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Science: Will We Survive Mars? (Video)

‘Glad You Asked’ looks like an interesting series. This premiere episode definitely got my geek meter needle going up (er… pause?… kinda). YouTube might have to get some money out me to play (okay, pause again, just to be sure).

NASA says the first humans will set foot on Mars in the mid-2030’s. It will be the most dangerous mission any human has ever taken. Glad You Asked host Cleo Abram wants to know: What comes after that? Not how do we get there, but how will we survive once we do?
– Vox


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Back Story Of The Israel-Palestine Conflict (Video)

Peace in the Middle East. We got used to saying the phrase; praying for it to become a reality. If you already know the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, good on you for being informed. I will admit to not knowing. I came across many storytellings like this on YouTube. Though I do not claim the expertise to declare it absolutely so, this one seems to speak to the true history in an even-toned manner.


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Dutch Christmas Celebrations Still Include Blackface (Video)

With minor cultural considerations, Christmas is the same worldwide right? Well, that depends on what you call ‘minor’ (or translated… HELL NO)! Especially not in the Dutch tradition. Watch the Zox expose on Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) in the Netherlands. Blackface! They are still pushing the use of blackface and human caricature as a part of the Winter holidays; dissing Black people over there in the worst ways while totally oblivious (yeah, right). But the times, they are a-changing…slowly.

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Turkeys Have Doubled In Size Since The 1940s (Video)

Okay, if you are planning on eating a big azz turkey for the holidays, you may not want to watch this. But, of course, now you feel like you HAVE to watch, right?

The Thanksgiving turkey on your table looks nothing like the one your grandparents ate as kids.

But bigger does not always mean better. When it comes to turkeys nowadays, it’s probably rarely going to mean better; especially when you learn the how and why your holiday turkey is so huge. Maybe spend a bit more to get a turkey raised the old-fashioned way. Maybe…

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Think Baseball Games Are Too Long? So Does MLB (Video)

Baseball. If you’re a fan, you love it; including all its imperfections… the duration of the game, the pace, the lack of action, etc. But those things will have to be fixed to attract new fans; fans that are not currently ‘into’ the sport. Major League Baseball (MLB) knows. Vox knows. And now there’s a video to let us know. All that’s left is to right the ship or write the sport off as America’s Pastime.

MLB games are now longer than epic movies, but it wasn’t always that way.
– Vox

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What Ever Happened To The Concorde Plane? (Video)

This plane could cross the Atlantic in 3.5 hours. In the time you’d take a cross-state bus trip, you’d be across the ocean on ANOTHER continent!! The Concorde gave us supersonic transport. So, with all that going for it, why did this supersonic plane fail? The answer is complicated. Vox’s Phil Edwards investigated.

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The Myth Of Race (Video)

Race is not ‘real’ per se. It is made up… In medical science and diagnoses, it is actually ‘made up’ of (e.g. referring to) several contributing factors – like where your ancestors came from and social pressures exerted on the people considered to be part of the same cultural group as you. But just because it is not real (that is, having no distinguishing DNA identifier from person-to-person) does not mean it is not important.

You may know exactly what race you are, but how would you prove it if somebody disagreed with you? Jenée Desmond Harris explains.
– Vox

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Baboons In The Office… And All Over The Internet (Video)

These folks NAILED it with these baboon gifs so long before there was a Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc. on which to share them. Baboons are already strikingly close to humans in their mannerisms, making them good fodder for all kinds of funny. But that ‘uploaded resume’ laptop shove gif… EVERYBODY knows and/or has felt that one. Hahaaaa!

Hear from the geniuses that started the trend before ‘trending’ was a thing.

(The Harts are surprisingly good-natured about missing out on all that licensing paper, too. Good clip.)

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Build And Destroy: A Short History Of The Development Of The U.S. Highway System (Mini-Documentary)

A steady diet of VICE and Vox in your online reading and viewing can do real wonders for your perspective. Facts. Probably why we share their insights so often here. Check this short doc telling a different story behind the story of the development of the U.S. highway system. Sure you have to destroy to rebuild – a roadway to connect major cities, that allow fast traversal of the country in times of crisis – but we wouldn’t destroy neighborhoods to do it… not longstanding vibrant Black communities while preserving privileged White ones… on purpose… would we?

Yeah? Watch.

Maybe even check out Wikipedia to jumpstart a subsequent learning journey on highways. Key word parts: start and journey. DON’T let a quick Wiki run be the end of it. And make sure YOU drive your discovery!


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Travel: Cab Drivers Earn More Than Doctors In Cuba (Mini-Documentary)

Yep. You read that title right: As far as earning potential goes, Cab Driver > Doctor (or Engineer, for that matter). Where they do that at? Cuba (read the title)! But you may also think to ask, ‘WHY and HOW does the societal value of driver work out to be higher than that of a degreed medical practitioner?’ Well, the above mini-documentary will explain. But bet that you will still find yourself saying ‘wowwww!’ Especially when you hear what an average Cuban earns in salary each month…

In Cuba, cab drivers are the one percent.

Cuba’s economy works as a central planning model, where government ministries dole out resources and set everything from prices to inventories to salaries. The fact that a taxi driver can make so much more than a physician is a reflection of the Cuban government’s heavy focus on tourism. For years, the central planning apparatus has valued tourism as a key mechanism for both bringing in revenue as well as propagating the idea that Cuba is thriving. Many pesos are collected by the high prices on everything related to the tourism industry.

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