- Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Quiz time: First Amendment:
- Finally! Top PR companies say no to climate deniers:
Some of the world’s top PR companies have for the first time publicly ruled out working with climate change deniers, marking a fundamental shift in the multi-billion dollar industry that has grown up around the issue of global warming.
Public relations firms have played a critical role over the years in framing the debate on climate change and its solutions – as well as the extensive disinformation campaigns launched to block those initiatives. [...]
Companies include WPP, Waggener Edstrom (WE) Worldwide, Weber Shandwick, Text100, and Finn Partners.
- But there are exceptions: PR giant Edelman helps the American Petroleum Institute promote climate denial with a boatload of carefully crafted propaganda and slick websites designed to fight EPA regulations, support the Keystone XL pipeline, reduce taxes and expand drilling on public land. Edelman took in $52 million from API last year.
- LinkedIn coughs up millions in back overtime wages and damages:
LinkedIn agreed to pay nearly $6 million [in] back overtime wages and damages to employees after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation found the company violated federal labor laws.
The Labor Department said in a statement released Monday that LinkedIn violated the Fair Labor Standards Act, and “failed to record, account and pay for hours worked in a work week.”[...]
Federal law requires companies pay covered employees at least the minimum wage for up to 40 hours a week and time and a half for extra hours worked. LinkedIn agreed to pay the $3.3 million in back wages and $2.5 million for compensatory damages to 359 employees in Illinois, Nebraska, New York, and its headquarters in California.
- President Obama, who barely mentioned climate change during the 2012 re-election campaign, now sometimes sounds almost like a climate hawk.
- James Brady, Reagan press secretary, dies at 73: Brady was the most seriously wounded of the people, including President Reagan, shot in March 1981 by John Hinckley, the mentally disturbed would-be assassin whose muddled thinking led him believe he could impress actress Jodie Foster.
Reagan, a couple of paces from his limousine, was hit, as were a Secret Service agent and a District of Columbia police officer. But it was Mr. Brady, shot in the head, who was the most seriously injured. The bullet damaged the right section of his brain, paralyzing his left arm, weakening his left leg, damaging his short-term memory and impairing his speech. Just getting out of a car became a study in determination.Brady and his wife Sarah became single-minded advocates of gun restrictions after the attempted assassination. Over the decades, Brady regained most of his cognitive and speaking abilities.
- Political polarization isn't just for Washington anymore:
There was a time when the states and governors were the ones working across the aisle, getting things done. But state capitals have become more nationalized and polarized, so now the LAST bastion of bipartisan work is taking place in cities and counties. The states should no longer be viewed unilaterally as the “better than Washington” ideal. Basically, many state capitals have become “Washington-ized.” Brownback’s troubles also are a reminder that in one-party states like Kansas, political parties can only hold them so long before ideological cracks start to form. In addition, governors -- at the least -- are supposed to be unifiers of their party. And when they aren’t, that’s when political trouble happens.
- Team Blackness discussed Busta Rhymes's shilling for Toyota, independent media spaces, Google Play's new Bomb Gaza game, and the GOP's worry about the "War on Whites."
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- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, My Parents Open Carry is a real book & The Onion didn't write it. McDonald's to franchisees: to make more $, pay workers less. Armando on GMO labeling, Glocks vs. Docs & the 1st Amendment. KSU prez takes pay cut to give others a raise.
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