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May 14, 2014
As with any such upheaval, there’s a history behind it. Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs. ‘She confronted the top brass,’one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was ‘pushy,’ a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.
Why Jill Abramson Was Fired,” The New Yorker
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May 13, 2014
theweekmagazine:

United Nations is hosting a four-day summit about ‘killer robots’
Apparently nervous that the completely fictional movie Transformers could suddenly happen in real life, the United Nations is hosting a four-day session to prevent a nightmare scenario in which killer robots take control of the world.

There’s more than meets the eye to the United Nations, apparently.

theweekmagazine:

United Nations is hosting a four-day summit about ‘killer robots’

Apparently nervous that the completely fictional movie Transformers could suddenly happen in real life, the United Nations is hosting a four-day session to prevent a nightmare scenario in which killer robots take control of the world.

There’s more than meets the eye to the United Nations, apparently.

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Big Magic Johnson, what has he done? He’s got AIDS. Did he do any business? Did he help anybody in South LA? … What kind of guy goes to every city and has sex with every girl and catches AIDS? … I don’t think he’s a good example for the children of Los Angeles.

Donald Sterling, on Magic Johnson. In an exclusive interview with Anderson Cooper, he said Johnson “should be ashamed of himself” for having HIV. (via washingtonpost)

How to get people on your side: Criticize one of the most famous and philanthropic athletes of all time. Johnson’s post-NBA career decimates absolutely every stereotype about HIV—every stereotype that Sterling would be quick to throw on him based on his interview with AC.

Also, this response to the interview was pure class, Magic.

(via bookoisseur)

11:49 // 2 months ago
May 12, 2014
I personally think that if I were in charge of the government, I would index the minimum wage to inflation so that way everybody knows what they can count on. The employees know they’re going to get increases on a regular basis. The management knows that they’re going to have to pay a little bit more with inflation. It just seems much more sensible and fair to me. I don’t know why it hasn’t been done like that. I would do it that way because in the long, long run it’s going to approximate the change in inflation.
Subway CEO Fred DeLuca • Offering a somewhat sensible take on the minimum wage debate. (That said, in the very next question, the sub giant is accused of severely underpaying its workers, which DeLuca emphasized was a store-level problem that the franchise-heavy company itself has been trying to work on.)
11:46 // 2 months ago
May 11, 2014
Evidence you should jailbreak your iPad: There’s an jailbreak app for it that allows you to multitask. Whoa.

Evidence you should jailbreak your iPad: There’s an jailbreak app for it that allows you to multitask. Whoa.

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May 10, 2014
Today, members of Congress can lease Lexuses, BMW’s, Infinities, Mercedes, all fall within the guidelines. Not all do that, but does that send a message to our folks back home that this is the right way to do it?
Rep. Rich Nugent (R-FL) • Arguing in favor of his amendment to a Congress pay bill, which would have taken away a perk for members of the House—the ability to receive a lease for a vehicle using their office budgets. Around 63 members of the House use their office budgets to pay for a car lease—at a cost of around $38,444.20 per month in taxpayer money. By the way, Nugent’s amendment failed.
23:29 // 2 months ago