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Businesses claim it's hard to hire 'good people'. The solution is pretty simple | Gene Marks

When you take into account rising fuel, food and rent in many large metropolitan areas, the increase in wages is barely keeping up with inflation<p>If you ask any of my clients what their biggest challenge is this year you’ll likely hear the same thing: finding good people.<p>The economy has been …

Profit

Seattle's bohemian culture struggles to survive as tech takes over

Tech companies, creative people and affluent people all want to crowd themselves into the same limited number of spaces<p>Covered in swirled pink paint and clad only in an emerald green thong, Shannon Kringen blended into an essential Seattle summer scene, becoming a nude in a sea of bicycling …

Florida

How Enslaved Chefs Helped Shape American Cuisine

“We need to forget about this so we can heal,” said an elderly white woman, as she left my lecture on the history of enslaved cooks and their …

Black History

Graffiti has been a part of military life for at least 5,000 years

War is a thing of terror, traditions, heartache and often, boredom. Passing the time between patrols, and the banality that comes from life in the …

Doodling

The age you feel means more than your actual birthdate

Most people feel younger or older than they really are – and this 'subjective age' has a big effect on their physical and mental health.<p>Imagine, for a moment, that you had no birth certificate and your age was simply based on the way you feel inside. How old would you say you are?<p>Like your height …

Psychology

Footage of sole survivor of Amazon tribe emerges

Remarkable footage has been released of an uncontacted indigenous man who has lived alone in an Amazon forest for at least 22 years.<p>Semi-naked and swinging an axe vigorously as he fells a tree, the man, believed to be in his 50s, has never been filmed so clearly before and appears to be in …

Plantations

Housing is a right, not a commodity: Amsterdam signs global declaration

Photo: Picasdre – Wikimedia Commons<p>Amsterdam has signed up to a global declaration to the United Nations which states that ‘housing must first and …

Housing

The hard right can only be defeated from the left, not from the centre | Owen Jones

In both Britain and the United States, the resurgent left represents the best antidote to inequality, stagnating living standards and insecure employment. Yet it is increasingly clear that if the movements represented chiefly by Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders fail, it will be the authoritarian …

Bernie Sanders

2018 is only halfway over, but a troubling climate change trend is already apparent

Earth is in the midst of a 40-year-long accelerated warming trend spurred on by human-caused climate change, and 2018 isn't helping.<p>Scientists at …

Global Warming

Bernie Sanders Is Interviewed By An In-Disguise Sacha Baron Cohen And Doesn't Fall For His BS For A Second

He doesn't suspect that Cohen is there, under all that makeup, but does immediately recognize that the person across from him is spouting nonsense.<p>In …

Bernie Sanders

Sorry to Bother You and the New Black Surrealism

Like Get Out and Atlanta, Boots Riley’s gonzo satire realizes the best way to depict black people’s reality is to depart from it.<p>In Boots Riley’s …

Donald Glover

Duct-tape bikinis look sexy but painful

Forget your swimsuit? Edgy Miami-based label the Black Tape Project has the ultimate quick fix: duct tape.<p>The brand sent curvy models down the Miami …

Curvy

How a painting of the Ku Klux Klan is causing a stir in Texas

When Vincent Valdez began painting The City, a 30ft panorama in which a dozen Ku Klux Klansmen assemble against the backdrop of a moonlit metropolis, Donald Trump had recently announced his intention to run for president. Through that fall, as Valdez toiled away in his San Antonio studio inside a …

Art Galleries

If the economy is 'roaring', why are so many Americans still struggling? | Bernie Sanders

I’ve been on the verge of eviction for falling so far behind on my rent. I’m getting by on food stamps Walmart worker<p>We’re tired of surviving, we want to live. We can’t even survive off $7.25 McDonald's worker<p>Donald Trump tells us every day the US economy is “strong”, “booming” and “roaring”. Yes. …

Bernie Sanders

Fat Intake Alone Decides Whether You Gain Weight, Claims A New Study

For the longest time, the dietary advice was simple, and more than a little judgemental. If you’re big, it’s because of your diet, so eat less fat. Except we’ve learned it’s not that simple: Low-fat diets can, ironically, expand your waistline, and we’ve learned our own bodies fight fat loss, and …

