Fast-food workers are striking to demand livable wages. Good for them. As always, there are people against the notion of people being paid for their work.
“The people who would be the losers would be the unskilled workers,” [Manhattan Institute fellow Diana Furchtgott-Roth] says. “The people who, like my teenager, want a summer job. No one’s going to pay my teenager $15 an hour. But my teenager can get $7.25 an hour.”
I used to flip burgers and wash dishes at a mom-and-pop. Know how much I made? About $6.00 an hour. In 1995.
Michael Saltsman, research director at the EPI, says a higher minimum wage could push fast-food companies to invest more heavily in automation instead of hourly workers.
“There are a number of chains here in the U.S. who are experimenting with electronic menus where you can order on an iPad-type device; you can pay on that device,” says Saltsman. “These are changes that happen in direct response to higher labor costs.”
So technology is developed to prevent people from making enough money for them to participate in the economy which they service?
If newspapers are going to be great again, it will be because they reasserted control over an on-line revenue stream and because they are run by and for and about the people of the cities in which they are published. The neglect of that second principle is the original sin of print journalism in America, and only a return of a newspaper to local ownership and control offers any real chance at ideological indifference and reportorial quality.
This evening’s ribs.
If you want to post directly to Tumblr from TextWrangler1, you can paste this code into a blank text file:
#!/bin/bash cd "$(dirname "$BB_DOC_PATH")" tumblr post "$BB_DOC_PATH" --host=yoursitename.tumblr.com --credentials ~/.tumblr
And save it in your ~/Application Support/TextWrangler/Scripts folder as Post to Tumblr.sh (or whatever-you-want-to-call-it.sh).
This assumes you’ve installed the latest version of the command line interface and Ruby client for the Tumblr API by Mark Wunsch (get it here), which supports version two of the Tumblr API, and gone through the process of registering a Tumblr application.
Invoke the script from the script menu with your post open and voilà!
1 Works in BBEdit, too.
Wired Profiles Emile “Chuggaaconroy” Rosales. Chugga makes videos of himself playing Nintento games, and uploads them to YouTube. My kids love it.
In that, Emile Rosales is in the minority. He has more than 600,000 subscribers on YouTube and more than 500 million total views of the more than 1,400 videos he has posted during the past five years. What’s interesting about Rosales’ videos is what they’re not. He doesn’t make a scripted parody show like Red vs. Blue. He’s not a game critic or industry commentator. He’s not breaking any world records, and he’s not a professional gamer showing off his godlike skills.
I was not aware of such videos, or their popularity, until I had kids.
Jordan Weissmann, writing for the Atlantic, on McDonalds:
Of course, minimum wage workers aren’t really entirely on their own, especially if they have children. There are programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and the earned income tax credit to help them along. But that’s sort of the point. When large companies make profits by paying their workers unlivable wages, we end up subsidizing their bottom lines.
“Watch out for your goodies, Hawkeye. That man is a sex maniac.”
— Capt. “Trapper” John Francis Xavier McIntyre (Eliot Gould), MAS*H
Just in case you needed another reason not to watch The View.
That’s why it is so distressing to add another first to the list of Walters’s achievements: Jenny McCarthy, who will join “The View” in September, will be the show’s first co-host whose dangerous views on childhood vaccination may—if only indirectly—have contributed to the sickness and death of people throughout the Western world. (See jennymccarthybodycount.com.)
Mark Oppenheimer, by way of the Portland Fluoride kerfuffle, on why Liberals are the new Puritans:
Today, of course, while the right still dabbles eagerly in the anti-fluoride, anti-vaccination, and other anti-science pathologies, the left may be the even greater culprit. Certainly the anti-fluoride coalition in Portland depended more on self-identified liberal voters than on conservatives. But there are key differences in how liberals and conservatives come by their fears. On the right, these mental illnesses stem from fear of government. On the left, their origins are a bit harder to pin down, but as I see it, they stem from an old mix of righteousness and the fear of contamination—from what we might recognize as Puritanism.
I had never though to consider the anti-vaxer, anti-flouride types as symptomatic (emblematic?) of a political orientation. I was unfamiliar with the right-wing anti-vaxer movement, for example.
I am only suggesting that we resist thinking of Puritanism as the only, or optimal, parenting style for liberals, for two reasons. First, thinking that Puritanism—whether a preference for organic foods or natural fibers or home-birthing—is somehow constitutive of a liberal politics is rather insulting to liberalism. Most of the middle-class “liberal” parents I know have allowed lifestyle decisions about what they wear, eat, and drive to entirely replace a more ambitious program for bettering society; they have no particular beliefs about how to end poverty or strengthen the labor movement, and they don’t understand Obamacare, or really want to. It’s enough that they make their midwife-birthed children substitute guava nectar for sugar.