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Here's Exactly How Much the Government Would Have to Spend to Make Public College Tuition-Free

And the grand total is...<p>A mere $62.6 billion dollars!<p>According to new Department of Education data, that's how much tuition public colleges collected from undergraduates in 2012 across the entire United States. And I'm not being facetious with the word <i>mere</i>, either. The New America Foundation says …

Access to Good Food as Preventive Medicine

According to a new study, nearly one in three U.S. adults with a chronic disease has problems paying for food, medicine, or both. That doesn't have to be the case.<p>The 38-year-old man entered the hospital with a big toe oozing pus and a blood sugar that was three times the normal level. After …

How America Outlawed Adolescence

At least 22 states make it a crime to disturb school in ways that teenagers are wired to do. Why did this happen?<p>One Monday morning last fall, at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, a 16-year-old girl refused to hand over her cellphone to her algebra teacher. After multiple …

Reports Of Prison Guard Brutality In New York Draw A Harsh Spotlight

The scene: A half-dozen white corrections officers at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y., are confronting an African-American inmate named Leonard Strickland. It's video of a closed world, invisible to most of us.<p>"Stay on the wall, do you understand me?" officers shout. "Don't …

Justice

In Wake of Accidental Deaths, Bans on Toy Guns Gaining Ground Across America

In an effort to prevent misjudged police-involved killings such as the fatal shooting of Tyre King, aged 13 — who was killed September 14 in Columbus, Ohio, by officers who mistook his BB gun for a real weapon — towns and cities across America are reviewing and implementing regulation that bans …

Guns

How do police handle violence in countries where officers don’t carry guns?

Another week, another police shooting in the United States. So far this year, 569 people have be killed by US police, according to The Guardian’s count. Police brutality is a horrific normality and, in more ways than one, black men being shot by police has become the modern-day equivalent of …

Guns

5 Big Meat Companies Produce A Combined 162 Million Tons Of Manure Each Year

The consolidation of animal agriculture has allowed American agribusiness to produce huge amounts of cheap meat at an astonishing rate. But that …

Agriculture

This Is How Much Water You Waste When You Throw Away Food

Food waste is a staggering problem. In 2010, close to 133 billion pounds, or a little over $160 billion worth of food, wound up in U.S. …

Agriculture

The Case for Eating Small Fish

From the beginning of time, through the artist Bruegel’s day, and until relatively recently, little fish had only big fish to fear. Since the middle of the twentieth century, however, some little fish—forage fish, to be precise—have faced radically increased threats from humans, and, by extension, …

How Restaurants Cut Corners To Save Money

To save a few pennies, restaurants are doing things that would never appear on the menu: pouring thin heads on beer, serving lightly embalmed shrimp, and selling a $2.50 bottle of wine for $15 to consumers who never wonder about the quality.<p>Activist investor Starboard Value exposed a stark reality …

11 Surprisingly Unhealthy Foods You Eat Every Day

11 Foods I Thought Were Healthy, But Really Aren't<p>Don't be fooled by deceptively "healthy" choices.<p>November 20, 2016<p>All too often, I get tricked by …