Half Of England Is Owned By 1% Of The Population

image edited by F. Kaskais  by Tyler Durden Half of England is owned by less than 1% of its population, according to new data shared with the Guardian that seeks to penetrate the secrecy that has traditionally surrounded land ownership. The findings, described as “astonishingly unequal”, suggest that about 25,000 landowners – typically members of the aristocracy and corporations – have control of half of the country. The figures show that if the land were distributed evenly across the entire population, each person would have almost an acre – an area roughly the size of Parliament Square in central London. Major owners include the … Continue reading Half Of England Is Owned By 1% Of The Population

A CONVERSATION BETWEEN BLACK MEN OF DIFFERENT GENERATIONS ABOUT DATING WHITE WOMEN

No matter how much America may prefer to ignore its history, sometimes it’s naked and in bed next to you — and you simply can’t by Zaron Burnett III Most of the time it seems we prefer to ignore American history, but if you’re a black man, occasionally it will show-up in your bedroom and surprise you. Imagine being haunted by a poltergeist Wario: Boo! It’s-a me, American History! I’m-a here to ruin-a your sex tonight. It sounds ridiculous to imagine our country’s legacy as a mustachioed poltergeist with a comical Italian accent, but really that’s not much stranger than being suddenly … Continue reading A CONVERSATION BETWEEN BLACK MEN OF DIFFERENT GENERATIONS ABOUT DATING WHITE WOMEN

Walt Whitman’s Guide to a Thriving Democracy

Filip Peraić America had a mind shaped by its Founders, but the country needed the poet to discover its spirit. by MARK EDMUNDSON Walt whitman, who was born 200 years ago this year, is almost certainly the greatest American poet. In many ways, he is also the most enigmatic. Before 1855, the year that Whitman published Leaves of Grass, he had achieved no distinction whatsoever. He had no formal education—no Oxford, no Cambridge, no Harvard or Yale. His life up to his 35th year had been anything but a success. He’d been a teacher, but he was loose and a bit indolent, … Continue reading Walt Whitman’s Guide to a Thriving Democracy

Take Photos of Your Airbnb Before Leaving

Photo: Pixabay by Josh Ocampo More and more, it seems like booking a rental through Airbnb is a risky proposition. There was the story of the “superhost” crashing through the bedroom window in the middle of the night, or the less dramatic (but also alarming) stories of rentals found to contain hidden cameras in everything from clocks to fake motion sensors (and one family who discovered a live-streaming camera filming their every move). Now, thanks to one traveler’s story, we know to look out for rental owners who claim that you’ve caused damage to their property—damage that could result in thousands of dollars of fees. After leaving an … Continue reading Take Photos of Your Airbnb Before Leaving

The Karmic Impact of Mass Incarceration

Morgan Leyenberger Morgan Leyenberger, director of Compassion Works for All, on why she fighting for criminal justice reform in Arkansas. By Wendy Joan Biddlecombe Agsar Morgan Leyenberger had been meditating for a decade and leading a nonprofit organization, Compassion Works for All, that brings meditation and other resources to prison inmates in Arkansas. But it wasn’t until she was watching the execution of a man with whom she had spent the past two days that she truly understood the “karmic impact” of mass incarceration. In the summer of 2017, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson had scheduled eight executions over eleven days (four were ultimately … Continue reading The Karmic Impact of Mass Incarceration

A new study claims Australians don’t see cyclists as fully human

image edited by F. Kaskais Unfortunately, this means that drivers act more aggressively on the road when spotting cyclists. by Derek Beres A new study in Australia shows that half of drivers don’t rate cyclists as humans—this includes cyclists themselves. This research follows up on previous studies that show drivers act more aggressively toward cyclists after dehumanizing them. Cycling accidents in the US account for nearly 3 percent of all deaths on the roads. The first time I visited Amsterdam I quickly learned the rules of the road. Freshly off a 23-hour train ride from Madrid—three seven-hour train rides and … Continue reading A new study claims Australians don’t see cyclists as fully human

Airbnb Has a Hidden-Camera Problem

RUBY AITKEN The home-rental start-up says it’s cracking down on hosts who record guests. Is it doing enough? by SIDNEY FUSSELL When Max Vest shook hands with the host of his Miami Airbnb back in January, the man introduced himself as Ralph—even though “Ray” was the name he’d used in all their prior communication. This was the first and only indication something was wrong. But his host had a great rating on the home-sharing site, with many of the comments mentioning how friendly and accommodating he was. So Vest, a children’s camp director from Gainesville, Florida, didn’t think much of … Continue reading Airbnb Has a Hidden-Camera Problem