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The world's eyes are on a US child abduction case. The supreme court will decide how to apply international law in the case of a mother taking her daughter from Italy to the US to flee her allegedly abusive ex-husband.

A case about international child abduction law has the world watching SCOTUS

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea

There is something especially heartening about a cross-cultural love story. It shows that humans are all essentially the same and that our differences are merely superficial.

But when love turns into hate and parents of differing nationalities break up, there's nothing more terrifying than the idea that your once true love will take off with your child to another land.

This week the US Supreme Court will consider just such a horror story, the tale of a small child separated from her mother and at the center of an international custody dispute of global significance.

Trump and the courts

Objectivity is on trial in Trump's impeachment hearings. A republican congressman sought to undermine a panel of four legal experts by asking whether they voted for Donald Trump—attacking a core principle of the judiciary system that people can put biases aside and act impartially.

The concept of objectivity is under attack at the Trump impeachment hearings

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars

On Wednesday I attended the hearing on constitutional grounds for impeachment of Donald Trump. It was a heartening affair because it shows a lively republic in pursuit of truth and it's always fun to see civics in action.

But it was disheartening because Republicans attacked the constitutional scholars testifying, questioning their objectivity and suggesting that they could not possibly be unbiased if they didn't reveal how they voted in the last presidential elections. And with each observer they manage to convince of this impossibility, we all lose a little bit more.

Trump's taxes will stay secret, for now. Trump argues that, as the president, his financial records are special. Lower courts have disagreed—but the US Supreme Court has granted the president's legal team more time to work on their petition.

The Supreme Court grants Trump’s emergency stay in financial records case

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't

US president Donald Trump yesterday got what he wanted from, of all people, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The progressive jurist granted the Republican president's request for a stay that would suspend an order in a lower court allowing his financial records to be reviewed.

But RBG was't signaling her approval of Trump's legal stance, just giving him time to file a petition for review, and it happened to be her because the justices rotate duties with respect to emergency applications. Now the House of Representatives must respond by Dec. 11 and the justices will ultimately have to decide if they want to walk into this political landmine and accept review of three financial matters dealing with Trump's records and his claims the executive is special.

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Reshaping society

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

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We hired three Fiverr workers to write about Fiverr’s IPO

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  • Very creative way to cover a recent IPO, and test how their service actually works in practice.

  • What a genius way to report on an IPO for a company that claims it does 'service as a product'

  • I think a lot really depends on the expectations of a user from fiverr. At the price points it offers, it can’t be expected to replace professional writing or reporting. Fiverr helps outsource dirty, mundane everyday tasks so you can concentrate on what really matters. Practically, if the writing you

    I think a lot really depends on the expectations of a user from fiverr. At the price points it offers, it can’t be expected to replace professional writing or reporting. Fiverr helps outsource dirty, mundane everyday tasks so you can concentrate on what really matters. Practically, if the writing you do is heavily scrutinised for plagiarism, yes it’s a good idea to stay away from fivers or tenners.

    However, I believe the real value to users is when they use the service reasonably regularly for defined low-value, low-risk tasks with an identified set of sellers/freelancers.

    To the issue of minimum wage, I think what fiverr eliminates is an intern’s job that are mostly unpaid anyway, or we could say fiverr aggregates and professionalises it.

  • Crap in, crap out. Fiverr is the worst representation of work for hire I have ever had the displeasure to have witnessed.

    No checks and balances, no talent, plagiarism abounds. Wait... sounds just like current education in the USA. As you were... what a great company!

  • I would be curious to see the results of the other services they offer. Especially for graphic design, logos, or voice overs. Original, properly researched and well written journalism is very hard to come by. Especially in a day and age where the internet so easily invites flagrant plagiarism, and the

    I would be curious to see the results of the other services they offer. Especially for graphic design, logos, or voice overs. Original, properly researched and well written journalism is very hard to come by. Especially in a day and age where the internet so easily invites flagrant plagiarism, and the lax writing style that’s becoming standard.

    It made sense to probe Fiverr on what is one of the hardest services to provide well. This is definitely an example of the kind of quality investigative coverage Quartz does so well.

  • In addition, Fiverr spent at least $2.96

    to earn each of the $2.00 service fees it charged for connecting the writer with the plagiarizers. Probably more but I’m just estimating revenue as the service fee. Is this something Wall Street should be subsidizing?

  • Quite cute and clever, but at the end of the day the most important thing as a public company is to manage investor expectations and to deliver on a clear path to profitability.

  • The last sentence is priceless : "Fiverr sells the idea that such a platform is a win for buyers and sellers—facilitated by technology!—when in reality it may not be to the liking of either party.

  • Great way to approach the IPO. This also highlights the false ideas out there that the gig economy and these rates are compatible.

  • My experience with Fiverr ran to some disappointment with quality. What I found was that most of the providers seemed educated but where mostly from the Balkan states and English and English grammar were a second, third or fourth language. An obvious difference in economies makes it easy for this group

    My experience with Fiverr ran to some disappointment with quality. What I found was that most of the providers seemed educated but where mostly from the Balkan states and English and English grammar were a second, third or fourth language. An obvious difference in economies makes it easy for this group to work for significantly less while serving an undiscerning audience. It could be pointed out that, and I don’t think this is conjecture too far out on the limb, that this is a region famous for producing fake news. Not purposefully to support a candidate but rather as a business model where reactionary articles taken as news produced click through revenues. In other words, these writers are savvy at creating a living from the ‘West’, but not the skill quality to work other than in the grey or black market.

  • LOL, "Fiverr for Quartz"