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Special Report: U.S. manufacturing economy fails employers and workers

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[Employers who, since the 1980s, have been busting unions, eliminating workers' rights, lobbying to dismantle the social safety net, and driving down wages, now complain that they can't find qualified and motivated employees. Labour are such ungrateful louts! *RON*]
By Timothy Aeppel, Reuters, 4 November 2016
James L. Brown tried to hire a dozen workers for his metal foundry here. Half of them flunked the drug test.

Those results are typical, says the president of Bremen Castings Inc, a family-owned employer of 350 workers who make parts for trucks and other equipment. Drug problems are one factor contributing to a labor shortage that delayed filling orders earlier this year.

“We’ve become a recruiting company,” Brown said of the relentless struggle to maintain a strong workforce.

Spain anger over 'energy poverty' deaths

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[Austerity, poverty, death and neoliberalism. Do the 'populist' Trumps and LePens of the world speak for this kind of person? I think not. *RON*]
By James Badcock, BBC News, 20 November 2016

Spain's economy may be recovering, but the recent deaths of a 12-year-old girl and an 81-year-old woman in house fires are reminders of the hardship that millions of households still face in the country's deep-rooted crisis.

"Rosa PV" (as she is described in the media) died alone, choking on fumes from a fire started by one of the candles she used for light in her flat in the city of Reus, south of Barcelona, early last Monday.

It emerged that her electricity had been cut off for non-payment of bills. Rosa's solitary plight caused protesters' voices to be raised in unison against energy poverty as winter approaches.

Waterboarding: 'We'd have Trump in court in minutes'

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[We can only hope that this is just the thin edge of the wedge when it comes to strong Republican opposition to the policies of Donald Trump. See: Trump’s National Security Choice Won’t Rule Out Torture. *RON*]

BBC News, 20 November 2016


Senator John McCain, a leading Republican voice on national security matters, has said that if Donald Trump reinstates waterboarding, he will be in court 'in a New York minute'.

During his election campaign, Trump said he would push to change laws that prohibit waterboarding as a form of torture.

Read more: US election: 'I like waterboarding a lot', says Donald Trump

Alternative Right - A Primer

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[Alt-Right has become a "meme" during the course of the Trump presidential campaign. Despite the impression given by the media, the term does not refer exclusively to White supremacists, but it certainly includes them. I thought it was worth posting a short primer on the topic. *RON*]

Southern Poverty Law Center, n.d.

The Alternative Right, commonly known as the Alt-Right, is a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that “white identity” is under attack by multicultural forces using “political correctness” and “social justice” to undermine white people and “their” civilization. Characterized by heavy use of social media and online memes, Alt-Righters eschew “establishment” conservatism, skew young, and embrace white ethno-nationalism as a fundamental value.

Background

The Alternative Right is a term coined in 2008 by Richard Bertrand Spencer, who heads the white nationalist think tank known as the Nationa…

Police deploy water hoses, tear gas against Standing Rock protesters

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[The corporatocracy meets the police state. Many progressives post about this on Facebook, et cetera, but there is zero general public outrage about this as far as I can tell, *RON*]

By Joshua Barajas, PBS News, 21 November 2016
Law enforcement officials, responding to what they called a riot, deployed water hoses in freezing temperatures Sunday against hundreds of protesters decrying the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Video of the clash between police and unarmed protesters at Backwater Bridge, not far from the Standing Rock encampments, emerged on social media Sunday evening.

Activists can be heard on several Facebook Live videos shouting “No DAPL!” (Dakota Access pipeline) as law enforcement appeared to use water cannons, tear gas and sound weapons against the people amassed on the bridge.

In Their Coastal Citadels, Democrats Argue Over What Went Wrong

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[Good portrayal of how out of touch with their supposed base the Democratic machine has become. Minimally they need to be forced to: a) read Listen, Liberal, and b) visit a depopulated Midwest community, shut up, and LISTEN. *RON*]
THE GREAT UNRAVELING

Epic loss reveals retreat of white working-class support across America’s midsection; ‘there are big parts of the country that just aren’t hearing us’By Reid J. Epstein and Janet Hook

Republican America is now so vast that a traveler could drive 3,600 miles across the continent, from Key West, Fla., to the Canadian border crossing at Porthill, Idaho, without ever leaving a state under total GOP control.

After last week’s election, Democrats hold the governor’s office and both legislative chambers in just six states—all of them on the Atlantic or Pacific oceans—compared with 25 for Republicans.