One of the public domain images that illustrates the new video game "Aviary Attorney." / Jean-Jacques Grandville
The Baffler,  December 11, 2015

Daily Bafflements

One of the public domain images that illustrates the new video game "Aviary Attorney." / Jean-Jacques Grandville
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• Today in union busting: Midwestern home improvement giant Menards has made managers sign an employment agreement stating that

The Manager’s income shall be automatically reduced by sixty percent (60%) of what it would have been if a union of any type is recognized within your particular operation during the term of this Agreement. If a union wins an election during this time, your income will automatically be reduced by sixty percent (60%).

Meanwhile, in New York City, where the death toll on construction worksites has been on the rise, union workers are rallying today for safer conditions.

• You can breathe a little easier now that the gun-toting, civic-minded bystander who shot at shoplifters fleeing a Home Depot has “vowed never [to] help anyone again,” according to the New York Times. She’s had her permit to carry a firearm revoked until at least 2023 for her troubles.

• Video-game-playing, French legal history buffs rejoice! A new game just for you, “Aviary Attorney,” will be released on Steam after a successful Kickstarter campaign. “Set in 1848 Paris, the game only uses public domain drawings from that time to depict the trials and tribulations of bird lawyer Monsieur Jayjay Falcon.”

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