Starting in on Henry Grunwald’s memoir…

One of my favorite AJAM bits so far is Radio on the Reservation. A taste:

About 7,000 people call the Hopi Reservation home, living in 12 villages spread across three mesas, nestled within the boundaries of the Navajo Nationin the northeast corner of Arizona. It’s isolated and sparse and boasts dramatic landscapes as well as limited access to Internet and even phone services.

As access to instant digital media and news spreads across the United States, tribal radio stations are a rich example of just how the digital divide continues to separate Native America from the United States and how tribes use technology often seen as outdated to bridge that gap.

Garcia’s performance was used in a way that she found abhorrent and her appearance in the film subjected her to threats of physical harm and even death,” Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote for the majority court. “Despite these harms, and despite Garcia’s viable copyright claim, Google refused to remove the film from YouTube.

I mean, honestly, if Russell Crowe doesn’t try this defense for his Les Miserables role…

(Google Must Remove Anti-Muslim Video From Youtube, Appeals Court Says | 

Last summer, when fast-food workers went on strike demanding a living wage, right-wing media suggested they could be replaced by burger-flipping robots. What a few people have pointed out is that that might not be a bad thing: People should be free to seek pursuits beyond the flame broiler. The demand should be fewer working hours and more leave time, to allow workers to live outside of their jobs, to engage with their families and communities, bolstering civic activity. Economic demands shouldn’t take the form of job creation, but of expanding health care reform that goes beyond Obamacare, so as to decouple health care from employment. The issue of income inequality can be addressed not through creation of more work but through things like a universal basic income.

There should be more to labor than just work | Al Jazeera America

Björn Ulvaeus now reveals the reason for the outfits was the Swedish tax code. Newly published Abba: The Official Photo Book, says their expensive outfits were tax deductible only if they were so outrageous they couldn’t be worn on the street. U.S. tax law is similar […]

US tax lawyer Robert W. Wood on why members of ABBA wore the outrageous things they did and … answers the question of whether you can write off your clothing expenses. (via putthison)

The more you know….

The infamous butterfly ballot, a staggered two-page layout with candidate names on alternating sides of a central punch-button column, had caused much confusion among Florida voters. Palm Beach County’s election supervisor had made the fateful mistake of enlarging the type on the ballot to accommodate Sunbelt voters’ aging eyes — unwittingly throwing off the alignment in the process. “It was pretty easy to vote for Pat Buchanan instead of Al Gore,” says Chisnell, who observed the saga unfolding on TV. “All the crazy recounts were happening not because of a security problem but because of a basic design problem. People had voted for candidates they didn’t intend to because of the design of the ballots.

Chisnell watched, fascinated by on-the-street interviews with grannies complaining that they felt tricked because the ballot was difficult to use. (She has since learned that about 20 percent of Florida voters were exposed to hard-to-read ballots.) This got her thinking: Aren’t there any professional designers involved in creating ballots? She asked around and none of her peers were. She began to search the Internet for ways she could help.

After checking out various government websites, she came across a five-person Ballot Simplification Committee in San Francisco — “It’s like Iron Chef for editors,” says Chisnell — that was responsible for writing the plain-language descriptions of ballot measures. It took a few years, but she wangled her way onto the committee, obtaining an appointment by the mayor. Chisnell, then 43, was the youngest person in the group by far. “There aren’t that many people who can spend 10 weeks a year working for free on this,” says Chisnell, who served from 2005 to 2009 on the pro bono committee.

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