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Your Choice: Work Longer or Die Younger

Livework
over 2 years ago

How about this for an argument to raise the retirement age: If you don't keep working, your community could die off.  That's the threat posed by an intersection of biology and economics which could finally make some famous two-hundred-year-old predictions come true.  As the world's population grows ...

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Punk Rock Girls Against Putin

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over 2 years ago

It's not easy to take on Vladimir Putin. Just ask Nikolai Maksimov, who was thrown in prison, or Boris Berezovsky, who was forced into exile. Both men are billionaire tycoons who didn't play by Putin's rules.   On the other hand, if you have an $18 billion fortune and apparently promise to play ...

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The State of Our Rebellious Union

Rebellion2
over 2 years ago

From Tea Parties to Occupy Wall Street, regular American citizens are sick and tired, and just can’t take it anymore. I am a proud tea partier, which means that I am fighting for fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets. Those three goals make up the core of our ...