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  As if the calorie–counting frenzy that's been around in every Starbucks, Chipotle, and Le Pain de Quoutiden for years hasn't been enough to make us feel guilty about our (often perfectly normal) eating and drinking choices, Google Maps is the newest addition to join the team of often eating disorder–triggering, strategies diguised as strategies to make us lead "healthy lifestyles."  In the past days, the tech–giant rolled out a feature for its Google Maps app, which would count the calories you burn by walking to places...
  “What’s wrong?”I sat on the edge of my bed, one parent on either side of me. I stared down at the colorful balloons of my bedspread sheet, the same ones that dotted the canopy above our heads. I thought about how small I seemed, how small the bed looked as the three of us tried to get comfortable on it. My parents stared back at me and I couldn’t think of an answer for them. The words felt like the balloons on the bedspread, floating...
On Sunday night, a shooting at a Las Vegas concert left 59 dead and over 500 people injured. According to the New York Times, a lone gunman fired from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort into the crowd. A reported 22,000 people had gathered to watch country singer Jason Aldeans at a three-day country music festival. The shooter, 64-year old Stephen Paddock, committed suicide in his hotel room before police arrived. This tragedy is now the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history...

  Right now, millions of Americans in Puerto Rico are without access to water, power, or cell service because of Hurricane Maria.  This Tuesday, the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz told CNN: “Just yesterday, we have been canvassing one by one all of our elderly homes, finding our elderly ― and I’m not kidding ― we [had] to transfer 11 of them in near-death conditions, no food, no water, no electricity and really the sanitary conditions were deplorable.” While those in Puerto Rico are in need of...
  On Thursday, while on a tour promoting her new book What Happened, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stopped by ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’. In a break from discussing the 2016 campaign and election, Clinton mentioned President Trump’s latest actions and gave some advice to the President.     In a conversation about the North Korean threat, Clinton opined that Trump is being played by Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator. She explained, “This missile test [...] is sending a message from Kim Jong Un that he...
You Go, Girl: Lisbon, Portugal Good vibes abound in this coastal European town Written and photographed by Chelseas Fuss   Affordability, sunshine, and a laid-back feel are just a few of the reasons folks flock to Lisbon, one of Europe’s oldest cities. Portugal’s capital is also a melting pot of its past, influenced by transplants from Mozambique, Angola, São Tomé, Brazil, and Goa, who returned after the country’s dictatorship dissolved in 1974, creating an energy of newness combined with history. Lisbon is the antithesis of trying too hard (many...

    Hurricane Irma, even though it was downgraded to a tropical storm, is still causing flooding in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and other southeastern states. But before Hurricane Irma hit Florida, the storm tore up Caribbean islands and caused a wake of destruction in many communities. Florida, the southeast, and the Caribbean islands need help with emergency relief and upcoming efforts to rebuild homes and infrastructure. Before you go full force with relief efforts, keep in mind the U.S. Center for International Disaster Information advises not to...
  Some companies have to find out the hard way that our world tolerates very few secrets these days. Johnson & Johnson is learning that lesson as we speak, now that it appears there’s a scientifically observable and legally enforceable link between talc — the active ingredient in talcum powder — and various cancers, including lung, ovarian and breast. As with all cases of this type, the available scientific information seems to swing radically from one extreme conclusion to the next, depending in part on who’s speaking...

This Sunday, President Trump has solidified the fear that this administration is exactly as evil as everyone thought they’d be. This time, he’s failed the Dreamers. President Trump decided to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, with a six month delay. The Obama-era policy protects around 800,000 young women and men, often called “Dreamers," who were brought to this country with their families illegally as children. On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed this news in a press conference on behalf of the Department...
Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and stranded countless people in their homes after Texans saw 40 inches of rainfall over the course of the weekend. Hurricane Harvey first touched down on Friday night as a Category 4 Hurricane, with winds of 130 miles per hour. Five people have been killed, and many more are injured or trapped. You may be feeling helpless, but there are ways you can help — espeically if you're close to the affected area. But if you happen to be far away,...
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