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According to a new survey, most people between the ages of 18 and 50 trust premium publishers when it comes to getting their news.  65% trust “Time,” while 60% trust CNN, 59% trust the “Wall Street Journal,” and another 59% have faith in “The New York Times.”  Only 41% say they trust the news they read on Facebook, while only 33% trust articles shared on Twitter.

Source: Sharethrough

A survey by the Cato Institute finds that 71% of Americans blame political correctness for silencing important discussions that are needed in society.  Only 28% think political correctness has done a lot to keep people from offending others.  While the idea of free speech is an important part of our Constitution, not as many people seem to support it, especially when it comes to unpopular opinions.

  • While 59% of folks feel people should be allowed to express their opinions in public, regardless of what they are saying, 40% believe the government should keep people from spewing hate speech.
  • Regardless of which side of that debate people are on, 79% believe it is “morally unacceptable” to engage in hate speech.

And even though the majority of Americans believe in free speech, a good number of them do support ways to censor, regulate, or punish certain forms of speech or expression. For example:

  • 51% of strong liberals say it’s “morally acceptable” to punch Nazis.
  • 53% of Republicans favor taking away U.S. citizenship from people who burn the American flag.
  • 51% of Democrats believe there needs to be a law requiring Americans use transgender people’s preferred gender pronouns.
  • 47% of Republicans support bans on building new mosques.
  • 58% of Democrats think it's okay for employers to punish employees for offensive Facebook posts.
  • 65% of Republicans believe NFL players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the national anthem.

Source: Cato Institute

A new thread on the anonymous Whisper app has parents revealing the ways they’ve bribed their kids to get them to do what they want.  Ways parents bribe their kids include:

  • “I bribe my kids with ice cream and coke so that they can clean the house and mow the lawn every weekend. They haven’t caught on that they could get it themselves.”
  • “When I was potty training my daughter I bribed her. I said if she poops in the potty chair I’ll light a birthday candle and she can blow it out. It worked.”
  • “My friend changed her name and picture in my phone to Santa Claus so I can bribe my kids to be good.” (Um, we think that’s more like a threat.)
  • “I used Pokémon cards like currency to bribe my kid to do chores.”
  • “I bribed my daughter with a trip to Florida to make her do the dishes for a week. What she doesn’t know was that the trip was already planned and now it’s just free labor.”
  • “I have to bribe my son to eat his vegetables with gummy snacks. I realize that it’s counterproductive. I’m hoping this will help him love veggies.”
  • “I bribe my son with money weekly so he doesn’t give me an attitude, whine, cry or scream.”
  • “Just bribed my daughter with brownies so she would go to school today. I know I’m the worst mom ever and should be disciplining her but I just can’t today. I’m exhausted.”
  • “I just bribed my kids with ice cream so I could come inside and charge my phone. It worked and I am not sorry.”
  • “When I bring my kids shopping I tell them if I have a good shopping experience, then I’ll take them to go get dessert. It may be bribery but it makes them behave."

Source: Whisper

Weight Watchers is introducing a new low-calorie Sauvignon Blanc, called Cense. The white wine will be lower in sugar and calories than regular whites, with a five-ounce glass only 85 calories, instead of 120.  It will also be lower in points for Weight Watchers members, costing just three points for a five-ounce glass, instead of the usual four.

Source: Yahoo

Now that your kids have made their annual candy haul, what are you going to do with all those treats? You could always turn the leftover candy into some quick cash by taking it to one of the dentists, doctors, or other health care providers who will buy it from you by the pound, and it’s all for a good cause.

At Hoboken Smile Specialists, a dentist office in New Jersey, they’ll give kids a dollar for every pound of candy they bring in, up to five. “The candy buy back program can help children think about the concept of moderation, control, and generosity,” Dr. Radhika Kapoor explains about her office’s deal. “Starting at a young age instilling a sense of selection and sense of sharing is so important.”

After collecting the candy, the dentist office sends it to Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit that sends 200,000 care packages to military troops overseas. Other candy buy-back programs work in similar ways, all encouraging kids to part with the sugar to keep them and their mouths as healthy as possible.

Halloweencandybuyback.com was started by dentist Dr. Chris Kammer back in 2005 and they’ve partnered with close to 10,000 doctors’ offices in the U.S., which has led to an estimated 1.7-million pounds of candy being donated over the years. Check the website to find a dentist or doctor near you if you want to lighten your kid’s candy load.

Source: Moneyish

Some things definitely get better with age, like your favorite pair of Levis and George Clooney. Growing up does have its downsides - no one says paying bills and being responsible is fun, but there are advantages to being an adult, too. Here are some scientific studies that prove there’s a lot of great stuff to look forward to with aging.

These are the ages we’re best at everything, according to science:

  • Most content with life... 23. A German study of 23,000 found that 23 is the peak age when people feel satisfied with life, but it’s not all wasted on the young. After a dip in middle age, they also found life satisfaction peaks again at age 69.
  • Fit enough to run a marathon... 28. A study found that at 28, the average runner finished a marathon in just over two hours. According to another study, physical strength peaks at 25, but it stays that way for the next 10 to 15 years.
  • Able to put a name to the face... 32. Harvard University scientists found that facial recognition abilities are at their best when we’re 32.
  • Using maximum brain power... 50. According to Harvard University research, cognitive function peaks at 50.
  • Most body confident... 65. You might think people feel best about themselves when they’re young and their bums are at their perkiest, but research shows more people always like the way they look when they’re 65 and older. The study also suggests that the older women get, the less they care about having a “bikini body” because there are “more important things in life.” Ain’t that the truth!

Source: Whimn

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