April 01, 2016

A Fool’s Errand





Not sure if this is April Fool’s or not, but Vladimir Putin might have a new girlfriend. Hint: she was married to Rupert Murdoch and reportedly dated Tony Blair. You can’t make this sh*t up. 



Car Bomb Kills Police In TurkeyAt least seven police officers are confirmed dead and 27 people wounded after a car bomb hit a police vehicle in the Kurdish-dominated city of Diyarbakir. The bombing took place just one day before Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was expected to arrive in Diyarbakir and tour the area, including the historic Sur district where some neighborhoods are under curfew. No party has claimed responsibility for the blast, but Turkish officials are accusing Kurdish fighters, in what will most likely escalate an already tense scene.
GOOD READ: Our Summary On Syria’s Civil War (trust us, it’s related)
France Exercises National Pastime: StrikingHundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in France protesting against labor market reforms that make it easier for companies to fire people and might lengthen the French work week (currently at the leisurely 35 hours per week… jealous). Thousands of flights have also been cancelled as air-traffic controllers also went on strike (for the 43rd time since 2009). 

Why Is France Striking? 
Aside from what can be described as a national propensity to go on strike, the country (and the rest of Europe) has much to complain about. Since 2009, the continent has been subjected to a failed “austerity” experiment, centered on “belt-tightening” and superficial reforms that keep low-skilled wages down (the euphemism is “labor market flexibility”) but do little to promote long-term productivity growth. The result? A weaker economy, wider inequality and more angry voters gravitating toward Europe’s Donald Trumps. 


Architect Zaha Hadid Dies At 65 Famed architect and “Queen of the Curve” Zaha Hadid died from a heart attack while being treated for bronchitis in a Miami hospital. Hadid was the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize and became known for her swooping curves and dramatic, elongated structures. As a woman born in Iraq and educated in Beirut and London, she was a pioneer in an industry (and region) dominated by men and often lacking in diversity. Her designs are scattered across the globe and stand as constant challenges to the monotony of the right angle. No doubt her legacy of experimentation will live on. 

GOOD DESIGN: A Look At Zaha Hadid’s Greatest Hits

Ass-Kicking US Women’s Soccer Team Makes Less $$$ Than MenRemember when the US Women’s Soccer team won the World Cup last summer? It was the most-watched soccer match in US history. Unfortunately, these players were reportedly payed four times less than their male counterparts, despite the women’s team generating $20 million more in revenue than the men’s team (who won one game in the last World Cup). â€œThis is the strongest case of discrimination against women athletes in violation of law that I have ever seen,” said Jeffrey Kessler, the players’ lawyer. Five members of the USWNT have filed a federal wage-discrimination complaint. 

Speaking Of Earning More, New York Might Raise The Minimum WageThe state of New York reached a tentative deal to raise the state’s minimum wage from $9 to $15. New York City will reach $15 in three years while the rest of the state “studies its impact.” Some small businesses will also be exempt from raising the wage. The move comes after Seattle raised its minimum wage to $15 last year. Fun fact, you would have to work 427 hours (or 12 French workweeks) a month on minimum wage to be able to pay the median rent in Manhattan.  

Keeping Our Eye On…  


Whoopi Goldberg Launches A Menstural Survival KitCan you guess what the secret ingredient is? I’ll give you a hint: it’s weed. Using everyone’s favorite panacea, the “Whoopi & Maya” line includes everything the uterus needs from edibles, tinctures or liquid extracts, rubs and a bath soak. All products are infused with cannabis, but Goldberg’s business partner, Maya Elisabeth, said the products aren’t just for those with menstrual discomfort. If you can believe this: men have even expressed interest in the product. With products like “Cannabis Rub” it’s hard to imagine why. 

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