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Roberts Court Clears Way for Home Care Workers’ Wage Protections

An order last week turned away an emergency appeal by industry groups to delay implementation of a Department of Labor rule that grants minimum wage and overtime protections to some home-care workers. Image: WikiMedia Commons The post Roberts Court Clears Way for Home Care Workers’ Wage Protections appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Jonathan Franzen Isn't a Regular Rich Person, He's a Cool Rich Person

David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons If Franzen can afford this tux, he can afford an image consultant. I'm almost starting to feel bad for Jonathan Franzen: It seems like every time he's interviewed, he says something so deeply tone-deaf, I want someone to crowdfund a new publicist for him. Show More Summary

China's Classroom Maps Put the Middle Kingdom at the Center of the World

A slightly later version, Wangguo Qiantu, developed in collaboration with the Jesuits in the 1620s. (Image: Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons) "China" (zhong guo) is made up of the Chinese characters for middle (?) and country (?). Dating...Show More Summary

Investigators Search for Evidence Implicating the CIA in Murder of Chilean Diplomat on U.S. Soil

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    Augusto Pinochet. Wikimedia Commons It’s become clear thanks to recently declassified documents that the brutal Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet ordered the killing of Chile’s former foreign minister Orlando Letelier near the White House in 1976. Show More Summary

Marine Drive To Undergo Repaving

photo used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons In 2009, Marine Drive was repaved between Irving Park and Montrose. Now the rest of it is finally getting the same treatment. Since the work spans both the 46th and 48th Wards, both Ald. Cappleman and Ald. Show More Summary

Mahmoud Abbas Adds to Israel's Isolation -- Where and When Will It End?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. A few days ago, Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, announced that the Palestinians are no longer bound by Oslo accords. No one was surprised. Show More Summary

The Scrappy Female Paleontologist Whose Life Inspired the Tongue Twister

Mary Anning, pictured pointing at a fossil on the ground next to her dog, Tray. (Image: 'Mr. Grey' (1842)/Wikimedia Commons CC-PD-Mark) Say "she sells seashells by the seashore" quickly, three times in a row. Now, try the more historically...Show More Summary

Fleeting Wonders: Ants Turn Themselves Into Giant Raft To Carry Queen Through Floods

Fire ants weave themselves into rafts when faced with water. (Photo: Junglecat/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0) On October 4, folks in Greenville, South Carolina spotted what looked like a patch of dried mud, or a large floating burger patty, bobbing along the surface of flood water. Show More Summary

I've Got You, Nick Diaz: Cher Shows Support for Banned MMA Fighter

Image via Wikimedia Commons MMA might not be the poppiest sport in the world, but it’s attracted its share of diehard fans from the pop music world over the years. Mandy Moore and Demi Lovato have become regulars at UFC events. Bruno...Show More Summary

Cuba and Mick Jagger's Kiss

Mick Jagger in Deauville in 2014. (Georges Biard / Wikimedia Commons) 14ymedio, Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 5 October 2015 - We never got to hear Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston on our national stages. Freddie Mercury died...Show More Summary

Why Must China's Bigwigs All Dye?

You can tell who's Chinese here. Hint: it's not the color of their skin. (Photo: State Department/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0) On a recent trip to the U.S., Xi Jinping, the President of the People's Republic of China, did the typical...Show More Summary

U.S. Government’s Bid to Train Overseas Security Forces Has Basically Been a Wash

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Wikimedia Commons When consulting an expert source on the subject of how the U.S. government’s very expensive and time-consuming push to train security forces in other countries has fared, the last thing said government would want to...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Botticelli idealized portrait

Idealized Portrait of a Lady (Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci as Nymph), Sandro Botticelli Tempera on wood panel, 32×21 in (82×54 cm) Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable file on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Städel Museum, Frankfurt. There is also an article devoted to the painting on Wikipedia. This exquisite […]

Far More to Political Orientation Than Right-Left

"Political chart" by Traced by User:Stannered, via Wikimedia Commons. I mentioned in a recent post that I grew up with negative attitudes toward libertarianism because I did not adequately understand it. I'm still learning about it, and I've discovered far more nuance than I realized was there. Show More Summary

Here's a Check, and Some Not-So-Free Advice

Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons The New York Times' Ashley Parker has a piece today that will amuse campaign operatives from all over the spectrum about the inveterate habit of political donors...

"The Francis Effect" and Me

via Wikimedia Commons I was relatively unmoved by the idea of Pope Francis coming to America. After all, it wasn't as if I were going to be meeting him. Though I wish him well, I haven't felt personal interest in him. And I didn't feel that he really had a very personal interest in the United States or cared about our culture, just to be honest. Show More Summary

Dewey Bozella's Next Challenge: Life On the Outside

Image via Wikimedia Commons VICE is exploring America's prison system in the week leading up to our special report with President Obama for HBO. Tune in Sunday, September 27, at 9 PM EST, to see his historic first-ever presidential visit to a federal prison. Dewey Bozella's life has only just begun. Show More Summary

Fleeting Wonders: The Magna Carta is Visiting America for 7 Days

The Magna Carter of 1215, written in iron gall ink on parchment paper, in medieval Latin. (Photo: Earthsound/Wikimedia Commons) Was Beyonce just in town? Didn't notice—we were too busy getting excited for the arrival of the Magna Carta. The...Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: Pieter Claesz Peacock Pie

Still Life with Peacock Pie, Pieter Claesz In the National GAllery of Art, DC, with zoomable or downloadable image, also downloadable image on Wikimedia Commons. It’s interesting to compare this large (30,51inches, 77x129cm), sumptuous still life to a similar composition in the collection of the Rijksmuseum that I featured previously, Still Life with a Turkey […]

What Are You Afraid of Anyway?

"COS 09." Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons. Most people start to go wrong with risk from the very beginning. When asked what they're afraid of, they will respond with an activity, situation or thing. The problem with this is that their response doesn't describe a bad thing happening -- for example, skydiving is just an activity. Show More Summary

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