I was struck by commentary around the discussion about a potential increase in the minimum wage for San Francisco to $15 USD per hour, which is very similar to what Seattle has already done. It seems as if the restaurant owners' as­so­ci­a­tions in each city are looking for a carve-out for tipped workers in both the Seattle and San Francisco cases, and threaten very expensive meals if they don't get it. If you look at this argument rationally, those restaurant owners are basically saying that the only way they can provide an affordable service is for their customers to directly subsidize the salary of their work force. In the United States, we call continue.

Unauthorized Disclosures in the Networked Age

Over the last few weeks, I've been reflecting on the latest round of scandals emanating from Washington D.C. For those of you who have been living under a rock on the dark side of the moon, here's a synopsis:

  • The IRS has been targeting or­ga­ni­za­tions that have specific political ori­en­ta­tions.
  • The NSA was caught with it's hands in multiple cookie jars, multiple times
    • In­ter­cept­ing metadata on com­mu­ni­ca­tions in the United States without legal oversight.
    • Collecting data from in­di­vid­u­als Internet activities with the assistance of major Internet in­fra­struc­ture and content providers.
    • Po­ten­tial­ly Listening in to continue.