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The Arts

Why do marketers get to decide what toys are right for our children?

One Thursday morning, my husband, daughter and I did what any family expecting a new little bundle of joy would do: dashed off to Target to find the remaining things left on our list of “things to pack our house with so that we’re not running short on anything once the Special Little Guy arrives.” …

Kids

Vandals Test the Limits of Putin's Ideology

When a group of Orthodox Christian fundamentalists attacked an art exhibition in Moscow on Friday, they exposed some of the contradictions of the …

I often can't afford groceries because of volatile work schedules at Gap

As the movement for a $15 minimum wage grows, low-wage workers know the problem isn’t just the hourly pay rate. It’s also the number of hours scheduled. I’ve worked at Gap in multiple locations since October 2014. I’d like to earn a living wage – but a raise alone won’t help me pay the bills if …

Abercrombie & Fitch

Bitcoin's Anarchists Can't Make Up Collective Mind

We are now in Day 5 of the Post-Bitcoin-Fork Era, and the Earth is still orbiting around the sun. Bitcoins are still being mined and traded, too, …

Bitcoin

Roller derby doesn't enforce gender separation and women still rule the sport

We live in a world of deep gender segregation and sports are no different: from elementary school, we’re taught that there are boys teams, and there are girls teams, and that the two can’t play together. In the grown-up sports world, gender segregation is maintained in most sports, both amateur and …

LGBTQI

What I Learned When I Lost My Internship at Facebook

Steve Proehl—Corbis<p>Matt Harnack for Facebook<p>Steve Proehl—Corbis<p>Matt Harnack for Facebook<p>David Paul Morris—Bloomberg/Getty Images<p>Matt Harnack for …

What Behavioral Science Reveals About the Iran Debate

Of all the findings in behavioral science, the most significant may be "loss aversion," the idea that people dislike losses a lot more than they like …

South Asia

Too many independent contractors are essentially employees – without benefits

There is a growing number of workers who are being misclassified as independent contractors when they are nothing of the sort<p>Recently, the Washington Post reported that Ariel Wilson Cetrone, who was a pregnant worker at a government agency of two and a half years, requested maternity leave. Silly …

Unemployment

In a way, we all work for Amazon

Maybe it all started with the drone tease. Remember back in 2013, when Amazon CEO<p>Jeff Bezosannounced plans to someday make deliveries via "Octocopters," which would pick up packages from an Amazon fulfillment center and deliver them to customers' doorsteps within 30 minutes?<p>What was astonishing …

eCommerce

Why so many teachers quit, and how to fix that

Every year, thousands of young and enthusiastic teachers all over the country start their first day of work. Within the following five years, at least 17% of them will leave the profession. Teacher attrition is especially high in poor, urban schools, where on average about a fifth of the entire …

When firefighters speak out on climate change, we ought to listen up

Climate change is worsening the fires that ravage many parts of America each year. Grime-streaked firefighters battling one of the 167 active wildfires currently scorching portions of the US west will tell you as much. What they have encountered on the firelines in the past few years is evidence …

Climate Change

The real danger with North Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> The latest crisis involving North Korea appears to be ebbing. It started when Pyongyang's forces allegedly placed landmines on the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ). Two South Korean soldiers were nearly killed by the mines earlier this month. American soldiers also patrol …

North Korea

Why Clinton's email problem won't go away

Hillary Rodham Clinton's effort to quash the rising scandal over her misuse of email when she was secretary of State has so far backfired spectacularly. Instead of cutting the story short, she has fanned the flames, and now even some of her backers in the Democratic Party are worried about the …

Government

We shouldn't treat the homeless like criminals

It is not only morally questionable to punish people who sleep on the streets – it is also an expensive and ineffective way of dealing with homelessness<p>The captions below the pictures of homeless New Yorkers are blunt and derisive: “disgusting,” says one; “bed and breakfast” mocks another. The …

Homelessness

The Ashley Madison hack shows online lives are as layered as real ones

My sister found her husband’s email address among those stolen from cheating website Ashley Madison – but she’s not worried. For starters, they’ve been married for less than a year, and in that time they’ve traveled to Vietnam and Brazil and bought a house and had a baby; he hasn’t really had time …

Ashley Madison

Cornrows and Cultural Appropriation: The Truth About Racial Identity Theft

Is the current cornrow controversy much hairdo about nothing? Or a gateway crime against black culture that includes stealing everything from music …

Men need parental leave just as much as women and kids do

In America, advocates for introducing paid parental leave often frame it as a national economic priority. And they’re right about the benefits: happier employees mean lower turnover rates, and putting more money into the pockets of working families may increase consumption. Paying parents to take …

Paid Leave

Why ISIS wants to erase Palmyra's history

<b>(CNN) —</b> In "The Art of War," Sun Tzu notes that "the whole secret lies in confusing the enemy, so that he cannot fathom our real intent." ISIS is developing this logic in an obscene and seductive way, using the world's media to cultivate its barbaric image and recruit new members.<p>The austerely …

Middle East

Seeing violence live is a reality for too many kids

<b>Editor's note:</b> <i>Tribune crime reporter Peter Nickeas posted a version of this to his Facebook page Wednesday, hours after news broke about the on-air killing near Roanoke, Va., of a TV reporter and a cameraman.</i><p><b>The difference between</b> the shooting in Virginia and every other act of gun violence is that …

What should companies do about dangerous employees?

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's called passing the trash. Keeping quiet about a former employee's true nature is about fear and money.<p>Violent and criminally-minded employees often move from job to job without anyone raising red flags about their bad experiences with them. Employers are afraid to talk about their …

Employment

Congress's Cold Shoulder to the Arctic

The U.S. is behind Russia and several other nations in mobilizing for the impact of the Arctic's melting, the New York Times reported this weekend. …

Required gun insurance would put two powerful lobbies at odds. We'd benefit

If you alone are not strong enough to vanquish your opponent, you must find someone who is – and then find a way to set them against each other<p>Most of the time, if you act fearless enough and choose your battles wisely, the majority of schoolyard bullies can be faced down. But I learned as an …

Guns