May 14, 2017

Signing Away the Right to Get a New Job

Mr. Gonzalez started at a little over $10 an hour in a job he described as “pretty much shoveling dirt.” Nevertheless, he signed an employment contract that included a noncompete clause, enforceable for three years within 350 miles of [Singley Construction’s] base in Columbia, Mississippi.
Conor Dougherty writes about about the increasing pervasiveness of non-compete clauses in contracts for The New York Times.
posted by Going To Maine at 8:58 PM PST - 70 comments


Some of the world’s largest, oldest fish live in Oregon. Why anyone would want to vandalize them, even abduct them, takes explaining. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Viral af. 13/10. Would retweet vigorously

Esquire profiles Matt Nelson, the creative force behind twitter sensation WeRateDogs™. Nelson, who also tweets at The Dogfather and Thoughts of Dog, is a 20-year-old sophomore studying golf management at a small Baptist college in North Carolina. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 8:00 PM PST - 17 comments

From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces

A New Way to Frame Dialogue Around Diversity and Social Justice (pdf)
posted by aniola at 6:13 PM PST - 28 comments

The name's Mander. Gerry Mander.

Gerrymandering is the practice of manipulating boundaries in such a way that favors a political party. If you slice and group in various ways, you can end up with different election results. How many different ways can you draw boundaries though? And can results really change that much, depending on you draw the boundaries? District, by Christopher Walker, is a puzzle game that shows you how it works. The goal: Group circles in such a way that favors your color. (Works on my iPhone but not on my iPad. YMMV.) [via]
posted by Room 641-A at 5:19 PM PST - 22 comments

We love doughnuts. That's why we must save them from themselves.

Doughnuts Are on a Global Rampage, and They Must Be Stopped.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 4:33 PM PST - 97 comments

to the person who held me when I was in his place

My Mom Was My Best Friend, and I Was Kind of a Dick thank you, thank you for being here, thank you so much. by Jeb Lund, in Esquire
posted by theora55 at 4:13 PM PST - 6 comments

"Mysterious user subpages[1]"

Wikipedia:Deleted articles with freaky titles [more inside]
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Brent Weinbach

Brent Weinbach (previously very nsfw, sfw version) is an American stand-up comedian based in Los Angeles, California. He is a host of The Legacy Music Hour and has a new comedy special on Seeso titled Appealing To The Mainstream. [more inside]
posted by dagosto at 12:42 PM PST - 7 comments

“There is a persistent belief that mothers are defined by that role,”

Why is motherhood so poorly portrayed in video games? by Kate Gray [The Guardian] “If everything I learned about motherhood was from games, a large part of it would be “you die roughly five minutes after giving birth, surviving just long enough to leave a memento or a letter that will later serve as the motivation for your child to do some big quest”. You are less a nurturing, sentient human being, more a plot device. The statistical probability of this happening is worrying on a pandemic scale: there’s Ellie’s mother in The Last of Us, Evie and Jacob’s mother in Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, the drowned mother in Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, the protagonist’s mother in Fallout 3, the saintly Lady Comstock in Bioshock Infinite (who, when she returns to life, does so as a nightmarish and deadly siren) … the list continues.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz at 10:32 AM PST - 47 comments

Exploring the Stereotyping of the Egyptian Countryside Through Film

The task was to make a film revolving around the villages in the Delta, and around two elements in particular: water problems and water management, and the problems women living in these villages face and their empowerment. [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation at 9:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Where healthcare won't go: Marion, Alabama

The rate of TB infection in Marion, Alabama is a hundred times the national average, and even higher than Haiti, India, and Kenya. There is no hospital in town, two ambulances in the county, and life expectancy here is seven years lower than the US average. Marion sits in the belly of the Black Belt — historically, a ribbon of seventeen counties in central Alabama and parts of northeastern Mississippi, where whites enslaved black people to farm cotton in the dark, fertile soil; the term has come to refer broadly to predominantly African-American areas in the rural South.
posted by stillmoving at 9:32 AM PST - 22 comments

"I've never seen an update to a book's cover executed so perfectly."

How the redesigned Judy Blume covers avoid nostalgia and embrace universal adolescent angst. [SLVox]
posted by Ziggy500 at 6:40 AM PST - 31 comments

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