Kent State scolds Urban Outfitters’ red-splattered sweatshirt
Sep16

Kent State scolds Urban Outfitters’ red-splattered sweatshirt

Kent State University and many on the Internet criticized Urban Outfitters Inc. on Monday for selling a sweatshirt with its college logo and what appears to be splattered blood, saying it evoked memories of the 1970 shooting where four students died. “This item is beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still hurts… Kent State scolds Urban Outfitters’ red-splattered...

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Good News on Software Patents
Sep12

Good News on Software Patents

The current system of software patents has been criticized by many for years now. Overly broad patents granted based on simplistic descriptions with nothing to back them up have been, in the opinion of many, a bane to real technological innovation for quite a while. I admit that I agree with that view. But then in June of this year the Supreme Court made a ruling concerning software patents. As Vox reports, while that ruling still...

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Fast Food Workers Strike Nationwide
Sep05

Fast Food Workers Strike Nationwide

Fast Food Workers Strike Nationwide by Miriam Raftery September 4, 2014 (San Diego)–Fast food workers across America on Thursday put down their burger flippers and picked up picket signs. Workers went out on strike at an estimated 150 fast food restaurants nationwide. The workers want wages raised to $15 an hour . They point out that it’s not just kids working at fast food chains nowadays; the economy has forced many adults...

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A Market Basket of dignity
Sep02

A Market Basket of dignity

WASHINGTON — Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor Day speeches in American history would be delivered by a CEO? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO? This is the wonder of the happy-ending tale of Market Basket, the New England grocery chain. Most of its 25,000 non-unionized workers...

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McDonald’s losing connection with millennials?
Aug26

McDonald’s losing connection with millennials?

McDonald’s Corp. appears to be losing its connection with a key group of Americans: millennials. The Wall Street Journal on Monday used data to show the changing tastes of some younger Americans. Data compiled for that newspaper by Technomic Inc., a restaurant consultancy, showed that the percentage of people in the United States aged 19 to… McDonald’s losing connection with...

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The right note on gender and hiring (Guest Voice)
Aug25

The right note on gender and hiring (Guest Voice)

The right note on gender and hiring by Esther J. Cepeda Washington Post Writers Group Columnist CHICAGO — In the 1970s and 1980s, symphony orchestras around the world began implementing a system of “blind” auditions — performances given from behind a screen — in order to diversify their ranks while ensuring that elite talent and meritocracy ruled. It worked out well, with Princeton University research...

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Rage, Rage Against The Editing of the Songs
Aug16

Rage, Rage Against The Editing of the Songs

Rage, Rage Against The Editing of the Songs Tyrades! By Danny Tyree If you’re frustrated by the skimpiness of “fun-size” candy, wait until you hear some “fun-size” songs. On August 1, Calgary Top 40 station AMP Radio became the first station in the world to switch to the new QuickHitz format. Developed by Vancouver-based SpakNet Communications, QuickHitz (without having to consult with composers, singers...

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The Most Expensive Food In The World: 10 Lavish Alternatives To Your Everyday Dishes
Aug08

The Most Expensive Food In The World: 10 Lavish Alternatives To Your Everyday Dishes

Tired of eating cheap fast food? The folks at financesonline.com offer us this infographic of some dishes that are run a bit more — and are a bit more ornate, in culinary...

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‘Successful’ Russia Sanctions Would be West’s Worst Nightmare (Gazeta, Russia)
Aug07

‘Successful’ Russia Sanctions Would be West’s Worst Nightmare (Gazeta, Russia)

This column by Gazeta columnist Georgy Bovt, while providing an unassailable argument for why Western sanctions on Russia are doomed to fail, also serves as a powerful indictment of the Putin years. Beyond his explanation of why there is no likelihood of sanctions working, or of an opposition emerging that is capable of challenging the Putin regime, Bovt lays out why, if sanctions were to bite to the point where Putin were toppled,...

