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April 20, 2014
We are announcing today that we have reverted back to our prior legal terms, which contain no mention of arbitration.

A statement from General Mills • Walking back a much-criticized policy that would have essentially replaced the consumer’s right to sue the company with an online arbitration process. The move drew much heat after The New York Times wrote an article on the practice last week.

By the way, they’re not the only ones that do this.

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April 19, 2014
On one hand, stealing from people is wrong (Sanchez presumably added the amount of the tolls he wasn’t actually paying to his passengers’ fares) and we as a society need things like tolls so we can maintain our infrastructure, which is crucial to our Competitiveness in a Global Economy. On the other hand, tailgating through a toll booth 3,000 times without once hitting the gate sounds like some nifty drivin’.
Criminal Cab Driver Mastermind (Allegedly) Evaded 3,000 Tolls, Slate
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General Tso’s Chicken has become a staple of American dining; a dish that, were it not for pizza, could be crowned the most popular ethnic food item in the country. And it’s a total cash cow. The dish is carried in most of the 50,000 Chinese restaurants in the United States, produced very cheaply, and sold for about $10 a pop, resulting in billions of dollars in tasty revenue.

‘The Search for General Tso’: The Origins of America’s Favorite Chinese Dish, General Tso’s Chicken, The Daily Beast

Some notable history in this fascinating article: Apparently the Chinese food industry was first borne of the Chinese Exclusion Act, an infamous 19th century anti-immigration law which forced many Chinese immigrants out of the labor force. Self-employment became a necessity, and immigrants moved away from the West Coast partly to avoid persecution.

15:13 // 1 day ago

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, drug industry edition

  • $6.3B the value of the free samples that prescription drug companies offered to medical facilities in 2011. Sounds like a great deal, right? Not really—according to the latest edition of JAMA Dermatology, the drugs actually ending up helping out the drug companies more than patients. Why’s that? Because, quite often, these free samples are for costlier brand-name drugs—so while the first one is free, the ones you have to take down the line will cost ya. source
14:43 // 1 day ago
You can’t take responsibility, or say you do, for nearly 500 souls, and then be the first in the lifeboat.
Navy Capt. William H. Doherty • Offering harsh criticism for the captain of the ferry that sank in South Korea this week, Lee Jun-seok. Lee, who is currently in jail over the incident, was one of the first people off the ferry. While a captain abandoning ship is generally frowned upon in most countries, giving captains some leeway to assist from a distance, South Korea’s law essentially makes it illegal. The ship took roughly two and a half hours to sink, but crew members reportedly told many on the ship to stay in place according to survivors, a situation which likely doomed many of people on board.
14:18 // 1 day ago
Ironic incident of the week: During a press conference on commuter train safety, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) got thisclose to getting hit by an Amtrak train on the Metro-North line. Oops.

Ironic incident of the week: During a press conference on commuter train safety, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) got thisclose to getting hit by an Amtrak train on the Metro-North line. Oops.

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April 18, 2014
We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen. Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. But approach the President, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?
A secret service agent • Warning Mr. Met—the mascot of the New York Mets—not to get close to President Clinton during a 1997 baseball game in which Clinton spoke. AJ Mass, the man inside the suit at the time, wrote about this experience in a new book, because who wouldn’t?
9:58 // 2 days ago