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Nan Goldin Leads a Protest at the Guggenheim Against the Sackler Family

Small flyers started falling, as though from the glass dome, swirling like snow as they descended the six stories. Within minutes the floor was coated in white. The sheets of paper were prescriptions, made out by a “Robert Sackler, MD,” to a Solomon R. Guggenheim, for eighty-milligram pills of OxyContin, to be taken twenty-four times a day. Each script contained a quotation: “If OxyContin is uncontrolled, it is highly likely that it will eventually be abused . . . How substantially would it improve our sales?”
At the same time, red banners were draped over the side of the ramp on four different levels. They read, “400,000 DEAD,” “SHAME ON SACKLER,” “200 DEAD EACH DAY,” and “TAKE DOWN THEIR NAME.
“I don’t care if they go to jail. I want their money. And buprenorphine,” an opioid derivative that is considered far less addictive than OxyContin, which makes it the drug of choice for treating opioid addiction. Buprenorphine, however, is much more difficult to obtain than OxyContin, at least in part because Food and Drug Administration guidelines for prescribing it are much more stringent than for OxyContin.
 

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American parents say their children are speaking in British accent after watching too much Peppa Pig

American parents say their children are picking up British accents after watching the popular children's TV show Peppa Pig. The cartoon follows the life of Peppa and her family in a UK fictional town made up of various animal families. Toddlers across the world are now tuning in to see Peppa's latest adventures, and it appears Peppa's southern British accent and vocabulary are rubbing off on those watching the show.
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Newly-elected California Gov. Newsome pulled the plug on Brown's high-speed rail project, which was going off the rails in budget overruns and scheduling.

‘Let’s be real.’ Gavin Newsom says he’ll cut back on California’s high-speed rail plan

He'll complete out the current phase between Bakersfield and Merced, so the money and effort expended so far won't be a total waste, but the rail will never hope to recoup its cost.
Have it so various tech billionaires can have individual trains modeled after their penis. It'll get funded.
 
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Oregon Senate Passes Statewide Rent Control Bill

Oregon's halfway to passing the country's first statewide rent control measure.

This afternoon, the Oregon Senate voted 17-11 to approve Senate Bill 608, a bill that would cap annual rent increases at 7 percent and ban no-cause evictions for tenants who've lived in a rental for at least a year.
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The bill mimics parts of Portland's tenant protections, like its requirement to have landlords pay tenants relocation costs if they evict a tenant without substantial reasoning. But, unlike Portland's set relocation costs (ranging from $2,900 to $4,500, depending on house size), SB 608 just requires landlords pay tenants one month's rent after a no-cause eviction.
If "banning" no-cause evictions meant some severe penalty, I'd be more amenable - but one month? That just seems like an easy fee to factor into booting out one's tenants. And farg knows how many jobs see 7% year-on-year pay rises..
 
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Activision Blizzard, a company of more than 9,000 employees who’ve built some of the world’s most popular games, is a few things. They are a company who bragged about having a “record year,” on an earnings call this afternoon, a year where only raking in $2.4 billion in revenue was considered a disappointment. They are a company who granted a $15 million signing bonusand a $900,000 salary to a high-ranking executive who joined last month. And they are a company who just laid off around 800 employees, or 8% (!!!) of its total workers.
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Not a few players feel they've been fucked over too. I had to leave WoW during WoD, but it felt like it hadn't been completed, and at least some of the rumor mill seems to think things haven't gotten better since.

Fucking over employees is amoral. Fucking over customers is ultimately unsustainable.

Yahoo! did this too - trim a percentage of the employees every year. It's not good management to put all the employees in fear - the good ones will start looking to leave. The stuck ones will get the message that innovation is out, everything is just a holding pattern. This is the first stage of corporate suicide.

I'm waiting for someone to buy out Activision. If they're stupid long enough, it's inevitable. No one in a position to make money off such a deal would stop it.
 
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On Activision/Blizzard - I noticed this around Masto. You'll notice those salary figures are, in fact, a tiny part of what they actually receive.

 

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Esquire Called Out for Cover Story on White Male Teenager From Wisconsin: ‘Happy Black History Month’
“As adults, it’s actually pretty easy to cop out: We don’t have to go to school, that bossy institution that pokes and prods you while people you don’t particularly like get to watch,” Esquire editor Jay Fielden said in a piece explaining the origins of the story on Tuesday

“Add to this the passions and change this moment has unleashed–#MeToo, gender fluidity, Black Lives Matter, “check your privilege,” and “#TheFutureIsFemale–and the task of grappling with the world has to be more complicated for kids than it’s ever been,” Fielden continued.