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Is It Time to Quit Facebook?

When researchers from Facebook and Cornell University published their findings on emotional contagion among Facebook users (PDF) last month, they did so in the matter-of-fact language of social scientists: “The experiment manipulated the extent to which people were exposed to emotional expressions in their News Feed.” The Internet was beside itself. 368 more words

Opinion Leaders

Is this REALLY where we should be spending all that money?

News came out today that Bill and Melinda Gates have made a $1 million donation to support a Washington state bill that would require background checks on all gun purchases.   458 more words

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Ferguson Police Officer Justin Cosma Hog-Tied And Injured A Young Child, Lawsuit Alleges

 According to a lawsuit filed in 2012 in Missouri federal court, Justin Cosma and another officer, Richard Carter, approached a 12-year-old boy who was checking the mailbox at the end of his driveway in June 2010. 598 more words

Social Justice

This Man Should Not Have a Gun, and He Is Not the Only One

Georgia has gone all-in on gun rights recently, most notably with their “Guns Everywhere” law that allows guns in churches, bars, libraries, and even airports and schools.   682 more words

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Jews Demand Community Leaders Show Moral Leadership on Gaza

Jewish Voice for Peace delivers petitions to Jewish community leaders in major U.S. cities demanding they call for end to Israeli occupation of Palestine.

OAKLAND – Over the last two weeks Jewish Voice for Peace chapters in Philadelphia, Durham, Washington DC, Denver, and New York delivered a petition to Jewish community leaders demanding they call for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the blockade of Gaza. 620 more words

Social Justice

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

It’s all over the Facebooks and the You Tubes recently. Regular people, celebrities, politicians, and everyone imaginable dumping buckets of ice water over their domes as a part of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to raise awareness and funding for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). 597 more words