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Bike share rides may be powered by union labor

November 13, 2014
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In These Times In These Times
by Amien Essif  

"Only a decade ago, bike share programs were considered European. But just as the concept takes off in urban areas around the US, the workers who make it possible are unionizing. After New York City workers organized the first ever bike share union in the US in September, three other cities (Washington, D.C., Boston, and most recently Chicago) have made significant progress on their own bike share worker organizing campaigns. A majority of workers in all three cities signed union authorization cards this fall; D.C. workers are negotiating a union election date while Boston and Chicago workers will vote whether or not to unionize within the next month." (11/11/14)

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Freedomworks slams “Net Neutrality”

November 12, 2014
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"FreedomWorks released a video denouncing Net Neutrality on Wednesday, just days after President Barack Obama announced strong support for regulations to require Internet providers to treat all web traffic equally. 'Supporters of the plan call it a free and open Internet, but in reality, it is anything but,' FreedomWorks communications coordinator Iris Somberg says in the video. ... 'By dictating that all these sites be treated the same, Net Neutrality makes small companies that don’t take up much bandwidth at all pay more so that big companies can pay less. That’s not the kind of equality the Internet needs. Net neutrality is not a level playing field. It’s an anti-competitive policy that protects the Internet’s biggest companies at the expense of everyone else.'" [editor's note: Despite the jaundiced slant of the source, the actual quotes tell the real story - SAT] (11/12/14)

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What a feminist looks like in Mauritius

November 12, 2014
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The Nation The Nation
by Michelle Chen  

"The scandalous headline splashed across the British tabloid page said it all: 'This is what a CHUMP looks like: Miliband under fire for wearing £45 "feminist" T-shirt made in a 62p-an-hour sweatshop.' The target of this Daily Mail expose wasn’t the usual salacious celebrity scandal: it was a garment factory in the Indian Ocean island nation Mauritius, where reporters traced the origins of the now-infamous heather gray shirts displaying the glib slogan: 'This is what a feminist looks like.' It was part of a charity campaign to rebrand feminism as cool, fun, carefree and fashionable. And it can also be hypocritical, evidently." (11/12/14)

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9,000-year-old man yields secrets of America’s earliest inhabitants

November 12, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"Eighteen years after his near-complete skeletal remains were found along the bank of the Columbia River in eastern Washington, Kennewick Man is finally telling his 9,000-year-old story -- and reshaping our knowledge of how North America was first populated by humans. The prehistoric man's bones have yielded clues about his diet and lineage, convincing forensic anthropologist Doug Owsley of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History that he was an immigrant who had come a long way before his death." [editor's note: Nice to see this scientific article on a news-site whose readers allegedly think the earth itself is much younger than that! - SAT] (11/12/14)

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TX: Crash tests set to gauge safety of guardrails

November 12, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Federal officials say crash tests will show by early 2015 whether guardrails found along many U.S. highways are safe. The Federal Highway Administration said Wednesday that crash tests involving guardrails made by Trinity Industries Inc. will be done at an independent lab in San Antonio. Critics say that a 2005 design change made it more likely that cars would be impaled if they hit either end of a guardrail head-on. The company faces several wrongful-death and injury lawsuits." (11/12/14)

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SC: U.S. judge overturns state’s gay marriage ban

November 12, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"A U.S. judge on Wednesday struck down South Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage, ruling that the state is bound by a regional federal appeals court decision that struck down Virginia's similar law. The ruling, along with decisions last week rejecting bans in Missouri, West Virginia and Kansas, are the latest in a series across the nation in which federal district courts have thrown out gay marriage bans. Gay marriage is legal in 32 of the 50 states." (11/12/14)

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Report: Russia signs deal with Iran for new reactors

November 12, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Less than two weeks before an international deadline for Iran to agree to curb its nuclear weapons capabilities, Russia has agreed to sell up to eight civilian atomic reactors to Iran. Russia, part of the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) group that will sit down with Iran next week in Vienna, insists that there is no contradiction between that goal and the new contract with Iran. But Russian officials also declare that they've stopped taking any advice from the West, particularly the US, against trading with Iran in areas other than UN Security Council-banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technologies." (11/12/14)

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World Cup 2022: Qatar to be cleared of corruption

November 12, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Qatar will be cleared of corruption claims over the 2022 World Cup bidding process when a Fifa report is published on Thursday, BBC Sport has learned. It was alleged that officials took £3 milion in return for supporting Qatar. Fifa's independent ethics adjudicator, Hans Joachim Eckert, will clear Qatar of wrongdoing in his report. The English Football Association will be admonished over its relationship with the then Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, who resigned in 2011." (11/12/14)

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2016 GOP primary getting more interesting

November 12, 2014
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Is it wrong of me to feel a little giddy thinking about the 2016 Republican presidential primaries? It is going to be a hoot and a holler, and with the midterms now behind us, potential candidates are moving quickly. The latest is a certain smooth-talking Baptist minister from Arkansas who is guaranteed to liven up the proceedings." (11/12/14)

