The Real Patriots Are the NFL Protesters

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September 27, 2017

This local sportscaster in Dallas is woke.

— via The People For Bernie Sanders

Kneeling doesn't disrepect the flag or veterans.

This local sportscaster in Dallas is woke. — via The People For Bernie Sanders

Posted by act.tv on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

This Is How Much Costco Employees Really Make

Readers Digest – Lifestyle

This Is How Much Costco Employees Really Make

Juliana LaBianca, Reader’s Digest         May 24, 2018

There are many reasons to love Costco: they’ve got great prices on everything your home could ever need, they’re generous with their free samples, and they make fantastic rotisserie chickens. But in addition to all of that, they’re also amazing for one other reason: they pay their workers really well—and take care of them too. By the way, here are five things you might want to know about those Costco chickens.

According to Glassdoor, the average cashier salary at Costco is $14 per hour, with a range of $8 to $23; that’s compared to the national average cashier salary of $9.15 per hour. Front-end assistants, the employees who help customers around the store, take home an average $13 per hour, with a range of $10 to $21. Additionally, both hourly and salaried, part-time and full-time employees are eligible for benefits.

On top of being compensated fairly, Costco employees—plain and simple—just love working at Costco. One 2014 Glassdoor report found that Costco ranked number two in the United States for compensation and benefits. The ranking was determined solely based on reviews by employees on the site in the 12 months leading up to the report. The retailer ranked right between Google, which was number one, and Facebook, which was number two.

But even though Costco employees are well compensated, there’s still a few things they’re keeping to themselves. Learn the 15 money-saving secrets Costco employees won’t tell you.

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Trump has a habit of hiring “the best people,” firing them when they turn out to be terrible, and then quietly re-hiring them

Trump has a habit of hiring “the best people,” firing them when they turn out to be terrible, and then quietly re-hiring them. #TheCheckIn

The Check In: Fired Trump Aides and Officials

Trump has a habit of hiring “the best people,” firing them when they turn out to be terrible, and then quietly re-hiring them. #TheCheckIn

Posted by Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

House votes to ease post-crisis bank rules in victory for Trump

Reuters

House votes to ease post-crisis bank rules in victory for Trump

By Pete Schroeder, Reuters     May 22, 2018

                               Wall Street is written on a building in New York’s financial district, March 4, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives passed on Tuesday bipartisan legislation that would ease bank rules introduced in the wake of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, giving President Donald Trump a major legislative victory.

 Tuesday’s vote rolls back some of the 2010 Dodd-Frank rules that restricted operations by smaller banks and community lenders and keeps the Republican president’s campaign promise to try to spur more economic growth by cutting regulation.

The bill, which was approved by the Senate in March, marks the first significant rewrite of U.S. financial rules introduced following the crisis, which saw Wall Street lenders bailed out to the tune of $700 billion.

Republican critics say Dodd-Frank went too far and curbs banks’ ability to lend, while many Democrats say it provides critical protections for consumers and taxpayers.

The bill, approved 258-159, raises the threshold at which banks are considered systemically risky and subject to stricter oversight to $250 billion from $50 billion. It also eases trading, lending and capital rules for banks with less than $10 billion in assets.

It does not, however, weaken the top U.S. consumer watchdog created by Dodd-Frank that has been consistently attacked by Republicans who say it oversteps its mandate.

But the bill does offer a handful of niche provisions that would help some larger banks, such as allowing custody banks like BNY Mellon and State Street Corp to exempt the customer deposits they place with central banks from a stringent capital calculation requirement.

It also offers more favorable treatment for municipal bonds, a measure that analysts say is likely to help Citigroup Inc’s bond-trading business.

But backers of the bill stress that the core Dodd Frank provisions that aimed to shore up the financial system and make banks less risky, remain untouched by this legislation.

The bill also does not alter the so-called “Volcker Rule” banning Wall Street banks from making risky bets with their own money, or limit the ability of regulators to apply stricter rules to large institutions they deem critical to the financial system.

(Reporting by Pete Schroeder; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

Myths are used to scare people away from liking socialism.

AJ+’s Newsbroke posted a new episode on  Facebook Watch — with Francesca Fiorentini.

May 20, 2018

A bunch of myths are used to scare people away from liking socialism. Here are the biggest lies we’ve all heard.

The Biggest Myths About Socialism

A bunch of myths are used to scare people away from liking socialism. Here are the biggest lies we've all heard.

