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  • How Does Your Bank Lie To You? Let Me Count The Ways. If you don’t trust your bank, you’re in good company. With financial regulations unraveling, and in the wake of several shocking banking scandals, it’s remarkable we haven’t all switched to a digital crypto-currency like Bitcoin and ditched our financial institutions. The latest EY Global Consumer Banking Survey finds customers around the globe have diminishing trust in ...
  • Why Can’t You Just Be On Time? By Jim Smith, UCF Forum columnist Imagine going to any public event and a fight breaks out over saving seats. This was just the case recently in Memphis, TN, at the Arlington High School graduation ceremony held at a church. The embarrassing story and video went national. It seems one family was saving seats for someone, but when another family ...
  • For Native Women — A Place To Give Birth And Heal From Trauma Nicolle Gonzales has the stamina of a long-distance runner, which she is, and the authority that comes from guiding nervous mothers-to-be through difficult labor. Her confidence was hard-won: She is a survivor of sexual abuse who gave birth to her first child at age 20 in a noisy hospital room, crowded with relatives and attended ...
  • Broadening ‘Buy American’ Is The Path To Prosperity Most taxpayers want their tax dollars spent on American-made goods and services. Democrats and Republicans alike share this patriotic “fair trade” value that our government should spend our money at home – whether it’s state and municipal contracts or big federal infrastructure investments. That’s why Buy American laws that give preference to U.S. companies in ...
  • Stop The Attack On The Women’s Bureau Today, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta heads to the Hill to defend the Trump Administration’s proposed 20 percent cut to the US Department of Labor’s FY18 budget. As part of these cuts, the Administration aims to all but wipe out the Women’s Bureau – the sole federal agency charged with advocating for working women and for ...
  • Tick Tock: It’s Time To Stop Bullying 30-Something Women About Their Biological Clocks This story was brought to you by Thought Catalog and Quote Catalog. By Mélanie Berliet “Get that thing out of you!” my boyfriend’s cousin exclaimed after learning about my IUD. A few bottles of wine into celebrating the 40-something’s birthday at a casual-chic French restaurant, she had asked when I was “finally” going to have a baby. To ...
  • Can Wonder Woman Inspire Single Women To Use All Their Power? We’re living in a moment when women are reclaiming their power.  From the Women’s March that activated millions of women around the country to take to the streets in protest of a president and policies that will set them back, to more women committing to run for office at an unprecedented rate, we’re seeing the ...
  • Dear Everyone: My Culture Is Not a Costume For You by Momotaz Rahman After publishing a piece on Brown Girl Magazine, I was attacked for my blonde hair. The assumptions of my own South Asian sisters accusing me of trying to be white because to them I didn’t look “brown” enough. Within the negativity, there were many of you who were supportive, kind and spoke up ...
  • Cutting Superfund’s Budget Will Slow Toxic Waste Cleanups, Threatening Public Health And Property Values By Katherine Kiel, College of the Holy Cross Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the Love Canal crisis, when toxic chemicals were found to be leaking from an underground dump into homes in Niagara Falls, New York. State and federal agencies relocated more than 200 families out of the affected area. A state investigation ...
  • Yes, The F***ing Tweets Matter! What has happened to America? Are we actually having a legitimate ‘debate’ as to whether Donald Trump’s tweets are ‘official’ statements? Is his bar that low? Has he lowered our standards of presidential behavior to the point where nothing seems rational anymore? Like we’re all now living in his alternate universe? People… have you gone ...
  • The Day We Lost RFK: Will His Son Elevate Poverty In His Campaign For Illinois Governor? It was 20 years ago this month that I sat as a reporter in Corcoran State Prison and watched Robert F. Kennedy’s killer attend his 10th parole hearing ― and denial. It was 49 years ago today that RFK died from that killer’s gunshot. So much hope and potential extinguished in an instant, and for ...
  • Three More Reasons Why TV’s Gilded Age Is Vulnerable To Tarnish Exhibit A: the mortality list from the 2016-2017 TV season, which includes PBS’s Mercy Street, ABC’s American Crime and WGN America’s Underground. For all the good stuff we still have, their passing makes the Platinum Age a little less shiny. Now let’s stress that the content of the Platinum Age of Television is a subjective call. ...
  • Pittsburgh Pridefest: The Resistance Years The roots of what we’ve come to know as Pridefest in Pittsburgh are, as with many cities, deeply embedded in LGBTQ culture and more as we moved from the multiple resistance efforts in the 1960’s to a nationwide demand for visibility and freedom. At no point was this more apparent than in June 2015 when a ...
  • Vladimir Putin, Before He Was Famous function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Vladimir Putin has been both the president and prime minister of Russia since the year 2000. Since then, he’s been taking shirtless photos, accused of war crimes, and playing ridiculous exhibition hockey games. Putin is a larger than life figure that has ruled Russia with an iron fist and ...
  • Sending A Killer To Do A Diplomat’s Job Hubris, in the wrong hands, is the most dangerous weapon of all. Michael D’Andrea, the man Donald Trump has put in charge of intelligence operations in Iran, has more of it than most. For this was the man who invented the so-called signature strike, and stuck with it despite (deadly) evidence that it did not ...
  • Khan Should Reconsider His Campaign To Disinvite President Trump From State Visit London Mayor Sadiq Khan has suggested that the U.K. should cancel President Trump’s scheduled state visit because of tweets the president sent out criticizing Khan’s response following the attack in London over the weekend. In the tweets, President Trump first said that Khan was wrong to tell people not to be alarmed and when Khan’s ...
  • Health Is A Global Public Good At its 70th U.N. World Health Assembly in Geneva in late May, the World Health Organization (WHO) made history with the election of a new Director-General: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia – the first African to lead the organization. He now takes on the challenge of combating both infectious and noncommunicable diseases and other health ...
  • 10 Facts About Frank Lloyd Wright You Didn’t Know For Architectural Digest, by Carrie Hojnicki. For all the praise Frank Lloyd Wright garnered in his 70-year career, the architect was equally a magnet for controversy in all its forms. With three wives and eight children (seven biological, one adopted), the architect spent much of his adult life racking up sensational, though not untrue, headlines like ...
  • 15 Foods A Nutritionist Always Keeps In Her Fridge By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD Healthy eating is my foundation, and I like to think of a well-stocked fridge as pre-production for everyday life. Having the right mix of nutritious foods on hand helps me hit my daily target for veggies and fruit, and lets me throw together simple but balanced meals, so I don’t ever ...
  • Why ‘Mom Brain’ Should Be Considered A Medical Condition There was a time in my life where I had a demanding job, went to school full-time and ran my own business. I had it all pulled together; I never forgot an appointment; and I could keep track of multiple task lists in my head. Then, I got pregnant and suddenly I had problems putting ...