The Secrets That Those Who Own Everything Don't Want Us To Know

When I was in high school, we never learned much about working people and the middle class. What we DID learn was that “these rich white guys did this” and “these rich white guys did that.” Turns out, us common folk made a ton of history all on our own.

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What Happens When A Really Powerful Idea Takes Off: Some Companies Are Getting Nervous…

As momentum grows and people begin to realize the raw deal they’re getting every day they head off to work, I see the beginnings of a movement that is likely to grow much bigger. Here’s how far the fast food strikes have spread in less than one year. Word.

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Why That New Shirt From Gap Is Unbelievably Priceless

There have been several incidents just this year of factory fires and building collapses in countries where almost all clothing is made for companies like Gap and Walmart. The big secret? These companies don’t want to sign an agreement — one that has already been signed by many other companies like them — to establish basics on fire and safety standards.

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Here’s Why Dreaming About Your Future Is One Of The Worst Mistakes You Could Ever Make

Graduation speeches are meant to rev up new, hungry diploma carriers eager to make an impact on the big, bright world, right? Dartmouth alum Shonda Rhimes (Creator of “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy”) has choice words for her fellow Ivy Leaguers that would make Olivia Pope proud.

I cued this up to the six-minute mark because that’s when it gets so good. At 6:46, there’s a special dedication for dreamers. Go to 8:52 if you want to avoid living in a basement at any point in your life. And at 13:35 find out why you are sooo lucky right now. Only got a few moments to soak up the goodness? 17:02 is a must see for parents or if the thought of having babies makes you feel all fuzzy (or a little dizzy) inside.

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A Woman Shows Us What's Really In The Hearts Of Big Drug Companies

Wow. That brought me back to reality so fast I have cynic-whiplash.

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Psst … Wanna Buy Some Stuff Right From The People Who Make It?

You can’t “buy local” for some things — rice, coffee, and more — so here’s a great alternative that ships nonperishable goods to you every three months. These ethically sourced items help sustain jobs in the countries where they’re produced. And we get to avoid big-box stores that generally don’t pay attention to such details. Win-win-win, right?

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If You Give A Bride A Beautiful Set Of Bone China, You Set Her Table For A Day

Yes, wedding gifts can be a great way to help young’uns start grown-up households together. But as the average marriage age rises and registries become luxury-item wishlists (because adults already have their own toasters), could we get away from status symbols and commercialism … and back to the traditional roots of marriage?

Never thought I’d utter those last few words. Here’s how some people are making it happen.

And it’s not just for weddings, either!

Here’s a pitch for the website that’s trying to make these registries as easy to use as Crate & Barrel’s:

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There Are Many Reasons Women In Lower-Income Neighborhoods Die Younger. This Is One I Didn’t Know.

This is a shocking statistic but likely one of many that fall along similar lines. And unless we all have access to quality health care, no matter our incomes, things will not get better.

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