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UC’s latest free-speech lapse

November 12, 2014
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Debra J. Saunders San Francisco Chronicle
by Debra J. Saunders  

"'I may be a thief, but you are a terrorist,' quoth UC Santa Barbara feminist studies Professor Mireille Miller-Young. It was March 4. The professor had just grabbed an antiabortion poster from the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust at the campus free-speech area. The professor didn’t like a poster of an aborted fetus -- I don’t blame her. But she had no right to take the poster. Thrin Short, 16, and her sister Joan, 21, pursued the professor and her student entourage. They also taped what ensued. Miller-Young got physical. The Shorts called the police. In August, Miller-Young apologized and pleaded no contest to theft and battery charges." (11/11/14)

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Exit polls and the extrapolation mistake

November 12, 2014
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Talking about turnout in the 2014 election can look an awful lot like making excuses for the Democrats' loss, which I wouldn't want to do. Democrats don't need to feel better about what happened last Tuesday. They ought to feel bad, not just over how their party performed but about the very real consequences to people's lives that might occur as a result. But now that the data are coming in, we're seeing just how it was Republicans won. It wasn't because they did such a terrific job of persuading people to support their dynamic agenda for change, it was because their voters came to the polls and the Democrats' voters didn't." (11/11/14)

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Net neutrality: Obama finally takes a principled [sic] stand

November 12, 2014
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In These Times In These Times
by Mark Stanley  

"President Obama’s announcement yesterday that he supported 'the strongest possible rules on Net Neutrality' rocked the Internet. By coming out in full-throated support of reclassification of broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, the president made it unequivocally clear he stood for true Net Neutrality. Support for Title II reclassification is a big deal. It’s what the broadband providers (that is, cable and phone companies like Comcast and Verizon) vehemently oppose. It’s also what civil liberties groups, consumer advocates, dozens of Members of Congress, and hundreds of online innovators support." [editor's note: And once again, the "progressive" pundit gets it wrong - SAT] (11/11/14)

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The new bipartisanship: The big sting

November 12, 2014
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Our Future
by Robert Borosage  

“'When the American people choose divided government, I don’t think it means they don’t want us to do anything,' Mr. McConnell told reporters. 'We ought to start with the view that maybe there are things we can agree on to make progress for the country.' After the Republican electoral tsunami, Mitch McConnell, architect of the Republican scorched-earth campaign of obstruction against all things Obama, emerged as the voice of reason, instantly congealing a new conventional wisdom in Washington." (11/11/14)

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Poland: Independence march turns violent

November 12, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Polish police have used water cannon to disperse hundreds of masked men during march marking National Independence Day in the capital, Warsaw. The clashes began as some of the marchers -- said to be members of far-right groups -- broke away from the main rally and started to throw stones and flares at the police. Several people were arrested, and there were reports of injuries. It is the fourth year in a row that violence has erupted during the march." (11/11/14)

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New chief of military police announced in Rio

November 11, 2014
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"José Mariano Beltrame announced [late last week] the fifth change in command of Rio’s military police since he began racking up his own record seven-plus years as state public safety secretary, in 2007. Mr. Beltrame said that as of January the new commander will be Col. Alberto Pinheiro Neto, former BOPE (elite squad) commander, who leaves his post as head of TV Globo’s security force to return to active military police duty. From now until January Col. Íbis Silva Pereira will run the military police and then become Pinheiro Neto’s chief of staff." (11/11/14)

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ISDS, not ISIS, is the real threat

November 11, 2014
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The Nation The Nation Blog
by Greg Grandin  

"The media has been pushing a line, following Republican victory in last week’s midterm election, that the one area where Barack Obama and a now GOP-controlled Senate might find room for compromise is trade, especially the approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, a twelve-nation deal. The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, The Washington Post and the Daily Beast, among others, along with Obama and few Republicans, have suggested that Mitch McConnell will be more likely to bring the deal to a vote than Harry Reid, who refused to do so. But Public Citizen says talk of Republicans giving Obama fast-track approval is just wish fulfilment. It’s the House, not the Senate, that matters when it comes to trade authorization." (11/11/14)

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TN: Haslam downplays VW labor policy on UAW

November 11, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is downplaying the significance of a new policy that the United Auto Workers has characterized as an avenue toward union recognition the Chattanooga Volkswagen factory. Haslam, one of the more vocal Republicans critical of the UAW's efforts to represent workers at the plant, told reporters Tuesday that his administration has been in talks with Volkswagen about the new policy, but declined to give details pending an official announcement. ... Volkswagen has so far declined to comment." (11/11/14)

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Apple faces US lawsuit over vanishing iPhone text messages

