Happy weekend, ProfHackers! We hope that you’re staying cool in the heat (or warm in the cool if it’s not hot where you happen to be).
After another week of turmoil and debate, the Confederate flag was removed from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol building this morning after a 50+ year term. As the NY Times reports, it’s the end of an era. But NBCNews reports, the battle doesn’t end with South Carolina.
In less positive news, a seven day work week may soon be legal in the state of Wisconsin. Apparently Scott Walker and the WI legislature is not alone is the opinion that Americans need to work more. MSNBC reports that Jeb Bush claimed this week that “People should work longer hours.” (The linked article provides context for the remark)
The first chapter of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman has been released online (the link provides both an electronic text and a recording performed by Reese Witherspoon for those who prefer to listen). Apparently, it’s a doozy--according to Erin Keane for Salon “people are losing their minds.” The novel in its entirety will be released on July 14.
The internet witnessed a mutiny of sorts earlier this week when Reddit users and moderators, as reported by Mashable set several of the sites pages to private in protest over an employee’s termination. The moderators themselves explained in a NY Times Opinion piece. Also from Mashable, “What Reddit can learn from its user revolt.”
Finally, as any of you know, July 5th was a great day for the US Women’s Soccer team as they won the World Cup trophy. if you haven’t already, ready why Carli Lloyd needed to give her teammate Abby Wambach the captain’s arm band. Also, “Why you should care about Carli Lloyd, Abby Wambach, and the World Cup-winning U. S. Soccer Team.”
Our video of the week is courtesy of the White House: Obama’s telephone conversation with the World Cup champions.