Greetings and happy new year! We start off 2018 with a recap of the posts from the final two weeks of 2017.
My Favorite Bit was about a family in Maryland who donated $100 bills to the congregants at their church with the condition that they find a charitable way to spend the money. Participants found creative ways to give away the money including food for animals in shelters, financial help for coworkers in need, and a pizza party for the homeless. The sponsor was excited to share the joy of giving to others with her friends at the church.
As 2018 brings another election cycle to the United States, a race in Virginia shows the importance of every vote as the winner in one race was decided by a single vote.
Oftentimes promoting social justice is pushed forward by the advocacy of those who are oppressed; however, this responsibility should shift towards privileged groups. The Root provides a list of things that white Americans can do to combat white supremacy. It is also important to get an idea of the challenges faced by different groups of people; this is highlighted in an article about the indignities faced by women in male dominated societies.
In social science a variety of articles shows how online dating is changing the nature of society by introducing people to potential partners from different social groups. This can play a part in increasing the number of children who grow up in bilingual environments which aids their cognitive development. In the United States’ neverending battle against gun violence, the data shows that it is angry people (not mentally ill people) who are the drivers of mass murder.
Finishing off your week in review is a hodgepodge of articles about how flawed science is used to promote monogamy as a relationship ideal, the horrors of Boko Haram forcing teenagers to become suicide bombers, the pain felt by parents who can not afford diapers for their babies, the forgotten art of squatting and how it affects your health, the legal precedents for what happens to your emails when you die, the drastic changes that will happen to the world when global temperatures increase by 4°C, and a series of new programs that provide internships for senior citizens.
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