November 11, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"Apple Inc was ordered to face a U.S. federal lawsuit claiming it failed to tell consumers that its messaging system would block them from receiving text messages if they switched to Android-based smartphones from iPhones. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, CA said Apple must face plaintiff Adrienne Moore's claim that the message blocking interfered with her contract with Verizon Wireless for wireless service, which she kept after switching in April to a Samsung (005930.KS) Galaxy S5 from an iPhone 4. Moore ... claimed that Apple failed to disclose how its iOS 5 software operating system would obstruct the delivery of 'countless' messages from other Apple device users if iPhone users switched to non-Apple devices." (11/11/14)

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Best-selling drug in America? Not what you might think

November 11, 2014
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Fox News Fox News    

"America's best-selling drug is ... an anti-psychotic called Abilify that comes with two surprising factoids: It's designed to treat severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder but is now also widely prescribed for depression, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration can't explain how it works, the Daily Beast reports. ... Testing has shown that Abilify successfully improves 'quality of life' for schizophrenics, Reuters reports, but critics say that that makes Abilify 'like a bazooka' compared to other anti-depressants." [editor's note: Once more, Big Pharma develops a drug with a limited market, where side effects are acceptable, mass-markets to make money on it, and adds to the drug-dependency of the nation - SAT] (11/11/14)

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Is saying hello sexual harassment?

November 11, 2014
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Reuters Reuters
by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh  

"A video documenting a woman’s experience walking through the streets of New York City for a day went viral. The reason? In the space of 10 hours, she was harassed more than 100 times. A lot of the comments the woman, Shoshana Roberts, receives in the video come in the form of 'hello' or 'good morning.' On their own, these greetings could be seen as benign. This ambiguity provoked a debate about what counts as harassment. What I find troubling in these conversations is society’s frequent inability to trust women’s knowledge and definitions of harassment. It is well documented that when women speak about their experiences of sexual harassment, objectification or abuse by men, they are often not believed." (11/10/14)

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WA: Airlines sue Port of Seattle over minimum wage hike

November 11, 2014
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"U.S. airlines are suing the Port of Seattle to block planned pay increases for airport workers, in the latest legal battle over efforts to better compensate workers in a state with the highest minimum wage in the country. The Port commission, which runs the Seattle-Tacoma airport, voted in July to hike the wage floor to $11.22 per hour in January 2015 and $13.00 per hour in 2017 for airport employees. On Monday, Airlines for America, which represents major air carriers, filed suit in district court in Seattle arguing the wage hikes conflict with state and federal law and labor agreements." (11/11/14)

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Surprise! There may be a way to fix Washington

November 11, 2014
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Reuters Reuters
by Jim Gaines  

"The morning after the midterm elections, one of the best places to go for hope that the 114th Congress might actually get something done was a think tank not far from the Capitol called the Bipartisan Policy Center. Founded in 2007 by four former Senate majority leaders and its director, Jason Grumet, the BPC gave itself the mission of trying to figure out how to make government work in a time when hyperpartisanship seemed to be bringing Washington to an almost complete stop. Last Wednesday morning, former majority leaders Tom Daschle [D-SD] and Trent Lott [R-MS] talked about how things used to work, in a time when members of Congress lived where they worked, their kids grew up together, their spouses were friends, and compromise happened because people trusted each other, even when they profoundly disagreed." (11/10/14)

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The peasants still have their pitchforks

November 11, 2014
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Sam Pizzigati Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati  

"What can we expect Congress to do about America’s staggeringly top-heavy concentration of income and wealth over the next two years? Absolutely nothing. What do Americans want Congress to do about that concentration? A good bit. We know the first answer from the simple math of last week’s election results. Republicans now hold a chokehold on both chambers of Congress. No legislation that would even slightly inconvenience America’s awesomely affluent has any chance of even coming up for a vote." (11/10/14)

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Can Democrats get to a true blue majority?

November 11, 2014
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Paul Waldman The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman  

"Everyone knew that the 2014 Senate election was going to be a tough one for Democrats, in large part because they were defending more seats than Republicans, and many of those seats were in red states. And of course, Democrats lost all the close races, with the exception of the one in New Hampshire. This is going to have an effect on the Democratic caucus in the Senate that we haven't really been talking about since last Tuesday: it's going to make it more liberal. In fact, the red state Democratic senator is a nearly extinct species." (11/10/14)

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You too can learn to love spam

November 10, 2014
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Jon Carroll San Francisco Chronicle
by Jon Carroll  

"I responded to a reader ... and immediately got a kick-back message. 'In order to control spam,' I was requested to register at some site. ... My attitude is: Get a good spam filter, and then accept the stuff that leaks through. In fact, the stuff that leaks through is often interesting or amusing in its own right. ... Indeed, creating a scam is its own subculture. I notice fewer pleas from deposed foreign ministers of smallish African countries who have money waiting in an account in the Caymans. I still see lots of heartfelt narratives from people trapped in foreign countries. Stolen wallets, incompetent police, things like that." (11/10/14)

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