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Students May No Longer Need To Memorize Facts Thanks to Google

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Cheers to that: Women in Denver, Colorado have formed an all female non-profit brewery called Lady Justice. In the latest episode of the VICELAND show BEERLAND, the members of the brewery talk about using beer to mobilize their community. Lady Justice created a protest beer in response to unfavorable actions of President Trump. The goal of the brewers is to fundraise for a cause that is politically charged and empowers women. Equality tastes pretty fucking delicious.


Google-fication: Google has transformed the way we use the Internet and access information, and now it may have a radical effect on the education system. The company has partnered with teachers and administrators in school districts across the country to use their products and apps in the classroom at a low-cost. Proponents of Google in the classroom say this is amazing for preparing students for the future of work, which mean in combining technology and education. Critics, however, are wary of the data that Google may be collecting from students, like using the information to develop marketing schemes for future consumers. One thing is for sure: Technology is going to play an even more significant part of daily lives at work and school.

From bad to worse: Earlier this month Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, casually told his country that he was writing a new constitution. Critics call his move dictator-ish, and now it looks like the situation has escalated. The Venezuelan Supreme Court said see ya later to the National Assembly and taken on legislative responsibilities of the government. What's more, the court is stacked with Maduro loyalists which make their actions even shadier. The US Treasury department has responded to the leadership crisis by freezing the assets of eight members of the Venezuelan high court for their complicity in Maduro's seizure of power. Hopefully, these sanctions with put Venezuela back on track.

Listen to good advice: Back in March, President Trump signed an executive order that rolled back Obama-era climate policies, but he still hasn't backed out of the Paris Agreement. But the conversation on climate change is expected to heat up next week as world leaders gear up for the G-7 summit in Italy to discuss global affairs. The terms of the Paris Agreement are sure to be on the docket, and whether or not Trump will have America stay the course. Ironically, major US oil companies like Exxon-Mobil, Chevron and BP are advocating the president stick with the Paris Agreement and find a way to address climate change internationally. Whether or not the pleas from big oil will fall on deaf ears remains to be seen.

Lessons we learned from Westworld: Virtual Reality is the latest fad in entertainment, but what about advocacy? The Sierra Club, a conservation group, is pointing out that people who may never think about wildlife preservation can use new media as a way to learn more about what's out there. Here's how you can support the Sierra Club conservation efforts by protecting the environment in your local community.

Leading the way: In Jordan, the Azraq refugee camp is shining a light on the power of renewable energy. The IKEA Foundation (yes, the easy assemble furniture company from Sweden) funded a solar plant for the camp, which now supplies electricity to 20,000 Syrian refugees in nearly 5,000 shelters. The program is part of IKEA's Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign that also raised more than 30 million euros for the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Now the camp can provide residents with much-needed electricity at little to no cost and a low impact on the environment. After three years since the camp originally opened, they now have street lights, are able to refrigerate food, use fans and other necessities.