From my Google-Plus email this morning:
Instagram? More like Insta-guns. Gun buyers and sellers across the country are now using the popular photo-sharing site to bypass state and federal laws and purchase weapons freely. Thousands of firearms, including assault rifles, are up for grabs on the site.
Pope Francis suspends German “luxury bishop.” Pope Francis suspended German bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst on Wednesday for spending $43m on lavish renovations to his residence (including $20,000 for his bathtub alone). The move is a signal of the Pope’s commitment to a more austere Church that sides with the poor.
NSA monitoring Germany’s leader? President Obama is in hot water with Angela Merkel after new reports that the NSA spied on her mobile phone. The German Chancellor called Obama on Wednesday to demand an explanation, and President Obama flatly denied the rumors. But the incident comes just days after French President François Hollande also called Obama after reports the NSA targeted the phone calls of millions of French people.
73 will be the retirement norm for millennials. A new study shows most of today’s college grads won’t be able to retire until age 73 due to high student debt – 12 years later than the current retirement age. To put it in perspective, here are the numbers:
+ Median debt for a student upon graduation: $23,300
+ Percentage of students who are unemployed at graduation: 18%
+ The median starting salary for those who do have jobs: $45,327
+ Standard loan repayment plan: 10 years
+ Average yearly loan repayment: $2,858
+ Number of college graduates currently estimated to be in default: Over 7 million
FROM THE CULTURE DESK
If you thought Banksy was cool, check out Natalia Rak, a millennial street artist bringing life-sized murals to the buildings of Poland (Instagram).
Arcade Fire has a new song “Afterlife” that will take every indie kid back to high school (PolicyMic).
A 20-year-old photographer’s Instagram account got revoked for posting a picture of her lower half in a bikini bottom that revealed some pubic hair (PolicyMic).
Kendrick Lamar vs. Drake is the most compelling rap rivalry since 2Pac and Notorious B.I.G. (PolicyMic).
CHARTS AND MAPS
HealthCare.gov’s lines of code, compared to other popular websites and operating systems (Alex Merchant).
America’s mood map: An interactive guide to the United States of attitude (TIME).
A breakdown of the valuations of every Major League Baseball franchise (Bloomberg).
Powerful life lessons from a six-time Jeopardy champion who lost it all (PolicyMic).
24 inspirational quotes from Gordon Ramsay to get you through the day (BuzzFeed).
An Uber for your teeth, with a dentist’s office on wheels that comes to you (Fast Company).