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Gig Economy Workers Suffer During The Pandemic, And California’s Ill-Timed Delivery Service Lawsuit Just Made It Worse

If you had a choice, would you rather set your own hours or work around your schedule around family needs, or would you prefer being forced to go into an office where a corporate manager applies constant pressure to do more in the same amount of time and you have to pay for babysitting?Many people opt for the former, and the "gig economy", where you set your own schedule, has been a boon for...

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5 Common Questions About Why SciComm Writes

I got an email from a young person at a university stating they were working on a research paper, and while many in the science and scicomm community are jaded about such requests - we are doing someone's homework for them, it is said - I always answer. It's a nonprofit, answering is the job.The questions were rather specific to GMOs so I stuck to that, but of course I write about a lot more than...

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We’ve Won The War On Smoking, Obesity Will Soon Be The Top Lifestyle Killer

Though Europe and Asia still smoke far more cigarettes than intelligent people should, and therefore cancer rates due to that will stay high for another 20 years or more, the clear trend in lifestyle diseases is obesity-related ones.That is actually a win, and far better than the bleak Population Bomb promoted by people like John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich just a few decades ago. Though there is...

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Half Face Daddy Shaming But It Gets A Lot Less Attention Than Mommy Shaming: Happy Father’s Day

Women will more often rush to the defense of mothers who give their kids formula, stick to the vaccine schedule, or who let their pre-schoolers play in the yard without a wall to protect them from predators they read about one time on the Internet. Women defend mothers against mommy shaming more often because a whole lot more women are also willing to shame mothers who don't buy food from the...

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Would You Pay 47% More To Eliminate Child Labor From Your Cocoa?

No one is for child labor but people are unfailingly for lower prices rather than higher. That is why the organic industry is a tiny fraction of the overall food market. With no benefit other than paeans to health halos or holistic beliefs about urban people about farming, most remain unconvinced.What if it eliminated child labor? Nearly everyone would agree to that - unless they believe paying...

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US Journalism Is A Lot Less Objective, Finds RAND Analysis

Many American journalists have dispatched any pretense of objectivity, according to a new think tank report.read more

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