The Techtopus: How Silicon Valley’s most celebrated CEOs conspired to drive down 100,000 tech engineers’ wages – This story provides some of the detail around a class action lawsuit filed against more than 100,000 Silicon Valley tech workers, whose salaries were artificially suppressed to the tune of $9 billion. Apple, Google, Adobe, Intel, Intuit, and Pixar all conspired to ensure that none of them would recruit the others’ employees, basically ensuring that employees would not be able to find a position at a commensurate company for a higher salary:
“The secret wage-theft agreements between Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, and Pixar now owned by Disney are described in court papers obtained by PandoDaily as “an overarching conspiracy” in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Clayton Antitrust Act, and at times it reads like something lifted straight out of the robber baron era that produced those laws. Today’s inequality crisis is America’s worst on record since statistics were first recorded a hundred years ago — the only comparison would be to the era of the railroad tycoons in the late 19th century.” PandoDaily
J.K. Rowling questions Ron and Hermione’s relationship – Can a decision that an author makes — a decision that does not violate world-building or characterization/plot rules — be perceived as a “mistake”? Does it matter that Rowling believes that she should have paired Hermione and Harry together instead? Or does it interfere with the reader’s consumption of the series as it stands? (and is the accompanying picture a commentary on the story itself?):
“‘I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment,’ she says. ‘That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.'”Hypable
Divorce rate cut in half for newlyweds who discussed 5 relationship movies – Although I have not read the full study, the summary provided here is pretty interesting. Ronald Rogge, associate professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, Thomas Bradbury, a professor of psychology at UCLA, and others conducted this study comparing different early marriage intervention programs. The couples who were given movies to watch, followed by some limited guided discussion, had the same positive outcome as those couples who underwent more structured, extensive, and traditional counseling, namely a 50% decrease in the three-year divorce rate.
“Study participants were sent home with a list of 47 movies with intimate relationships as a major plot focus and asked to watch one a week for the next month, followed by the same guided discussion for about 45 minutes.
Which approach proved most effective? To the surprise of the researchers, all worked equally well. All three methods halved the divorce-and-separation rate to 11 percent compared to the 24 percent rate among the couples in the control group. Partners in the control group received no training or instructions but were otherwise similar in age, education, ethnicity, relationship satisfaction, and other dimensions.
Discussing relationship movies, it turns outs, was just as effective as more intensive skills-building programs. The results suggest that many couples already possess relationship skills, they just need reminders to put these into practice, the authors conclude. “And that’s an amazingly fertile idea. It’s more sensible and it’s cheaper,” said Bradbury.”EurekAlert
New Dear Author Design and Layout – Not a news item, but I did want to add a thank you to Jane for all of her hard work and commitment to keeping Dear Author relevant and reader responsive. If you don’t dig the magazine format, or you need some time getting used to it, follow the link to the site’s old layout, but still with the new design.
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