Looking out the window when it’s beautifully sunny it is like looking at a canvas full of opportunity. There’s nothing more incredible than seeing an absolutely perfect day outside, except if you have the ability to head out there and spend some time gathering as much vitamin D as you can. If you’re at a loss for ideas, allow me to help you, kind stranger.

For starters, if you’re feeling hungry, I suggest heading to the nearest grocery store and picking up sandwich-making equipment including, but not limited to, a nice loaf of bread, meats, and cheeses. Grab all of your food supplies, and head to the beach where I suggest you proceed to sit in the sand, with a towel, and prepare some of the best beachside sandwiches this world has ever seen. Try that out and reach out to me when you’ve had your fill. 

Enjoy the day, here’s what you missed in the news yesterday. 

We Can Do Better

Ironically enough, at one of the more progressive tech companies in the world, Google, a recent TechCrunch investigation found male-identified Level 4 Software Engineers received less money than women in the same role. I bring this up not to pity the men who were paid less than women, but to highlight the fact that Google paid out $9.7 million to adjust pay for wage disparities occurring in the company. When it was found that men were being shorted, Google executives reacted immediately, but where was this response time when women were being paid less? 

“Our pay equity analysis ensures that compensation is fair for employees in the same job, at the same level, location and performance. But we know that’s only part of the story. Because leveling, performance ratings, and promotion impact pay, this year, we are undertaking a comprehensive review of these processes to make sure the outcomes are fair and equitable for all employees.”

Lauren Barbato, Google Lead Analyst for Pay Equity and People Analytics 

Even in the tech industry, where meritocratic hiring practices are known to be quite prevalent, women still manage to take home less dough than their male-counterparts. Female representation is a non-negotiable need for the workforce, as women are humans, and humans are invaluable specimens until proven otherwise. If anything, based on the train wreck of a situation facing domestic politics, its almost laughable that people aren’t insisting that women take a stab at running the federal government and/or the White House. Delving deeper into female representation in politics, women make up only 25% of the U.S. Senate, and 23% of the House, despite making up 51% of the population in America. 

The Democrats Are At It Again

Those whacky House Democrats are always up to something, whether its waging their ongoing war on President Donald Trump, or surfing on some blue wave, or whatever. In today’s news, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler announced a new investigation into President Trump’s campaign, businesses, transition and administration, making for a probe that could set the precedent for Democrats to finally introduce articles of impeachment against Trump. 

According to CNN reports, the Judiciary Committee on Monday sent letters to 81 people and entities seeking information for their newly initiated investigation. The requests include asking for documentation and communications on issues related to, but not limited to, FBI Director James Comey’s firing, Trump’s finances and foreign government relations, Trump’s contact with Russia, and a ton of other fun topics!

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