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  • Analysis
    5 days ago
    by rookshook
    +35 +10

    The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death

    America’s self-reliance obsession makes it more acceptable to applaud working yourself to death than to argue that doing so points to a flawed economic system.

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by sasky
    +21 +5

    Millennials earn 20% less than Boomers did at same stage of life

    Baby Boomers: your millennial children are worse off than you. With a median household income of $40,581, millennials earn 20 percent less than boomers did at the same stage of life, despite being better educated, according to a new analysis of Federal Reserve data by the advocacy group Young Invincibles.

  • Expression
    7 days ago
    by TNY
    +22 +5

    People are always going to use drugs - at least let's make it safer for them

    DCU's SeshSafe project is now providing students with drug-testing kits and information on drug safety, to check illegal drugs in an experiment seeking to reduce risks from adulterated substances. SeshSafe is the brainchild of DCU student and chairperson of the university's Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) group, Eleanor Hulm. After the deaths of three people in Cork and Dublin last year after drug use at parties, Ms Hulm took the initiative to provide a safe drug-testing kit to students in various Irish universities.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by zobo
    +18 +5

    Ikea India Announces 26-Week Parental Leave For Both Men, Women

    Furnishings company Ikea India has announced a new parental leave policy in which all employees, including men, will be entitled to six months of parental paid leave from this month. In addition to the 26 weeks leave, women employees will have an option of truncated work hours by 50 per cent for another 16 weeks, the Swedish furnishings heavyweight said. "I am delighted to share this news with all our co-workers in India who are working towards opening stores and building the Ikea brand," Ikea India Country HR Manager Anna-Carin Mansson said.

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by geoleo
    +24 +3

    Italy’s Struggling Economy Has World’s Healthiest People

    When it comes to living a long life, Italy is the place to be. The high-heeled boot surrounded by five seas is ranked the healthiest country on Earth in the Bloomberg Global Health Index of 163 countries. A baby born in Italy can expect to live to be an octogenarian. But 2,800 miles south in Sierra Leone, the average newborn will die by 52. While Italy is among the most developed countries, growth has stagnated for decades, almost 40 percent of its youngsters are out of jobs and it’s saddled with one of the world’s highest debt loads relative to the size of its economy.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by timex
    +28 +8

    In Pakistan, sexual violence affects 93 percent of women

    In Pakistan, nearly all of the female population has experienced some sort of sexual violence in their lifetime. Seventy percent of Pakistani women and girls have experienced physical or sexual violence, and 93 percent of women in the country have experienced some sort of sexual violence in public places, according to Zia Ahmed Awan, Pakistan’s national commissioner for children and the founder of the Madadgaar National Helpline 1098, The Express Tribune reported.

  • Review
    2 weeks ago
    by gladsdotter
    +27 +6

    I’m Not O.K. Neither Are You. Who Cares?

    A new literary genre, which might be called anti-self help, is now upon us. It’s filled with profanity.

  • Video
    2 weeks ago
    by Chubros
    +26 +6

    Video: Why some Chinese millennials are taking up the hermit’s life in the mountains

    Over the past several decades, China has transformed from a largely poor and rural farming nation to a world power with massive economic heft and a rapidly growing urban middle class. While access to the global economy offers the emerging generation of young adults unprecedented access to material goods and a wide range of lifestyles, consumerism has come at a cost for some Chinese millennials who are seeking something beyond money.

  • Expression
    2 weeks ago
    by wildcard
    +29 +5

    Proof daylight saving time is dumb, dangerous, and costly

    If you hate daylight saving time and the confusion and sleep deprivation it brings, you now have solid data on your side. A wave of new research is bolstering arguments against changing clocks twice a year. The case for daylight saving time has been shaky for a while. The biannual time change was originally implemented to save energy. Yet dozens of studies around the world have found that changing the clocks has either minuscule or nonexistent effects on energy use.

  • Expression
    3 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +30 +10

    Basic income isn’t just a nice idea. It's a birthright

    Every student learns about Magna Carta, the ancient scroll that enshrined the rights of barons against the arbitrary authority of England’s monarchs. But most have never heard of its arguably more important twin, the Charter of the Forest, issued two years later in 1217. This short but powerful document guaranteed the rights of commoners to common lands, which they could use for farming, grazing, water and wood. It gave official recognition to a right that humans nearly everywhere had long just presupposed: that no one should be debarred from the resources necessary for livelihood.

  • Analysis
    3 weeks ago
    by aj0690
    +26 +7

    The Doomsday Prepper Next Door

    “Preppers” aren’t just old dudes building bunkers anymore. As the practice goes mainstream, more are young, urban, liberal, and/or on YouTube.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by zyery
    +25 +5

    As obesity keeps rising, more Americans are just giving up

    It stands to reason that if you know you’re overweight or obese, and you know your extra pounds are unhealthy, that you’ve made a stab at losing weight. Right? Not so much anymore, new research shows. The proportion of American adults who were either overweight or obese has been growing steadily for decades, rising from about 53% a generation ago to roughly 66% more recently.

