Take This Quiz To See How Much Of Your Success Came From Privilege

A new online quiz is hoping to challenge the classic American Dream narrative by showing people just how much support they had to get to where they are.

The Your American Dream Scorequizasks people a series of questions about who they are and what factors, such as health, education, race or gender, may have contributed to their success or created barriers to it. Funded by the Ford Foundation, the quiz was launched last month by communications company Galewill as part of aninitiative to inform people around inequality in America.

On the one hand, the narrative around the American Dream is essential it gives people hope if you come from a poor background, Galewill founder Bob McKinnon told HuffPost. But at the same time its a limiting belief. The idea that if you work as hard as you can, you can overcome anything its not a complete story.

The idea of achieving upward mobility by simply working hard, or picking yourself up by your bootstraps, has long been a staple of the American Dream.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have used the narrative to speak of the opportunities that exist in America for people in poverty or immigrants to make it against the odds, but also to justify not providing government support to low-income people, who are expected to simply work hard and make it on their own.

This quiz aims to push back on the American narrative of individual success by getting people to take an honest look at how they ended up where they are, and recognize the barriers they faced, as well as the help they got along the way including from the government.

I grew up in a poor neighborhood outside Boston, then a trailer park in Pennsylvania, McKinnon said. At certain points I benefited from food stamps but there are people who dont publicly admit that.

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Daniel Paul Oakes, 23, in a tent encampment in Seattle, Washington — October 12, 2015. “I have been homeless for three and a half years… I’d like to have a job that would get me out of here,” Oakes said.

Galewill worked with social scientists and other experts to craft the questions in the quiz and to paint an accurate picture of the factors that contribute to social mobility.

When I took the quiz, for instance, I started by inputting my gender, race and approximate age. Then I was prompted with a series of multiple-choice questions, asking whether I came from a two-parent household, or thought my neighborhood was safe, or had faced a health setback, among others.

When I got my score (60/100), I also got a drop-down explanation of how the score compared to others. It told me Ive had more factors working in my favor than against me,listing out some of the specific factors thathelped me for instance, that I had a good education and that hindered that the economy wasnt very strong when I graduated.

The score page also tells you some ways to take action, such as thanking people who have helped you along the way, like mentors and teachers, or volunteering with groups that are helping others facing similar barriers. For those who still face roadblocks today, it also points to groups that support low-income Americans, such as LIFT or Boys and Girls Club of America.

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This is a section of the score page that pops up when you complete the quiz.

Though the tool is expressly non-partisan, McKinnon said, its goal of changing the narrative around American success has clear implications for public policy.

I believe the reasons why there are cuts to certain things is predicated on an incomplete picture of what it takes to get ahead in this country, especially if youre disadvantaged, McKinnon said.

Last week, for instance, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was called out on Twitter for saying poverty is just a state of mind. Carson, who was raised in low-income housing, has criticized government assistance for making people too comfortable.

If we want to make sure every child has an opportunity to get ahead, we have to have a more honest conversation on what it takes to get ahead, McKinnon said. The hope is we start telling better stories of how we end up where we do, that it shifts thinking to remember those people and programs that helped us and that they get their proper due.

President Donald Trumps recently proposed budget would make significant cuts to social programs that support low-income Americans, such as Medicaid, food stamps and disability insurance. Congress isworking on its own budget.

Wouldnt it just be great to know what the aggregate [American Dream] score of Congress was? McKinnon said. Or to have them hold up their score before they vote on something?

I would love to see Nancy Pelosi and Paul Ryan both find their score and have a conversation about it, he added.Thats an honest conversation: You look at the research behind what helped you or me, and you design policy around it.

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Anti-Muslim Hate Marches Across U.S. Draw Violence, Arrests

Hate marches that took place across the U.S. drew violence between white supremacists and counterprotesters on Saturday, leading to several arrests.

