Morning Belz, April 19
NASA pulls off first powered flight on another planet — Nature
As verdict looms, Twin Cities boarded up, full of soldiers — Strib
“Smart cities” just a euphemism for “surveilled” — Foreign Policy
What it’s like to be detained at the border — Thread Reader
Plans for soccer “Super League” roiling Europe — SkyNews*
Alaska will offer COVID vaccines to tourists on arrival — AP
McDonald’s franchisee in Florida can’t find workers — Business Insider*
*plans backed, unfortunately, in significant measure by the American owners of Liverpool and Manchester United
**offering $50 for people to show up to an interview, hourly wage offered is $12, struggling to get applicants. Obviously it’s the hourly wage that’s the hold-up. Owner said he’s considering raising it. I’m not sure what hourly wage would attract people to jobs at McDonald’s. $15? $18? $18 would do it. Not 100 percent sure $15 would.
“No matter how much money you earn, you can only eat three meals a day and sleep in one bed.” — Arsène Wenger, 1999
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