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Miscellaneous | Other Kinds of Whatnot

Generation X had the luxury of being rebel slackers, but Millennials have to be total squares

You know Generation X. The ones who skateboarded through high school with flannel shirts and angry music during a period of economic stability. The ones who criticized the establishment while…

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links!

What's the Truth About the First Thanksgiving?

Should Americans celebrate Thanksgiving as a day of gratitude? Or should they mourn it as a day of guilt? Michael Medved, author of The American Miracle, shares the fascinating story of the first Thanksgiving.

Politics | The Hall of Idiots

Can My Children Be Friends With White People? - The New York Times

The rise of Donald Trump has broken bonds on all sides. But for people of color the stakes are different.

Miscellaneous | Other Interesting Stories

How We Killed Expertise - POLITICO Magazine

Average Americans have never much liked eggheads. That’s not a bad thing in itself: Americans are a skeptical but level-headed people

Miscellaneous | OTHER STUFF

Paying the price for breakdown of the country's bourgeois culture

These basic cultural precepts could be followed by people of all backgrounds and abilities, especially when backed up by almost universal endorsement.

Politics | Politics

Why Lee Should Go, and Washington Should Stay - NYTimes.com

Nashville — I grew up on Missionary Ridge, a Civil War battlefield overlooking Chattanooga, Tenn. In my childhood we could still find minie balls from the battle in which a young Union soldier, Arthur MacArthur, the father of Douglas, received the Medal of Honor.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Stuff

Hear the Interviews that Helped Build the Dictionary of American Regional English | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Politics | The Hall of Idiots

Why Professional Cuddling Is Booming Under Trump - Rolling Stone

In the wake of Donald Trump's election, people struggled to figure out how to cope – and some found the answer was as simple as human touch.

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

Generation X needs to save America from millennials

Though one of its own sits yet again in the White House, the baby-boom generation, 78 million strong, is finally preparing to depart the scene. Theirs is a 40-year legacy of war, debt and cultural …

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

The average American has only one close friend — here's how we got to this point

Stanford psychologist Emma Seppala says Americans are experiencing a crisis of loneliness, and it's partly a result of our desire for independence.

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At a Luxury Complex in India, the Maids and the Madams Go to War

A dispute between a maid and her employer led to a full-blown riot, an unusual boiling over of resentment between rich and poor in India.

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America can't agree on how to deal with online harassment, if at all

If you're an American who's been harassed online, you're likely surrounded by others who've gone through the same thing.

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The Ken Doll Reboot: Beefy, Cornrowed, and Pan-Racial | GQ

For decades, Barbie’s boy achieved icon status by being a basic, buff, blue-eyed bro. No longer! Caity Weaver has an exclusive glimpse into Mattel’s new take on the all-American male.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

A Sociology of the Smartphone

Smartphones have altered the texture of everyday life, digesting many longstanding spaces and rituals, and transforming others beyond recognition.

Politics | Politics

It feels like America is descending into chaos | New York Post

I turned 7 in 1968, and though my memories are necessarily fuzzy, I can still sum up a queasy sense of the chaos that pervaded the year as it streamed out of...

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The lost world of 9/10: The Sept. 11 attacks and the end of American innocence

The day before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was the last day of American innocence.

Miscellaneous | Other Kinds of Whatnot

The Unsexy Truth About Millennials: They’re Poor - The Daily Beast

If you’re wondering why millennials don’t have much sex, and don’t buy cars, forget social theorizing: the harsh truth lies in their near-empty wallets.

News | News

Americans over 30 are more miserable than they’ve ever been - MarketWatch

“Adults over 30 are less happy than their predecessors,” concludes a study published online Thursday in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science, which examined happiness data from more than 50,000 adults, gleaned from the General Social Survey, carried out by NORC at the University of Chicago, a nonpartisan, independent research organization, which has collected information about American adults since 1972.

Politics | Op-Ed

Cecil the Lion -- Human Rights Matter Too | National Review Online

The uproar over the killing of a lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe by an American dentist, Dr. Walter Palmer, is further proof that secular society inevitably produces moral confusion.

Politics | Seriously???

People Who Identify as Vampires Shouldn't Be Judged, Study Says | National Review Online

Stop being so judgmental! Sociology researchers are now insisting that we as a society start accepting people who choose to “identify as real vampires” — so that they can be open about the fact that they’re vampires without having to worry about facing discrimination.

Politics | Op-Ed

Sorry, Everyone, America Isn’t That Racist

It’s called “proof by example,” and it happens all the time. We take one event and point to it as evidence of a trend or, even worse, a universal fact—a dog attacked my child, therefore all dogs are vicious and should be put down. Despite its popularity,

Politics | Op-Ed

The Formal End to Judeo-Christian America - Dennis Prager

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the redefinition of marriage seals the end of America as the Founders envisioned it. From well before 1776 until the second half of the 20th century, the moral values of the United States were rooted in the Bible a

History | History

10 Already Obsolete Things Included in the 5000-Year Westinghouse Time Capsule | Mental Floss

The site of the 1939 World’s Fair is home to a time capsule that was put in the ground in 1938 and is due to be unearthed and opened in the year 6939. The “Immortal Well” that houses the capsule is located in the Westinghouse Pavilion of the fairgrounds in Queens, New York, and remains untouched to this day.

News | In The News

The Problem With the Backlash to the Game of Thrones Rape Scene

Awareness should not turn into obsessive hyper-vigilance. Those incensed by the fictional rape of Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones Sunday night include not only critics and ordinary viewers speaking out in social media, but at least one national politician.

Entertainment | Television/Film/Books

Matthew Weiner’s MAD MEN and the double audience | YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

(Spoilers ahead). In all my years of watching television, I have never been so flummoxed as I was by the final season of Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men that purports to trace the ups and downs of its primary characters in a small NYC advertising agency, “St

Politics | Op-Ed

America's Decay Is Speeding Up - Dennis Prager

As one who loves America — not only because I am American, but even more so because I know (not believe, know) that the American experiment in forming a decent society has been the most successful in history — I write the following words in sadness...

Visual Arts | Photography

Photographer Creates Grids Showing How People on City Streets Look the Same

Fashion street photographers usually look for styles that are one of a kind. Hans Eijkelboom doesn't. For over twenty years, the Dutch 'anti-sartorial' pho

Politics | Op-Ed

We Have a Moral Divide, Not a Racial One - Dennis Prager

As we await protests and riots scheduled for Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere if a grand jury in Missouri does not indict the white officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teenager, a little moral clarity is called for. For decades now, we hav

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

5 Beloved Traditions Invented to Make You Buy Stuff | Mental Floss

Here's how some popular traditions came about, including diamond engagement rings and the ubiquitous green-bean casserole.

Politics | Op-Ed

Andrew Klavan: The Newest Threat on College Campuses: Microaggression | Truth Revolt

In which our brave and compassionate host takes a look at some real-life examples of microaggression and the deep harm such assaults can really do.  TRANSCRIPT:  OUR MICRO-AGGRESSIVE UNIVERSITIES I’m Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth. Wel

Miscellaneous | Other Interesting Stories

The many reasons millennials are shunning cars

And why we shouldn't dismiss the trend as a mere byproduct of the bad economy.

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Tom and Jerry racist? Of course. Warning on Amazon and iTunes is appropriate.

Is that cartoon cat racist? Amazon Prime and iTunes now feature a warning to Tom and Jerry cartoons from the 1940s and 1950s that they “may depict ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society.”

Politics | Seriously???

Student suspended for saying “bless you” at school | FOX2now.com

A young girl, who claims she was standing up for her religious beliefs in the classroom, was suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed.