This Dollar Tree appears to sell steak. / Photo by Mike Mozart
The Baffler,  September 10, 2014

Daily Bafflements

This Dollar Tree appears to sell steak. / Photo by Mike Mozart


• Dealbook of the Day (read this out loud): “Dollar General said on Wednesday that it was taking its $9.1 billion offer for Family Dollar directly to shareholders. The move further complicates Family Dollar’s agreed upon deal to sell itself to Dollar Tree for $8.5 billion. In a statement, Dollar General said it was offering to acquire all of Family Dollar’s shares for $80 each.”

• Business Insider writes about how the perks are so good at Google’s Mountain View campus that people have figured out ways to avoid paying rent by living there for months, or years, at a time. They sleep in their cars, and then shower, eat, and do their laundry at work. (Via Quartz.)

• Some websites are showing users a “loading” icon today in support of net neutrality rules. “(Protest organizers are making clear that the icon won’t actually slow down the Web, but simply act as a symbol),” explains the Washington Post. If you happen to notice that The Baffler is particularly slow or boring today, it’s not because we’re protesting, it’s because we’re not very good at the Internet.

• Academic Study of the Day: from Notre Dame comes the breaking news that “in baboons, as well as humans, social relationships matter.” We think the jury’s still out on that one, but okay!

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