US Economist Calculates Just How Inadequate Your State's Minimum Wage Is A simple tweak to how we calculate our minimum wage could lift millions of Americans out of poverty, one economist is proposing. In a new proposal from the Hamilton Project, the economic policy arm of the Brookings Institution, economist Arindrajit Dube suggests that lawmakers set state minimum wages at half the median full-time wage for the state. Doing so, he says, would would raise the minimum wage in all 50 states and lift 2.2 million people out of poverty. Many other developed economies, including those of France, Turkey and Portugal, already have minimum wages that meet Dube's requirement. As you can see in the graph below, every single state's minimum wage is nowhere near where Dube believes it should be. Graphic by Alissa Scheller for The Huffington Post. Critics of raising the minimum wage often say that higher hourly pay will constrict hiring. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 hasn't been raised since 2009.
The New Zealand sex-work model ‘Sex workers are as much entitled to protection from sexual harassment as those working in other occupations.” So said a recent ruling by New Zealand’s Human Rights Tribunal, which awarded a sex worker sizable damages for sexual harassment by a brothel owner. A progressive decision that upholds sex workers’ rights in this manner is only conceivable in jurisdictions such as New Zealand, where sex work was decriminalized 10 years ago when the Prostitution Reform Act came into operation. In Canada, we’ve been sold a false dilemma that presents only the possibility of a “Nordic” or “Swedish” regime or, alternatively, “Dutch” approach that regulates prostitution in our country. Since the Supreme Court struck down criminal laws prohibiting communication in public for the purpose of prostitution, living off the avails of prostitution and keeping a common bawdy house, the Nordic regime appears to be the approach the federal government is favouring.
7 Wanted Criminals Who Made Mocking Police Into an Art Form #3. Kevin Poulsen, Hacker to the Stars Photos.com The Crime: You may know Kevin Poulsen as a writer and editor over at Wired.com, but before that he was quite the badass hacker-turned-fugitive. At the age of 17 (in 1983, the same year that WarGames came out, not surprisingly), Kevin "Dark Dante" Poulsen used his ancient TRS-80 computer to hack into the U.S. Enlightenlists.com"Let him go; you rookies captured early '80s Nicolas Cage again." The Audacity: Instead of laying low, Poulsen laid in on the hacking harder than ever, pulling one spectacular stunt after another. Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images News/Getty ImagesReason Number 14,381 to pay attention in computer science class. The coup de grace came when Poulsen was featured on the show Unsolved Mysteries: The 1-800 hotline mysteriously went dead as soon as Poulsen's face appeared on the screen. Thinkstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty ImagesToo bad. 1998 was a bad year to miss. #2. USA Today No-debts.com Pictured: Crazy Enough. #1. Nathan J.
The Good Country Index Brazil passes groundbreaking Internet governance Bill Brazil has made history with the approval of a groundbreaking post-Snowden Bill which sets out principles, rights and guarantees for Internet users. Last night (25), an overwhelming majority of Brazil's Chamber of Deputies voted in favor of the Marco Civil da Internet and its provisions around net neutrality, right to privacy and freedom of expression online. The Bill, which now needs to be cleared by the Senate before it is sanctioned by president Dilma Rousseff, had its voting postponed several times in the last three years. It gained prominence after the NSA spying scandal and became the center of a political minefield due to disagreement over several crucial points. The provisions around net neutrality are a key reason why the Bill is considered a major victory for the civil society and activists alike. In order to speed up the progress of the Bill, the government gave up on the local storage requirements last week.
Pat Buchanan Demands GOP Double Down On Govt Shutdown And Obamacare GOP Pundit Pat Buchanan urged Republicans to burn America to the ground rather than give up their hostage-taking tactics to defund the Affordable Care Act. Photo of Pat Buchanan from Wikipedia. For two weeks, Republicans have kept the government shut down in an effort to force Democrats to give in to their demand that Obamacare be defunded. As the shutdown drags on, more and more Americans are negatively impacted. It also appears that Republicans are willing to allow a debt ceiling breach rather than give up on their anti-Obamacare obsession. Republicans are literally willing to destroy the country they claim to love in order to get what they want. Pat Buchanan says Republicans should destroy America. In a column for World Net Daily published on Monday, conservative Pat Buchanan urged Republicans to burn America to the ground rather than give up their hostage-taking tactics to defund the Affordable Care Act. Republicans are a dangerous threat to America.
