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Brenna’s Take on the News: Decaf coffee somehow news

Welcome back to Brenna’s Take on the News! What better way to start a Monday than with coffee and disappointment. For Monday, Nov. 2:

“Opening of all-decaf coffee shop in Manhattan met with horror, outrage”

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By reading some of the articles about a new caffeine-free coffee shop, you would think that these stores were opening a new torture chamber for the sleep deprived.

A company called Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company has recently launched a café such as this, calling it a “sensory experience.” To be fair, the majority of the journalists writing these articles have a bloodstream that’s 50 percent coffee. Without caffeine, the 24 hour news cyclScreen Shot 2015-11-02 at 2.11.27 PMe probably wouldn’t even exist.

But so what? Decaf coffee has been around a long time, decimating the “people only drink coffee for the caffeine, not the taste!” argument being circulated. And it’s not like that neurotic jittery feeling you get after drinking your quad-shot espresso mocha frappe-crap-cino is particularly good for you. There are lots of coffee alternatives, and this type of business could have a great market for customers who can’t drink caffeine for health and religious reasons.

2 degrees, flies planes, author, works at NASA. His age? 17

Just when you thought that nagging voice of self-doubt couldn’t get any louder in your head, a story about a 17-year-old kid in California who has two degrees, a pilot’s license and a job with NASA passes by on your newsfeed to remind you how much time you really do waste on the internet.

This is a kid who truly maximizes every minute of every day to become successful—albeit with more natural intelligence than the rest of us has. But the best part of this story is that the kid, Moshe Kai Cavalin, has a quote calling himself “not the special” and attributes most of it to good parenting. Even though he got a bachelor’s of math when he was 15 from University of California, he says calling him a genius would be going “too far.”

Kudos to you, Cavalin, for somehow accumulating all of the effort and will the rest of us lack to make this world a better place.

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