Which brings me to the most important point: Lyft and Juno have effectively claimed that being forced to pay their drivers a living wage on each ride would put them at a competitive disadvantage. You can quibble over the details, but when you boil it down, that is the essence of the argument. How even to process that?
In the old days, if you couldn’t afford to pay your workers in compliance with the law, chances were your company went out of business. Today when you can’t afford to pay your workers adequately you hire them as independent contractors through a “technology platform” and pay wages supplemented by just enough gamified incentives to keep workers coming back for more, like gamblers at the slot machines.
The true innovation of Uber was figuring out the labor model that Lyft and Juno and so many other gig companies adopted.
— Ali Griswold, in Oversharing: Lyft sues to avoid paying drivers a living wage
He thinks the state should invest more in crime prevention. “We always prepare for battle, but not for the post-war,” he says.
— The Economist, in ‘Jair Bolsonaro wants Brazilians to have more guns’
Hagfish produce slime the way humans produce opinions—readily, swiftly, defensively, and prodigiously.
— The Atlantic, in ‘No One Is Prepared for Hagfish Slime’
When narratives put forth in fake-news messages upheld values such as “Hindu power and superiority” and “preservation and revival,” then “validation of identity trumps verification of facts,” the study claimed.
—Quartz, in ‘In India, BJP supporters are more likely than others to share fake news’
We have mechanical ventilators to breathe for you if your lungs fail, dialysis machines if your kidneys fail, and the heart is mostly just a pump, so we have an artificial heart. But if your liver fails, there’s no machine to replace all its different functions, and the best you can hope for is a transplant.
— Anna Lok, Director of clinical hepatology at the University of Michigan, in the New York Times
To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
— Claude Adrien Helvétius
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