The Daily ShowBuried in the news of Nobel prizes,a boy-less balloon, and the continuing dialogue over health care in the United States was the passage of a Congressional amendment, which basically said the government will not do business with contractors that deny their employees the right to sue over sexual assault allegations.
Minnesota's newest Democratic senator (and former SNL cast member), Al Franken, authored the amendment in response to the 2005 gang rape of Jamie Leigh Jones by her Halliburton/KBR coworkers while she was working in Iraq. She was locked in a shipping container for over a day to prevent her from reporting her attack, according to news reports. She was not allowed to sue her defense-contractor employer because her employment contract said that sexual assault allegations could not be brought to court. They could only be heard in private arbitration.
So, you'd think that an amendment denying defense contracts to companies that require employees to sign away their right to sue
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- Dory Devlin, Shine staff | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 16, 2009 6:37 PM EDT
The Daily ShowBuried in the news of Nobel prizes,a boy-less balloon, and the continuing dialogue over health care in the United States was the passage of a Congressional amendment, which basically said the government will not do business with contractors that deny their employees the right to sue over sexual assault allegations.Read More »from Sen. Al Franken's anti-rape-lawsuit amendment: Nay to what exactly?
- Dory Devlin, Shine staff | Work + Money – Wed, Oct 14, 2009 7:41 PM EDT
AP/Getty ImagesThe reds and oranges of changing foliage may be the traditional colors of October, but pink is gaining on them fast as this month marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. NFL players are wearing pink cleats and sweatbands, pink food is everywhere, and store aisles are awash in a sea of pink products, many bearing the familiar pink ribbon that signals breast cancer awareness and fundraising. But here's the thing: Buying pink does not always mean your green will go to cancer research.Read More »from Pink overload: Are companies taking advantage of Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
If you buy a cleaning product adorned with pink packaging and the ubiquitous breast cancer pink ribbon, for example, that pink ribbon is unlicensed and unregulated, so any company can use it, leaving the real work to consumers to figure out if the products they buy will really help the cause. Take Procter & Gamble's pink ribbon-bedecked Swiffer mop. Daily Finance's Aimee Picchi reports that although the words "early detection saves" accompany the Swiffer's pink ribbon, simply purchasing the mop will not help
- Dory Devlin, Shine staff | Work + Money – Mon, Oct 12, 2009 7:25 PM EDT
AP/Elinor OstromWhile the world still debates whether President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize was handed out prematurely, a curious thing happened: An American woman became the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize for economics.Read More »from Another Nobel surprise: First woman wins economics prize
You'd think, certainly hope, that we've come to a point in time when hearing the first woman this and the first woman that had just about run its course. This isn't true, of course. Just ask Hillary Clinton, who had a good shot at becoming the first woman U.S. president before the Obama campaign took off in a big way. Still, when the Nobel prize for economics was announced today and we learned that Elinor Ostrom, an Indiana University political science professor, became the first woman to win the economics prize, it was kind of surprising that she was the first woman to win it, no?
Ostrom, 76, said she definitely won't be the last. But she also said she was discouraged by many from getting her Ph.D. in economics, though she was not dissuaded because she loved studying
- Dory Devlin, Shine staff | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 9, 2009 5:55 PM EDT
AP/President Obama speaks in the Rose Garden about being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.Talk about pressure!Read More »from Nobel Peace Prize for Obama: Too early or shrewd move?
President Barack Obama woke up this morning to find out along with the rest of the world that he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize--for accomplishments he hasn't actually achieved yet. It's the story of his history-making life, isn't it? It seems the guy can't get enough praise and accolades, all based on his potential if not for what he has truly achieved.
The head-scratching irony of being in the company of the likes of Nelson Mandela, the 14th Dalai Lama, and Elie Wiesel is not lost on the president. He appeared a bit grim-faced, embarrassed even, with his eyes cast downward to his notes when he made his prompter-less remarks in the Rose Garden this morning. He said he was "surprised and deeply humbled" by the honor. "Let me be clear:" he added. "I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations."
While some, as Gawker writes, called for Obama
- Dory Devlin, Shine staff | Work + Money – Wed, Oct 7, 2009 3:50 PM EDT
Getty ImagesWhile there are some hopeful signs pointing to a recovering economy, it's little comfort for the 9.8 percent percent of Americans who remain unemployed. Employment is always the last thing to rebound after a recession, so it's hard to be joyful about any forward movement when so many people are still struggling to find work and pay their bills.Read More »from How does this sound? Tax credits for companies that create new jobs.
That could be why support is building among Republicans and Democrats in Congress for a tax credit for companies that create new jobs. It's been done before--in 1977-78--to boost employment following 1973-75 recession--and the thinking by economists and politicians who want to help their unemployed constituents is that it can work even better this time around because it would be put into play closer to the bottom of the recession.
