Senate Votes Down Ban on Spying on Internet History Without a Warrant

The Fallacy of the ‘Ideal Worker’ ; Twitter Discovers Steve Underwood's Facial Hair ; and More Picks

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The author writes, “A heartbreaker of a vote just went down in the US Senate with disturbing implications for online privacy. On Wednesday, the Senate failed to pass an amendment to parts of the Patriot Act that would explicitly prevent law enforcement from using it to justify collecting individuals' internet browser and search history without a warrant. ... The most crushing part? It failed by just one vote.” Photo credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Study Pours Cold Water on Oil Company Net Zero Claims (Mili) 

The author writes, “Claims by oil and gas companies that they are curbing their carbon emissions in line with net zero targets are overstated, according to a new review. The independent analysis of six large European corporations acknowledges they have taken big steps on CO2 recently. In April, Shell became the latest to announce ambitious plans to be at net zero for operational emissions by 2050. But the authors say none of the companies are yet aligned with the 1.5C temperature goal.”

Hundreds of Oregon’s Nonunanimous Jury Convictions Should Be Reversed, Officials Say (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Convictions in at least 269 felony cases in Oregon should be reversed following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down the state’s nonunanimous jury system, officials with the Oregon Department of Justice have found. Oregon Solicitor General Benjamin Gutman listed the cases in a letter to the Oregon Supreme Court and state Court of Appeals this week, adding that the number will likely grow in the coming months.”

PODCAST: ‘Our Food System Is Very Much Modeled on Plantation Economics’ (Gerry)

From FAIR: “Janine Jackson interviewed the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Ricardo Salvador about the coronavirus food crisis.”

The Pandemic Has Exposed the Fallacy of the ‘Ideal Worker’ (Lisa)

From Harvard Business Review: “With most of us working from home these days, Americans’ workday has increased by 40% — roughly 3 hours a day — the largest increase in the world. Yes, I fact-checked that. I couldn’t believe it either. The problem with all this busyness and productivity is that it comes at a huge price. Many employees are now doing the work of three or more people. They’re doing their own jobs, their childcare worker’s jobs, and their children’s teacher’s jobs. Yet, many employers seem oblivious. I hear reports of companies cheerfully assuring their employees, and themselves, that everyone is working at, or close to, 100%. Why don’t more managers see the problem here? It’s because there’s still a widespread reverence for the ‘ideal worker.’”

Twitter Discovers, Marvels at Former Titans CEO Steve Underwood’s Facial Hair (Chris)

The author writes, “Once pictures surfaced of Underwood’s beautiful facial mane, they spread like wildfire.”

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