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Should You Let Your Kid Date in Middle/High School? Science Gives a Surprising Answer

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Young love can show you things about yourself you’ve never known. It can bring you to happiness and leave you in despair. It can take away the trust you thought you had with others, and make you want to give up on the world. It can teach you what it means to be human, and make you feel more real than ever before. Young love can be all of these things and more, but we never see it coming. The only thing we can really expect is that it will probably change us, for better or worse. Luckily, new research has just looked into some of the effects of dating on academic performance, drug usage, and school drop-out rates, so we know now more than ever before. The results of the research are stunning.

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Is Winning the Lottery Going to Change Your Life? Will it Improve It?

The two questions in the title are qualitatively different. One asks the question we all know the answer to. The other one is a bit less obvious. Everyone sees what life would be like with a huge amount of money – glamour, traveling, room service, shopping sprees, power, influence, etc. We have enough TV shows and movies to show us how great life would be like to have money. However, I don’t know of any movie or TV show that shows what the immediate post-winning life is like for people who are not used to possessing such vast wealth. It was reported a few days ago that Amanda Clayton – who I blogged about here, regarding her unwillingness to cancel food stamps even after winning – has died after overdosing on drugs. She’s just the newest member of the list of people whose lives were ruined after winning the lottery.

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Armstrong News – A Death and the End of a Career

The first man to ever walk on the moon has just died yesterday. The all-American Neil Armstrong’s most famous words, on that famous Apollo 11 mission, will surely never be forgotten: “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong lived a long and happy life, until he died at the age of 82.

From the Guardian:

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That’s Just the Way it Goes

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Japan being traditional (in terms of its legal system), and sticking to its guns can be seen as a double-edged sword. It’s nice to see consistency, and enforcing the notion that no one is above the law, but is it going too far? Recently, after arriving at the Narita International airport, English comic actor Russell Brand was deported from Japan due to his criminal record from over a decade prior. This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, though. He was not the first celebrity to be unceremoniously expelled from Japan.

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