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The year in maddening apologies
The year in maddening apologies
You name it, in 2014, someone in the public eye has done it, received a whole lot of social media backlash for it and then quickly gone back on what they did, grovelling for the acceptance of the masses. We may not have taught anyone to think before they act, but at least the measured folk of the...
Please Scotland, don't break up with England
Please Scotland, don't break up with England
Britain is on the brink. Our once solid little island is now moments away from possible extinction as Scotland prepares to vote on its future -- a referendum that will make or break a union formed more than 300 years ago. The entire debacle has gone down like a bad breakup: England, the jilted...
The best response to this year's most offensive Halloween costumes
The best response to this year's most offensive Halloween costumes
Halloween: formerly a holiday for exercising your pumpkin-based creativity, bonding with your peculiarly dressed pals and, most importantly, getting a boatload of free candy, is not-so-slowly cementing its status as a race to the bottom. From sexy Ebola nurses to gun-toting jihadis, the people...
Give unlimited vacation -- or watch workers jump ship
Give unlimited vacation -- or watch workers jump ship
Rejoice, world-weary workers: Unlimited vacation time is yours for the taking -- if your boss is Richard Branson, that is. Among the Virgin tycoon’s latest business ventures is a plan to give his 170-strong team of personal staff total control over their days off, a "policy-that-isn't" he believes...
To get into the 'right' college, get a life, not a 'summer planner'
To get into the 'right' college, get a life, not a 'summer planner'
Going to college has never been a more expensive endeavor: Tuition fees are up, student debt is up and youth unemployment is back up too. So why, then, are some parents shelling out for a “summer planner” to tell their kids how to spend their vacations? A recent story in the New York Post introduced...
Chill out, America: An Ebola reality check
Chill out, America: An Ebola reality check
In West Africa, uneasiness is in the air. The world’s worst Ebola outbreak, one that has killed more than 900 people in four countries, is slowly but surely taking its toll on the region. There is no cure for the disease. It’s fair to say, then, that West Africa has a lot to be worried about. What...
Crowning your 7-year-old a real princess? Terrible parenting.
Crowning your 7-year-old a real princess? Terrible parenting.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that every little girl dreams of being a princess. And, for 7-year-old Emily Heaton, that royal wish just came true. Her attentive/overly indulgent father marched off to a remote part of Africa, stamped a makeshift flag into the ground and declared Emily princess...
The uncomfortable conversations sparked by the Ray Rice 'nightmare'
The uncomfortable conversations sparked by the Ray Rice 'nightmare'
The video showing Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer, knocking her out cold and then dragging her out of an elevator, has sparked several heated, and frankly, much-needed conversations about domestic abuse, the NFL’s responsibility and re-victimization. Even President Obama has weighed...
Boko Haram is just as vicious. Why does the Islamic State get all the headlines?
Boko Haram is just as vicious. Why does the Islamic State get all the headlines?
Americans are obsessed with the Islamic State. Ninety-one percent see the terrorist group as a threat to the vital interests of the United States, according to a September Washington PostABC News poll. That same month, President Barack Obama called the Islamic State one of the greatest terrorist...
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