Garbage Language Why do corporations speak the way they do?

I worked at various start-ups for eight years beginning in 2010, when I was in my early 20s. Then I quit and went freelance for a while. A year later, I returned to office life, this time at a different start-up. During my gap year, I had missed and yearned for a bunch of things, like health care and free knockoff Post-its and luxurious people-watching opportunities. (In 2016, I saw a co-worker pour herself a bowl of cornflakes, add milk, and microwave it for 90 seconds. I’ll think about this ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-02-25 17:26pm to the The Economy forum.

Chris Matthews apologizes to Sanders for comparing victory to Nazi invasion: 'I was wrong'

Fire him anyway, he's been doing shit like this for years.
Submitted by Dreaded Candiru at 2020-02-25 17:32pm to the Politics forum.

Exposé about Bernie staffer’s Twitter leads to his firing—and an online class war

On Monday night, Ben Mora was fired from his position as regional field director for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Michigan campaign—and the fallout resulted in an online class war. The reason for Mora’s dismissal was a Daily Beast article from reporter Scott Bixby claiming that Mora used a private Twitter account to candidly voice his grievances about the race for the Democratic nomination.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-02-25 17:23pm to the Politics forum.

Bloomberg's Paid “Volunteers” Are Telling Voters to Support Other Candidates

At one point, another organizer texted his friends, "Sam Donaldson just nailed it: Mike Bloomberg is the president we need to unite our country!" using the exact wording suggested by the Bloomberg campaign. He promptly followed up with a text reading, "Please disregard, vote Bernie or Warren."
Submitted by FMonk at 2020-02-25 15:35pm to the Politics forum.

Why the media keeps handing over their wallets for inspection

One of the greatest all-time Simpsons bits is that scene in the episode Homer Goes To College where the three nerds Homer has befriended get expelled, after he’s roped them into a plot to kidnap a pig that’s friends with Richard Nixon. As they’re walking away from the Springfield College gates, having been rendered not only degree-less but homeless, the nerds insist: “don’t worry Mr. Simpson, we can take care of ourselves.” Only for Snake, the “jailbird” character, to ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-02-25 15:18pm to the Politics forum.

The Guy Behind “Homeless Hotspots” Now Works For The Bloomberg Campaign

In 2012, the biggest story to come out of South by Southwest Innovation, the tech conference held in Austin, was “Homeless Hotspots.” It was a project by an ad agency that gave 4G hotspots to 13 men without housing in the city to offer Wi-Fi to festivalgoers. The project was immediately slammed by press and attendees as dystopian and a “blunt display of unselfconscious gall.” Now, the man who came up with it is working for the presidential campaign of Michael Bloomberg, the former NYC ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-02-25 14:51pm to the Politics forum.

‘Parasite’ Has a Hidden Backstory of Middle-Class Failure and Chicken Joints

Parasite, the first foreign language film to win the Academy Award for best picture, and the first to be condemned in public by a U.S. president, is a story of poverty and inequality. The movie, which is also the first Korean movie to win an Oscar, is centered on the Kim family, who live in a basement in Seoul. But how did the Kim family end up there? The movie drops only the slightest of hints in the family’s conversation as they retrace the career of the patriarch, Ki-taek. Yet a Korean ...
Submitted by revdrew at 2020-02-25 13:58pm to the The Economy forum.

Governor of Guam Proposes Universal Health Care Plan

[I]nitially, her administration plans to pool Medicaid, Medicare and other public health care dollars in one funding source that would give a stronger purchasing power for health insurance for the nearly 70,000 adults and their dependents on the island. This funding pool would exceed $330 million a year.
Submitted by egg sandwich at 2020-02-25 5:05am to the The World forum.

Buttigieg sounds alarm after Sanders wins Nevada

“That is the choice before us: We can prioritize either ideological purity or inclusive victory. We can either call people names online or we can call them into our movement. We can either tighten a narrow and hardcore base or open the tent to a new, broad, big-hearted American coalition,” Buttigieg said.

Buttigieg cast Sanders, a self-identified democratic socialist, as deeply out of touch with a broad swath of Democratic primary voters — and of voters who will decide whether Trump ...
Submitted by SolarW at 2020-02-24 3:38am to the Politics forum.

How a Neighbors’ Feud in Paradise Launched an International Rape Case

The Bahamian pleasure palace featured a faux Mayan temple, sculptures of smoke-breathing snakes and a disco with a stripper pole. The owner, Peter Nygard, a Canadian fashion executive, showed off his estate on TV shows like “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and threw loud beachfront parties, reveling in the company of teenage girls and young women.

Next door, Louis Bacon, an American hedge fund billionaire, presided over an airy retreat with a lawn for croquet. Mr. Bacon preferred ...
Submitted by Qfwfq at 2020-02-24 3:30am to the Crime forum.

