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advertisement advertisement advertisement The Marshall Plan for Moms is getting some male allies. advertisement advertisement In an open letter to Congress today, more than 50 prominent men said they want bold action to address America’s childcare crisis, including direct payments to mothers that compensate them for their unpaid labor. The letter includes dozens of bold-faced names from a diverse mix of industries, including NBA star Steph Curry; Hollywood heavyweights Don Cheadle and Colin Farrell; NYU professor Scott Galloway; Craigslist founder Craig Newmark; and New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang. As a presidential candidate, Yang made the idea of redefining labor—and paying women for work they do at home—one of the cornerstones of his campaign. The letter is appearing as a full-page ad in Thursday’s Washington Post . It follows a similar call to President Biden signed by dozens of prominent women last month. … [Read more...] about Andrew Yang, Steph Curry, Scott Galloway, and dozens of prominent men want a stimulus plan for moms
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advertisement advertisement advertisement As the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, the toll on the mostly migrant workers building its venues and related infrastructure is rising. According to a new report from The Guardian , more than 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar since it was selected to host next year’s World Cup back in 2010. advertisement advertisement Due to inconsistent and imprecise records, it’s difficult to know exactly how many of these deaths are directly connected to projects being built for the soccer tournament, but the report draws a clear relationship between Qatar’s World Cup building spree and a labor rights system that puts migrants at risk. “The numbers of deaths revealed by The Guardian are deeply alarming and further raise fears that migrant workers are paying the highest price in this tournament,” says May Romanos, a Persian Gulf … [Read more...] about At least 6,500 workers have died building Qatar’s World Cup
advertisement advertisement advertisement In the wee hours of the morning on Monday, February 15, my house, like many others across the state of Texas, lost power during a winter storm. For the next 48 hours, we wore layers of clothes and huddled under blankets as temperatures indoors dropped to about 40 degrees. Even after the power came on, water supplies were low, and the city of Austin was under a boil-water order. advertisement advertisement This cold snap and series of storms were by far the worst I have encountered in the 23 years I have lived in town, but longtime Texans do remember other bad winter storms over the years. They are not utterly unprecedented. So why was Texas so poorly prepared for a week of snow and freezing temperatures? A lot of it has to do with how people make decisions about unlikely events. People generally have difficulty with understanding very small probabilities—and, importantly, how those … [Read more...] about You’re probably not planning enough for unlikely events