We Haven't Seen A Sandy Wreak This Much Havoc Since The Summer Of Lovin'

Hurricanes and climate change are a serious issue. Animated GIFs are the opposite.Hopefully, even those hunkered down during Superstorm Sandy will appreciate some levity in our equation of high school drama with the complex forces that cause global warming. Is your SUV responsible for the weather disaster on the East Coast? Approximately as much as Rizzo's one-liners were responsible for Olivia Newton John's transformation.

Sandy wasn't always such a menace.. You might even have called her tame back in the day.


And what happened to her, just like what's happening on the East Coast, can't be traced to any individual factor with any degree of certainty. But in complex systems — like the planet Earth or Rydell High School — there are a lot of forces at work.

There's Danny at the drive-in.

There's the bad influence of the Pink Ladies.

There's all that sinful rock 'n' roll.

And don't forget all those fast cars. Can you even imagine the amount of smog that came from Greased Lightning?

But of course, it's not just one of these things; it's everything. No single factor is responsible for Superstorm Sandy, just like no single factor was responsible for leather-jacket-wearing, cigarette-smoking, tight-pant-wearing Sandy. All the changes in Sandy's environment had a serious effect.

Read more about the forces that made Sandy what she is over at Quartz. Maybe we can still have the climate we want, and the climate we need.

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If you're a woman and you want to be a CEO, you should probably think about changing your name to "Jeffrey" or "Michael." Or possibly even "Michael Jeffreys" or "Jeffrey Michaels."

According to Fortune, last year, more men named Jeffrey and Michael became CEOs of America's top companies than women. A whopping total of one woman became a CEO, while two men named Jeffrey took the title, and two men named Michael moved into the C-suite as well.

The "New CEO Report" for 2018, which looks at new CEOS for the 250 largest S&P 500 companies, found that 23 people were appointed to the position of CEO. Only one of those 23 people was a woman. Michelle Gass, the new CEO of Kohl's, was the lone female on the list.

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How much of what we do is influenced by what we see on TV? When it comes to risky behavior, Netflix isn't taking any chances.

After receiving a lot of heat, the streaming platform is finally removing a controversial scenedepicting teen suicide in season one of "13 Reasons Why. The decision comes two years after the show's release after statistics reveal an uptick in teen suicide.

"As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we've been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show. So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we've decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from season one," Netflix said in a statement, per The Hollywood Reporter.

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At Trump's 'Social Media Summit' on Thursday, he bizarrely claimed Arnold Schwarzenegger had 'died' and he had witnessed said death. Wait, what?!


He didn't mean it literally - thank God. You can't be too sure! After all, he seemed to think that Frederick Douglass was still alive in February. More recently, he described a world in which the 1770s included airports. His laissez-faire approach to chronology is confusing, to say the least.

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Words matter. And they especially matter when we are talking about the safety and well-being of children.

While the #MeToo movement has shed light on sexual assault allegations that have long been swept under the rug, it has also brought to the forefront the language we use when discussing such cases. As a writer, I appreciate the importance of using varied wording, but it's vital we try to remain as accurate as possible in how we describe things.

There can be gray area in some topics, but some phrases being published by the media regarding sexual predation are not gray and need to be nixed completely—not only because they dilute the severity of the crime, but because they are simply inaccurate by definition.

One such phrase is "non-consensual sex with a minor." First of all, non-consensual sex is "rape" no matter who is involved. Second of all, most minors legally cannot consent to sex (the age of consent in the U.S. ranges by state from 16 to 18), so sex with a minor is almost always non-consensual by definition. Call it what it is—child rape or statutory rape, depending on circumstances—not "non-consensual sex."

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