  • Analysis
    3 weeks ago
    by ckshenn
    +29 +11

    'Middle-class' Manufacturing Jobs Pay Fast-food Wages

    If you open the newspaper to the business section or listen to a politician talking about economic growth in the country, it may seem that manufacturing is booming in America. After all, the U.S. auto industry saw record sales in 2015, selling 17.5 million cars and light trucks. Americans spent an estimated $570 billion buying new rides. With thousands of jobs being added in the past few years, people everywhere are praising the industry for rebuilding our economy and the middle class.

  • Expression
    3 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +36 +11

    The case for going to bed at 2:30 am

    There’s nothing virtuous about "early to bed, early to rise."

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by manix
    +29 +8

    Married People Are Healthier Than Those Who Are Single: Study

    A new study suggests that married people are healthier than those who are single. The study was conducted at Carnegie Mellon University and published in Psychoneuroendocrinology. To conduct the study, researchers collected saliva samples from 572 healthy adults aged 21-55 over three non-consecutive days. Multiple samples were taken during each 24-hour period and tested for cortisol. Researchers found that married individuals had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who never married or were previously married.

  • Analysis
    3 weeks ago
    by ckshenn
    +23 +7

    If plastic replaces cash, much that is good will be lost – Brett Scott

    Cash might be grungy, unfashionable and corruptible, but it is still a great public good, important for rich and poor alike.

  • Analysis
    3 weeks ago
    by zgb
    +23 +5

    Vacant Homes Are A Global Epidemic, And Paris Is Fighting It With A 60% Tax

    Runaway real estate speculation has been filling global capitals with vacant homes, creating artificial shortages in the world’s most sought after cities. The “shortage” has made local home owners wealthy overnight, but it comes at the cost of turning lively cities into empty shells. The city of Paris has decided it’s had enough, and implemented a tax in 2015. They didn’t quite get the results they wanted, so they’re now tripling the tax to 60%.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by rexall
    +22 +4

    Black Americans more often wrongfully convicted: study

    African Americans are far more likely to be wrongfully convicted of crimes such as murder, sexual assault and illegal drug activity than whites, a review of nearly 2,000 exonerations in the United States over almost three decades found. Of the 1,900 defendants convicted of crimes and later exonerated, 47 percent were African Americans - three times their representation in the population - according to the study from the National Registry of Exonerations, which examined cases from 1989 to October 2016.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by Nelson
    +35 +9

    Study suggests that college isn't the great equalizer many believe

    College is the great equalizer. That's the message proudly proclaimed by many in higher education, not to mention many parents trying to urge children who may not have trust funds to prepare for college. But a new study says that the economic impact of college -- in postgraduation wages -- is very much tied to the income of students' families growing up, with students from wealthier families earning more than others. Some might assume that this difference is due to enrollment patterns...

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by larylin
    +27 +6

    Welcome to the new dark ages, where only the wealthy can retire

    It’s almost too easy to imagine the scenario. After spending most of our adult life in paid employment, the golden day arrives. A well-earned retirement. Suddenly we’re released from the grip of office email and that long commute. Finally we can enjoy our remaining time on Earth pursuing those interests we’d never had time for, perhaps reconnecting with family and finishing those repairs on the house. Above all, time to relax.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by wildcat
    +28 +4

    Being gay in Latin America: Legal but deadly

    On a February night in 2008, Luis Alberto Rojas Marin says, his life changed forever. At 26 years old, the Peruvian gay man was arrested by police officers while heading home shortly after midnight. Throughout the six hours he was in police custody, he says, he was stripped, raped with a baton and verbally abused by police officers before being let go. All of this, he says, because of his sexuality.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by takai
    +24 +8

    A Better Approach to Violent Crime

    In our politically fractured age, the problem of mass incarceration is one of the very few issues that brings liberals and conservatives together. The shocking facts of our criminal justice system are surely one reason for this. The U.S. is home to 5% of the world’s population but 25% of its prisoners. Our incarceration rate is 19% higher than Turkmenistan’s, 36% higher than Cuba’s and 57% higher than Russia’s—all repressive regimes. No other liberal democracy has an incarceration rate anything like ours, which is more than 370%...

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by gladsdotter
    +42 +5

    The Age of Rudeness

    As the social contract frays, what does it mean to be polite? By Rachel Cusk.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by aj0690
    +23 +4

    Drop in teenage suicide attempts linked to legalisation of same-sex marriage

    Legalisation of same-sex marriage in US states has been linked to a drop in suicide attempts among teenagers. Researchers say suicide attempts among high school students fell by an average of 7% following the implementation of the legislation. The impact was especially significant among gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers, for whom the passing of same-sex marriage laws was linked to a 14% drop in suicide attempts.

