Melody Zagada

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Study: Food stamps do much more to fight poverty than we thought

A new study suggests that programs like food stamps and housing vouchers cut poverty by almost twice as much as we thought they did.<p>According to standard census numbers, the poverty rate in New York from 2008 to 2011 was 13.6 percent, before taking these programs into account. The programs the …

Food stamps for filet mignon? Hardly, despite what paternalistic politicians say | Gwen Moore

Americans on programs like Snap and Tanf are becoming the target of punishing policies that robs them of their dignity<p>When you’re trying to feed your family and stretch a dollar, steaks and short ribs don’t make it to your grocery list. As one of nine siblings in a low-income household in …

Mental illness is no crime

<b>(CNN) —</b> Before Paton Blough got his bipolar disorder under control, it nearly cost him everything.<p>The Greenville, South Carolina, resident was arrested six times in three years, each for an episode related to his illness. Instead of receiving treatment, he was thrown in jail. In the rough prison …

Mobile Phones Are Taking Over the World

They keep coming closer, but will just fail to make it again this year. The International Telecommunication Union estimated last week that there will …

Is social media ruining our kids?

<b>(CNN) —</b> It is 10 o'clock. Do you know where your children are?<p>A decade ago, if your answer to that question was, "Yes, at home," you felt comfortable that your children were in a safe and secure place. That's no longer true. Now that kids have smartphones and tablets, they can hang out on a …

Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead.

We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives — getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, …

The Ultimate Amsterdam Backpacking Guide

Amsterdam is a tourist-trap. This is a city famed for its legal marijuana, plentiful hookers and bar crawls. The tourist centre is loud, it’s dirty, …

Backpacking

Women Don't Need to Have Periods

Using birth control to eliminate menstruation isn’t unsafe, even if some worry it’s “unnatural.”<p>No matter why a woman is seeing a doctor—be it for a headache or for a broken toe—she can reliably expect to be asked the date of her last period within the first minute of her consultation. Because of …

Women's Health

7 US state parks with incredible camping

1. Gorges State Park, near Brevard, North Carolina<p>Gorges SP encompasses some of the steepest and most spectacular river gorges in the Southeast, with …

Hiking

Why Do I Sweat More Than Everyone Else?!

It’s halfway through the first plank series in barre class, and you’re sweating so much it looks like you just jumped in a pool—yet your friend is …

Heatstroke