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'Uber for busses' startup launches ICO to end tipping as you know it
Skedaddle, an 'Uber-for-buses' startup, is launching a blockchain project that aims to completely eliminate tipping.
disruption 
2 days ago
The Cause and Consequences of the Retail Apocalypse | New Republic
The mismanagement of Sears reflects an ongoing pattern: private equity takeover artists that benefit from hobbling the companies they purchase.
econ 
8 days ago
Is Disney paying its share in Anaheim? The money battle outside the Happiest Place on Earth - Los Angeles Times
Even if the parking garage fills just half its spaces, it would still generate more than $35 million in annual revenue and easily hundreds of millions of dollars over the life of the structure.

That money all goes to Walt Disney Co. The city of Anaheim, which owns the garage and spent $108.2 million to build it, charges the company just $1 a year for the lease.
politics 
20 days ago
The Sad Song of Privilege | The Baffler
Here’s the thing about “privilege” rhetoric: it’s meant to be a thought experiment that articulates the different ways in which different groups navigate the world. But, on a personal level, it’s a dead end. And even as a thought experiment, I don’t think it’s very good one.
politics 
6 weeks ago
The Lexicon of Comicana - Wikipedia
Additional symbolia terms include whiteope, sphericasia, that-a-tron, spurls, oculama, crottles, maledicta balloons, farkles, doozex, staggeration, boozex, digitrons, nittles, and jarns.
comics  wikipedia  words  book 
10 weeks ago
Centralia mine fire - Wikipedia
The Centralia mine fire is a coal seam fire that has been burning underneath the borough of Centralia, Pennsylvania, United States, since at least May 27, 1962... At its current rate, it could continue to burn for over 250 years.
wikipedia  WTF  place 
10 weeks ago
WAIT, DO PEOPLE ACTUALLY KNOW JUST HOW EVIL THIS MAN IS?
Joe Arpaio is not only a bigot, but a vicious sadist who abused his power more than perhaps anyone else to hold public office in the United States during the 21st century.
injustice 
12 weeks ago
Trump-Russia: Russiagate, Magnitsky Affair, Linked Again - Rolling Stone
The scam works as follows: a group of thugs with strong government and/or police ties targets a private company with assets. They then cook up an excuse to "raid" the company offices, at which point the thugs take the company's seals, certificates of ownership, registration files, etc. From there, the "raiders" simply sign over the company to new owners while the old ones are either pushed out, killed, or thrown in jail.
politics  trump 
july 2017
Julie d'Aubigny - Wikipedia
Julie d'Aubigny (1670/1673–1707), better known as Mademoiselle Maupin or La Maupin, was a 17th-century swordswoman and opera singer. Her tumultuous career and flamboyant life were the subject of gossip and colourful stories in her own time, and inspired numerous portrayals afterwards.
people  bio  wikipedia 
july 2017
Hated by the Right. Mocked by the Left. Who Wants to Be ‘Liberal’ Anymore? - NYTimes.com
For the committed leftist, the ‘‘liberal’’ is a weak-minded, market-friendly centrist, wonky and technocratic and condescending to the working class. The liberal is pious about diversity but ready to abandon any belief at the slightest drop in poll numbers — a person who is, as the folk singer Phil Ochs once said, ‘‘10 degrees to the left of center in good times, 10 degrees to the right of center if it affects them personally.’’ The anonymous Twitter account ‘‘liberalism.txt’’ is a relentless stream of images and retweets that supposedly illustrate this liberal vacuousness: say, the chief executive of Patagonia’s being hailed as a leader of ‘‘corporate resistance to Trump,’’ or Chelsea Clinton’s accusing Steve Bannon of ‘‘fat shaming’’ Sean Spicer.
politics  nyt  language 
july 2017
What politicians mean when they say the United States was founded as a Christian nation - The Washington Post
Claiming that people moved by deep prejudice against most of world’s Christians wanted to form a “Christian nation” makes no sense. 
wp  faith  politics 
july 2017
The Universal Scrobbler
For Last.fm users, The Universal Scrobbler ensures every song you listen to is scrobbled to your profile. It provides a number of methods for manually scrobbling listened tracks when automatic scrobbling isn't an option, such as listening to vinyl or on a car radio.
music 
july 2017
The RNC Files: Inside the Largest US Voter Data Leak
In total, the personal information of potentially near all of America’s 200 million registered voters was exposed, including names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details, as well as data described as “modeled” voter ethnicities and religions.
