I was watching the news and apparently Trump had created a political propaganda parody of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure animated by Butch Hartman.
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The National Labor Relations Board has determined that Amazon violated labor law after workers at its Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse tried to join a union, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers Union said Monday.
Workers at the Alabama warehouse voted against forming a union in April. Representatives of the union immediately challenged the outcome on the grounds that Amazon engaged in illegal interference with employees’ votes to discourage them from unionizing.
The vote was 1,798 opposing the union and 738 in favor. The union accused Amazon of creating an “atmosphere of confusion, coercion and fear of reprisals” among workers at the facility.
The director who presided over the NLRB hearing will recommend whether a new election is conducted, the union said in a statement, but the final decision whether workers will be allowed to cast new ballots and form a union ultimately lies with the director of the regional NLRB office based in Atlanta.
A representative for the NLRB declined to comment.
Some workers at the warehouse in Bessemer alleged that Amazon went to great lengths to discourage them from voting for the union, including hanging signs over toilets in bathroom stalls, conducting mandatory meetings about the downsides of joining a union and hiring people to walk around the warehouse to talk to workers about why they should not join a union, three Amazon employees in Bessemer said in interviews this year.
A core accusation by the union is that Amazon illegally arranged for a U.S. Postal Service mailbox to be installed in the fulfillment center parking lot during the election. The union alleged that it gave the impression that Amazon might have had access to the secret ballots cast by workers or that workers might be under surveillance as they cast their votes. Amazon is alleged to have moved forward with installing the mailbox even after the NLRB denied its request to place ballot drop boxes onsite.
Maria Boschetti, an Amazon spokesperson, said in an emailed statement that the company plans to appeal the NLRB decision.
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Republican governors in southern states seem to be in a rush to kill off their conservative, anti-vax, mask-hating constituents. Which, tbh I wouldn’t have a problem with ….if it was just them affected by their willfully aggressive ignorance. But their obstinate refusal to wear face masks and get vaccinated is putting a lot of innocent people at risk. Needlessly. Foolishly. And selfishly.
But now he’s sorry
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The jewels of America’s landscape should belong to America’s original peoples.
Placing these lands under collective Native control would be good not just for Natives, but for the parks as well. In addition to our deep and abiding reverence for wild spaces, tribes have a long history of administering to widely dispersed holdings and dealing with layers of bureaucracy.
Many reservations are checkerboarded: Large parcels of reservation land are scattered and separated from one another. And much of the land within reservation boundaries is owned by a number of different interests—private, nontribal citizens; corporations; states; the federal government—that tribal leadership balances and accommodates.
Through hard practice—and in the face of centuries of legal, political, and physical struggle—Indian communities have become adept at the art of governance. And tribes have a hard-earned understanding of the ways in which land empowers the people it sustains.
Transferring the parks to the tribes would protect them from partisan back-and-forth in Washington. And the transfer should be subject to binding covenants guaranteeing a standard of conservation that is at least as stringent as what the park system enforces today, so that the parks’ ecological health would be preserved—and improved—long into the future.
The federal government should continue to offer some financial support for park maintenance, in order to keep fees low for visitors, and the tribes would continue to allow universal access to the parks in perpetuity. Bikers and toddlers, Instagram models and Tony Hawk—all would be welcome. We would govern these beautiful places for ourselves, but also for all Americans...
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From CNN: Arkansas GOP governor says he regrets ban on mask mandates as Covid-19 cases surge
Arkansas GOP governor says he regrets ban on mask mandates as Covid-19 cases surge
Only over half a million dead... Sure now's a good time to get smart..
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Bolsonaro's 'land grab' bill passes Brazil's lower house
[Image description: cattle graze on a smoldering field that was hit by a fire burning a tract of the Amazon forest as it is cleared by farmers, in Rio Pardo, Rondonia, Brazil September 16, 2019.]
Brazil's lower house of Congress passed a land bill on Tuesday that is backed by the country's powerful farm sector but that environmentalists say will contribute to deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.
The bill allows squatters on public land to more easily receive deeds to their properties and was initially proposed by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in a move to please farmers, who overwhelmingly supported his 2018 election.
