These Texas students are on a mission to raise money for their classmates with cancer

April 26, 2017

For a group of eighth grade girls from Deer Park, Texas, organizing a benefit concert has shown them the incredible power of community. The Music 4 A Mission benefit concert was born out of a class the girls are taking at Deer Park Junior High School called Caring communities. The goal is to raise $20,000, through a combination of ticket sales, donations, and a silent auction. The proceeds will be donated to four students in the Deer Park community who are all battling a different form of …


The secret Instagram ‘pods’ fighting the new algorithm one like at a time

April 20, 2017

Image: vicky leta / mashable You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. That’s the vibe in Instagram “pods” secret communities trying to fight the platform’s algorithmic timeline, one like at a time. SEE ALSO: Your Instagram feed will never be the same again In June 2016, Instagram began rolling out its new algorithmic timeline which changed the order of posts in people’s feeds, favouring popular posts over chronology. Instagram bloggers have been …


Nuclear War? Nah. Massive Fires Haunt the Dystopian Future

April 9, 2017

… she says. “And these are the ones whose jobs will be impacted by changes in the current administration.” Hand says that people tend to be complacent about budget cuts that affect disaster readiness, but that those cuts can easily have dramatic results. Diminished budgets can also mean communities might have to do more to organize preventative measures themselves. “We are not going to be able to depend on the government to help us,” she says. “Were going to have to …


Syria’s Assad Is Still Attracting Support From Some Leftists And ‘Alt-Right’ Nationalists

April 8, 2017

… candidate who has met with Assad twice, frequently the removal of the regime to the end of any hope for Syrias religious minorities. That view echoes the dictators own rhetoric and ignores the fact that Assad is one of many Middle East authoritarians who created dynamics that make minority communities terrified of their countries majorities. Theres significant evidence that Assad is not secular, particularly in his regimes dependence on Syrian and foreign forces that say they are driven by …


Brexit sovereignty plan set out in Great Repeal Bill – BBC News

March 30, 2017

… function properly. ‘A unique challenge’ The Great Repeal Bill, which Theresa May has said will make the UK an “independent, sovereign nation”, would: Repeal the European communities Act, which says EU law is supreme to the UK’s Ensure the UK leaves the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice Transpose existing EU legislation into domestic UK law It would come into force the day the UK leaves the EU The Commons library anticipates it will be “one of …


Lyft follows up on that ACLU donation with a new way to donate

March 27, 2017

… Lyft left the city. RideAustin users can round up the cost of their rides to donate the money to local charities. “Lyft is a values driven company and we deeply believe in participation. Round Up and Donate is a program that makes it easy to participate in a meaningful way by allowing people to give back to the causes they care about within our communities,” Lyft Vice President of Marketing Melissa Waters said in a statement. Lyft drew attention for promising to donate $1 million to …