– How Redlining’s Racist Effects Lasted for Decades – a sad reminder that slavery ended 150 years ago, the Civil Rights Act was passed 50 years ago, but discrimination’s effects last a very long time.
– VW engineer sentenced to 40-month prison term in diesel case – this seems appropriate, given that the code was pretty obviously intended to commit fraud. Engineers should have professional ethics like doctors and lawyers!
– Bust Up America’s Monopolies Before They Do More Harm – this is a good idea.
– Boston Red Sox Used Apple Watches to Steal Signs Against Yankees – well, that’s new. (although sign stealing is very very not new!) Here’s a step-by-step view of what they did.
– So KFC made a VR escape room to teach employees how to fry chicken and it is super weird and worth a watch.
– Relationship Problems? Try Getting More Sleep – this is definitely a thing. (thanks David!)
– Playing board games can make you a nicer person with better relationships – hey, I play board games! 😛 (thanks Emily!)
– A Delta plan flew into San Juan as Hurricane Irma was hitting to help evacuate people. A Wired story points out that the real risk was to the plane (if it had had to stay there when the rest of the storm hit it would have almost certainly been destroyed), but still!
– Houston’s Mayor Was Right to Not Evacuate – this point has been made a number of places, but it was nice that the guy who lost to Mayor Turner is defending his decision.
– The ‘Cajun Navy’s’ secret weapon for saving lives: The human voice – neat!
– To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now – while the article compares Apple of today with Kodak from the 1980s, the problem is certainly not limited to Apple. It’s concerning that companies are creating fewer middle-class jobs these days.
– The Worst (and Best) Places to Be Gay in America – from the article
In Waco, Tex., the lone justice of the peace who presides over weddings recently admitted that she won’t do so for same-sex couples no matter the federal law. But Houston, just a three-hour drive away, has in instances been a pioneer: Annise Parker, its mayor from 2010 to 2016, is the only openly L.G.B.T. person ever elected to lead one of the nation’s 10 most populous cities. And Austin, the state’s capital, is practically Key West, Fla. — minus the coconuts.
Yay Houston and Austin!
– State Department reports new instance of American diplomats harmed in Cuba – they’re apparently being harmed by some kind of “sonic harassment attacks”, which is pretty weird.
– It’s been 10 years since the Rangers beat the Orioles, 30-3, and it’s still brutal – that is a lot of runs!