APP NAUSEUM In May, the Norwegian Consumer Council staged a live, 32-hour TV broadcast marathon–a word-for-word reading of the “terms of service” for internet applications Instagram, Spotify and more than two dozen others, totaling 900 pages and 250,000 words of legal restrictions and conditions that millions of users “voluntarily” agree to when they sign up (usually via a … [Read more...] about NOTW: App nauseum, nuclear floppies and Tex-ass justice
THE POWER OF PRECEDENT Department of Veterans Affairs employee Elizabeth Rivera Rivera, 39, was fired after her arrest (followed by a February guilty plea) for armed robbery, but when she was sentenced only to probation, an arbitrator ordered the VA to rehire her–and give her back pay she “earned” while sitting in jail awaiting trial. (She had been the driver for a man … [Read more...] about NOTW: Supercool burying beetles, ironic fraud and the wonders of evolution
1. On Nov. 15, Pacific Business Journal posted 10 brief bits of business advice from Gene Simmons’ new book Me, Inc: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business. Which of the following is NOT from Simmons’ book? A. “Speak English.” B. “In the United States, marketing is way more important than quality.” C. “You and I and everyone else have the … [Read more...] about Quizunderstood: How well do you know Gene Simmons’ business advice?
Just a couple hours after embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned amidst bipartisan calls that he step down, Democratic Representative Tulsi Gabbard announced that she would host a "Veterans Listening Tour" throughout the state to find out what veterans need. On Thursday, that tour will stop on Maui. "The listening sessions are open to the public," stated a … [Read more...] about This Thursday, June 5: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard To Ask Maui Vets What They Need
[The following post has been updated to include a statement from Senator Mazie Hirono, which arrived after it was first published] Normally I don't publish items on national stories, but given my recent cover story on my friend who killed himself six months after his discharge from the U.S. Army, I'll gladly make an exception. My story dealt with the large numbers of veterans … [Read more...] about UPDATED: Hawaii Congress Members Weigh In On VA Chief Shinseki’s Resignation