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Why Buying Brunch is Better Than Buying A Home Culture Featured 

Why Buying Brunch is Better Than Buying A Home

World (FEE) – Millennials may not be spending money the same way our parents and grandparents had in the past, but in many ways, that’s a good thing. Millennials choosing brunch over homes is simply a manifestation of preference. The generations who came before have not always demonstrated the greatest economic prudence. After all, young Americans didn’t get the country into $19 trillion of national debt. However, when it comes to telling millennials how we should handle our finances, many are quick to self-righteously critique our decisions and hand out unstinting advice. Millionaire Tim Gurner recently criticized his fellow millennials Read More

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Fidget Spinning Explained, Defended, and Celebrated Culture 

Fidget Spinning Explained, Defended, and Celebrated

(FEE) – A parent was discussing her child’s obsession with home-made edible slime, feeling some relief that this trend had displaced the annoying bottle-flipping craze of early 2016. Unbeknownst to her, slime is about to be displaced in turn by the newest fashion: fidget spinning. What makes this one unique is that it has the wide demographic appeal of the model of all temporary fandoms: the brilliant pet rock itself. It is as likely to be seen in middle-school lunchrooms, if they haven’t already been banned, as on trading floors of Wall Street. As with the other viral fads, Read More

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Equality Beyond Labels: How We View Others Matters Culture 

Equality Beyond Labels: How We View Others Matters

Pennsylvania (GREED) – Many people think equality is the idea that people are born the same. We’ve somehow misconstrued this word to mean something that is, indeed, impossible. The dictionary defines equality as “the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.”   Those of us that believe in equality realize that we are born with differences. We are born in different economic classes. We’re different colors. We are born into different situations. But to those of us who believe, none of those superficial things really matter. Equality is the only thing that can erase our division. Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Women Standing Up Against Child Marriage in Mozambique Activism Badass Women Culture 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Women Standing Up Against Child Marriage in Mozambique

World (New Internationalist) – For many, the gentle rushing sound of the ocean lapping at the shore symbolizes freedom. It conjures images of exotic horizons, paradise islands and beach-hut bars. For Flavia Fioretta, the ocean waves also mean freedom. They remind her of the trip she took with her mother to Tofo beach in Inhambane, Mozambique, when she was 14 years old, just before she was forced by her father to marry. She says it is the last time she remembers being truly free. Flavia’s story is typical of many girls in Mozambique. She fell pregnant when she was 14. She felt too Read More

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Drugs, Punishment, and the Vicious Cycle Culture Featured Health 

Drugs, Punishment, and the Vicious Cycle

World (GREED) – There is a casual trend in conversation regarding the “drug problem”. It’s usually something to the effect of “Why do paramedics/police even bother reviving heroin addicts? Just let them die! Narcan just lets addicts do more heroin!” (Sewell, 2016) Unfortunately, there is a widely held assumption that heroin addicts are all alley-dwelling, dirty, mean, drug-crazed vampires with no friends or family whom “society” should waste no resources on, as “society” would be better off without them. It is likely that these preconceived notions are based in ignorance of how people become addicted, the effects, and how these Read More

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I Do Not: More Americans Living Single Culture Featured 

I Do Not: More Americans Living Single

United States (Sputnik) – You free tonight? Yeah, we’re free. The US and many other countries are seeing unprecedented numbers of their populations stay single. They’re not only staying out of relationships for longer periods of time: some are single for life, according to statistics. One of out 50 young adults in the US will have never married by the time they reach 50, according to a 2014 Pew Reports. It reads, “After decades of declining marriage rates and changes in family structure, the share of American adults who have never been married is at an historic high … The dramatic rise in the share of never-married adults and the emerging gender gap are related to a variety Read More

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Send Nudes: Sexting Persists Despite Being Considered Sex Offense in the Netherlands Culture Featured 

Send Nudes: Sexting Persists Despite Being Considered Sex Offense in the Netherlands

World (Sputnik) – A poll of Dutch girls has found 25 percent have sent nude photos of themselves to a partner, and seven in 10 did not regret the experience – suggesting respondents were unaware of (or unfazed by) the risk of recipients sharing their intimate snaps with others. In all, 3,000 teens from the Netherlands took part in the survey. Social media such as WhatsApp was the most popular means of disseminating saucy selfies, with 20 percent having dispatched snaps via such platforms. Videos were less popular, with only six percent having sent one. Commenting, Hanneke de Graaf, Researcher at sexual health foundation Rutgers, said sending nude Read More

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Uber, Digital Serfdom & The Actual Sharing Economy Culture Featured 

Uber, Digital Serfdom & The Actual Sharing Economy

World (How We Get To Next) – There’s nothing resembling a “sharing economy” in an Uber interaction. You pay a corporation to send a driver to you, and it pays that driver a variable weekly wage. Sharing can really only refer to one of three occurrences. It can mean giving something away as a gift, like: “Here, take some of my food.” It can describe allowing someone to temporarily use something you own, as in: “He shared his toy with his friend.” Or, it can refer to people having common access to something they collectively own or manage: “The farmers all Read More

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