Tag: Sold Short

Don’t Fall for FTX’s Final Con

Capacity is another issue: The CFTC’s budget and staffing numbers pale in comparison to its sister agency. The CFTC has $811 million, while the SEC has $2.69 billion. The SEC’s staff, as measured in full time equivalent positions, is nearly seven times larger than the CFTC’s (4,658 to 676, according to each agency’s 2022 performance […]

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Black Friday May be Dying, but Retail Workers Are Still Getting Assaulted

We may see a one-year uptick in Black Friday sales this year because Covid lockdowns are over and inflation has shoppers feeling more desperate than usual to find bargains. But even if we don’t, retail workers will have to contend with a rising tide of workplace violence. Increasingly pathological behavior by shoppers has been on […]

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Elon Musk’s Anti-Trans Twitter Regime

No surprises here: Elon Musk is now devoting the powers of his rapidly dwindling workforce to reactivating the Twitter accounts of violence-promoting reactionaries suspended before he took over. On Friday, for example, he proudly announced the restoration of two accounts suspended for anti-trans content. But now it seems he’s not done. As an anti-trans moral […]

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Are Paralegals the Key to Affordable Legal Advice?

Limiting the practice of law only to licensed lawyers probably made sense at the time, given that lawyers were largely solo practitioners. While some offices employed legal assistants, the creation of a professional class of paralegals didn’t begin until the 1960s, as legal work became increasingly complex. Today, legal services are an outlier in terms […]

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The Massacre At Club Q Should Not Have Felt Inevitable

The steadily spreading political violence against queer and trans communities was not coming from the fringes. It was stoked by prominent Republicans pushing anti-LGBTQ legislation, amplified by media outlets including Fox, and became fodder for campaign ads. Neither was this all coming from the explicitly right, with some Democrats regarding anti-LGBTQ propaganda largely as a […]

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Life Has Been Hell For UPS Workers Since the Pandemic. They’re Preparing to Fight Back.

In 2023, UPS workers will demand higher pay for part-time employees, as well as the elimination of the two-tier system introduced in their last contract from 2018, under which package car drivers in the lower tier receive inferior wages and fewer benefits. But they will also fight against forced overtime, rampant harassment by supervisors, and […]

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Go Ahead and Blame Taylor Swift for Ticket Prices

Ticketmaster didn’t sell anybody a $22,000 ticket to see Swift. The dynamically priced tickets were sold within a pre-set range of $49 to $499 (plus fees). The $22,000 tickets were spotted on Stub Hub, a scalping site. Ticket scalping is the resale of tickets for a higher price. State and local governments try periodically to […]

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Sam Bankman-Fried and the Moral Emptiness of Effective Altruism

“Especially for someone who’s fortunate to be in the position that I am, it’s incumbent on us to give back,” Bankman-Fried said last December on CNN, “not just for our own sake, and not just for our own legacy or reputation—it’s important to give back to help the world.” But Bankman-Fried wasn’t talking, even theoretically, […]

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Don’t Laugh: The Striking UC Grad Students Have a Strong Case

A great irony of the strike is that in a modern university a graduate-student walkout is much more disruptive than a tenured-faculty walkout could ever be. As of 2020, tenured faculty represented only 16 percent of UC’s academic workforce, while student teachers, research assistants, and post-docs represented nearly half. Throw in the other groups that […]

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Don’t Laugh: The Striking U.C. Grad Students Have a Strong Case

A great irony of the strike is that in a modern university a graduate student walkout is much more disruptive than a tenured faculty walkout could ever be. As of 2020, tenured faculty represented only 16 percent of U.C.’s academic workforce, while student teachers, research assistants, and postdocs represented nearly half. Throw in the other […]

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The “Constitutional Sheriffs” Movement Is Planning to Disrupt Election Day

The campaign Lamb has joined, called Protect America Now, encourages sheriffs to “be ready to enforce the law and protect our constituents from any form of illegal activity,” according to documents Pishko obtained. They also offer the sheriffs “much needed grant resources to help you secure the voting procedures in your county with equipment, personnel, […]

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Cherokee Nation Is Fighting For a Seat in Congress

Teehee points out there are quite a few notable House leaders on both sides of the aisle who are seen as champions of Indian Country. Among Democrats, she highlighted Representatives Kai Kahele, a Native Hawaiian, and Alaska’s newly elected Mary Peltola, who is Yup’ik. For Republicans, there’s Representative Tom Cole, a member of the Chickasaw […]

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Childcare Is in Chaos. Private Equity and For-Profit Chains Are Swooping In.

There is also a very serious political question here. While childcare educators have seen a recent uptick in their power, especially as more home childcare providers unionize, the chains have outsize influence as the only large corporations in the field. Many were outwardly supportive of the childcare provisions in the Build Back Better Act—after all, […]

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Ukraine Is Showing the World How Small Farmers Can Fix Our Broken Food System

Under British colonial rule, millions of people were systematically starved in Bengal as inflationary wartime policies became devastating famines. In Late Victorian Holocausts, Mike Davis concluded that somewhere between 30 to 60 million people were killed by famine as a result of colonial policies. Decades later, Western nations would again play a central role in […]

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May God Save Us From Economists

Economists undervalue data. How does economic analysis differ from other kinds? The Keynes biographer Skidelsky quotes a piquant observation from the economist Ely Devons (1913–1967). “If econ-omists wished to study the horse,” Devons said, “they wouldn’t go and look at horses. They’d sit in their studies and say to themselves, ‘What would I do if […]

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The MAGA Queen of Election Denial

