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  • Current Event
    4 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
    3 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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
    3 months 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

  • Expression
    3 months ago
    by gladsdotter
    +42 +5

    The Age of Rudeness

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

  • Expression
    3 months 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.

  • Current Event
    3 months 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.

  • Analysis
    3 months 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...

  • Analysis
    2 months 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.

  • Analysis
    2 months 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
    2 months 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 months 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.

  • Current Event
    2 months 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.

  • Expression
    2 months 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.

  • Current Event
    2 months 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
    1 month ago
    by wildcard
    +7 +2

    Five things you didn't know about Jesus

    With Lent underway, and the original series "Finding Jesus" back on CNN, you're going to hear a lot about Jesus. You may hear revelations from new books that purport to tell the "real story" about Jesus, opinions from friends who have discovered a "secret" on the Web about the son of God, and airtight arguments from co-workers who can prove he never existed. Beware of most of these revelations; many are based on pure speculation and wishful thinking. Much of what we know about Jesus has been known for the last 2,000 years.

  • Video
    1 month ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +14 +2

    Alike

    Daniel Martínez Lara and Rafa Cano Méndez

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by wetwilly87
    +44 +15

    Small towns devastated after Wal-Mart Stores Inc decimates mom-and-pop shops, then packs up and leaves: 'They ruined our lives'

    The Town’n Country grocery in Oriental, North Carolina, a local fixture for 44 years, closed its doors in October after a Wal-Mart store opened for business. Now, three months later — and less than two years after Wal-Mart arrived — the retail giant is pulling up stakes, leaving the community with no grocery store and no pharmacy. Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it was pulling the plug on its smallest Express store format and closing 269 stores globally...

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by belangermira
    +41 +14

    Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty

    For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to a new analysis of 2013 federal data, a statistic that has profound implications for the nation. The Southern Education Foundation reports that 51 percent of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in the 2012-2013 school year were eligible for the federal program that provides free and reduced-price lunches.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +42 +12

    Alabama passes law banning cities and towns from increasing minimum wage

    Alabama’s governor and legislature Thursday blocked Birmingham’s attempts to raise the city’s minimum wage as they swiftly approved legislation to strip cities of their ability to set hourly pay requirements. The Alabama senate passed the legislation on a 23-11 vote that largely broke along party lines. Governor Robert Bentley signed the bill into law about an hour later. The legislation voids a Birmingham city ordinance attempting to...

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +47 +11

    How America's criminal justice system became the country's mental health system

    Kevin Earley of Fairfax County, Virginia, knows too well what it's like to be on the bad side of a police officer as a person with bipolar disorder — scared you're about to die. Prior to the encounter, Kevin's father, Pete, called police when Kevin, now 36, acted violently on a night in 2005. Kevin refused to surrender and tried to flee, thinking police were trying to hurt him. Officers blasted him twice with a Taser, shocking him with up to 50,000 volts of electricity each time.

  • Video
    1 year ago
    by rti9
    +35 +10

    Should You Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Clean Wounds?

    Hydrogen Peroxide: It fizzes, it stings, but does it actually do you any good? Find out on this week's Quick Question!

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by dianep
    +44 +17

    The curse of the people who can’t stop making puns

    Derek’s wife had put up with more than most people could stand before she finally decided to call the doctor. Almost every night, her husband would wake her up from sleep to tell her another bon mot that had just come to mind. In a bid to finally get a good night’s rest, she eventually persuaded him to write them down rather than telling her directly. Soon, he had filled 50 pages with witticisms such as...

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by wetwilly87
    +31 +9

    Locked Away for 24 Years, an Exonerated Man Still Feels Imprisoned

    Han Tak Lee, 81, spends much of his time alone in a small room in Queens. It is a ground-floor studio apartment with a kitchenette and a bathroom, right beside train tracks used by the Long Island Rail Road. Commuter trains roar by every so often, though the double-glazing of his windows reduces the noise to a gentle whoosh. His cramped living situation invites a comparison to the way he spent most of the past quarter-century.

  • Video
    1 year ago
    by rti9
    +40 +9

    Stop taking antibiotics to treat your cold

    A virus and a bacterial infection are not the same thing.

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +51 +15

    It's illegal to take this photo

    It is illegal to post pictures of storms online, authorities in the United Arab Emirates have warned. Posting negative images or rumours about the recent flooding could be punished under the country's cybercrime laws, the interior ministry said. Damaging the country's reputation online is punishable imprisonment and a fine of up to 1m Emirati Dirhams (£189,500), the International Business Times reported.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by everlost
    +31 +9

    Scandinavian nation named world's happiest, again

    Denmark, perhaps better known for its fictional, suicide-agonizing prince Hamlet and fierce marauding Vikings than being a nation of the happiest people, has just won that very accolade. Again. The United Nations has made it official: It found Danes to be the happiest people on Earth, in a study of 156 countries. Knud Christensen, a 39-year-old social worker, knows one reason why his compatriots are laid-back - they feel secure...

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by ubthejudge
    +35 +9

    'Living in hell': mentally ill people in Indonesia chained and confined

    Almost 40 years after Indonesia banned the practice of shackling people with mental health conditions, nearly 19,000 are still living in chains, or are locked up in institutions where they are vulnerable to abuse, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW). The study says that although pasung – shackling or confining people with psychosocial disabilities – was banned in 1977, enduring stigma and a chronic lack...

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by belangermira
    +48 +12

    The fight against food fraud

    Behind the bomb-proofed doors of a laboratory in Northern Ireland, a short monotone bell rings: a warning that an electrical current is about to pass through the laser knife that Rachel Hill holds in her blue-rubber-gloved hand. Hill uses the laser knife to score a fillet of fish with a strange tattoo, leaving a burnt stripe. The bell rings again, and she makes another incision.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +37 +9

    Scientists Have Identified 11 Indicators of a ‘Good Death’

    Admit it, you’re morbidly curious. By Sarah Emerson.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by wetwilly87
    +38 +12

    USPS Will Cut Postage Rates This Weekend, Isn’t Happy About It

    If you’ve been stocking up on Forever stamps since the last price hike at the beginning of 2014, we have some bad news: those the price of first-class stamps will fall by 2¢ down to 47¢ this weekend. That might perhaps causing slight annoyance for consumers, but will hurt the U.S. Postal Service financially. The price cut, you see, wasn’t their idea. The price cut came from the government entity that regulates the postal service, the logically named Postal Regulatory Commission.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by ilyas
    +35 +10

    City of San Francisco says it's illegal to live in a box

    Last month, the story of a 25-year-old man who's living inside a plywood box parked in his friend's living room became the latest installment in San Francisco's crazy housing market. In a city where the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is currently $3,590, Peter Berkowitz's tale of paying only $400 a month in rent and squeezing into some 32-square-feet of space became the stuff of legend.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by hedman
    +42 +11

    Could 'actual innocence' save the broken US justice system?

    In St Clair County, Illinois, a prosecutor is trying a radical experiment: admitting he may have charged innocent people with crimes. It's a unique new kind of "innocence project". Lashonda Moreland's day had barely begun when the pounding on the front door began. Her husband had already left for work, and she was home with her two children in their second storey apartment in a suburb of St Louis, Missouri.

  • Video
    1 year ago
    by drunkenninja
    +23 +8

    Basic Income: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

    By providing an economic floor for everyone in Canada, basic or guaranteed income would simplify and streamline our income security system, lower rates of poverty and inequality, and would enable us to advance environmental sustainability in the context of a steady state economy.Dr. Mulvale worked in community development in social agencies in southern Ontario for a number of years. In 1999, he joined the University of Regina...