De 10 rijkste vrouwen ter wereld Zodra je een job gezocht hebt, verschijnt hier je laatste zoekopdracht. Van de 1.645 miljardairs op de aardbol zijn er een recordaantal vrouwen: 172 meer bepaald, tegenover 138 vorig jaar. Maar vrouwen blijven met een goede 10% natuurlijk nog wel serieus in de minderheid. Wat ook opvalt in deze top 10: rijkdom is vooral te danken aan erfenissen van overleden ouders of partner. 1. Ze is niet rijk geworden door te werken, maar erfde heel wat centen toen haar man John Walton (zoon van Sam Walton, de oprichter van Walmart) in 2005 stierf. 2. Bettencourt is het enige kind van Eugène Schueller, de stichter van L'Oréal. 3. De dochter van Walmart-stichter Sam Walton blijkt fondsenwerver te zijn voor Hillary Clinton, die naar alle waarschijnlijkheid in 2016 een gooi zal doen naar het presidentschap. 4. Ze behoort tot de derde generatie van de familie Mars, van het alom gekende snoepgoed. 5. De rijkste persoon van Australië. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. (mr) - Bron: Forbes.com
Matt Gurney: Lapel cameras for Toronto cops is good news for everyone Toronto’s police force announced Tuesday that it will join several other large city forces across Canada and the United States in adopting lapel cameras — video cameras worn as part of the uniform that keep a video record of everything that an officer does while on duty. This is in response to several recent reports regarding incidents in which police officers have used force against members of the public. While many details remain to be settled, the police have said that they hope to start the project before the year is out. The union that represents the police officers doesn’t sound wildly enthusiastic about the plan. But it hasn’t totally rejected it, either. Mike McCormack, who heads the police association, said that he worries it may be diverting scarce funds away from more pressing needs, such as hiring more officers and equipping front-line cops with less-lethal taser weapons. Some resistance from the union was arguably inevitable — but even Mr. National Post
Angel Haze Finally Does Justice To Macklemore's "Same Love" 4 reasons we should fix economic inequality It’s safe to say that economic inequality bothers us. But why? Harvard philosopher T. M. Scanlon offers four reasons we should tackle — and fix — the problem. The great inequality of income and wealth in the world, and within the United States, is deeply troubling. One obvious reason for redistributing resources from the rich to the poor is simply that this is a way of making the poor better off. A justification for reducing inequality through non-voluntary means, such as taxation, needs to explain why redistribution of this kind is not just robbery. These reasons for redistribution are strongest when the poor are very badly off, as in the cases Singer describes. It’s important to note, though, that there is another sense in which these reasons are not egalitarian: They are, fundamentally, reasons to increase the well-being of the poor rather than objections to inequality, that is to say, objections to the difference between what some have and what others have. 1. 2. 3. 4. T.
Total corruption: Organised crime infiltrated and compromised UK courts, police, HMRC, Crown Prosecution Service, prisons, and juries A leaked Scotland Yard report disclosed in The Indepedent documents the near-total corruption of the British government and justice system by organised criminals. The report documents "Operation Tiberius," which dates to 2003, and contains a series of explosive allegations about corruption, including the sale of £50,000 "get out of jail free cards," the buying off of juries, and the "at will" infiltration of Scotland Yard by gangs. The report quotes a Senior Investigating Officer who said, "I feel that at the current time I cannot carry out an ethical murder investigation without the fear of it being compromised." It claims that a Metropolitan Police detective's son was employed as a torturer for one gang, and that the detective impeded any investigations into the gang his son worked for and the crimes he committed. There's no reason to suspect that the crimes documented in Tiberius stopped there, nor that they couldn't take place today.
Oreos May Be As Addictive As Cocaine If you have ever found yourself unable to resist just one more Oreo, you’re not alone. That “stuf” is like crack, neurologically speaking. A new study from Connecticut College shows that Oreos are as addictive as cocaine, at least for lab rats. According to the new study, eating the iconic black and white cookies activated more neurons in the rat brain’s “pleasure center” than drugs such as cocaine. “I haven’t touched an Oreo since doing this experiment,” neuroscience assistant professor Joseph Schroeder said in a school press release. (MORE: 100 Years of Oreos: 9 Things You Didn’t Know About the Iconic Cookie) The research looked at the rats’ behaviors and the effects the cookies had on their brains. The rats in the study liked the cookies about as much as they liked the drugs, congregating near the cookie side of the maze as much as they would on the drug side. Much like humans, rats also prefer the delicious creamy center to the cookie. Not addictive?