We typically talk about policy challenges and social problems in this space. Let’s take this holiday to reflect on what matters most to us. Today’s Question: What are you thankful for?
Archives for November 2013
“This year, several retailers like Target, J.C. Penney, Kohl’s and Macy’s have announced plans to open Thanksgiving evening for the first time. Others, like Toys R Us and Best Buy, are opening earlier on Thanksgiving than last year,” writes the AP’s Anne D’Innocenzio. Today’s Question: Are retailers ruining Thanksgiving?
Kickstarter and other sites allow artists, authors, and inventors to fund projects through small donations from many supporters. But soon people may be able to actually invest — and see a return on that investment — through a similar model. NPR reports: The Securities and Exchange Commission is considering rules that, for the first time, Read more →
Swiss voters have rejected a proposal that would have limited executive pay to 12 times that of the lowest paid. 1:12 – Swiss referendum to decide whether to limit executive pay http://t.co/1v7MMcvSMU pic.twitter.com/2muedNBRW1 — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) November 22, 2013 BBC News reports: The referendum saw 65.3% vote against the plan with 34.7% in Read more →
Rules against making cellphone calls during airline flights are “outdated,” and it’s time to change them, federal regulators said Thursday, drawing immediate howls of protest from flight attendants, airline officials and others,” write Joan Lowy and Scott Mayerowitz for the AP. Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said in a statement Read more →
“Human beings make terrible drivers. They talk on the phone and run red lights, signal to the left and turn to the right. They drink too much beer and plow into trees or veer into traffic as they swat at their kids. They have blind spots, leg cramps, seizures, and heart attacks. They rubberneck, hotdog, Read more →
Image by Vik-Thor via Flickr “In 2013, Americans only used 10 out of 14 vacation days, leaving more than 577 million days untouched, according to an Expedia survey of 8,535 people across 24 countries. That’s more than twice as many as the year before,” writes Lauren Davidson in Quartz. What’s their excuse? More than a Read more →
“A New Mexico law forbids businesses open to the public to discriminate against gay people. Elaine Huguenin, a photographer, says she has no problem with that — so long as it does not force her to say something she does not believe,” writes in the New York Times. “In asking the Supreme Court to hear Read more →
Food waste and other organic material made up nearly a third of what Minnesotans sent to landfills in 2012, according to a new study state officials released Monday, writes MPR News reporter Elizabeth Dunbar. The Waste Composition Report, released by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, found that organics accounted for 31 percent of the waste Read more →
“The American public is clearly ticked off. Between the government shutdown, the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and the pace of the economic recovery, poll after poll reports signs of deep frustration and unrest,” Alan Yu writes at NPR. “Anger toward politicians and government isn’t exactly a new phenomenon. What is unusual, however, Read more →