Club owners frequently make musicians play for free and it’s probably not legal. I don’t think going through the IRS and tax wage laws is the best place to start pressuring them though.
NPR asks the important questions: why do we hate Nickelback so much? Overexposure and let’s be honest, we don’t hate the band or its music so much as the kind of people who really like Nickelback.
Big Data tries to keep on rolling, claiming we can find fashion trends through Google searches. I’m not sure why you wouldn’t just ask companies that sell clothes what people want to buy. It smacks of Big Data trying to be a little too clever.
What kind of guy rocks a man bag? The harder question seems to be finding a palatable and non-judgmental word for it.
Related to that article, what are the new status symbols for the rich? Basically something with a story and talking points – famous art pieces, vintage cars, bespoke suits, etc.
Read this sob story of a billionaire whose private equity firm grew too fast. You know you’ve got First World problems when you’re weeping about hurting your knee jumping out of a helicopter on a skiing adventure.
Japan has managed to very quietly muzzle the media and chill criticisms of government policies. The media had rarely challenged the government anyways, but I guess you can never have too much cooperation from the Fourth Estate.
Latest inequality talking point focuses in on Finland’s progressive income-based fine system. Only at the very end does it point out that judges have a lot of leeway to reduce fines and it seems to work often for the rich to appeal penalties, meaning the big fines look good on paper but may work differently in practice.
President Obama does some public hand-wringing on drone errors. But very little will change in real terms because the White House has no intention of sending in ground troops and risking headlines about American casualties.
NYT obtained a report on Stellarwind, an NSA program that was being questioned by officials for its dubious results. Serves as a dump on President Bush, implying he started these programs and President Obama put a stop to the most abusive ones. I don’t think it can be repeated or emphasized enough that we only know about these things because of Edward Snowden, not because the White House wanted to do the right thing.
Syrian rebels have made surges in gains over the last couple weeks, weakening the Assad regime. It refocuses attention on the war and whether we can avoid an outcome of total chaos, increased Iranian influence, or an ISIS takeover.
Educators say coding is the key to the future of education. If you believe typical complaints, our kids already suck at reading, math, science, and history. Why not add more core subjects?
And an even more typical education complaint: go to another country and declare they’re succeeding where America is failing, in this case China. It’s a battle of whether to call it “chalk and talk” or “drill and kill”. Also serves as an invective against modern trends in incorporating emotional needs and encouragement. There’s an incredible photo of a Chinese exam room that looks like it has to be photo-shopped.