Misleading COVID-19 map

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

At first glance it appears to show that Wyoming, Vermont, and Maine are *much* safer places than COVID-19 hotspots like California and Texas. This map is an Edward Tufte-level poster child of the poor visual display of quantitative information. MSNBC show it at least once a day.

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Green Room Speakers

Saturday, June 27, 2009 Find Your Green Room Trigger In this weeks New Yorker, Alex Ross writes about Marlboro Music, an elite summer music program at Marlboro college in Vermon t "where artists could forget about commerce and escape into a purely musical realm."

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Job Security - Don't Count on Academic Tenure

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  But, Vermont School of Law has created a puzzling solution for its economic woes. In Abovethelaw.com , Staci Zaretsky reports that Vermont's president and dean Thomas McHenry is focusing on reducing the expense incurred by more than a dozen tenured faculty members. Many law schools have financial challenges. After all, since The Great Recession they may have experienced a drop in enrollment. 

Distressed Uber - More Layoffs, Fight Against CA AB 5

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Already Congressman Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) introduced a bill making the AB 5 kind of law a federal one.  In Q2 2019 Uber had its largest quarterly loss - $5 billion. Among its impatient investors is big player the SoftBank Group. So, it's no surprise, as TechCrunch reports, that Uber conducted its third round of layoffs. Reductions in force send the right message to shareholders. The stock rose 3%. The number of laid-off numbered 35o, mostly based in the U.S. and Canada.

Bernie Sanders - Socialist Branding Could Be A Plus

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Or maybe Vermont senator Bernie Sanders has been rebranding socialism to seem like common-sense approaches to economic problems. America could be tipping beyond liberal to, yes, socialism.  And that's exactly what we know is needed. Participation in the workforce keeps declining. Many Americans have given up on looking for work. Those who do work are bone-tired. Sanders promises to return the American workplace to the 40-hour work-week.

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Her Daughter Lark, Now Her Brother Patrick: Mia Farrow's Pain

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  He was found dead in his Vermont art gallery.  Recently life has not been kind to Mia Farrow.    She lost her daughter Lark and now her brother Patrick.    Police have tentatively ruled the cause of death suspicious.    Patrick was 66. An autopsy is being performed.    I wish Farrow strength during this second blow.    She might find it comforting to meditate on Elizabeth Edwards's book "Resilience."

Colorado & Stoner Tourism: Travel industry wants lots more than that

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Come on, would you opt for enjoying the mountains of Colorado while legally smoking a joint of pot or the mountains in Vermont without being able to legally smoke some weed? The pull of Stoner Tourism is going to push other states to also legalize weed. The sooner the better.  Here is coverage in the WASHINGTON POST.

For one month and one month only, you can get "Hubby Hubby" Ben & Jerry's ice cream

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The folks at Ben & Jerry's in Vermont put their labeling where their values are.    During the fight in the legislature in VT for marriage equality, the company aggressively campaigned for same-sex marriage - as a good business idea.    Pass that bill and the state would be able to attract the best and brightest to work and consume, Ben & Jerry's argued. The bill did pass.    To celebrate that, reports  Michael A.

The State of Remote Work: Key Trends for 2019-2020


The State of Vermont and the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma recently launched remote grant programs, aimed at enticing more location-independent professionals to the area. The face of the modern workplace is changing. It’s a matter of several things – companies are going global, or at least employing workers in places all over the globe.

Persona Crisis: Only entity less marketable than displaced lawyer is displaced law professor

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The University of Vermont Law School, THE TIMES notes, is already busy with buyouts and possible layoffs.  When there is a game-changing  event like the Crash of Law Inc. in 2007, there is usually a lag between when it happens and all the ripple effects.    It is only now that law professors are beginning to be made to suffer. 

Gig Work - Implications of the "Pandemic Unemployment Assistance" Section of Stimulus Bill

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Vermont, Bernie Sanders had introduced such a bill. The Coronavirus Stimulus Bill which passed the Senate last night has the section "Pandemic Unemployment Assistance." " That provides unemployment assistance for gig workers.

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Mark Twain: Beyond Yankee Ingenuity to Occult

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Last week the treat homerun was cheese from Vermont.  Mark Twain was a writer.     And a very good one.   Svietlanan - Dreamstime.com. But, we're now finding out, that he was much more.    Like Ben Franklin, Twain was also a visionary.    Yes, part of Twain was rooted in the dynamics of Americana, particularly Yankee ingenuity. 

Gig Workers - Lower Your Expectations of California's AB 5, For Now

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

As a Congressperson representing Vermont, Bernie Sanders had introduced a bill making the provisions of AB 5 a federal law. Business giants such as Uber using the gig-economy business model aren't going gently into the nightmare created by California AB 5. Essentially, with few exceptions, that mandates that employers classify former contract workers as employees. Those will have the rights and protections of employees. All that includes the ability to unionize.

"My Big Fat Career" - THE ECONOMIST

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  A sign of the high emotional capital, most members make it their mission to bring home-made cookies, cheese they transported back from Vermont, or diet cola to events.  Fourteen days after THE ECONOMIST published its special issue "The Quest For Jobs," leaders of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were featured at a conference via C-Span.    They explicitly said that the global economic situation is dark. 

Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 2, 2013: Trombetta & Assocs. $88K to make the world friendlier for cybercharters

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Right now, though, I''m frustrated that the Vermont Secretary of Education''s answers to my 28 Questions about the Common Core aren''t worth a plug nickel. I wanted to know the decision-making process that led Vermont to embrace the Common Core.

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