Gerry Canavan

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* Pope Calls for Church Austerity, Wants to Focus on Poor.

Meeting with journalists this morning, Pope Francis laid out his vision for the Catholic church, which includes cutting spending on ornate ceremony and instead spending that money on the poor. He urged excited fellow-Argentines to skip the costly trip to Rome to visit the first non-European Pope in almost 1,300 years, and instead give that money to the poor.

“Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor,” he told the gathered journalists. He explained the reason he took the name, Francis, after St. Francis of Assissi, was because of St. Francis’s devotion to the poor and love of animal life. On climate change, the Pope remarked, “Right now, we don’t have a very good relation with creation.”

* The rich are different from you and me.

The report, authored by David Callahan and J. Mijin Cha, found that “wealthy interests are keenly focused on concerns not shared by the rest of the American public, like keeping taxes low on capital gains, and often oppose policies that would foster upward mobility among low-income citizens, such as raising the minimum wage.”

* Chicago tried to ban Persepolis? Why? Why?

* The letters of Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee.

Your Own Private Google: The Quest for an Open Source Search Engine.

Ricky Gervais: The Office Revisited.

* Idiocracy watch: When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a Big Gulp.

Last Survivor of Plot to Kill Hitler Dies at 90.

Years later von Kleist remembered explaining the suicide plot to his father, who paused only briefly before telling his 22-year-old son: “Yes, you have to do this.”

“He got up from his chair,” von Kleist remembered, according to an account by The New York Times, “went to the window, looked out of the window for a moment, and then he turned and said: ‘Yes, you have to do that. A man who doesn’t take such a chance will never be happy again in his life.’”

* The dissertation is a nightmare from which we are trying to awake.

Why are working conditions for restaurant employees so bad?

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  1. Oh man, I might start liking this pope.

    Alex Greenberg

    March 17, 2013 at 1:45 am

  2. In re: the restaurant article. How is tip pooling wage theft? It prevents favoritism and distributes tips in a relatively fair manner. As opposed to an “every man for himself” system, where the most aggressive or the most in favor with management get the lion’s share of the tips. It’s not like management gets any of those tips, anyway.

    Alex Greenberg

    March 17, 2013 at 2:00 am

    • Yeah, I’m not sure. I find a bunch of links saying stuff like this:

      “The FLSA requires employers to pay employees at least minimum wage for each hour worked. Employers are allowed, however, to pay “tipped employees” less than minimum wage if certain requirements are met. Paying tipped employees less than minimum wage is often referred to as taking the “tip credit.”

      In order for an employer to pay a tipped employee less than minimum wage, the employee must be allowed to keep all of his or her tips. The employer must also inform the employee about the tip credit provision. When it comes to tip pools, employers often get tripped up by the requirement that tipped employees must keep all of their tips. Although tips can be split with other “tipped employees,” the tip pool may not include non-tipped employees. If a non-tipped employee shares in the tip pool, the pool is improper and illegal.”

      So if the cook or a salaried hostess is getting a cut of the tip, it’s illegal, I guess.


      March 17, 2013 at 11:18 am

      • If a salaried manager dips into the tip pool, that’s highly problematic. I guess I read the statement as condemning all tip pooling, not just that kind, but maybe I read it wrong.

        Alex Greenberg

        March 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      • No, I was reading it right. She condemns all tip pooling, not just the kind where management is included in the pool.

        Alex Greenberg

        March 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      • The thing I was quoting wasn’t just about management, but any non-tipped employee.


        March 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      • I agree with you though that the article is pretty unclear, speaking in shorthand when it shouldn’t.


        March 18, 2013 at 9:50 pm

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