Would you let your young daughter near a pot dispensary? Some parents have let their daughters set up shop outside of them as Girl Scout cookie season arrives throughout the US. In some cases the girls have been able to raise money, selling upwards of 50 boxes in a day. Still, there are some who might find this track concerning. Despite a discouragement of the practice by the Girl Scouts, some families are pressing on. More at USA Today
Both Sports Illustrated and Barbie have come under fire in the past for their depictions and influence on female body imagery. Now, they endure a debate together. As Mattel tries to bring the doll into the modern age, they have partnered with the magazine to feature the toy in the upcoming swimsuit edition. Naturally, this has prompted controversy and debate
about the propriety of this move.
Perhaps one of the hardest things to find these days in New York is a native-born cab driver. Whereas being a cabbie was once easily done as a side job, changes in regulations have made it difficult to be a part-time driver. Now, cabs are operated mainly by immigrants searching for opportunity. According to this report
the number of US born cab drivers has fallen to 8% of the group.
A recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal
by Bill and Melinda Gates asserts that the world is getting better. In it, he tackles three common misconceptions about poverty around the world. The short version of his arguments: 1) Poor countries can escape poverty; 2) Foreign aid is not a significant part of America’s budget, and while subject to small-time corruption, is still worth it for long-term benefits; 3) Increasing children’s health actually reduces population growth.
It seems that the UK is facing a new debate on how to handle immigrants. Now that it must maintain open borders to all in the EU, many politicians seem to be channeling a most unwelcoming mood held by a large portion of the population. The Washington Post reports
that, like other in countries, some people fear a loss of jobs, housing, and access to the new arrivals.