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Billionaire Bootlickers, The Eco Hip-Hop Pioneer and Why Instagram’s New Changes Won’t Stop Insta-Horniness

Here’s a strained metaphor for all y’all thinking about defending billionaires’ whiny response to the wealth tax: Let’s say we’re at a birthday party, and the birthday boy’s mom brings out a huuuuge sheet cake, only she hands 99.99 percent of it over to her son (he “earned” it, natch) and gives you and everyone else a single, solitary crumb. Not only that, but (and this is the really strained part) you need cake to eat, get a quality education and put a roof over your head.

Now, would you be pissed if your dad barged in and took a mere 6 percent of the cake (leaving 93.99 percent left over, still more than enough for the birthday boy) and handed it out to the rest of the starving partygoers? Of course you wouldn’t — cake is delicious.

Eat the rich.

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Geek Dad, Jock Son

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Deep Dive: Adult Summer Camp

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A generation ago, existential loneliness was a hole filled by getting married and having kids. Now, though, untethered millennials longing for a simpler, happier past are headed back to the comfort and relative safety of the rope courses and campfire singalongs of adult summer camp. Over the last few years, adult summer camps have made weekend-long pop-ups across the country, allowing 20, 30 and a handful of 40-somethings the chance to revel in the spontaneous human connections our desk jobs and online-driven lives don't allow for. In September, we shipped @seebriansmith off to one of these adult summer camps, @campnocounselors, for a weekend of bunk beds, wheelbarrow leg races and of course, coolers filled with hard seltzer. Here's how it went.

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