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The Death (and Life) of Marriage in America

The story we all know is that the institution of marriage is crumbling and quite nearly facing oblivion. The real story is much more complicated.
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"At first blush, the institution of marriage is crumbling. In 1960, 72% of all adults over 18 were married. By 2010, the number fell to 51%. You can fault the increase in divorces that peaked in the 1970s. Or you could just blame the twentysomethings. The share of married adults 18-29 plunged from from 59% in 1960 to 20% in 2010. Twenty percent!"

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Your Parents Probably Had More Sex Than You're Having

Your Parents Probably Had More Sex Than You're Having | Interesting Bits | Scoop.it
Excusive: New study shows sex trends along generational lines
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"Over the last eight years, acceptance of premarital sex has moved from a minority position to a majority position, with 58% of respondents in 2012 saying they thought there was nothing wrong with sex before marriage (compared to 44% in 2004,) according to a new study of over 33,000 people published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. "

"Yet despite increasingly laissez-faire attitudes to sex and marriage, millennials are sleeping with fewer partners than their parents did. Boomers and early Gen X’ers born in the 1950s and 60s had the most sex of all—an average of 11 sexual partners as adults—followed by those born in the 1940s or 1970s, who averaged at about 10 partners. Millennials, born in the 1980s and 1990s, only have an average of eight sexual partners. Still, they’re doing better than their grandparents in the “Greatest Generation,” who slept with an average of about two partners each."

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"As acceptance for premarital sex has increased, so has tolerance for homosexuality—in 1973, 11% of people believed gay sex was “not wrong,” but by 2012 that number had quadrupled to 44%." 

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How Men Can Succeed in the Boardroom and the Bedroom

How Men Can Succeed in the Boardroom and the Bedroom | Interesting Bits | Scoop.it
Men don’t lose out when there is gender equality. They do better at work, and better at home, where marriages are happier when work is shared.
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"As they point out in the article , equality isn't a zero-sum game. Men who support women at work outperform their peers. Couples that share responsibilities have stronger marriages and more sex. Children with involved fathers are healthier, happier, and more successful.
 
Leaning in for equality isn't just the right thing to do; it’s great for men, too."

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Two NYPD cops get killed and 'wartime' police blame the protesters. Have we learned nothing?

Two NYPD cops get killed and 'wartime' police blame the protesters. Have we learned nothing? | Interesting Bits | Scoop.it
Steven W Thrasher: The script has been flipped, but the lesson remains: nobody – even police officers – should have to live with even the threat of violence. We’re better than this
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"All of this violence is connected. We owe it to those taken from us too early – from the woman in Baltimore, to young black men in Ferguson and Ohio and beyond, and certainly to those two NYPD cops in their squad car in Brooklyn and their families – to break the American cycle of violence, even when it starts spinning in reverse."

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Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward

Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward | Interesting Bits | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES -- With the public in the U.S. and Latin America becoming increasingly skeptical of the war on drugs, key figures in a scandal that once rocked the Central Intelligence Agency are coming forward to tell their stories in a new documentary ...
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"The height of the drug war in the 1980s also saw the beginning of the militarization of local law enforcement, the tentacles of which are seen to this day, most recently in Ferguson, Missouri."

If we ever intend to get a hold on our society and move towards true progress, we must stay educated and aware. 

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Gary Webb Was Right

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Gary was aiming at the government's deceptions and lies. While the Reagan administration was telling youth "Just Say No" to drugs, they were also saying "Just don't know" about their anti-communist allies involved in drug traffick...
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"Gary( Gary Webb) was aiming at the government's deceptions and lies. While the Reagan administration was telling youth "Just Say No" to drugs, they were also saying. Just don't know" about their anti-communist allies involv"ed in drug trafficking. Meanwhile, they were deregulating industry, outsourcing manufacturing and defunding social programs in the inner city while at the same time sending thousands of young men of color away to prison for decades for small amounts of crack cocaine."

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Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations)

Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations) | Interesting Bits | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley’s greatest advances came through collaboration – making serendipitous encounters critical.Creativity is a collaborative process. As brilliant as the many inventors of the Internet and
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"Another key to fielding a great team is pairing visionaries, who can generate ideas, with operating managers, who can execute them. Visions without execution are hallucinations."

