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According to a Gallup Poll referenced in The Atalantic, 23% of Americans said they didn't read a book in the past year. This is up from the 8% who didn't read a book in 1978. However, the increase isn't as high as one might think. 

From 1990 to current day it's consistently stayed around the percentage of non-readers as hovered in the upper teens and lower twenties.

According to Quora, the average user reads about 15 books a year which breaks down to little over a book a month. People cite many reasons as to why people are no longer reading. Ideas range from people caliming it has to do with the culture of instant gratification. Others claim it is becaue people watch too much television.

Nobody has a consensus, but the reports show that Americans aren’t reading.

One business insider claimed that CEOs should read four to five books a month. The dichotomy from the average to the ideal CEO is drastic, but trends show that the nonreaders will continue. Newspapers are already suffering the consequences, and everybody has their eye on the book industry. The only question is what the longlasting consequences will be.

 

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Donald Trump’s inflammatory statements about illegal immigrants caused outrage nationwide. Miss Universe and Miss United States responded by saying they wanted to cut ties with Trump.

Macey’s actually did cut ties with Trump.

However, it didn’t seem to affect very much, as he still surged ahead in the polls. It wasn’t until Trump attacked John McCain that things went too far for most Americans.

McCain served in the Vietnam War, where according to the Huffington Post, he spent 5 years as a prisoner of war. Trump meanwhile got out of serving based on a questionable medical deferment.

When Trump said that McCain wasn’t a war hero, then that he was a hero only because he got captured, he sparked controversy and outrage.

Yet, Trump still seems to be leading in the polls. This makes one wonder just how much Americans actually cared about his comments.

For many, it was an outrage.

McCain said that Trump owed veterans and families of veterans an apology. Trump, naturally, has chosen to ignore that request.

The question remains to be seen which group Trump will offend next. 

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Phone companies across the country have started advertising against texting and driving. Laws are being passed in state after state across the United States to restrict people who are texting and driving at the same time.

Many states have now made it illegal to make a call while driving. All of this seems to be done in hopes to prevent the fatal crashes. 

This site claims that 23 percent of all crashes in the United States involved a phone. That's nearly one in four and totals 1.3 million crashes.

To say that states are right in locking down and restricting limitations with phones and driving is an understatement.

This same site claims that texting while driving makes you 23 more times likely to get in a crash.

So why don't people wait to text? If the stats are really this bleak, why does anybody text and drive?

Perhaps it's the overly confident attitude of "it would never happen to me" or "but I'm more careful"  or "it's only five seconds," but like the site proves, even five seconds can be deadly.

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Initial estimates of the presence of settlers in the Cairngorms had pinned them down to being in the area around the year 5000 BC, though since these findings had always relied on tentative dating of quartz and stone tools which have been found over the years.

Additionally, since the region that these finds have been made in is very cold and inhospitable today, according to the Herald in Scotland (9th July, 2015) the conditions in the much harsher climate of 5000 BC made it seem unlikely that habitation would have been possible before that.

Recently, however, archaeologists and researchers from universities in Aberdeen, Stirling and Dundee, working in conjunction with the National Trust, have been able to verify their findings with radiocarbon dating to find that there have been human inhabitants in the Cairngorms from as early as 8100 BC.

"The earliest dates found by archaeologists come from a site in Glen Dee, at a key stopping point for travellers moving through the highest points of the mountain, between Deeside and Speyside, with links back to north-west Scotland and the North Sea coast."

This news is exciting because it has shown that people inhabitated or at least passed through the area of the Cairngorms up to three thousand years earlier than we had first supposed, when first we had assumed that area to be largely uninhabited during prehistoric times.

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Hello crow;

I want to see you walk,

I want to hear you talk.

I know you can do this;

I know who you are.

 

I am the crow.

I can hear

When you ask me,

But you won’t get an answer.

The long years have tired me,

And now I am gone.

 

Stay in the light; do not stray into darkness.

I am still with you -

I inhabit your heart, so stay

With the crows

And remember.

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The death of the lion Cecil has gone viral on all news agencies and social media sites as well. On Facebook, it's not a strange thing to see a post about Cecil in some capacity.

However, the ramifcations have intensified as Botswana has declared that it will ban sports hunters due to the death of Cecil.

Botswana has had a longstanding policy of banning sports hunters, but this time the response was more emotional as they mounred with Zimbabwe for their loss.

Botswana said they will spare no effort to protect their game.

With Botswana's decision, it will be interesting to see if other countries follow this decision. The ramifications of one dentist might have more far-freaching effects than he immagined. 

 

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