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There's no shame in it. We all do it. (Yes, even you, Steve. Stop looking at me like that. You do it too.)


The way our food gets made is a huge source of this kind of contradictory thinking.

It's hard not to sympathize with the people in this video.

Or the kids in this episode of "MasterChef Junior":

I'm not saying you shouldn't eat meat. I eat meat. Hell, I mostly follow the Paleo Diet. What I am suggesting is that we recognize the too-often-overlooked fact that meat is made out of real animals with real lives. So maybe we could try and make those lives a little more livable.

For example, there's a bill pending in New Jersey that would ban gestation crates for pigs, which completely immobilize them — sometimes for years, often for their entire lives. It's a simple, easy thing that would improve the quality of life of thousands of farm animals. Yet the governor has already vetoed it once and might do so again, despite broad bipartisan support.

We could also beef up terrific organizations like the Humane Society, The Best Friends Animal Society, the ASPCA, and many others who are out there every day pounding the pavement so that animals get treated like real living things and not just objects of consumption. And they do it like a boss. (Like a bunch of bosses, actually. But you get the point.)

How many of the world's problems could we solve if we were forced to confront the evidence in front of us?

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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