Can the loss of family destroy an empire?

Where have all the families gone, and how will this affect the U.S.?

Divorce - probably the scariest word for a family to hear, and probably the hardest to survive

The divorce rate in America is somewhere around 1 in every 2 families of first time spouses separates. Any remarriages between either spouse and the number goes up. How has this dynamic shift from two parent homes to one parent homes affected America? Have we even seen the effects of this phenomenon yet? Or will the repercussions of single parent homes not be felt until the next generation?

The youth of today already seem somewhat disinterested and lost. Basically left to wander on their own, this seems to be exactly they have done. Already we are hearing of a failing educational system, and a higher teen pregnancy rate than ever before. These issues may just be the tip of the iceberg. Sadly, most of the parents raising the children of this generation won't even be around to try to clean up the mess that they have so selfishly created.

So here's my question - Is this just another reason America may be on the decline? Or is this issue more important than that? If it is, then isn't there anything that can be done about it?

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4 reasons Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for universal basic income

In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.

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  • Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
  • The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
  • Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
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Dead – yes, dead – tardigrade found beneath Antarctica

A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.

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  • The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
  • Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
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Why I wear my life on my skin

For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.

  • In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
  • This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
  • Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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