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The great American tax haven: why the super-rich love South Dakota | World news | The Guardian
South Dakota got rid of the rule against perpetuities (for trusts). They also have not state taxes. So now the super rich around the world are flocking to set up permanent South Dakota trusts.
taxes  banking  TheGuardian  via:TheGuardian  finance  law 
november 2019 by mcherm
Japanese women demand right to wear glasses at work | World news | The Guardian
Requirements to wear high heels, prohibitions on wearing glasses -- some employers in Japan have dress standards for women that sound like they're from a previous century. Maybe the 19th.
sexism  via:TheGuardian  TheGuardian 
november 2019 by mcherm
How oral contraceptives may affect women’s minds | The Guardian
A few comments on how the birth control pill affects women's brains.
medicine  sex  TheGuardian  via:reddit  brain 
october 2019 by mcherm
Alabama man who served 36 years of life sentence for $50 robbery to be freed | US news | The Guardian
Three-strikes law blew up one robbery (resulting in probation) followed by another in which $50 was stolen and no one was hurt into a life sentence.
prison  overprosecution  via:TheGuardian  TheGuardian 
august 2019 by mcherm
Lyme disease: is a solution on the way? | Science | The Guardian
Claim: Lyme disease vaccines were killed by anti-vax movement; cures not found as scientists refuse to believe the patient's symptoms are real. I'm somewhat skeptical.
via:rachel  medicine  TheGuardian 
july 2019 by mcherm
UK Home Office tells stateless man: go home | UK news | The Guardian
He was born in Palestine and left at age 3. The UK tried to deport him there but they wouldn't accept him as he had no papers. The UK just said he isn't stateless because he doesn't know basic questions about Palestine.
law  via:reddit  TheGuardian 
january 2018 by mcherm
Silicon Valley thinks it invented roommates. They call it 'co-living' | Arwa Mahdawi | Opinion | The Guardian
The article lampoon's Silicon Valley for reinventing common things like "roommates" and "buses" and marketing them as part of the new "sharing economy".
startup  via:HackerNews  TheGuardian 
november 2017 by mcherm
The war against Pope Francis | News | The Guardian
Apparently, conservatives in the Catholic Church hierarchy who are firmly opposed to Pope Francis's reformations make up 25 to 30% of church hierarchy and are successfully resisting his attempts at change.
PopeFrancis  via:HackerNews  TheGuardian 
november 2017 by mcherm
Volvo admits its self-driving cars are confused by kangaroos | Technology | The Guardian
Volvo is testing their self-driving cars ability to recognize and avoid animals. Most are fine, but kangaroos hop, and that confuses the current version of the software.
cars  animals  TheGuardian  via:HackerNews 
july 2017 by mcherm
‘Barclays took my £440,000 and put me through hell’ | Money | The Guardian
Some banks are being really terrible to innocent customers in their zeal to stop fraud and money laundering.
banking  law  TheGuardian  via:HackerNews 
january 2017 by mcherm
Edward Snowden: ‘Governments can reduce our dignity to that of tagged animals’ | US news | The Guardian
Edward Snowden: leaking information for reasons of conscience is heroic; new leaks about drone programs rise to this level.
secrecy  snowden  TheGuardian  via:reddit  whistleblower 
may 2016 by mcherm
Donald Trump and the Central Park Five: the racially charged rise of a demagogue | US news | The Guardian
Donald Trump made a strong push to harshly punish 5 minorities accused of rape who later turned out to be innocent.
politics  DonaldTrump  evil  justice  TheGuardian  via:reddit 
february 2016 by mcherm
I believed we would face an antibiotics apocalypse - until now | Richard James | Comment is free | The Guardian
A new advance suggests we may be able to customize bacteria-killers, thus solving the antibiotic crisis!
TheGuardian  medicine  antibiotics  via:HackerNews 
november 2015 by mcherm
Why you should start work at 10am (unless you're in your 50s) | Life and style | The Guardian
This claims (with poor references) various values for the "natural" waking time of various age persons.
brain  personal_net  via:TheGuardian  TheGuardian 
september 2015 by mcherm
Fired Los Angeles Times cartoonist hits back at newspaper for siding with LAPD | Media | The Guardian
LA Times cartoonist says he was fired after the police complained to the paper that he was lying about an incident. He also says the audio from the police, once "enhanced", proves his story. Certainly sounds like dubious journalistic practices.
journalism  via:TheGuardian  TheGuardian 
august 2015 by mcherm
Third-grade teacher who read class same-sex fairy tale resigns after backlash | Education | The Guardian
Teacher responds to "gay" as an insult by reading book about a prince marrying another prince. Then he (and the assistant principal who loaned him the book) are both pressured into resigning.
kidsrights  gayrights  censorship  TheGuardian  via:TheGuardian 
june 2015 by mcherm
Transgender celebrities are not new. Just read London newspapers from 1770 | Gary Kates | Comment is free | The Guardian
An example of a MtF transgender person who was quite famous (for that, as well as for other achievements) in the 1760s.
