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Posh People Really Do Think They’re Better Than Everyone Else, Study Finds

People from higher social classes really do think they’re better than others, and it’s helping to perpetuate the advantage of those groups, a study has found. Psychologists from the University of Virginia and Stanford University wanted to understand how socioeconomic inequalities perpetuate. “Advantages beget advantages. Those who are born in upper-class echelons are likely to remain in the upper class, and high-earning entrepreneurs disproportionately originate from highly educated, well-to-do families,” Dr Peter Belmi of UV and co-authors wrote in the study published in the Journal of Personality and Psychology. “Our research suggests…

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‘Multiple locations’ searched by police in Connecticut town where mom, 50, vanished

Jennifer Dulos, a Connecticut mother, has been missing since Friday, police say.  (New Canaan Police) Investigators on the ground were assisted by a drone from the Norwalk Police Department and an aviation unit from the New York State Police. “This investigation is being treated as a missing person case, but as with any missing person case, a criminal investigation is being conducted concurrently to determine if Jennifer was the victim foul play or intentional harm,” a statement from the New Cannan Police Department said. Dulos sued her husband, Fotis Dulos, 51, for…

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The Source Of Half The Emissions Of An Illegal Ozone-Depleting Gas Has been Found

Half of the illegal emissions of a chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gas have been identified as coming from just two Chinese provinces. Although partially anticipated, the findings will assist moves to track down the source before they destroy the Earth’s protective ozone layer. The discovery in the 1980s that certain gases, principally CFCs, were destroying the stratospheric ozone in polar regions led to perhaps the world’s most successful environmental treaty. The Montreal Protocol caused the rapid phase-out of the most dangerous gases and slower reductions in the use of other contributors. As…

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It just got harder for Democrats not to impeach Trump

Washington (CNN)Robert Mueller ended his two-year stint as special counsel with a bang disguised as a whimper: In a 10-minute statement announcing his resignation and the closure of the special counsel’s office, the former FBI director sent a very clear message to anyone listening: I didn’t charge Donald Trump with obstruction because I couldn’t. Mueller says the special counsel’s hands were tied by the OLC opinion when it came to charging Trump with obstructing the Russia probe. Mueller notes that “the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice…

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The unfortunate side effects of well-intentioned hashtags like #YouKnowMe

The hashtag is #youknowme. And the people who are the most vulnerablewomen and trans or gender non-conforming folks with uterusesare being asked to do the most. Not only are we being asked to explain the issue, to make it palatable, but we are being asked to unearth what could be most private and painful moments in the hopes that it will somehow persuade those who dont give a damn about our rights to suddenly see us as worthy of the very protections that lawmakers in Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, and many…

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Pelosi continues to resist impeachment, but says ‘nothing is off the table’

Washington (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler resisted pressure from the left to open an impeachment inquiry on Wednesday, following special counsel Robert Mueller’s announcement he’s closing his office and would not provide information beyond his already public report in any appearance before Congress. “You don’t bring an indictment, or you don’t bring an impeachment unless you have all of the facts,” she said. But one Democratic House member told CNN’s Jim Acosta there is growing pressure on Pelosi to launch impeachment proceedings. Members are “growing…

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EU Elections Cement Italy’s Matteo Salvini As A Hero Of Europe’s Far Right

Standing in front of a bookshelf adorned with a photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin and a Make America Great Again hat, Italy’s deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, held up a sign on Sunday that read “number one party in Italy, thank you.” Salvini’s League party had just received 34 percent of the country’s vote in the far-right leader even more power. Across the European Union, traditionally powerful center-left and center-right parties have suffered huge told The New York Times It’s unclear whether such a coalition will ever fully materialize,…

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The internet is trying to guess what ‘unusual’ name the royal baby will have

and royal baby arrived on Monday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have yet to give their son a name yet, but a royal expert has weighed in and stated the name would most likely be “unusual.” Since Meghan and the baby are the closest America is going to come to having its very own royals, the expert said the name will also unite the U.S. and the U.K. “I think there are a lot of names here that work with the British royal family tree but also have strong…

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Deontay Wilder to fight Luis Ortiz in fall as Joshua showdown remains on hold

The WBC heavyweight champion announced Tuesday that hes signed a contract to fight a rematch with Cuban slugger Luis Ortiz in the fall The long-awaited title unification fight between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua wont be happening in 2019. Wilder, the heavy-handed Alabaman whos held the WBCs version of the fractured heavyweight championship since 2015, announced Tuesday evening that hes signed a contract to fight a rematch with Cuban slugger Luis Ortiz in the fall, dashing all short-term hopes for the hotly anticipated four-belt summit meeting with Joshua only four…

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