The lower house approved the basic text of the bill by 296 votes for and 136 against. It still needs to pass in the Senate.
Proponents of the bill say granting deeds to settlers will encourage them to comply with laws to curb deforestation. But critics say it will reward past crimes of illegal land grabbers, who often deforest land to increase its value for agriculture.
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…Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure proposal left out the entirety of the care proposal, offered nothing on immigration, and featured startlingly little on climate; a reconciliation bill was still almost two months out. And yet the reception featured no four-letter words and no accusations of cowardice. According to sources who were in the meeting, Sheyman was particularly obliging, raising his hand to personally congratulate the administration on the deal.
“This is the meeting for progressives and progressive advocacy organizations,” said one adviser close to the White House. “The bill doesn’t include a single one of his priorities, and yet the tone is incredibly civil, nobody is even saber-rattling.” Biden, meanwhile, was soon pledging not to veto the bipartisan package if it came to his desk without a reconciliation bill full of other Democratic climate priorities, threatening the absence of major environmental spending to come.
Criticism has been in surprisingly short supply during Biden’s first six months, from a left flank that’s been somewhere between docile and unctuous. D.C. progressive groups have lavished praise on Joe Biden as the next FDR, and when he’s indulged some un-FDR-like tendencies, they’ve continued lavishing. “The idea of Joe Biden being FDR 2.0 was just a message point without a body of work to back it up,” Murshed Zaheed, progressive political consultant and former political director of CREDO, told me. “They just desperately needed the folks who were fired up.”
The result has been a progressive flank that has been defanged in Bidenworld, unwilling to make public criticisms even as much of the legislative agenda has slipped away. Already, gun control, judicial reform, student debt relief, and much of health care and immigration reform have fallen by the wayside. Policing and criminal justice reform has bogged down in seemingly endless bipartisan negotiations, with Biden pushing no deadlines for action. Democrats have split on drug pricing, with moderates on the Hill chasing modest tweaks and progressives trying to go big to save hundreds of billions for additional fiscal spending. Tax reform, despite making it into the reconciliation bill, remains on the ropes. There’s no real plan to pass meaningful voting rights protection, which Biden admitted preemptive defeat on in a July speech. The PRO Act and some small percentage of immigration, like the $15 minimum wage before it, will be decided by the whims of the Senate parliamentarian. The president himself is one of the stronger remaining defenders of the filibuster. Yet the self-censorship and happy talk endure.
A DISEMPOWERED PROGRESSIVE FLANK during a Democratic administration is not a new phenomenon. One need look no further than President Biden’s former boss, President Obama, for precedent. Obama’s strategy to gag progressives relied on the asperity of his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, in a program former blogger Jane Hamsher once coined “the veal pen.” In a series of weekly meetings between progressive groups and administration officials called “Common Purpose,” Obama adviser Erik Smith, the White House comms team, and sometimes even Emanuel himself would impress upon progressive groups their duty not to criticize the White House’s priorities—on the bank bailouts, on health care—in the name of message discipline. This kept those groups in the veal pen, at risk of a cattle prod if they ventured out.
Occasionally, Emanuel would unleash his personal fury toward anyone even thinking of criticizing the Obama administration’s thoroughly unprogressive agenda, even though it directly contravened their own priorities. In one such meeting, Emanuel infamously called MoveOn “fucking retarded” for running radio ads against moderate Blue Dog Democrats who successfully downed progressive priorities in the health care package. Groups had to “earn their seat at that particular table by not bucking the White House,” as Hamsher wrote in 2009. Silence was the cost of access, and for at least a term and a half, it worked.
Read more: https://prospect.org/politics/how-joe-biden-defanged-the-left/
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On the night of Dec. 12, 2020, the day of the first Stop the Steal rally in Washington and three weeks ahead of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, several guests of then Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., received an exclusive after-hours tour of the Capitol building from the far-right firebrand.
