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New Hampshire republicans put forward bill to eliminate lunch breaks for workers

New Hampshire Republicans Propose Bill To Eliminate Workers' Lunch Breaks | ThinkProgress
New Hampshire’s GOP legislature has come up with all manner of absurd bills recently, including a proposal making public school curriculum optional, another to prevent police from protecting domestic abuse victims, and even a measure mandating that new laws be based on the Magna Carta. Some of the Granite State’s GOP lawmakers have even proposed doing away with the law that requires employers to give their workers time off for lunch, under the rationale that all employers will simply grant lunch breaks out of the goodness of their hearts: “This is an unneeded law,” [Republican state Representative Kyle Jones] said. “If I was to deny one of my employees a break, I would be in a very bad position with the company’s human resources representative. If you consider that this is a very easy law to follow in that everyone already does it, then why do we need it? Our constituents have already proven that they have enough common sense to do this on their own.” The bill’s sponsor, state representative J.R. Hoell, argued that companies failing to provide lunch breaks would be shamed over social media, thus rendering the law unnecessary.

Pinterest caught sneakily modifying users links to direct referral cash to Pinterest

So if I as a hypothetical Pinterest user post a book review with an Amazon affiliate link to buy the book (which would generate a bit of income for me, if anyone actually bought it) Pinterest is changing the identification in the affiliate links so that *they* get paid, and not the person who did any of the actual, y'know, referring or affiliating. Pinterest is quietly generating revenue by modifying user submitted pins. | LL Social
If you post a pin to Pinterest, and it links to an ecommerce site that happens to have an affiliate program, Pinterest modifies the link to add their own affiliate tracking code. If someone clicks through the picture from Pinterest and makes a purchase, Pinterest gets paid. They don’t have any disclosure of this link modification on their site, and so far, while it has been written about, no major news outlet has picked up on the practice or its implications. Pinterest doing this is big news in my opinion for two reasons: Pinterest is monetizing their site while in the early beta stage, which is almost unheard of for a newish social network. Pinterest has taken this action in a quiet, non-disclosing way.

Oh *dag*! The President is piiiised *off*!

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February 07, 2012

And suddenly Santorum is the Republican frontrunner

Tonight he won the contests in Minnesota and Missouri and maybe also in Colorado. And he won Iowa earlier. What has Romney won so far? Florida? This is about to get deeply weird. I wish Hunter Thompson were alive to see this. Rick Santorum Projected As Winner In Minnesota, Missouri | TPM2012

The Super Power of Franz Liszt

The Super Power of Franz Liszt by Charles Rosen | The New York Review of Books
In writing about Liszt as a composer, the constant invasion of his piano scores by long passages of challenging and conspicuous technical difficulty is rarely treated seriously. Nevertheless, these spectacular passages were one of the reasons that his invention of the piano recital became such a success. No one before Liszt played an entire public concert on the piano. At first, these programs were very flashy, often dominated by transcriptions of popular airs from contemporary operas. He was the first composer who turned a musical performance into something like an athletic feat. He invented the principal musical effect that for almost two centuries has sent audiences roaring to their feet with applause: the single musical line played strongly and rapidly with both hands spanning octaves for a lengthy dramatic passage, fortissimo and staccato. The right-hand octaves in the higher register provide metallic brilliance, and the lower left-hand octaves a thunderous sonority. In addition, when the musical line makes large leaps quickly from side to side, an attractive acrobatic element is added visually for the audience’s enjoyment, as at the opening of Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. Liszt also invented, I believe, the writing of rapid and unrelenting octaves for several pages (like the end of the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6).1 This made the bravura style even more into an athletic feat since the unremitting display of fast octaves for several pages will cause sharp pains to shoot up the forearm of the pianist until he or she has learned to relax the wrist muscles when playing the passage, not an easy technique to acquire if the passage must be played so that it is always getting louder and faster. A piece like this will win the pianist admiration not just for skill but also for stamina. To emphasize the athletic aspect of bravura playing was not a purely personal ambition of Liszt. . . .