April, 2016 archive
Zandar looks at AirBnB and finds that not all “sharing” is equal–or equitable. A snippet:
“I’m not staying in her home, it’s probably dirty” or “I don’t feel comfortable letting them stay here” happens a lot more than people will ever admit.
The larger problem is the tech world’s idiotic insistence that the internet makes race invisible or irrelevant, when clearly the opposite is true. And that’s because the flawed business models are nearly all invented by white techbros who have never had to think a day in their lives about their privilege.
Daniel Ruth tries to understand the strange alliance between Ted Cruz and John Kasich. A snippet:
In theory, these two chaps are betting that by selectively retreating, their supporters will flock like rabid Beyonce fans to either Cruz or Kasich in Indiana, New Mexico and/or Oregon, thereby preventing Trump from getting the required 1,237 delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination. Talk about the DREAM Act.
Isn’t this a bit like Albania and Burkina Faso plotting to forge a strategic alliance to run away in the delusional belief they’ll be able to thwart the Game of Thrones’ Ramsay Bolton’s perverse lust for power in Westeros?
The Charlotte Observer talks to a transgender man about life under the reign of the Tarheel Potty Patrol.
Be polite to your luncheon companions.
Police say two employees, a 28-year-old man and a 34-year-old man, were on their lunch break sitting in a vehicle looking a guns owned by the younger man when one of them apparently accidentally discharged. The older man was shot in the leg by the 28-year-old man. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Harry Shearer interviews economist James Galbraith. Follow the link to listen; you’ll be smarter for it (the interview starts at about the 14 minute mark).
At Cleveland.com, Brent Larkin acerbically dissects the lastest outbreak of the privatization scam in Ohio. A snippet:
And while Republican leaders in the Ohio House are generally a bit more despicable than those in the Senate when it comes to gaming the system to punish struggling young students, this latest attempt to rip you off began in the office of Senate President Keith Faber.
The amount of money taxpayers send to online charter schools depends on how many students attend those schools.
However, charter operators have a history of submitting notoriously inaccurate attendance numbers. If you wonder why that is, reread the previous paragraph.
You can’t make this stuff up. (Actually, these days, you could, but you don’t have to.)
Somewhere, I still have my draft card.
At least they apologized, and at least no one was killed. This time.