The group behind the film is called True the Vote, who Lake has endorsed, and who the Arizona attorney general’s office Special Investigations Section has asked the FBI and IRS to investigate for potential violations of their non-profit status. (Lake said she still believes the film is credible.) The film is being used to promote […]

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The Los Angeles City Council Scandal Is Evidence of a Long War on Tenants

The tape is a candid portrait of the Democratic machine in a one-party state: Politicians leverage their power to court financial speculation at the expense of the residents they claim to serve. Members can be heard on the tape jockeying for economic “assets,” which include infrastructure, manufacturing, sports stadiums, and large residential projects. Assets drive […]

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The Growing Religious Alliance to Ban LGBTQ Books

One of the organizations leading the philistine charge is Moms for Liberty, a well-funded group using the stalking horse of “parental rights” to advocate for book banning, the elimination of Black history programs, and state-sanctioned homophobia throughout the country. Eric Trump, Senator Rand Paul, Megyn Kelly, and many other leading right-wing figures have made appearances […]

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The Quiet Political Rise of David Sacks, Silicon Valley’s Prophet of Urban Doom

Later, Sacks and Thiel wrote op-eds about economics and politics for The Wall Street Journal, National Review, and the San Francisco Chronicle. In 1995, they published a book called The Diversity Myth: Multiculturalism and Political Intolerance on Campus. Angry, trollish, homophobic, fixated on identity and campus politics, The Diversity Myth could easily be produced today, […]

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Kyiv Was Feeling Safe Again. Then Putin Bombarded Us With Missiles.

While I was on the road back from Kramatorsk to Kyiv, Putin announced that the attacks were revenge for Ukraine’s recent bombing of the Kerch bridge, a 12-mile-long bridge connecting Russia to Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014. In a head scratching twist, Putin labelled the attack on the militarily important bridge […]

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Restaurant Workers Who Love Tips Are Learning to Love the Minimum Wage Too

A lot of voters are still “livid” about the council overriding their votes in 2018, said Ryan O’Leary, who proposed Initiative 82. “The general population has had a consensus shift around work and what a worker deserves,” he said. He’s also been going into restaurants at slow times of the day to talk to workers. […]

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How an Underground Network of Ministers and Rabbis Helped Women Get Abortions Before Roe

Some of these precautions implemented by the service were too burdensome for those who needed help the most. In a New York magazine article from August 1969, journalist Susan Brownmiller describes a scene in which a woman calls Reverend Moody to ask about abortion care. The pastor, nervous that the line could be tapped by […]

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Arizona Allowed an 1800s Abortion Ban to Go Into Effect. The Consequences Are Already Being Felt.

Since our fund started in 2017, we have supported over 2,500 patients. We’ve always worked with a small percentage of people who had to travel out of state. Depending on the area of the state you live in, there might be a closer clinic to you out of state, like California, or Vegas is an […]

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Abortion Activists Rely on Social Media More Than Ever After Roe—and That Has Risks

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe in June, Sanchez estimates that Cedar River’s reach on Facebook is between 50 to 75 percent lower than it used to be, a dissonant development given renewed interest in abortion policy in recent months. (For comparison, less overtly politicized digital spaces have seen the opposite effect: In August, The […]

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Doxxed Doctors, Library Bomb Threats, and Attacks on Pride Centers: A Week in Escalating Anti-LGBT Violence

Last week, Carlson repeatedly defended the Twitter account Libs of TikTok, which, along with right-wing pundit Matt Walsh, spent this week cherry-picking informational content about gender-affirming care from hospital websites. This built a self-perpetuating news cycle which seemingly crested with their victory laps, when, after the harassment which followed, the hospitals removed the content, perhaps […]

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The New Omicron Booster and Flu Season Have Pushed Pharmacy Workers to Their Limit

According to a 2021 study, some 75 percent of pharmacists are burnt out. “Some days you’re just clinging on, feels like a fog, then driving home hoping you didn’t miss or cause any drug errors today,” said Paul, a pharmacist in Columbus, Ohio. The consequences of these mistakes can be dire. Pharmacists “can’t spend time […]

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How Does Reproductive Justice Win?

Like many groups within the movement to preserve abortion access, the Texas coalition had been operating in crisis mode. For years, the Texas legislature had emitted a stream of bills taking aim at abortion, transgender children, immigrants, and voting rights. Niceties had fallen aside in the relentless, fast-paced churn of the legislative session, according to […]

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Doxxed Doctors, Library Bomb Threats, and Attacks on Pride Centers: A Week in Escalating Anti-LGBTQ Violence

Last week, Carlson repeatedly defended the Twitter account Libs of TikTok, which, along with right-wing pundit Matt Walsh, spent this week cherry-picking informational content about gender-affirming care from hospital websites. This built a self-perpetuating news cycle that seemingly crested with victory laps, when, after the harassment that followed, the hospitals removed the content, perhaps in hopes […]

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Can Liberal Evanston, Illinois, Atone for Its Racist Past?

Back to the Future “Pass to the shooter! Pass to the shooter!” Tosha Wilson coaches the girls dashing around the same basketball courts where she played as a kid three decades ago, in Mason Park. Wilson, 44, grew up in a pretty, blue house on Florence Avenue across the street, and her cousin Jacqui White […]

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Defund Social Workers

If social workers are by and large earnest, gentle, well-intentioned individuals, they are also unavoidably narcs. In their defense, mandated reporters go through trainings that usually focus on how and when to make a call, not what happens after. Trainings are often “vague,” said Joyce McMillan, the founder of JMacForFamilies, whose children were removed from […]

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