One possible version, The New York Times reports, would give employers a two-year tax credit if they increased the size of their work force or turned part-time jobs into full-time jobs. The credit would be worth twice
- Dory Devlin, Shine staff | Work + Money – Tue, Oct 6, 2009 2:40 PM EDT
David Letterman apologized to his wife, Regina Lasko, and his staff at the taping of Monday's David Letterman is getting quite good at the two-part, prolonged public apology. After stunning his viewers Thursday with a tale of extortion by a CBS news producer over the fact that he has had sex with Late Show staff members in the past, he returned Monday night to apologize to his wife, Regina Lasko, and his staff for the pain and wild public attention the scandal has leveled on all of them.Read More »from Letterman apologizes. Will it be enough to quiet the storm?
As he did with his apology to Sarah Palin over an off-color joke about one of her daughters, Letterman admitted he had hoped his first lengthy on-air explanation would put the story to rest. But he quickly realized that was not to be in a 24/7 blogosphere and a news cycle without end. "It seems like people want to talk about it," he said.
He apologized to his staff for the "pounding" they have been through by the press seeking more information about his behavior as a boss. ("Inadvertently, I just wasn't thinking ahead," he said, thanking his staff for "putting up with something stupid I've
Getty ImagesNo, this is not a post wagging a finger at you for unwittingly eating away at your budget by buying too many lattes or going to the grocery store without a list or without knowing what's on sale. This is a reminder to check your credit cards for recurring charges you didn't think were recurring, and to review your monthly expenses for services you are paying for that you don't need.Read More »from Look out for sneaky money leaks
As I was going over our monthly credit card bill (we use one credit card for just about everything so we can earn a few airline miles while we consolidate most of our monthly bills in one central place), I noticed an annual charge for antivirus software I had no intention of using again, and a renewal for the dog magazine my daughter gets--at a substantially higher annual fee than we paid when we signed up for it. Clearly, I checked some boxes somewhere--online probably--when I made the original annual orders, but I did not want to automatically renew either.
So, I'll be making some calls and spending
Network for GoodThere was some good news among the tragic devastation wrought by the Indonesian earthquake, which has killed at least 715 people and left more then 3,000 missing. A college student and a teacher were found alive in the rubble at a college in Padang, the Foreign Language School of Prayoga. Rescuers found Ratna Kurniasari Virgo trapped with a broken leg amid her dead friends and collapsed college walls two days after the massive earthquake hit. Hours later a teacher from the same school was found alive.Read More »from How you can help Asia-Pacific disaster survivors
Hopeful moments, miracles really, in the kind of tragedy that is hard to comprehend when it is all so very far away, made real only by fleeting images on the news. With typhoons and tsunamis hitting other areas of the Asia-Pacific region, thousands of people have lost their homes, are caught up in the grim rescue and clean-up efforts, and are living through the upheaval nature has unleashed. Countries including the United States have sent financial aid to help victims. But if you are
AP images/Andrew Young (left); John Edwards (right)John Edwards' political career may be over, but the volumes written about the mess he made out of an opportunity-filled life, as well as the stunning betrayal of his wife and his supporters, are not yet all published. The latest tell-all to hit the book stores will come from Andrew Young, Edwards' longtime aide best known for taking falling on a political sword to new depths.Read More »from When loyalty to a boss goes way too far
In a move not believable in the most cliché soap opera script, Young said he was the father of Rielle Hunter's baby. It was, we now know, a bizarre, desperate attempt to divert speculation about Edwards' affair with Hunter and whether he is the baby's father. Why would Young jeopardize his marriage, ruin his reputation and his family's peace to do something so self-damaging--all out of loyalty to his boss? Politico paints a strange, sad story of a bromance/idol worship/an extreme example of a political sycophant gone batty--take your pick. Young did everything from pick up Edwards at the airport, keep him in a
- Dory Devlin, Shine staff | Work + Money – Thu, Oct 1, 2009 4:25 PM EDT
Getty ImagesMaybe, just maybe, we are getting closer to the point when we all keep our cell phones and BlackBerrys and computers (yes, computers) tucked away while we drive. Crazy notion, right? Well, read this article in today's New York Times all the way through, and you'd be made of heartless steel to not think twice before multitasking at the wheel again.Read More »from Would a federal ban on talking/texting while driving make us stop?
The research couldn't be more clear: Talking hands free is just as distracting as talking with a device cradled to your ear, talking (even hands-free) is more likely to lead to an accident than driving drunk, texting while driving ups the chance of an accident, and talking while driving is not as productive as you think it is. And for everyone who will tell you they can text/talk/dial while driving and not take their eyes off the road, there are far too many stories now of drivers who did just that and caused accidents which killed kids and adults in other vehicles.
Something's got to give, and as U.S. Transportation Secretary Roy LaHood