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Law Street (TM) | September 2, 2014

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The Bootstraps are Broken

August 29, 2014 | 1

For a long time, a dominant narrative in the United States has been that we can pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and that it just takes a little hard work to make it work. I’ve heard the argument more times than I can count that people on welfare are lazy, or that the minimum wage is fine the way it is. Based on just my personal experiences alone, I truly think that there are many Americans who believe that it’s easy to succeed here if you simply try hard enough.Read More

Big Data, Little Privacy

August 29, 2014 |

Make no mistake, Facebook is not the only outlet that uses, collects, and has the ability to manipulate Big Data. Beyond Facebook is the general use of the internet and digital technology, all of which can collect big data. What must be done now, is to determine the proper use for this information and identify ways to protect the privacy of users. Several government agencies, departments, and branches of government are interested in discussing these topics.Read More

States Saying No to Teen Tanning

August 29, 2014 | 5

It seems as though the fake tanning trend is finally nearing its expiration date. Or at the very least, its legal limits. In recent months, multiple states have moved to restrict the ability of minors to access tanning beds. Teens under 18 in the states that have moved to legislate may need parents’ permission before indulging in the fake-UV rays, or be banned altogether.Read More

$123 Million Facebook Lawsuit Could Mark Turning Point for Revenge Porn

August 28, 2014 |

As revenge porn gains steam across the internet, it’s unsurprising that it has started to make its way to social media sites. Facebook, for example, just received its first lawsuit on the subject — a woman named Meyem Ali is suing the social media company for not appropriately handling revenge porn posts created about her on the site.Read More

Beyonce’s Feminist Message Receives Praise…And Ridicule?

August 28, 2014 | 2

In case you hadn’t heard from the overwhelming amount of posts dedicated to them, the MTV Video Music Awards happened on Sunday. I, along with millions of other pop-culture followers, tuned in to watch the usual shenanigans of the music industry’s most famous and most notorious. As predicted, there was twerking, flashy costumes, lip-syncing, wardrobe malfunctions, laughter, tears, tripping, and Moonmen. Basically: all the things that forever have me questioning why I watch this nonsense in the first place.Read More

Teen Driving Laws Aim to Curb High Accident Rates

August 28, 2014 |

Young people all across the United States wait anxiously for their sixteenth birthdays — for many, it’s their first taste of independence. Yet we also have a problem in this country: the younger the driver, the more they are a danger to themselves and others. In response, many states have passed laws that restrict what exactly teens can do as behind the wheel. Read on to learn about the dangers that teen drivers face, the legislation that states have implemented in an attempt to protect teen drivers, and how that legislation has paid off.Read More

The Votes Are In: Lena Dunham Wins Most Controversial Emmy Dress

August 28, 2014 | 3

On Monday night, designer Christian Siriano posted a throwback photo on Instagram of one of the designs from his Spring 2010 collection. The dress he chose to post had a strikingly similar color scheme and tiered tulle skirt to the dress Dunham wore that very night. Hm, coincidence? Probably not. Nice try Christian, but it wasn’t even #ThrowbackThursday.Read More

White Cop, Bad Cop: Idiot Is Not a Protected Southern Class

August 28, 2014 | 3

Though I have spent the last few years living in the great state of New Jersey, in all reality I am a Southerner – as my dropped g’s and pronunciation of the number ten will attest. Next week, … Read More

School Start Times: Do More ZZZs Equal More A’s?

August 27, 2014 | 2

For the average American public high school student, school starts around 8:00am. When you factor in the fact that bus and/or driving transportation is required, the day can start much earlier for most students. Many people have argued that school should start later for growing adolescents. Read on to learn about the laws surrounding our educational start times, the debate about changing the times, and what factors are taken into account when planning a school’s first bell.Read More

Good News! Your Tax Dollars Go to Bad Wikipedia Edits

August 27, 2014 | 2

Guess who’s making bad, and often offensive, edits to Wikipedia pages during slow times at work? Congressional staffers. That’s who. All funded by your tax dollars.Read More

Race Double Standards – It’s the American Way

August 27, 2014 | 1

We’ve all seen the news coverage about the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Not just the shooting, but also the aftermath that has turned a tiny town into a rioting disaster. Just in case you didn’t hear, Michael Brown was a young black man who was shot several times and killed on August 9 by a white police officer. But did you hear about the young man in Utah who was also shot and killed by a police officer? No? I’m not surprised. Twenty-year-old Dillon Taylor was shot to death by a black police officer two days after Michael Brown.Read More

Little League is Big Business

August 27, 2014 |

On August 20, 5 million people tuned in to watch a summer baseball game, a pretty impressive figure considering MLB playoffs don’t begin until October. Now consider that those numbers aren’t for major league baseball or even … Read More

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