Rhonda Smith

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This Is the Williamsburg of Your City: A Map of Hip America

What is your city's Williamsburg? What's its hippest—or formerly hippest—or sometimes just youngest—neighborhood, the one with the art galleries and …

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Writer of Unfortunate Yoga Story Hides Her Identity

Yesterday, we commented upon an extremely earnest essay published in XOJane entitled, " There Are No Black People In My Yoga Classes And I'm Suddenly …

Nintendo working to make GamePad crucial to Wii U experience

Nintendo isn't giving up on the touchscreen-equipped GamePad controller that's included with every Wii U, president Satoru Iwata said at an investor and analyst briefing in Tokyo today.<p>Acknowledging that GamePad recognition is low and confusion about the controller being an accessory for the …

Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard Film Diary of a Teenage Girl in San Francisco

Keep your eyes open for the latest film crew roaming the streets of San Francisco -- <i>The Diary of a Teenage Girl</i> has started filming in S.F., …

How Scarlett Johansson Got in the Business of Whitewashing Israeli War Crimes

The actress Scarlett Johansson is enamored with the Israeli-owned company SodaStream, and now she has the chance to show the world. Johansson, famous …

The American Dream Can Be a Dead End, Especially If You Grow Up in the 'Wrong Place'

A flurry of recent headlines proclaims that climbing the income ladder has not grown harder in America in recent decades. Referring to a study …

'All you can do is pray': What poverty in America really looks like

<i>By Barbara Raab, Senior Producer, NBC News</i><p>When the U.S. Census Bureau released its latest data on poverty in America earlier this week, many experts opined about the statistics and their significance. Less present in the conversation were the voices behind the numbers: the voices of the …

The Government Is Quietly Giving Way More Housing Aid To Rich People Than Poor People

This largely results from the fact that homeowners receive significantly more aid than renters and high-income Americans are much more likely to be homeowners.<p>In 2012, the federal government gave out $240 billion in housing aid. Income data is not available for all of it, but of what is available, …

How America abandoned its “undeserving” poor

With poverty on the rise in the late 1970s, Reagan conservatives waged war on the needy — and won<p>After the mid-1970s progress against poverty stalled. The 1973 oil crisis ushered in an era of growing inequality interrupted only briefly by the years of prosperity during the 1990s. Productivity …

Here's Why the U.S. Spends More on Social Needs Than You Think

I am working through Lane Kenworthy's latest book <i>Social Democratic America</i> right now and will write a review of it soon enough. Here I just want to …

Welfare works for kids: Children whose parents get money grow up healthier and live longer.

“Think of the children.” It's a cliché, but at times it also serves as a powerful argument in debates over public policy. Welfare payments to the …

The Weird Stuff That Happens When You Sign Up for Food Stamps

What America Won in the ‘War on Poverty’

A safety net, if we can keep it.<p>In an unabashed endorsement of government action to alleviate the plight of the poor, this week President Obama commemorated the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty with his own call for new policies to address the continued struggles of tens of millions of …

My Dad Will Never Stop Smoking Pot

Marijuana makes him carefree and happy. But years of using the drug had a ruinous effect on my family.<p>My entire life, my dad has smoked pot. It's so synonymous with him that I've made a joke out of it. “What does your dad do?” comes that age old question. “He's a pot-smoking hippie” is the easiest …

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Check Out the Condos Being Built On the Roof of a Historic NYC Building

361 Broadway, a cast-iron building in lower Manhattan, has stayed put as the neighborhood around it transformed its factories and workshops into …

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World's most beautiful beach glows like millions of stars at night

Flickr user hala065 brings us these otherworldly images of a beach in the Maldives that glows with millions of pinpoints of glowing blue. The light …

Nine Of The 10 Most Popular Games In Japan During 2013 Were On Nintendo Platforms

• Pokemon X / Y – 3,976.829<br>• Monster Hunter 4 – 3,923,312<br>• Animal Crossing: New Leaf – 1,730,182<br>• Friend Collection: New Life – 1,580,067<br>• Dragon Quest VII …

Nikon Teases New Retro-Styled Full-Frame in Mysterious ‘Pure Photography’ Ad

Shortly after Sony announced the mirrorless a7 and a7R full-frames, rumors broke that Nikon had a new full-frame of its own coming in short order. As …

2013: The Year in 365 Pictures

Looking back, 2013 has proven to be a turbulent, unsettling year. Americans were rocked by the terror attack at the Boston Marathon that left three …

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Wealthy Chinese flee China, taking their fortunes with them

Do the wealthy Chinese know something we don't?<p>A new report shows that 64 percent of Chinese millionaires have either emigrated or plan to emigrate—taking their spending and fortunes with them. The United States is their favorite destination.<p>The report from Hurun, a wealth research firm that …

Best Places to Party Around the World

Vacation is the time to kick back, relax…and have one hell of a party. A new book rounds up the best places to experience a new culture by getting …

The Man Who Invented The Telephone Was A Secret Speed Freak

On February 14th, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell got his name put in the history books when he beat fellow inventor Elisha Gray to the patent office …

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8 Criminals Who Took Dumbassery to Staggering Heights

Sometimes I ponder trying my hand at being a criminal mastermind. Like if I really stopped to think about it, couldn't I pull off a really great …