18 Reasons Why Americans Should Fear Russia. They Mean Business.

The United States and Russia have been at odds with each other for a long, LONG time now and the relations just seem to be getting worse as the days go on. Whether you believe there will ultimately be a breaking point that escalates the tension to a level none of us want to experience, one thing is certain – you should probably avoid Russia. Here’s why. 

1.) The police don’t handcuff you. They just carry you to prison.

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2.) They intentionally run into cars in order to collect insurance and file lawsuits. The scam became so commonplace that drivers now install dash cams in order to prevent the fraud.

3.) Despite promising a “green” Olympic Village, the Sochi Olympic Village destroyed part of a park, forest, and nearly killed 65 different animal species during its construction.

4.) They have tanks on their beaches.

5.) This was taken via Google Street View.

6.) Some provinces of Russia celebrate National Sex Day by giving people the day off in order to go home and have sex; this is scheduled with the purpose of procreating to help bolster Russia’s population.

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7.) This is what a commute looks like in Russia.

8.) They are really strong. Just look at this guy.

9.) They don’t fear death.

10.) Russians use domesticated foxes as potential attack animals.

11.) Russia has a larger area than the (demi)planet Pluto.

12.) Each Russian consumes an average of 18 liters of alcohol per year. This is double what experts consider dangerous.

13.) Russia has a nasty history of having their outspoken journalists “found” dead. It is believed that the government disposes of these people for messing with their affairs.

14.) Russia is roughly 4 KM away from Alaska at its closest point.

15.) Women outnumber men in Russia. There are approximately 9 million more women than men living there.

16.) There are 500,000 alcohol related deaths in Russia every year.

17.) It is illegal to tell children in Russia that gay people exist.

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18.) Japan and Russia still haven’t signed a peace treaty to end World War II due to the Kuril Islands dispute.

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Like any country, I’m sure Russia has some beautiful places in addition to the bad. It just seems Russia’s “bad” is really crazy. Between drinking twice the amount of alcohol that’s already considered dangerous and potentially being attacked by a pet fox, I think I’ll stay in the States. 

Read more: http://viralnova.com/russia-is-crazy/


These Inspiring South Asian Women Put A New Face On The Typical “Calendar Girl”

Saris to Suits envisions a different kind of pin-up girl — brilliant, beautiful and brown.

Patti Tripathi is a journalist, social justice advocate, and the founder of Saris to Suits, which seeks to empower girls to raise their voices and fight for justice.

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She was born near the India-Nepal border, in her grandmother’s village, and named named Pratibha, or “talent” in Hindi. Tripathi’s family moved to the U.S. when Tripathi was 12, in large part because the financial burden of raising a daughter in India was so high: Though the country formally banned dowries, girls’ families are still expected to pay ever-higher sums to grooms’ families when hey marry off their daughters.

Because of that cultural tradition, which Tripathi felt keenly even growing up in the U.S., she said, “I always felt like I was a financial burden to my family, and I fought really hard to stand on my own two feet.” In fact, she landed in a career as a reporter at Headline News.

But it was an experience on her Notre Dame college campus that sparked the idea for a Saris to Suits calendar, a fundraising and empowerment tool Tripathi’s non-profit organization puts together each year. At Notre Dame, she was “the only Indian girl” chosen for a calendar of smart, community-oriented female students. When Tripathi decided she wanted to inspire other South Asian women with Saris to Suits, her calendar girl experience came immediately to mind.

“People said, ‘You’re crazy nobody’s going to buy a calendar of fully-dressed women who are not Bollywood!'” But her first calendar was so popular that Tripathi came back this year with a second, this one a 16-month glossy filled with inspiring South Asian women, breathtaking photography and quotations each woman chose as inspiring her.

Dr. Hina Chaudhry was born in Pakistan, studied at Harvard, and teaches at one of America’s most prestigious hospitals.

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Chaudhry is a cardiologist, scientist, and entrepreneur with a bachelor’s degree from MIT, a medical degree from Harvard, and a string of sought-after fellowships. She teaches as an associate professor of medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.

