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Student Refuses to Recite ‘Historically Racist’ Poet Walt Whitman

Ongoing Swedish Riots Challenge Country’s Progressive Reputation

Study Finds Computers for Low-Income Kids Gives No Educational Boost

Liberals Dominate Ivy League Commencement Speech Invites

Study Links Marijuana Use to Being Thin

Soledad O’Brien: Only White People Want to See Beyond Race

Student Told, ‘Go Back 2 Africa Slave’

‘You Deserve Rape’ Sign Sparks Anger on University Campus

Nestle Chairman: Water Should Not be a Human Right

The Very Rich are Also Very, Very Smart, Claims Researcher

Kerry: Japanese Students Scared of Gun Violence in US

No, Folks in the South Aren’t the Heaviest in the Nation

Do Whites Need to be Promised Personal Growth Before They’ll Take Action on Climate?

Immigrants Value International Law More So Than Native-Born Americans

Professor Under Fire For Suggesting Unconscious Rape Might be OK


‘Peak Oil’ Is Over, Claim Energy Experts

Do People Vote Just to Say They Voted?

The ‘New’ Culture War Will Be All About Economics

Men Born to Single Moms Less Likely to Succeed, Find Partners

Are Red State America’s Poor, Smart Kids Getting the Shaft?

Growing Hispanic Population Could Hurt Democrats Too

Facebook ‘Likes’ Can Predict Race, Religion, Politics & More

Paying Folks to Lose Weight Works

CEOs Square Off: Is Working From Home Good or Bad?

Coulter to Libertarians: You’re a Bunch of Pussies

Online Racism Could Cost You a Loan

Valentine’s Day Candy Evolves: ‘You Are Gay’ is Out, ‘UR Hot’ is In

Turbo Tax Commercials Spark Online Class War

Democratic Voters More Optimistic About Economy Than Republicans

Watching Porn Linked to Acceptance of Gay Marriage

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Liberals Are Anti-Science Too

West Point Warns of Danger From ‘Violent Far Right’

Republicans Are Dog Lovers, Democrats Are Cat People

Study: Obese Women More Likely to be Assumed Guilty

Teens Who Receive Mental Health Treatment More Likely to Attempt Suicide

America’s Hunters Are Older, Male and Make a Good Living

Study: Single-Sex Schools Push Girls to Pursue Math & Science

California’s Jobless Turning Down Plentiful Farm Work

Will Gun Control Help Republicans Woo Latinos?

Does ‘White Male Privilege’ Explain the Sandy Hook Shootings?

Why Do Republicans Start Saving Money Earlier?

Rural America Becoming ‘Less and Less Relevant’ Says Ag. Secretary

Men More in Favor of Pot Legalization Than Women

The Urban-Rural Voter Gap is Growing

Iowa First in the Nation in Graduation Rates

Americans Are Wrong to Be Pessimistic

Red States Have More Fatal Car Crashes Than Blue States 

Top Economist: America, Welcome to Europe

Austin, Texas to Secede From Texas if Texas Secedes From US

DARE Drops Marijuana From Anti-Drug Message

Making Stuff Harder to Read Helps Open Political Minds

Talk Radio Host Urges Gay Romney Supporter to Kill Himself

Obama on Ayn Rand: Teens Like Her, But They’ll Grow Out of It

Police Not Expecting Riots on Election Day

50 Claims of Grey: Why Fact-Checking Gives No Easy Answers

Is Election-Year Politics Killing Friendships on Facebook?

Porn Industry Prefers Obama to Romney

Manufacturing Jobs Aren’t ‘Cool’ Enough for Kids Today

Male and Female Economists Disagree on the Role of Government

Democrats and Republicans Saying ‘I Don’t’ to Each Other

Transgender 3rd-Grader Officially Acknowledged by School

Republican Women More Ladylike Than Democratic Women

25% of Twenty-Somethings Live With Their Parents

Only 13% of Working Class Whites Dig the Tea Party

‘Toy Story’ Songwriter Releases ‘I’m Dreaming…of a White President’

Santorum: ‘We Will Never Have the Smart People On Our Side’

Are Climate Skeptics More Likely to Be Conspiracy Theorists?