TheMarch Against Sharia took place in cities including St. Paul, Minnesota, Seattle, Washington, and New York City.The marches attracted Islamophobic hate group members, neo-Nazis and white supremacists all to rally against the completely nonexistent threat of Sharia law in the U.S.

The rallies were spearheaded by Act for America, described by the Southern Poverty Law Centeras an anti-Muslim hate group.

In Seattle, fights broke out between hate group members and anti-fascists or Antifa supporters.

Seattle police deployed pepper spray on both parties and made several arrests.

In St. Paul, police arrested seven people after clashes occurred between anti-Muslim demonstrators and counterprotesters outside the state Capitol. No injuries were reported, but two of seven arrested face assault charges, the Minnesota State Patrol told HuffPost in a statement.

In New York City, anti-Muslim protesters were outnumbered by counterprotesters who used air horns and cowbells to drown out the other side, the New York Daily news reported.

Were making so much noise to drown out the fact that they are furthering hate speech, Eric Josephson, 66, told the publication. I do not believe they have a right to a platform. They are planning murder and mayhem.

Lead speaker for NYCs hate march was Gavin McInnes, founder of VICE who in the past has downplayed white terrorism and blamed women for domestic violence.

Rallies were scheduled for 28 cities in 21 states across the country.

CORRECTION: This article originally stated that neo-Nazi Billy Roper organized rallies across the country for Act For America. However, Roper organized a rally in Arkansas, and Act For America had withdrawn its affiliation from this protest after an SPLC published a report on Ropers involvement.

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15 Of The Most Relaxing Vacation Spots In America

Too often, we do vacation the same way we do life: overbooked, over-programmed and hopelessly plugged into technology. It takes intention and often an epic location to plan a trip that provides true relaxation.

These are just the places to do so. Whether your idea of relaxation is a quiet mountain hike, a beachside nap or a cooking class, this lineup has got you covered. Take a look, then take a break.

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Reading People’s Texts Isn’t Nice, But One Nosey Passenger Stopped A Pedophile

On July 31, a preschool teacher was taking a Southwest Airlines flight from Seattle, Washington, to San Jose, California, when she noticed the passenger in front of her texting.

Maybe it was because his texts were written in a large font or that the woman was just bored and curious, but either way, she started reading what she could see on his phone. It was a damn good thing she did, because she was able to catch and report 56-year-old Michael Kellar for sending shocking and disgusting messages about sexually abusing children.

After reading the texts from behind him, the woman took photos of them with her own phone and reported Kellar to the flight crew. They alerted San Jose police, who were waiting for him when the plane landed.

According to investigators, Kellar has been texting a 50-year-old woman from Tacoma, Washington, named Gail Burnworth, who had a five-year-old and seven-year-old child in her care. He was making sexual requests, and she was reportedly carrying them out on the children.

Kellar is being held without bail after getting arrested on suspicion of two felony counts each of attempted child molestation and solicitation of a sex crime.

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Burnworth was arrested on suspicion of felony counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, rape of a child, and dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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Iowa State Fair cow and boy taking nap wins the internet after photo goes viral

This here is a little story about a boy and his cow.

They may not have won a ribbon at the Iowa State Fair, but Mitchell Miner and his heifer Audri won the internet after a photo of them taking a nap together went viral.

“She likes to lay down quite a bit,” Miner told the Des Moines Register on Monday. “I don’t really understand the bond with my animal either. She just enjoys my company.”

DELICIOUS DEEP-FRIED TREATS FROM THIS YEAR’S STATE FAIRS

Miner, 15, of Williamsburg, Iowa and Audri entered the Iowa State Fair’s youth dairy cattle show. They prepared for weeks with Miner leading, clipping, walking and bathing Audri nonstop up to the competition. On the day of the show, Miner woke up at 3 a.m. his third straight early-morning rise putting the final touches on Audri.

The heifer ended up placing fifth out of seven contestants, but after hard-fought competition, the two took a nap together. Miners father, Jeremey snapped a few photos of the two and posted them on Facebook the next day.

