Today’s Buzz features a feminist’s entry into a sorority, Burger King employees breaking windows, and a mom that shot her kids’ smartphones.
I just got back from a day in Pacific City on the Oregon Coast, so today’s buzz features pictures from the picturesque beach.
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What I’m Doing: Tending to my sunburns
What I’m Watching: Finding Nemo
What I’m Reading: The Magician King
When a Feminist Pledges a Sorority: College women are embracing — and rethinking — the Greek life experience. And not just on the campuses you’d expect: in the Ivy League.
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Sanders keeps up streak against Clinton with Wyoming win: The senator from Vermont has now defeated the former secretary of state in the past seven of eight states that have held Democratic nominating contests. The race now moves to a showdown next week in New York.
I’m an American living in Sweden. Here’s why I came to embrace the higher taxes: I was visiting the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, a 23-island archipelago in Lake Superior, when suddenly I found myself pining for Stockholm. Why? Because standing on the boat dock in Bayfield, Wisconsin, I realized that the 23,000-island Stockholm archipelago is more accessible to me, an American, than my own 23-island national park.
It’s amazing what America could do with the money the rich hide overseas: The documents known as the “Panama Papers” have created a global scandal around the ways the world’s rich conceal their wealth from the authorities. The prime minister of Iceland offered his resignation after the papers reportedly revealed that he and his wife had a fortune
on paper hidden away in the British Virgin Islands. British Prime Minister David Cameron is taking criticism as well, and he acknowledged that he profited from a secret family trust.
How the Scandinavians got so tall: In “American Amnesia,” Hacker and Pierson argue that Americans have forgotten the hard-headed resourcefulness that made America prosper — that we’ve forgotten that sometimes the best tool for fixing a problem is the government. The authors blame this absentmindedness on what they view as misguided conservative ideology.
Local Gov Confidential
Oregon shaman’s treehouse up for grabs — for $8 million (photos): Sprites of all sorts — maybe a wizard or two — will feel at home with manzanita tree trunks festooning walls. Preserved trees all prop up an oversized granite kitchen island and some ceilings have tapered planks and cedar beams to resemble a “spacious treehouse,” according to marketing material.
Hands, heads and robots work in sync at Amazon warehouses: Amazon’s DuPont fulfillment center is a sort of laboratory for how the company is using robots to do much of its heavy lifting. But it also shows how the human workforce is not only necessary but superior in some respects.
Burger King employees were tricked into breaking all their store’s windows. Again. “According to police, employees received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Coon Rapids Fire Department,” KSTP reported. “The caller said the restaurant was pressurized and could explode, so the employees needed to break the windows to relieve the pressure.”
Mom shoots up kids’ iPhone and sledgehammers it, blames social media: “My children’s lives are more important to me than any electronic on this earth,” she declaims. The kids aren’t entirely moved. “Good for you,” one says. “We don’t give two f***s.” Oh, surely they give at least one.
BMW wants to share in Seattle’s car-sharing boom: BMW is launching a car-sharing program with its headquarters in Seattle. ReachNow, with a fleet of 370 vehicles, will compete here with the successful Car2Go service by rival German automaker Daimler.