Good news, everyone: the Philadelphia City Council passed a paid sick leave bill on Thursday, and in a welcome reversal from those previous occasions where Philadelphia passed a paid sick leave bill, Mayor Michael Nutter signed it -- having decided, apparently, that the economy's doing well enough that Philadelphia can "withstand" a paid sick leave law. Of course paid sick leave laws actually benefit economies, but they don't necessarily benefit a CEO's pay package, which is the real reason there's so much pushback from big corporate lobbies (if not very many actual small businesses).
Electric-car manufacturer Tesla plans to begin production on a "home battery" in the next six months. But calling it a game-changer is rather premature -- something will have to charge the home battery, and absent an off-the-grid renewable-energy system, it'll likely be dirty fossil fuel energy. Still, it might represent an improvement over the home generator, and that's where I expect it'll find its early niche, at least.
Tax time is upon us, and the IRS provides a helpful list of scams to which taxpayers should be alert. The most common one, apparently, is the "IRS agent" who calls you on the phone and demands immediate payment of back taxes, which you ought to know is BS because the IRS will only ask for back payments through snail-mail. Other scams include scams perpetrated against the taxpayer (fake charities, preparers offering impossibly big-sounding refunds) and scams perpetrated by taxpayers (falsifying income, Form 1099s for workers who don't exist, claiming undeserved Fuel Tax Credits).
Boise, ID woman gets arrested for, apparently, trying to convert one of her Jewish neighbors to Christianity in the worst possible way -- with harassment and violence, culminating in putting her heel on her neighbor's throat. And the lesson, good peoples? Coerced devotion is useless, not to mention pleasureless. (The article also describes a case where a man gets 10 years probation for yelling epithets at Iraqi students -- and the judge tells him he doesn't think he's sorry for anything other than getting caught.)
Finally, Brent Budowsky warns that even supporting a challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Presidential nomination from the left would likely result in "a one-party state" run by the GOP. You know what that is? A hostage situation, that's what -- support my preferred center-right candidate for President, or your government gets it! And I suspect Mrs. Clinton "inspiring" Democrats won't mean her taking liberal positions that might actually help people and win elections. No, Scott Walker will beat Hillary Clinton, because he stands for something and she doesn't -- granted, Mr. Walker stands for something evil, but absent, say, a financial services meltdown, standing for something always trumps standing for nothing.