The Underbelly Of America Are Not ‘Losers’

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That evil put down word ‘loser’ would be applied by most unthinking Americans to describe the majority of the seemingly “with it” homeless youth that one stumbles across in their efforts to portray the underbelly of America. This nasty epithet though, has moved up a notch and has come to describe the vast majority of citizens battling to keep their heads above water in rat race U.S.A. altogether. With jobs being sold offshore and the super rich consolidating their power, middle America is disappearing soon to join the ranks of the burgeoning under class. In this battle to survive, “starving artists” of all description will be those who fall.

Thom Hartmann: Libertarian Economics Responsible For ‘Lost Generation’

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I am generally very appreciative of Thom Hartmann’s staunch anti-war stance and his overall rationality and intelligence, but this is a completely insane and baseless argument.

When has there been a Libertarian in power? Reaganomics and Libertarianism are not the same thing. How does a Conservative Keynesian like Reagan get compared to Liberal Austrian ideals? How do you blame the Libertarian party for policies enacted by Republicans and Democrats and two or three independents?

Last time I checked, it was Democrats and Republicans that deregulated our economy and allowed corporations to bring our country to what it is today. Where do Libertarian economics from their independent candidates come into play?

Inside America’s Solitary Confinement For Kids

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“Going in the Box, your mind just simply can’t take it”, says Ismael Nazario. He was locked alone in a 6 by 8 foot cell for 23 hours a day, a punitive measure that is linked to half of all suicides among detained teens. Human rights advocates such as the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, warn of the severe mental damage caused by subjecting young inmates to punitive segregation.

Yet prison staff like Norman Seabrook argue that it is the “only way” to enforce order and safely deal with violent inmates in a stretched jail system. But with reports that more than a quarter of young inmates on Rikers Island jail complex in New York City are being held in solitary confinement, including for minor infractions, many are questioning whether it really is the correct response.

The Exorbitant Annual Tuition And Fees Of A Liberal Arts Education

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The small liberal arts college of Davidson in North Carolina claims that their commitment to affordability “has never been stronger”, and strives to meet 100 percent of their students calculated financial need entirely with grants and student employment. However, I sincerely doubt that student employment is going to help cover the $58,000+ in various fees over the academic year.

And what will the return-on-investment be for their liberal arts education in this decimated U.S. economy, complete with outsourcing, robotization, automation, drone technology, smartphone apps etc? Something is clearly not right in 2010′s higher education.

VICE News: The Donetsk People’s Republic

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In early April 2014, pro-Russia rebels seized the regional administration building and other key institutions in Donetsk, expelling Ukrainian officials and raising their own flag. The rebellion here — and other incidents elsewhere — quickly escalated into a bloody civil war that has left over 2,000 people dead and displaced more than a million.

As an uneasy ceasefire continues to hold in Eastern Ukraine, VICE News returns to Donetsk with an exclusive film that follows some of the characters involved in setting up the self-proclaimed state of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). Filmed over six weeks, this documentary follows the chaotic birth of the DPR as it tries to forge a path to independence and closer ties to Russia.

Why It’s Hard For American Men To Get Married

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Marriage is on the decline all across the United States. In the 1960′s only one in ten adults over the age of 25 preferred the bachelor life. That proportion has more than doubled in the 2010′s. So why do so many falter at the altar?

Well according to data, what unmarried ladies want the most in a husband is a steady job. Unfortunately, steady jobs are a lot harder to come by in 2014 when compared to 1960. In 1960, there were 139 unmarried men with a job for every 100 women, but that number has plummeted to just 91 unmarried men with a job for every 100 women in the 2010′s.

Learn Liberty – The Walking Dead, Tocqueville, And Voluntary Cooperation

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What can The Walking Dead teach us about prosperity? A lot, according to Professor Dan D’Amico of Loyola University. While The Walking Dead has shown viewers what zombies do to society since 2010, political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about shambling, lonesome, soulless creatures and the decline of society long before the show debuted. D’Amico explores what The Walking Dead and Tocqueville’s writings have in common, and what they reveal about the key to human prosperity.

Three Different Viewpoints On Cancer

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Whether you believe cancer is lifestyle related, the result of ageing, or that it “can and does just happen”, it reconfirms that not one day is promised to you.

I. “Cancer is predominately lifestyle related. If you sit around with a laptop on your nuts, and a cell phone in your pocket while eating fatty processed foods, sitting in artificially lit rooms while stressed, and the only way you relax is alcohol and cigarettes, contributing to a highly reduced immune function in a city that is highly polluted from all the cars, then I too imagine that would be a contributing factor to your cancer.

If you enjoy the outdoors, eat healthy and exercise. You won’t need to worry about cancer. You can hope you get better and you will have lived a better life. Unlike Steve Jobs, you will die knowing the beauty of the world because you were not always at work.”

Ordinary Life Does Not Interest Me

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Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments. I am in accord with the surrealists, searching for the marvelous. I want to be a writer who reminds others that these moments exist; I want to prove that there is infinite space, infinite meaning, infinite dimension.

The Ebola Virus Was Featured On A Simpsons Episode In 1997

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The Simpsons has been at the cutting edge of popular culture for a quarter of a century – but do Springfield’s most famous residents have the ability to predict the future? According to Internet conspiracy theorists, the simple answer is yes.

They claim the world famous TV series predicted the Ebola virus outbreak back in a 1997 episode called ‘Lisa’s Sax’, in which Marge tries to coax a sick Bart out of bed, as proof. Bart goes on to point out to his mother an apocalyptic drawing, which shows the sun crying above dead bodies and blood.