Amazon is destroying millions of unsold goods, from smart TVs to laptops

 
 
Last summer, when the nation was experiencing existential crises on multiple fronts, writer Joe Berkowitz suggested that we should cancel the Fourth of July. This year, things are different. Over 67 percent of U.S. adults are at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19, and scientists no longer have to play the part of Holiday Fun Police.

Yet, there's still bad news all around us:  Buildings are collapsing. Heat waves are breaking records in unlikely places, and the delta variant keeps threatening to erase much of our hard-earned progress against COVID-19. As Berkowitz says, "it’s easy to look at all that we’re up against and feel hope fizzle out like a dud bottle rocket."

But this year, after all that we've been through, perhaps it's time for a little hope. As Berkowitz writes,"It takes work to root for America when you take a clear-eyed view of the country’s myriad flaws and the challenges we’re up against, but at this point, the only other options are denialism or nihilism." So let's all take a long weekend to rest, relax, and dream of what our country can become. Read More.

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This 4th of July maybe it’s time for a little hope

It’s hard to feel patriotic when your country lets you down. But really, what other choice do we have but to hope? Read more.

 
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Amazon is destroying millions of unsold goods, from smart TVs to laptops

An Amazon warehouse exposé in the UK underscores a larger problem with how goods are treated as disposable. Read more.

 
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Don’t panic over ransomware and cyberattacks. Do this instead

With a little common sense and thinking ahead, you can defend yourself against internet crime before it happens. Read more.

 
 
 
 
When does middle age start? For older millennials, right now

In a new Fast Company-Harris Poll about generational identity, the majority of older millennials say middle age begins around 40. Read more.

 
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Fire scientists are urging people in the West to skip the fireworks this record-dry 4th of July

Humans start more wildfires on July 4 every year than any other day. This year, they could be especially dangerous. Read more.

 
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This one thing could be seriously sabotaging your productivity

We’re all familiar with the dreaded realization that your group project—the one you were convinced you had so much time to tackle—is now totally behind schedule. Read more.

 
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Let’s cancel the 4th of July this year

As America reckons with its shameful past and piteous present, perhaps we should just skip the fireworks and hot dogs of our most patriotic holiday and commit to doing better. Read more. 

 
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From swimsuits to camping gear to sunscreen and bug spray, these are the best products for Summer 2021. Read more. 

 
 
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