WeWTF | No Mercy / No Malice

WeWork's prospectus has a dedication (no joke): "We dedicate this to the power of We — greater than any one of us, but inside each of us." Pretty sure Jim Jones had t-shirts printed up with this inspiring missive. Speaking of idolatry, "Adam" (as in Neumann) is mentioned 169 times, vs. an average of 25 mentions for founder/CEOs in other unicorn prospectuses. Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, is mentioned 29 times in their prospectus. Granted, "Adam" is super dreamy, in sort of an Argentinian ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-08-19 17:14pm to the The Economy forum.

Twitter is blocked in China, but its state news agency is buying promoted tweets to portray Hong Kong protestors as violent

Twitter is being criticized for running promoted tweets by China’s largest state news agency that paint pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong as violent, even though the rallies, including one that drew an estimated 1.7 million people this weekend, have been described as mostly peaceful by international media.

Promoted tweets from China Xinhua News, the official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, were spotted and shared by the Twitter account of Pinboard, the bookmarking ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2019-08-19 16:49pm to the The Economy forum.

Five Years After Killing Eric Garner, NYPD Fires Officer Daniel Pantaleo

Five years after Eric Garner’s dying plea “I can’t breathe” became the rallying cry against police brutality across the nation, the police officer who killed him has been fired.

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced on Monday that NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo has been fired. O’Neill terminated Pantaleo, 34, after it was determined he violated department policy by restraining Garner with a prohibited chokehold in 2014. 
Submitted by Xiphias at 2019-08-19 17:12pm to the Crime forum.

'Nightmare' statue looms over New Zealand city

A giant hand which has been described as a "Lovecraftian nightmare come to life" has been lifted into place atop Wellington's City Gallery in New Zealand.

Ronnie van Hout's "Quasi" installation was carried by helicopter to its new home on Monday overlooking the city's civic centre.

The artwork, which was created in 2016, originally stood on top of the Christchurch Art Gallery. It is on loan to Wellington, where it will stand for the next three to four years.
Submitted by sacred animal at 2019-08-19 17:02pm to the Crime forum.

Boys sentenced for trashing model railway show

The parents of three teenagers who deliberately trashed a model railway exhibition worth £30,000 have been ordered to pay compensation.

The Market Deeping Model Railway Club display was damaged at Welland Academy in Stamford, Lincolnshire, on 18 May.

The boys, and a fourth defendant, shared a bottle of vodka as part of a "pre-exam night out" before going on a "rampage", a court heard.
Submitted by sacred animal at 2019-08-19 16:58pm to the Crime forum.

Icelanders Mourn Loss of Okjökull Glacier With Ceremony, Plaque

Politicians, scientists, and others gathered in Borgarfjörður, Iceland, northeast of Reykjavik on Sunday to mourn the loss of the Okjökull glacier, laying a plaque warning of the impact of climate change, the BBC reported.
Submitted by revdrew at 2019-08-19 16:25pm to the The World forum.

Shareholder Value Is No Longer Everything, Top C.E.O.s Say

I can't put my finger on it but there's something fishy about these guys

" A coalition of executives issued a statement saying that a corporation’s primary job should no longer be to advance the interests of shareholders.
Instead, it argues, companies must invest in employees and deliver value to customers. The nearly 200 signers included the leaders of Apple and JPMorgan."
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-08-19 16:22pm to the The Economy forum.

Lord Mountbatten's 'lust for young boys' exposed in FBI files

Lord Mountbatten was “a homosexual with a perversion for young boys”, according to newly released FBI files.

The decorated war hero – who was a valued mentor to great-nephew Prince Charles and was said to have counselled him on his love life – was under US surveillance for more than three decades.

And one source described the Earl and wife Edwina as “persons of extremely low morals” – with him being “an unfit man to direct any sort of military operations” because of his ...
Submitted by sacred animal at 2019-08-19 16:01pm to the Crime forum.

Trouble on Sesame Street

Julia, an autistic Muppet, was an emotional triumph. So why is the show now helping promote insidious ideas about neurodiverse people?
Submitted by nocash at 2019-08-19 15:48pm to the Television forum.

