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Mental Health
Rights & Freedoms

Meet the American Nomads of Walmart's Plentiful Parking Lots

If you've ever tried to sleep in your car on a long trip without planning ahead, you may have run into the law at some point. Each U.S. city has a …

Why Do Animals—Including Your Dog—Eat Poop?

Most snack on feces because it contains some undigested food—and thus vital nutrients—that would otherwise go to waste, experts say.<p>With so many nice things to eat in the world, why would any animal look at the menu and order a number two?<p>For Saturday's Weird Animal Question of the Week, we're …

The digital divide goes mobile: Teens without smartphones are falling behind

In this digital age, we have assumed that smartphones and apps are the new normal for youth.<p>A recently released Pew Research Center report on teens and technology further corroborates this belief by showing that 88% of US teens have access to a mobile phone. Of these, 73% have smartphones and 15% …

Social Media

These Photos Of Legal Recreational Marijuana Users Shatter Stereotypes

The stereotypical marijuana user -- the "stoner" -- hasn't adequately represented the actual people who responsibly enjoy marijuana for some time. But the stoner myth seems more antiquated than ever as more states lift prohibitions on marijuana use.<p>To combat these stoner myths of the past, Drug …

Cannabis

White America’s racial illiteracy: Why our national conversation is poisoned from the start

The author of “What Does It Mean to Be White?” examines the ways white people implode when they talk about race<p>I am white. I have spent years studying what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. This is what I have learned: Any white person …

Race & Ethnicity

Visiting today's Seattle, you have to dig deeper to get to the grunge

Grunge was the soundtrack of my Gen X college life. We knew every word to Nirvana's 1991 album, "Nevermind." <i>I'm so happy 'cause today I found my friends.</i> And the day we found out that Kurt Cobain had died, April 8, 1994, there was a candlelight vigil in the quad.<p>Twenty years later, I'm feeling …

Narcissistic kid? Blame the parents, study says

Parents who believe their kids are better, more special, and deserve more than other kids can pass that point of view on to their children, creating young narcissists who feel superior to others, and entitled to privileges, according to a new study.<p>"Loving your child is healthy and good, but …

The Numbers Add Up To This: Less And Less Opportunity For Poor Kids

In this country, all children are supposed to have a shot at success — a chance to jump "from rags to riches" in one generation.<p>Even if riches remain out of reach, then the belief has been that every hard-working American should be able to go from poverty to the middle class.<p>On Tuesday, a book and …

Income Inequality

What nobody told me about small farming: I can’t make a living

People say we’re “rich in other ways,” but that doesn’t fix the ugly fact that most farms are unsustainable<p>On the radio this morning I heard a story about the growing number of young people choosing to become farmers. The farmers in the story sounded a lot like me — in their late 20s to mid-30s, …

Northern California

The “death of adulthood” is really just capitalism at work

Here’s what A.O. Scott’s lamentation about adulthood in pop culture misses: our economic transformation<p>In this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, film critic A.O. Scott writes an extended and provocative diagnosis of what he calls “The Death of Adulthood in American Culture.” It’s a topic Scott …

5 things the religious right needs to learn about the Ten Commandments

Contrary to popular belief, the Bible isn’t the original source of American law. A history lesson for wingnuts<p>Anyone who spends time around members of the Religious Right quickly realizes that they have a serious crush on the Ten Commandments.<p>The Ten Commandments are found in the Old Testament and …

A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry

In the 1950s a group of pioneering psychiatrists showed that hallucinogenic drugs had therapeutic potential, but the research was halted as part of the backlash against the hippy counterculture.<p>On 5th May, 1953, the novelist Aldous Huxley dissolved four-tenths of a gram of mescaline in a glass of …

Spitting on the working poor: Living wage surcharges and the nickel-and-diming of America

Minimum wage hikes are a great idea. But here’s how corporations and the right hope to make America hate them<p>Last week, a restaurant in suburban Minneapolis began not-so-discreetly adding a 35 cent “minimum wage fee” to its diners’ bills. An asterisk at the bottom of the Oasis Café’s receipts …

USA TODAY

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Apps

23 health benefits of marijuana

The American public largely supports the legalization of medical marijuana. At least 84% of the public believes the drug should be legal for medical uses, and recreational pot usage is less controversial than ever, with at least 61% of Americans in support.<p>Even though some medical benefits of …

Cannabis

Behind the Machine's Back: How Social Media Users Avoid Getting Turned Into Big Data

To prevent being tracked by algorithms, we've begun thinking like algorithms.<p>Social media companies constantly collect data on their users because that's how they provide customized experiences and target their advertisements. All Twitter and Facebook users know this, and there is a broad array of …