Labor:[Lr1] This could well be the challenge going forward: If robots do displace human workers, will the latter be compensated? A look at what economists think.
[Lr2] Chelsea Follett on the costs of closing sweatshops. For my part, if we’re going to try to intervene on their behalf, I’d want to focus our efforts almost 100% on safety.
[Lr3] Robert Samuelson isn’t so worried that the labor shortage is going to be a problem.
[Lr4] As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with robots, now goats are taking our jobs.
[Lr5] A new Harvard study says that higher minimum wages are bad for small businesses.
Law:[Lw1] Rick Horowitz is concerned about California dumbing down the bar.
[Lw3] When Big Porn stands with you, can you possibly fail?
[Lw4] One does not expect them to make such threats so publicly.
[Lw5] A Brit recently acquitted on rape charges wants the ability to name his accuser.
Economics:[Ec1] If you care about the welfare of the native northerners, go thank Amazon today.
[Ec2] Oliver Wiseman wonders if globalism can be rehabilitated.
[Ec3] Ad repetition on streaming sites really is quite irritating. I can imagine it resolving itself with more advertisers, but can also imagine it getting worse with more targeting (I get 10,000 ads for shoes, you get 10,000 ads for eyeglasses).
[Ec5] Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink.
Technology:[Te1] The FCC has declared that pay phones are no longer worth regulating.
[Te3] In 2017, an argument has to be made against sex robots.
[Te4] And next they came for the transcription jobs…
[Te5] This was made to be a terrorist plot in a season of 24.
Crime:[Cr1] Google Home (or a similar device) appears to have called the sheriff and prevented a domestic conflict from turning into something far worse.
[Cr2] It wasn’t just Rotherham.
[Cr3] A look at why it’s so difficult to keep problem cops off the street, and to keep them from getting back on the street somewhere else.
[Cr4] Hatery, fakery and 4chan: The dark side of the web.
[Cr5] 400 defendants, $1,300,000,000 in alleged healthcare fraud.
War:[Wa1] What is Russian for Stormtrooper?
[Wa2] There are no good answers for the North Korea problem.
[Wa3] Hillary’s hawkishness may have cost her the presidency.
[Wa4] At the rate we’re going, I’m going to be disappointed if the F-35 doesn’t fart gold out of its exhaust.
[Wa5] Allegedly, a Navy whistleblower was fired for his whistleblowing.