Nutrition

Editorial: ‘Everybody needed to know what had happened to Emmett Till’

<b>T</b>he brutal murder of Emmett Till, a black Chicago youth, in Mississippi nearly 63 years ago went unpunished, but not forgotten. A decision by his …

Black History

Don't let people trick you into thinking that there are 'right' ways to protest Trump

If you've listened to the chattering classes lately, you've learned that there are civil and uncivil ways to protest Donald Trump and his …

Donald Trump

Will Technological Unemployment Fuel Modern Slavery In Southeast Asia?

Technology might produce a spike in slavery, and it’s not related to your smartphone addiction.<p>The Human Rights Outlook 2018 report released on Thursday by risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft highlights how the rise in automation and robot manufacturing could force out of their jobs millions of …

South-east Asia

11 Old Fantasy and Sci-Fi Book Covers That Are Insane

1. Alien Art by Gordon R. Dickson<p>Yeah, man! That's what I'm talking about! Art! A landscape, a city that looks like glowing mushrooms, a dude with a …

Science Fiction

What Adults Can Learn From Dutch Children’s Books

Nijmegen, the Netherlands — NIJMEGEN, the Netherlands — It is an often overlooked fact that one of the easiest ways to learn about a foreign culture is through the books it produces for its children. Shortly after my family moved to the Netherlands last summer, we discovered “zoekboeks” (pronounced …

Books

Why identity politics benefits the right more than the left | Sheri Berman

Over a year into Donald Trump’s presidency, commentators are still trying to understand the election and the explosion of intolerance following it. One common view is that Trump’s victory was a consequence of pervasive racism in American society.<p>Studies make clear, however, that racism has been …

Political Science

Talking Crow Asks People Passing By on Street ‘Y’alright Love?’ in a Strong Yorkshire Accent

While out with their family on a sightseeing trip to Knaresborough Castle in North Yorkshire, UK, Lisa and Mark Brooks were surprised to come across …

Yorkshire

Homeless People Should Not Be Punished for Drinking in Public

by Charles MudedeThe Lesson Charles Mudede<br>This Friday at around 3 pm, a police officer seized a case of Rolling Rock beer from a homeless person on …

Seattle

Understanding Fearful Avoidant Attachment Style

Individuals with a <b>fearful avoidant attachment style</b> desire close relationships, but feel uncomfortable relying on others and fear being let down. …

Psychology

A Harvard Psychologist Explains Why Your Brain Never Runs Out of Problems to Find

Thanks a lot, brain.<p>Why do many problems in life seem to stubbornly stick around, no matter how hard people work to fix them?<p>It turns out that a …

Psychology

Auschwitz escapee told the world about Nazi genocide

Around this time of the summer in 1944, two runaway Jews arrived at a monastery near the Slovak capital, Bratislava, hoping to meet a Vatican diplomat.<p>The two, Czeslaw Mordowicz and Rudolf Vrba, had escaped separately from Auschwitz weeks earlier and they wanted to alert the world that the Nazis …

World History

Our sun grew fat when a sausage collided with the Milky Way

A collision 8 to 10 billion years ago between our own Milky Way and a smaller galaxy dubbed “the sausage” helped grow stars in the centre of the …

Universe

Black Man Tasered by Lancaster Police Files Lawsuit

Sean Williams, 27, is suing a Lancaster, Pennsylvania cop and the city’s police department after he was shot with a taser last Thursday while sitting …

Crime

Waukegan rejects apology but agrees to $9.5 million settlement for man cleared by DNA in 1995 rape

A $9.5 million settlement will end a lawsuit filed against the city of Waukegan by Angel Gonzalez, who was exonerated through DNA evidence in 2015 after being imprisoned for 20 years following the rape of a local woman.<p>The settlement agreement, approved Monday evening in a 7-0 vote with aldermen …

Civil Service

By the numbers: How the world is banning single-use plastics

A proposed bill, which would charge five cents for single-use plastic bags at grocery stores in New Jersey, hit a snag this week when Gov. Phil …

Pollution