Captain Covid speaks: Trump says the failure of his endorsed candidate in Texas was a “win.” [Lexi Lonas at The Hill]
200 employees at game company Activision Blizzard walked off the job and protested in front of company headquarters to protest a “frat boy” culture of sexual harassment and racism. [Patrick Klepek at Vice.com]
The state of California sued Activision Blizzard this month, alleging a toxic work environment. [Lauren Kaori Gurley at Vice.com]:
In the office, women were subject to so-called “cube crawls” during which men at the company got drunk and “crawl[ed]” through office cubicles and harassed women, the complaint alleges. Men played videos games for extended periods of time during work hours, delegating tasks to women, joked about rape, commented on women’s bodies, and groped them, the complaint continues. High-ranking men at the company engaged in blatant sexual harassment without repercussions.
In one instance, the lawsuit alleges that a woman at the company killed herself on a business trip with a supervisor she was having a sexual relationship with. The woman had previously faced harassment from men at the company, including a holiday party before her death, when her male colleagues allegedly passed around a photo of her vagina, according to the complaint.
The company’s workforce is about 20 percent women, and its top leadership is exclusively white and male, according to the lawsuit.
And on and on. Sounds like a terrible place.
Kottke: Blue states are ahead of the national average for vaccinations, while red states trail. It’s a clear-cut trend.
Conservatives are less likely to get vaccinated, but “lack of access and education around the vaccines in counties with large Black and Latino populations also plays a large role in whether people are vaccinated or not.”
Michael Tsai: Safari compatibility with websites is declining, and he’s seeing GPU-related crashes.
Apple is busy trying to reinvent tabs and toolbars, but I just want a browser that works.”
Safari is my primary browser, but I have to use Firefox in many sites, including WordPress.com, which I’m on often.
Bookmarked for later reading: The Problem of Corporate Solutions to Public Needs [Vox.com via Kottke]
You can’t rely on private corporations to meet public needs, because that’s not their job.
Chris Jennewein at the Times of San Diego:
A new poll of California voters released Tuesday suggests low Democratic turnout could doom Gov. Gavin Newsom and finds talk show host Larry Elder leads a divided Republican field.”
It’s not surprising that Newsom is in jeopardy. Most registered voters oppose the recall, but the way the election is structured, the pro-recall faction has a substantial advantage. It’s just a badly structured election.
I was surprised by Elder’s lead—I would have thought Faulconer had the edge—but I guess Elder’s big talk-radio platform works for him.
Democrats need to get out and vote and get their neighbors to do the same.
Facebook doesn’t innovate user experience. Facebook buys companies that innovate user experience.
Also, people aren’t interested in using virtual reality. People just like to talk about it.
Things I Learned About Police Work From The Wire’s David Simon [Preston Kutney]
An innocent man left alone in an interrogation room will remain fully awake, rubbing his eyes, staring at the cubicle walls and scratching himself in dark, forbidden places. A guilty man left alone in an interrogation room goes to sleep.