Sick Of The 40-Hour Work Week? Try Life In Germany And France

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As the United States continues to cling to the 40-hour work week, German and French work weeks offer an apt example of how less really can be more. While Germany called for austerity for most of the Euro zone, it continued to offer unparalleled worker protections and shorter working hours than most of their counterparts.

During the global economic crisis, Germany pushed for employers to reduce hours instead of laying off workers. The policy, known as Kurzarbeit, also stipulated that the German government would partially reimburse workers for wages lost. In Germany, for example, employees work an average of 35 hours per week, with an average of 24 paid vacation days.

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The Silent Millions: American Citizens Who Aren’t Allowed To Vote

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Source: Vice

Imagine you were born in the United States of America, of parents who were also native-born citizens of the United States. You work, pay taxes, serve on juries, and remember the six years you spent in the US Navy as a terrible mistake, but at least you stuck it out and earned an honorable discharge.

Now, imagine that every four years, as the only country you’ve ever known goes into its regular paroxysm of national political coverage, conventions, and elections, you stay at home and watch The Price is Right, because you’re one of the almost five million citizens who isn’t allowed to vote in federal elections due to where you live.

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These Quotes on Civil Disobedience Illuminate The Baltimore Riots

Much has been said about the Baltimore riots. Perhaps too much. Instead of adding another layer to the discourse proliferating on the Internet, we’ve looked back throughout history to offer 20 powerful quotes on civil disobedience by some of the world’s most influential thinkers and speakers. Let their words inspire you to think more deeply about both riots and civil disobedience, and how these actions impact our world today:

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Childhood Homelessness, A Hidden American Problem

Childhood Homelessness

Source: 4 Bit News

Homelessness is a national problem in the United States, and one whose victims are often hidden. They aren’t just the haggard Vietnam vet or the disabled man on the corner asking for assistance; they’re the children and families who couch surf, bounce between friends’ homes, live in cars, subsist in tent cities or stay in hotels. According to the National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH), as of November 2014 2.5 million homeless children live across the United States. Without intervention, those are 2.5 million people who could become chronically homeless adults.

Childhood Homelessness Siblings

Two brothers play cards in the common area of “Nickelsville,” a tent community in West Seattle. The community has relocated throughout the years. Source: Seattle PI

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