Entertainers and Athletes paid too much?
I've never understood why Celebrities and Athletes get paid so much more than anyone else. How is it that one man can make 14 million dollars simply putting a round ball through a hoop? Or how does an actress get paid so much for an hour and a half film? Has it ever bothered anyone else how much money these people make each year? It seems like one of these people's salaries could pay off a lot of other people's debt, or college tuition, or whatever. I'm not supporting socialism, but I do think that these people get paid way to much to simply entertain us. We even allow many of these people to get away with things that many people with less money and fame wouldn't be able to get away with. Wasn't America founded on equal justice for all? Not just decent justice for the poor, and let the rich off the hook because they can pay more.
In a breakthrough for nuclear fusion research, scientists at China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor have produced temperatures necessary for nuclear fusion on Earth.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
- Still, scientists have many other obstacles to pass before fusion technology becomes a viable energy source.
Military recruits are supposed to be assessed to see whether they're fit for service. What happens when they're not?
- During the Vietnam War, Robert McNamara began a program called Project 100,000.
- The program brought over 300,000 men to Vietnam who failed to meet minimum criteria for military service, both physically and mentally.
- Project 100,000 recruits were killed in disproportionate numbers and fared worse after their military service than their civilian peers, making the program one of the biggest—and possibly cruelest—mistakes of the Vietnam War.
The 116th Congress is set to break records in term of diversity among its lawmakers, though those changes are coming almost entirely from Democrats.
- Women and nonwhite candidates made record gains in the 2018 midterms.
- In total, almost half of the newly elected Congressional representatives are not white men.
- Those changes come almost entirely from Democrats; Republican members-elect are all white men except for one woman.
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