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Some Kids Are Getting Tobacco Poisoning, But How It’s Happening Is What’s Really Disturbing

Back in the days of family farming, everyone pitched in, and U.S. labor laws reflect this mostly bygone reality. This hasn’t been lost on commercial farmers, who use laws that allow children of any age at all to work on small farms and kids over 12 to work on a farm of any size. It’s a giant loophole you can drive a tractor through, and the tobacco industry is all over it. So is "The Daily Show," fortunately.


If you’d like to learn more about this, there’s a great article about kids and tobacco farming at Human Rights Watch.

It is safe to say that the wise words of Muhammad Ali stands the test of time. Widely considered to be the greatest heavyweight boxer the world has ever seen, the legacy of Ali extends far beyond his pugilistic endeavors. Throughout his career, he spoke out about racial issues and injustices. The brash Mohammed Ali (or who we once knew as Cassius Clay) was always on point with his charismatic rhetoric— despite being considered arrogant at times. Even so, he had a perspective that was difficult to argue with.

As a massive boxing fan—and a huge Ali fan—I have never seen him more calm and to the point then in this recently posted BBC video from 1971. Although Ali died in 2016, at 74 years old, his courage inside and outside the ring is legendary. In this excerpt, Ali explained to Michael Parkinson about how he used to ask his mother about white representation. Even though the interview is nearly 50 years old, it shows exactly how far we need to come as a country on the issues of racial inclusion and equality.


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