Posted by AJ+'s Newsbroke on Sunday, May 20, 2018

Messages in a bottle sent across the sea to North Korea

 CNN
May 21, 2018

These bottles contain food, medicine, and messages of hope — and they’re being thrown into the sea in the hope that they might reach North Korea: https://cnn.it/2wXKs9N

Messages in bottles sent across the sea to North Korea

These bottles contain food, medicine, and messages of hope — and they're being thrown into the sea in the hope that they might reach North Korea: https://cnn.it/2wXKs9N

Posted by CNN on Sunday, May 20, 2018

Trump Opens Door to Dangerous Fracking in Northern Arizona

EcoWatch

Trump Opens Door to Dangerous Fracking in Northern Arizona

Center for Biological Diversity      May 22, 2018

Petrified Forest National Park. Andrew Kearns / National Park Service

A new Trump administration plan proposes to auction off 4,200 acres of public land for oil and gas development in northern Arizona. The lands straddle the Little Colorado River, are within three miles of Petrified Forest National Park, and are near habitat for a federally threatened fish called the Little Colorado spinedace. Drilling and fracking would threaten to deplete and pollute groundwater in the Little Colorado River Basin.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning the September auction—which would convey development rights to fossil-fuel companies—without any site-specific public or environmental review, as required by federal law. Planning documents cite Trump policies that forego National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis to fast-track fracking on public lands. According to BLM, about 90 percent of new oil and gas wells on public lands are fracked.

“This dangerous plan puts national parks, precious groundwater and wildlife in the crosshairs. We’ll do everything we can to stop it,” said Taylor McKinnon with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Fracking is a dirty, dangerous business that consumes enormous amounts of water and threatens wildlife and public health. Northern Arizonans won’t tolerate public lands being sacrificed as gifts from Trump to the fossil fuel industry.”

The BLM is using a shortcut to bypass the analysis of fracking’s harm to the land and water that is required under NEPA. The sweeping “determinations of NEPA adequacy,” or DNAs, presume that oil and gas development complies with the agency’s 30-year-old resource management plan, which predates the U.S. fracking boom. The agency is also foregoing tribal consultations, stating that “tribal consultation was adequate for the [resource management plan].” By deferring all analysis until the drilling-permit stage—after industry has the right to develop the land—the bureau is unable to deny subsequent drilling plans.

“Fracking or drilling development could be catastrophic for the region’s groundwater,” said McKinnon. “This is Trump’s energy dominance policy at work, where nothing matters except fossil-fuel interests.”

Trump policies issued in January require the BLM to auction lands nominated by the fracking industry, skip site-specific environmental review and limit public input. BLM records show that since 2014 the fracking industry requested 145 parcels in northern Arizona for oil and gas leasing, most near the Hurricane Cliffs and Big Valley north of Grand Canyon National Park.

The Center for Biological Diversity has sued the BLM for using DNAs to plan oil and gas auctions in Ohio and Colorado. In April the Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration over its January policy encouraging their use.

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Germany recycles more than any other country in the world

EcoWatch

May 22, 2018

What could your country learn from Germany?

Read more of EcoWatch’s stories on Germany:
https://www.ecowatch.com/tag/germany

Germany recycles more than any other country in the world

What could your country learn from Germany? Read more of EcoWatch's stories on Germany:https://www.ecowatch.com/tag/germany

Posted by EcoWatch on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is the most dangerous federal agency many Americans have never heard of.

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May 22, 2018

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is the most dangerous federal agency many Americans have never heard of.

We care about FERC because it is in charge of approving–or not–interstate gas pipelines and infrastructure projects.

FERC has turned down only 2 gas pipeline projects out of over 500 submitted over the past 30 years.

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What is FERC?

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is the most dangerous federal agency many Americans have never heard of. We care about FERC because it is in charge of approving–or not–interstate gas pipelines and infrastructure projects. FERC has turned down only 2 gas pipeline projects out of over 500 submitted over the past 30 years. In a world where the impacts of fossil-fuel induced climate change are so clear, and so devastating, it’s absolutely necessary that FERC be replaced with an agency dedicated to an active and just transition off fossil fuels.#crackFERCopen #RubberStampRebellion #ResistFERC

Posted by Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is the most dangerous federal agency many Americans have never heard of.

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Blue whales are the largest animals to ever exist

May 20, 2018

Blue whales are the largest animals to ever exist—that includes dinosaurs.

via Azula

Endangered Blue Whales

Blue whales are the largest animals to ever exist—that includes dinosaurs.via Azula

Posted by EcoWatch on Sunday, May 20, 2018