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The Baffler,  February 17, 2015

Daily Bafflements

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• “A survey from the American Management Association found that 66 percent of employers monitor the Internet use of their employees, 45 percent track employee keystrokes, and 43 percent monitor employee email,” reports Esther Kaplan in Harper’s. “Only two states, Delaware and Connecticut, require companies to inform their employees that such monitoring is taking place.”

• Speaking of which, Apple CEO Tim Cook calls privacy a matter of “life and death.” (Really? That’s odd.)

• Gov. Scott Walker is under fire today for his plans to cut higher education budgets in Wisconsin. But is it really such a big deal? After all, Rep. David Brat (R-VA) reminded us last week that “Socrates trained Plato in on a rock and then Plato trained in Aristotle roughly speaking on a rock. So, huge funding is not necessary to achieve the greatest minds and the greatest intellects in history.” (Via Joseph A. Howley.)

• Today in Billionaires: “China’s Churning Out Billionaires Like It’s 1999,” reports Bloomberg.

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