Amazon, including subsidiaries such as Whole Foods and temp work programs, will pay $15 an hour or more to all its U.S. workers.
This comes as Amazon is facing increasing scrutiny over how its workers are treated and paid. Senator Bernie Sanders, for example, recently introduced legislation to end what he calls “corporate welfare” — and it’s pretty clear who he had in mind, since the bill was titled Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (BEZOS).
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As Last Week Tonight's John Oliver says, Trump has had so many terrible moments it's easy to forget many of them. Maybe one reason they are easy to forget is because much of what Trump says makes even less sense than the random word generator that Sarah Palin uses in place a of brain.
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Our friend Joshua Foer, memory champion and author of the fantastic book "Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything," shows how he stores incredible amounts of useful (and useless) information in the memory palace in his head.
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Robots have a hard time making their way across uneven, unstable terrain. Read the rest
On Tuesday evening, Disney released the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read the rest
If you're an '80s or '90s kid, you will remember the originals. Read the rest
Watching live-action roleplayer Lars Andersen practice this unusual method of archery is utterly amazing.
MIT researchers used high-speed cameras to reveal raindrops' aerosol effect that releases petrichor, the earthy fresh smell of rain. Read the rest
After three years' worth of court battles, Propublica has won a court order forcing the NYPD to release details of its X-ray surveillance vans, whose radiation risk has never been independently studied or verified (much like the notorious pornoscanners, which were supposedly harmless, but which turned out to be sources of dangerous radiation). Read the rest
The Betabrand Suitsy is machine-washable and shuts with a zipper hidden behind the fake shirt buttons -- add a tie and some smart shoes and you're dressed for success. Read the rest
A quarter per play. “Made with genuine arcade parts.” Read the rest
This photo collection of vintage Halloween masks by Flickrer Brecht Bug is pretty overwhelming. Read the rest
The Russian space agency has lost control of a satellite containing geckos involved in sex orgy porn. Read the rest
"Comcast, after instructing its employees not to take 'No,' for an answer, is now throwing its representative under the bus because he refused to take 'No,' for an answer."
From Luluc, the Brooklyn-via-Australia duo of Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett comes "Small Window," a dreamy lullaby of exquisite indie folk from their album Passerby, produced by The National's Aaron Dessner. Read the rest