When Women Are Able To Decide *When* To Have Kids, Look How The World Can Change

Thinking about how to help bring the world’s poorest people out of poverty can feel overwhelming. So overwhelming that for a lot of people, it’s more appealing to move on to less challenging problems with easier solutions. But here’s a basic solution we might want to consider, and it gets bonus points for being empowering, too.

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His DNA Was Shredded By 2 Atomic Bombs. So What Happened When He Had Kids?

Post-apocalyptic genetic mutants are one of our favorite ways of scaring ourselves. But this crazy story challenges some of our basic sci-fi assumptions about what happens to human DNA when it’s exposed to gamma rays. Cuz it’s not like some of us haven’t already lived through a nuclear bomb, right? What about two?! Yes, that really happened. Nothing stranger than real life, people. Listen in!

At 6:10, our hero starts a harrowing journey with a destination you won’t believe. The “second nightmare” starts at 10:00, but absolutely don’t miss the conclusion starting at 14:10. You will be so glad to hear it.

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I Once Had A Boss That Told Us, 'If You Get Fired, You're Firing Yourself'

My response? “Can I give myself a raise, then?” Something tells me that particular boss was about as clueless as the main guy in this clip from Australia.

Notes for non-Aussies:
At 0:55, “superannuation” means retirement funds, 401(k), etc. At 1:22, the “award system” is basically the same as our Fair Labor Standards Act, setting minimum wage, max hours worked per week, etc.

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Guess What, Ronald? The Folks Who Work For You Have Had Enough.

McDonald’s recently saw workers walking out and going on strike at hundreds of locations around the world. Here are some images and clips from those events; prepare to be inspired.

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You Should See What This Woman Sees Every Day. It's Gorgeous And Really Messed Up.

Forget all the politicians and corporations and talk shows playing tug-of-war in the “what climate change is and isn’t” game. This woman beats all of them. I’m joining her team.

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When This Rapper Realized Why He Was So Distracted, The Song Just Kinda Wrote Itself

When Talib Kweli (one of my favorite emcees!) got this beat from a producer, a lot of huge events were taking place in the world. Those events were breaking through the noise, pushing the Kardashians, Jersey Shore, and other who-gives-a-f*ck topics onto the back burner and forcing important issues into the forefront of people’s thinking.

Eventually, the very same things that were distracting Kweli became the inspiration for this song. And it does not disappoint.

Follow the lyrics in the transcript below.

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They Found The 1 Straight Couple Who Were Negatively Affected By Gay Marriage. Bless Their Hearts.

When gay people won the right to get married in 2015, everyone thought life would go on as usual. They weren’t anticipating the end of the world. But then everyone voted, and it was too late. At 1:54, my drink shot out my straight nose.

If you feel the need to warn people about their impending lack of danger and totally normal lives continuing, feel free to share this. And maybe Like LGBT Noise on Facebook?

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I Waited A While To Make Sure That This Is THE Best Nelson Mandela Tribute

I’m gonna trade you ALL of the official Nelson Mandela tributes for this one performance by 11-year-old Botlhale Boikanyo. The mini-poet blew away the judges of “SA’s Got Talent” over a year before Mandela died. Her delightful poem is way too good to stay hidden on the Internet, so press play and if you like it, share it.

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