A Curious Eye

A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
I post my favorite news from all around the web.
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Costco finance chief: Minimum wage hike probably won't mean price hike - Puget Sound Business Journal

TED Talk: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming

The Next Big Thing You Missed: Startups Race to Fix Airbnb’s Many Hassles

Why, after all, do we pay CEOs tens of millions of dollars? The average CEO is paid hundreds of times more money than their average employee. Why? Research has shown there’s no correlation between higher CEO pay and better company performance. Nor is there evidence that companies can can vault themselves ahead of their competitors by poaching their “superstar CEOs.” The realistic reason that CEOs get paid so much, of course, is because their pay is set by a group of peers who all have a self-interest in keeping pay high, creating an upwards spiral that benefits all executives.
emergentfutures:

In Case You Don’t Appreciate How Completely Amazon Is Dominating The ECommerce Business…

Full Story: Business Insider

emergentfutures:

In Case You Don’t Appreciate How Completely Amazon Is Dominating The ECommerce Business…

Full Story: Business Insider

(via marbleflakes)

think-progress:

Thousands brave the snow to protest Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court case against contraception coverage. More photos and details here.
Also read how Justice Kennedy thinks Hobby Lobby is an abortion case (and why that’s really bad news).think-progress:

Thousands brave the snow to protest Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court case against contraception coverage. More photos and details here.
Also read how Justice Kennedy thinks Hobby Lobby is an abortion case (and why that’s really bad news).think-progress:

Thousands brave the snow to protest Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court case against contraception coverage. More photos and details here.
Also read how Justice Kennedy thinks Hobby Lobby is an abortion case (and why that’s really bad news).

think-progress:

Thousands brave the snow to protest Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court case against contraception coverage. More photos and details here.

Also read how Justice Kennedy thinks Hobby Lobby is an abortion case (and why that’s really bad news).

Economic growth is the biggest destroyer of the ecology. Those people who think you can have a growing economy and a healthy environment are wrong. If we don’t reduce our numbers, nature will do it for us … Everything is worse and we’re still doing the same things. Because ecosystems are so resilient, they don’t exact immediate punishment on the stupid.

Unions are dying. What will replace them?

The Conservative Argument For Raising The Minimum Wage

msnbc:

Rachel Maddow reports on the list of states where Republican bills to legalize discrimination have failed or been withdrawn.

msnbc:

Rachel Maddow reports on the list of states where Republican bills to legalize discrimination have failed or been withdrawn.

(via mysocalled-gay-life)

cognitivedissonance:

Oh, this is beautiful. 

And here’s the ultimate point: You’re either open to business from the public, or you’re not. End of story. The author of the status and the marvelous reply is a Christian himself — only he takes that whole love thy neighbor thing seriously.cognitivedissonance:

Oh, this is beautiful. 

And here’s the ultimate point: You’re either open to business from the public, or you’re not. End of story. The author of the status and the marvelous reply is a Christian himself — only he takes that whole love thy neighbor thing seriously.cognitivedissonance:

Oh, this is beautiful. 

And here’s the ultimate point: You’re either open to business from the public, or you’re not. End of story. The author of the status and the marvelous reply is a Christian himself — only he takes that whole love thy neighbor thing seriously.cognitivedissonance:

Oh, this is beautiful. 

And here’s the ultimate point: You’re either open to business from the public, or you’re not. End of story. The author of the status and the marvelous reply is a Christian himself — only he takes that whole love thy neighbor thing seriously.

cognitivedissonance:

Oh, this is beautiful.

And here’s the ultimate point: You’re either open to business from the public, or you’re not. End of story. The author of the status and the marvelous reply is a Christian himself — only he takes that whole love thy neighbor thing seriously.

(via mysocalled-gay-life)

Uber kept new drivers off the road to encourage surge pricing and increase fares

theatlantic:

Good News, Pot Fans: Obama Just Gave Legal Weed a Big Thumbs Up

This afternoon, the Obama administration delighted marijuana advocates by announcing new guidelines meant to make it easier for cannabis businesses to open bank accounts in states where the drug is legalized.
Whether or not those new guidelines will have much of an affect, however, is an open question. 
Financial institutions have largely shunned the pot industry, even in weed-friendly locales like Colorado, out of fear of violating federal drug and banking laws. As a result, dispensaries and growers have had to operate on a mostly cash basis, which is not exactly the most safe or efficient way to run company. They’ve also been denied access to credit.
The new guidelines, released by the Justice and Treasury Departments, essentially give banks an assurance that, as long as they play by the right rules and file the right paperwork, they probably won’t be prosecuted for letting your local pot shop open a checking account. Emphasis on probably. Back in August, the Department of Justice issued a memo stating that it would only focus on prosecuting marijuana businesses that broke state law or committed certain egregious offenses, like trafficking the drug over state lines or selling to minors. The DOJ now says, essentially, that banks are unlikely to be prosecuted so long as they only deal with marijuana customers that play by those rules. 
Meanwhile, any financial institution that chooses to offer their services to cannabis businesses will have to file paperwork stating that they believe their customer is operating within the DOJ’s guidelines. 
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

theatlantic:

Good News, Pot Fans: Obama Just Gave Legal Weed a Big Thumbs Up

This afternoon, the Obama administration delighted marijuana advocates by announcing new guidelines meant to make it easier for cannabis businesses to open bank accounts in states where the drug is legalized.

Whether or not those new guidelines will have much of an affect, however, is an open question. 

Financial institutions have largely shunned the pot industry, even in weed-friendly locales like Colorado, out of fear of violating federal drug and banking laws. As a result, dispensaries and growers have had to operate on a mostly cash basis, which is not exactly the most safe or efficient way to run company. They’ve also been denied access to credit.

The new guidelines, released by the Justice and Treasury Departments, essentially give banks an assurance that, as long as they play by the right rules and file the right paperwork, they probably won’t be prosecuted for letting your local pot shop open a checking account. Emphasis on probably. Back in August, the Department of Justice issued a memo stating that it would only focus on prosecuting marijuana businesses that broke state law or committed certain egregious offenses, like trafficking the drug over state lines or selling to minors. The DOJ now says, essentially, that banks are unlikely to be prosecuted so long as they only deal with marijuana customers that play by those rules. 

Meanwhile, any financial institution that chooses to offer their services to cannabis businesses will have to file paperwork stating that they believe their customer is operating within the DOJ’s guidelines.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]