Saturday February 06, 2016
June 9th, 2015
When I have trouble falling asleep, I do lists. Like running through the names of all the presidents, along with several factoids for each one. I was rather proud of this talent until friends sent me a video clip of Ellen DeGeneres interviewing a 5-year-old girl who could do it better.
Then, pathetically, I moved on to vice presidents, becoming the only person on my block who knew the backstory on Schuyler Colfax.
In olden days, the way you kept good workers was to pay them more. That's no longer the case in many jobs. Companies have been using "noncompete" agreements to stop these workers from seeking better compensation at rival companies.
The rise of fundamentalism and religious ultra-orthodoxy has taken much of the West by surprise. But the shock is not limited to the world's well-off democracies.
Given the partisan gridlock in Washington these days, it's unusual to see members of Congress agree on anything, even a motion to adjourn. But this week Republicans and Democrats not only came together on a piece of legislation, they passed a historic bill to limit the domestic spying powers of the National Security Administration.
Early on Wednesday, a BBC journalist sent out a tweet that briefly created chaos in newsrooms around the world: "Queen Elizabrth [sic] has died."
"BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth is being treated at King Edward 7th Hospital in London," BBC reporter Ahmen Khawaja followed up in a second tweet. "Statement due shortly."
Subway, the world-dominating "Eat Fresh" mega-deli struggling with sinking sales, said Thursday it plans to drop all artificial colors, flavors and preservatives from its American menus by 2017.
Remember the Texas economic miracle? In 2012, it was one of the three main arguments from then-Gov. Rick Perry about why he should be president, along with his strong support from the religious right and something else I can't remember (sorry, couldn't help myself). More broadly, conservatives have long held Texas up as a supposed demonstration that low taxes on the rich and harsh treatment of the poor are the keys to prosperity.
What do a pizza box, a polar bear and you have in common?
All carry a kind of industrial toxicant called poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, that do two things: They make life convenient, and they also appear to increase the risk of cancer.