There are several unanswered questions about this visit, which appears to have violated normal Capitol protocol in various ways. It's not clear who authorized it, since Boebert was not yet a member of Congress and had no official standing in D.C. It's perhaps even stranger that it occurred on a Saturday night, when the Capitol complex is closed. Later, in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack, Boebert repeatedly denied rumors that she had offered "reconnaissance tours" to would-be rioters shortly before that event. But her ambiguous comments appeared to avoid any specific discussion of this unexplained December tour.
According to materials reviewed by Salon, the Dec. 12 tour led by Boebert involved various parts of the Capitol complex, including the staircase in the Senate's empty Brumidi Corridors, Senate room S-127 and the Senate briefing room, as well as the then-vacant Capitol Rotunda.
A maskless Capitol Police officer accompanied Boebert's mother and teenage son to the observation deck at the top of the Capitol Dome for a photo taken by a fourth person, presumably Boebert herself. This is the culmination of any Capitol tour, only available to visitors hosted by a member of Congress, and involves an arduous climb up roughly 300 steep and winding stairs to reach the high perch overlooking the city.
Boebert's guests were clearly enjoying themselves, as can be seen in the photos. But everything about their presence on the observation deck alongside a Capitol Police officer remains unexplained. As mentioned above, the rules for observation deck tours stipulate that a member of Congress and an official guide must accompany each group that climbs the Capitol Dome. There's no indication that either a member or a guide was present on this occasion.
Furthermore, spots for such tours are not readily available, with only eight reservations available on any given day. It's true that Boebert was a member-elect at the time, but that's an important distinction: She certainly was not a sworn member of Congress and had no office, no staff and no official status in the Capitol complex. It's even more puzzling that this tour took place on Saturday night. The guidelines for member-led Capitol tours state they are only available on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and also that all visitors must sign liability waivers and all tours must be led by official Capitol guides, not Capitol Police officers.
U.S. Capitol Police didn't immediately return Salon's request for comment on this story.
After Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and other lawmakers accused Boebert of "involvement in instigating and aiding the violent riot at the Capitol Building" after Jan. 6, Boebert responded by saying that she hadn't given tours to anyone but her family during the 117th Congress, which began on Jan. 3, the day she was sworn in as a member.
Her choice of words was notably specific, and potentially significant: "I haven't given a tour of the U.S. Capitol in the 117th Congress to anyone but family," she said, specifically not addressing the unauthorized tour she seems to have given during the 116th Congress.
In a January interview with Salon, Boebert denied giving "reconnaissance tours" on Jan. 5, the day before the Capitol assault, saying, "I did not. No." She has issued similar denials to numerous other publications.
This video makes clear that Boebert was in Washington on the day of the first "Stop the Steal" rally on Dec. 12, and also that on Jan. 6 Boebert and her mother visited the Save America rally at around 8:15 a.m., posing for photos with VIPs at the front of the stage.
Jan. 6 rally organizer Ali Alexander can be seen directly behind Boebert in the clip. She is visible in the video for about 10 minutes. Around that time, at 8:30 a.m., Boebert tweeted, "Today is 1776."
The House met at 12 noon that day, and Boebert said on the floor during that session, "Madam Speaker, I have constituents outside of this building right now. I promised my voters to be their voice."
Boebert later told the Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, Colorado, that her mother took no part in the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, declaring, "During the riot, my mother was barricaded inside of my office alongside my staff until the all-clear was given by Capitol Police."
In another report published by the Colorado site News9 after the Jan. 6 attack, Boebert said, "Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, I haven't given any Capitol tours except to show my children around where I'll be working while I'm away from home."
It is unclear whether Boebert or her family members attended the Dec. 12 "Stop the Steal" rally, and exactly how they managed to tour the Capitol Dome that evening without a member of Congress and an official guide. Boebert's office did not respond to Salon's request for comment.
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Rage Against the Machine | Township Rebellion (Pinkpop 1994)
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Okay. Yeah. This needs to be addressed.
Some of y'all think that when I say gun control, I mean cops breaking into your house and demanding your guns. This is absolutely not what I mean, not in the slightest.
I mean more regulations on who can make guns and ammo, and who can import it. Not making it more expensive- that opens a whole other can of worms- but making it more difficult to get. I want the police to be demilitarized as well, because I sure as hell don't trust cops with guns.
