Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Top Links - 13 December

(1) Recipient of ground-breaking $700M contract ground-breakingly defers $680M of his payment

Shohei Ohtani, who recently signed a 10-year contract for $700M, deferred his salary and will only receive $2M per year now. This is an interesting move, because $70M is a lot more than $2M. Ohtani reportedly wants the Dodgers to be able to pay for other players to play with him. Ohtani isn't the first to do this, but he has deferred the most compared to others. This potentially benefits Ohtani from a tax perspective, because he can move to a state with no income tax after his contract is over. The WSJ reporter takes the second half of the article to whine about income tax policy.

(2) Biases against black women in healthcare

"Unconscious bias" in healthcare puts pregnant black women at risk, the NYT reads. The lede is a zinger:

Shakima Tozay was 37 years old and six months pregnant when a nurse, checking the fetal heart rate of the baby boy she was carrying, referred to him as “a hoodlum.”

Ms. Tozay, a social worker, froze. She had just been hospitalized at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash., with pre-eclampsia, a life-threatening complication of pregnancy, and she is Black.

“A ‘hoodlum’?” she said. “Why would you call him that?”

I am not going to lie, I think the issue is conscious bias. I think unconscious bias is an unhelpful term that tells people with racist tendencies that their biases are so innate that they are unfixable and will remain broken forever. This does nobody any favors. I think calling a black newborn a "hoodlum" is just conscious bias. He is black, so he is a hoodlum. She consciously ingested that the kid was black.  

(3) Netflix puts out the world's worst data report

When ranked by hours watched, Season 2 of Breaking Bad is the most popular season of the show on Netflix. A funny analysis of Netflix's "viewing data" release: A series of rubbish charts about Netflix’s rubbish viewing data. I mean, they could have at least included if the title was a movie or a TV show.