David Byrne: Other than the voting message—which is definitely a call to action—it’s more about an awareness rather than telling people what they should be doing. I think a lot of what people take away from the show is not what I’m saying. It’s what they’re seeing. They see and experience this joyous community, this band. There’s a real democratic aspect to it. Everybody gets a turn. Everybody gets to be in front. It’s a diverse group. And they see it all working together and everybody totally enjoying themselves, and it’s like, “Why can’t we all be like that?” … [Read more...] about David Byrne offers reasons to be cheerful amid the cynicism and despair of 2020
“The restaurant industry needs immediate relief, and needs to address long-standing racial inequities in our industry at the same time,” 50 restaurant owners and 200 restaurant workers wrote in a letter to state legislators in New York. (It’s worth noting that some restaurant workers have resisted changes to the status quo in the past, fearing that they’ll lose tips.) Jayaraman says that momentum is building in many of the 42 other states that also still have a subminimum wage. “Some people are calling it the great awakening,” she says. “We’ve been counting, and I think we’ve been approached by close to 200 restaurants nationwide wanting to transition to full livable minimum wage, either because of the pandemic, or after George Floyd’s murder, a lot of restaurants reached out to think about how to move away from this legacy of slavery.” Joe Biden has also endorsed the idea of one fair wage for all workers. “I … [Read more...] about David Chang and other chefs say now is the time to fix the restaurant industry’s long-standing inequities
“It’s kind of like a wound that has a scab,” said Teron Carter, 49, standing across the street from Cup Foods, the deli near Floyd’s fatal encounter with the police. “A wound that has a scab is still a wound, it’s just that the scab is on top. And if you scrape that scab a certain way, it reopens the wound.” … [Read more...] about Black Lives Matter | From Columbus to Confederates, anger about statues boils over
So far in the pandemic, federal and state governments have focused on Americans’ immediate material needs. But millions of households are currently struggling to cover their energy costs, and living without energy could be a matter of life or death. Governments have the ability to help prevent this kind of secondary disaster, and more generally to recognize that energy is a basic and essential human need. … [Read more...] about Many Americans are struggling to afford their energy bills in the COVID-19 recession
Apple In reality, most people don’t use Apple products. They’re too expensive. Experts estimate that over 85% of the global population uses Android. But people with influence love Apple. Reporters, staffers, lawmakers, regulators, pundits, lobbyists, think tankers, and everyone else wading through the swamp are all Apple devotees. As a result, making the case politically against Apple has an implicitly higher bar than against the other big tech companies. Yes, the app store is monopolistic, and yes, it’s suspicious that your phone and laptop always seem to break the minute a new model becomes available. But Tim Cook is impossible to dislike, and his consistent advocacy on behalf of user privacy has won him plaudits across the political spectrum. … [Read more...] about Zuck, Bezos, Cook: Who takes the fall in D.C.’s antitrust games?