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  • What Should Really Bother You About The Rockville High School Rape Case I have a daughter in ninth grade at a suburban high school, just like the victim in the Rockville rape case and, like many adults throughout the country, I was horrified by reports of two male teens — age 17 and 18 — brutally gang raping a much younger female classmate in the bathroom of ...
  • Trumpcare And The GOP: Legislating Cruelty I don’t know what makes human beings capable of cruelty toward any living creature other than a warped need to exercise dominion over the weak and defenseless out of a moral failure to acknowledge one’s own frailties. I cannot comprehend how one man, much less 217 others—men and women—could so callously and casually draw, aim, ...
  • 15 Signs That You Are Emotionally Intelligent When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: People with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source of success. Decades of research ...
  • Jeff Sessions’ Department Of Injustice Motivated by his deep-seated biases and those of President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pursuing a draconian agenda on voting rights, immigration, crime, policing, the drug war, federal sentencing and the privatization of prisons. Sessions, now head of the Department of Justice, which is charged with enforcing the Voting Rights Act, once called the ...
  • 10 Awesome Pack-And-Go Lunch Recipes (For Grown-ups) Packed lunches are just for the kids. Whether you’re preparing a picnic or packing lunch for work, these easy recipes will leave you feeling happy and satisfied — no reheating required! 1. Golden Gazpacho This unique recipe is adapted from Oleana chef Ana Sortun’s inspiring cookbook, Spice: Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean. Keep a pitcher in the ...
  • Banning One Racist Fan Doesn’t Fix Red Sox Racism There are two widely accepted definitions for racism in America. They are as follows: Rac·ism (noun): 1) When a white person gets caught saying “n*gger” in public (See also: Boston). 2) When a person of color hurts a white person’s feelings by discussing actual racism. That’s it. Everything else is apparently up for debate. Everything. This article, like most ...
  • America’s Health Is In The Hands Of GOP Frat Boys This just in: Health care is not a game. It’s a matter life or death for millions and millions of Americans. But you sure wouldn’t know it from watching Donald Trump and House Republicans celebrate their narrow victory on Thursday. The House managed to pass a bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), aimed at altering ...
  • Does The Party In Power Determine The Monsters In Our Blockbusters? 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); The political party governing Americans has a giant influence on the everyday. Generally, their ideologies are reflected through their policies which ultimately shape opinion and culture. The complicated relationship between a people and their government comes to dictate the fears and causes of a generation (anyone remember the war on ...
  • Flipping The Switch What if boosting a toddler’s brainpower was as easy as turning on a light switch? In fact, “Flip the Switch” is one of the simple activities suggested by Vroom, an initiative that provides creative tools and materials to help families turn daily interactions with children into “brain building moments.” On one side of an electronic ...
  • Trump Asked Industry Which Environmental Rules To Target Next. Here Are 5 Of Their Most Outrageous Requests. The Trump administration has already cancelled or sought to undermine 23 rules that protect our health and environment – including limits on toxic waste coal companies dump in rivers, and regulations promoting more fuel-efficient cars. But the administration is hungry for more, so it’s asked companies, trade associations and lobbyists to suggest other rules they’d like the president ...
  • How Many People Will Die For Each Rich American’s Trumpcare Tax Cut? Ten. That’s how many people would die every year to give a tax break to each of the 400 richest people in America under the new Republican “health” bill. All in all, hundreds of thousands could die over the next ten years to make the wealthiest among us even wealthier. That number is based on the bill ...
  • Weekend Roundup: If You Don’t Have Solid Borders, You Get Walls Even if U.S. President Donald Trump never ends up building an actual wall along the Mexican border, it was the compelling metaphor of shutting out a menacing world and protecting his own tribe that won the day in the election last year. That such a message would so resonate in a nation founded and sustained ...
  • The ACA/AHCA Debate Shows Why Health Care Is Personal On March 21, 2010, I watched the roll call of the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote on the Affordable Care Act with my mom and dad. My mom, who was terminally ill, could barely keep her eyes open, but she squeezed my hand as I held hers in celebration of the decisive votes. Exactly a month ...
  • Get Away, Jordan: Eulogy For Jordan Edwards Delivered May 4, 2017 in Balch Springs, Texas at the vigil for Jordan Edwards. The name Jordan has rung forth with prophetic hope for many people over many generations. The etymology of that name means “to descend” or to “flow down”. It speaks of the River Jordan that flows down from Israel to Jordan, that river ...
  • Keep LOVING Out Loud And Be Damn PROUD Of It! When I sang the wonderful and profound words of Joni Mitchell, “Tears and fears and feeling proud, to say I love you right out loud,” to my wife Laurie on our wedding day, they held so much meaning for us and still do! Nothing and no one will ever change that! As a bi-national, British/American, lesbian couple ...
  • ‘It Will Never Happen To Me’ I think most of our lives we read about tragedies and hard stuff and breathe a sigh of relief and think that it will never happen to us. It’s easy to think that we’re immune from those crazy events and yet, as I found out this weekend, bizarre things can happen to anyone. Like a vehicle ...
  • How To Combat Both Wasted Food And Wasted Opportunities In The Next Farm Bill Ready your tractors and plows—the farm bill is upon us. This omnibus package of legislation, reauthorized every 5 to 7 years, shapes virtually every aspect of our food and agricultural system. Yet this wide-ranging, $500 billion piece of legislation, which aims to ensure a safe and sufficient food supply for our nation, fails to take ...
  • Australia Is Scrapping A Key Component Of The Merit-Based Immigration System Trump Wanted To Borrow From PERTH, Australia — After a “testy” phone call on refugee resettlement got these two world leaders off to a rocky start four months ago, all eyes were on the face-to-face meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Thursday. But while analysts and journalists alike rushed to speculate about the extent to ...
  • How The Eurozone Damaged French Politics — And This Year’s Presidential Election As France heads into the second and final round of its presidential election on Sunday, a number of observers have compared the choice between the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist neoliberal Emmanuel Macron with the Trump-Clinton contest of 2016. There are similarities: Le Pen, who is politely called xenophobic, like Trump represents an ...
  • The Choice Bus Uses Prisoner Perspectives To Discourage Students From Dropping Out In an effort to stem the school-to-prison pipeline and to keep kids in school, the Choice Bus was rolled out, using the stark contrasts between stories from prisoners who dropped out and statistics on those who completed school to help students understand their options in life, and how their decisions can affect their futures. The Choice ...