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This Is How Fast America Changes Its Mind By Alex Tribou and Keith CollinsUpdated: June 26, 2015 Eleven years after Massachusetts became the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, the Supreme Court has now extended that right nationwide. The decision came after a wave of gay marriage legalization: 28 states from 2013 to 2015, with 36 overall prior to the Court's ruling. Such widespread acceptance in a short amount of time isn't a phenomenon unique to gay marriage. Social change in the U.S. appears to follow a pattern: A few pioneer states get out front before the others, and then a key event—often a court decision or a grassroots campaign reaching maturity—triggers a rush of state activity that ultimately leads to a change in federal law. We looked at six big issues—interracial marriage, prohibition, women’s suffrage, abortion, same-sex marriage, and recreational marijuana — to show how this has happened in the past, and may again in the very near future.

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Why Americans Are Becoming More Pessimistic When Amer­ic­ans look to the fu­ture, two mega-trends evoke the most op­tim­ism about the na­tion’s long-term tra­ject­ory, the latest All­state/Na­tion­al Journ­al Heart­land Mon­it­or Poll has found. One of these trends, the on­set of the di­git­al re­volu­tion, evokes op­tim­ism in every ma­jor seg­ment of so­ci­ety. But the second one, the na­tion’s grow­ing ra­cial and eth­nic di­versity, di­vides Amer­ic­ans along lines of race, gen­er­a­tion, and, above all, par­tis­an­ship, thereby il­lu­min­at­ing some of the fault lines in mod­ern Amer­ic­an life. The new poll asked re­spond­ents to con­sider wheth­er six of the so­cial and eco­nom­ic dy­nam­ics that are cru­cial to the na­tion’s fu­ture make them “more op­tim­ist­ic or more pess­im­ist­ic about the dir­ec­tion the coun­try is headed.” Only two of the six trends made a ma­jor­ity of re­spond­ents feel more op­tim­ist­ic.

The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust From where I'm standing, the city-sized Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex dominates the horizon, its endless cooling towers and chimneys reaching up into grey, washed-out sky. Between it and me, stretching into the distance, lies an artificial lake filled with a black, barely-liquid, toxic sludge. Best of 2015

Rihanna’s new video is a surprisingly powerful statement on immigration A few weeks back I was in a mosque, decrying the scourge of sectarianism. (I’d been invited to speak, to be clear: I wasn’t just monologuing uninvited.) In too many places, I noted, Sunni and Shia Muslims are not just at odds with each other, they’re at war. To prevent similar conflicts from poisoning our own communities, American Sunnis and Shias would have to learn and work with each other. After the talk, an older woman approached me.

The man who keeps finding new species of shark Most people have heard of great white, hammerhead and tiger sharks but there are many other species - and every year a number of new ones are discovered. One enthusiast has, so far, identified 24 types of shark and related fish that were previously unknown. Dave Ebert has a favourite market in Taiwan. He's been going there since he was a student 30 years ago. It's hot, humid and noisy - baskets are filled to the brim with a staggering variety of fish. Beach umbrellas provide some relief from the sun as puddles of water collect on the concrete floor. America Is Becoming More Liberal Over roughly the past 18 months, the following events have transfixed the nation. In July 2014, Eric Garner, an African American man reportedly selling loose cigarettes illegally, was choked to death by a New York City policeman. That August, a white police officer, Darren Wilson, shot and killed an African American teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri.

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These photos from around the world should scare the pants off of McDonald's and Walmart. "What?" You might be saying to yourself. "Why does the 16-year-old grimacing at me from behind the counter at Wendy's while she texts her boyfriend selfies of her new temporary tattoo deserve to make that much money?" (OK, Stephanie. OK.) Because contrary to popular belief, most minimum- and low-wage workers aren't teenagers working a first job.

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