Dr. Kulsoom Abdullah is a computer engineer, an Olympic weightlifting competitor, and the first woman ever to compete in hijab at the world weightlifting championships.

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Abdullah is a Pakistani-American woman with a PhD in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. In 2011, the International Weightlifting Federation amended its rules so that she could compete in hijab and a full-body unitard — weightlifters are supposed to keep their elbows and knees bare so judges can decide whether a lift was properly done — paving the way for Abdullah to compete as the first female weightlifter from Pakistan.

And because she’s awesome, check out Abdullah lifting at the gym.

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Her t-shirt says “Well-behaved women seldom make history” and features Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and (out of frame) Angela Davis and Assata Shakur.

Amrita Saigal last year snagged one of the most coveted prizes at Harvard Business School.

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Saigal, whose background is Punjabi and Tamil, was born and raised in Boston, trained as a mechanical engineer at MIT, and scored the grand prize and the audience choice award at a social entrepreneurship competition at Harvard. Saigal and her business partner won their accolades for Saathi Pads, which employes rural Indian woman to make low-cost sanitary pads from local banana fiber.

Reshmee Bharratt makes magic of mathematics.

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Indo-Caribbean-American Reshmee Bharratt’s mother moved to the U.S. after losing her husband and her own father, hoping that American would give her daughters more opportunities than they would have if they stayed in Guyana. Her mother worked three jobs as Bharratt grew up and eventually became a nurse. Reshmee works as an accountant.

Journalist Moni Basu has covered just about every big story you’ve ever heard of.

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Moni Basu is a CNN Digital reporter. Born in Kolkata, Basu makes her home in Atlanta, where she worked for nearly 20 years at her hometown paper, covering everything from presidential elections to the Iraq war.

Shruthi Reddy gave up a lucrative life as an attorney to bring holistic health to children and communities.

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Shruthi Reddy is an attorney-turned-yogi who founded “Reddy Set Yoga!” after years of health problems. She takes a holistic approach, focusing on yoga and nutrition. Reddy speaks Telugu, the language of the Indian states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

These are just a few of the inspiring women in Saris to Suits calendar. Proceeds from the calendar benefit organizations that support and empower South Asian women and girls, in the U.S. and abroad, and other female empowerment projects.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jinamoore/brown-is-beautiful-and-brainy-and-baller


9 Troubling Facts You Need To Know About American Income Inequality

Income inequality is a problem that is continually growing in this country.  Who knows if there is anything we can ever do about it, but here are some startling facts about what is going on in America when it comes to economics.

13.6% of adults 25-34 live with their parents.

70% of workers in America don’t like their current jobs.

In 2000 CEO pay became 1039 times more than the average worker.

A single member of the top one percent could buy homes for every homeless person in the U.S.

Welfare can actually pay more than minimum wage in 35 states.

39% of employers don’t let their workers take off for labor day.

The U.S is just below Russia, Ukraine and Lebanon in terms of countries with the highest income inequality.

The top 1% control nearly a quarter of the country’s income, which is the highest share since 1928.

The Canadian middle class is now richer than America’s.

Welp, that was fun!  If you worry for our country and want to leave our children with a little more than a bag of turnips, give this a share on Facebook.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/facts-about-america/


‘Happy Czar Day!’ Donna Brazile’s chilling tweet sparks fume, mockery

Seriously. We are still shake fisty as well.

As Twitchy reported, the hacktastic Donna Brazile celebrated Presidents Day by sending a chilling tweet to @BarackObama.

Congress is in recess, you see. So, it should be a day of action — President Executive Order and his pen should make their moves, according to Ms. Brazile.

Citizens are rightly giving her the business.

Perhaps embrace the power of “and”?

Seriously.

How would it even happen, Ms. Brazile?

Snicker. Sometimes you have to laugh so you won’t cry!


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And this giver brings it all home with a helpful suggestion for Teachable Moment schooling:

Get cracking, Ms. Brazile. You need it. Desperately.

