Not pictured: sex toy or cuff links. / Photo by Ian McKellar
The Baffler,  October 29, 2014

Daily Bafflements

Not pictured: sex toy or cuff links. / Photo by Ian McKellar


• Business Insider reports on a new sex toy that is apparently “exclusively for bankers.” No, we don’t know what that means, either, but it apparently comes with silver cufflinks and a money clip. Probably a prank. We approve.

• San Francisco mayor Ed Lee has signed a re-zoning bill that essentially legalizes Airbnb there, and San Franciscans are mourning the imminent death of many of the city’s neighborhoods.

• “Labor brokers providing Indian high-tech workers to American companies have hijacked a professional visa program, creating an underground system of financial bondage by stealing wages and benefits, even suing workers who quit,” according to a huge new report from the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Guardian. (Via Helen DeWitt.)

• The cover of the latest issue of TIME magazine, featuring a gavel about to smash down on an apple, and the text “It’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher: some tech millionaires may have found a way to change that” is pretty great and not at all tone-deaf or offensive to anyone. So that’s good.

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