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SPECIAL REPORT- Japan's homeless recruited for murky Fukushima clean-up

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/12/30/fukushima-workers-special-report-pix-grf-idUKL3N0K51ZU20131230

SENDAI, Japan, Dec. 30 (Reuters) - Seiji Sasa hits the train station in this northern Japanese city before dawn most mornings to prowl for homeless men.

He isn't a social worker. He's a recruiter. The men in Sendai Station are potential laborers that Sasa can dispatch to contractors in Japan's nuclear disaster zone for a bounty of $100 a head.

"This is how labor recruiters like me come in every day," Sasa says, as he strides past men sleeping on cardboard and clutching at their coats against the early winter cold.

It's also how Japan finds people willing to accept minimum wage for one of the most undesirable jobs in the industrialized world: working on the $35 billion, taxpayer-funded effort to clean up radioactive fallout across an area of northern Japan larger than Hong Kong.
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Un-fucking-believable.

Dear Fox News; thank you for making Christmas SUCK!

I work in Medical Software and speak to my clients on a daily basis. Clients who are of different religions and ethnic backgrounds. Because of this, and because I'm respectful, I wish all who I speak to on the phone a "Happy Holiday" this time of year.

Well, some intolerant Fox News watcher, when I wished them this all-encompassing greeting, YELLED at me on the phone today, "It's Christmas!!" Yeah... actually fucking YELLED at me! Stunned, I said, "um, and you too." I hung up, dejected and saddened.

Happy Holidays has been an accepted greeting for as long as I can remember. We had some silly paper thing that hung on our front door throughout the 60's and 70's that said "Happy Holidays" and, for the life of me NO one ever objected to it! Fast-forward 40 years and NOW silly assholes who watch this God-awful, intolerant cable news network now ATTACK those who offer this greeting.

Fox News, you just plain suck for ruining this time of year with your divisive bullshit. You are NOT "champions of Christmas". You are helping destroy it.

"Yesterday... December Seventh... 1941... A date which will live in infamy..."

CNN Breaking: Metro North Commuter Train Derailment in the Bronx

Here's a USA Today link:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/01/bronx-train-derailment/3795231/

A train derailed Sunday morning at a station in the Bronx, media outlets are reporting.

CNN, citing the New York Fire Department, said about 100 firefighters are responding to the scene in the Bronx. The Associated Press, quoting a woman at the scene, is says the some cars of the Metro-North passenger train toppled into water. A woman at the scene, Rebecca Schwartz, told AP that numerous emergency vehicles have responded.
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BusinessInsider has images:

http://www.businessinsider.com/metro-north-train-derails-in-the-bronx-2013-12

...and an aerial shot from Twitter:
https://twitter.com/SheldonDutes4NY/status/407135212565299200/photo/1
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