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This Is Your Homework: Berliner on Education and Inequality

This Is Your Homework: Berliner on Education and Inequality | Interesting Bits | Scoop.it
I received a pdf. file with a copy of an important new article by David Berliner. It examines the relationship between education and inequality. I don't know how to attach a pdf. file to this post....
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The PISA data were also looked at for the percent of children in a nation that came from disadvantaged backgrounds and still managed to score quite well on the test. That percent is over 80 percent in Hong Kong, over 50 percent in Korea, over 40 percent in Finland, but not even 30 percent in the USA. Somehow other nations have cultures and designed policies affecting lower social class children and their families that result in a better chance for lower social class youth to excel in school. The USA appears to have social and educational polices that end up limiting the numbers of poor youth who can excel on tests of academic ability.

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A Housing Moratorium Won't Save San Francisco

A Housing Moratorium Won't Save San Francisco | Interesting Bits | Scoop.it
Voters will decide in November on a moratorium for new construction for the Mission. They should vote it down.
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The issue of housing is hit on consistently and becomes a circus act instead of discussing the real problems. Using data and evidence we can assess using logic that the current situation is not working and more housing is needed. A major reform and overhaul of the public transportation system could also help however that could take years and would require much more resources & push to even agree on a "Plan". If you don't know already. I am for density increase within my home city. Cities are changing hubs. I don't recognize lot of the city and hell i even found out that my elementary school was being taken down but i am one human in a city of 900,000. My opinions and personal interests should not outweigh the logic and need for housing on a mass scale. 

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Why Dating Outside Your Age Range is OK

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Whether your love life takes you older or younger, high or Lo, our sex columnist has one guiding principle: Be open to all ages--and closed to the public
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"But age isn't maturity. I know this because I once worked with a 42-year-old man who was skipping his daughter's birthday because "she'll have one every year, but you never know when they're going to shut down Burning Man for good.""

 

 

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This Is How We Date Now

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We don't commit now. We can order up a human being in the same way we can order up pad thai on Seamless. We think intimacy lies in a perfectly-executed string of emoji. We think effort is a “good m...
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What is settling? We don’t know, but we fucking don’t want it. If it’s not perfect, it’s settling. If it’s not glittery filtered love, settling. If it’s not Pinterest-worthy, settling.

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The System Isn't Going to Fix Itself—It's Time for Us to Police the Police | WIRED

The System Isn't Going to Fix Itself—It's Time for Us to Police the Police | WIRED | Interesting Bits | Scoop.it
The system has failed us. Or perhaps it’s finally been given a chance to assert the truth we didn’t want to hear: black lives don’t matter as much as others to those in power. And that truth has been writ large this year. It has been underscored by the sheer unbelievability of the circumstances under…
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 "Or perhaps it’s finally been given a chance to assert the truth we didn’t want to hear: black lives don’t matter as much as others to those in power. And that truth has been writ large this(past) year".

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Hawking: AI could end human race

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Stephen Hawking: "Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete and would be superseded"Prof Stephen Hawking, one of the world's leading scientists, warns that artificial intelligence "could spell the end of the human race".

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Stephen Hawking: "Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete and would be superseded"

The nature of technology is fast pace and highly efficient. The benefits are huge and allow civilization to grow much more effectively, however of course as Hawking highlights the growth far outpaces the ability of humans and thus if problems arise ( and they do every so often) many times the time to fix or correct is too late or too consuming. 

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» Is Sexting Normal? - Psych Central News

» Is Sexting Normal?  - Psych Central News | Interesting Bits | Scoop.it
Provocative new research suggests sexting may be a new "normal" part of adolescent sexual development and is not strictly limited to at-risk
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"In other words, sexting may be becoming a part of growing up."  Technology has reached majority adoption and now integrates itself on behavioral patterns.  Question is, what behaviors or trends have faded out in time?

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How US prison labour pads corporate profits at taxpayers' expense

How US prison labour pads corporate profits at taxpayers' expense | Interesting Bits | Scoop.it
Sadhbh Walshe: Thanks to rightwing lobbying, companies can use a loophole to exploit a scheme designed to give offenders work experience
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"For companies that balk at the notion of paying workers a living wage, having a cheap and expansive labor force at their beck and call is a win-win situation. For everyone else – the prisoners themselves and the taxpayers who are subsidizing this scheme at the expense of their own jobs and wages – it's a double loss."

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The Learning Myth: Why I'll Never Tell My Son He's Smart

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By: Salman Khan
Join the #YouCanLearnAnything movement



My 5-year-­old son has just started reading. Every night, we lie on his bed and he reads a short book to me. Inevitably, he’ll hit a
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"What this means is that our intelligence is not fixed, and the best way that we can grow our intelligence is to embrace tasks where we might struggle and fail."

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