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Israeli troops fire shots, tear gas at Gaza protesters, 350 Palestinians hurt | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified May 04, 2018 02:26 PM
"Youths rolled burning tires to within 300 meters (yards) of the fence, trying to use the smoke as cover for throwing stones across it while eluding Israeli snipers. Army gunfire has killed at least 43 Palestinians on the frontier over the last month. Protesters said they used slingshots to down two small Israeli observation drones. The army confirmed the drone losses. ... On Friday, troops faced “approximately 7,000 Palestinians participating in riots in five locations along the Gaza Strip border”"

Gig Economy Business Model Dealt a Blow in California Ruling | The New York Times

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified May 01, 2018 08:02 PM
"The court essentially scrapped the existing test for determining employee status, which was used to assess the degree of control over the worker. That test hinged on roughly 10 factors, like the amount of supervision and whether the worker could be fired without cause. In its place, the court erected a much simpler “ABC” test that is applied in Massachusetts and New Jersey. Under that test, the worker is considered an employee if he or she performs a job that is part of the “usual course” of the company’s business."

National Observer releases its Trans Mountain files

by Graham H. Cox — last modified May 01, 2018 09:45 AM
"Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion project is suddenly facing an unexpected legal challenge following a series of investigative reports by National Observer. The reporting revealed concerns raised by public servants who warned that the government was rushing to approve the pipeline, despite criticism from First Nations that the process was "paternalistic," "unrealistic," and "inadequate." All of this came to light due to documents released through access to information legislation as well as from comments made by government insiders."

Exclusive: Democrats lose ground with millennials - Reuters/Ipsos poll | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Apr 30, 2018 12:11 PM
"Millennials are almost evenly split this year over the question of which party has a better plan for the economy, with 34 percent picking the Democrats and 32 percent choosing Republicans. That’s a shift from two years ago, when they said Democrats had the better plan by a 12-point margin. ... In Manchester, the biggest city in New Hampshire’s 1st District, tattoo artist Ashley Matthias, 31, said she has not decided how she will vote but will support anyone who will make her health insurance more affordable."

Why we should bulldoze the business school | Guardian

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Apr 28, 2018 08:58 AM
"Business schools have huge influence, yet they are also widely regarded to be intellectually fraudulent places, fostering a culture of short-termism and greed. (There is a whole genre of jokes about what MBA – Master of Business Administration – really stands for: “Mediocre But Arrogant”, “Management by Accident”, “More Bad Advice”, “Master Bullshit Artist” and so on.) Critics of business schools come in many shapes and sizes: employers complain that graduates lack practical skills, conservative voices scorn the arriviste MBA, Europeans moan about Americanisation, radicals wail about the concentration of power in the hands of the running dogs of capital. Since 2008, many commentators have also suggested that business schools were complicit in producing the crash."
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