Nowadays, the members of the 1 percent are the only ones getting richer and they’re hiring servants to keep them comfy; there are a few things you should be aware about with regard to your caffeine intake; meanwhile, familiar weather patterns have gone extinct. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

America’s New Servant Class In America, many people still think of household servants as something belonging to a distant age, a time less equal and democratic than our own, like the Britain of Downton Abbey.

Did Maidan Protesters Kill Their Own Ranks With Snipers? The snipers who shot at protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders, according to a leaked phone conversation between the EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign affairs minister, which has emerged online.

TV Is Dead From music to politics, television’s day is supposedly over.

U.K.’s ‘War on Porn’ Leader Arrested on Allegations Related to Child Porn Amid increasing media pressure, the U.K. prime minister’s office confirmed that authorities arrested top David Cameron aide Patrick Rock on Feb. 13 on suspicions related to child pornography.

9 Things You Should Know About Your Caffeine Habit Even if you’re not among the 63 percent of Americans who drink coffee every day, caffeine is hard to avoid.

It’s Just Not Good Enough to Be Prime Minister of AIPAC Noted New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman once remarked that it is far more important what Arab leaders say to their people in Arabic then what they tell Americans in English.

We Have Entered an Abrupt Climate Change Phase The familiar global weather patterns that we, our parents, and our grandparents (and most of our distant ancestors, at least as far back as the last ice age remnants) have always experienced are no more.

Colleges Are Divided on Need for New Speech Policies Many colleges have been slow to develop policies governing professors’ online speech.

How a Seemingly Simple Message to Students Brought Digital-Age Disaster for a Wisconsin Professor Rachel Slocum’s problems began with an email she sent at the end of long day.

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