This has been bouncing around my Twitter newsfeed for a few days now:
The replies note that restaurants often refuse to pay a living wage or offer benefits. Restaurant workers are often subject to “tipped minimum wage,” which, depending on jurisdiction, can be as low as $2.13 per hour. In New Mexico, where this particular Sonic is located, tips can count for a maximum of $7.95 per hour toward a minimum wage of $10.50. I write this from Pennsylvania, where tips can count for up to $4.42 per hour toward a minimum wage of $7.25. It has been the case for quite some time now that minimum wage doesn’t pay rent anywhere in the U.S., but Congress failed to pass a raise to $15 earlier this year. Prior to the pandemic, Dean Baker calculated that, had the minimum wage kept pace with productivity, it would be $24 per hour. Read more
See update for April 18, 2021, at end of post.
So Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto posted the sort of anodyne response to a mass shooting in Indianapolis that’s expected, to which Matthew Shipton replied,
Peduto parried weakly, responding that he’d grown up with guns and been trained in them. And to which my own comment was, Read more
See update for April 15, 2021, at end of post.
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police are offering up the same excuse for killing Daunte Wright that San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police offered for the killing of Oscar Grant, specifically that the killer cop mistook her gun for her taser. Read more
Amazon managed to persuade its workers in Bessemer, Alabama, to vote against unionizing. Its tactics in doing so skirted and may have violated laws meant to ensure that workers have a right to collective bargaining and a fair shot at asserting that right. I am, of course, disappointed. Amazon is one of many employers, some of which deny they’re even employers, that make low wage work abusive; this evil is vast and well-documented. Read more
This is a loss. Hans Küng died Tuesday (April 6, 2021). At least one of the unread books on my shelves is by him. Another, his work on Islam, featured in the comprehensive examinations for my Masters’ degree (in lieu of a thesis). Read more
Something that caught my eye in Nan Levinson’s absolutely outstanding article on white supremacy in the military was this: “As an Army captain emailed me, ‘The military recruits heavily from the same population that extremist organizations do — socially isolated, downwardly mobile, and economically vulnerable young men.’” She also notes “a larger ‘cultural project’ that, however unexamined, is aimed at creating an ever-more-militarized (which also means an ever-more-extreme) society,” in which “war is sold, not just as acceptable, but as necessary to maintain the vaunted American way of life.” Read more
Sadly, Bandy Lee’s The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump is one of many books that sits on my shelf, unread, because I’m so busy trying to keep my head above water driving for Uber and Lyft that I cannot take time to catch up on reading that I’ve thought important. Read more
Some things are just weird.
There could only be two possibilities. One is that there is something genuinely paranormal happening, and if that is true, that would be amazing. Or, alternatively—which is more the line that I do favor—it tells us something very interesting about human psychology. So either way, it’s worth taking seriously.
See updates through April 3, 2021, at end of post.
In Pittsburgh, it’s gotten tough to get an Uber or Lyft ride. I gather this is also the case elsewhere.
I know, because whenever my car is in the shop, I rely on Uber and Lyft to get around. Until this week, that is. Read more
See update for April 3, 2021, at end of post.
Note: I am aware of concerns that ‘vaccine passports’ may be unfair to those who are unfairly disadvantaged in accessing vaccines. This post does not address those concerns, which are diminishing within the U.S., nor the problem of medical apartheid and vaccination resistance, but rather the conservative objection to such ‘passports.’
According to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, “[i]t’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.” Read more