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Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/02/17/happy-czar-day-donna-braziles-chilling-presidents-day-tweet-sparks-fume-mockery/


19 Bars In America You Should Drink At Before You Die

♫ From sea to shining sea. ♫

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the coolest bar they’ve ever been to. Here are their responses:

1. The Tunnel Bar — Northampton, Massachusetts

The Tunnel Bar is built underground in an old pedestrian tunnel. The arched stone walls, sleek bar, and big, comfy chairs make it the ideal place for a classy evening out. I’d kill to go back there.”

—submitted by Bergin Smith, Facebook

2. The Carousel Bar & Lounge — New Orleans

The Carousel Bar & Lounge in Hotel Monteleone is a French Quarter staple, having been in business for 65 years. Inside, visitors can enjoy a cocktail while going for a spin on the gorgeous merry-go-round.

—submitted by Trina Bazzell, Facebook

3. Good Times at Davey Wayne’s — Los Angeles

 

“When you drive up to the house, it looks like there’s a garage sale going on. You tell the attendant sitting in the lawn chair that you’re there to party. You then walk into the garage and enter the bar through a refrigerator. You’re suddenly in the living room, where it’s basically the 1970s!”

—submitted by carvajaldiez

4. The View Lounge — San Francisco

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The View Lounge, perched atop the Marriott Marquis hotel, offers enchanting views of the San Francisco Bay area, a whole 39 floors above the hubbub of the streets below. The lounge just reopened in January 2015 after extensive renovations.

—submitted by Sarah J. Morris, Facebook

5. Please Don’t Tell — New York City

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“To enter this East Village speakeasy, you actually go through a secret door inside a phone booth after giving them a ring. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere, awesome eats, and amazing drinks (the bacon-infused bourbon Old-Fashioned is a favorite). It’s reservations only.”

—submitted by True Burns, Facebook

6. Minus5 Ice Bar — Las Vegas

“Everything inside is made of ice, and before you go inside they give you huge coats to wear. It’s a pretty cool place.” There are two locations in Las Vegas, at Mandalay Bay and Monte Carlo, plus one location each in New York, Orlando, and Grand Cayman.

—submitted by Haleigh Rice, Facebook

7. The Signature Lounge — Chicago

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“On the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center, the Signature Lounge overlooks the heart of the Loop, providing amazing views of the city during the day or night. Drinks are a little pricey, but well worth it.”

—submitted by Kyle Johnson, Facebook

8. No Vacancy — Hollywood

 

No Vacancy features a speakeasy theme, burlesque dancers, and a live band!”

—submitted by Mary Kay O’Connor, Facebook

9. Percy’s & Co. — Seattle

Percy’s in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle has an old-timey feel, with wood and brick throughout. They serve up the most amazing drinks, made with herbs and produce they grow themselves.”

—submitted by melaniec4322cface

10. Clockwork — Raleigh, North Carolina

“The decor and the patterns on the walls at Clockwork are absolutely stunning, and the huge gold statues and retro furniture are icing on the cake. Plus, they make phenomenal cocktails with ’70s-inspired names like The Pussy Galore and Who Loves You Baby.”

—submitted by monicac4216b8e75

11. The Laundry Room — Las Vegas

The Laundry Room is a hole-in-the-wall speakeasy tucked inside Commonwealth Bar. You need a secret code to get in — it’s texted to you with your reservation. They make amazing custom drinks and give you something unique if you don’t see anything you like from the menu.”

—submitted by maryfs2

12. The Way Station — Brooklyn, New York

 

“At this Doctor Who-themed bar, the bathroom is in a TARDIS, there’s a ton of Doctor Who decor, and there are even Whovian-themed drinks!”

—submitted by desireep4f89dab91

13. Punch Bowl Social — Denver

So you want to play arcade games, but you also want to go bowling, and you also want to have a drink? You can do all three at Punch Bowl Social, which also has locations in Austin, Portland, and Detroit.

