BECAUSE A 'REASONABLE PERSON' SHOULD KNOW ABOUT DISCRIMINATION. In an editorial today titled "Fair Pay, the Right Way," the WaPo says that the Ledbetter ruling was bad, but doesn't quite endorse Congress' legislative reaction:
This isn't as terrible as some business squawking might lead you to believe: It was a standard that was in use in many parts of the country before the Supreme Court decision, without dire consequences, and businesses would still be protected from abusive claims by existing provisions that cap punitive damages at $300,000 and prevent workers from collecting more than two years' worth of back pay.
DISNEY'S BABY EINSTEIN IS NO EINSTEIN.Via the Chronicle. The University of Washington sent out a press release on a study it conducted where it found that Baby Einstein products didn't work. In fact, the study found that overuse of such products can slow babies' development. You'll recall that Bush gave a shoutout to BE's creator, Julie Aigner-Clark, during his last State of the Union. Now Disney is in an uproar over the study.
FALLWELL'S WINDFALL. Via the Chronicle news blog, Jerry Falwell was stocking up on life insurance policies worth about $34 million prior to his death. Most of the money was willed to Falwell's own Liberty University. In 1992, the university had more than $82 million in debt. Today, Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. (seriously!) said they want to pay off the university's remaining debt and work on an endowment.
BLOGOSPHERE OVERWHELMINGLY MALE. Congrats to our own GFR and Addie Stan who got a shout out in Ellen Goodman's column today on how the political blogosphere is overwhelmingly male and white. This is something that's been talked about a lot, especially in the wake of YKos, after which the WaPopublished a similar take.
SOLDIERS (WRONGLY) CRUSADE FOR CHRIST. Related to Ezra's dispatch from the YKos military panel, last week a Pentagon investigation concluded that several generals and a former military chaplain wrongly appeared in uniform in a fundraising video for Christian Embassy, a group affiliated with Campus Crusade for Christ. These soldiers are not permitted to endorse a "non-federal" entities.