Marketplace for Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Why did President Obama choose $10.10 as the new minimum wage for federal contractors? And, wait, which federal workers are paid minimum wage? We look at the federal government in the context of the low-wage movement, outsourcing custodial, kitchen and other work to contractors who pay low wages. Plus, the Chicago Tribune will no longer drop Sunday advertising supplements on 5 million doorsteps. Turns out, they're haven't been generating much revenue for years. Finally, we revisit the question: "What can the NSA learn from Angry Birds?" Spoiler: More than we knew.  

Everyone hates performance reviews

And Kai asks his American Public Media bosses to tune out for a second
Posted In: performance reviews

Stop checking your email. Really.

But if you want to be productive, go ahead and check Facebook
Posted In: workplace culture, email

Whither Europe on emissions?

Europe has been in the forefront of limiting carbon emissions. Do new European Union rules represent backsliding?
Posted In: sustainability, carbon footprint, European Union

No more Sunday ad supplements -- unless you subscribe

The Chicago Tribune decides to give unsubscribers' doorsteps a break.
Posted In: newspapers, advertising, Chicago

$10.10: Just a nice even number?

Why did President Obama choose $10.10 as the new minimum wage for federal contractors? And, wait, which federal workers are paid minimum wage?
Posted In: minimum wage, federal government, government contractors

Rural schools are struggling to keep the lights on

When rural families leave to search for better jobs, schools scramble to make cuts -- and may even shut down.
Posted In: rural America, Michigan, school closings

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Son Of Neckbone (Digitally Remastered 99)
The Beastie Boys
Day 14
Ta-ku
Tear
Blackbird Blackbird
Motion Sickness
Hot Chip
Cinco Minutos Con Vos
Elvis Costello And The Roots
Pretty Boy (Peaking Lights Remix)
Young Galaxy

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