April 14, 2019

Pinkerton agents posing as employees are being hired by companies to spy on their own workforce. “Among their most popular new services is the Pinkerton Dedicated Professional, in which agents join a client’s company like any other new hire, allowing them to provide intel on employees. By 2018, the agency said it could count among its clients about 80 percent of Fortune 1,000 companies.”   https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/10/magazine/climate-change-pinkertons.html

Huge American flag logos on Laguna Beach patrol cars spark controversy. “Artist Carrie Woodburn went to the podium at the March 19 council meeting and said it was ‘shocking to see the boldness of the design’ when the newly painted (black) Ford Explorers rolled out…. ‘It feels very aggressive.'”   https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-laguna-beach-police-cars-american-flag-20190413-story.html

President of Brazil claims Nazis were leftists. “The far-right (Jair) Bolsonaro made a solidarity visit to Israel last month during which he raised eyebrows by asserting, after a tour of the Holocaust memorial Yad Vadshem, that the Nazis had been ‘leftists’.”   https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-israel-holocaust/brazil-president-raises-eyebrows-saying-holocaust-can-be-forgiven-idUSKCN1RP0Q0

Lobbyist sentenced to 36 months of probation for laundering $50,000 in foreign money destined for Trump Inauguration Committee. “Prosecutors allege (W. Samuel Patten) bought four tickets (to a Trump inauguration event) on behalf of two unnamed foreign nationals, one from Russia, the other from Ukraine, and tried to conceal the deal.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/lobbyist-sentenced-probation-after-funneling-money-trump-inaugural-foreign-nationals-n993861   Sweet! He would have gotten more jail time if he had shoplifted some Twinkies from a convenience store.

South Korea to legalize abortion after court overturns ban. “In 2018, 75 percent of (South Korean) women believed that the law punishing women for receiving abortions should be amended.”   https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/04/abortion-south-korea-legalized.html

Alibaba founder and China’s richest man, Jack Ma, tells his employees they should be grateful for their 72 hour workweeks. “He defended the prospect of a ‘996’ schedule, which features office hours of 9am to 9pm, six days a week, and said it helped him be more successful.   https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/13/chinas-richest-man-makes-employees-work-72-hours-week-calls-blessing-9197237/   Since these employees are probably only being paid for 40 hours a week, I’m sure it has helped him a lot! “The anti-996 movement on Github now includes a blacklist of companies that are currently asking employees to work unpaid overtime. A total of 104 tech companies, including Alibaba, Huawei, Tencent, Baidu, Xiaomi, JD.com and Bytedance were on the blacklist as of Thursday afternoon.”   https://www.msn.com/zh-hk/news/other/quantity-or-quality-chinas-996-work-culture-comes-under-scrutiny/ar-BBVTsEK

Your car may be collecting data about you. “If you’re driving a late model car or truck, chances are that the vehicle is mostly computers on wheels, collecting and wirelessly transmitting vast quantities of data to the car manufacturer not just on vehicle performance but personal information, too, such as your weight, the restaurants you visit, your music tastes and places you go.”   https://www.rollcall.com/news/policy/cars-data-privacy

Sponsor of bill to ban IRS from letting taxpayers file taxes online has received thousands of dollars from tax preparation and tax software companies. “The industry backed that lobbying up with $6.6 million in campaign cash in the last year alone. Intuit (the maker of TurboTax) and H&R Block directed $16,000 to (House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard) Neal over the last two campaign cycles alone.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/tax-day-miserable-one-obscure-congressman-works-hr-block-not-us/

Some New York City newsstands reportedly boycotting New York Post after it runs Islamophobic front page. “A group of New York corner-store owners has announced a boycott on the sale of the New York Post, arguing that the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper’s attacks on the congresswoman Ilhan Omar are making Muslim Americans less safe.”   https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/new-york-city-bodegas-boycotting-rupert-murdochs-tabloid-attacks-ilhan-omar-report/


April 14, 2019

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