Daily Bafflements

The BafflerFebruary 11, 2015
Photo by L Church

Photo by L Church

• Oh, brands! Red Bull has filed an opposition with the Patent and Trademark Office against a little tiny craft brewery in Ashburn, Virginia called Old Ox Brewery. For trademark infringement. Red Bull argues “that an ox and a bull are ‘virtually indistinguishable to most consumers,'” the AP reports. “In response, the brewery compared Red Bull’s action to that of a ‘corporate wedgie.'”

• A newly-venture-funded dating app called The League, described as “Tinder for elites,” has a 75,000 person waiting list, says its founder. Amanda Bradford tells Business Insider that her app’s algorithm screens applicants, but that it is “less about pedigree and where you went to school and where you work and more about ambition and passion.” Okay!

• Facebook may not give a hoot about your privacy, but Mark Zuckerberg sure does go to great lengths to protect his own, according to a guy who was trying to build a house that would have had a view of Zuck’s bedroom.

• A new Human Rights Watch report confirms that what we already knew was going on with migrant workers in the United Arab Emirates is still going on: “employers are withholding workers’ wages and benefits, failing to reimburse them for recruiting fees, confiscating workers’ passports, and housing them in substandard accommodations. In the most serious cases, contractors working for the two government development entities on the NYU and Louvre sites apparently informed United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities about the strike, leading to the arbitrary deportation of several hundred striking workers.” Read Andrew Ross’s reporting on this developing story in the current issue of The Baffler, “Degrees of Danger.”