Once he freed his fingers, the blood began to pour. Both of Vargas’ arms started to shake involuntarily. The lacerations were deep. Vargas thought he glimpsed bone when he wiped away the blood.

Panicked, Vargas called his dispatch supervisor, who was working at a nearby Amazon facility.

He said he received no sympathy.

“The first thing they asked was, ‘How many packages do you have left?'” he told Business Insider.


“Ultimately, college is expensive in the U.S. for the same reason MRIs are expensive: There is no central mechanism to control price increases. ‘Universities extract money from students because they can,’ says Schleicher at the OECD. ‘It’s the inevitable outcome of an unregulated fee structure.’ In places like the United Kingdom, the government limits how much universities can extract by capping tuition. The same is true when it comes to health care in most developed countries, where a centralized government authority contains the prices. The US federal government has historically been unwilling to perform this role. So Americans pay more for pharmaceuticals — and for college classes. Meanwhile, more and more of the risk gets shifted from government onto families, in both sectors.” (Atlantic):



An interesting article, and as a parent I understand the need being addressed here very well, but honestly the idea of aligning yet another fundamental aspect of life to the needs of corporate America fucking pisses me off.

School isn’t supposed to be about daycare or occupying kids’ time; it’s supposed to be about producing better people.

The better solution is to fix society so that everyone doesn’t have to work so damn much.


Some positive news for today:

You read that right. A Charlottesville, Va. jury did agree with a judge’s ruling that a local man was guilty of assault and battery after punching Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler in the head.

That same jury also recommended that the man in question, 50-year-old Jeffrey Matthew Winder, serve zero jail time and shell out a whopping $1 fine for the misdemeanor conviction.


I’m with John Gruber on the NYT op-ed: “The more I think about this piece, the more angry I get. Fuck this person. Stand up and say this under your own name.”

Your service in government is valuable. Thank you for it. But it is not so indispensable that it can compensate for the continuing tenure of a president you believe to be amoral, untruthful, irrational, antidemocratic, unpatriotic, and dangerous. Previous generations of Americans have sacrificed fortunes, health, and lives to serve the country. You are asked only to tell the truth aloud and with your name attached.

The GOP is the party of the craven, cowardly shithead. It is the Wormtongue party.