politics  gah 
june 2017
Why Are So Many Young Voters Falling for Old Socialists? - NYTimes.com
Meanwhile, people my age — I’m 29 — are more in need of a robust leftist platform than ever. The post-Cold War capitalist order has failed us: Across Europe and the United States, millennials are worse off than their parents were and are too poor to start new families. In the United States, they are loaded with college debt (or far less likely to be employed without a college degree) and are engaged in precarious and non-unionized labor. Also the earth is melting.
politics  nyt 
june 2017
This Is Internet
RT : Everyone... I made a fun zine about the Internet and websites. and wow. amazing. it's available for pre-order now…
net  zine  g0m  want  from twitter
june 2017
Emperor Norton - Wikipedia
Joshua Abraham Norton (c.1818[2] – January 8, 1880), known as Emperor Norton, was a citizen of San Francisco, California, who in 1859 proclaimed himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States"[3] and subsequently "Protector of Mexico".[4]
bio  wikipedia 
june 2017
US anti-Trump protesters facing decades behind bars | USA | Al Jazeera
"I'm looking at spending more than three times my age in prison for going to a protest. No human being should be in a cage that long, especially not for trying to live."
injustice 
june 2017
All the Queen's Men: Two Paste Writers Review Shattered :: Politics :: Features :: Hillary Clinton :: Paste
But the passage is a great microcosm of the major flaw of this book, which is that the writers are so insanely wrapped up in their own DC worldview that they failed to learn the major lesson of the election—voters didn’t care about this inside baseball bullshit!
review  book  election16 
may 2017
The Real Obama
In 1999, Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, had proposed the concept of “collateral consequences” (colloquially known as “too big to jail”), whereby “the state could pursue non-criminal alternatives for companies if they believed prosecuting them might result in too much ‘collateral’ damage” to the economy. Thus, when banking giant HSBC was revealed to be laundering billions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels and groups linked to al-Qaeda, Obama’s Justice Department allowed the bank to escape with a fine and no criminal charges, on the grounds that a prosecution might damage HSBC too much and have wider effects on the economy. T
obama  politics  econ 
may 2017
Who cares what college students think? | The Outline
If Trump’s victory proves anything, it’s the opposite of what Sullivan contends — the unfiltered airing of retrograde, racist views, even when given nominal critique afterward, only serves to empower the far right.
politics  media  punditry  why  lowenaffchen 
may 2017
Republicans Party Like It’s 1984 - NYTimes.com
This is an act of deliberate betrayal: Everything about Trumpcare is specifically designed to do exactly the opposite of what Trump, Paul Ryan and other Republicans said it would.
politics  congress  nyt  healthcare 
may 2017
monte hellman quest at tom moody
A worthwhile activity for cinema nerds might be to watch all Monte Hellman films. He has something to teach you even if you have no hankering to make a movie. Below is the Wikipedians' ragtag assessment of his corpus, with one consumer's viewings in bold.
to.watch  film 
may 2017
Twitter
RT : “By a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak.” - Umberto…
comics  politics  from twitter
may 2017
iOS Stock Wallpaper Collection
The goal is to collect every stock iOS wallpaper since the launch of the iPhone, in order, and in the highest available resolution.
gallery 
april 2017
Hunter Goes Postal II: Tucker's "Jacuzzi Case"
Yeah, James, lighten up.  After all, if you can't laugh about someone's five-year-old daughter getting her intestines sucked out in a public wading pool, what can you laugh about?
meatheads  ugh  media  politics 
april 2017
Poor Disabled Children Pushed Off of SSI Because of Welfare Reform Had Horrible Lives – MattBruenig | Politics
What this research tells us is that welfare reform did not just blow a hole into the US poor relief system that subsequent generations of women and children have fallen into. It also screwed the contemporary generation of poor disabled children for the rest of their lives, condemning them to scrape together scant earnings in order to lead lives of crushing poverty.
politics  gah 
april 2017
Instead of taxes, make corporations give the government stock - LA Times
This system would eliminate almost all opportunities for gaming since a company would not be able to deny the government its share of profits unless it also withheld profits from its other shareholders. And we would not call that “tax avoidance” but outright theft – the sort of thing that gets people sent to jail.
econ 
april 2017
D R E W • F R I E D M A N: Observing Jared Kushner
drew friedman reminiscing about his time at the new york observer
illustration 
april 2017
What Gorsuch Means | Matt Stoller
It’s vital to recognize that, when it comes to the legal ratification of political-economic power, it often doesn’t matter whether a justice was nominated by the Democrats or the Republicans. Both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer are acolytes of extreme conservative jurist Bork on antitrust, and joined Scalia’s majority opinion in Trinko.
law  politics 
april 2017
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