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An Open Letter to Katrina vanden Heuvel, et al
Aug06

An Open Letter to Katrina vanden Heuvel, et al

“Auto-renew” is not a convenience. It is a license to steal, and makes keeping your checkbook balanced an impossible task… I’ve been meaning to write this again for some time, and today’s utter paucity of news affords just such an opportunity. The digital transition ripoff caused me to cancel my decade-plus subscription … permanently. Consumer advocate/radio money man Clark Howard states my thesis...

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India’s ‘business friendly’ prime minister rejects English
Aug04
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West Should Drop Trade Barriers with Russia, Not Raise Them! (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Aug02

West Should Drop Trade Barriers with Russia, Not Raise Them! (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

In some way, of all the MH17 content we’ve posted from the Netherlands, this column by Imre Wessels, an election coordinator for the Libertarian Party, is the most ‘Dutch’ – in the sense that he expresses that unstinting belief in free markets that made the Netherlands into the dominant trading power of the 1700s. So then, rather than bringing Vladimir Putin to heel, will Western sanctions serve only to harden...

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Why a Strike or Lock Out at the Met Won’t Bode Well for Music
Jul31

Why a Strike or Lock Out at the Met Won’t Bode Well for Music

It’s not easy to be a musician these days, even in New York City, which is often considered the land of opportunity for jobs in the arts. Freelance opportunities still haven’t reached prerecession levels, and even the city’s largest musical organizations are hurting for ticket sales. Last year the New York City Opera closed its doors after failing to generate enough revenue for several seasons. Now the Metropolitan...

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Fast food looks like a zero sum game
Jul31

Fast food looks like a zero sum game

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MH17: Guilty Rebels ‘Worse for Moscow than KAL-007′ (Gazeta, Russia)
Jul31

MH17: Guilty Rebels ‘Worse for Moscow than KAL-007′ (Gazeta, Russia)

What would happen if it were proven that pro-Russia rebels shot down MH17, that the Kremlin was complicit, and sanctions began to bring down the Russian economy? Gazeta columnist Georgy Bovt forecasts that the situation would be far worse than anything encountered in 1983, when the USSR admitted to downing Korean Airlines Flight 007. Bovt warns that in defense of Russia’s economy and ‘Russian civilization,’ and to...

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Inversion or Perversion?
Jul22

Inversion or Perversion?

The house is on fire and the occupants are eating dinner and not paying attention. While our tax base is being whittled away by large American corporations, members of Congress are twiddling their thumbs and doing nothing. The willingness of Congress to allow these “inversions” to occur is another sign of the dysfunction in Washington and the “perversion” in the American political system. To escape higher corporate taxes in the U.S.,...

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Workers Limited To 6 Minutes A Day In The John
Jul21

Workers Limited To 6 Minutes A Day In The John

Workers Limited To 6 Minutes A Day In The...

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Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Jul20

Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

If President Obama is ‘weak,’ than everyone else is weaker. For Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki reminds Obama’s ever-expanding number of critics that the president has not only been the most consistent leader since the Ukraine crisis began, but that the sanctions he has imposed on Russia have been the toughest in the world, and what’s more, they work. For the Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki...

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Pro-business populism?
Jul17

Pro-business populism?

WASHINGTON — Here’s the thing to watch in this year’s campaign: Democrats are trying to be populists and pro-business moderates at the same time. The tea party’s success in transforming the Republican Party is making this two-step possible as conservatism’s increasingly ferocious opposition to government creates points of friction with both business and middle-class constituencies. On the one hand: Sen....

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Your Problem with Guns or Gays Is Not Political
Jul11

Your Problem with Guns or Gays Is Not Political

Last month, I did something I’d done only once before: I went to a range and shot some guns. Lots of guns. All shapes, ages and sizes. This is a very strange thing to do for a guy born British. Guns feature nowhere in British culture. Accordingly, I was unsurprised by the reaction of my mother when I called home and told her that I’d had a great time learning about firearms and discovering I wasn’t a bad shot, even with a...

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