Guardian.UK: What a $15 minimum wage means for US small businesses.
Business owners, for the most part, will cry ‘foul’. Minimum wage has been so egregiously low, raising it to a proper level is painful and it takes time for businesses to find ways to adjust. As we saw with the living wage in Santa Fe, those with good business models survive. Those on a shoestring fail.
ArtDaily: Timbuktu rebuilds mausoleums destroyed by Islamists.
Now that’s kind of nice to hear. Amid all the other useless, idiotic destruction going on.
Guardian.UK: Robot reveals inside Fukushima nuclear reactor – video.
Doesn’t look particularly auspicious; I have no way to judge.
Günter Grass has passed away.
BBC: Mother who killed son with salt for web attention jailed.
The Nation: The Absurdly Rational Logic of Wages for Wives.
“The partnership hinges on mutual consent and balanced rights and responsibilities over the governance of household assets. Meanwhile, the government should take into account women’s contributions to the maintenance of the household, with the census counting her domestic work as a job. It was, after all, the economic pillar that enabled all other forms of industry.”
CJR: Rolling Stone’s investigation - ‘A failure that was avoidable’.
Freelance fact-checking. Do we really need to know anything else? The editors should have doubled down on whatever problems the fact-checkers raised, instead of waving them away. There weren’t just things slipping through the cracks; important details got bodily chucked into veritable canyons and ignored.
Later: Note, I’m not down on freelancers per se. My experience is simply that when news and other print organizations dump their onstaff editors and other experts out on the streets, firms expect freelance personnel will bring comparable results. I don’t think they do, in that particular case. A freelancer (not unlike myself) is working against either a bid or an hourly rate, with the hiring firm setting limits. If the firm is bargain-basementing the fact-checking costs through freelancers, limiting their hours via budget, I say the system is rigged to suffer slip-through-the-cracks disease.
BBC: Indiana lawmakers unveil proposed changes to religious law.
What I don’t get, is why these kinds of ideas get so far when they should be shot down immediately by the Establishment Clause. The law is clearly intended to aid certain religions. Entanglement? Seen the news in the last few days? FAIL.
TG’s Political Wire: Are Republicans Losing Big Business?
Sigh of relief. Republicans, when in power, can’t resist going after social issues. Noone will remember any detail of Benghazi; everyone will remember the folks who support Indiana - and negatively.
Al Jazeera: Why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Converted to Islam.
“... the more I studied history, the more disillusioned I became with the role of Christianity in subjugating my people. I knew, of course, that the Second Vatican Council in 1965 declared slavery an ‘infamy’ that dishonored God and was a poison to society. But for me, it was too little, too late. The failure of the church to use its might and influence to stop slavery and instead to justify it as somehow connected to original sin made me angry.” A really fascinating look at Kareem’s choices; context to history. Via Dan Hartung on FB.
The Art Newspaper: Vienna museum director calls for time limit on Nazi-loot restitution claims.
This doesn’t help Austria in the eyes of the world. Many don’t agree: “We have an immense obligation towards the Holocaust era. The discussion should not be about time limits but rather on how provenance research can be carried out as efficiently and rapidly as possible.” If someone has clear provenance 500 years hence, should a museum be able to deny it? I don’t believe so. Especially given the nature of how these artworks were ripped away from their rightful owners. You can set a statute of limitations on theft of consumer goods, perhaps. That is a petty crime. Consumer goods have a useful lifespan. Not so artworks, burgled with governmental organization and premeditation .... artworks appreciate in value.
And why say this now, when methods of detection and unearthing provenance have become so much better? We’re seeing new revelations in the news every day. No, this was a very unwise statement.
The Atlantic: U.S. Supreme Court - GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure.
“If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment. The Supreme Court clarified and affirmed that law on Monday ...” Good.
NakedCap: Fracking’s New Nemesis - Earthquake Lawsuits.
“Indeed, some of the bigger players appear to have decided it’s best to keep these cases out of the press if possible. BHP Billiton and Chesapeake Energy settled a 2013 case lodged by five homeowners for a confidential amount.” Industries prefer to minimize case law on the books. Swift gag settlements are the first line of defense.
NY Times: Islamic State Destruction Renews Debate Over Repatriation of Antiquities.
I used to be pro-repatriation. I suppose Zahi Hawass made such a strong case for Egyptian artifacts to be best appreciated in their country of origin, I was convinced. The Bamiyan Buddhas, Arab Spring, etc. have convinced me otherwise now. Spread cultural treasures widely throughout the world - with liberal travel/touring displays. Humanity’s art and history belong to no individual nation, region or political system.
PS Mag: ‘You Wouldn’t Drill for Oil in the Sistine Chapel’.
I’m afraid that argument doesn’t work. You’ve got to load your oppositional scattergun with every bit of counterargument you’ve got and shoot like you mean it to stop these bandits.
Mashable: ISIS is keeping tourists from ‘Tatooine’
In the midst of Yazidi women being kidnapped and raped, innocents having their throats cut, more ... this matters?
BBC: Will the Dalai Lama reincarnate?
“His holiness has said that the 15th would be born outside of Tibet, outside of China, because this 15th Dalai Lama would have to continue the work of the present Dalai Lama.” Lots of Tibetans around Santa Fe. Apparently the climate is similar.
AP: Police find no evidence of gang rape at U of V.
“In interviews with The Associated Press, however, the same friends said the opposite was true: They said they insisted Jackie contact police, but she refused. The friends said the article didn’t match what Jackie had told them that night, and that she didn’t appear physically injured at the time.”
Collectors Weekly: Sex and Suffering: The Tragic Life of the Courtesan in Japan’s Floating Wor
Surprising, how much of this I already knew just from reading James Clavell’s Shogun.
The Week: Why South by Southwest is a huge, exploitative scam.
NY Times: Obama Administration Unveils Federal Fracking Regulations.
I’ll certainly want to read these, after skimming by this ... “The Interior Department has spent more than three years developing the rules, in close consultation with oil and gas companies, states and environmental groups. The agency also said it has reviewed more than 1.5 million public comments.”
Guardian.UK: Laughing at Isis - Syrian video artists go beyond fear to ridicule jihadis.
Guardian.UK: ‘Kidnapped’ victims of Chicago police detail ordeal in federal civil-rights suit.
Keep a weather eye open on this one.
The Atlantic: Manual Labor, All Night Long - The Reality of Paying for College.
$10/hour. A travesty. I was making $8.00 an hour helping build prestressed concrete components to try to pay for school in 1979. Up at 3AM to be at work by 4 (the work was out in the open, these hours prevented heatstroke). Work until 1 PM. I was injured - all of my fingers were broken in an accident. Ended up having to take two semesters off (two trimesters) for them to heal. ‘Manual labor’ can help pay your way, sure. But the intangibles ...
Re/code: Monica Lewinsky Gives Poignant TED Talk on Cyberbullying.
“A marketplace has emerged. [snip] Shame is an industry. [snip] The more shame, the more clicks. The more clicks the more advertising dollars.” And she’s right. No link, Re/code? Shame.