Only in America
Netflix is reportedly asking employees not to look at one another for more than five consecutive seconds. The gaze limit is part of new sexual harassment guidelines, issued in response to #MeToo, that also bar employees from flirting, “lingering hugs,” and asking each other for their personal phone numbers.
The Drug Enforcement Agency is seeking a contractor to decontaminate cash seized in drug raids. Agents already wear latex gloves while handling bundles of seized cash, but with the spread of the super-potent opioid fentanyl and other designer drugs, the DEA now wants cash to be chemically decontaminated before agents count it. Medical experts say fentanyl isn’t easily absorbed through the skin, but the DEA says touching tainted currency “may be extremely harmful to human health.”
Boring but important
Budget deficit up 23 percent
The federal budget deficit ballooned 23 percent during the first eight months of the fiscal year, according to the Treasury Department, with the government taking in less money from corporate taxes while also ramping up spending. Corporate tax revenue decreased 25 percent, while spending increased on military programs, homeland security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The difference between what the government spent and what it took in totaled $532.24 billion in October through May, compared with $432.85 billion during the same period a year earlier. The Congressional Budget Office expects the deficit to grow more as spending continues to outpace revenue. Government revenue fell 10 percent in May compared with a year earlier; spending grew 11 percent.