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The Baffler,  September 25, 2014

Daily Bafflements

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• Democracy in Action Headline of the Day: “Another Donna [Texas] school board election worker charged in coke-for-votes scheme.” (From the McAllen, Texas Monitor, via Quartz.)

• China’s teenagers are being forced by their schools to work long hours for low pay as “student interns” at factories making tech products for Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Acer, and other companies, the Wall Street Journal reports. “Chinese law limits student interns to eight work hours a day with no night shifts, and states that schools should place students in internships related to their majors,” writes the Journal‘s Eva Dou. “These rules are widely disregarded by factories…. At some factories, interns say they outnumber regular workers.”

• Here’s one for our Down Under Friends: Jeremy Malcolm at the Electronic Frontier Foundation writes on the rapidly-increasing mass government surveillance in Australia.

• A University of Central Florida study comparing the risks of driving while texting with the risks of driving while wearing Google Glass has shown that Oh God we didn’t even think about people driving with those things, forget it, we’re never going outside again.*


*[Correction: An earlier version of this post mistakenly indicated that the study was conducted by the University of Southern Florida; it has been corrected and we regret the error.]

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