By now, we’ve all learned to be a little more cautious when it comes to “liking” Facebook pages. One click in support of a band or a TV show, and suddenly your News Feed is bombarded with spam and unwanted updates. But did you know with a simple Facebook “like,” you could be signing away several of your legal rights as well?
That’s the case with General Mills, anyways. The food giant — which owns numerous brands including Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Trix, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and Häagen-Dazs — updated its legal terms on Tuesday. While that would normally be snooze-worthy news, the new conditions are enough to make your jaw drop: Now every time you download a coupon, enter a General Mills sweepstakes or even “like” one of its brands on Facebook, you waive your right to sue the company.
The group of student scholars, athletes, Eagle Scouts and future college students reveal they have the aspirations and work ethic like the rest of America’s youth — and they do it in style. As the students dance throughout the video, signs that flash across the screen of the “Suit & Tie,” remix, delivers messages like, “We are scholars,” “We are employees and volunteers” and ” We are not thugs,” to continue to counter the negative stereotypes that live in the national imagination about minority males.
Five workers from Belize, dreaming of a better life and of sending money back home to their families, went to Edmonton in September on a contract arranged by a third party. When they arrived, McDonald’s told them it had arranged housing for six months, and that rent would be deducted from each paycheck. What the workers didn’t know was that the mandatory apartments were high-rise penthouses in downtown Edmonton, an hour and a half by public transit from their work site.
Not only that, if the workers tried to move to closer and find more affordable housing, McDonald’s would continue to deduct rent from their paychecks. Because McDonald’s can break promises, but it sure can’t be expected to break a lease.
day following the release of a new solo record and video, Wu-Tang affiliated rapper Andre Jonson, AKA Christ Bearer, was taken to a hospital following a failed suicide attempt. He threw himself from a second-story balcony after deliberately severing his penis. Members of his group, North Star, who live in the same building as him, heard his fall and his screams and raced to the ground floor to find him running around screaming incoherently.
The Internet has mainly reacted with shock, a lot of WTFs and surprised/concerned emojis. But many are hung up on the penis aspect of this case, using the opportunity for a quick dick-joke or flippant comment about mental illness. Billboard embedded the Northstar song “Crazy” in their article that broke the news about this story. Tasteful. Twitter users have, of course, been using this as the opportunity to make dick jokes. Because how else should you respond to a man’s suicide attempt?
According to a new U.K. study, these questions may be telling signs of your relationship. Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire surveyed over 1,000 people about their sleeping positions, as well as their satisfaction with their partner. The result: A staggering 94% of people who maintained contact while sleeping said they were happy, while only 68% of those who did not touch said the same.
The U.S may have grown accustomed to having predominately male leaders, but on an international scale, we’re not like many of our peers. Though women make up approximately half of the U.S.’s population, they hold fewer than 20% of legislative seats. And out of 44 presidents, not one has been female.
Most women wish that fashion magazines and websites did not Photoshop their models. It creates an unrealistic beauty standard, which is harmful and ridiculous. Unfortunately, while some publications may decide to cut down on the amount of retouching they give their photographs, it seems unlikely that Photoshopping will ever truly go out of style.
Given this reality, the media obsession with policing Photoshopping is starting to wear a little thin. In recent months, sites have made a point of picking over fashion photography, pointing out every blemish artificially covered up and asset altered.
At one time there was a point to all of this. Before awareness of Photoshopping was widespread, these types of stories called attention to an important hypocrisy in American pop culture: the perpetuation of beauty standards so unrealistic they literally had to be painted on celebrities and models.
Vermont’s state Senate voted 26-2 Tuesday in favor of a bill that would make the Green Mountain State the first in the nation to require all genetically modified organism products have clearly denoted packaging. It will also make it illegal for food products containing GMOs to be labeled as “natural” or “all natural.” If passed, the requirements will be enforced starting in July 2016, and Vermont will join 60 countries with similar laws on the books.
According to Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell (D-Windsor), a key supporter of the bill, “We are saying people have a right to know what’s in their food.”
On the heels of yet another Paycheck Fairness Act defeat, you may be scratching your head and wondering why, in 2014, equal pay is still just a fantasy. Well, ladies and gentlemen, GOP activist Phyllis Schlafly has the answer.
According to Schlafly, not only is equal pay for equal work a “notorious falsehood,” but there’s actually a very simple, very obvious reason why women don’t — and shouldn’t — earn as much as men: hypergamy. In other words, women prefer to have a higher-earning husband. If the pay gap were eliminated, “Half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate.” Better yet, “The pay gap between men and women is not all bad because it helps to promote and sustain marriages.”
The thinking here is that not only is every woman straight, but every woman’s biggest concern is finding and keeping a husband.
2043 has widely been cited as the “year of the white minority.”
According to this chart, that’s when our Caucasian population will dip below 50% and be overtaken by the combined number of Asians, blacks, Hispanics and other minorities. By 2060, whites will make up just 43% percent of Americans, a staggering 42% drop since 1960. Hispanics, on the other hand, are projected to nearly double their numbers, from 16% today to 31% in 2060.
This could radically reconceptualize issues of representation and power. Areas like government, media and higher education are currently controlled by whites, but as their numbers wane, so will their dominance. Will current racial inequalities subside as a result? Only time will tell.
Not content with ruling basically the entire Internet, Google now is apparently planning to become a physical part of you. New patents show that Google is already ruminating on Google Glass’ follow-up, and it’s the logical next step: Google Contacts.
The device won’t just measure blood sugar in diabetics. The new patent application makes clear that the lenses will house an integrated camera that takes photos using a special blink pattern, then transmit the images to a connected device.