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Tim Cook: Apple products aren’t made in China because it’s cheaper

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[Having done everything in its power to unemploy and de-skill American workers, and to pull funding from the American educational and training system through a systematic program of tax avoidance, Apple now blames American's lack of a skilled workforce for why they are in China rather than the States. Then again see how: "Apple's $US160 billion decline is larger than 477 companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 are worth." *RON*]

By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch, 21 December 2015

“It’s skill,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in response to a question on “60 Minutes” Sunday from Charlie Rose as to why the company’s products are made in China.

Rose clearly wasn’t buying it. “They have more skills than American workers? They have more skills than German workers?” he pressed.

“The U.S., over time, began to stop having as many vocational kind of skills,” Cook explained. “I mean, you can take every tool and die maker in the United States…

Minority killings by IS 'should be recognised as genocide'

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[But we don't like to talk about Turkey and the Kurds. *RON*]

BBC World News, 21 December 2015
The killing of minorities by so-called Islamic State should be recognised as genocide, more than 60 parliamentarians have said in a letter to the PM.

They urge David Cameron to use his influence to reach an agreement with the UN that the term genocide be used.

This would send the message that those responsible would be caught, tried and punished, the letter adds.

IS has been systematically killing minority groups including Iraqi and Syrian Christians and Yazidis, it said.

Meager Prospects for the Muslim Counterterrorist Alliance

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[Well, duh: "For the Saudis, the role of Wahhabism both as a foundation of their own regime and as an ideological precursor of the radical Sunni varieties of jihadism that contribute most of the terrorism-related headlines and concerns today continues to be a major impediment to full and effective Saudi counterterrorist efforts." I think, despite editorial changes, The National Interest is still fighting an uphill battle against the preconceptions of its traditional readership, e.g., that the Saudis princes all poop rainbows and unicorns. Maybe this is a form of 'signalling' preparing the US right for geopolitical change? *RON*]

Paul R. Pillar, The National Interest, 16 December 2015

The leaders of Saudi Arabia in particular, but also several other participants in the 34-nation anti-terrorism coalition that the Saudis put together and was announced this week, want to tell us that they are against terrorism and that they are pull…

How Obesity Is Changing Care for the Elderly

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[Nursing homes in the US aren't equipped, and are struggling to care for the obese elderly. *RON*]

Sarah Varney, The Atlantic, 18 December 2015

RED BAY, Ala.—At 72, her gray hair closely shorn, her days occupied by sewing and television, Wanda Chism seems every bit a typical nursing-home patient—but for her size.

Chism is severely obese, unable to leave her bed without a mechanical lift and a team of nurses. She has not walked in years. Her life is circumscribed by the walls of her room.

Obesity is redrawing the common imagery of old age: The slight nursing home resident is giving way to the obese senior, hampered by diabetes, disability, and other weight-related ailments. Facilities that have long cared for older adults are increasingly overwhelmed—and unprepared—to care for this new group of morbidly heavy patients.

“The population is shifting faster than the ability of nursing homes to deal with them,” said Cheryl Phillips, a senior vice pres…

Cheer Up, Obama’s Legacy Can Be Erased

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["The White House rammed through an agenda that could be quickly undone by a Republican president." The Wall Street Journal does some pretty good articles now and again. But, in terms of editorials notice, somewhat hilariously, that, according to the Wall Street Journal, Obama is a liberal! *RON*]

By Phil Gramm and Michael Solond, Wall Street Journal, 20 December 2015
President Obama seems to aspire to join Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan as one of the three most transformative presidents of the past hundred years, and by all outward signs he has achieved that goal. But while Roosevelt and Reagan sold their programs to the American people and enacted them with bipartisan support, Mr. Obama jammed his partisan agenda down the public’s throat. The Obama legacy is built on executive orders, regulations and agency actions that can be overturned using the same authority Mr. Obama employed to put them in place.

An array of President Obama…

Kenyan Muslims shield Christians in Mandera bus attack

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[Will this get much play in the West? *RON*]

BBC World News, 21 December 2015
A group of Kenyan Muslims travelling on a bus ambushed by Islamist gunmen protected Christian passengers by refusing to be split into groups, according to eyewitnesses.

They told the militants "to kill them together or leave them alone", a local governor told Kenyan media.

At least two people were killed in the attack, near the north-eastern village of El Wak on the Somali border.

The Somali based al-Shabab group is the main suspect for the attack.

It has not said if it was responsible, but often carries out attacks in Kenya's north-east.

The bus was travelling from the capital Nairobi to the town of Mandera.

Martin Shkreli has been terminated as CEO of KaloBios

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[Merry Christmas! It would be nice to see a few banksters do the perp walk. He's saying that his drug-price hikes led to his arrest, and he's probably correct. But con artists should know better than to get their names in the papers. *RON*]

Lydia Ramsey, Business Insider, 21 December 2015

Martin Shkreli has been fired as CEO of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals and resigned from his position on its board, according to a company statement on Monday.

Last Thursday, Shkreli was arrested on charges of securities fraud, to which he pleaded not guilty.

KaloBios said in its release that Tony Chase, a member of the board, has resigned as well.

KaloBios did not name an interim CEO.

Shkreli joined KaloBios in November after acquiring 70% of the company. On the day of his arrest, the stock dropped 50% before being halted.

Earlier this month, Shkreli and KaloBios acquired a drug to treat Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that affects about 300,000 people …