Today’s selection of articles:
- “House approves bill that would more than double minimum wage to $15“, by Jesse Naranjo (Wall Street Journal, 2019-07-18). Two aspects of this bill smack one rudely in the face. (1) “more than double” : Has the cost of living more than doubled these past few months? more generously, this past year? or even this past decade? If the answer is no, then this push by politicians amounts to them admitting that workers have been struggling with inadequate wages for years, i.e. politicians haven’t been doing the very job they now broadcast is important and suddenly want attention and accolades for doing. Should politicians pat themselves on the back for addressing a serious, real-life problem decades late? (2) “Senate unlikely to vote on it” : If (1) doesn’t convince you this bill is political theater, perhaps this quote will. Should politicians pat themselves on the back for pretending to address a serious, real-life problem (decades late)? Related : See the CBO’s July 2019 report on the minimum wage.
- “Quantum supremacy is coming: here’s what you should know“, by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2019-07-18).
- “Tired of procrastinating? To overcome it, take the time to understand it“, by Daryl Chen (TED, 2019-07-15).
- “What is the difference between IT security and cybersecurity“, by James Stanger (CompTIA, 2019-07-17).
- “The economist who connected across politics“, by Liz Mineo (Harvard Gazette, 2019-06-13).