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Apple Employees Not Quite Ready To Quit Working From Home In Their Pajamas

Good on them!

As COVID-19 vaccination rates rise, companies are reopening their offices. USA Today reported that 72 percent of workplaces will welcome back employees over the next five months, and 50 percent of companies will reopen between August and October. Hooray! Tim Cook at Apple announced last week that he expects employees back in the office three days a week starting in September. They can choose to work remotely on Wednesdays and Fridays. Apple will also generously permit employees to work remotely for up to two weeks a year "to be closer to family and loved ones, find a change of scenery, manage unexpected travel, or a different reason all your own," according to an email from Cook. Remote work requests are subject to manager approval, so good luck with that.

Apple employees weren't thrilled with the news, and some staff members advocated in an internal message for "a flexible approach where those who want to work remote can do so."

From Verge:

"We would like to take the opportunity to communicate a growing concern among our colleagues," the letter says. "That Apple's remote/location-flexible work policy, and the communication around it, have already forced some of our colleagues to quit. Without the inclusivity that flexibility brings, many of us feel we have to choose between either a combination of our families, our well-being, and being empowered to do our best work, or being a part of Apple."
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Post-Racial America

Georgia Schoolchildren Will Just Have To Learn All History From Confederate Statues

We kid! Gone With the Wind will remain an option, too.

Georgia's state Board of Education this week became the latest government entity to take a firm stance against teaching about racism in schools, or at least against teaching anything that makes white Republicans uncomfortable. The Georgia Board of Ed adopted a resolution insisting that the USA and Georgia are definitely not racist places, while calling for limits on how public schools should be allowed to discuss and teach about racism.

The resolution itself — authored by National Review writer and professional culture warrior Stanley Kurtz, author of many serious works of scholarship like Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism — calls for supposedly colorblind educational practices that will not "indoctrinate students in social, or political, ideology or theory" or "promote one race or sex above another," and how could anyone possibly object to that? Like, unless you apply those concepts very selectively and in bad faith, or are actively letting Stanley Kurtz decide what is "isms," but only a cynic would suggest rightwing officials could be capable of such a thing.


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Gay Stuff

One America News Celebrates Gay Pride By WHAT ABOUT WHITE HISTORY MONTH?

This is a news channel.

Happy Pride, everyone!

Let's check in on the One America News Network, and see how they're celebrating.

Fair warning: It's fuckin' weird.

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In Huntington Beach, The Unsurprising Fall Of A Meathead COVID-Denying Not-Mayor

Who knew that Mixed Martial Arts might not prepare a bro for local office?

After just six months in office, Tito Ortiz, a former UFC fighter inducted into that sport's hall of fame, resigned Tuesday night as mayor pro tem (essentially a vice mayor) of Huntington Beach, California. After being elected on an anti-mask platform, calling the COVID-19 crisis a "plandemic" at his swearing-in, spreading Donald Trump's big election lie, and then crying a whole bunch about being victimized by cruel partisans, Ortiz will now serve as a warning to children that being on TV in a made-up sport (calm down, all sports are made up) doesn't mean you're fit to hold a position of public trust.

We had never heard of Mr. Ortiz prior to being assigned this story, and we'd just like to take this opportunity to thank Our Editrix for the chance to learn about a lunkhead whose idiotic behavior deserves to be made fun of and quickly forgotten, at least until he ends up hijacking an ice cream truck and crashing it through the doors of a federal building, leaving several bureaucrats overcome by sprinkles.

In his resignation speech at last night's City Council meeting, Ortiz insisted that he had been the victim of "character assassination" by the media, which very unfairly reported things he'd said and done. He said that the last straw was that his children were being "attacked," by which he presumably meant accurate reporting on his sons being sent home from school for not wearing masks, and bringing a bogus document claiming they were exempt from mask requirements based on "religious freedom." (We'll just note that the Orange County Register, at least, didn't include the boys' names, ages, or the name of the middle school they attend, only the district.)

Here's Ortiz in his operatic debut as Pagliacci:

"To put it simply," Ortiz said, "this job isn't working for me." It's unclear whether the lone person applauding as he stood to leave was a fan, or just glad to see him go.

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