‘Storm Area 51’: Possible crowds worry Nevada desert towns

Residents prepare for influx of people near restricted US military site after online joke received millions of responses. The visitors descending on the remote Nevada desert for “Storm Area 51” are from Earth, not outer space. No one knows what to expect, but the two tiny towns of Rachel and Hiko near the once-secret military research site are preparing for an influx of people over the next few days. “It’s happening. We already have people from all over the world,” Little A’Le’Inn proprietor Connie West said Wednesday from her bustling…

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Rebranding Death: What is the “death positive” movement?

FUNerals, coffin clubs, and death cafes are just a few ways people are embracing their mortality.   Video of Rebranding Death: What is the "death positive" movement? The finality of death is overwhelming for a lot of people. In fact, more than half of Americans are “afraid” or “very afraid” of facing death, according to a Chapman University Study . But the birth of the “Death Positive” or “Death Wellness” movement is hoping to change the cultural mindset about dying. Henry Fersko-Weiss, a New York social worker, helped birth the…

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How to give up soda in 3 steps

As of June, six states had imposed a soda tax to try to curb excess consumption, while more states are jumping on the nutritional governance bandwagon Americans love soda. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists sugar-sweetened beverages as the leading source of added sugars in Americans’ diets. Even sugar-free sodas are an unhealthy addition to diets because of artificial sweeteners like aspartame, cyclamate, saccharin, acesulfame-k or sucralose, pointed out healthline.com in May 2018. The CDC informs, “Frequently drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with weight gain/obesity, type…

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Starbucks’ earnings soar thanks to Chinese and US coffee lovers

The coffee chain’s total net revenue rose 8.1 percent to $6.8bn for the third-quarter, surpassing Wall Street estimates. Starbucks Corporation raised its annual earnings forecast after quarterly same-store sales exceeded Wall Street estimates on Thursday, as the world’s largest coffee chain saw robust demand in the United States and China for its new beverages. Shares of the Seattle-based company rose nearly six percent to $96.40 after the bell and were on track for a record high after the company posted its biggest same-store sales growth in 12 quarters. Starbucks has…

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A Climate Action for Every Type of Activist

No matter your age, gender, race, or political ideology, there are ways to fight climate change that fit your life and values. Most of us have heard about U.N. researchers warning that we need to make dramatic changes in the next 12 years to limit our risk of extreme heat, drought, floods, and poverty caused by climate change. Report after report about a bleak climate future can leave people in despair.   But another option is good for you and the planet. Susan Clayton, a professor of psychology and environmental…

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How to Make Public Space for People Living Out of RVs

For many people, living in their vehicles is the best they can do. Here’s how cities can help. My neighbor Billy has lived for 17 years in a 20-foot-long recreational vehicle parked within a mostly industrial but now gentrifying neighborhood in Seattle. A 68-year-old former carpet layer and handyman, Billy says he wants to move out of his RV, but he doesn’t have the income, savings, and credit or rental history to rent in Seattle’s expensive housing market. The lack of off-street space for his vehicle and city parking restrictions…

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How to become more optimistic

Optimism is an inheritable trait in about 25 percent of individuals; yet, there are many factors such as socioeconomic status that have a bearing on positivity as well. NBC News in August 2017 reported that optimism is an inheritable trait in about 25 percent of individuals; yet, there are many factors such as socioeconomic status that have a bearing on positivity as well. Regardless, glass-half-empty individuals can practice optimism habits to develop a cheerier outlook. Consider these four from the report: 1. Stop equating optimism with happiness. While viewing hardships…

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Can Your Burger Really Save the Planet?

Choosing a veggie burger won’t stop climate disaster, but here’s why you should do it anyway. Burgers have recently become a main course on the menu of climate action. Whether it’s the Impossible Whopper, the promise of cell-based meat, or the debate over grass-fed beef, hamburgers—and how they’re made—are being served as a symbol of how we can disrupt and reduce one of our greatest impacts on the planet. But that doesn’t mean the solution is as simple as changing what’s on your grill. Agriculture is responsible for up to…

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Get to know Niksen: The art of doing nothing

Niksen means doing nothing or, more specifically, performing an action without a clear purpose or a deadline There is the Japanese way to organize – KonMari – the Danish way to establish a cozy home – hygge – and the Swedish way to live a balanced life – lagom. Apparently, there is also the right way to do nothing, thanks to the Dutch and niksen. Interglot.com’s Dutch to English translation of niksen is: “idle; lounge around; sit around; do nothing much …” In essence, according to dutchreview.com in 2018: “Niksen…

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Fifty Years After Stonewall, the Real Fight for LBGTQ Rights Is Local

As legislation has languished in Congress, many cities and states are moving forward with their own non-discrimination bills. The U.S. House of Representatives last month passed the Equality Act—more than four decades after it was first introduced—extending civil rights protections to LGBTQ+ people. This vote should give us some hope. Its passage—236-173—was bipartisan, a rare feat these days; its provisions are expansive, granting protection in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations; and its language includes both sexual orientation as well as gender identity, allowing for explicit inclusion of…

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More ideas for that ‘to-read’ list

The flurry of summer book releases has begun. The flurry of summer book releases has begun. Goodhousekeeping.com’s “The 25 Best New Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List” includes: – “The Bride Test” by Helen Hoang – “Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors” by Sonali Dev – “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert – “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong – “Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner – “The Friend Zone” by Abby Jimenez – “Three Women” by Lisa Taddeo “The Most Fun We Ever Had” by Claire Lombardo…

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Gender penalty: Student debt and daycare stifle American mothers

Burden of affording higher education overlaps with cost of raising young children, creating double difficulty for many. Tatiana Macias wasn’t planning to get pregnant. She had just finished her master’s degree, and was excited about starting a career as a family therapist in Honolulu. Before having kids, she hoped to travel with her boyfriend, get married, and buy a home. But at the top of her goals list was starting to pay off the $100,000 she had racked up in college and graduate-school debt. “I have always felt so burdened…

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Backyard hacks you can try this spring

Whether you’re already stocking up on new flowers to plant or you’re just now dusting off the lawn mower, it’s about time to start getting that yard in tip-top shape for the season. And if you’re looking for some tips and tricks, we’ve got you covered — here are some seven hacks you can try in your yard this spring, whether you’re gardening, grilling or getting some sun. 1. Nature’s own table and chairs: Have some fallen trees in your backyard that you’re looking to get rid of? If they’re…

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Pressure mounts on US e-cigarette firms over health, marketing

The US state of North Carolina has filed a lawsuit against Juul for trying to attract younger smokers. North Carolina has become the first state in the US to sue e-cigarette maker Juul for marketing its products to young smokers [File: Seth Wenig/AP] The attorney general’s office in North Carolina state has filed a lawsuit against Juul Labs Inc, piling more pressure on the biggest e-cigarette maker in the United States that is already under intense scrutiny for its products’ usage among teenagers. Josh Stein, the first state attorney general…

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