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Monthly Archives: June 2021

Jobseekers: This is exactly what you need to know to get paid fairly

Fast Company: “…Data show the pandemic has set women back. According to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic has added 36 years to the global gender gap. This is a defining moment that will set the direction for equal pay moving forward—both for women and for companies committed to… Continue Reading

How to block and report text spam

The Verge – [instructions cover both iPhone and Android] “No strategy is 100 percent effective, but you can stop much of it. Spam texts can be incredibly irritating — you get a notification and stop what you’re doing to check your phone, only to find somebody is trying to sell you something you don’t want.… Continue Reading

Turn Tech to Your Advantage in the New Hybrid Workplace

The New York Times – “With people splitting work hours between office and home, it can be a challenge to figure out what tools to use in which situation…I consulted experts on workplace well-being for their advice on how to deal with this new hybrid setup. Using tech (or unplugging from it) to establish boundaries… Continue Reading

Tree Equity Score

“A map of tree cover in any city in the United States is too often a map of race and income. This is unacceptable. Trees are critical infrastructure that every person in every neighborhood deserves. Trees can help address damaging environmental inequities like air pollution. The score evaluates data from each neighborhood’s: Existing tree canopy;… Continue Reading

The Difference Between Terracotta, Ceramic, and Plastic Pots, and Why It Matters to Your Plants

Life Hacker: “Different pots have different uses for your home plants and planters. Plants behave differently in plastic containers than they do in glazed ceramic pots, and each pot has its own set of care instructions. So what is the difference between these various pots and planters? It comes down to breathability and moisture retention.… Continue Reading

The Library of Congress is a surprising lesson in digital government

Washington Post Editorial Board – “One of the country’s oldest cultural institutions is now writing the book on how to adapt to a brave new world. Only a few years after being labeled a digital laggard, the Library of Congress is bringing its hundreds of millions of documents’ worth of history to citizens across the… Continue Reading

Why some biologists and ecologists think social media is a risk to humanity

Vox/Recode: “Social media has drastically restructured the way we communicate in an incredibly short period of time. We can discover, “Like,” click on, and share information faster than ever before, guided by algorithms most of us don’t quite understand. And while some social scientists, journalists, and activists have been raising concerns about how this is… Continue Reading

Postal banking could provide free accounts to 21 million Americans who don’t have access to a credit union or community bank

Via LLRX – Postal banking could provide free accounts to 21 million Americans who don’t have access to a credit union or community bank – About a quarter of census tracts with a post office don’t have a community bank or credit union branch, suggesting postal banking could provide a financial lifeline to the millions… Continue Reading