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We Have a Media Literacy Problem, and Hysteria Over Fake News Isn’t Helping

By Kristance Harlow | May 3, 2017 |
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The latest scapegoat in the wild world of news and American politics is “the media.” The media is to blame for everything. The media is dishonest. The media should not be biased. The media is too biased. The media is fake news. It’s an inaccurate way to talk about such a massive collection of industries…

Yes, Trump and Hitler Are Similar – But It Isn’t Too Late To Stop Trump

By Kristance Harlow | February 28, 2017 |
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Both Hitler and Trump rose on tsunami of lies, fear and anti-free speech platforms. It isn’t too late to stop history from coming full circle. Deportation raids are happening en masse across the country. Refugees have been turned away at the border, echoing a shameful past when Holocaust refugees were refused entry to the United States in 1939. The ACLU is…

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Puerto Rico’s Economic Demise is the Fault of the U.S. Federal Gov.

By Kristance Harlow | January 6, 2017 |
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Donald Trump is the President-Elect, and it is not good news for mental health care. Unlike Hillary Clinton, who had a comprehensive mental-health-care program as part of her platform, it’s difficult to discern what Trump’s plan is — or if he has one at all.

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7 Parenting Superstitions From Around the World

By Kristance Harlow | November 24, 2016 |
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Raising children is confusing and stressful, which is why new parents rely on traditional wisdom and the experiences of others to help guide their decisions. But what one person considers traditional knowledge, another may interpret as bizarre or irrational. In psychology, this phenomenon is called magical thinking. Or, more commonly—superstitions. When it comes to children,…

Anti-Jolly Christmas Creatures

By Kristance Harlow | December 21, 2015 |
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Christmas is coming and this year I’m not into it. Something you should know about me is that I have always been the spirit of Christmas. As soon as Thanksgiving is over, I would crank up the holiday tunes and watch every Christmas movie I could get my hands on. I cut out snowflakes and…

5 Badass Facts About Women History Books Leave Out

By Kristance Harlow | March 5, 2015 |
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The thing that’s easy to forget about history is that so much of it is bullshit. It’s the result of modern people trying to piece together the past from fragments, all of it skewed by their own point of view. And that screwed-up understanding of the past changes how we think about the present. For instance, we assume ancient women probably didn’t fight wars or make art because we didn’t allow women to do so until embarrassingly recently.

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10 Successful Books Authors Wish They Hadn’t Written

By Kristance Harlow | February 8, 2015 |
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Who wouldn’t want the fruit of his or her artistic labors to reach and influence the lives of millions? The right book can alter the way its readers think. It can inspire them into action. Sometimes, though, that influence reaches farther and in different directions than the author anticipated. Sometimes, authors grow to hate these publications that make them famous.

10 Amazing Stories Of Love

By Kristance Harlow | February 22, 2014 |
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Movies constantly bombard us with unrealistic expectations of love. Real life, meanwhile, tells us that most relationships are poor, nasty, brutish, and short. But there’s no need to feel depressed about romance.

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10 Spine-Chilling Ghostly Tales From Vermont

By Kristance Harlow | February 20, 2014 |
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The wind is howling outside, the lights flicker, and the floorboards creak in the next room. If you’ve ever stayed in an old house in Vermont, you know this feeling all too well. And even when the weather is calm, when you’re all alone, be prepared for the unexplained patter of unseen feet in the…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pirates

By Kristance Harlow | February 1, 2014 |
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Pirates are insanely popular today. Everything from infant onesies to restaurant walls bear the Jolly Roger and images of pirates on the high seas. Pirate “facts” cover the Internet, but many of these are unsubstantiated and come from tall tales and modern movies. The actual “Golden Age” of piracy may have been a lot different…

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