Come on in. / Cliff
The Baffler,  March 19, 2015

Daily Bafflements

Come on in. / Cliff


• Lee Fang in The Intercept reveals that “security staff at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota used a fake Facebook account to monitor local Black Lives Matter organizers, befriend them, and obtain their personal information and photographs without their knowledge.” The staff compiled detailed dossiers on the individual organizers, including photos, videos, and information gleaned from their social media accounts. The city of Bloomington charged eleven protesters with criminal misdemeanors after a protest in December.

• Today in Labor Strikes: Lufthansa pilots.

• Headline of the Day (and Today in Billionaires), via Bloomberg: “Spicy Chicken Billionaire Springs From South Africa.” Tell us more!

• Thanks so much to all who came out last night to our “Venus in Furs” release party last night at Le Poisson Rouge, it was great fun. If you missed it, you can read some of the night’s zingers from Eugenia Williamson, Ann Friedman, Anna Holmes, and Lucy Ellmann (who absolutely brought the house down), by reading the hashtag #baffler27 on Twitter.

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