing

World (Sputnik) – Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump and an entrepreneur, is being accused of stealing a shoe design produced by her company IT Collection LLC. Trump has to testify in court over plagiarism claims in the next few months, Bloomberg reported. Representatives of Aquazzura Italia SRL stated that Ivanka Trump allegedly copied the design of their shoes when creating her own collection. The shoes produced by Aquazzura cost more than $780, while Ivanka’s shoes are being sold for a much lower price — $150. Ivanka reportedly tried to avoid the hearing, saying she’s too busy as a “high-ranking government official,” but the Read More

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