transgender  history  via:TheGuardian  TheGuardian 
may 2015 by mcherm
Ameneh Bahrami: was I right to pardon the man who blinded me with acid? | World news | The Guardian
In anger over her refusal to marry him, he blinded and disfigured her with acid. Iranian law allowed her to (personally) blind him, but she chose not to. He was later released from jail without even paying her medical costs, and other acid attacks have occurred in the society.
law  ethics  TheGuardian  via:TheGuardian 
april 2015 by mcherm
How a traffic stop left a Michigan man beaten, bloodied and bitter at police | US news | The Guardian
A fairly clear case of an officer beating someone badly enough to send him to the hospital for days, for no reason at all. Oh, and probably planting cocaine in his car. Done by an officer with an extensive history of substantiated complaints and successful lawsuits. Oh yes, and no charges filed against the officer.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  TheGuardian  via:TheGuardian 
march 2015 by mcherm
Ferguson judge behind aggressive fines policy owes $170,000 in unpaid taxes | US news | The Guardian
Judge was vicious in prosecuting unpaid fines, but he owes huge amounts. And that's not the only bit of injustice on file for this judge.
law  Ferguson  justice  via:TheGuardian  TheGuardian 
march 2015 by mcherm
The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site' | US news | The Guardian
Accusations (rather poorly supported by scant evidence) that the Chicago police operate a "black site" where prisoners are held, interrogated, and abused without access to lawyers and with no record of where they are. Officials deny these charges.
police  TheGuardian  via:boingboing 
february 2015 by mcherm
Inside Beijing's airpocalypse – a city made 'almost uninhabitable' by pollution | Cities | The Guardian
The pollution in Beijing, China is so bad that it's basically a rehearsal in survival on a planet with a hostile atmosphere. And it shows just how bad things can get without people doing anything about it.
TheGuardian  via:boingboing  environment  china 
december 2014 by mcherm
Information overload? Time to relax then | Technology | The Guardian
Instead of trying to consume every tweet/story/email, read what you can, ignore the rest, and count on repeats to ensure you don't miss important stuff.
socialcomputing  twitter  email  CoryDoctorow  via:CoryDoctorow  TheGuardian 
october 2014 by mcherm
'Revenge porn' victims receive boost from German court ruling | Technology | The Guardian
An interesting case. A woman wants her ex-boyfriend to delete all nude photos he has. A German court rules that her "personal rights" trump his property rights. I wonder how broadly this would apply. I think I would rather see this done via legislation not an argument from basic rights.
censorship  freespeech  TheGuardian  via:TheGuardian 
may 2014 by mcherm
Racism is far more than old white men using the N-word | Gary Younge | Opinion | The Guardian
A *good* description of what matters in racism. Broad institutional policies are the problem, not the statements of certain bigoted old white men.
race  racism  via:reddit  TheGuardian 
may 2014 by mcherm
Cecily McMillan's guilty verdict reveals our mass acceptance of police violence | Molly Knefel | Comment is free |
An important lesson: controlling what information may be presented at trial controls the outcome of a trial. It can make a mockery of the justice system.
law  justice  police  policeabuse  via:TheGuardian  TheGuardian 
may 2014 by mcherm
Automated calls, fraud and the banks: a mismatch made in hell | Technology |
Having the bank call you to say "please prove who you are by answering these questions, then I'll ask questions about a suspicious-looking payment" is just setting up customers for phishing -- and some banks won't even admit that!
security  banking  TheGuardian  via:CoryDoctorow 
march 2014 by mcherm
NSA robots are 'collecting' your data, too, and they're getting away with it | Comment is free |
Re-defining "collect data" to mean "only if a human sees it" and "computers looking doesn't count" is hogwash. Computers looking DOES matter, because they run algorithms and then DO something with it (like show it to humans, but other pernicious things are also possible).
nsa  privacy  surveillance  BruceSchneier  via:reddit  TheGuardian  ai 
february 2014 by mcherm
How the Guardian successfully moved domain to | Info |
How did the Guardian test it's move to a new domain and avoid a "big bang" development project yet still have a single splashy release? They checked for "special HTTP headers" and activated the new site for any browser anywhere that was sending those headers. (Also used URL rewriting to support both sites from the same pages.)
softwaredevelopment  testing  devops  TheGuardian  via:HackerNews  blogworthy 
february 2014 by mcherm
Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?
Lots of Japanese young people are NOT getting married, or even dating.
TheGuardian  guardian  sex  japan 
october 2013 by mcherm
Library clears its shelves in protest at closure threat | Books | The Guardian
As a political protest over the threat to close their library, every patron checked out 15 books -- until the shelves were BARE and EVERY book was gone.
libraries  via:boingboing  library  TheGuardian 
january 2011 by mcherm

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