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Here's How I Learned 25 Slaves Work For Me. Find Out How Many Work For You.

You know what gets me? The question isn't whether or not slaves work for you. The question is how many. I'm just trying to get my number down. Hopefully you are, too.

So I'm stumbling along the Interwebz, minding my e-business, when all of a sudden I come across this page. What? Slaves work for me? Well played, interactive graphic; guess I have to interact with you.


So far so good. Just give them some basic information.

Yup, that just about looks like me. Wait, say what about O.J. Simpson?

Things are getting more complicated. I assure you this is a very precise breakdown. Also, I'm getting more and more worried all these products have something to do with slaves.

Much to my surprise, I'm a technophobe.

Damn. I need to reflect on some life choices.

If you want to find out how many slaves work for you, go ahead and try the interactive survey yourself. If you're willing, share you answer and maybe something you're willing to do to bring down that number.

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When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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