Pay disparity for young women getting WORSE
— The pay gap worsened for American women younger than 40 between 2015 and 2017, despite widespread attention to the issue, according to a study.
— The workforce analytics company Visier said American women earned 79 cents for every $1 a man earned in 2017, compared with 81 cents in 2015.
>>> Women Can’t Have Prior Salaries
Used Against Them, Court rules
— Employers can’t pay women less than men just because they made less at a previous job, a federal appeals court has ruled. The continuing gender pay gap is “an embarrassing reality of our economy,” the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in its opinion.
Oklahoma teachers strike enters 9th day
500,000 kids out of school.
Among youngest voters, it’s Dems 55, GOP 21
Here’s a bingo card to play during the Zuckerberg
dog-and-pony show in Washington
— He’s been getting lots of coaching from normal humans, so we can expect a lot of canned answers pulled from Facebook’s greatest hits. To help you navigate the proceedings we’ve gamified the experience.
— Collected below you’ll find likely predictions, and the standard aphorisms of Mark Elliot Zuckerberg, co-founder and central controller of the Facebook. Yes, there’s only one Bingo card. The first commenter to legitimately shout “Bingo!” wins. But no matter who wins Bingo, we all lose.
With raid on Cohen, Mueller has set a “wolf trap” for Trump
By Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University,
Via The Hill
— Michael Cohen now could be looking at serious criminal exposure and, if charged with campaign-finance and fraud violations, only two men will be able to deliver him from the quagmire of his own making: Trump and Mueller. The president could ultimately pardon Cohen, while the special counsel could give him a deal. Some at the Justice Department may be counting on Trump’s aggressive tendencies to do the rest. In running to Cohen’s rescue, the president could easily find himself the prize rather than the predator in this conflict.
“Trump must know this may be one of the most dangerous moments in his entire life, not just his presidency. The likelihood is that Mueller and the FBI are now in possession of the Black Books of Trump.”
— GOP consultant Rick Wilson via Raw Story
Twitter is 2/3 robot, 1/3 human
Raising the question: Do androids tweet about electric sheep?
It was a company with enormous promise —
until a Chinese customer stole its technology
NPR All Things Considered
— Massachusetts-based American Superconductor seemed to be riding high in early 2011, reaping strong sales and even praise from the White House for successfully cracking the Asian import markets.
— Then, one day that April, employees were called to a meeting where they heard some very disturbing news.
>>> Xi promises to open China a bit, and cut tariffs
Iran, Turkey, Russia make a deal to rule Middle East
while Trump blusters about … whatever
— Forget for a moment that every president loudly announces such sanctions, which then are largely forgotten by everybody. If there’s any Russian (or Iranian or North Korean) dense enough to still keep assets in these United States, maybe they don’t really care about them. And if President Vladimir Putin has buckled to pull troops out of Crimea after four years of escalating U.S. sanctions, no one’s noticed.
— All this, mixed with Trump’s poorly-explained trade tariff tiff with China and his abnormal normal White House chaos, has managed to distract from development of an unholy Middle Eastern alliance…
… ON THE OTHER HAND …
Syria is not important terribly important to the US, and is not worth a war
The National Interest
Bashar al-Assad can barely dominate the Damascus suburbs, much less amass the power for a direct attack on America. Russia and Iran have gained influence in Syria by backing Assad. But they, too, are unlikely to turn Syria into a dagger at America’s throat. Divided and in ruins, Syria is a liability to whomever owns it.
Sinclair TV to Trump: We are here to deliver your message.
They were pitching a truly Big Brother technology. And still are …
A secret CIA resettlement of recovering spy, daughter
would be an abduction, Russkies claim
— The Russian Embassy in London said it would consider any secret resettlement of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the former Russian double agent and his daughter who were poisoned last month, as an abduction of its citizens.
— Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency is reportedly in discussions with the CIA about resettling the victims to the United States with new identities. “They’re less likely to be killed there and it’s easier to protect them there under a new identity.”
(Q) How do you steal $1.2 million worth of fajitas?
(A) It’s easy if you’ve got 9 years to do it.
Courthouse News Service
— Prosecutors say the dude commandeered fajita deliveries to his county job at the juvenile justice department, sold them to vendors and kept the money.