The Life And Death Of An iPhone

Statistics service Statista reports that in 2012, over 44.3 million smartphone users in the United States used an Apple iPhone. To get an idea of how huge that number is, imagine nearly every person in Ukraine right now, and then picture them holding an iPhone.

Clearly the Apple product is an indispensable part of millions of Americans’ lives, but just how does it come into being? What does its “life” look like?

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California’s Vaccination Bill: Why Vaccines Must Be Universal

Vaccine Law Brown

California governor Jerry Brown signed SB 277 into law on June 30, 2015, which requires that children be vaccinated before entering schools. Source: ABC

On June 30, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill requiring that all children in the state be vaccinated prior to attending school. Brown’s move has again raised the hackles of religious groups and anti-vaxxers, so we thought it would be a good idea to revisit the issue and answer some of the most commonly heard objections to this rare outbreak of functioning state government.

Most of the SB 277 controversy stems from the fact that the bill closes religious exemptions from getting vaccines, and forces people to have chemicals injected into their children’s bodies. Put that way, it’s no wonder the law has inspired such over-the-top rhetoric. Take Jim Carrey, for example:

Vaccine Law Tweet

Source: Twitter


Pretty serious stuff. Usually, we put child-poisoners in prison, and fascism is the political movement that tried to take over the world awhile back. Is it possible he’s just lost his mind? If he’s nuts, he’s not alone–at least 3,000 people agree.

Here are some of the more common complaints, presented as fairly as possible, with explanations of why they’re simply wrong.

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Satan Once Lived In The White House–And More Surprising Facts About Our Founding Fathers

Founding Fathers' Surprising Beliefs

Source: Wikipedia

We can thank our Founding Fathers for giving us an annual excuse to overindulge win barbecues, beer and fireworks–and for being some real characters:

America’s Founding Fathers were some of most influential–and controversial–people in our history. This historical documentary explores some of the conspiracy theories surrounding our trailblazing founders:

On Being Transgender In The U.S. Military

For 27-year-old US soldier Logan Ireland, home–or the place where he feels most free to be himself–is Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Ireland is one of approximately 15,500 transgendered people serving in the US military, however current policy prohibits them from serving “openly.” In spite of Ireland’s steadfast service (indistinguishable from his heterosexual and cisgendered peers), if he is open about one of the most fundamental aspects of his being, he risks being discharged from the military.

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