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Aug 21

“Arby’s: New roast beef you can vape” — How Companies Are Appealing To Millennials | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source

Aug 20

Black People Are Not Ignoring 'Black on Black' Crime - The Atlantic -

"There is a pattern here, but it isn’t the one Eugene Robinson (for whom I have a great respect) thinks. The pattern is the transmutation of black protest into moral hectoring of black people. Don Imus profanely insults a group of black women. But the real problem is gangsta rap. Trayvon Martin is killed. This becomes a conversation about how black men are bad fathers. Jonathan Martin is bullied mercilessly. This proves that black people have an unfortunate sense of irony. The politics of respectability are, at their root, the politics of changing the subject—the last resort for those who can not bear the agony of looking their country in the eye. The policy of America has been, for most of its history, white supremacy. The high rates of violence in black neighborhoods do not exist outside of these facts—they evidence them."

(via How Much $100 Is Really Worth in Every State)

(via How Much $100 Is Really Worth in Every State)

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Angel Investor Pavel Curda Apologizes For Sexual Messages -

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“Applying and being accepted for aid is a mentally grueling process that can stretch on for months. Add to that the humiliation of having to pee in a cup just because you can’t afford to eat.” — Public Assistance Isn’t “Free Money” « The Dish

(via Merchants Of Soul: A Trip To Chipotle And Outside Lands With Spoon - Stereogum)

(via Merchants Of Soul: A Trip To Chipotle And Outside Lands With Spoon - Stereogum)

Merchants Of Soul: A Trip To Chipotle And Outside Lands With Spoon -

Good interview.

"Spoon left Cassadaga with an album that, despite its ominous themes, is overflowing with life. The time off paid off: They Want My Soul sounds refreshed and refocused, the band forging ahead into new territory 20 years into their career. It is a Spoon record through-and-through, yet it’s also a Fridmann record, rife with bold colors, big sounds, and pioneering flourishes. As Daniel puts it, “Even the songs that are a bit more experimental, like say ’Inside Out’ or ’Knock Knock Knock,’ are still bigger-sounding experimental as opposed to introverted experimental.” Those songs — a glassy keyboard shimmer and a snarling psychedelic hall of mirrors, respectively — are unlike any previous Spoon songs. So is “Outlier,” a massive swell of sound that could pass for Primal Scream if not for Daniel’s trademark vocal grit, though “Outlier” dates back to an early jam session by Eno and Harvey well before Fridmann got his hands on the record. Had the band not disappeared for a while, we might hear it as “just” another landmark Spoon album in a long career of them. “I think it easily fits in with the best stuff we’ve ever done,” he says. “And to be doing that eight albums in I think is pretty unusual.”

(via A Softer World: 1143)

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Exercise Makes Kids’ Brains More Efficient | TIME -

"What the results do show, however, is that physical activity may be an important part of keeping children’s brains active and open to learning. Physical education class and recess may be just as important to doing well in school as time spent in a classroom."

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Aug 19

More Women Getting Hand Surgery To Look Good In ‘Ring Selfies’ | The Onion - America's Finest News Source -

“It’s nice having a crazy expense like this to fill the gap between purchasing an absurdly overpriced ring and throwing a ludicrously expensive wedding.”

In Relationships, Be Deliberate - Atlantic Mobile -

"Why do people who decide do better than those who slide through their milestones? The data hint at two possibilities. The first is that those who decide might just be more thoughtful people. For individuals, deciding means thinking carefully about what they want in a romantic partner, in their sexual life, from living together, and in having children—and keeping these desires in mind as they navigate relationships. For couples, deciding means taking the time to communicate and to make mutual decisions when something important is at stake. Couples who decide rather than slide also have more practice working together and are likely better at proactively talking through important life issues, a skill that could help them build a happy marriage."

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