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Newspaper map. News Consumption Tilts Toward Niche Sites. Just a Humble Tradesman, Trapped in a World He Never Made. This morning, NPR’s Yuki Noguchi wanted to know how an ordinary small business owner feels now that the Obama health care law has been upheld.

Just a Humble Tradesman, Trapped in a World He Never Made

So she turned to this guy: The law will give some small businesses tax incentives to pay for employee health care. Starting in 2014, those with 50 or more employees will be required to provide it.That requirement is bad news for businesses like Perfect Printing in Moorestown, N.J. The company’s president and CEO, Joe Olivo, says he now has 48 employees, for whom he pays some health care coverage.But he’s intensely aware of crossing that 50-person threshold and will think very hard before hiring more people so he can avoid hitting government requirements that he says will raise his health care costs.

Last night, Anne Thompson of NBC News wanted to know the same thing. ANNE THOMPSON: For small business owners like Joe Olivo, it is the unknown cost of the law that could impact his printing business….Olivo offers health care to his 48 workers. How Mitt Romney Followed Me Around the Internet. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event in Stratham, N.H., on June 15, 2012.

How Mitt Romney Followed Me Around the Internet

Joel Burns tells gay teens "it gets better" Two Lesbians Raised A Baby And This Is What They Got. 2012: The Year in Graphs. Wait but why: Putting Time In Perspective. Humans are good at a lot of things, but putting time in perspective is not one of them.

wait but why: Putting Time In Perspective

It’s not our fault—the spans of time in human history, and even more so in natural history, are so vast compared to the span of our life and recent history that it’s almost impossible to get a handle on it. If the Earth formed at midnight and the present moment is the next midnight, 24 hours later, modern humans have been around since 11:59:59pm—1 second. And if human history itself spans 24 hours from one midnight to the next, 14 minutes represents the time since Christ. 2011 in 11 graphs. Culture Connoisseur Badge Culture Connoisseurs consistently offer thought-provoking, timely comments on the arts, lifestyle and entertainment.

2011 in 11 graphs

More about badges | Request a badge Washingtologist Badge Washingtologists consistently post thought-provoking, timely comments on events, communities, and trends in the Washington area. Post Writer Badge. The 14 Biggest Ideas of the Year. A guide to the intellectual trends that, for better or worse, are shaping America right now.

The 14 Biggest Ideas of the Year

(Plus a bunch of other ideas, insights, hypotheses, and provocations.) 14. The Green Revolution Is Neither. Bloom’s Taxonomy: The 21st Century Version. So much have been written about Bloom’s taxonomy; one click in a search engine will flood your page with hundreds of articles all of which revolve around this taxonomy.

Bloom’s Taxonomy: The 21st Century Version

Only few are those who have tried to customize it to fit in the 21st century educational paradigm. Average Is Over. The Rise of Popularism. The Start-Up of You. How to Spot the Future. Photo: Brock Davis Thirty years ago, when John Naisbitt was writing Megatrends, his prescient vision of America’s future, he used a simple yet powerful tool to spot new ideas that were bubbling in the zeitgeist: the newspaper.

How to Spot the Future

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Foreign Affairs. Politics. Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy. Say hi to Lucy.

Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy

Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s. Why Are American Kids So Spoiled? In 2004, Carolina Izquierdo, an anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, spent several months with the Matsigenka, a tribe of about twelve thousand people who live in the Peruvian Amazon.

Why Are American Kids So Spoiled?

The Matsigenka hunt for monkeys and parrots, grow yucca and bananas, and build houses that they roof with the leaves of a particular kind of palm tree, known as a kapashi. At one point, Izquierdo decided to accompany a local family on a leaf-gathering expedition down the Urubamba River. A member of another family, Yanira, asked if she could come along. Izquierdo and the others spent five days on the river. Although Yanira had no clear role in the group, she quickly found ways to make herself useful. Moving Home: When College Grads Face Uncertain Futures.

LANSDALE, Pa. -- One midnight in April, Sabrina Malik pulls her red Chevy Blazer into her mother's asphalt driveway, removes the keys from the ignition, and stops to take a deep breath.

Moving Home: When College Grads Face Uncertain Futures

Alone in the darkness, a sense of defeat courses through her body -- disappointment about her past and uncertainty about what lies ahead. This, she thinks to herself, is surely what failure feels like. Six years ago, Malik fled this town for Syracuse University. Since graduating in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in art history, she has yet to find a decent job. Census: Everybody’s moving into their parents’ basements. Daniel Sherrett, 28, prepares dinner with his mother as part of his deal to live at home. Parents and children are sharing homes for longer than expected.

(Michael Temchine/The Washington Post) Ever since the financial crisis hit, Americans have found it harder and harder to live on their own. According to a new report (pdf) from the Census Bureau, the number of "shared households" increased by a whopping 2.25 million between 2007 and 2010: Are Today's Youth Really a Lost Generation? - Derek Thompson - Business. A Nation of Wimps. The Start-Up of You.

Look at the news these days from the most dynamic sector of the U.S. economy — Silicon Valley. Facebook is now valued near $100 billion, Twitter at $8 billion, Groupon at $30 billion, Zynga at $20 billion and LinkedIn at $8 billion. Trickle-Down Distress: How America's Broken Meritocracy Drives Our National Anxiety Epidemic. Anxiety is growing into a peculiarly American phenomenon. All Work and No Pay: The Great Speedup. Measuring Future U.S. Competitiveness. The 'Busy' Trap. Are We Truly Overworked? An Investigation—in 6 Charts - Derek Thompson.

Economy

Story of Citizens United v. FEC. The Story of Citizens United v. FEC explores the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy. The movie explores the history of the American corporation and corporate political spending, the appropriate roles of citizens and for-profit corporations in a democracy and the toxic impact the Citizens United Supreme Court decision is having on our political process. It ends with a call to amend the U.S.