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Friday, January 31, 2014

It's Friday, and Your Morning News Is Piping Hot

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Ukrainian Torture: Viewer discretion advised.

Seattle Art Museum Has to Change Its Super Bowl Bet: After First Nations people say they don't want their tribal mask used. Now the wager involves a Japanese screen.

Japanese Public Broadcaster Under Pressure: By the rightist government.

Water Crisis in Iran: One of the largest salt lakes in the world has dried up.

The "Nonprofit" NFL: How the NFL avoids paying taxes.

Merck Will Stop Testing on Chimps: Part of a larger trend away from animal research.

Amazon Stock Falls 9 Percent This Morning: Amazon Prime is too successful; it might cost more soon.

It Does Look Like Satya Nadella Will Take Over at Microsoft: Who is he?

Barneys to Feature 17 Trans Models: In its spring campaign.

"Sequins are fine. Cutouts are not fine. Lunges are more macho than spirals.": A great piece on the sexual politics of the gayest in-the-closet sport, male figure skating.

Amanda Knox is 'Defiant': 'I'm going to fight this until the very end.'

Goldy Was Wrong!: The WA legislature takes up the Dream Act, which would allow children of immigrants to qualify for state financial aid for college.

I Was Wrong! Headline of the Week Is This Instead: "Pope Francis Continues Outreach, Blesses Male Stripper's Parrot." I love this pope. (Always with the birds, this guy.)

American Socialism: In art.

Seattle Remembers: The beloved cat Colonel Meow.

A Ballard Youth Requests the Use of 'Fuck' and 'Shit' on This Post: Fuck! Shit!

The Tacoma ice sculptor Jeremy Mangan is in New York making sculptures that cause reporters to deliver freezing, freezing puns. Play, or beware, the drinking game in which you sip at every ice pun.


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Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 1

My solution for the economy.

Give IT Professionals a Big Pay Raise
Written by John Bailo

Over the past decade we've been treated to vociferous arguments about the misdistribution of goods and assets in our society. The approaches for rectifying this situation focus on the extremes. Boost minimum wages? Add taxes on the wealthy? These answers overlook a third way: doubling the incomes of STEM workers.…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on January 31, 2014 at 8:47 AM · Report this
Call me Scott 2
RE: NFL Tax Exempt Status. Here's a petition to revoke . . .
Posted by Call me Scott on January 31, 2014 at 8:49 AM · Report this
stinkbug 3
I read that story as indicating a trend away from chimp research, not (sadly) animal research in general.
Posted by stinkbug on January 31, 2014 at 8:56 AM · Report this
AirBuddy 4
Fuck shit stack!

I knew a former semi-professional figure skater in college who was a lovely person but had a sort of sheepish aversion to talking about sexuality. It's so much like ballet in that it's a highly rigorous sport/dance/practice started prepubescently and also being dominated by quintessentially conservative and aristocratic (graceful men) social conventions.
Posted by AirBuddy on January 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 5
It is not as if the NFL has special tax-exempt status. They are a non-profit just like every other non-profit. They do not make profits, all the profits go to the 32 teams where it is taxed. It is a trade organization that runs off of dues paid by its members, like every other trade organization.

It uses these funds to negotiate contracts, pay referees, conduct safety training/testing, and for benefits for players, and of course pay salaries of workers.

This has been explained many times, so I am unsure why The Stranger refuses to be honest about the topic, or at least (god forbid) find out how it actually works.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 31, 2014 at 9:12 AM · Report this
Posted by Max Solomon on January 31, 2014 at 9:28 AM · Report this
@5 Yes. Though, I have to wonder how many Non-Profit CEO's are making $29.5 million as of 2011?
Posted by searunner on January 31, 2014 at 10:12 AM · Report this
JonnoN 8
@5 non-profits should be doing public good. By definition a trade association for football should be promoting football in general, not just the NFL. But you're correct, they're not deducting anything and the profits go to the for-profit teams. I doubt the taxpayers would see a noticeable difference.
Posted by JonnoN on January 31, 2014 at 10:34 AM · Report this
seatackled 9
Football teams get to reduce their taxes by writing off the millions they pay in dues.

It's like when Barbara Bush donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Jeb Bush's education company after Hurricane Katrina--you knew she was just laundering her money.
Posted by seatackled on January 31, 2014 at 10:38 AM · Report this
seatackled 10
Speaking of the NFL, a Raiderette filed a lawsuit a couple of weeks ago against the Oakland Raiders for unfair labor practices--unpaid practices, required payments for costumes, make-artists and hairstylists, fines for violations, and other things meant that the cheerleaders were getting less than $5 an hour. I have no idea how the Seahawks treat their cheerleaders, but what the Raiders were doing is apparently common practice among NFL teams. Anyway, most of this was in a story a couple of weeks ago. Here's an article from today:…
Posted by seatackled on January 31, 2014 at 10:44 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 11
@10: The rationale for how cheerleaders are compensated is basically:

A) this is nowhere near a full-time job, and since it is a seasonal job with not many hours, no one should be trying to support themselves or a family on it.

B) it is more about "exposure" for the women, and they treat it as a hobby more than anything.

Shitty reasons, huh? Strange thing is that it appears many of the women involved tend to agree with the this take on it, publicly at least. Part of it is that the job itself is not very demanding, and many cheerleaders also get a cut out of promotional items/merchandise, such as the Dallas cheeleader's calendar. However, these will all vary from team to team.

Personally, I think the reasoning is insanely bad, but I am not sure if it is an NFL issue, or an issue with individual teams. I would imagine it is about the team itself, as I do not think there is a union for cheerleaders, nor and NFL rules regarding their compensation or working conditions.

It is some shameful shit though, and I am glad someone is finally suing about it. Surprised it has not come up sooner, honestly.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 31, 2014 at 10:56 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 12
I have no issue with revising the rules regarding trade organizations and taxes in general, but it is not good practice to draft a law that targets one trade organization just because it is a very lucrative trade that a lot of people do not find important. Close loopholes if necessary, institute caps, but do not single out one group for legally arbitrary reasons.

The NFL does support football in other countries, and does do a lot amount of charity work/awareness raising. The "Play 60" initiative is a big one now. So it does operate for the public good, if we are going to be honest about it and shed our "sports are evil" biases.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on January 31, 2014 at 11:06 AM · Report this
JonnoN 13
@9 I suspect the teams could write it off as a business expense anyway. But I don't know.

@12 good info. I'm not biased in this issue, just think all for-profit organizations (which the NFL obviously is) should pay appropriate taxes. I'm not convinced they're not now, so I don't have a strong opinion one way or the other. And its worth noting that revoking this loophole would also affect the NHL; other professional leagues are not non-profit.
Posted by JonnoN on January 31, 2014 at 12:16 PM · Report this

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