But most of all I mean a denormalization of the "gun culture" that is so prevalent in so many parts of America. The whole idea that having a gun makes you "tough" or "patriotic" or "more American" needs to end. And don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about regular hunting rifles, I'm talking about semi-automatics and the like. About guns meant to be used on people. Nobody needs armor-piercing bullets to kill deer.
Guns should not be a fucking status symbol. There's no reason anyone should be bragging on social media about how many people they can murder with a weapon. There's no reason there should be more mass shootings in a year than days.
Your community and the safety of yourself and others is more important than your tough-guy fantasies. (Actually, this goes for the vaccine too. Get the fucking vaccine, please.) People are dying left and right, and it's gone too goddamn far.
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A few months ago, Nina was the favorite to win with a massive lead. Since then, over 3 million in out of state money was spent to defeat her and now she's losing. This is beyond depressing. It seems like no matter what we do, the establishment and big money interests always win.
The power of money in politics always comes to light in contentious seats like this. Big money comes in to flood the airways and streets with anti-progressive ads that make a difference to otherwise indifferent voters, especially in off-election cycles when turnout is low.
But it’s certainly not guaranteed to happen in every election. The last two election cycles have shown us the power of strong grassroots campaigns to overtake dinosaur establishment Democrats. No one said it would be easy but it can be done.
Nina Turner ran a powerful campaign and I hope this is only the beginning.
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So the governor can pardon domestic terrorists who are actively saying they would do it again? The governor can just openly be an accomplice against modern civil rights? Can he advocate for the assassination of his political opponents too or is that a right reserved exclusively for former presidents?
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Black Community and the Modern-Day Segregation
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Highest alert in Brazil with African Swine Fever outbreak in Dominican Republic, which spread from 2 to 11 provinces
[Image description: a juxtaposition of a pig farm, the Brazilian map coloured with its flag, and a scientist peering through a microscope.]
Brazil said that it is closely monitoring the outbreak of African Swine Fever, ASF, in the Dominican Republic and is taking the necessary measures, including an alert on the control of imports, international agriculture surveillance, and animal health services.
While Brazil which has a massive pig breeding an pork exporting industry tightens sanitary controls, from the Dominican Republic it was reported that more cases of ASF were found in another nine provinces, bringing the total to 11 of the 32 provinces.
According to the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, the arrival of ASF on the American continent “increases the state of alert with the intensification of measures to prevent the introduction of the disease in Brazil”. “We reinforced the recommendations for surveillance in ports and airports to ensure that airlines, maritime companies, and travelers abide by the bans on the entry of products that represent a risk of pests and diseases for agriculture,” said the Animal Health director of the Ministry of Agriculture, Geraldo Moraes, in a statement.
Brazilian government technicians are in direct contact with the animal health authorities of the Dominican Republic, with regional organizations, and with the representation of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in the Americas, and have already offered help to control the spread of the disease in the region.
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Former President Trump is blaming the loss of a candidate he endorsed in Texas on votes by Democrats in the race.
Susan Wright, who was endorsed by Trump, lost to fellow Republican Jake Ellzey in a House special election last week.
Immediately after the race, Trump refused to describe the election as a loss for him, saying the candidates were “two very good people.”
Now, the former president is arguing that Wright only lost the race because of Democratic voters.
“My endorsed candidate won in the Primary, but the other outstanding candidate won the General Election because virtually 100% of Democrats, approximately 17% of the total vote, supported the candidate I did not endorse,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday.
“I won because we ended up with a great Republican candidate—the Democrats never had a chance,” he added.
Trump went on to insist that the race results were a win for him.
One: Democrats didn’t vote for Jake Ellzey.
Two: When you endorse candidate X, and Candidate Y wins instead, it doesn’t matter that they’re both Republicans. You backed the loser.
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I’m not a doctor, but conservatives should probably not kill their families, friends, and themselves by existentially opposing basic measures of public health to own the libs.
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i don’t really think saying “cancel culture is bad” automatically makes someone alt-right, but given everything else i’ve read about this guy it’s a safe bet to say he is alt-right and that’s my opinion on this whole nonsense.
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