friday linked list: boo Volkswagen, yay Kickstarter, writing emails like a boss

Feds allege widespread Volkswagen cheating on clean-air rules – it boggles the mind that Volkswagen thought they could get away with this!

A Toxic Work World – here’s a representative quote:

To support care just as we support competition, we will need some combination of the following: high-quality and affordable child care and elder care; paid family and medical leave for women and men; a right to request part-time or flexible work; investment in early education comparable to our investment in elementary and secondary education; comprehensive job protection for pregnant workers; higher wages and training for paid caregivers; community support structures to allow elders to live at home longer; and reform of elementary and secondary school schedules to meet the needs of a digital rather than an agricultural economy.


Drug Goes From $13.50 a Tablet to $750, Overnight – some of the price increases in the article were later reversed (1, 2), but in a larger sense this is a fundamental problem with capitalism in the medical industry.

Kickstarter Focuses Its Mission on Altruism Over Profit – neat, Kickstarter is reincorporating as a public benefit corporation!

The Linguistics of Writing an Email Like a Boss – interesting analysis of Enron emails. Apparently “have you been” is the number one phrase used in emails from boss to subordinates. (but not the other way around)

Why I Still Think Fiorina Was a Terrible CEO – she seems quick to launch personal attacks…

The Dad Who Wrote a Check Using “Common Core” Math Doesn’t Know What He’s Talking About – I really haven’t followed the Common Core math debate very well, but it is strange parents get angry when kids learn things a different way than they did. (thanks Paulina!)

The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead – surprising! (to me) Although we still buy plenty of paper books as well as e-books.

New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy – a little linkbaity, but this has been a fairly stressful week for me and this was somewhat helpful.

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