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'NAFTA on Steroids': National Mexican Union Protests TPP

With just days to go till it is signed, demonstrators say the trade agreement will be as bad as NAFTA.

Mexico’s National Workers Union along with rural and social movements have rejected the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP, as they believe it is a trade agreement negotiated without consulting the workers and added that the peasant class will be affected.

"We say no because it was negotiated without consulting us, but also because it will bring serious consequences for Mexico, United States, Chile, Canada and Peru," said leaders at a rally held Friday in the emblematic Zocalo square in Mexico City.

Demonstrators say the signing of the TPP will only benefit transnational corporations.



South Florida Likely to See Small-Scale Zika Outbreaks

Source: WLRN

The first cases of zika have been confirmed in Florida, and experts say more small-scale outbreaks are likely here.

At least three cases of the virus have been confirmed in Florida, including two in Miami-Dade County, according to multiple news reports. Matthew DeGennaro, a mosquito researcher at Florida International University, says he expects to see more cases, although the outbreaks will not be nearly as large as the ones ravaging the Americas.

"You get these little pockets, but it’s not like it’s spreading across the whole county or the whole city," DeGennaro says.

Zika causes flu-like symptoms in adults, and children and may also be linked to microcephaly, a birth defect that can result in incomplete brain development.

Read more: http://wlrn.org/post/south-florida-likely-see-small-scale-zika-outbreaks

Tanzania elephant poachers kill British helicopter pilot

Source: BBC

A British helicopter pilot has been shot dead by elephant poachers in Tanzania, the conservation charity for which he was working has said.

The Friedkin Conservation Fund said Roger Gower was tracking poachers on Friday when they fired on his helicopter, fatally wounding him.

One of his colleagues said he had been shot as he flew near the carcass of one of three elephants killed by poachers.

Charity founder Dan Friedkin said the organisation had lost "a dear friend".

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35450490

Mr. Fish Toon: Even More Disturbing Than Trump

The Dean Scream: An Oral History ​

JAN 29, 2016

On Monday, Iowans will flock to their local churches and school gyms to participate in the Iowa Caucus. By day's end, both Democrats and Republicans will have a winner, and a bona fide frontrunner for their party's presidential nomination. Some candidates' chances will essentially be cooked. But it's safe to say that the day will not end as remarkably—or catastrophically—for any of them as it did for Howard Dean twelve years ago.

By January of 2004, the American left's revolt against President George W. Bush was in full effect. Simmering resentment from the contentious election of 2000 was brought to a boil by seething outrage over the War in Iraq. Left-leaning voters and grassroots activists were in search of a standard-bearer. They found one in Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor, who steered the Democratic field—and the nation—toward opposition to the war, all the while rocketing up the polls.

But then came the Iowa Caucus. The frontrunner for so many months, Dean came in third place behind John Kerry and John Edwards, shocking his supporters. But the damage was far from finished: In his concession speech in a Des Moines hotel ballroom that night, Dean tried to make himself heard above a raucous crowd of thousands. In a speech that was largely ad-libbed, he began shouting a list of states the campaign would go on to conquer in the months to come. And then he came to that immortal, cartoonish crescendo: "YAHHHHHH!!!"

The Dean Scream, as it became known, spread almost instantly across the media landscape. It played on loop on cable networks and local stations alike. Leno, Letterman, and Conan all had their fun with it, and Dave Chappelle wrote a skit that immortalized the moment for any young adults who had still somehow missed it. Dean's cry became the stuff of legend. It was the Internet's first-ever political meme, remembered as the moment We, The People decided that Dean was unfit for the Oval Office.

But if you listen to the people who were actually there—campaign staffers, reporters covering the campaign, Dean himself—they'll tell you a different story. We did. And along the way we began to question whether the Scream was really what sunk Dean's campaign; whether he was even its biggest casualty; and most of all, whether the Dean Scream was all that it seemed.



I think this accurately portrays how I feel about now

Weekend Toon Roundup 2: The Rest


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Weekend Toon Roundup 1: Screwy

Laid-off IT workers muzzled as H-1B debate heats up

By Patrick Thibodeau

IT workers are challenging the replacement of U.S. employees with foreign visa holders. Lawsuits are on the rise and workers are contacting lawmakers. Disney workers who lost their jobs on Jan. 30, 2015, are especially aggressive.

There's a reason for this.

The Disney severance package offered to them did not include a non-disparagement clause, making it easier for laid-off workers to speak out. This is in contrast to the severance offered to Northeast Utility workers.

The utility, now known as Eversource Energy and based in Connecticut and Massachusetts, laid off approximately 200 IT employees in 2014 after contracting with two India-based offshore outsourcing firms. The employees contacted local media and lawmakers to pressure the utility to abandon its outsourcing plan.

Some of the utility's IT employees had to train their foreign replacements. Failure to do so meant loss of severance. But an idea emerged to show workers' disdain for what was happening: Small American flags were placed in cubicles and along the hallway in silent protest -- flags that disappeared as the workers were terminated.



Here is Tommy Chong's PSA for Bernie Sanders


Even of you don't like sanders this is worth watching just for the humor. Lots of good memories from C and C movies.
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