Daily Archives: November 25, 2014

6 Unexpectedly Absorbing Games to Play on Your Phone While Ignoring Your Family This Holiday Season

Just desserts



This story originally appeared on xoJane.com.

The realities of distance have long dictated that my time spent among family is somewhat limited to a couple weeks in total each year. My people of origin all live in South Florida, while I am in Boston, and although my in-laws in upstate New York are closer, they’re still far enough away, and everyone involved is so busy, that visits are special occasions and not predictable occurrences.

I miss them, enormously, all the time. Because of this, it’s actually pretty rare that I ignore anyone when we’re visiting, given that I treasure and cherish every moment with my beloved family.

But, you know, even I have my limits.

Sometimes, surrounded by people who love you, or at least people to whom you are related, you just want to put your head down and do something, anything other than listen to your cousin…

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The New Jurassic World Trailer Is Guaranteed to Make You Afraid of GMOs

Eat this or be eaten! –what doesn’t feed on something? –just to survive?


The latest installment in the Jurassic Park franchise brings us back to Isla Nublar–only this time, the dinosaur threat has more bite.

Directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring the always-charming Chris Pratt, Jurassic World shows a park that is fully under control—until the scientists in the lab release their first genetically modified hybrid, a mashup of dinosaur DNA that results in “a highly intelligent animal [that] will kill anything that moves.”

Will Chris Pratt stop the lethal creature and save the innocent visitors to the park? We’ll have to hold onto our butts until June 12, 2015 to find out.

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Ferguson: In Defense of Rioting

Eat it all  and know why –here’s a recipe for devouring some strange food


When a police officer shoots a young, unarmed black man in the streets, then does not face indictment, anger in the community is inevitable. It’s what we do with that anger that counts. In such a case, is rioting so wrong?

Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society. Unfortunately, we do not live in a universal utopia where people have the basic human rights they deserve simply for existing, and until we get there, the legitimate frustration, sorrow and pain of the marginalized voices will boil over, spilling out into our streets. As “normal” citizens watch the events of Ferguson unfurl on their television screens and Twitter feeds, there is a lot of head shaking, finger pointing, and privileged explanation going on. We wish to seclude the incident and the people involved. To separate it from our history as a nation, to dehumanize the…

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Here Are the American Counties That Struggle Most With Hunger

What a time to remember the hungry? Those in need of super


While millions of Americans prepare Thanksgiving feasts, 23 million households will get by with the assistance of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, which provide financial help to low and no-income individuals.

To make better sense of these numbers, TIME mapped every household receiving SNAP in 2012, the latest year for which Census data was available across all counties. Use the search bar to see how many are battling hunger by county.

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Data comes from the Census Bureau’s 5-year estimates for 2012.

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