From The Resurgent: Has Coca-Cola Ushered in the Next Diet Soft Drink Revolution – Or This Generation’s “New Coke”?

I’m old enough to remember the New Coke fiasco of the mid-80s, when Coca-Cola monkeyed with its tried and true formula to create something truly awful. It didn’t take them long to bring back the good stuff as Coca-Cola Classic (79 days to be exact), and the company eventually phased out New Coke altogether.

Coca-Cola even talks about the gamble on their website, patting themselves on the back for their marketing genius and polishing that turd as best they can…

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From The Resurgent: The New Environmental Puritans Don’t Want You to Enjoy Your Summer

Summertime – most everybody loves it. It’s the perfect time of the year to go to the beach or the mountains (or both). Sure, the heat can be oppressive, but we can beat it with the modern miracles of air conditioning and swimming pools. Summer is also a great time of year for hanging out with family and friends. On Sundays after church, my family gets together and grills out by the pool.

But there’s one group of new Puritans who don’t want you to enjoy your summer – environmentalists. That’s right, the climate change folks want to drain the fun out of your life for the sake of the planet. A new study from Sweden’s Lund University suggests the measures we must take to rid the globe of that dastardly CO2 – and it’s going to drain the fun from your summer.

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From PJ Media: Is Gen. Selva Right About the Dangers of Killer Robots Unleashed on Humanity?

During testimony before the Senate on Tuesday, Air Force General Paul Selva, the second-highest ranking officer in the U.S. military, expressed his concern about the use of automated weaponry that relies on artificial intelligence to determine when to discharge and what and whom to destroy.

When Senator Gary Peters, D-Mich., asked the general about a Department of Defense directive that keeps humans in control of autonomous weapons systems, Selva warned of “keeping the ethical rules of war in place lest we unleash on humanity a set of robots that we don’t know how to control.”

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From The Resurgent: California Woman with Cystic Fibrosis Shows How to Truly Live with a Terminal Illness

Cystic fibrosis is a terrible disease that robs children and young adults of their ability to breathe. I watched my cousin Meagan struggle with breathing treatments and feeding tubes while still doing her best to maintain a normal life before she lost her battle with CF 21 years ago.

So when I read the story of Claire Wineland, a 20-year-old from California who is facing CF with an incredible attitude and a measure of wisdom beyond her years, it resonated with me.

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From The Resurgent: Could a Newly Unearthed Photo Solve the Amelia Earhart Mystery?

Eighty years ago this week, pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean, and for all of those eight decades, their disappearance has been the source of plenty of speculation and rumors.

The theories surrounding the Earhart mystery include hypotheses that she became a spy for the American government, that she became the infamous Tokyo Rose, that she survived the flight and took on a new identity, and that her plane simply sank into the ocean.

But could a newly discovered photograph shed light on the truth behind her disappearance? The History Channel seems to think so, and they’re banking on it for a new special that they are broadcasting this Sunday.

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From The Resurgent: The UN Is Tackling The Real Problems In This World – Like Stereotypes In Advertising

In a world rife with trouble and disunity, where so many people do without the basic necessities of life, while others suffer for their lifestyle or beliefs, it’s a comfort to know that we can count on the United Nations to tackle the real problems plaguing our planet.

No, they’re not working on a plan to fight ISIS or anything related to the environment, the unborn, or human rights. Nope, the UN has just announced a new initiative to target that most pernicious of problems: stereotypes of men and women in advertising.

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From The Resurgent: Hasbro Throws Out Gender Categories For Toys

I have three nieces, aged 12, 9, and 8, and over the years they’ve played with plenty of toys, although they’re starting to get to the age where they play with them less. Naturally, they’ve most often gone for “girl toys” – baby dolls, Barbies, that sort of thing. Occasionally they’ve played with some of mine and my brother’s old toys that still live at my parent’s house, but time and time again, it’s the girl toys they’ve stuck with.

Now Hasbro has gone and done something they think is revolutionary: CEO Brian Goldner has announced that they’ve gotten rid of all gender distinctions for their toys.

From The Resurgent: Oxford University Changes Core History Exam To Give Higher Grades To Women

Oxford University – long held as one of the premier educational institutions in the world – is changing one of its core history exams in order to ensure that more women get the highest possible grade on the test.

One of Oxford’s five final-year history exams will be replaced by a paper that can be done at home to try to improve results for female students.

The move, which begins in the next academic year, comes as statistics showed 32% of women achieved a first in history at Oxford, compared with 37% of men.

Under the new exam structure, students most likely will be given similar questions to the existing exam, but rather than completing the test within a specifically designated time frame, students will have several days at home to finish.

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From PJ Media: ‘Help My Yelp’ Host Monti Carlo Shares Her Inspiring Story

Monti Carlo had a dream to become a Food Network host. Her show Help My Yelp debuted earlier this month and airs on Mondays at 10:00 p.m.

I became a huge fan and cheerleader of hers when she appeared on the third season of MasterChef in 2012, though I didn’t connect my memories of her on radio until after the season ended.

Since her time on MasterChef, I’ve had the privilege of developing a social media friendship with Monti, and I had the opportunity to talk to her about Help My Yelp and her tremendously uplifting story. Here’s our conversation.

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Featured image: Host Monti Carlo inside Barbecue Street in Kennesaw, GA as seen on Food Network’s Help My Yelp, Season 1

From PJ Media: Playgrounds in Movie Theaters? Worst. Moviegoing. Experience. Ever.

The moviegoing experience has taken so many forms over the years. Some of my early cinematic memories from childhood took place in a single-screen theater on the town square where I grew up. I can remember in later years when the small movie house in a shopping center in town expanded to two screens — it’s now a pizza restaurant.

I’ve seen films in megaplexes so crowded that I could hear the sound effects from the next room over. I had the pleasure of seeing my all-time favorite movie, Apollo 13, in IMAX for its tenth anniversary…

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