The Baffler,  March 27, 2015

Daily Bafflements

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• The investigator becomes the investigated: NYU professor and human rights activist Andrew Ross, who wrote in The Baffler about his travels and travails fighting for migrant worker rights in the United Arab Emirates, is now apparently the target of a “murky inquiry” by a private investigator who will not say who hired her. Ariel Kaminer, a reporter who has also written about labor conditions at NYU’s Abu Dhabi campus in the past, is also being targeted. “I am amazed that anyone would waste time investigating a reporter instead of trying to help these workers,” Kaminer told the New York Times.

• George Will trolls in the Washington Post with an op-ed entitled “How income inequality benefits everybody,” because innovative and creative billionaires, or something.

• Today in Bespoke: Best not to speak too soon, but we may have located an entirely appropriate, non-annoying use of the term—custom-made tools for the process of slowly decommission a nuclear reactor (“bespoke equipment to lift off the top plate of the Dounreay Fast Reactor (DFR)…in order to remove trapped fuel elements”). Congratulations, everyone. We did it.

• Facebook is building drones, and teens are live-broadcasting themselves sleeping. What a world!

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