  • Expression
    3 weeks ago
    by gottlieb
    +18 +3

    India's Movement to Help People Die Better

    Volunteers are taking the care of their terminally ill neighbors into their own hands. Thirty years ago a young anesthetist, newly appointed as head of department at Calicut Medical College Hospital in the Indian state of Kerala, encountered a case that would change his life. A college professor aged 42 with cancer of the tongue had been referred to him by an oncologist. The man was in severe pain, and the anesthetist, M.R. Rajagopal, asked if he could help. He injected the mandibular nerve in the jaw in a procedure known as a nerve block, and told the patient to return in 24 hours.

  • Expression
    3 months ago
    by Chubros
    +28 +11

    Can a Gun Victim and a Gun Advocate Change Each Other’s Minds?

    On his recent trip to New York, Todd Underwood did not pack a gun. This was unusual, the first time in five years that he went anywhere, even to church, without one. Underwood, who is 37 years old and from Kansas City, won’t say how many guns he owns, but “a fucking arsenal” is a fair description. Underwood wasn’t always a gun guy, he told me, though his father, a factory worker, kept a revolver or two under the bed. His interest really took hold in February 2014, when he was laid up, recovering from quadruple-­bypass surgery, with an infant daughter at home.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by messi
    +33 +9

    U.S. income inequality, on rise for decades, is now highest since 1928

    President Obama took on a topic yesterday that most Americans don’t like to talk about much: inequality. There are a lot of ways to measure economic inequality (and we’ll be discussing more on Fact Tank), but one basic approach is to look at how much income flows to groups at different steps on the economic ladder. Emmanuel Saez, an economics professor at UC-Berkeley, has been doing just that for years. And according to his research, U.S. income inequality has been increasing steadily since the 1970s, and now has reached levels not seen since 1928.

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by TNY
    +24 +6

    Millennials are falling behind their boomer parents (warning: autoplay video)

    With a median household income of $40,581, millennials earn 20 percent less than boomers did at the same stage of life, despite being better educated, according to a new analysis of Federal Reserve data by the advocacy group Young Invincibles. The analysis being released Friday gives concrete details about a troubling generational divide that helps to explain much of the anxiety that defined the 2016 election. Millennials have half the net worth of boomers. Their home ownership rate is lower, while their student debt is drastically higher.

  • Expression
    2 months ago
    by ppp
    +23 +5

    Is the American Dream Really Dead?

    Just a few decades ago, more than 90 percent of 30-year-olds earned more than their parents had earned at the same age. Now it’s only about 50 percent. What happened — and what can be done about it?

  • Analysis
    2 months ago
    by 8mm
    +41 +9

    A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness

    "It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness." In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents. Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished — but he, prisoner number 119104, had lived.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +21 +5

    The secret to living a meaningful life

    Your ambitions to improve your life do not need to be confined by your personality. By Christian Jarrett.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +36 +5

    A healthy work limit is 39 hours per week, study shows

    People who work more than 39 hours a week are putting their health at risk. Image credit: Flickr/Buddhike de SilvaPeople who work more than 39 hours a week are putting their health at risk, new

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by funhonestdude
    +39 +11

    Shani Shingnapur: The Village Without Doors

    About 300 km east of Mumbai, in the remote Indian village of Shani Shingnapur, crime is a concept so alien that villagers here have stopped guarding their houses, their properties and their valuables. Nobody locks their cars and motorbikes anymore. Shopkeepers leave cash in unlocked drawers overnight, and housewives keep jewelry in unlocked boxes, inside houses that have no doors —just a wooden door frame with a curtain drawn across to protect the privacy of the residents.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by geoleo
    +35 +12

    A day in the life of a care worker: 23 house calls in 12 hours for £64.80

    It’s 6.30am and still dark, and Jean is setting out for her job as a home care worker. When she returns in 12 hours’ time she will have made 23 house calls to sick and elderly people, driven 20 miles between appointments and earned £64.80 before tax. Jean isn’t her real name. Along with fellow care workers in this northern town she is on a zero-hours contract and fears losing work if her employer is unhappy with her. She fears that speaking out about how she has to race between visits, cutting short her appointments in order to earn the “national living wage”, might result in an immediate loss of earnings.

  • Analysis
    4 months ago
    by zyery
    +35 +7

    Inside the world of Australian opal miners who live underground

    Photographer Tamara Merino and her boyfriend were driving through the desert in Australia in November 2015 when they started to see a few odd signs: “Underground bar,” then “underground restaurant.” After they got a flat tire, they found an underground church — empty, but lit by a few flickering candles. They had stumbled into the city of Coober Pedy, a partly subterranean community and the opal capital of the world. The town’s name comes from the Aboriginal phrase “kupa piti,” or, roughly, “white man’s hole.”