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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Linkee-poo becomes the night owl

Some conservatives say income inequality isn't a thing in developed nations, or at least doesn't cause any issues. "Girls in the UK are missing school because they cannot afford sanitary protection, a charity has said… Freedom4Girls was contacted by a school in Leeds after it became concerned about teenage girls' attendance… The group provides sanitary products to women in Kenya - but is now doing the same in West Yorkshire." Yeah, they're wrong. (Grokked from Kelly Link)

"The Senate on Tuesday sent President Donald Trump a measure to expand the number of applicants for jobless benefits who can be drug-tested." Well, I'm sure that will work out well.

"The CIA has reportedly been given the power by President Trump to launch drone strikes against suspected terrorists." Oh for fuck's sake. The CIA has proved how incredibly crappy they are at running that program (actually on directing any, any military action). But the one thing the CIA has over the Pentagon, the CIA doesn't have lawyers making sure all operations follow relevant laws, including international treaties. They also don't have to report shit to anyone and have no compunction against lying about it. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"State safety inspectors wouldn’t inspect West Virginia’s coal mines anymore. They would conduct 'compliance visits and education.'… Violations of health and safety standards wouldn’t produce state citations and fines, either. Mine operators would receive 'compliance assistance visit notices.'" Wow, and it only took one col executive being sent to (very minimum security) jail to get a complete capitulation of government. But, in truth, the operators rarely pay fines and treat the regulations as "suggestions" anyway. The good news is that there's still the federal rules… which are treated with the same contempt as the state rules. (Grokked from Chuck Wendig)

"At a town hall last week, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) told an attendee to 'shut up' after the crowd took issue with his response to a question about legislation protecting women from violence."

"'There are things we can do to tailor the tax credit in a way to make it more attractive to people and more helpful to people on the lower end, with a phaseout that's a little less steeper than what the House has,' Sen. John Thune (R-SD) told reporters Tuesday." So it'll take longer to screw you over, but it'll still screw you over in the long run.

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