By early afternoon, the photo racked up over 15,000 interactions and nearly 800 shares.

“I was asleep. I think she was, too,” Mitchell said to the Register.

Miner’s mother, Laura, told the newspaper that she believes people are usually won over when they see a bond between a kid and their animal.

“I think it’s just when you spend that much time with them, they get really comfortable with you,” she said.

Laura Miner added that the family borrows most of these animals for the summer. Audri will be heading back to a dairy farm in Blairstown later this fall after the family’s final showing in September.

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House panel concludes Secret Service is ‘an agency in crisis’ | Fox News

Oct. 9, 2015: Members of the Secret Service escort President Barack Obama to greet supporters upon his arrival in Seattle, Washington. (Reuters)

There have been 143 security breaches or attempted breaches at facilities secured by the Secret Service in the last 10 years, according to a lengthy House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report critical of the agency released early Thursday.

The committee concluded that the Secret Service is an “agency in crisis” after a series of high-profile embarrassments over several years, including a South American prostitution scandal and multiple security breaches involving President Barack Obama and the White House. The report faults both leadership failings within the agency and budget cuts imposed by Congress that have led to what the committee concluded was a “staffing crisis.”

The committee is chaired by Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz and has been investigating the agency since details of the April 2012 prostitution scandal became public. Three directors have led the Secret Service in the last three years and multiple agents and officers, including senior officials, have been fired, transferred or disciplined in the last several years as details of scandals and security breaches have become public.

“This report reveals that the Secret Service is in crisis,” Chaffetz said. “Morale is down, attrition is up, misconduct continues and security breaches persist. Strong leadership from the top is required to fix the systemic mismanagement within the agency and to restore it to its former prestige.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said while the committee’s report highlights the agency’s failures it should also serve as a warning to Congress that lawmakers “cannot make some of the biggest budget cuts in the history of the Secret Service and expect no repercussions to the agency’s staffing and its critical mission. Reversing these problematic trends will require bipartisan and creative work by both the agency and Congress to ensure that the Secret Service is the lean, effective, and respected organization we know it must be.”

Most recently it was revealed that dozens of agents used a secure government database to view Chaffetz’s decade-old, unsuccessful job application starting 18 minutes after the start of hearing focused on another scandal involving allegations of drunken driving involving two senior officials.

The yearlong investigation also found new information about past scandals, including the Colombia prostitution case.

The report said that the Secret Service’s own investigation of that incident uncovered multiple emails sent between agents and officers discussing the trip and eluded to plans to enjoy their surroundings. One email described the motto of the trip as “una mas cerveza por favor,” or one more beer please. Another listed a check-list of things an agent planned to bring, including “swag cologne,” ”pimp gear” and cash for prostitutes.

The committee also found that agents failed to properly vet multiple armed security guards who were near Obama during a September 2014 visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. During that trip Obama rode an elevator with an armed contractor who had not been vetted.

Then-Director Julia Pierson was fired after details of that incident were published by The Washington Post.

The 438-page report also found that the agency is understaffed and agents and officers are overworked.

The committee said the agency’s staffing crisis started in 2011 amid the government-wide budget sequester. The agency has fewer employees today than a year ago, despite recommendations from an independent panel that staffing be increased.

The committee blamed the staffing situation on “significant (budget) cuts … systemic mismanagement at (the Secret Service) that has been unable to correct these shortfalls and declining employee morale leading to attrition.”

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What Starbucks Looks Like Around the World

If you drink coffee and travel, you know one of the first things you do when you land is look for that familiar green awning. Yes, Starbucks speaks the universal language of coffee love to people from all over the world, promising that lift with a uniquely bitter aftertaste.

The point is that Starbucks is everywhere. Need proof? Here you go.

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Dazaifu, Japan

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Tokyo, Japan

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Chengdu, China

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Gyeongju, South Korea

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London, England

Quite aventi difference, huh?

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