1. 3D Printing a Gun — Now Possible
The U.S. Department of Justice and startup Defense Distributed have settled on an agreement to legalize the production of 3D printed guns starting August 1st. Gun rights activist Cody Wilson has worked for years to make these blueprints legal. He claimed that posting them was protected by the First Amendment (free speech). The guns are referred to as ‘ghost guns’ because they are unregistered and unable to be traced. Anyone with access to a 3D printer can make a gun, and the instructions are on the Internet for various guns. Gun control is officially out-of control.
(Source: The Hustle)
2. WeWork Bans Meat
Say goodbye to that juicy hamburger for lunch. WeWork has eliminated meat from their corporate menu and will no longer reimburse employees for meals containing red meat, poultry, or pork. WeWork co-founder, Miguel McKelvey, states that “New research shows avoiding meat is one of the best things to reduce [our] personal environmental impact.” Although most of us want to save the planet, critics of the new policy wonder if WeWork has the authority to push these vegetarian options onto their employees. The company estimates the movement will save 445M lbs of carbon dioxide emissions by 2023. Fret not, employees are still allowed to bring their own meals containing meat, just not on company dime. Seems eerily similar to hotels encouraging you not to wash towels or sheets under the guise of saving the environment, when the main reason is to save the hotels some serious cash.
3. How Much are Facebook, Google, and Netflix Employees Getting Paid?
Facebook workers get paid an eye-popping median salary of $240,430. The median is the middle point of all the employees at Facebook. Meaning, like an average, it doesn’t get heavily skewed, by say, COO Cheryl Sandberg’s $25,196,221 annual compensation (yes, there are that many commas). The median pay for other Silicon Valley companies include Google with $197,274, Netflix with $183,304 and Twitter with $161,860. While this is certainly a lot of dough, we also must understand that some of the pay is absorbed by the cost of living in California. Then again, most of these companies provide free meals and transportation to all employees. So maybe it’s time to brush up on your C++ programming skills. The Zuck has a net worth of $77.6B, while Seattle-based Jeff Bezos is a cool $143B, making him the richest man in history. Fellow “Seattleite” Bill Gates is on the other side of the tracks with $93B.