“We can’t get mothers to work more hours. We’ve tried, and failed, for forty years. Mothers won’t bite for a simple reason: if they work 55 hours a week, they will leave home at, say, 8:30 and return at 8:30 every day of the workweek, assuming an average commute time. Most moms have this one little hang-up: they want to see their children awake. Increasingly, many fathers do, too.”
Vikram examines the usefulness of grading employees on a rigid curve as practiced by General Electric and Microsoft.
In the past, I’ve gotten what I can only call “Fake Insurance.” Which is insurance with high deductible, minimal payouts, and the ability to cease coverage if I were to actually have cause to use the insurance I was “purchasing.” Basically, the only reason to have the insurance is to avoid a Lapse in Coverage. So, considering that I had motivation to keep coverage, and not have them cease coverage, I basically acted like I was uninsured.
It is New York Fashion Week, after all
Vikram brownsplains why people of color aren’t much for getting back to nature.
The Alliance government in Joss Whedon’s Firefly is the most plausible dystopic vision of government out there.
Vikram is dubious of one of the most frequently used methods applied by activist investors to increase shareholder returns.
In my business, I go to considerable efforts to make it as easy as possible for my clients to give me their money. This seems to be an ethic that DirecTV does not share.
Science: [S1] We’re apparently making monkeys dumber. [S2] Our kidney shortage hits the unemployed hardest. Writing: [W1] I am quite pleased to see my friend Abel participating in the petition by LDS authors to get a uncancel a book by a gay author on account to his acknowledging his partner. [W2] Eleven words that can’t…
Steve Ballmer was not a great CEO, but neither was he an awful one.
It’s USA cities this week — what do these cities have in common?
Solutions to inequality do entail risk. Some of those risks are potentially tragic.
New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled today in favor of a plaintiff who sued for violation of one of that state’s anti-discrimination laws based on a photographer refusing to take pictures at her same-sex commitment ceremony. Burt Likko presents a digest of the decision.
This week’s links: Education, Medicine, Travel, Business, Government, Life, and World!
The US government is a big fat liar. Their pants are on fire, and it’s your own fault if you believe them.
My sex-ed in school was… not entirely honest. And not necessarily because of the right-wingers wanting to scare me out of having sex. They lied to get us to use condoms. They said flat out that there is no difference in sensation if you’re wearing a condom and if you’re not. They said to guys…
Soldiers hopefully come home from war. The brand-new documentary The November War shows how that process is necessarily incomplete, shown from the warrior’s perspective and in warrior’s words, by a combat veteran turned filmmaker.
If the government (federal government being what I had in mind) ran its own clinics, it could dictate the rules in such a way to minimize the costs, as is happening in Montana.
The Wall Street Journal reports that production of a low-cost iPhone has already started. But such facts cower in fear before the blind speculations of Vikram Bath.
These member nations of the UN have something in common. What?
Monster.com has a list of five questions that prospective employees should not ask during job interviews. They basically come down to: don’t ask about salary, don’t ask about flextime, and don’t ask about raises or promotions. The fifth doesn’t fall into this category, is a no-brainer, and so I will ignore it for the most…
Residence: [R1] Recent research suggests that housing vouchers do not disperse crime, as previously thought. One thing I find interesting is that the article mentions that these vouchers are putting a lot of recipients in the suburbs. This piece is in Atlantic Cities, which loves to gloat about increasing poverty in the suburbs. If they…
An unwillingness to date races other than your own might be a racist belief we just haven’t all agreed to brand racist yet.
UPDATE: The list should include, not four members, but five, the additional one being Sinaloa. Arizona, Chihuahua, New Mexico, Sinaloa, Sonora. This is a complete list, sorted alphabetically.
Vikram Bath warns of the dangers in critiquing the past decisions of others after you already know the outcome.
Salary.com has the scoop. There aren’t any surprises, for those who pay attention to such things. It’s worth noting that the difference here actually has less to do with ROI and more to do with whether you attended public school or private. The “worst” degree, which is communications, still pays for itself 58% of the…
How much second-guessing should a judge get to do when it comes to a baby’s name? (Bonus: not one, but FIVE wry footnotes.)
Link It’s a great speech, though somewhat undermined by the fact that you’re dead for part of the first second after impact. I do like this commercial for seatbelts: Link I remember my father describing to me a commercial about life jackets. It involved a couple of kids sitting on a boatzoomed-in like, holding each…
This week’s roundup of linky goodness.
James Atlas complains about inequality in the skies: The choice of “snacks” on some recent flights I’ve taken include blue potato chips, a cranberry-almond bar, a packet of trail mix and — a selection I haven’t been offered before — popcorn. But it makes sense: the cabin already feels like a movie theater at the…
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Department has had a bad couple of weeks. Not as bad as their marks, though. A couple weeks ago, deputies shot a man getting some cigarettes out of his car. Then a couple days ago they shot two dogs. After entering someone’s house without a warrant.
Chris Christie’s exploitation of 9/11 widows and orphans is symptomatic of a larger problem in which big, dramatic, emotional experiences are given excess weight.
Follow along as Burt Likko teaches himself how to make enchiladas from scratch.
Lauren Green’s interview of Reza Aslan has been shared widely not because it is in any way insightful or informative, but because of how bad it makes her look. I feel her performance is explainable.
A week ago, all eyes were looking forward to our family gathering down on the Gulf Coast. Friday, I got an email from my father letting me know that he was having chest pains and he was going to see the doctor on Monday. Monday, the doctor looked at his EKG and set up an…
Conceptually, it’s pretty neat to me that there are places that can so rely on volunteerism to take care of basic civic services.