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Why the Snooze Button is Ruining Your Day, The Case for a ‘Maximum’ Wage and Chinese Rappers V. the Hong Kong Protests

It’s the Tuesday after a nice long Labor Day Weekend, and I can’t help feeling like a freaking dirt bike stuck in the mud. My brain is revving, but getting absolutely nowhere. It probably doesn’t help that I slapped that “snooze” button a few times this morning. In fact, according to Tracy Moore, sneaking in that extra nine minutes of sleep really just set me up for failure.

But will I do it again tomorrow? Probably.

What can I say, the positives of giving the finger to starting my day outweigh the feel-like-a-wackadoodle negatives.

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Happy Labor Day, Let’s Have a Maximum Wage
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Please Tell Me You Don’t Eat These For Breakfast…

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Middle Eastern Lag Battle

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A Plane Full of Peed Pants

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