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Monday, December 02, 2013

Stories to Watch: 12/2/13

A prominent Tea Party activist writes that "Jesus Christ is weeping in heaven" over Pope Francis' criticism of unregulated capitalism and unending greed. Once again, I'm struck by how panic-stricken these pious phonies get when someone talks like an actual Christian, instead of like the rightwing revisionist kind.

ThinkProgress has a nice recap of labor news over the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend.

It's illegal to wait for a bus in Rochester, NY... Scratch that: it's illegal to wait for a bus in Rochester, NY if you're a black teen. Imagine how much worse this story would seem if Rosa Parks hadn't ended racism.

Extremely stupid people are "pulling stunt maneuvers" on the stretch of road where Fast and Furious star Paul Walker died in a car crash -- apparently to "honor" his memory by driving like idiots. Local authorities are less than pleased.

The Obamacare repeal movement is pretty much done with.

The real War on Christmas is waged by Republicans. Case in point: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tells his supporters to send his campaign lots and lots of donations, instead of wasting their money on"electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season." In other words, don't get your kids presents; that way you can afford to give more to Walker. What a dick.

Somewhat related: a mining company closely associated with Gov. Walker and Wisconsin Republicans has been formally accused of poisoning an aquifer in Spain with arsenic -- a criminal offense. This same company is having a mine in northern Wisconsin fast-tracked by Walker and the GOP-controlled legislature. That ought to work out well. Who needs pristine wilderness anyway, when you can have an arsenic-choked industrial wasteland?

The extremely obvious reason why Amazon's drone program is a BS marketing gimmick and not something that will ever actually be a real thing.

Finally, compared to others in the industrial world, the American minimum wage is disgustingly low.

[cartoon via McClatchy Newspapers]

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