4-day workweek, meet 5-hour workday
If you polled a large portion of the working populace on whether they preferred an 8-hour workday or a 5-hour workday, we’re confident we could predict the results. But what if we told you a 5-hour workday had some benefits, including productivity? Researchers in the UK say that five-hour days may be a better option to the four-day workweek. The time constraint of the shorter workday forces people to think creatively on how to get jobs done with more efficiency. Not only that, researchers say five hours is about the limit we can focus on one task, without our mind and focus waning. (Wired UK)
Some Texans shocked to find their smart thermostats were raised remotely
Some neighbors in the Houston, Texas area said their homes have been much warmer this week, even while they are running their air conditioners. Many of them claim someone has been turning up the temperature on their thermostats since the energy shortage began. A family received an alert on their smart phone from The Electric Reliability Council of Texas asking Texans to turn up the temperatures on their thermostats recently. The family said their thermostat had been changed remotely, raising the temperature of their home during a three-hour “energy saving event.” Several others said they found out that their thermostats were being accessed, and turned up, remotely. Some said they didn’t know their thermostats were being accessed from afar until it was almost 80 degrees inside their homes. (KHOU)
Student loans a ‘lifelong burden’
The student debt crisis is one that spans generations, with about 8.7 million Americans aged over 50 still paying off college loans. Whether they’ve taken out loans to help their children or went back to school later in life, the oldest borrowers hold the fastest-growing share of the country’s $1.7 trillion student loan debt. And with higher interest rates, their loan balances have swelled by nearly half since 2017, leaving retired borrowers making repayments without the income they once had when they were working. (Bloomberg)
The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that urges a stop to arms sales to Myanmar and calls on the country to release political prisoners and respect November election results
The resolution is supported by 119 countries, but Belarus voted against it, and the remaining 36 United Nations member countries, including Russia and China, declined to vote. Myanmar’s own diplomat voted in favor. The United Nations special envoy on Myanmar emphasized the elevated risks of the conflict resulting in a large-scale civil war. Some of the countries that abstained said the resolution was not helpful, while others claimed it did not properly address Myanmar’s crisis. General Assembly resolutions do not have legal but rather political weight. (Reuters)
Peter Jackson’s upcoming film about The Beatles, “Get Back”, will be expanded into a three-part Disney+ docuseries
Peter Jackson compiled the film from more than 50 hours of footage shot during the Beatles’ infamous recording sessions for their album “Let It Be” in 1970. The docuseries will debut over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from November 25-27. The “Let It Be” sessions were previously chronicled in the 1970 documentary “Let It Be” from director Michael Lindsay-Hogg. While Lindsay-Hogg’s film depicted the group breaking up, and focused on the tensions between them during these sessions, Peter Jackson’s film presents a counter-narrative, centering around more upbeat and collaborative moments. “Get Back” was originally scheduled for theatrical release as a single film in September 2020. (Variety)
Monday Turns Up With:
- Arizona Day
- Cuckoo Warning Day (First Day of Summer)
- Day of the Gong
- Daylight Appreciation Day
- Energy Shopping Day (First Monday of Summer)
- Go Skateboarding Day
- International Day of Yoga
- Make Music Day
- Peaches ‘N’ Cream Day
- Selfie Day
- Tall Girl Appreciation Day (Longest Day of The Year)
- World Giraffe Day
- World Handshake Day
- World Humanist Day
- World Hydrography Day
- World Music Day
524 – Godomar, King of the Burgundians defeats the Franks at the Battle of Vézeronce.
1734 – In Montreal in New France, a slave known by the French name of Marie-Joseph Angélique is put to death, having been convicted of setting the fire that destroyed much of the city.
1768 – James Otis, Jr. offends the King and Parliament in a speech to the Massachusetts General Court.
1791 – King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family begin the Flight to Varennes during the French Revolution.
1877 – The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants convicted of murder, are hanged at the Schuylkill County and Carbon County, Pennsylvania prisons.
1915 – The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in Guinn v. United States 238 US 347 1915, striking down an Oklahoma law denying the right to vote to some citizens.
1929 – An agreement brokered by U.S. Ambassador Dwight Whitney Morrow ends the Cristero War in Mexico.
1948 – Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, New York.
1957 – Ellen Fairclough is sworn in as Canada’s first woman Cabinet Minister.
2000 – Section 28 (of the Local Government Act 1988), outlawing the ‘promotion’of homosexuality in the United Kingdom, is repealed in Scotland with a 99 to 17 vote.