"Across America," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg writes in today's Washington Post, "creative, hardworking people in coffee shops, dorm rooms and garages are creating the next era of growth."
But they don't always have good programming degrees, especially if they're Americans, so Zuckerberg hopes to change the nation's immigration laws so that his company can more easily hire cheaper programmers from other countries. It's a win-win situation, for Zuckerburg and his billionaire pals in Silicon Valley.
Ha ha it is really more complicated than all of that, certainly! But this is the great political movement launched by the Web Billionaire generation: something that directly affects the hiring practices and profits [...]
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The 4th annual Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest was won by a clever take on the movie Up-but the winner should clearly have been entry #33, a genius Peep reenactment of the infamous D.C. snowball fight that ended with a police officer drawing a gun.
We hear it's "99% done" that Sally Quinn's Washington Post column is also done. Update: Ouch. Quinn's been moved to "online columnist" (welcome, dear!) and will mostly be about White People Jesus and tables, or something?
The Atlantic's James Fallows takes a look at a Times story-headlined "In Face of Skeptics, Experts Affirm Climate Peril"-versus a Washington Post story-headlined "Stolen files of 'Climate-gate' suggest some viewpoints on change are disregarded"-on the same topic. He concludes: "Not to overdramatize, but: in a way the papers are betting their reputations with these articles. The Times, that climate change is simply a matter of science versus ignorance; the Post, that this is best treated as another '-Gate' style flap where it's hard to get to the bottom of the story."
It's a funny thing, newspapering. Last Saturday, for example, the Washington Post carried a dour dispatch in its business pages announcing that the DC unemployment rate ticked up another half a percentage point in October. This was "its highest level in 34 years of record keeping," noted reporter V. Dion Haynes. While the 11.9% jobless rate is in line with that of other major cities, there's also a peculiar lag in the employment scene here; even though employers in metro DC have added 10,200 jobs in the more credentialed end of the service industries, such as education and health care, they make a poor match for the District's labor [...]
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