The rumors are true: Popeyes' fried chicken sandwich is better than Chick-fil-A's

I’m able to separate politics and food, or if we’re being honest, I’m able to turn a blind eye. I find Chick-fil-A’s politics repugnant, but they’re also close to my house, their sandwiches and waffle fries are tasty, and my 3-year-old thinks the same. It weighs on my mind, believe me, but that triangulation of convenience, efficiency, and quality of food takes precedent once you become a parent.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-08-19 14:56pm to the Food forum.

Hundreds March In Mexico City to Demand Action Against Police Accused of Rape

The march was in response to two separate cases that have made headlines recently. In the first, four police officers are accused of raping a 17-year-old girl in their patrol car in Azcapotzalco on August 3. The second involves another policeman accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in a museum days after the first case was reported.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-08-19 14:51pm to the Crime forum.

Sara Netanyahu Reportedly Restrained by Her Own Security After Storming Cockpit to Demand Respect

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is reported to have been restrained by her own security detail on a El Al flight to Ukraine after she allegedly tried to storm the cockpit to demand respect from the pilots. Israel’s Channel 12 news reported the incident, describing how Netanyahu rose from her seat and angrily requested access to the cockpit.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-08-19 14:46pm to the Politics forum.

Inside Facebook’s Underground Market for Rare Meat

Late last month, a Facebook user posted a stock image of a charred tentacle resting on a grill, with a prompt to the nearly 4,500 members of the closed group to which they belong. For the low price of $25, they could have a 1-in-10 chance of a rare 6-to-8-pound octopus, caught off the coast of Spain, being overnighted to their home.
Submitted by nocash at 2019-08-19 14:45pm to the Food forum.

New Jersey woman burns down house of man who called her for sex at 4 a.m., then fell asleep

A failed booty call turned into a red alert when a New Jersey woman showed up at the home of man who allegedly texted her for sex at 4 a.m. on Aug. 4, then fell asleep before she arrived.

Intent on having a hot date anyway, Taija Russell, 29, went to a Woodbury, N.J., gas station, bought lighter fluid and a lighter, and started the unidentified caller’s home afire with him inside, according to USA Today.

Submitted by Forensic at 2019-08-19 15:19pm to the Crime forum.

The 1619 Project

Here it is here's the whole thing
Submitted by nocash at 2019-08-19 14:43pm to the The World forum.

Hero Internet

Submitted by even_better at 2019-08-19 13:58pm to the Politics forum.

A rural town confronts its buried history of mass killings of black Americans

What happened a century ago is still a point of contention, but the general consensus today is this: a white mob, upset over African Americans organizing to demand fair wages, descended upon a church in the township of Hoop Spur, just up the road from Elaine, on 31 September 1919.

A shot was fired – by which “side” is still up for debate – and a white man was killed. News of a “black insurrection” spread to neighboring communities and hundreds more white men poured in, including ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-08-19 6:33am to the The World forum.

Five Democratic senators just declared all-out war on the Supreme Court

In other words, Republicans may come to find that by seizing control of the judiciary through constitutional hardball, they did so much damage to their prize that it is no longer worth having. The Whitehouse brief is an early warning sign that Democratic elected officials are, at the very least, ambivalent about whether they should obey courts that are increasingly seen as illegitimate. If those courts push too hard, that ambivalence could harden into something that will do permanent damage to ...
Submitted by egg sandwich at 2019-08-19 6:38am to the Books forum.

Amid the Kale and Corn, Fears of White Supremacy at the Farmers’ Market

It has been a summer of fear, protest and tension in this crunchy college town ever since the popular Saturday morning farmers’ market was jolted by allegations that a husband and wife who had been longtime sellers of organic tomatoes and kale were also white nationalists.

The accusations exploded into public view after activists and online sleuths used federal court records and the leaked archives of a far-right message board to uncover a digital trail they say connects the couple who own ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2019-08-19 3:43am to the Food forum.

Art Spiegelman: golden age superheroes were shaped by the rise of fascism

I turned the essay in at the end of June, substantially the same as what appears here. A regretful Folio Society editor told me that Marvel Comics (evidently the co-publisher of the book) is trying to now stay “apolitical”, and is not allowing its publications to take a political stance. I was asked to alter or remove the sentence that refers to the Red Skull or the intro could not be published. I didn’t think of myself as especially political compared with some of my fellow travellers, ...
Submitted by nocash at 2019-08-19 2:03am to the Books forum.