The story of a woman who spilled coffee on her lap and ended up being awarded $2.9 million in a lawsuit against McDonald's is often cited as THE example of frivolous lawsuits and out-of-control juries. The real story, though, is different from the version you've probably heard. For one thing, the woman suffered burns to 16% of her body, some of which were 3rd degree. For another, at the time, McDonald's served their coffee at a temperature 30 degrees hotter than the stuff that comes out of home coffeemakers. Also the $2.9 million was only the jury-recommended award, based on just two days worth of McDonald's coffee sales. This New York Times video is an interesting look at the nuance that gets lost when media, pop culture, and politicians twist an event to better serve their own narratives and ends.
Rep. Andy Levin's (D-Michigan) response to today's Supreme Court ruling brims with confidence in his party's ability to engage practically and purposefully with its political adversaries. If we need more, though, here's Nancy Pelosi reading some inspirational poetry. READ THE REST
The Supreme Court of the United States today overturned Roe. v. Wade in a 6-3 ruling which eliminates the right to an abortion. State bans on abortion, on the books or expected imminently in about half of U.S. states, may now be enforced. The decision, unthinkable just a few years ago, was the culmination of… READ THE REST
Members of Parliament in Canada are to be given panic buttons "amid growing harassment, intimidation and threats of violence," reports the BBC. The buttons, which summon police, were announced by Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino. MPs are also being offered cameras, alarms and other security measures to be installed in their homes, and training on… READ THE REST
It's summertime, and you know what that means? Unbearable heat waves are coming, and for some, they're already here! The only way for many people to sleep comfortably during the warmer months is by getting an air conditioner for their bedroom, but what about during the day when you need to cook in the kitchen or when you… READ THE REST
It takes a lot of hard work and discipline to build a web page for a company, freelance business, or product. The same goes when creating the mobile app version. You don't dislike the job; it's what you wanted a career as a developer in the first place, but if there's a way to make the conversion… READ THE REST
As the weather warms up, things tend to get more pungent, shall we say. One wrong move and the fridge gets left wide open, and you're stuck with a house that smells like trash and broken dreams. Even if something so drastic doesn't happen, smells pile up quickly, and it's challenging to part ways with them.… READ THE REST