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Hidden figures: How Silicon Valley hides its diversity data

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HONESTY WINS!
Donald Trump, founder, Trump University, tweeting from the White House this morning.
Trump’s lies: 4,229 and counting (Washington Post)

New fracking wells are using hundreds of times more water than their predecessors
Popular Science
… The increase was as much as 770 percent in the Permian region of West Texas. There, for gas-producing wells, water use went from from about 350 gallons per foot of well in 2011 to 2335 gallons per foot of well in 2016. 

US bosses now earn 312 times the average worker’s wage
The Guardian
— The rise came after the bosses of America’s largest companies got an average pay rise of 17.6% in 2017, taking home an average of $18.9m in compensation while their employees’ wages stalled, rising just 0.3% over the year.
>>> Employers recruiting younger workers, and breaking the law?
NPR
— After working at a call center for two decades, Linda Bradley’s job came to an end about a year and a half ago. Since her layoff, she has combed online job sites every day looking for work — without much luck.
— Bradley, who is 45 and lives near Columbus, Ohio, began suspecting age discrimination after someone at her union mentioned how recruiters often target online ads at younger candidates. “I thought to myself, ‘Oh, that’s why I wasn’t seeing some of the ads that my daughter has seen on her Facebook,’ ” she says.
SEE OUR PAGE OF RECENT STORIES ABOUT WORK IN AMERICA

The re-packaging of marijuana
Gizmodo
“Why would you buy a gram on the corner when you could buy something that looks like it’s from Whole Foods?”
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On the horizon? A marijuana market for all North America?
Newsweek
— Congressman Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon, who co-founded the bipartisan Congressional Cannabis Caucus in 2017, told Newsweek that he sees a legal cross-border North American market as “not just possible” but “probable.”

Veterans group sues to block “shadow” rulers of VA
Propublica
— A liberal veterans group is suing to block the influence of three outside advisers who have been secretly influencing the Department of Veterans Affairs from Mar-a-Lago.

Bio-plastics could work, but would require enormous investment
The Conversation
… 
any breakthroughs in materials science need to be coupled with sustainable methods for bioplastic production and a well-oiled system to direct bioplastic goods into composting facilities.

After making 650 sick, Chipotle to retrain all its workers
USA Today

Overdose total hits 76 in park near Yale
AP
— People on and around the historic New Haven Green near Yale University began falling ill shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, and the overdoses continued into Thursday morning. No deaths were reported, and most people brought to hospitals have been discharged, officials said.
— Toxicology testing remained incomplete Thursday. Some victims tested positive for the powerful opioid fentanyl, but it appeared most if not all the overdoses were caused only by a potent batch of “K2” synthetic marijuana…
.>>> US drug overdose deaths rose to 72,000 last year
The Guardian

Trees migrating west to escape climate change
EcoWatch

Throwing more $$$ at the Pentagon doesn’t make America safer
The National Interest
… defense spending totaled just north of $600 billion, a nearly 20 percent increase in funding in the past few years.
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A New Home for $90,000? Manufactured Housing Is Making a Comeback
Bloomberg

Farmers already preparing for the Big Dry
West’s biggest reservoir nearing critical level
Wall Street Journal
… the Bureau of Reclamation, which manages water and power in the West, said there is a 52% probability that water levels will fall below a threshold of 1,075 feet elevation by 2020. If Lake Mead’s water levels fall below that threshold, it could trigger the first ever federal shortage declaration on the Colorado River—which experts say could undermine the Southwest’s economy.

Neigh! Southwest Airlines to allow miniature horses onboard
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