Newslinks 2015-4-28

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 …

Newslinks 2015-4-26

Russian hackers have read Obama’s e-mails. The White House insists they did not get into classified areas or get anything important, but it’s still worrying because the president is the holiest of holies. The White House also says there won’t be a trade deal on the TPP before Japanese PM Shinzo Abe comes to Washington. …

Newslinks 2015-4-25

The world’s languages in charts. Nothing too surprising but interesting nonetheless. WaPo blogger says Adam Sandler is an awful hack and it’s all our fault he’s so popular because we keep watching his movies. Medium looks at scenarios and options for Greece. Having won its fight against gender discrimination, Kleiner Perkins is now seeking a …

Newslinks 2015-4-24

A crazy medical story of an Indian PhD student who had a brain tumor extracted that contained teeth, bone, and hair. Doctors speculate it was her twin, not a cancerous lump, although this is so rare that they’re barely aware that this even occurs, much less how or why. The White House announced today that …

Newslinks 2015-4-22

Despicable Me’s minions become so ubiquitous that they get their own color. It’s okay to talk about Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits. It’s true that the media is far more likely to comment on a woman’s clothes than a man’s (e.g. Michelle Obama), but I’d also say this in response to the implicit sexism – if we’re …

Newslinks 2015-4-21

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does an interview with the WSJ, saying a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal is close at hand. Buzzfeed has a bizarre history of how Steven Seagal was chosen as a neutral envoy between Russia and the US. NYT has a feature with crazy statistics about the gender gap among black Americans. …

Newslinks 2015-4-20

FT op-ed tries to argue that Greece can default but stay in the eurozone. But the IMF letting Greece off the hook sets a dangerous precedent and will inevitably bring cries of bias from other countries that faced similarly dire situations but received no mercy. Jon Stewart speaks to the Guardian about why he quit …

Newslinks 2015-4-19

WSJ has an interesting article on the different attitude in Japan about buying houses. Where it is seen as an investment in the US, it is considered a consumer good in Japan. WaPo article on the scars that veterans bring home to their families. I marvel at this trend about caring for former soldiers. It …

Newslinks 2015-4-17

BYU students crash a re-accreditation hearing and complain about the way the school’s honor code clashes with their religious beliefs. They claim the honor code is designed so that students can only convert to Mormonism while facing severe penalties if they try to change to any other belief. Iran publishes its own fact sheet about …

Newslink 2015-4-16

NBC mulls whether Brian Williams has any realistic chance of coming back after his six-month suspension is up in August, and what that means for the guy who’s been subbing in the whole time. Short answer: no. EU files antitrust charges against Google. The 2.4 billion euros that Greece needs next month sounds like a …