—submitted by abbeyvandez

14. Seacrets — Ocean City, Maryland

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Seacrets is very low-key, but it’s a super cool place. You sit in tubes and tables that are actually in the water, and drinks are brought out to you.”

—submitted by Lauren Danielle Morales, Facebook

15. Noble Experiment — San Diego

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The wall of this East Village speakeasy may be lined with golden skulls, but Noble Experiment is anything but dead when night falls. It’s a must-see in San Diego, but make sure you make a reservation: The bar seats only 35 people at a time.

—submitted by mckennak4541b8779

16. The Unicorn Bar — Seattle

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The Unicorn Bar, an aptly named carnival-themed bar in Seattle, features an arcade, a claw machine, and a photo booth. One thing’s for sure: You’ll definitely never be bored here.

—submitted by alicek4d4b3c09b

17. Manifesto — Kansas City, Missouri

Manifesto is a speakeasy in the basement of the Reiger Hotel. Their cocktails are perfectly balanced and crafted, and they’re incredibly delicious. They’ve got an extensive menu with seasonal selections and Kansas City-inspired cocktails. Make sure to make reservations ahead of time.”

—submitted by Lynn Driscoll, Facebook

18. The Safe House — Milwaukee

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We’re about to tell you a secret, so listen up: If you’re in Milwaukee, make sure you check out this spy-themed bar, which operates under the guise of International Exports Ltd. And if you’re hungry, check out its “Cloak & Dagger Spycialties.”

—submitted by Jennifer Klumpp, Facebook

19. Founding Fathers Pub — Buffalo

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“The entire bar is decorated with flags and pictures of presidents. Don’t be surprised if the bartender asks you some trivia questions when you walk into the bar.”

—submitted by rachels43751e1cd

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Josh Barro unloads on ‘anti-intellectual’ conservatives; ‘Hicks’ fire back

That’s Business Insider’s Josh Barro responding to self-described “tech-head” and “data nerd” Patrick Ruffini, who asks:

Where are the right-wing equivalents to these elite institutions in the United States? Barro believes there aren’t any, because of the “anti-intellectual” nature of American conservatism. Naturally, Barro’s tweet captured the imagination of Twitter conservatives, who decided to give Mr. Business Insider the business.

So much eliteness! Nah, not really.

What is “elite,” anyway?

Ha!

This elite Barroing stuff is hard to follow. Perhaps we should consider this unexpected defense of American conservatives, from BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins of all people.

See, stupidheads? You not elite, you stupid.

Related:

‘Elitist primal scream’: Josh Barro declares that Father Government knows best

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/02/04/barroing-josh-barro-unloads-on-anti-intellectual-us-conservatives-hicks-fire-back/


Here Are 14 Eye-Popping Facts About Americans You Won’t Believe. The Last One Surprised Me.

They say Americans can’t agree on anything. Well maybe “they” are just mad they’re in the minority. Because according to these studies, Americans have pretty solid views and opinions on many “controversial” things you won’t believe. Don’t believe us? Check them out:

61 percent of Americans believe there were more people involved in the JFK assassination.

61 percent of American adults have an immediate family member who served in the military.

53 percent of Americans believe the war in Iraq was a mistake.

93 percent of Americans lack confidence in Congress.

50.5 percent of U.S. adults are married, down from 72 percent in 1960.

92 percent of American adults may believe in God or a universal spirit.

85 percent of Americans over 25 are high school graduates. This percentage has surged over the past century.

80 percent of Americans speak only English at home.

69 percent of Americans are in favor of euthanasia.

79 percent live in an urban area. Population density is higher in the east.

64 percent of Americans are white, though “minority” populations have become majorities in some areas.

64 percent of Americans do not believe global warming will seriously affect their way of life.

58 percent of Americans support legalizing weed.

79 percent of US adults believe abortion should be legal under some circumstances.

(H/T: Business Insider) If these shocked you then share with your friends below. They won’t believe them either.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/american-facts/