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A Great Social Experiment of the 21st Century

On November 6, 2012, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64. Two years later, recreational marijuana was legal. “No other state had ever done [this] before,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in an interview at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival in June….

The Absurdity of America’s Front Lawns

In the opening scene of David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, a man mows his front lawn. It’s a quintessentially American sight: freshly-hewn grass, blue skies, vibrant flowers, a white picket fence. Then, the man collapses. The camera follows him to the…

The Problem with Parents and Social Media

“So much of parents’ fear around social media use comes from this fear that their kids’ lives will be ruined forever,” says Ana Homayoun in the latest episode of Home School. The Atlantic’s animated video series about parenting. In episode…

The Most Honest Book About Climate Change Yet

By Nathaniel Rich  / This article was originally posted on TheAtlantic.com Authors like to flatter themselves by imagining for their work an “ideal reader,” a cherubic presence endowed with bottomless generosity, the sympathy of a parent, and the wisdom of,…

Why online privacy matters — and how to protect yours

Christopher Soghoian of the ACLU talks privacy, security and why you should put a sticker on your webcam right now, in conversation with investigative journalist Will Potter. talk: How to avoid surveillance … with the phone in your pocket) spends…

The average music streaming subscriber is paying less than $1 a week

Each week, The MBW Review gives our take on some of the biggest news stories of the previous seven days. This time, we react to the IFPI’s latest global music industry numbers – and we might do so again this…

Could there be a cure for hangovers?

A chemical engineer designed an antidote to break down alcohol quickly – and after testing it on drunk mice, found surprising results. By Yunfeng Lu, for The Conversation / this article was originally published on TheGuardian.com Civilization begins with distillation,”…

Your diet, not your genes, control how your body stores fat

Your diet, not your genes, control how your body stores fat: Food and drink consumed alters chemicals in the gut and influences weight gain, reveals study. Scientists at King’s College London studied how fat is stored by the body  The…

1949: The Amsterdam parlevinkers in the canals and harbor of Amsterdam – old film images

Google translate: 1949: The Amsterdam parlevinkers in the canals and harbor of Amsterdam – old film images A beautiful documentary by Ytzen Brusse from 1949, filmed in Amsterdam, about the almost extinct profession of the parlevinker, a grocery store that…

Signs That You Have a Fat Liver

You don’t think about your liver, when drink alcohol beverages in excess, do you? Meanwhile this large organ in your upper right abdomen works hard to eliminate waste products and toxins (including alcohol) from your body. It also plays a…