Have a Job? You’re Middle Class

Americans on the Rich: Smart, Yes, But Greedy Too

Kids Against ‘Crony Capitalism’

Do Academics Have a Liberal Bias?

Drive-Thru Politics: Fast Food Preferences and Political Leanings

FBI’s Most Wanted Domestic Terrorists List Dominated By Women

Americans on the TSA: Not Bad, Not Bad At All

Democratic and Republican ‘Megadonors’ – Who Gives the Most?

‘Run. Hide. Fight.’ Houston PSA Recreates Mass Shooting 

Business Owners Aren’t Sold on Obama

Legalize Prostitution, Then Punish Buyers, Not Sellers

Post-Aurora Gun Debate: Predictably Bipolar & Ideologically Rigid

Gen X Couldn’t Care Less About Climate Change

If There Are So Few Fires, Why Are There So Many Firefighters?

No, Encouraging Suicide From Your Computer Is Not Free Speech, Court Rules

Are Americans More Conformist Than Europeans?

Conservative Teen Star Takes Left Turn to Liberalism

Conservatives on the Obamacare Mandate: It Was Wrong Then, Wrong Now

The Side That Watches More News Wins More Elections

Rape “Not Just a Girl Thing” Says Writer

Asians Now America’s #1 Immigrant Group

Is the New York Times Cheerleading for Gay Marriage?

People More Optimistic About Local Economy Than Nation’s, Globe’s

Dads Are Only Worth $20,248 Per Year Around the House 

Air Rage Literally on the Rise

Just the Facts Ma’am: Attitudes to Global Warming About Values, Not Knowledge

Doctor Forced to Pay Child Support for Abortion Debacle

Romney Way Ahead Among Veterans

Turns Out Parents Are Happier Than People Without Kids

Stay-at-Home Moms an Unhappy Bunch?

Republicans & Democrats Even Shop Differently

Yes, There Are Liberal and Conservative Baby Names

People Who Read More Are Thinner

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Gay Couples More Racially Diverse

Underemployed, But Loving It

Is Marriage for the Rich?

Americans With Disabilities Act Covers the Pee-Shy Too

The 5 Most Dangerous Cities for Women

Atheists and Compassion: A Match Not Made in Heaven

In Condoms We Mistrust

Ladies and Gentle-men, Meet the Men’s Rights Movement


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I was tipped off to a Financial Times article on why young folks are choosing to drive less – though not forgo altogether getting a license – by Drudge via Twitter, but the article requires a free but annoying subscription.

So I found another one published recently by the Denver Post likely inspired by some of the same background research. It documents how people roughly in their twenties (16-34) are driving less over time. Apparently this group drove 20% less in 2009 than their peers in 2001. And citing the Federal Highway Administration’s National Household Travel Survey, the article states that the youthful took “24 percent more bike trips in 2009 than they took in 2001,” and that “the number of passenger miles traveled by the same group on public transit increased by 40 percent.”

This recalls a post of mine from last year, ruminating on what’s going on with menfolk and their standard of living. Of course that post was about guys of all ages (sort of), not both guys and girls of a younger age.  In any case, be it the economy, immaturity or shifting values – and the Denver Post article seems to lean upon the latter – youth are getting away from cars.

A 24 year old quoted in the article offers what I’d describe as a combination of immaturity and shifting values, giving away her educated self-selection into a more progressive lifestyle in the process:

I would rather have good public transportation options than the hassle and expense of driving a car. Our leaders should focus on building a 21st-century transportation network that provides lots of alternatives to driving.

Indeed. Patching a bike tire is a breeze compared to changing one on a car. (Took me an hour once.)