Bloomberg Campaign Helpfully, Repeatedly Points Out That America Deserves Better

Or, if you prefer, "American deserve better."
Submitted by chapstick at 2020-02-25 3:13am to the Politics forum.

How White People Deploy Dog-Whistles To Harm Black Film Critics

This past Thursday, a traumatic family event removed me from the cesspool that is social media. I shut down my IG. I deactivated my Twitter. And I signed out of even the most innocuous of social media platforms (like Pinterest) and deleted all of these apps. And of course, it was at this very moment in time that Film Twitter decided to explode.

With this explosion culminating in a mass harassment campaign led by Guns Akimbo (2019) director, Jason Lei Howden.
Submitted by ron at 2020-02-24 21:57pm to the Movies forum.

This chart is the best explanation of middle-class finances you will ever see

Lead author Oren Cass distills it as follows: “In 1985, the typical male worker could cover a family of four’s major expenditures (housing, health care, transportation, education) on 30 weeks of salary,” he wrote on Twitter last week. “By 2018 it took 53 weeks. Which is a problem, there being 52 weeks in a year.”
Submitted by crote at 2020-02-24 21:50pm to the The Economy forum.

Early Chinese Trick Photography Sent Chubby Babies Into Space

At first glance, the image seems set in space, or at least the set of a low-budget science fiction movie. A stubby Sputnik hovers in the background, next to a flat moon. A sleek metal rocket, labeled YI FENG 02, hangs in the foreground, but instead of an astronaut, it holds a serious-looking baby who gazes off in the distance, unperturbed by the lack of oxygen, zero air pressure, and freezing temperatures of space
Submitted by nocash at 2020-02-24 21:37pm to the Arts forum.

The Young Turks’ Progressive Founder Urged His Staff Not To Unionize

Top leadership at the progressive news network The Young Turks held an all-staff meeting at its office in Culver City, California, on Feb. 12. The regularly scheduled gathering was supposed to deal with personnel matters, but instead the focus turned to the staff’s nascent union campaign, which had just gone public.

Earlier that day, a Twitter handle claiming to represent TYT employees had announced on the social media platform their intention to form a union. In the staff meeting, the ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-02-24 19:42pm to the Politics forum.


Virginia will give hundreds of people who have been incarcerated for decades, ever since they were kids, a shot at petitioning for release.

House Bill 35 will make people who have been convicted of an offense committed before the age of 18 eligible for parole after 20 years in prison. The legislature adopted the bill last week and the governor signed it into law today, effective July 1.

In practice, the bill abolishes sentences of life without the possibility of parole for minors; minors ...
Submitted by crote at 2020-02-24 19:52pm to the Crime forum.

Clint Eastwood Ditches Donald Trump for Mike Bloomberg in 2020 Election

Longtime Republican Clint Eastwood is pulling support from Donald Trump in the 2020 election. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the actor-director signaled that he thinks a different candidate would be the better choice.

“The best thing we could do is just get Mike Bloomberg in there,” he said.

After endorsing Mitt Romney and famously delivering a speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention to an empty chair that represented Barack Obama, Eastwood never officially ...
Submitted by Xiphias at 2020-02-24 19:10pm to the Politics forum.

YouTube briefly shuts down beloved ‘lofi hip hop radio’ channel, launching a new meme

If you enjoy listening to music while you study, you might already be aware of the “lofi hip hop study girl”. She’s the mascot, as it were, of “lofi hip hop radio,” a popular YouTube music stream on the channel ChilledCow that plays relaxing hip-hop beats over a looping animation of a young woman studying with her cat. The animation was created specifically for the channel by artist Juan Pablo Machado.

The channel is one of many such entities on YouTube. The idea is that people can ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-02-24 18:18pm to the Music forum.

Republicans as Sanders rises: Watch out, we may vote for Trump

With him gaining steam in polls in South Carolina, and his support among Latinos giving him a possible edge on Super Tuesday, it’s very possible Sanders will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020.

And Republicans want you to know: They won’t vote for him.

You may think that’s not news, given that Republicans are Republicans and Sanders is running as a Democrat.

But a swath of Republicans wants you to believe that—despite providing no real evidence to prove ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-02-24 17:30pm to the Politics forum.

How a Warren Surrogate’s Tweet About a Black Barbershop Turned Into the Dumbest Fake Controversy of 2020

“#Barbershopgate” appears to be bunk.

But the mini-controversy that swirled around a well-known Elizabeth Warren surrogate who was accused online of fabricating exchanges at black barber shops in South Carolina shows just how quickly an inconspicuous tweet can turn into a meme and even a full-blown conspiracy theory.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-02-24 17:16pm to the Politics forum.